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Olympians and Fans Say Goodbye to the 2016 Rio Games

. . RIO DE JANEIRO – Shaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief. The closing ceremony Sunday celebrated the 16-day spectacle that was the Rio Games, […]

August 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Olympics,Sports | Read More »

Brazil Celebrates First Ever Olympic Gold in Men’s Football

. . Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer Saturday with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy after a 1-1 (5-4 shootout) victory. Before the decisive shot, Neymar picked up the ball and kissed it before placing it on the penalty spot. With a […]

August 21st, 2016 | Posted in Olympics,Sports | Read More »

For 10 Countries, Rio Provided a First Feel of Olympic Gold

. RIO DE JANEIRO – For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well. Going into Sunday’s final day of competition in Rio, 10 teams – including the independent team of Olympians – were […]

August 21st, 2016 | Posted in Olympics,Sports | Read More »

US Swimmers Exit Rio after Taxi Robbery Scandal

. . RIO DE JANEIRO – American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were on their way home Friday after being pulled off a plane a day earlier to testify about an alleged robbery at the Rio Olympics that Brazilian police said was made up. The lawyer for a third U.S. swimmer said he […]

August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Olympics,Sports | Read More »

Thailand Wins Silver and Bronze in Taekwondo at Rio Olympics

. . RIO OLYMPICS – 18-year-old Olympian Tawin Hanprab has won a silver medal for Thailand in the men’s Taekwondo competition, bringing Thailand its first Olympic medal for men’s Taekwondo. Tawin Hanprab has won his silver medal in the men’s 58 kilogram Taekwondo weight division. Tawin defeated South Korea’s Kim Tae-hun with a score of […]

August 18th, 2016 | Posted in Olympics,Sports | Read More »

Rio Olympics 2016 Latest Medal Count: Usain Bolt Still Fast Man

. . RIO -Usain Bolt completed the first part of his ‘triple-triple’ masterplan, winning the 100m gold in a time of 9.81. Justin Gatlin claimed silver, with Canadian Andre de Grasse taking the bronze.   History was also made in the men’s 400m. While all eyes were on Kirani James and Lashawn Merritt in the middle […]

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Olympics,Sports | Read More »

Michael Phelps gets Another Gold at Rio, But Says it’s His Last

. RIO DE JANEIRO – Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip and gave a little nod. This was how he really wanted to go out, on top of his game in the water and totally content away from the pool. “It turned out pretty cool,” […]

August 14th, 2016 | Posted in Olympics | Read More »

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