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Badminton brings out warped reason to lose on purpose

LONDON – In sports, as in life, there are those who bend rules, and those who cheat. They’ve always existed. And because of human frailties and pressure from sponsors, countries, …


Latynina toasts Phelps for breaking her record

LONDON – For nearly half a century, Larisa Latynina was the world’s most decorated Olympian – through the years of Soviet sports supremacy and decline, and the drastic evolution of …


Americans Adrian, Schmitt have big day in pool

LONDON – Nathan Adrian took out the Missile by a fingertip. Then Allison Schmitt dealt more heartache to the team from Down Under. Adrian, a 23-year-old from Bremerton largely overshadowed …


Davis, Laettner share Olympic symmetry

LONDON – Anthony Davis stopped dribbling, tucked the ball under one of his long arms and shook hands with the tall reporter whose face seemed so familiar. “He had no …


Douglas, Raisman special all around

LONDON – When Gabrielle Douglas is doing her best gymnastics – when she is swinging so fast around the uneven bars that she makes the air buzz, or when she …


American Leyva takes bronze in men’s all-around

LONDON – Like pretty much everybody, Danell Leyva thinks Kohei Uchimura is the greatest male gymnast who’s lived. For now.


Williams makes Olympics her playground

LONDON – Her black hair explodes toward the sky like she’s under constant electric shock. Her dress is All-American – red, white and blue with the boom the world has …


Blanchette: Uptagrafft pulls trigger after 16 years

As he was saying before he was so rudely interrupted


Olympic sprinter Felix defends decision

LONDON – Allyson Felix knows full well she has a pretty pristine reputation. She also knows that’s why there were those who were surprised she decided to not step aside …


Phelps has plenty of mettle, too

LONDON – Nineteen – say that again, 19 – Olympic medals. All won by one man unlike any other. It simply defies belief. Imagine the space that much heavy metal …


U.S. women’s gymnasts power to gold medal

LONDON – Ever see a baseball game where the first three batters hit grand slams? It’s theoretically impossible, of course. But that was the feeling here Tuesday at the Olympic …


U.S. women ‘worm’ their way to quarterfinals

MANCHESTER, England – Abby Wambach became the first non-British woman to score a goal at Old Trafford. She and her teammates celebrated by coercing Hope Solo to get on the …


SWIMMER MAKES WAVES

LONDON – Two finals, two golds. And all anybody wants to know about Chinese teen swimming sensation Ye Shiwen is whether she’s doping. After shattering the world record in the …


Armstrong gears up to defend time trial gold

LONDON – Kristin Armstrong seemed to be retiring at the perfect time. The Olympic time trial champion had just won another world championship.


Team USA rides superb bench

LONDON – Halftime ended. Showtime began. The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team needed a while but eventually put on the show fans came to see, beating Tunisia 110-63 on Tuesday …


Olympic results in brief

Basketball Candace Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the United States to a 90-38 rout against Angola. The Americans (2-0) have won their last 35 games in …


Commentary: U.S. men’s hopes dashed again by pommel horse

LONDON – The plan was to keep it close until their last routine on the high bar. That’s where those things Americans like to think they still do better than …


Franklin, Grevers shine as Lochte falters again

LONDON – Missy Franklin stared out on the horde of reporters, suddenly sounding very much like a high school senior-to-be. “I don’t like being up here alone,” she said nervously. …


Olympic look ahead: U.S. men’s hoops prepared to face Tunisia

If there was one day to go sight-seeing, to check out Big Ben and Buckingham Palace or pick up an Olympic souvenir, this was it. With a game today against …


From cancer to Olympics, twice, for U.S. beach volleyball star Jake Gibb

LONDON – First the drug tester told American beach volleyball player Jake Gibb that he was suspended. Then he said to call a doctor.


France tops U.S. in men’s 4x100-meter relay in pool

LONDON – Payback. This time, it was France chasing down the United States – and Ryan Lochte, no less – to win another riveting relay at the Olympics. With Michael …


U.S. markswoman becomes first to medal in five straight Olympics

LONDON – Contrary to popular belief at these London Olympics, Kim Rhode did not fire a shot heard ’round the world Sunday. She fired 99. America’s Annie Oakley from Monrovia, …


Olympics look ahead: Humble Swin Cash eyes another gold medal

LONDON – Next up for Swin Cash and the U.S. Olympic women’s team in their quest for another gold medal is a matchup with Angola. The Americans are looking for …


Durant pours in 22 points in Olympics debut to lead U.S. to 27-point win over France

LONDON – The hiccups outnumbered the highlights, and for a while the U.S. racked up fouls faster than points. The opener wasn’t artistic.


Olympics: Americans win silver in swimming relay

LONDON (AP) — Payback. This time, it was France chasing down the United States — and Ryan Lochte, no less — to win another riveting relay at the Olympics. With …


Memories, but no medal, for Malaysian mum-to-be

Pregnant Olympic shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi didn’t win a medal, but she still will have quite a story to tell her daughter someday about their experience together at the …


France first up in U.S. men’s quest for gold

LONDON – It’s go time for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team. It’s gold time. The challenging exhibition schedule is over, marching in the opening ceremony is already a memory …


Litke: Looking into ‘blind’ archer

LONDON – The headline sounded too good to be true: “Legally Blind Archer Smashes World Record.” Turns out it almost certainly was.


Dave Barry: Tight shorts and polite cheers

LONDON – I went to my first Olympic event, Men Riding Bicycles a Long Way in Extremely Tight Shorts. This event began near Buckingham Palace on the Mall, where a …


Wambach stays cool after punch to face

GLASGOW, Scotland – Abby Wambach lay on her stomach, kicking the turf in pain from a freshly minted black eye. Had she been somewhere other than a soccer field, she …