Olympics: Breaking Stories and all the latest from NBC Sports

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Marv Albert attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States.  (Photo by Mike McGregor/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)

Here is the latest Olympic News from NBC Sports.

Marv Albert to call Olympic basketball for first time since 1996
Marv Albert will call Olympic basketball this summer for the first time since 1996.

Misty May-Treanor to play AVP this week
May-Treanor was retired for three years before playing domestically again.

Wrestler goes from living in pickup truck to making Olympic team
Daniel Dennis has an incredible story on the road to Rio.

Apolo Ohno to be inducted into U.S. Speedskating Hall of Fame
Ohno is still very much involved in the sport and now an Ironman.

First Rio 2016 Olympic torchbearer announced
The relay starts in Olympia next week.

Watch first episode of Missy Franklin’s GoPro series
Franklin is scheduled to compete this week.

U.S. women’s soccer Olympic boycott ‘on the table,’ Becky Sauerbrunn says
Sauerbrunn’s comments were firmer than Alex Morgan’s.

James Magnussen fails to make Olympic 100m freestyle
Magnussen finished second to Nathan Adrian by .01 at the 2012 Olympics.

Jordan Burroughs leads U.S. wrestlers clinching Olympic berths
One of his Olympic teammates quit the sport and lived in his truck three years ago.

Kanak Jha is first U.S. athlete born in 2000s to qualify for Olympics
The entire U.S. Olympic team is now more than 80 athletes.

Jake Varner, Kyle Dake reach U.S. Olympic Trials finals
The U.S. Olympic Trials finish Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.

How to watch U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials on Sunday
Both reigning U.S. Olympic champions and all four reigning U.S. World champions are in action.

Simone Biles opens Olympic year with dominating Pacific Rims title
Biles is on a double-digit win streak dating three years.

Tervel Dlagnev overcomes back injury to lead U.S. Olympic wrestling qualifiers
Three 2012 U.S. Olympians became the first three members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic wrestling team.

Brent Metcalf among early U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials upsets (videos)
Also watch 19-year-old Aaron Pico overcome a 9-0 deficit to win.

Gwen Jorgensen’s record winning streak snapped
Jorgensen finally found a deficit on the run she could not overcome.

Lily Zhang makes second straight U.S. Olympic table tennis team
Zhang, 19, held off a challenge from a 14-year-old.

How to watch U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials on Saturday
Three Olympic spots are up for grabs.

Ben Simmons won’t play in Olympics, report says
Simmons could be the No. 1 NBA draft pick.

Brazil still wants Neymar for both Copa America, Olympics, despite letter
Barcelona controls Neymar’s rights for the Olympics.

Olympic champ, World champ may vie for one U.S. Olympic wrestling spot
Jake Varner and Kyle Snyder could face off in the most anticipated match of the Olympic Trials.

Watch Rio Olympic venues time-lapse video
Watch progress at several venues between two zones.

U.S. Olympic basketball teams to stay on cruise ships in Rio
Rio de Janeiro’s renovated port area should be hopping during the Olympics.

Grant Hackett fails to make Australian Olympic team in comeback
Hackett was trying to become Australia’s oldest Olympic swimmer.

Kosuke Kitajima retires after missing Japan Olympic team, reports say
Kitajima finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke on Friday.

Simone Biles opens Olympic year at Pacific Rim Championships
Watch the competition on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra this weekend.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo design finalists (photos)
Organizers unveiled four designs shortlisted on Friday.

Russia pulls players from national sports teams due to meldonium
The Russian sports minister says no one will face criminal charges over the worst doping scandal in the country’s history.

Japanese badminton star set to miss Olympics for gambling
Gamblers can face up to three years in prison for betting at casinos, which are illegal in Japan.

Nate Ebner added to U.S. rugby roster for Hong Kong; boosts Olympic hopes
Ebner replaces one of the U.S. stars, who is injured.

U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials broadcast schedule
Rio spots are up for grabs on Saturday and Sunday, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Grant Hackett misses Australia Olympic team in 400m freestyle
The seven-time Olympic medalist bids for Rio after a six-year retirement.

U.S. swim stars slated for Mesa meet; broadcast schedule
NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCSN will air coverage.

Jordan Burroughs’ path to Rio Olympics missing closest U.S. rivals
The Nos. 2 and 3 ranked men in his division moved up in the last year.

