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Rio 2016 golf course construction blocked

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Construction of the Rio Olympic golf course has been blocked due to a legal dispute regarding ownership of the site’s land, but Rio organizers said in a statement Thursday that they are confident “all deadlines for the golf course construction will be met” and that the delay won’t affect scheduled test events.

“Construction hasn’t started but that is not to say that work hasn’t been done,” International Golf Federation VP Ty Votaw told the AP. “Work has begun on a number of fronts, including the course design and the clubhouse project. A number of things have already been done behind the scenes.”

The dispute over ownership of the land will basically start over in appeals court after Brazil’s Higher Court of Justice said a Rio tribunal was wrong in denying an appeal to company Elmway Participacoes against entrepreneur Pasquale Mauro. The city claims Mauro has shown documentation to prove ownership.

American designer Gil Hanse had planned to start working on the site this month, and told the Washington Post that any changes to the location of the course will cause significant design changes.

NBC, Snapchat, Buzzfeed partner for Olympic Trials, Rio Games

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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.

The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.

The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.

The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).

From NBC Sports Group:

Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.

MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule

Race against Usain Bolt’s world record with ‘BeatBot’ (video)

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Puma has introduced the “BeatBot,” a self-driving, line-following robot that runners can program to move at a specific pace around a track.

That means one could race against a robot-version of Usain Bolt‘s 100m world record of 9.58 seconds, with BeatBot’s top speed at just over 27 miles per hour.

The BeatBot can also navigate track curves, as shown in the video above.

Puma plans to roll out BeatBot to various track programs around the world over the year.

MORE: Bolt, Ashton Eaton set for showdown