• July 28, 2016

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The Latest: Brazil soccer star Neymar regrets village woes

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

FIFA bans council member Niersbach in World Cup bids probe

FIFA council member Wolfgang Niersbach, a member of FIFA's ruling council, was banned from soccer for one year on Monday in the first sanction from the investigation into Germany's 2006 World Cup bid.

Brandi Chastain: On headers, concussions, soccer wages

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandi Chastain is confident the U.S. women's soccer team can win the gold medal again in Rio, is advocating for fewer headers in youth games and dealing with her son's diagnosis of Crohn's disease.

Aussies won't move to Rio village yet; power, plumbing fears

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Australia's Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation's 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de Janeiro.

Read or Not: Rio Olympics open doors at Athletes Village

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ready or not, the Rio Olympics are opening their doors.

Vikings cut the ribbon at new $1.1 billion football stadium

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph spent his first three seasons playing in the Metrodome, a cramped, dingy noise box that tested the patience of fans and players alike.

How Russia could challenge Olympic bans at CAS and beyond

GENEVA (AP) — Much of the intense Olympic action before the Rio de Janeiro Games open in less than two weeks is set to play out in the law courts.

IOC edict sharpens scrutiny on Russia as 2018 World Cup host

LONDON (AP) — Russia's hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFA's leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation.

Premier League says players' bad behavior damaging its image

LONDON (AP) — Finger-jabbing players aggressively challenging referees. Rival teams in mass brawls. Touchline confrontations between managers.

Pro soccer TV analyst pleads guilty to drug kickback scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A TV analyst for Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union has pleaded guilty to receiving nearly $500,000 in kickbacks for filling prescriptions for medication.

The Latest: Russia's sports minister welcomes IOC probes

The Latest on the Russian doping case (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

Poll: Many Brazilians think Olympic Games cause more harm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A new poll says nearly two out of three Brazilians believe that hosting the Summer Games will cause the country more harm than good.

Russian sports head Mutko at risk from doping scandal

GENEVA (AP) — The fallout of Russia's state-backed cheating at the Sochi Olympics could add pressure on Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also is its top official at FIFA and head of the local organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.

The Latest: Banning Russia from Rio raises complex debate

The Latest on the release of a report that confirmed widespread doping in Russian sports (all times local to Rio):

Egypt court dismisses assault charges against soccer star

CAIRO (AP) — A court has dismissed assault charges against one of Egypt's best known football stars after a police photographer who he chased and kicked on an empty pitch withdrew his complaint.

On cusp of history, Phil Mickelson shoots 63 at British Open

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson was 16 feet away from a place in history he wouldn't have to share with anyone.

Germany's Schweinsteiger weds Serbian tennis ace Ivanovic

BERLIN (AP) — German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger has tied the knot with Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic.

Tent City: Open campground spreads golf beyond the elites

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Rows and rows of tents cover a smooth, grassy field. Fathers and sons kick around a soccer ball. Others are simply lounging in their folding chairs, sipping on a beer and soaking up some rays.

Rory McIlroy: still a full-fledged member of Fab Four

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy still considers himself a full-fledged member of the Fab Four.

Willett busy enjoying perks of being major champion

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Perks come with being a major winner, as Danny Willett is discovering.

Froome jabs a spectator in the face during Tour de France

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — Before launching his downhill attack, Chris Froome landed a left jab — to a spectator's face.

Can China's Olympic table tennis domination be stopped?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China's overwhelming domination of table tennis at the Olympics will likely continue in Rio, but there's drama about just which member of the fantastically talented Chinese national team will prevail.

The Latest: Platini not expected to be at France's final

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the European Championship (all times local):

BRITISH OPEN: The American invasion of Royal Troon

None in the crowd of roughly 10,000 suspected that when Bobby Locke of South Africa tapped in for a two-shot victory and a record score in the British Open, he would be the last player from outside the United States to hoist the claret jug at Royal Troon.