RIO DE JANEIRO " Just days ahead of the Olympic Games, the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 2,280 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,100 words also was sent.


" OLY--RIO OLYMPICS-THE LATEST " Real-time updates throughout day.

" OLY-SAI-SAILING-PREVIEW " Olympic sailing will be on dirty water with scenic backdrop. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 750 words.



RIO DE JANEIRO " The split between Olympic leaders and global anti-doping officials over the Russian doping scandal continues to deepen. The World Anti-Doping Agency fires back after IOC President Thomas Bach suggests the agency is to blame for the last-minute chaos over the participation of Russian athletes in the Rio Games.

By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 810 words, photos.


KINGSTON, Jamaica " India declares at 500-9 after slowly building a first-innings lead of 304 runs in the rain-hit second test, and gambling on getting enough play in the final two days to beat West Indies.

SENT: 230 words, photos.


The "Big 4" of men's tennis is enthusiastic about their sport's place in the Olympics, unlike their counterparts in golf. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 720 words, photos.


SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey " Jimmy Walker had champagne in his glass and the Wanamaker Trophy at his side. Still unopened is a $1,200 bottle of Chateau Margaux that Butch Harmon has kept in his Las Vegas wine cellar for when Walker won his first major. That happened at the PGA Championship, where Walker was tested to the very end. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 870 words, photos.


BMX racer Maris Strombergs has earned the nickname "The Machine." The Latvian is the only man to win BMX cycling gold in the discipline's short Olympic history. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 720 words, photos.



RIO DE JANEIRO " A launching ramp that collapsed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic sailing venue is to be back in service on Friday " the day the games open and three days before sailing begins. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 340 words, photo.


BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil " Hope Solo is blaming the American media for spreading fear about the Zika virus and other problems ahead of the Rio Games. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 570 words, photos.


Rugby is returning to the Olympics for the first time in 92 years, bringing the ruck, the maul and the hooker back into the lexicon of the Summer Games. By John Pye. SENT: 710 words.


Playing at home, with its biggest star onboard and an unexpected last-minute change at the helm, Brazil is looking to win its first Olympic men's soccer gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. No pressure, right? By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 770 words, photos.


PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas " The smartest minds in American sprinting have spent years trying to solve the riddle of why, as often as not, U.S. relay teams have struggled so mightily to get the baton around the track when the stakes are highest. Leave it to the Jamaican, Usain Bolt, to come up with what might be the most plausible answer: "They tend to panic." By Eddie Pells. SENT: 800 words, photos.


All the consternation over whether golf's addition to the Summer Games makes sense raises the question of whether tennis " another individual, professional sport with four annual Grand Slam tournaments and millions of dollars in prize money " belongs, too. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos.


RIO DE JANEIRO " In a timely boost for Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Games, the United States is getting a second member on the International Olympic Committee's ruling executive board. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 430 words, photos.


NEW DELHI " India's anti-doping agency drops charges against wrestler Narsingh Yadav, clearing the way for him to travel to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. SENT: 250 words, photos.


" PHOTO GALLERY--RIO FROM THE AIR " The Olympic city from above, from Maracana to Copacabana " By Felipe Dana. SENT.

" OLY--BVL-BEACH VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW " At Copacabana, Olympic beach volleyball is always in fashion. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 670 words, photos.

" OLY--BAD-BADMINTON PREVIEW " Badminton tries to shake off scandals at the Rio Olympics. By Foster Klug. SENT: 760 words.

" OLY--BKL--WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW " US looks to win sixth consecutive gold medal. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 680 words, photos.

" OLY--TTN-TABLE TENNIS-PREVIEW " Can China's Olympic table tennis domination be stopped? By Foster Klug. SENT: 700 words, photos.

" OLY--ROW-ROWING PREVIEW " New Zealand rowing pair enters Rio undefeated since 2007. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 560 words, photos.

" OLY--CYC-MOUNTAIN BIKE PREVIEW " Europeans set high bar on mountain bike for Olympics. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 600 words, photos.

" OLY--PALESTINIAN UNIFORMS " Palestinians say Olympic gear held up by Israeli customs. SENT: 140 words.

" OLY--CAN-CANOE SPRINT-PREVIEW " Canadian engineer paddling for gold in 'drag race on water'. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 540 words, photos.



WOLFSBURG, Germany " Wolfsburg has signed Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund. SENT: 130 words.


" CAR--F1-ECCLESTONE RELATIVE " Police arrest pilot over kidnap of F1 chief's mother-in-law. SENT: 170 words, photo.

" BOX--GOLOVKIN-BROOK " Brook promises to 'shock the world' when he fights Golovkin. SENT: 130 words.

" BKO--STOUDEMIRE-ISRAEL " After NBA retirement, Stoudemire to play for Israeli team. By Samantha Pell. SENT: 530 words, photos.

" US--BIG PAPI WAKEUP CALLS " 'Wake up!' Red Sox star Ortiz records calls for Boston kids. By William J. Kole. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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