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Senate approves resolution to save wrestling

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The U.S. Senate approved a resolution last week in an effort to convince the IOC it should keep wrestling in the Games when its members vote on which of eight prospective sports will get the lone spot available on the 2020 Olympics schedule.

“The call for wrestling to remain in the Olympics is growing increasingly louder,” Ohio democrat Sherrod Brown told the Washington Times. “The sport has meant so much to so many Ohioans – teaching discipline, strength, and a fierce competitiveness both in athletics and in life.”

The resolution was sponsored by Brown, who met with former Olympians at the Ohio Regional Training center last week. Not surprisingly, it has plenty of support from both sides of the aisle, including being co-sponsored by democrats Al Franken, Bob Casey Jr., Tom Harkin, and Carl Levin, and republicans Chuck Grassley, James Inhofe, Lisa Murkowski, and Roy Blunt.

Ohio rep Jim Jordan, a champion wrestler in college, is proposing a similar resolution in the House.

Simone Biles gets her own cereal box (photos)

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Simone Biles hasn’t qualified for the Olympics yet, but she’s already getting her own cereal box.

The three-time reigning World all-around champion was among five Team USA athletes announced as part of Kellogg’s pre-Rio campaign this week.

As part of it, Biles is on the cover of limited-edition Special K Red Berries and Corn Flakes cereal boxes released in June.

Biles is next expected to compete in the Secret U.S. Classic in Hartford, Conn., on June 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.

After that comes the P&G Championships (June 24-26, St. Louis) and the U.S. Olympic Trials (July 8-10, San Jose), both on NBC Sports.

A full U.S. Olympic Trials schedule for all sports is available here.

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Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir visit Rio’s Carnival (video)

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are used to performing in front of packed arenas, but they had never encountered anything like the Sambadrome.

NBC’s figure skating analysts visited Rio de Janeiro in February to taste the Olympic city ahead of the first Games in South America for “1st Look.”

They sampled cuisine and night life, played footvolley on one of the city’s famous beaches and took part in the famed Carnival.

They danced in costumes atop a float in front of some 100,000 people during the annual festival.

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