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Airbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio

A worker carries a equipment as he walks past Aquatic Stadium under construction at the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. The head of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizing committee Carlos Nuzman said the 2016 games will be the motor of the biggest urban transformation of any Olympic city. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as online home share startup Airbnb inked a deal to be the official “alternative accommodations” sponsor of the 2016 Olympic games.

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Former Olympic boxing champ retires; cites brain injuries

This is a Sunday Oct. 1, 2000 file photo of Audley Harrison of  Britain celebrates his gold medal victory in the super-heavyweight division in Sydney, Australia. Former Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison has announced his retirement, saying repeated blows to the head have left him with brain injuries. The 43-year-old British fighter, who won the super-heavyweight gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, says a series of medical tests showed he was suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury.  (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

LONDON (AP) — Former Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison has retired, saying repeated blows to the head have left him with brain injuries.

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Beijing assures Olympic security as 2022 bid inspections end

Alexander Zhukov, center, chairman of The International Olympic Committee's  (IOC) Evaluation Commission watches as he tours a ski field in Chongli town, near the Zhangjiakou, near the Zhangjiakou,in China's Hebei Province Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Leaders of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics said Wednesday the capital's notorious air pollution will be much improved by the time of the games. The IOC will select the host city on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Wang Zhao, Pool)

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials said Friday they can provide a secure environment for a Winter Olympics in Beijing, as IOC evaluators wrapped up their five-day inspection tour of the city’s 2022 bid.

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South Korea’s swimming start Park apologizes for doping ban

In this Sept. 21, 2014 file photo, South Korea's Park Tae-hwan adjusts his goggles after competing a men's 200-meter freestyle swimming heat at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea has been banned 18 months for doping. Swimming governing body FINA says Park tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition drug test in September. The ban will begin retroactively the day of the positive test and expire March 2, 2016 — putting Park's participation in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in doubt. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A tearful former Olympic swimming champion, Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, offered an impassioned public apology Friday, four days after receiving an 18-month ban for failing a doping test.

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Hazards at Rio Olympic course: legal, political, ecological

A worker cuts the grass on the Olympic Golf course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes, has defended the city's controversial Olympic golf course, which has become a touchstone of criticism from environmental activists and is at the center of complicated legal wranglings since the course was partially carved out of a nature reserve. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The golf course for the 2016 Olympics has been embroiled in legal wrangling since the day three years ago when American golf architect Gil Hanse won the design contest over other bidders including Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

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