• Athletes pose for picture with performers during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Rio Olympics kept NBC on top with viewers again last week

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Olympics in their final week were still golden for NBC. Once again, NBC’s nightly prime-time averages took the week’s top seven Nielsen slots. And NBC again left rival networks far behind in overall viewership.

  • Former professional boxer Roberto Duran, left, and actor Edgar Ramirez, who plays Duran in the film, pose together at the U.S. premiere of "Hands of Stone" at the SVA Theatre on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    “Hands of Stone”, an intimate portrait of a boxer

    NEW YORK (AP) — From a building in Manhattan’s midtown, Roberto Duran and Edgar Ramirez can see Madison Square Garden.

  • In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, retired NBA star Kobe Bryant visits the exchange, in New York. Bryant has partnered with Jeff Stibel, an entrepreneur and investor, to form the $100 million venture-capital firm Bryant Stibel, based in Los Angeles. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)

    Kobe Bryant starts $100 million investment fund

    NEW YORK (AP) — Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant is moving to Wall Street, announcing the formation of a $100 million venture capital fund to invest in media, technology and data companies.

  • Spectators take selfies before the final of the women's Olympic football tournament between Germany and Sweden at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday Aug. 19, 2016.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    After Rio risk, Olympic officials can learn lessons

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America’s first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off?

  • Members of the the United States team celebrate after defeating the Netherlands during a women's bronze medal volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. The United States won 3-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    An unhappy reminder for NBC’s volleyball analyst at Olympics

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes experience as an Olympian can give an announcer special insight — even the most painful kind.

  • These are 2016 file photos showing Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard, left, and Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman. Howard and Zimmerman have been cleared by Major League Baseball of allegations they used human growth hormone. Pharmacist Charlie Sly claimed in an Al-Jazeera America documentary "The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping," which was broadcast Dec. 27, that the two used HGH. Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic, later recanted his claims. In a brief statement Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, MLB said its investigation "did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman." (AP Photo/File)

    MLB clears Howard, Zimmerman of drug allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard and Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman have been cleared by Major League Baseball of allegations they used banned performance-enhancing substances.

  • The United States team from left, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie celebrate winning the gold medal in the women's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    A lyrical ending to an Olympic soccer match

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set up Friday as duel night between the United States and Jamaica in the sprint relays, and what started out well ended up in heartbreak for the Americans.

  • People watch Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, at a bar before the men's 200-meter final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Ratings sink for NBC as star power dims

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a terrific night for American track athletes in Rio. Ashton Eaton won his second straight decathlon title, Ryan Crouser set an Olympic record in the shot put, Dalilah Muhammad became the first American woman ever to win gold in the 400-meter hurdles and Kerron Clement won the same race for men.

  • Argentina's Manu Ginobili (5) waves to fans as he leaves the court after a quarterfinal round basketball game against the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Looking beyond the home team in Olympic basketball coverage

    NEW YORK (AP) — In Rio and any other Olympics, broadcasters are frequently criticized for a concentration on a home nation’s athletes that causes it to miss interesting stories involving others. Some of it is fair, much of it isn’t.

  • South Africa's Caster Semenya, right, and Romania's Claudia Bobocea compete in a women's 800-meter heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Caster Semenya enters Olympics, questions go unanswered

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Olympic Games is running into a storm of controversy involving Caster Semenya, the favorite in the women’s 800 meters. The South African, the unwilling face of track’s ethical and medical dilemma over women with high levels of testosterone, sharply divides opinion — even among fellow competitors.