Olympics

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Ball bounces as fully anticipated as US routs China

The result was a foregone conclusion before the U.S. men's national team and its counterpart from China took to the court before an enthused sellout crowd at Staples Center for a pre-Olympic exhibition Sunday. The challenge for both was that they knew there would be no challenge on the court, not with a star-studded lineup of NBA standouts facing a young, largely inexperienced team from China that has two players who were second-round picks in this year's draft but no one currently in the NBA.

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After a bomb took his sight, Snyder took gold in Paralympic swimming

"I'm dead." The thought settled on Brad Snyder in the middle of a cloud of dust and smoke raised by the blast of a homemade land mine. He lay in the fetal position on a patch of grass next to a ravine in southern Afghanistan. The Navy lieutenant couldn't make out any blood through the haze. His arms and legs were still attached. He didn't know anyone who'd survived one of these explosions with all of their limbs intact.

National

Analysis: Russia stays, and clean athletes scratch heads

If this turns out to be Thomas Bach's defining moment, here's what the leader of the International Olympic Committee will be remembered for: keeping Russia as part of the club, but losing the trust of thousands of athletes who thought that, maybe this year, they'd get the answers they've been looking for.

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The ins and outs of the Rio Summer Games

Thinking of traveling to Rio for the Olympics and need last-minute accommodations? Perhaps Olympic organizers will consider renting out rooms in the athletes' village, as there will be more cancellations and vacancies than usual.

Videos

Coach K on relying on older players to bring along young talent

Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski talks with reporters about using older players to help bring along the many young players on the team.
Luke DeCock ldecock@newsobserver.com
Coach K on relying on older players to bring along young talent 0:58

Coach K on relying on older players to bring along young talent

NC State swimmers headed to Rio Olympics 0:45

NC State swimmers headed to Rio Olympics

Even gold medalist has to take YMCA swim test 2:26

Even gold medalist has to take YMCA swim test

Duke med student aims for a second Olympic bid 2:05

Duke med student aims for a second Olympic bid