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Boston organizers underestimated Olympics’ costs

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BOSTON — Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics underestimated costs for hosting the games, potentially leaving Massachusetts taxpayers on the hook for significant cost overruns, according to a state-funded report released Tuesday. Boston 2024, the local group organizing the bid, had projected construction costs for the Olympic Stadium, athletes village and other key facilities would total about $918 million out of a proposed $4.6 billion plan. But the … 0

U.S. shakes off jitters; Obama talks scandal

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Forgive the United States for some opening night jitters. The team got off to a slow start — several players called it “choppy” — but broke open a 1-all tie with Australia after the first half for a 3-1 victory in the World Cup opener on Monday night. Megan Rapinoe … 0

F-bombs, shouting: Uncivil discourse on Boston bid

Sunday, May 31, 2015

BOSTON — If there were an Olympic medal for acrimony, Boston would take the gold. The debate over the city’s embattled bid to host the 2024 Summer Games has featured F-bombs at public hearings, shouting matches and online abuse in both directions. Regardless of whether the bid advances, some say the venom and vitriol represent a new low in a city where political … 0

Once-calm witness cries at Pistorius murder trial

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa — For two days, the witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was … 0

Pistorius investigators meet Apple over iPhone

Thursday, February 27, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — South African prosecutors pressing a murder charge against Oscar Pistorius secured a meeting Thursday with Apple officials in the United States over accessing potentially crucial evidence on the double-amputee athlete’s locked iPhone, they said. Pistorius claimed … 0

Farewell, Sochi! Russia closes costliest Olympics

Sunday, February 23, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their … 0

Canadians protect birthright with win vs. Team USA

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Aw, Canada. It’s hard to work up any sort of serious dislike for those quaint neighbors living in America’s attic, but this hockey thing is getting ridiculous. Twice during a 24-hour period at the appropriately named Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Canadian Olympic team has danced … 0

Canada outlasts US in semifinals, 1-0

Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics. One slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey kept the Canadians firmly on top of the U.S. and moved them to the … 0

Judging talk overshadows skating again

Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining. Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has … 0

US collapse golden for Canada

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The puck skittered the length of the ice on its way toward the empty Canadian net before clanging off the post and stopping in front of the crease. It was — for a few more … 0

US-Canada hockey rivalry hits Olympic semifinals

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry starts from childhood, particularly for players who grow up near the border. Although they’re often pals and teammates in the NHL, their friendships evaporate if they’re ever lucky enough to face … 0

US ousts Czechs, 5-2

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The United States’ hockey team is getting exactly what it wanted. Another shot at Canada. Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the Americans went on to dominate the … 0

Linda Robertson: Lauren Williams comes up silver

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lauryn Williams always liked to go fast. When she was a kid, she beat her German shepherd on a dash home from school. When she was a professional track star she beat the best sprinters in the world. Williams finished the fastest run of … 0