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  • Ibtihaj Muhammad set to be first U.S. Olympian to compete in hijab

    Ibtihaj Muhammad (Instagram)Ibtihaj Muhammad (Instagram)You could say it's been a pretty good week for fencing athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad. 

    The 30-year-old New Jersey native was recognized by President Barack Obama during his visit to a Baltimore mosque on Wednesday and asked to stand for a moment of recognition.

    Muhammad's accomplishment? Well, she qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio over the weekend and will become what is believed to be the first U.S. woman to compete in a hijab, the headscarf worn by Muslim women. 

    "I told her to bring home the gold," Obama said in his remarks. "Not to put any pressure on [her]."

    Muhammad qualified for her spot on Saturday after winning bronze at the Athens world cup. The achievement locked her into the second spot in the rankings behind two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis. It was the culmination of a four-year quest that began when Muhammad tore a ligament in her hand while attempting to qualify for the 2012 Games in London. 

    Muhammad told Buzzfeed News earlier this week that she and her parents

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  • Bill Johnson, the first American to win an Olympic downhill gold medal, has died after a lengthy illness. 

    Johnson was an outspoken presence who guaranteed success in the Olympics, then backed it up with a gold medal-winning performance in 1984.

    "He didn't care what anyone said, he did it his way. And he did really good," current U.S. Ski Team member Steven Nyman said. "There was a couple of years where he was really good and he kind of paved the way for us."

    Johnson had suffered from a series of strokes and other ailments throughout his life, most notably following a catastrophic wreck in 2001 while preparing for a comeback at the 2002 Olympic Games. He suffered traumatic brain injury so severe that he lost a decade's worth of memories and needed to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again.

    "It's really sad," said Lindsey Vonn on Friday. "He's had a rough couple of years and it's been sad to watch him deteriorate like that. But you know when you're in a state like that I think it's a

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  • Picabo Street arrested on suspicion of assaulting 76-year-old father

    Picabo Street (Summit County Sheriff)Picabo Street (Summit County Sheriff)Picabo Street, who won a gold medal in the women's Super-G at the 1998 Winter Olympics, faces misdemeanor charges in Utah after allegedly pushing her 76-year-old father down a flight of stairs.

    According to reports, Street and her father Roland got into an argument at her Park City home on Dec. 23. Roland Street apparently "bumped his car into the house," according to a sheriff's affidavit. At some point, the argument spilled into the house, where it became physical. Picabo Street told police she "pushed her father down the stairs and locked him in the basement before calling police dispatch," according to KSL in Utah.

    Roland Street told police he hit his head. He appeared to have cuts on his neck and elbow.

    Street is expected to plead not guilty at a Feb. 16 court appearance, according to reports.

     

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  • In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, is photographed. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, is photographed. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)Knock it down, start all over.

    As part of a plan to combat doping in track and field, UK Athletics, the United Kingdom's athletics foundation, has proposed a far-reaching plan that would include wiping out all world records and initiating lifetime bans for any UK athlete caught doping.

    "The integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015," said Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman. "Clean athletes and sports fans the world over have been let down. Trust in the sport is at its lowest point for decades. Greater transparency, tougher sanctions, longer bans - and even resetting the clock on world records for a new era - we should be open to do whatever it takes to restore credibility in the sport."

    International federations have investigated doping allegations regarding athletes from Russia, Morocco, Turkey, and Kenya.

    UK Athletics' plan would wipe out every single track and field record now on the books, beginning the start of a new "Clean Athletics" era. However, athletes

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  • (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail following his murder conviction, and will remain under house arrest.

    Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Olympian known as the "Blade Runner," was convicted of murder last week in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. On Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius fired several shots through a bathroom door in his house, killing Steenkamp. Pistorius had claimed that he believed an intruder was in his home, and was initially convicted on a charge of manslaughter. After serving a portion of his term, he was released earlier this year for good behavior.

    However, last week South Africa's five-judge Supreme Court of Appeal found Pistorius guilty of murder, ruling that he could have reasonably expected to have killed the individual at whom he was firing. South African law provides for a charge of murder if the accused goes ahead with the act that reasonably could end in a victim's death.

