• Great Britain's Mo Farah wins the Men's 5000m  during day 2 of the Diamond League anniversary games at The Stadium, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Saturday July 23, 2016. (Paul Harding/PA via AP)

    Farah dominant, Fraser-Pryce sluggish in final pre-Rio races

    LONDON (AP) — Mo Farah cruised to victory in the 5,000 meters and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fell short in a sluggish sprint on Saturday in contrasting fortunes for the Olympic champions in their final races before heading to Rio de Janeiro.

  • ALTERNATIVE CROP - Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of Russia's cabinet in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 22, 2016. President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia's future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Decision time: IOC poised to rule on Russia’s status for Rio

    LONDON (AP) — As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment.

    Updated: 11:24 am

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses for photographers after he won the men's 200 meter race during the Diamond League anniversary games at The Stadium, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Friday, July 22, 2016.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Bolt return from injury upstaged by 28-year WR being broken

    LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt looked in fine shape for the Olympics by winning his last race before Rio de Janeiro on his return from injury.

  • Matthieu Reeb, General Secretary of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, speaks to journalists during the release of the decision in the case between the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), 68 Russian athletes and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal of 68 Russian athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.  (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    How Russia could challenge Olympic bans at CAS and beyond

    GENEVA (AP) — Much of the intense Olympic action before the Rio de Janeiro Games open in less than two weeks is set to play out in the law courts.

  • Russian athlete Vera Rudakova speaks to the media at the Russian Athletics Cup, at Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Russia lost its appeal Thursday against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a decision which could add pressure on the IOC to exclude the country entirely from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia’s track and field stars angered by Rio Olympics ban

    ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (AP) — Russia’s top athletes reacted with anger after the news broke Thursday that their track and field team would remain banned from next month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Jaimaica's athlete Usain Bolt shows his arm with a plaster as he speaks during a press conference ahead of the Muller Anniversary Games in London, Thursday, July 21, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Bolt says Olympic ban for Russians should scare dopers

    LONDON (AP) — Russia’s track and field team being banned from the Olympics sends a powerful message that should scare cheats, according to Usain Bolt.

  • Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July, 21, 2016. Mutko says the country's athletes who are banned from competing in next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro could go to a civil court to try and overturn the ban. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

    Court set to rule on appeal by Russian track athletes

    LONDON (AP) — Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it’s up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days.

  • World hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov competes in the Russian Cup athletics competition in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. A day before a sports court rules on Russia's appeal against the ban on its track and field team from the Olympics, star Russian athletes at a meet near Moscow pondered how they will react if they are banned from Rio Olympics. Sergei Shubenkov says he'll drown his sorrows. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian athletes await key ruling on Olympic track ban

    ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (AP) — Long jumper Ekaterina Koneva says she’ll cry. World hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov says he’ll drown his sorrows.

  • President of Russia's Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov opens the meeting of Russia's Olympic Committee in Moscow, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Zhukov says he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month's games in Rio over doping. The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal grounds for possibly banning Russia following allegations that Russian government officials covered up hundreds of drug test failures by their country's athletes. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia says final decision on Olympic ban expected Sunday

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top Olympic official expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro over allegations of state-sponsored doping.

  • 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: