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Possible Torture Investigation of Bahraini Prince Puts IOC and AFC on the Spot

James Dorsey | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Scotland Yard has opened an investigation into allegations that Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the commander of Bahrain's armed forces, was involved in the torture of political detainees. The investigation could prove to be embarrassing for the president of the AFC and a relative of the prince, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

IOC President's Call for Transparency Challenges Middle Eastern/Asian Political Dominance of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 09.21.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Taken at face value, a rare acknowledgment by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach that sports and politics are inextricably intertwined should be a first step towards radical reform that offers a proper structure to govern the relationship.

Islamist Group Prays For Earthquake During Sochi

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2014 | World

By Timothy Heritage SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) - A militant Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an eart...

Bidding Wars and Olympic Madness

Andrew Zimbalist | Posted 08.11.2013 | Sports
Andrew Zimbalist

Politicians' egos, buoyed by the private economic interests that stand to profit and the frenzied international competition for hosting the Olympics, drive the bid. It leads to untethered grandiosity. Putin's pet project in Sochi seems to be a case in point.

Newest Google Doodle: Paddle Down A Raging River Olympian-Style

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 08.09.2012 | Technology

Google's at it again with a new Olympics-themed doodles game. Today's installment of the logo-turned mini-game features a canoe racing down a river...

Why We Love Gabby!

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

There's been a lot of talk about how Gabby will become a new role model for young black girls everywhere. She may even inspire many to take up gymnastics or follow other Olympic dreams. That's great, but I don't think it stops there.

A Family Affair At The Finish Line

bsuatthegames.com | Lindsey Gelwicks | Posted 08.07.2012 | College

As the last notes of the U.S. national anthem echoed across Hampton Court Palace, two-year-old Lucas Savola was finally allowed to join his mother, Kr...

WATCH: Dominique Dawes Gets Emotional About Gabby Douglas's Win

Posted 08.03.2012 | Black Voices

Before this week's gold-winning performance by the U.S. women's team, only one African-American female had ever earned an Olympic gold medal in gymnas...

Olympic Art You'd Never Expect

Posted 08.02.2012 | Arts

Are you experiencing post-opening ceremony blues, where even a Michael Phelps record-breaking win can't bring back that initial feeling of excitement?...

Olympics Photo Caption Contest: Water Polo Match

Posted 07.31.2012 | Sports

Peter Biros of Hungary defends against Montenegro's Mladan Janovic during a preliminary men's water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Tuesday ...

American Sprinter Tyson Gay Goes For Gold Medal One Final Time

Jordan Schultz | Posted 09.29.2012 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

At the trials, Gay -- now a veteran at 30 years old and still without an Olympic medal -- qualified after a mere six weeks of training. Yet the harsh reality for Gay is that he must race in the fiercest era of sprinting history.

Chinese Gymnasts Surprised By Hosts

AP | NANCY ARMOUR | Posted 07.28.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- The British men sure know how to kick off a party. The host country, which was only good enough to send two gymnasts to Beijing four year...

Greece Expels Athlete From Olympics Over Racist Tweet

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.24.2012 | Sports

Voula Papachristou has been expelled from the Greek Olympic Team for a racist twitter comment, according to the Associated Press. The website Keep...

USA Tops Spain In Potential Gold Medal Preview

AP | BRIAN MAHONEY | Posted 09.23.2012 | Sports

BARCELONA, Spain — Gold medal at stake or nothing at all, the U.S. Olympic basketball team was bringing its best Tuesday. Being back on the Dre...

London Opening Ceremony Details Leaked

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 07.26.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- The London Olympics opening ceremony will be a grand spectacle – but will it be a surprise? In a word, no....

Their Golden Years: Meet The 1948 Olympians Who Appeared In Last London Games

The New York Times | Posted 07.23.2012 | Sports

The last time the Olympics were held in London was 1948 -- the first Games after a 12-year hiatus caused by World War II. The United States sent more ...

USA Basketball Pushed Again Ahead Of Olympics

AP | BRIAN MAHONEY | Posted 09.21.2012 | Sports

BARCELONA, Spain -- Dressed like the Dream Team, tested like its predecessor never was. The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team held on for an 86-80 e...

Moment Of Silence For 1972 Munich Victims Denied

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 07.21.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- IOC President Jacques Rogge won't budge: There will be no minute's silence for the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre at the openin...

Complete London 2012 Medal Predictions

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 09.19.2012 | Sports

Medal projections for the 2012 London Olympics, compiled from predictions by the staff of The Associated Press: ARCHERY ...

STUDY: Great Britain Could Easily Beat Medal Goal

AP | Posted 09.15.2012 | Sports

LONDON (AP) — A U.S. study has predicted that Britain will easily beat its goal of winning at least 48 medals including 25 golds at the London Olymp...

Olympic Weightlifter Blazes Trail For Gulf Women

AP | MICHAEL CASEY | Posted 07.15.2012 | Sports

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Najwan El Zawawi didn't have the Olympics in mind when she arrived to set up a weightlifting program in the United Arab...

Where's My Windsurfer?

AP | SHEILA NORMAN-CULP | Posted 09.14.2012 | Sports

LONDON — Kenneth Andreasen, the head coach for the U.S. Olympic sailing team, is not a man who travels lightly. He's already sent 10 shipping c...

Daily Olympics Schedule

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 09.22.2012 | Sports

All Times EDT(Subject to change)Wednesday, July 25SoccerWomenAt Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Britain vs. New Zeal...

Women's Boxing American Continental Championships -- Day 2

Sarah Deming | Posted 06.06.2012 | Sports
Sarah Deming

The next bout was the fight of the night and had the sparse crowd screaming. U.S. Olympic candidate Queen Underwood faced Canada's Sandra Bizier. It took me a while to realize that I'd actually fought Sandra 10 years ago in Quebec City.

Opening Ceremony Performers Forced To Wear Diapers

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BEIJING — Martial arts student Cheng Jianghua only saw the army barracks he stayed in and the stadium where he performed at the spectacular Olym...