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Phelps claims 21st gold as US win 4x200m relay

Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL | AFP |  Michael Phelps bagged the 21st gold medal of his incredible Olympic career on Tuesday, anchoring the United States to victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Phelps, who barely 15 minutes earlier had produced a superb victory in the 200m butterfly, led the United …

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Pogba completes world record $116.4 m Man Utd return

Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  French superstar Paul Pogba on Tuesday completed a sensational return to Manchester United from Juventus for a reported world record fee. United said Pogba had signed a five-year contract but did not give the cost which British media have put at 89 million pounds …

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BOXING: Briton too good for Uganda’s Katende

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP and Agencies |  A light heavyweight prospect who chose Britain over Ghana to pursue his Olympic dreams clocked the first knock-out of the Rio Games boxing after pulverising his outclassed opponent on Sunday. Joshua Buatsi, 23, who was born in the Ghanaian capital Accra, …

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Museveni flags off Ugandan team

PHOTOGRAPHS: President Yoweri Museveni has today flagged off Uganda’s team to the Olympics. The President reiterated the values of sports and asked the team to observe discipline. The athletes at the function at State House comprised 14 athletes who fly out to Rio tomorrow. The first batch of boxers and swimmers is already in …

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Rio’s glittering opening launches Olympics 2016

  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | The Rio Olympics opening ceremony started with fireworks and laser lit choreography on Friday as Fireworks and laser-lit choreography launched the Rio Games on Friday as Brazil sought to forget seven years of troubled preparations and the Olympic movement temporarily put aside …

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D-Day: Key Ugandan facts ahead of Rio opening ceremony

The world’s focus turns to Brazil from Friday 23.00GMT (Saturday 02.00am Uganda) when the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics starts. Even though the nations will be read out in Portuguese alphabetical order, Uganda will still be among the last nations to enter the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro – in 200th place out of 209. …

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Protests shake Rio hours before opening Olympics gala

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | Thousands of Brazilians angry at political upheaval, corruption and the cost of the Rio Olympics blocked traffic in protests hours before the gala opening ceremony. Most people came to vent anger at center-right interim president Michel Temer who took power in May on …

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Russia defiant as team slashed to smallest in 104 years

Russia vowed to win a hatful of medals and hit out at the expulsion of some of their top athletes on Thursday as they announced their smallest Olympic team in 104 years after a major doping scandal. Despite drugs investigations which have robbed Russia of nearly a third of its …

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