2020 Tokyo Paralympics Stuns Audience at Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony

2020 Tokyo Paralympics Stuns Audience at Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony

From technology to culture, all was on display as Tokyo 2020 dazzled

The Rio Paralympics 2016 has officially begun

The Rio Paralympics 2016 has officially begun

As millions gather for the opening ceremony, 4000 of the world’s bravest athletes are ready to overcome astronomical difficulties and compete in the world’s brightest stage.

Rio opens Games for ‘superhumans’

Rio opens Games for ‘superhumans’

Rio de Janeiro opened the Paralympic Games with samba, parading wheelchairs, giant balloons — and loud booing of Brazil’s president — at a sold-out Maracana stadium. The extraordinary sight of US Paralympian Aaron Wheelz jumping in his wheelchair from a 55 feet (17 meters) ramp got the crowd on its feet. Then the joyous rhythms...

Despite crises, para-athletes ready to rock Rio

Despite crises, para-athletes ready to rock Rio

The 2016 Paralympics begin on Wednesday with Rio’s Maracana stadium again the iconic setting for the opening ceremony of a Games staged against a backdrop of austerity and doping. Less than three weeks after the flame was doused on South America’s first Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro welcomes 4,300 Paralympians seeking their own slice of...

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...