Russian athletes plead to be allowed to compete in Rio

Russian athletes pleaded Wednesday to be allowed to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, making their case two days before the IAAF decides whether to lift its ban on the country's track and field team.

  • Written by JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer

Torn between 2 places, some Crimean athletes may miss Rio

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Crimean Artur Ayvazyan won gold in rifle shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, competing under Ukraine's flag. After Russia's annexation of Crimea, like many athletes, he switched his allegiance from Ukraine to Russia.

  • Written by JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer