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Olympian Julia Clukey announces her retirement from the sport of luge Tuesday at a press conference at the Kennebec Valley YMCA in Augusta.

Health concerns put Maine Olympian Julia Clukey on the sidelines

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
“With the support of my family, friends, doctors and USA Luge, I recognize that my health is the No. 1 priority and strongly believe this is the best decision for me.”
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Dutch gymnast sent home from Olympics for partying too hard

By Marissa Payne, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
Yuri van Gelder, the Dutch gymnast who earned the nickname “Lord of the Rings” for his world-champion performance on that apparatus, will leave Rio de Janeiro, possibly with a new social-media driven moniker: “Lord of the Drinks.”
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Michael Phelps (USA) in the men's 200m butterfly heats during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

Michael Phelps’ purple blotches spotlight ‘cupping’ trend

By Melissa Fares, Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 7:28 a.m.
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Lilly King of the United States competes in the 100-meter breaststroke final Monday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

American swimmer denies Russian in 100 breaststroke

By Reuters on Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:43 p.m.

Sports briefs for Aug. 8, 2016

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 08, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
Julia Clukey of the United States competes during the FIL women's Luge World Cup at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, in this December 2013 file photo.

Maine Olympian Julia Clukey retiring from luge

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
Maine Olympian Julia Clukey is retiring from the sport of luge because of health concerns.
Team USA, including Boothbay Harbor's Elle Logan (second from the right), prepares to compete in the women's eight heats at Lagoa Stadium during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Maine’s Logan, US women’s eight crew advances to Olympic final

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 3:43 p.m.
The two-time defending Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women’s eight rowing crew, featuring Boothbay Harbor’s Elle Logan, won its first race at the 33rd Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday morning.
Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the 4x100 relay during the Rio Games Sunday night at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Phelps takes his 19th Olympic gold

By Alan Baldwin, Reuters on Aug. 07, 2016, at 11:06 p.m.
Rio Games Roundup
Katie Ledecky of the United States sets a word record in the 400-meter freestyle  during the Rio Games Sunday night at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ledecky smashes own record to win women’s 400 freestyle

By Reuters on Aug. 07, 2016, at 9:37 p.m.
Simone Biles of the United Staes competes on the beam during the women's qualifications in gymnastics at the Rio Games Sunday night at Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Biles leads way for sensational American gymnasts

By Pritha Sarkar, Reuters on Aug. 07, 2016, at 8:22 p.m.
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Russian athletes banned from Paralympics over doping allegations

By Jack Stubbs, Reuters on Aug. 07, 2016, at 2:22 p.m.
Their exclusion from the Rio Games is yet another blow to Russia’s reputation as a global sporting powerhouse after dozens of Russian athletes were barred from Olympic competition for doping offences.
Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor will be competing with the U.S. rowing women's eight team when that event gets underway Monday morning at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mainer on US women’s rowing team seeks to win 3rd Olympic gold medal

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 07, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor has the chance to make some individual history and become the first American woman to win three Olympic gold medals in rowing.
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The Shanghai World Financial Center building is illuminated in the colors of the Brazilian flag to pay homage to the Rio 2016 Olympics, in Shanghai, China, on Aug. 4.

How China could finally help clean up the Olympics

By Adam Minter, Bloomberg View on Aug. 07, 2016, at 10:47 a.m.
Few countries have China’s attachment to sport as a symbol of national greatness. If nothing else, standing up against cheating would be a way to enhance its status in the world.
Du Li (left) of China, Virginia Thrasher (center) of U.S. and Yi Siling (right) of China pose with their medals.

US wins first gold medal of Olympic Games

By Reuters on Aug. 06, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday.
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Fans arrive for the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games on Friday at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Blame it on Rio: Some US companies see sales hit from Olympics

By Anna Driver and Malathi Nayak, Reuters on Aug. 05, 2016, at 7:40 p.m.
Viacom Inc., Netflix Inc. and Discovery Channel all say they are bracing for a hit to ad sales or subscriptions during the Games.

TV, radio sports schedule for Aug. 3, 2016

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 4:36 p.m.
Members of the Olympic refugee team including Yusra Mardini  from Syria (center) pose in front of Christ the Redeemer.

Olympic refugee team ascends to Rio’s Christ statue

By Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters on July 31, 2016, at 8:12 a.m.
Members of the Olympic refugee team, including Yusra Mardini  from Syria (center), pose in front of Christ the Redeemer on Saturday in Rio.

Olympic refugee team ascends to Rio’s Christ statue

By Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters on July 30, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
The team of six men and four women is made up of five athletes from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Ethiopia.

Protesters in Brazil halt Olympic torch relay and extinguish its flame

By Max Bearak, The Washington Post on July 28, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.

Russia escapes IOC blanket ban for Rio Olympics

By Karolos Grohmann, Reuters on July 24, 2016, at 5:13 p.m.