RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.
Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters.
But after an Associated Press investigation published last week revealed high counts of viruses directly linked to human sewage in the Olympic waters, the IOC reversed course after being advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) that it should expand its testing.
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women's British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another chapter in golf's record book.
The top-ranked Park picked up seven shots in her last 12 holes, pressured her 20-year-old protege so much she finally lost her nerve, and completed a 7-under 65 at Turnberry to capture the trophy she thought she may never win. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Arsene Wenger finally earned his first win over Jose Mourinho on Sunday as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain received the ball on the right edge of the area in the 24th minute and cut inside Cesar Azpilicueta before hitting a left-footed shot inside the top far corner to decide the traditional curtain raiser between last season's Premier League and FA Cup winners at Wembley Stadium. (MORE)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) FIFA president Sepp Blatter's term as an International Olympic Committee member ended Monday when he did not seek re-election.
Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term. But IOC President Thomas Bach said Blatter informed him by letter on July 23 that he would not stand again. (MORE)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The IOC shook up the bidding process for the 2024 Olympics on Sunday, eliminating the cut-down phase and clearing the way for all the candidates to make it to the final vote.
The decision, announced at the International Olympic Committee's general assembly, opens the prospect of a crowded field of as many as seven cities battling it out over a two-year global campaign. (MORE)
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play by holing a 4-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final.
Aphibarnrat beat Marc Warren of Scotland 3 and 2 in the semifinals then went 3 up with four holes to play against Karlsson, only to lose three holes in a row. (MORE)
KAZAN, Russia (AP) Katie Ledecky of the United States opened an ambitious program at the world swimming championships with an easy victory in the 400-meter freestyle Sunday night.
The 18-year-old Ledecky led all the way and was under her world-record pace until the next-to-last lap, touching in 3 minutes, 59.13 seconds to set a championship mark. Ledecky set the world record of 3:58.37 at last year's Pan Pacific championships in Australia. (MORE)