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Baseball, softball begin push for reinstatement

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The newly formed International Confederation of Softball and Baseball is set to meet with senior IOC officials Wednesday in order to start the initial push for the sports to be reinstated at the 2020 Games.

The sports were eliminated during a 2005 IOC vote and were last played at the 2008 Beijing Games. Both will spend at least two Olympics cycles on the sidelines after being beat out by golf and rugby when they were up for reinstatement for 2016 under independent governing organizations.

They’ve now joined forces in their Olympic bids and will present their case to the IOC at a meeting next month where the sports will go up against Karate, roller sports, squash, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and the Chinese martial art of wushu.

In the meantime, Baseball Federation president Riccardo Fraccari told the Associated Press that he plans to speak with the MLB about releasing their top players for the Olympics should the sport be reinstated.

Bob Costas’ report 100 days out from Rio (video)

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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.

In the clip below, Michael PhelpsSimone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.

Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.

VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics

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