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Dwight Howard plans to play in Rio

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After missing out on winning gold at the London Games last summer due to back surgery, Lakers center Dwight Howard is itching to get back in the Olympics, and only had two words when asked if he plans to play in Rio in 2016: “No doubt.”

Oh wait, no. There’s more:

“I was mad I couldn’t play in the playoffs. I was mad I couldn’t play in the Olympics. I was pissed. I was looking forward to going to London. I was looking forward to making a big run in the playoffs last season, so I wasn’t too happy about the fact that I had to have surgery and miss a lot of basketball.”

Howard was among a host of American NBA standouts who weren’t able to contribute, including Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, and LaMarcus Aldridge. But the team was still strong enough to win its fourteenth gold medal in Olympics history.

Who Howard will be playing under if he makes it to Rio is still up for debate, though, after Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski reiterated the fact that London was his last tournament with the team when speaking on ESPN Radio earlier this week. Coach K said Team USA will likely name a new coach this week, with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as the heavy favorite. Who do you think should get the job?

Eight Russians positive in 2012 Olympic retests

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Rain drops fall on a jacket with the official London 2012 Olympic logo during the Men's Beach Volleyball a quarterfinal match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade August 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Olympic Committee says eight of the country’s athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.

The brief statement from the ROC on Saturday did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.

It said further information would not be released until so-called “B samples” were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests.

WATCH LIVE: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30 p.m. ET

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U.S. Olympic track and field hopefuls compete in the biggest meet before the Olympic Trials at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

The premier annual international meet in the U.S., hosted at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, takes place five weeks before the U.S. Olympic Trials at the same venue.

The Pre Classic fields on Saturday include U.S. Olympic champions Justin Gatlin (100m), Dawn Harper-Nelson (100m hurdles), Aries Merritt (110m hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (400m) and Sanya Richards-Ross (400m).

International stars such as two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada also dot the entry lists.

A full preview with start lists and highlight events to watch is here.

NBCSN will air live coverage Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. ET. NBC will air live coverage from 5-6 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all 2 1/2 hours.

LIVE STREAM: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30-6 p.m. ET