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Stevens wins silver in worlds time trial

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After leading Specialized-lululemon to gold in the team time trial at the Limburg world championships Sunday, Evelyn Stevens took silver in the individual race Tuesday, finishing behind 33 seconds behind Germany’s Judith Arndt.

The always smiling Stevens was still pretty happy with the result.

“Last year, I was fifteenth. This is only my third time trial in the worlds and puts me on path for the 2016 Olympics,” Stevens told VeloNews. “For me, it’s nice to see how far I’ve come… to make leaps and bounds, and have the big race on the big day.”

Her showing at worlds only adds to Steven’s impressive, albeit brief, resume, which includes beating Olympic gold medalist Marriane Vos at May’s Flèche Wallonne in Belgium. Stevens famously left her life as a Wall St. trader in 2009 to pursue her career as a professional cyclist. Arndt has been racing since 1991.

Stevens, 29, said she’s even more motivated for her upcoming time trials races after her silver at worlds and the disappointment of missing out in London when Amber Neben and Kristin Armstrong, who defended her Olympic title, took the two American spots.

“I want to go to the next Olympics and win,” Stevens added. First up, though, the worlds road race on Saturday, in which she’s expected to finish on the podium once again.

Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January are LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Love is the only name from that list of healthy players with Olympic experience. Faried is the only player from that list who suited up at the 2014 World Cup, starting all nine games.

At London 2012, the U.S. started NBA small forwards LeBron James and Kevin Durant at the forward spots in all eight games, with another small forward, Carmelo Anthony, bringing similar versatility off the bench.

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Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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