• In this Thursday, July 7, 2016 photo, Miriam Nagl, of Brazil, looks over the 10th green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Several athletes with limited connections to Brazil will be fulfilling their Olympic dream thanks to Brazil’s shortage of athletes in many of the sports in which it automatically qualified for the Rio Games as host despite a lack of Olympic tradition. Some have lived away for most of their lives but were born in Brazil.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Foreign athletes use Brazilian connections to make it to Rio

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Rugby player Isadora Cerullo never lived in Brazil. Fencer Ghislain Perrier speaks very little Portuguese. Golfer Miriam Nagl played abroad most of her life.

    Updated: 11:02 pm

  • Unfamiliar waters for Phelps: captain of US men’s swim team

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Michael Phelps is in unfamiliar waters as he heads to his fifth Olympics. He’s been chosen as a captain of the U.S. men’s swimming team for the first time.

  • Russian stars who could miss the Rio Olympics

    MOSCOW (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says it is exploring the legal options for a possible ban of the entire Russian team from next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a result of the country’s repeated doping scandals. Russia finished fourth in the gold medal table at the 2012 Olympics in London and third in the overall medal table. Its absence in Rio would shake up both tables. Here are five Russian stars who could miss out:

  • Kosovo sending eight athletes to its first Olympics

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is sending eight athletes to its first Olympics.

  • Russia’s Efimova wins in 1st meet since March

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yulia Efimova of Russia won the 200-meter breaststroke at the Los Angeles Invitational on Sunday in her first competition since March, the same month she was provisionally suspended for a second career doping violation.