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With or without Bolt or Russians, athletes will shine in Rio
With so much focus on Usain Bolt's injured hamstring and the Russian team's ban amid charges of systematic doping, it's easy to lose track of who could be making the headlines at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Leap of faith
Two people are seen bungee jumping from a 43-meter-high Baling Highway Bridge in the mountainous Fuxing Township, Taoyuan City. This is part of the activities for the 2016 Northern Cross-Island Highway Travel Festival (北橫旅遊節) organized by the Taoyuan City Government, which opened on Saturday, July 16.
 
Chris Froome keeps the yellow jersey after dramatic final kilometer crash
Fans celebrating Bastille Day created dramas at the Tour de France, causing a crash involving race leader Chris Froome that ensured it wasn't until hours after the 12th stage concluded that organizers decided the British rider could keep the yellow jersey.
 
101-year-old Mieko Magaoka of Japan aims to smash more aquatic records
As the world's top swimmers prepare for the Rio Olympics, a sprightly Japanese centenarian insists she will still be smashing records by the time the 2020 Tokyo Games roll around.
 
African discus champion Victor Hogan was dropped from South Africa's Olympic team on Thursday after he failed a doping test and was banned for two years.
 
Taking a swing at it
Lilly Caron, 8, of Bridgeton, Maine, Jason Homchick, of San Diego, and Lilly's father Jason Caron, obscured, ride the Sky Swing at Seacoast Adventure, in Wyndham, Maine, Thursday, July 14. The 30.5-meter swing gives riders the combined thrills of sky diving and hang gliding.
 
Matthews ends run of Tour misfortunes in style
After so much bad luck at the Tour de France, Michael Matthews believed he was jinxed. Two years ago, the Australian rider crashed days before he was scheduled to take a flight to the start of the Tour in England and had to pull out before the race.
 
The leader of the U.S. anti-doping effort says nothing short of removing the Russian flag from this summer's Olympics would suffice if an upcoming report about Russian doping is as damning as expected.
 
Through hail and heat, Froome in control of Tour
Through hail, heat and constant pressure from some of his main rivals, Chris Froome rode strong during the toughest stage in the Pyrenees of the Tour de France on Sunday.
 
The UFC has been sold for approximately US$4 billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG. UFC President Dana White confirmed the sale of the mixed martial arts promotional company in text messages to The Associated Press on Sunday night.
 
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