John Smith joins NBC Olympics as wrestling analyst
Smith will cover the Olympic trials on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra this weekend.

Yannick Agnel can swim 200m freestyle in Rio
Another swimmer dropped out.

Park Tae-hwan ruled out of Rio Olympics, reports say
The four-time Olympic medalist failed a drug test in 2014.

Ye Shiwen looks Rio bound after Chinese Nationals comeback
Ye improved in the 200m IM from her seventh-place in the 400m IM.

Google Doodle celebrates 120th anniversary of modern Olympics
Check out the four Google Doodle graphics.

Tom Daley unveils fan-submitted Twitter cover photo designs
First taken as an April Fool’s joke, Daley revealed his 10 favorites.

Usain Bolt sets first 100m race of 2016
U.S. Olympic champions are also reportedly in the field.

U.S. women’s hockey team stuns Canada in overtime for World title
The daughter of a former NHL defenseman had the golden goal.

Russia Olympic hammer throw champion banned for doping
Tatyana Beloborodova’s Olympic gold medal could be affected.

Mary Carillo, Jimmy Roberts to serve as NBC Rio Olympic correspondents
They will offer essays and feature stories on athletes and the locale.

Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Edwin Moses to appear on Wheaties boxes
There was a petition to get Louganis on a Wheaties box.

Kosuke Kitajima, breaststroke king, could make fifth Olympic team
The four-time Olympic champion finished second at the Japanese Championships.

David Wise soars to record ski height (video)
Watch video of Wise soaring nearly 50 feet.

Justin Gatlin’s coach to remain U.S. relays coach for Rio
Mitchell resigned in February, but USA Track and Field clarified a rule change.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen eyes 7th Olympics, family with another Sochi superstar
Bjoerndalen can break one more career medals record in Pyeongchang.

Masters could be pivotal for Phil Mickelson’s Olympic hopes
Mickelson must pass Americans in the world ranking by July 11 to make the Rio Games.

U.S. Olympic speed skater suspended after fighting coach
Mitchell Whitmore acknowledged hitting a Dutch coach.

Lindsey Vonn details screams, ‘excruciating pain’ in season-ending crash
“When I was laying there, I knew something bad had happened because I could feel the bone hit bone.”

U.S., Canada set for World Hockey Championship gold-medal game
The rivals have met in all 16 previous Worlds finals.

Ye Shiwen struggles at Chinese Championships, Olympics in doubt
Ye was the eye-popping world-record breaker of the London Olympics.

Simone Biles joined by U.S. star gymnasts on Pacific Rims roster
Including an Olympic champion.

Mao Asada looks ahead after 7th at World Championships
“There are times when I think I can do it and other times when I think that I cannot.”

Five takeaways from World Figure Skating Championships
Where does the U.S. go from here?

Gracie Gold says she’s ’embarrassed,’ ‘ashamed’ in emotional interview
U.S. champion Gracie Gold was understandably shaken by her fourth-place finish at the World Championships on Saturday night. Gold led after the short program Thursday but fell on the opening jump combination in her free skate and later doubled a planned triple Lutz. She ended up 2.4 points shy of bronze. “It was one of those really, […]

Ashley Wagner ends U.S. medal drought; Yevgenia Medvedeva takes title
Medvedeva broke Yuna Kim’s legendary mark from the 2010 Olympics.

Canadians repeat as World champions in pairs
Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford repeated as World champions in pairs, coming from behind by nailing their free skate in Boston on Saturday. Duhamel and Radford scored 153.81 points to total 231.99 overall, both easily personal bests, and won by a comfortable 7.52 points. They overtook China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who had a 2.67-point lead after the short program Friday. […]

Russia gymnastics champion Nikolai Kuksenkov tests positive for meldonium
He was fourth in the 2012 Olympic all-around.

How to watch World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday
Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner can finally end the U.S. women’s drought.

Javier Fernandez overtakes Yuzuru Hanyu for repeat World title
Fernandez erased the largest lead in World Championships history.

Chinese pair tops past champions in Worlds short program
The U.S. pairs are well back.

Manny Pacquiao ‘thinking about’ boxing in the Olympics
Freddie Roach would train him.

