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U.S. women appear poised for gymnastics gold

After stockpiling more precious metal than a jeweler over the last decade, the American women have become a little picky. Bronze really isn’t their color, and they had their fill …


Venus Williams loses Olympic tuneup

WASHINGTON – Venus Williams lost an Olympic tuneup Monday during a World Team Tennis match attended by first lady Michele Obama. Williams, playing for the Washington Kastles, lost 5-0 to …


Australian threatens to boycott Olympics, alleging racism

SYDNEY – Australian track athlete John Steffensen has threatened to boycott the London Olympics after alleging racism because he was not selected individually to run the 400 meters. Steffensen, who …


Commentary: Olympic moments are worth treasuring

COLOMBES, France – At what’s left of the stadium where Harold Abrahams won his “Chariots of Fire” Olympic 100 meters, where Paavo Nurmi won the 1,500, caught his breath and …


May-Treanor, Walsh team up for last push for gold

LONDON – In Sydney, she was still just Misty May. Her mother was seriously ill and her beach volleyball career was still maturing when the daughter of 1968 Olympian Butch …


Clippers’ Griffin will miss Olympics with torn cartilage

OLYMPICS: The Los Angeles Clippers say Blake Griffin has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss the Olympics. Griffin returned to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation …


Troubles multiply as London braces for Olympics

LONDON – With the Olympics just two weeks away, embarrassing logistical problems about security, staff, phones and traffic made the mood Thursday in London as gloomy as the weather. British …


Jordan laughs at Bryant’s boast of current Olympians

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. Jordan told the Associated Press Thursday …


Atlanta Dream turn back Seattle in WNBA

WNBA: As Sancho Lyttle saw things, what mattered most for the Atlanta Dream was finishing what they started. Lyttle scored 21 points to lead the visiting Dream to a 70-59 …


Bolt’s agent claims world sprint champ feels well

Usain Bolt (pictured right) is back in full training and “feeling good,” his agent said Tuesday, after concerns over an injury following successive defeats at the Jamaican Olympic trials. Ricky …


Walsh, May-Treanor take another shot at Olympics

The greatest partnership in beach volleyball history might have lost its way but not its belief. Kerri Walsh, the 6-foot-3 power hitter from Saratoga, Calif., insists the brand name she …


Gymnastics scoring perturbs Karolyi

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Whenever Bela Karolyi watches Sarah Finnegan’s floor exercise, it’s all the godfather of U.S. women’s gymnastics can do to contain himself. The way the 15-year-old glides …


Rogge remains hopeful of Saudi women at Olympics

LONDON – International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge cannot guarantee “100 percent” that female athletes from Saudi Arabia will compete at the London Olympics, although he remains optimistic the Gulf …


Roy gives look at Golden State

NBA: The Bay Area could be a landing spot for Brandon Roy’s return to basketball. The Golden State Warriors and Roy (pictured above) met earlier this week about him joining …


Rejections hit British athletes

LONDON – Fresh off David Beckham being booted, more British athletes are dealing with the desperate disappointment of being left off the team for their home Olympics. Some, like sprinter …


U.S. team adds Tarmoh to relay pool

EUGENE, Ore. – Jeneba Tarmoh didn’t think it was right that she had to earn her spot again in the 100 meters for the Olympics. So a day after conceding …


Turns out, eight was enough for Phelps

Eight was enough for Michael Phelps (at right) in Beijing. Swimmer Michael Phelps dropped one of his eight Olympic events on Monday, leaving him with seven at the London Games. …


U.S. swimming: Phelps, Franklin will be busy in London

OMAHA, Neb. – Michael Phelps’ Olympic program is set. He’ll be going for another eight gold medals. He’s not the only one who’ll be busy in London. Get ready to …


Daley claims Senior Players Championship

Golf: Joe Daley won the Senior Players Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, closing with a 2-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman. The 51-year-old …


Bosh joins Wade on sidelines

Chris Bosh has taken his name out of consideration for the London Olympics, becoming the second Miami Heat player in as many days to make the move over injury concerns. …


‘Blade Runner’ edged

Oscar Pistorius’ four-year quest to run in the 400 meters at the London Olympics came down to less than a quarter-second at the end. That’s how close the “Blade Runner” …


Walker, Lagat win spots on U.S. Olympic track and field team

EUGENE, Ore. – Brad Walker, the former University High School and University of Washington star, won his fourth U.S. pole vault title, clearing 18 feet, 7 1/4 inches at the …


Redman heads to Olympics as alternate in rowing

Jamie Redman, a three-time team rowing world champion from Spokane, will be going to the Summer Olympic Games in London as the alternate for the U.S. women’s 8 rowing team. …


Franklin poised to be next star in U.S. swimming

With Michael Phelps headed for retirement after the London Olympics, the United States will be in need of its next big star in the pool. Paging Missy Franklin.


NBC commits itself to offering every Olympic event

NEW YORK – If you miss any of your favorite events during the upcoming Summer Olympics in London, don’t blame NBC. Every sport, every single competition will be streamed live …


Spokane’s Furrer will shoot for USA in Olympics

Amanda Furrer doesn’t think much of her competition on the shooting range. “I can’t think about them at all,” said the 21-year-old hotshot from Spokane. “They’re all world-class, but when …


Landers: Olympian Furrer grows in confidence

Amanda Furrer doesn’t think much of her competition on the shooting range.


Documentary focuses on Dream Team

NEW YORK – Not urban legend: The Dream Team really did lose to a group of college stars. A new documentary commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the Olympic gold medalists …


Uptagraffts head to Olympics together

Eric Uptagrafft has known for more than a year that he was going to the London Olympics this summer.


U.S. men’s basketball team gets time to find answers

The U.S. men’s basketball team has more time to solve the problems caused by its injuries. The Americans have been granted an extension from the U.S. Olympic Committee and won’t …