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Photos: U.S. highlights from 2016 Summer Olympics 08.08.16 at 9:59 am ET
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After the first weekend of the Rio Olympics, the United States leads all countries with 12 medals and is tied for first with three golds. As is usually the case, it’s USA swimming that has grabbed the early headlines, with Katie Ledecky setting a world record to win gold in the 400-meter freestyle and Michael Phelps winning his 19th Olympic gold as a member of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team.

Check out our running Olympics photo gallery on Facebook for all the best U.S. moments throughout the Games.

Michael Phelps and Caleb Dressel celebrate their gold in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. (Rob Schumacher/USA Today)

Michael Phelps and Caleb Dressel celebrate their gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. (Rob Schumacher/USA Today)

Reports: Game 7 TV ratings best for NBA Finals game in 18 years 06.20.16 at 10:00 am ET
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A great game got a great viewing audience.

According to John Ourand, media writer for the Sports Business Journal, the Cavaliers’ Game 7 win offered the best television numbers for an NBA Finals game in 18 years.

‘The Greatest of All Time’ Muhammad Ali dies at 74 06.04.16 at 9:16 am ET
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One of the most influential athletes of all time, boxer Muhammad Ali, passed away Friday night at the age of 74. Ali had been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past 32 years.

For a complete retrospective of Ali’s life and career, click here.

The funeral for Ali will be held in his hometown of Louisville, KY.

Bill Richard, father of Marathon bombing victim, on D&C: ‘We quite frankly did not want to be portrayed in the movie’ 04.18.16 at 11:59 am ET
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Bill Richard, the father of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday morning from the finish line and said that he wishes Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day” movie wasn’t being made.

“We quite frankly did not want to be portrayed in the movie,” Richard said. “We did not want any actors playing the Richard family. Those were the plans. We received assurances that we wouldn’t be portrayed. There’s just no benefit to us being onscreen having actors play a family of five when everyone knows what the outcome is.”

The Richard family met with Wahlberg before filming to express their concerns. Like Wahlberg, they are Dorchester natives.

“I’m comfortable that Mark is a local guy doing it,” Richard said. “If it was anybody else, we might not have even been given the courtesy of a conversation with them. We don’t have any ill will towards them. I think a lot of people share the sentiment that we do — it’s a little too soon.”

Asked if he believed the movie would respectfully portray the events of the 2013 Marathon, Richard said he didn’t know. Bombing victim Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who will portray him in a separate film entitled “Stronger,” threw out first pitches at Fenway on Monday.

“It’s Hollywood,” Richard said. “While we’re not personally looking forward to it, nor do we think it should be portrayed by Hollywood, we can only control so much. Mark is a standup guy. We talked to him about it, we told him our feelings. We respect their process. There are many survivors who are involved in it.”

Richard chose instead to focus on the work of the Martin Richard Foundation. His son was 8 when he lost his life following the second explosion, but he keeps his memory alive with a team of roughly 100 runners partaking in the race as part of the MR8 charity team. The foundation has also partnered with John Hancock to build a park in Martin’s name on the Boston waterfront, with $8 donations possible by texting the name “Martin” to 91999.

“I don’t subscribe to the idea that things happen for a reason, that God has a list,” Richard said. “We got dealt a bad hand and we’re going to deal with it in the future going forward. Martin’s going to live a full life, through these hundred runners, previous runners, and the runners we have in years ahead.”

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Boston Marathon bombing survivor Victoria McGrath dies in Dubai car crash 03.08.16 at 12:45 pm ET
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Victoria McGrath (center), pictured at a 2013 event honoring Marathon bombing survivors, was killed in a crash in Dubai on Monday. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Victoria McGrath (center), pictured at a 2013 event honoring Marathon bombing survivors, was killed in a crash in Dubai on Sunday. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Victoria McGrath, the subject of an iconic photo in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, has died in a car crash in Dubai, according to published reports.

McGrath, 23, was killed on Sunday along with three others, including a Northeastern classmate, in a Ferrari being driven by a Canadian boxer. She was traveling through Dubai with classmate Priscilla Perez Torres, who also died in the crash. The two were set to graduate from NU this spring.

Northeastern released a statement on Monday:

“Victoria was from Weston, Connecticut, and survived severe injuries during the Boston Marathon bombing. She was devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work. Priscilla came to Northeastern from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and was passionate about travel and working on issues related to nutrition and women’s health. Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them.”

