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TV, radio sports schedule for Aug. 15, 2016

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 8:43 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at CLEVELAND, 1:10 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 AM), WJJB Portland (96.3 FM), WPEI Portland/Saco (95.9 FM) radio …
Simone Biles of USA celebrates winning the gold in the women's vault final.

Simone Biles wins vault for third gold medal at Rio Games

By Liz Clarke, Washington Post on Aug. 14, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Almost from the time she could toddle, Simone Biles was getting in trouble for jumping and flipping around the living-room furniture. As a young teen, she was initially dismissed by veteran coach Martha Karolyi as “just this bouncy thing” — a girl with an uncanny knack …
U.S. player Nate Ebner scores a try against Fiji in group stage action during the Summer Olympics at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 10, 2016. Ebner returned to practice with the NFL's New England Patriots on Sunday.

Ebner rejoins Patriots after Olympic rugby duty

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 14, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
The New England Patriots released offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson on Sunday to open a roster spot ahead of safety Nate Ebner returning to the team after competing for the U.S. Olympic rugby team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 27-year-old Ebner, entering his fifth NFL season, was placed on the …
Gold medalists Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmetterling, Tessa Gobbo, Meghan Musnicki, Ellie Logan (top, middle), Amanda Elmore and Katelin Snyder of the USA pose with their medals.

Boothbay Harbor rower wins third gold medal

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 14, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor savored yet another shining Olympic moment Saturday, helping the U.S. women’s eight crew win its third straight gold medal in the 2,000-meter final on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas racecourse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ryan Lochte of the United States, pictured with his gold medal after swimming on the winning 4x200 freestyle relay team on Aug. 9, was among several Olympians robbed at gunpoint in Rio De Janeiro on Saturday night.

US Olympic swimmers robbed at gunpoint in Rio

By Cindy Boren and Dom Phillips, Washington Post on Aug. 14, 2016, at 4:28 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and three other members of the U.S. Olympic swimming team were robbed at gunpoint “by individuals posing as armed police officers” in Brazil, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Sunday. Along with Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen and Jack Conger were in …
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.

US women’s rowing team extends unbeaten run with gold medal win

By Amy Tennery and Angus MacSwan, Reuters on Aug. 13, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
The United States’ women’s eight powered to the gold medal in the Olympic rowing regatta on Saturday, extending a 10-year unbeaten run.

Ledecky smashes record in 800 to take freestyle triple

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 12, 2016, at 9:49 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Katie Ledecky of the United States destroyed the field in the 800-meter freestyle on Friday, breaking her own world record to complete a rare Olympic swimming triple. Ledecky led from the start and inexorably stretched out the gap over her opponents to finish in eight minutes, …
Almaz Ayana (left) of Ethiopia reacts as she crosses the finish line in the women's 10000-meter final Friday at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange during the  Rio Summer Olympic Games.

Ethiopian Ayana wins stunning gold in 10,000 meters, denies doping

By Reuters on Aug. 12, 2016, at 7:57 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic track and field got off to an astonishing start on Friday when Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashed a 23-year-old world record to win the greatest-ever women’s 10,000 meters and then had to deny suggestions that her performance was fuelled by drugs. The world 5,000 meter champion, …
Carli Lloyd (10) of the United States  is consoled by teammate Megan Rapinoe after Sweden upset the U.S. in the quarerfinal round at the Rio Olympics Friday at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil.

Sweden upsets U.S. women’s soccer in Olympic quarterfinals

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 12, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Sweden knocked the United States out of the women’s Olympic soccer tournament on Friday, recording one of the sport’s biggest upsets by beating the defending champs 4-3 on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal after the two sides drew 1-1 after extra time. Lisa Dahlkvist converted Sweden’s …
Water turns green in the diving and in the water polo pools in the Aquatics Centre.

