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Brazil's athletes are trying to catch up in time for 2016 Games

RIO DE JANEIRO - China thrived at the Beijing Games in 2008. Britain excelled in London in 2012. Next year, Brazil will try to show it can produce a historic performance at its home Olympics.

Usain Bolt sets his hopes high

RIO DE JANEIRO - Usain Bolt has a few goals left before he retires: He wants to break his own 200-meter world record and do it by running under 19 seconds.

Michael Phelps announces plans for 2016 Olympics

MESA, Ariz. - Michael Phelps is aiming to compete in a fifth Olympics next year in Rio, although the 18-time Olympic champion won't be eligible to swim in the world championships this summer.

Japan organizers believe 2020 Olympics will be 'sustainable'

TOKYO - Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have promised the most innovative, impeccably run and "sustainable" games ever. With just a little more than five years to go, doubts are growing whether they will deliver on the last pledge.

Squatters invade building in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO - A vast Art Deco residential building in Rio de Janeiro that Brazil's one-time richest man was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel ahead of the 2016 Olympics has been invaded by squatters.

Ex-American downhill skier Bill Johnson is suffering after stroke

Most days are a struggle for American downhill great Bill Johnson as he rests in bed at an assisted living facility in Gresham, Ore., watching his favorite television shows.

Boston group says voters should decide 2024 Olympic effort

BOSTON - The group behind Boston's bid to play host to the 2024 Summer Olympics said it wants the residents of Massachusetts to decide whether the effort to bring the games to the city should go forward.

Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin turns pro after winning college title

Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro.

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