McGrath was injured in the 2013 bombing and had a tourniquet applied to her left leg, which required extensive surgery and rehab. She was photographed being carried to medical personnel by Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde, who told the Boston Herald on Monday, “It’s been said that I helped to save her life, but the truth is Victoria saved my life after the marathon as her love, support and friendship helped myself and my family deal with the acts of 4/15/13.”

The drive of the car, Canadian boxer Cody Nixon, was in Dubai to serve as the best man in his friend’s wedding. In his final Instagram photo, he posed with the rented yellow Ferrari and noted, “Don’t worry, I won’t speed.”

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Did Bruce Springsteen really look at Kirk Minihane? 02.05.16 at 8:07 am ET
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Kirk Minihane’s infatuation with Bruce Springsteen has been well documented. Now there’s proof, thanks to the Twitter documentation from Gerry Callahan (and others) at Springsteen’s TD Garden show Thursday night …

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Defense says investigators told Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brother Tamerlan was still alive after Marathon bombings arrest 01.27.16 at 2:16 pm ET
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In the hours after he was arrested in the back of a boat in Watertown, Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev repeatedly asked investigators from his hospital bed if his brother Tamerlan remained alive.

According to documents released by his defense on Wednesday and summarized at boston.com, they lied and said yes.

A judge ordered the release of roughly 600 documents that had been OK’d by both the prosecution and the defense in the trial of Tsarnaev, who was convicted of helping plant two bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 260.

While handcuffed to a bed and drifting in and out of consciousness, Tsarnaev could not speak. According to records released on Wednesday, he had suffered gunshot wounds to the head, face, throat and jaw, as well as his left hand and both legs. So he scribbled notes to his interrogators.

“Is my brother alive I know you said he is are you lying Is he alive? one person can tell you that,” he wrote. “Is he alive, show me the news! Whats today? Where is he?”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already dead at that point, killed, investigators believe, when his younger brother struck him with a stolen car while fleeing a shootout in Watertown.

At another point, Tsarnaev complains that investigators won’t let him rest.

‘€œI am tired. Leave me alone. I want a l[illegible],’€ he wrote, later adding, “I’m exhausted.”

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Could decision on Tom Brady’s appeal be upon us? Glenn Ordway thinks so 07.14.15 at 4:10 pm ET
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Is the big news about to break?

Appearing on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning, Glenn Ordway said that according to one of his sources there was a very good possibility that the decision regarding Tom Brady‘s appeal coming down either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Ordway, who correctly revealed when the Wells Report would be released, suggested at various times throughout D&C Tuesday (including at the 4:47 mark of the above audio) that it was his understanding that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was ready to announce his findings when it came to whether or not the four-game suspension handed down to Brady would be upheld.

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Yankees make deal to acquire ball from Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit 07.03.15 at 1:47 pm ET
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After a couple of weeks of negotiations, the Yankees will hold a press conference before Friday’s game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium in which they will receive the ball Alex Rodriguez hit into the right-field bleachers for his 3,000th hit last month.

Zach Hample, the fan who caught the ball, agreed to relinquish it in exchange for a $150,000 donation to his favorite charity, Pitch In For Baseball, along with some memorabilia, tickets and other perks, according to reports out of New York.

Hample, who claims to have caught thousands of baseballs during games and batting practice over the years, was not cooperative with the team when first contacted during the June 19 game against the Tigers after Rodriguez recorded his historic hit.

Hample answered some critics of his decision to settle with the team when he tweeted Friday morning: So let me get this straight — I was “disrespecting the game” when I kept the ball & now I’m an “idiot” for giving it back? Ha, whatever.

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Report: FBI investigating Cardinals for hacking Astros’ internal networks 06.16.15 at 11:18 am ET
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According to a New York Times report, the FBI is investigating the Cardinals for hacking into the internal networks of the Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

The report says the Cardinals got a hold of a network which housed special databases the team had built. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised.

Major League Baseball “€œhas been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’€™ baseball operations database,”€ a spokesman for baseball’€™s commissioner, Rob Manfred, said in a written statement to the paper.

It is believed the hacking stemmed from vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to “wreak havoc” on the work of general manager Jeff Luhnow, who is now with the Astros after being in the Cardinals’ organization until 2011.

No Cardinals team employees have been disciplined for the matter as of now.

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