IOC “fully supportive” of protests in Rio

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Recent protests in Rio have focused their ire on and increase of bus and subway fares, and on the billions spent by the government to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics. But the IOC said Thursday that while they believe the Games will be a “powerful catalyst” for improving the host nation, they’re “fully supportive of peaceful protest.”

“The Olympic Games in 2016 will bring significant benefits to the whole population of Rio,” the IOC said in a statement Thursday. Improving the city in terms of transport, infrastructure, and social housing, as well as bringing a considerable sporting legacy for Brazil… [IOC leaders] remain confident in the ability of the Games as a powerful catalyst for improving the world through sport.”

The protests were actually successful in convincing Rio officials on to reverse their decision to increase the fares, much to the officials’ chagrin. And the protests have also served to highlight some of the challenges that come to any Olympics host city, like those listed by the IOC in their statement. Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad told the AP that he and his colleagues will now have to look for new avenues of funding as they spend more than $12 billion on projects to improve the city’s infrastructure.

Canada crushes U.S. in World Hockey Championship opener

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Canada beat the U.S. for the 39th time in 43 games in World Hockey Championship history, 5-1 in the biggest rout between the two rivals since 1997 in their Worlds opener in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.

NHL players Brad MarchandTaylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Brendan Gallagher and Boone Jenner scored for Canada, which came back from a 1-0 deficit.

The U.S. had New Jersey Devils backup Keith Kincaid in goal. Canada started Edmonton Oilers No. 1 Cam Talbot, who allowed a first-period goal to Patrick Maroon.

The U.S., bronze-medal winner in 2013 and 2015, and reigning World champion Canada are in the same eight-team group at Worlds.

The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals that begin May 19.

The U.S. next plays Belarus on Saturday. Full NBC Sports broadcast coverage information of Worlds is here.

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Lindsey Vonn sails with America’s Cup champion (video)

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Lindsey Vonn continued her offseason tour by sailing with Oracle Team USA, winner of the last two America’s Cups, in the Hudson River in New York City on Thursday.

That came one day after Vonn joined Tom BradyJordan Spieth and Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour party in Baltimore.

Vonn is next expected to hit Louisville for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

NBC Sports will present live coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series from New York at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday (NBC Sports Live Extra) and Sunday (NBCSN, Live Extra).

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