• FILE In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 file photo Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus makes an attempt in the final of the Women's Shot Put during the World Athletics Championships, in Osaka, Japan. While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia’s problems

    MOSCOW (AP) — While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system.

  • Quotebox: Reaction to Olympic ruling not to ban Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has opted against imposing a blanket ban on the Russian team for next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • This is a Sunday April 25, 2010.  file photo of Russia's Liliya Shobukhova as she crosses the finish line to win the London Marathon, in London. London Marathon organizers said Tuesday July 19, 2016 that  a British court has ordered Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova to repay prize and appearance money after being banned for doping.  (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi, File)

    UK court orders Russia runner to repay London Marathon cash

    LONDON (AP) — A British court has ordered Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova to repay prize and appearance money from the London race after being banned for doping, event organizers said on Tuesday.