Kimmie Meissner ready to see U.S. (gold?) medal drought end
Meissner, still young enough to be competing, is the last U.S. woman to win a World title (in 2006).

Kenyan runners keep competing during doping bans
“Many Kenyans came,” Hamid said. “We registered them all.”

Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir now in ice sculpture form
The NBC figure skating analysts unveiled the statue in a 21-degree bar.

How to watch World Figure Skating Championships on Friday
Pairs short program and men’s free skate.

French repeat as World ice dance champions; U.S. gets two medals
The second-highest score in history.

Gracie Gold tops World Championships short program
Gold can end a U.S. medal drought on Saturday.

NBC Sports to air live coverage of all 2016 AVP events
The top U.S. Olympic players are AVP mainstays.

How a tainted Kenyan runner won small U.S. races
Agents are “traveling to Kenya, cherry-picking athletes,” and entering them in races with little or no drug-testing.

Yuzuru Hanyu: Denis Ten intentionally caused practice kerfuffle
The two Olympic medalists had a near collision in a Wednesday practice.

U.S. women’s soccer stars discuss wage-discrimination complaint (video)
“The generation of players before us fought, and now it’s our job to keep on fighting.”

How to watch World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday
The women’s short program and free dance.

Tina Maze unlikely to return to Alpine skiing, reports say
“If I don’t have the right competitive energy I cannot lie I have it.”

Yuzuru Hanyu roars to Worlds lead amid pressure of rising expectations
The U.S. men have work to do to keep three spots for 2017.

Lauren Jackson, Australian Olympic great, retires from basketball
Jackson won three Olympic silvers and a bronze but no gold.

Yannick Agnel could miss Olympic 200m freestyle after controversial finish
Agnel was the second swimmer to touch the wall but finished third.

Oscar Pistorius’ sentencing set for June
Pistorius will still be in court on April 18, but not for long.

U.S. couples trail after World Championships short dance
A French couple leads, seeking to repeat.

How to watch World Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday
The short dance and men’s short program kick off competition.

Maria Sharapova doping hearing could be in June, Russia tennis boss says
How does that impact Olympic entry deadlines?

Grant Hochstein reaches figure skating’s highest level, first Worlds at age 25
Hochstein’s girlfriend is a former World junior champion.

U.S. men’s soccer team fails to qualify for Olympics (again)
The U.S. goes back-to-back Olympics without a men’s soccer team for the first time in 36 years.

Chris Paul won’t go to Rio; U.S. left with one point guard with Olympic experience
See the list of point guards left from USA Basketball’s Olympic finalists list.

U.S. men’s results at Worlds likely to impact 2018 Olympics
Max Aaron knows from experience how important a third spot at Worlds can be.

Russia, U.S. women on proving ground at World Figure Skating Championships
Does Yevgenia Medvedeva have staying power? Will the U.S. drought end? Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir preview.

Yuzuru Hanyu out for ‘revenge’ at World Championships
The Japanese Olympic champion chose to let his English do the talking.

World Figure Skating Championships pairs preview: ‘A game of Russians’
BOSTON — Russian pairs, for so long the standard of figure skating excellence, did not come close to a medal at the 2015 World Championships. Don’t expect a repeat of that failure at TD Garden this week. “Pairs will be a game of Russians,” said Johnny Weir, NBC Olympics analyst and noted lover of all things Russian. Both […]

NBC Olympics surpasses $1 billion in national ad sales for Rio Games
NBC Olympics is on pace for the most national ad sales for any network for any media event in U.S. history.

U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada in Worlds opener
Hilary Knight scored twice while veteran goalies did not play.

Olympic stars live monkishly at Kenyan running camp
Gold medalists muck out shared toilets and do the washing up just like everyone else.

Judge dismisses Picabo Street’s charges
The Olympic champion skier was facing misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

Mirai Nagasu reminded of painful memories in Boston return
“It is a hard place to skate for me.”

Full NBC Olympic trials broadcast schedule
NBC Sports will air its most-ever hours of Olympic trials coverage.

Is Yuzuru Hanyu beatable? World Championships men’s preview
Two other World champions have taken him down in the last year.

Mao Asada plans to compete through 2018 Olympics
Asada has struggled since her comeback victory in the fall.

Maia, Alex Shibutani can bring ice dance title back to U.S.; Worlds preview
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir provide their medal picks.

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