Running legend Gebrselassie to head Ethiopia athletics

Retired running legend Haile Gebrselassie has been elected preside

American Ashton Eaton retains Olympic decathlon crown

American Ashton Eaton retains Olympic decathlon crown

American Ashton Eaton equalled the Olympic record when retaining his decathlon crown. Eaton on Thursday amassed 8,893 points in the gruelling 10-discipline event to tie with the Czech Republic’s Roman Sebrle record set at the 2004 Athens Games and extend his remarkable unbeaten streak in combined events competition that stretches back to his triumph in...

Barcelona hit by injuries before Liga opener

Barcelona hit by injuries before Liga opener

Javier Mascherano has joined the queue to the Camp Nou treatment room with champions Barcelona hit by a spate of injuries before they begin the new season in La Liga against Betis on Saturday. Luis Enrique’s side paid a high price for winning the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla, with captain Andres Iniesta and defenders...

American Ryan Crouser wins men’s shot put title

American Ryan Crouser wins men’s shot put title

American Ryan Crouser won the men’s Olympic shot put title. Crouser on Thursday managed a best of 22.52 metres, a new Olympic record. Crouser’s teammate and reigning world champion Joe Kovacs claimed silver with 21.78m, with New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh taking bronze (21.36).

US women into relay final after solo run

US women into relay final after solo run

The United States’ 4x100m women’s relay team won their solo race against the clock to book their place in the Olympic final Thursday. The American quartet of Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner and Morolake Akinosun clocked 41.77 to eliminate China from Friday’s final. “Before we came out our coach said it was just like...

US swimmers made up Rio robbery, vandalized gas station: police

US swimmers made up Rio robbery, vandalized gas station: police

US swimmer Ryan Lochte and three Olympic teammates were not robbed in Rio as they claimed but were detained after drunkenly vandalizing a gas station bathroom, police said Thursday. Rio de Janeiro’s police chief Fernando Veloso called on the gold medal-winning athlete and the others to apologize for the robbery claims that embarrassed the Olympic...

US to face Spain for women’s Olympic basketball gold

US to face Spain for women’s Olympic basketball gold

A half-time pep talk from injured captain Sue Bird helped lift five-time defending champion United States over France 86-67 and into the Rio Olympic women’s basketball final against Spain. The Americans, last beaten at the Olympics in a 1992 semi-final, improved to 88-1 over the past 20 years in global tournaments and stretched their Olympic...

Froome ready for ‘big challenge’ in Vuelta

Froome ready for ‘big challenge’ in Vuelta

Britain’s Chris Froome headlines a star-studded field, looking to become the first man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in the same year since 1978, when the third Grand Tour of the season gets underway on Saturday. Froome is aiming to match Frenchman Bernard Hinault’s feat in winning back-to-back Grand Tours...

Women’s team put China on verge of table tennis cleansweep

Women’s team put China on verge of table tennis cleansweep

Li Xiaoxia, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning combined to win the women’s team table tennis gold on Tuesday to keep China on target for their third consecutive Games cleansweep of titles. The Chinese women swept aside Germany’s Han Ying, Shan Xiaona, and Petrisse Solja 3-0 to add another gold to the table tennis superpower’s wins...

Ex-street hawker wins first Brazil boxing gold

Ex-street hawker wins first Brazil boxing gold

Robson Conceicao said he felt like he was still in a dream after he became the first Brazilian to win Olympic boxing gold on Tuesday in front of an exhilarated Rio crowd. The man who sold vegetables and popsicles on the streets as an impoverished child is now a national hero after he defeated Frenchman...