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OLY--ATH-TRACK AND FIELD

RIO DE JANEIRO " Usain Bolt's run at history continues. On Thursday, he lines up for the men's 200 meter final in search of his eighth Olympic gold medal. Maybe a world record, too. By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Bolt runs at 0130 GMT.

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

NEW/DEVELOPING:

OLY-SWM--LOCHTE ROBBERY

RIO DE JANEIRO " Brazilian police said Thursday that swimmer Ryan Lochte and U.S. teammates were not robbed after a night of partying, and that the intoxicated athletes instead vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by armed guards before they paid for the damage and left. By Mauricio Savarese, Peter Prengaman and and Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 1,209 words, photos.

CRI--WEST INDIES-INDIA

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad " West Indies reached 62-2 as rain forced an early end to the first day of the fourth and final test against India on Thursday.

SENT: 137 words, photos.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--OLYMPICS RDP

RIO DE JANEIRO " Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte commanded the Olympic spotlight Thursday for drastically different reasons. By Josh Hoffner. SENT: 797 words, photos.

OLY--RIO GAMES-TICKET TROUBLES

RIO DE JANEIRO " The taekwondo competition at the Rio Games on Thursday morning was sold out. Not a single seat was left for grabs at the 10,000-capacity arena, where fans spent between $21 and $43 to gain access. But the arena never totally filled. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 794 words, photos.

OLY--DIV-DIVING-WOMEN'S PLATFORM

RIO DE JANEIRO " China has its next diving superstar. Actually, two of them. Fifteen-year-old Ren Qian captured another diving gold medal for China on Thursday, producing five nearly flawless efforts off the women's 10-meter platform to beat her 17-year-old teammate, Si Yajie. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 728 words, photos.

OLY--BOX-AIBA-EXECUTIVE REASSIGNED

RIO DE JANEIRO " The International Boxing Association has reassigned its executive director in the middle of the Olympics after an examination of the judging and refereeing at the games. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 551 words, photos.

OLY--WEI-WEIGHTLIFTING-DOPING FIGHT

RIO DE JANEIRO " The weightlifting competition at the Rio Olympics played out under a cloud of suspicion and scandal so severe that there are fears the sport may get booted out of future games for doping. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 870 words, photos.

OLY--TAE-TAEKWONDO GRUDGE MATCH

RIO DE JANEIRO " It's a bitter grudge that has lasted for years: Aaron Cook vs. Britain. Born and raised in the U.K., Cook is now a citizen of Moldova and will be fighting for that country in the men's 80-kilogram competition in what his British opponent Lutalo Muhammad describes as "probably the biggest rivalry in taekwondo." By Maria Cheng. SENT: 637 words, photos.

GLF--WOMEN'S GOLF

RIO DE JANEIRO " Stacy Lewis made 11 birdies on Thursday to match the low score at Olympic Golf Course with an 8-under 63, putting her right in the mix for a gold medal in women's golf. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 748 words, photos.

OLY--RIO-DOPING

RIO DE JANEIRO " A weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan became the first athlete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be stripped of a medal after failing a drug test, while a Chinese swimmer and Brazilian cyclist were also disqualified Thursday and a Moldovan canoeist was suspended and could lose his bronze medal. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 609 words, photos.

OLY--HICKEY ARREST

RIO DE JANEIRO " IOC executive Patrick Hickey was discharged Thursday from a hospital and went straight to a Rio de Janeiro police station to be questioned about an Olympics ticket scalping investigation. By Rob Harris. SENT: 488 words, photos.

SOCCER:

SOC--MAN UNITED-POGBA

MANCHESTER, England " Manchester United's world-record signing Paul Pogba is ready to make his season debut at home to Southampton in the English Premier League on Friday, according to manager Jose Mourinho. SENT: 264 words, photos.

CYCLING:

CYC--SPANISH VUELTA PREVIEW

BARCELONA, Spain " Chris Froome says he has some "unfinished business" when the Spanish Vuelta starts on Saturday. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 590 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-ARGENTINA PREVIEW

NELSPRUIT, South Africa " South Africa coach Allister Coetzee begins his first Rugby Championship campaign on Saturday knowing that the Springboks must master their old strengths against Argentina before they can start to spread their wings. SENT: 447 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--CINCINNATI

MASON, Ohio " Right from the start, Rafael Nadal was running on empty. Nadal showed the effects of his long layoff from a wrist injury Thursday, losing to Croatia's Borna Coric 6-1, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open. The 30-year-old Spaniard has a lot of work to do before the U.S. Open. By Joe Kay. SENT: 572 words, photos.

OTHER STORIES:

" US--DARREN SHARPER RAPE CASE. Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Thursday to more than 18 years in prison for drugging women in order to rape them " double the sentence recommended by prosecutors. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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