The Olympic diving pool is closed because of its green water

By Matt Bonesteel, The Washington Post on Aug. 12, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
Officials in Rio closed the Olympic diving pool on Friday morning, three days after the water at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center turned green.
Simone Manuel (right) of the USA and Penelope Oleksiak of Canada react after jointly winning the gold medal and setting an Olympic record Thursday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Phelps wins fourth gold of Rio Games; Manuel earns her first

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 11, 2016, at 9:53 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO – This should be stressful, because he is 31 and no longer technically in what would rank as the best racing form of his life. That was years ago, when his body would respond on command. Throttle back, no problem. The gas was always there. How, then, …

Water quality concern moves to pools in latest Rio blunder

By Reuters on Aug. 11, 2016, at 7:36 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Concerns over water quality at the Olympics have been swirling for months for sailors and rowers, but this week they moved into swimming pools, in the latest embarrassment for Games organizers. Untreated sewage, the presence of dangerous bacteria, and garbage floating in Rio’s Guanabara Bay and …
Simone Biles of USA (left) and Alexandra Raisman of USA celebrate winning gold and silver respectively at the women's individual all-around final.

Coronation complete as Simone Biles wins all-around gold

By Pritha Sarkar, Reuters on Aug. 11, 2016, at 7:20 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — As Simone Biles stood locked in a tight embrace with her teammate Aly Raisman, waiting for her final score to come up on the big screen, the concerned look in her eyes suggested she had no idea who would be crowned Olympic all-around champion. The American …

TV, radio schedule for August 12, 2016

on Aug. 11, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR, XFINITY, qualifying, 6 p.m., USA-TV BASEBALL, LITTLE LEAGUE Midwest Regional semifinal, 11 a.m., ESPN-TV New England Regional semifinal, 1 p.m., ESPN-TV Northwest Regional semifinal, 3 p.m., ESPN-TVStory continues below advertisement. Great Lakes Regional semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN2-TV Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinal, 7 p.m., ESPN-TV West Regional semifinal, 9 …
Michael Phelps swims during the men's 200-meter butterfly final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Tuesday at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Move over Leonidas, here comes Michael Phelps

By Alan Baldwin, Reuters on Aug. 10, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
The medal machine that is Phelps on Tuesday night matched what must surely rank as the oldest record in sport when he chalked up his 12th individual Olympic swimming gold medal.

TV, radio schedule for August 11, 2016

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
BASEBALL, LITTLE LEAGUE Midwest Regional semifinal, 11 a.m., ESPN-TV New England Regional semifinal, 1 p.m., ESPN-TV Northwest Regional semifinal, 3 p.m., ESPN-TV Great Lakes Regional semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN2-TVStory continues below advertisement. Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinal, 7 p.m., ESPN-TV West Regional semifinal, 9 p.m., ESPN-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE NY YANKEES at …
Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes of the USA compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics preliminary in sailing, men's two-person dinghy.

Former Maine resident Dave Hughes sails unusual path into Rio Games

By Steve Waters, Sun Sentinel on Aug. 10, 2016, at 6:24 p.m.
It’s possible no athlete is more surprised to be competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics than Miami resident and former Mainer Dave Hughes.
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Kristin Armstrong waves in the women's individual time trial medal ceremony at Pontal during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Kristin Armstrong wins third cycling Olympic gold, and it isn’t even her full-time job

By Marissa Payne, The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
Armstrong has tried to leave cycling before — twice, actually — but the allure of new challenges kept bringing her back.
Katie Ledecky (right) of the United Staes and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden embrace after Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle final Tuesday night at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ledecky, Phelps cruise to gold-medal finishes

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 09, 2016, at 9:52 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Katie Ledecky of the United States won the women’s Olympic 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night to claim her second individual gold of the Games and stay on track for a rare triple. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden took the silver medal while Emma McKeon of Australia won …
Simone Biles of the United Sates competes on the beam during the women's team gymnastics final Tuesday at Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

U.S. gymnasts blow away opposition to win team gold

By Pritha Sarkar, Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 8:09 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — There were a few wobbles here and there, even for Simone Biles, but those imperfections could not stop the United States from blowing away the opposition to capture the Olympic women’s team title with a record margin on Tuesday. Dubbing themselves the Final Five, Biles, Gabby …