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  • IOC official: Slopestyle injuries “unacceptable”Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Maybe Shaun White was right all along. An International Olympic Committee official charged with monitoring injury rates at the games says the new discipline of slopestyle produced an “unacceptably high” number of injuries in its debut at the Sochi Olympics and should be dropped in future if that doesn’t improve.

  • Residents play soccer at the Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 30, 2014. The Mare complex of slums, home to about 130,000 people and located near the international airport, is the latest area targeted for the government's "pacification" program, which sees officers move in, push out drug gangs and set up permanent police posts. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Rio mayor says workers must make up lost timeApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 2,000 workers at Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic venues remained on strike Friday, and the city’s mayor warned that the workers will have to make up for lost time.

  • Oscar Pistorius, right, leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday. The prosecution in Paralympic athlete’s murder trial said he was lying and adapting his version of events on the morning he shot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to line up with the evidence.

    Prosecutor mocks Pistorius’ version of eventsApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete’s murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized — then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.

  • Mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, June Steenkamp, left, is comforted by family lawyer Dup de Bruyn, as they listen to cross questioning of Oscar Pistorius, in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead loverApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.”

  • Oscar Pistorius, leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. He is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

    Pistorius sobs while recalling shootingApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he realized he shot his girlfriend through a closed toilet door.

  • Meet U.S. Olympian Bozek at Special Olympics fundraiserApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. Olympian Megan Bozek will meet and pose for pictures with fans Friday at a fundraiser in Buffalo Grove to benefit Special Olympics. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Continental Restaurant, 788 Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove.

  • Olympian Megan Bozek, left, shows her silver medal to senior Lora Khalfin, as Bozek met with students and teachers Wednesday at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The Stevenson graduate won the silver as a member of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Olympian Megan Bozek returns to Stevenson HighMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Olympic hockey player and Stevenson High School alumna Megan Bozek returned to her alma mater Wednesday for the first time since winning a silver medal in Sochi. Bozek, of Buffalo Grove, received a standing ovation from more than 100 students, teachers, coaches and administrators when she took the stage in an auditorium.

  • Forensic investigator Johannes Vermeulen, with a cricket bat in hand, demonstrates on a mock-up toilet cubicle, with the door, background, how the door could have been broken down with the bat, during the trial of Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Pistorius trial: Bullet-holed toilet door in courtMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kneeling, a South African police officer on Wednesday swung a cricket bat at a toilet door erected in the courtroom at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, using two key pieces of evidence to partially re-enact the night the athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting her through the same door more than a year ago.

  • Oscar Pistorius, center, with unidentified men leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013.

    Friend: ‘Mad’ Pistorius shot gun out car sunroofMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Oscar Pistorius’ friend testified Tuesday that the Olympian twice fired guns in public in the six months before he killed his girlfriend, once without warning through the sunroof of a moving car following an angry altercation with a policeman who had handled Pistorius’ pistol. Darren Fresco said he asked Pistorius immediately after the sunroof shooting if he was “mad” and the world-famous runner “just laughed” at him.

  • Snowboarder Alex Deibold shows off his bronze medal as about 20 members of Team USA stopped at O’Hare International Airport Monday afternoon on their way home from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Team USA members stop in O’HareFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cheers and chants of “U-S-A!” erupted in Terminal 1 of O’Hare International Airport Monday afternoon as roughly 20 Olympic athletes from Team USA — including four medalist — came through Chicago on their way home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "It’s good to be home,” said silver medalist speed skater Eduardo “Eddy” Alvarez, of Salt Lake City, the first Cuban-American male to make an American Olympic skating team.

  • In this Feb. 9, 2014 photo Austria’s Johannes Duerr competes during the men’s cross-country 30k skiathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Duerr has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after testing positive for EPO, the country’s Olympic committee said Sunday, Feb 23, 2014. It is the fifth doping case of the Olympics and the first involving the blood-boosting drug EPO. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Austrian Olympic Committee:Skier positive for EPOFeb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after testing positive for EPO, the country’s Olympic committee said Sunday. It is the fifth doping case of the Olympics and the first involving the blood-boosting drug EPO.

  • The team from the United States USA-1, with Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt, celebrate after they won the bronze medal during the men’s four-man bobsled competition final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Sunday, February 23Feb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 2014 Olymics in Sochi, Russia held closing ceremonies after the final day of events that included the men's hockey, bobsledding and cross-country skiing. Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal in hockey and USA-1 won the bronze in four-man bobsledding.

  • The next Winter Games will be held in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Like Sochi, it's a new destination, the first Winter Olympics in Korea. Unlike Sochi, Pyeongchang already has many existing facilities in place. The infrastructure budget is a modest $7 billion.

    After Sochi, what's next for Winter Olympics?Feb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The sheer cost, size and scale of the Sochi Olympics has outstripped anything done before. The question for future Winter Games is clear: Can anyone — should anyone — try to top that? The huge financial investment, massive security apparatus and litany of logistical issues has thrown up major challenges to potential future Winter Olympic host cities.

  • Shaun White, of the United States, hits the edge of the half pipe during the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Shaun White is most chatted on FacebookFeb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Snowboarder Shaun White is the most buzzed-about Olympic athlete on Facebook but figure skating is by far the sport that attracts the most interest. The social media site said that more than 24 million people have commented on the Olympics during Sochi’s first week, with a total of 48 million posts, comments and “likes.”

  • A photo of a video monitor shows Highland Park skater Jason Brown receiving his bronze medal.

    Highland Park medalist Jason Brown still smiling as Olympics wind downFeb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Still celebating his bronze-medal win in team figure skating, Highland Park's Jason Brown talks candidly about his Olympic victory and his love of the sport in this exclusive Q&A. "The outpouring of support from my community has been more than I could have ever imagined."

  • Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States step onto the ice before performing in the figure skating exhibition gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Saturday, February 22ndFeb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Images from Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi.

  • Two Olympians kicked out for dopingFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A top German biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were kicked out of the Sochi Olympics on Friday in the first doping cases of the Winter Games.

  • Women’s slalom gold medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States poses for photographers with the American flag.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Friday, February 21stFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Images of Friday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Highlights include a semifinal loss for Team USA men's hockey, alpine skiing, short track speedskating, and much more.

  • Canada forward Sidney Crosby consoles U.S. forward Patrick Kane Friday after Canada won 1-0 in a men’s semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Canada beats U.S. 1-0 to reach gold-medal gameFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament. Canada advanced to the gold-medal match Sunday against Sweden, which beat Finland 2-1 in the earlier semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

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