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Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers fail in attempt to stop appeal

Associated Press

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers failed Friday in their attempt to stop an appeal by prosecutors that will again seek a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

John Fish, Boston's bid chairman, speaks during a news conference in Boston Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Boston reacts warily to selection of Olympics bid

- Associated Press

Columnists and commuters alike took to the airwaves, the streets and social media Friday to air their grievances, deflating at least a little of Boston’s bubble over beating San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington as the USOC’s choice for the American bid.

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Semenya wins national 800 title, targeting world champs

- Associated Press

With a new coach, a new hairstyle and a new, trimmer physique, Caster Semenya reclaimed the South African 800-meter title Saturday and said she's injury-free and looking to qualify for her first world championships in four years.

Small silvery fish called twaite shad float in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Fish continued to die by the ton Thursday in the Rio de Janeiro lagoon that's slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Rio Olympic head says venue with fish die-off will be safe

- Associated Press

The head of the Rio 2016 Olympic organizing committee promised Friday that the venue for rowing and canoeing would be safe despite a massive fish die-off in the small lake that will host the events.

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, Brazil's Fernanda Rodrigues, left, and Jaqueline Carvalho, pose with their gold medals for women's volleyball at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Brazil may be on track for a record performance at the home Olympics in 2016. The Brazilian Olympic Committee is aiming for a record number of medals after the country significantly increased investments to train its athletes ahead of the games. The goal is to nearly double the 17 medals earned at the 2012 London Games and put Brazil in the top 10 in the overall number of medals, which officials say would be an outstanding feat for the hosts of the first Olympics in South America. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Brazil eyes historic medal haul in 2016 Rio Olympics

- Associated Press

China thrived at the Beijing Games in 2008. Britain excelled in London in 2012. Next year, Brazil will try to show it can produce a historic performance at its home Olympics.

Rowing athletes Diego Nazario, back, and Emanuel Dantas Borges, train in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, surrounded by dead small silvery fish, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Rio de Janeiro's waste management company is still cleaning up dead fish after a die-off at a lake that's slated to hold Olympic rowing competitions during the 2016 games. Fish die-offs are a frequent occurrence in Rio's waterways, which are filled with raw sewage and garbage. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

37 tons of dead fish removed from Rio Olympic rowing venue

- Associated Press

Fish continued to die by the ton Thursday in a Rio de Janeiro lake that's slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off.

British taekwondo fighter approved to compete for Moldova

Associated Press

Top-ranked taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook can compete for Moldova in the Olympics and other international competitions after the British Olympic Association approved his request to switch nationalities.

Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, center, playfully races with youths during a visit to a social sport program at Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Bolt in Rio: 'I'm excited now that it's getting closer'

- Associated Press

Usain Bolt walked into a small gym at the base of Rio de Janeiro's Mangueira favela on Thursday, took three shots on the basketball court - at least one from 3-point range - and made all three.

Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100 meter butterfly final, Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Ariz. It was the first competition for the 18-time Olympic champion after serving a six-month suspension for DUI. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Phelps wins 100 butterfly at 1st meet in 8 months

- Associated Press

Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly at his first meet in eight months Thursday night, beginning his push to compete at a fifth Olympics next year.

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, Brazil's Anderson Silva, right, throws a punch at Stephan Bonnar of the United States, during their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silva will meet with Brazilian taekwondo officials in hopes of competing in next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Silva expressed his desire Monday, April 13, 2015, to represent Brazil in the Olympics. Local taekwondo officials said they like the idea of having the MMA fighter on the team. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Brazilian Anderson Silva hopes to compete in 2016 Olympics

- Associated Press

Mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva will meet with Brazilian taekwondo officials in hopes of competing in next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, despite facing a possible doping ban.

FILE - In this photo taken on Sept.13, 2014 the crowd watch France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet play against Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their doubles match in the semifinal of the Davis Cup, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Paris made a decisive step toward a bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday April 13, 2015 when the city council approved a resolution in favor of hosting the games. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Paris council clears way for 2024 Olympic bid

- Associated Press

Paris took a decisive step toward a bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday when the city council approved a resolution in favor of bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.