London — Usain Bolt has touched down in Rio de Janeiro,
ready to fine-tune his preparations for another bid at an Olympic double in the
100- and 200-meter sprints.
The 29-year-old Jamaican has won six Olympic gold medals —
the 100, 200 and sprint relays at Beijing in 2008 and at London in 2012 — and
is the undisputed star of track and field.
The official website of the Rio Games noted Bolt's arrival
on a flight from London with the headline: "The main man has landed."
The Olympics formally begin with the opening ceremony on
Aug. 5, and the track program starts Aug. 12. Bolt is set to open his program
in preliminaries of the 100 on Aug. 13.
When the New England Patriots reported for training camp on
Wednesday, Nate Ebner wasn't with them.
The special teams player has taken a leave of absence to
play for the U.S. Olympic rugby team.
"It's a great opportunity for him to follow his
passion, participate in the Olympic Games," Patriots coach Bill Belichick
said. "We're pulling for him to bring back something around his
Ebner played rugby but not football in his first two years
at Ohio State before walking onto the football team as a junior. He was
selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2012 draft and has appeared
in 57 NFL games, mostly on special teams.
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Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater noted that
Ebner's father was a college rugby player. Jeff Ebner was murdered during an
attempted robbery in 2008.
"That connection with father and son is bigger than
sport itself," Slater said. "I know this means a great deal to him
and we're all excited for him."
Slater said he's in the market for an Ebner rugby jersey.
The IOC's new Olympic Channel will be launched next month
following the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games.
The International Olympic Committee says the digital channel
will go live on Sunday, Aug. 21.
The channel, which will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year, is designed to promote Olympics sports between each games and engage with
young audiences. It will provide a mix of live sports coverage, historic
Olympic footage from the IOC's archives, news programming and a platform for Olympic
The project, the brainchild of IOC President Thomas Bach,
was approved by the full IOC in December 2014.
The channel will be available via a mobile app and at
The International Table Tennis Federation has cleared the
three Russian table tennis players who qualified for the Rio de Janeiro
Olympics to compete.
In a news release issued on Wednesday, the ITTF said its
investigation included individual tests outside the Russian anti-doping system.
Also, the ITTF said the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed none of the
qualified players were implicated in the McLaren report.
The table tennis players are Alexander Shibaev, Polina
Mikhailova and Maria Dolgikh.
The International Weightlifting Federation says 11 more
weightlifters, including six silver and bronze medalists, have tested positive
in retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics.
The IWF said Wednesday in a statement that all 11 athletes,
who include four Russians, have been provisionally suspended until their cases
So far, weightlifters have produced a total of 31 positives
in doping retests carried out on samples taken at the 2008 Games in Beijing and
the London Games.For
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