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Russia escapes IOC blanket ban for Rio Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected clarion calls for Russia to be banned from next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record, offering athletes a lifeline by ruling that decisions on individual competitors will be left to the international sports federations. | Video

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Monfils ends title drought with Citi Open win

Gael Monfils ended a 2 1/2-year title drought by overcoming Ivo Karlovic 5-7 7-6(6) 6-4 in the final of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C on Sunday.

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Refugees primed to pump up Games feel-good factor

BERLIN When record Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the king of sprinting Usain Bolt resume their hunt for world records and gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month they will not be the only big stories in town.

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Olympic hoodoo still haunts hosts Brazil

SAO PAULO Soccer fans of a certain age will always remember Falcao at the World Cup in 1982 and his starring role alongside Zico, Socrates and Cerezo in one of the greatest Brazil sides of all time.

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Facing Rio no-shows, golf looks to emerging market growth

Golf's return to the Olympics after 112 years may not be as triumphant as many in the sport hoped.

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Paddler Florence accepts Rio mission to win double gold

LONDON British canoe slalomist David Florence never got to blast off into space but the 33-year-old Scot will try to go where no Olympic paddler has gone before by winning the C1 and C2 gold medals at the Rio Games.

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