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Team USA reveals Winter Olympics opening ceremony uniforms

Bobsledder and Chicago native Aja Evans modeled the new Ralph Lauren designs.

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NBC Sports announcers won’t travel to Beijing for Winter Games

Because of COVID-19 concerns, most events will be called from the network’s Connecticut headquarters.

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Sky’s James Wade tapped to join USA Basketball’s coaching staff

In the last four years, Wade has made his head-coaching debut in the WNBA (2018) and won WNBA Coach of the Year (2019) and two WNBA titles, as an assistant in 2017 and leading the Sky in 2021.

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Basketball Hall of Famer Lusia Harris dies at 66

Harris helped Delta State University win three straight national titles in the 1970s and earned a silver medal for the United States at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Harris was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 as the first Black woman to earn that honor.

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NHL pulling out of Olympics, costing Patrick Kane last chance to win gold with U.S.

The NHL and its players association agreed Tuesday to withdraw from the 2022 Winter Olympics, allowing postponed games to be rescheduled in February.

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Lynx’s Cheryl Reeve named coach of USA Basketball women’s national team

The Minnesota coach and general manager had been an assistant on the last two Olympic teams.

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Convicted of corruption, former Brazil Olympic boss gets jail term

Carlos Arthur Nuzman was on the International Olympic Committee when his colleagues were allegedly bribed in the vote that awarded the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro over several cities, including Chicago. Nuzman will remain free while he appeals.

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Olympic officials: Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai says she is safe

The 30-minute call came amid growing global alarm over Peng after she accused a former leading Communist Party official of sexual assault.

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Albert Korir, Peres Jepchirchir win NYC Marathon

Korir and Jepchirchir made it a Kenyan sweep at Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

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Former Bulls coach Jim Boylen to lead USA Basketball in World Cup qualifiers

"To have this opportunity to represent my country in the November FIBA World Cup qualifying games is truly humbling," Boylen said.

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2021 Chicago Marathon survival guide: Everything you need to know about the race

Here’s how you can watch in person or from your couch, track a runner, plus tips on how to successfully maneuver around the city during the marathon Sunday.

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Woman who cheated death will race in Chicago Marathon for charity

Marla Sewall, who cheated death after being saved by her husband in 2011, will race in the Chicago Marathon to raise money for charity.

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Blackhawks’ Seth Jones honored by U.S. Olympic team selection alongside Patrick Kane

Jones, Kane and Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews were announced Thursday as the first three players officially on Team USA’s roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Former Bull Pau Gasol announces retirement

Gasol won two NBA titles with the Lakers, in 2009 and 2010, and averaged 17 points and 9.2 rebounds in 1,226 regular-season games with five NBA teams.

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Foreign fans won’t be allowed at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

But Beijing organizers will allow some Chinese to attend the Games.

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Competitors’ wrong turn leads to marathon win for Illinois man

Tyler Pence crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 6 seconds to become the first U.S. runner since 2001 to win the race through the Quad Cities.

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Simone Biles says FBI turned ‘blind eye’ to reports of sexual abuse

"I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse," Biles said.

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With NHL officially committed to Olympics, many Blackhawks could be in the mix

Americans Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and Seth Jones may headline the contingent of Hawks headed to Beijing in February.

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NHL players can participate in Beijing Olympics

The league, its players’ union, the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation struck a deal Friday that will put the best players in the world back on sports’ biggest stage in February after they skipped the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

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Jacques Rogge, IOC president for 12 years, dies at 79

A three-time Olympian in sailing, Rogge earned praise for his calm in the often-turbulent world of Olympic politics but also faced outside criticism for not being tough enough on human-rights issues with China and Russia.

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Tony Hawk’s blood is being used in $500 limited-edition skateboards

The professional skateboarder gave 100 vials of blood to be used for limited-edition skateboard decks.

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Like the Olympics, the Tokyo Paralympics open in empty stadium

It was a circus-like opening with acrobats, clowns, vibrant music and fireworks atop the stadium to mark the the start of the long parade of athletes.

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Polish Olympic javelin thrower auctions her silver medal to help sick infant, gets to keep medal

Zabka, a convenience-store chain in Poland, bid the equivalent of $51,000 and said it would pay that amount but that Maria Andrejczyk could keep her medal.

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World Cup and Olympic champion Carli Lloyd retiring after decorated US soccer career

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year known for her dramatic hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final will play four as-yet unannounced friendly matches this fall with the U.S., and finish out the season with her club team, Gotham FC.

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Athletes put through the Olympic wringer

Their struggles with the unbearable pressure of expectations will be the Tokyo Games’ legacy.

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U.S. rolls to women’s hoops gold medal in Sue Bird’s last Olympics

Bird capped off her unblemished 17-year Olympic run with a record fifth gold medal. Brittney Griner finished with 30 points, making 14 of 18 shots.

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Golden, again: U.S. men beat France for Tokyo basketball title

Nothing about the summer was easy for the U.S. men’s basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game.

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Nemesis France awaits U.S. in Olympic men’s basketball gold-medal game

It would be a fourth consecutive gold for the United States, and if secured, it would mark the longest run of American dominance in the Olympics since the program won golds in each of the first seven tournaments from 1936 through 1968.

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Some pursue dreams of Olympic glory, while others just daydream

This Olympics, I thought I might at last have a chance to medal — in Marathon Channel Surfing on the networks of NBC. But I bombed even at that.

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Allyson Felix sets record, wins bronze for 10th Olympic medal

Felix’s 10th Olympic medal broke a tie with Jamaican runner Merlene Ottey and matched Carl Lewis, who also won 10 medals and was alone as the most decorated U.S. athlete in track.

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Jessica Springsteen, U.S. team qualify for Olympic equestrian jumping final

Springsteen and gold medal-winning teammates Laura Kraut and McClain Ward secured a spot in Saturday night’s team jumping final with a trio of nearly perfect trips around the Equestrian Park course.

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U.S. women reach Olympic basketball gold-medal game with win over Serbia

"This is exactly where we want to be," said Breanna Stewart, who had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. "Everything is on the line. We’re going to do what we can to make sure we come home with a gold."