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Olympic Games schedule – August 7

Here's the Olympic Games schedule for Sunday, all times in GMT Aug. 8, Monday, in Manila) - : - Rowing Men's single sculls, women's single sculls, men's coxless pair, women's double sculls, men's double sculls, men's coxless lightweight four, women's coxless pair, women's lightweight double sculls, men's lightweight double sculls, men's coxless four. - Basketball Men 1) Brazil v Lithuania 2) Croatia v Spain 3) Nigeria v Argentina

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Images from the Rio Olympics opening ceremony

The New York Times, through its Lens Photography page on Facebook, shared images from the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony. Watch a stream of images, raw and unedited, by photographers of The Times - AP, Reuters, Getty Images, European Pressphoto Agency, and the AFP.

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Pacquiao gets committee as Senate split games, amusement and sports panel

By Jelly F. Musico, Philippine News Agency MANILA, Aug. 1 – Neophyte statesman Manny Pacquiao took a committee chairmanship after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution No. 68 that separated the Senate committee on games, amusement, and sports into two new standing committees. As a result, Pacquiao has been awarded with the chairmanship of the now Senate committee on sports while Senator Panfilo Lacson got the Senate committee on games and amusement. Pacquiao has now two committees, including the committee on public works approved last week by the Senate, which constituted the first 21 standing Senate committees. On Monday, the Senate announced the chairmanship and members of the 12 more committees. These are the committees on government owned and controlled corporations given to Senator Richard Gordon; climate change to Senator Loren Legarda; banks, financial institutions and …

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Expert to Rio athletes: ‘Don’t put your head under water’

By Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the AP's tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. The AP's survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio's Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers. The first results of the study published …

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Meet hardcourt heroes at the PBA All-Star weekend

The PBA All-Star weekend, which happens on Aug. 4-7 at the Araneta Center, will give PBA fans the chance to hobnob with their basketball idols Alaska Aces point guard RJ Jazul hopes PBA fans can “check us out the PBA All-Star Weekend” on August 4 -7 where he and a throng of fan favorites will face-off in a series of fun between-season hard court battles. Ginebra shooting guard JayJay Helterbrand, who along with his teammates, and Alaska’s Jazul, Chris Banchero, and Calvin Abueva stepped out of the dugout before the Alaska-Ginebra match last Sunday to say hi to fans lining up for the PBA All-Star Weekend tickets at the Smart Araneta Coliseum lobby. He adds, “Yeah, see your favorite players like Japeth Aguilar, my boy Scottie (Thompson), and my main man Joe …

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Hamilton leads Grand Prix championship

After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton leads the championship tally this season. He has overtaken Nico Rosberg in the driver's standings. BBC Sport, in its Twitter page, shared this bit of news.   Lewis Hamilton wins the #HungarianGP! He finally leads the championship this season.https://t.co/ImUT5GtxPq pic.twitter.com/LhDdMh0YSd — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 24, 2016  

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Marestella’s journey to the Rio Olympics

CNA insider, in its Facebook page, shared Marestella Torres' bid for her 3rd Olympic outing through a video entitled "Fighting: Mom's Long Jump to Rio. The video has, since its posting, garnered 156,073 views. Marestella has high hopes that she'll quality for the final round and get the gold in the category she's competing in. The last time the Philippines got a gold medal in the women's division, albeit unofficial, was when Arianne Cerdena-Valdez won the topmost spot in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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5 Russian canoeists, Olympic gold medalist banned from the Rio Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — 5 Russian canoeists, including an Olympic gold medalist, have been banned from the Rio Games over doping.  

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IOC decides against complete ban on Russians from Rio Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — AP Source: IOC decides against complete ban on Russians from Rio Olympics.

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Olympics: 45 new doping failures from Beijing, London Games – IOC

Geneva, Switzerland -- Reanalysis of samples from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 London Games has uncovered 45 new doping failures, the International Olympic Committee said Friday. "Reanalysis of the second wave of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 has resulted in Provisional Adverse Analytical Findings of 30 athletes from Beijing and Adverse Analytical Findings of 15 athletes from London," an IOC statement said. "The latest results bring the total number of athletes who tested positive for prohibited substances from the first and second waves of reanalysis to 98."

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