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FIBA will request addition of 3×3 to Olympic schedule

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Ever since the end of the London Games there have been rumors that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) might attempt to add 3-on-3 to the Olympics schedule as early as 2016.

But even as we dreamed of watching Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook team up on the courts in Rio, we never really knew whether or not to take the idea seriously. Apparently now is the time.

FIBA officials reflected on the first full year of the “3×3” world tour and world championships during a meeting over the weekend and deemed the new basketball discipline a massive success.

The FIBA board now plans to request that the IOC add 3×3 to the Rio Games as a second basketball discipline. They also plan to request adding four teams and a second venue to the standard five-on-five discipline in order to make the tournament more competitive and more international, but also shorter to alleviate the pressure on players.

No word yet on whether or not they’ll add the dunk and three-point competitions that we’ve suggested in the past, but this is at least a step in the right direction. Only 1361 days until Rio.

Helen Maroulis lifts Teddy Roosevelt at Nationals game (video)

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U.S. Olympic wrestling gold medalist Helen Maroulis took down a 13-time world champion in Rio. As part of her homecoming celebration, she lifted up the 26th President of the United States.

Maroulis followed fellow Maryland native Katie Ledecky in being honored at a Washington Nationals game Thursday night.

Maroulis did not throw a ceremonial first pitch, as Ledecky did, making headlines using Bryce Harper as a medal rack.

But Maroulis had her own viral moment, showing off her strength in lifting Teddy Roosevelt off the ground after the famed Presidents Race.

Maroulis, who became the first U.S. Olympic women’s wrestling champion in Rio by dethroning Japanese legend Saori Yoshida, aims to return to training after a break and wrestle through the 2020 Tokyo Games.

MORE: Historic win for Maroulis came with stunning dietary discipline

Appeal for harsher Oscar Pistorius murder sentence denied

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge on Friday dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher sentence against Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend in 2013.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the state’s appeal to extend the six-year sentence against the 29-year-old double amputee Olympic sprinter had a limited prospect of success.

“I am not persuaded that there are reasonable prospects of success for an appeal,” she said in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Feb. 14. He claimed he thought she was an intruder. The state charged that he shot her in anger after an argument. Pistorius was found guilty of murder and sentenced by Masipa to six years in prison.

The sentence was “shockingly light” and that the judge should have used 15-year minimum as starting point as Steenkamp had suffered a “horrendous death,” said prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Pistorius never offered an acceptable explanation for having fired four shots through the toilet door, he said.

The fact that Pistorius fired four shots using hollow point bullets that are designed to inflict maximum damage meant the possibility of death was more likely and should have been an aggravating factor, said Nel.

The state may appeal Masipa’s decision at the Supreme Court of Appeals in the city of Bloemfontein, but is yet to indicate whether it will do so.

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