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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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Construction of 2020 Olympic stadium to start in October

Associated Press

Demolition of Tokyo's old National Stadium will be completed by September and construction of the new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will start in October, the venue's management group said Thursday.

This undated photo provided by the Olympic Regional Development Authority shows  a person taking a skeleton ride at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.  For $75, visitors on winter Saturdays can take a sled ride belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug. While racers take running jumps onto their sleds and can exceed 80 mph, visitors are pushed off about halfway down the run and can hit 30 to 40 mph.  (AP Photo/Olympic Regional Development Authority)

On the wild slide: Lake Placid site offers skeleton rides

- Associated Press

Sledding can be pleasant and pastoral, with big toboggans, snowy hills and rosy cheeks. And then there's skeleton sledding: belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug, hard ice whooshing by your face.

Boston mayor strongly defends Olympic bid amid criticism

Associated Press

Mayor Marty Walsh is defending Boston's 2024 Olympic bid in some of his strongest terms yet, saying that - win or lose - the pursuit of the games represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city and would not leave taxpayers shouldering a massive bill.

Rights groups criticize Azerbaijan ahead of European Games

- Associated Press

With the opening of the inaugural European Games in Baku 100 days away, human rights groups on Wednesday called on host nation Azerbaijan to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges.

Mac Bohonnon, center, is kissed by Ashley Caldwell, right, and Kiley McKinnon, left, all of the U.S, as they stand on a podium celebrating their victory in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2015 event in Raubichi, on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Ashley Caldwell took gold, Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon took silver. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

US aerials pipeline produces 2 world titles

- Associated Press

The crystal globes sit on countertops at their parents' houses in Connecticut. Kiley McKinnon took home the women's and Mac Bohonnon, the men's.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach smiles during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. IOC officials have been in Rio this week monitoring progress on the games. South America's first Olympics open Aug. 5. 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

IOC takes new steps to mourn the dead during Olympics

- Associated Press

The IOC is taking new steps to mourn the dead during the Olympics - but stopping short of holding a moment of silence during opening ceremonies to commemorate the 11 Israelis killed at the 1972 Munich Games.

Kelly Clark, of the United States, competes in a World Cup halfpipe snowboard event Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Park City, Utah. Clark came in first place. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Kelly Clark wins snowboard halfpipe in US Grand Prix

Associated Press

Kelly Clark won the snowboard halfpipe in the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday for her second FIS World Cup victory of the season, easily beating 18-year-old American teammate Arielle Gold.

Spanish claim leg 4 in Ocean Race by just 4 minutes

Associated Press

Spanish team MAPFRE, skippered by stand-in Xabi Fernandez, claimed an epic victory in the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race with just over four minutes to spare after 20 days sailing.

A protester holds a banner that reads: "Thomas Bach is a Nature Killer" as police guard the entrance of the hotel where International Olympic Committee meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Golf's return to the Olympics after a more than century-long absence was meant to be triumphal, but the construction of the course in the Marapendi nature reserve, a narrow strip of green in the heart of one of Rio's fastest-growing neighborhoods, has been dogged by legal wrangling and protests by Environmental activists. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio Ruckus: IOC, Olympics targeted by environmental protest

- Associated Press

IOC President Thomas Bach came to Rio de Janeiro to laud the city's progress in getting ready for the 2016 Olympics. On Saturday, he came up against another side of the games - activists bursting into his hotel lobby to protest what they call environmental destruction brought on by the games.

IOC to set up 'mourning place' in Rio's Olympic Village

Associated Press

The IOC will set up a special area in the Olympic Village in Rio next year for athletes to mourn the loss of family or friends, and will also hold a "moment of reflection" during the closing ceremony.