    Pistorius was granted bail of $692, far less than the

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  • Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day two years ago Pistorius was convicted of murder on December 3, 2015 by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal, which threw out his earlier conviction on the lesser crime of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend. (AFP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko)Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day two years ago Pistorius was convicted of murder on December 3, 2015 by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal, which threw out his earlier conviction on the lesser crime of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend. (AFP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko)Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian known as "Blade Runner," has been found guilty of murder by a South African appeals court. The court overturned a lesser charge of manslaughter.

    Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. Pistorius indicated at trial that he believed a burglar had intruded into his home, and fired through the door to a bathroom where Steenkamp was.

    A South African court initially found Pistorius guilty of manslaughter, in effect deeming the crime a tragic accident. After serving time in prison, Pistorius was released to house arrest earlier this fall, with the possibility of appeal looming over him. That appeal came to pass on Thursday, as the five-judge Supreme Court of Appeal rendered a verdict of guilty.

    "The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder on the basis that he had fired the fatal shots with criminal intent," Justice Lorimer Eric Leach told the court. The judgment apparently hinged on the South

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  • The waters around Rio de Janeiro remain highly contaminated nine months ahead of the Summer Olympics, according to a new study commissioned by the Associated Press.

    The study's results are concerning on two fronts. First, the study showed high levels of both bacterial and viral pathogens, a significant concern because of the ability of viral pathogens to cause disease. Bacteria tend to break down quickly in tropical climates, the study noted, while viral pathogens can remain active for months.Dead fish are pictured next to a rowing athlete as he puts his boat on the water before a training sessio. REUTERS/Ricardo MoraesDead fish are pictured next to a rowing athlete as he puts his boat on the water before a training sessio. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

    Both bacterial and viral counts were high not only near the shore, where Rio dumps untreated sewage into the water, but farther out in open water, where boating competitions will take place. That indicates the infectious counts are not being diluted the farther out they drift from shore.

     The AP first reported in July that viruses were present in levels up to 1.7 million times what would draw concern in the United States and Europe. Later in the summer, many competitors in rowing and sailing

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  • Gus Kenworthy, Olympic freeskier and friend to stray Sochi dogs, made a significant announcement on Thursday:

    An athlete coming out as gay no longer necessarily qualifies as news on its own; in the post-Michael Sam era, athletes have wider support networks and more understanding audiences. But in the highly image-conscious world of action sports, Kenworthy's decision ranks as, yes, brave and worthy of respect.

    In a lengthy ESPN article on his background, Kenworthy details the reasons behind his decision. A silver medalist in Sochi, Kenworthy returned home to Telluride, Colo., to a throng of adoring fans. Consider this passage:

    Now, back home in Telluride, mountains looming as the backdrop, Kenworthy addresses his fans. "This is incredibly overwhelming," he says, words shaky, face red from the cold. "This whole crowd here is my family."

    As his short speech comes to a close to raucous applause,

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  • Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 21, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 21, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian who was convicted of killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013, has been released from prison in South Africa.

    Pistorius, 28, will serve the remaining four years of his five-year sentence under house arrest. He also will face further attempts by prosecutors to charge him with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

    Pistorius killed Steenkamp by firing bullets through a closed bathroom door in February, 2013. His defense was that he believed there was an intruder in his home, and had no idea that Steenkamp was on the other side of the door. He was released from prison under South Africa's guidelines that allow non-dangerous prisoners to be freed upon serving about one-sixth of their sentence. 

    The house arrest will take place at the home of Pistorius' uncle in a wealthy section of Pretoria. Pistorius had spent much of the 2014 trial at that home.

    Officials at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre made the surprising decision to

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  • South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted to a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoSouth African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted to a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoOscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic star convicted of killing his girlfriend, will be released from prison next week after serving a year of his five-year sentence.

    Pistorius was convicted in 2014 of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. During trial, Pistorius had contended that her death was an accident, and that he had believed a burglar was in his house when he fired through a closed bathroom door. After the trial, Pistorius was acquitted of the charge of murder, but convicted of culpable homicide, South Africa's equivalent of manslaughter. Pistorius is imprisoned at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.

    Pistorius' good behavior had entitled him to an early release in August, but a judge halted that option at the last minute. A parole board reviewed the decision and later "approved the placement of offender Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 20 October 2015. The parole board considered all submissions, including the

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