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Olympic medalist wrestler may face IOC action for tweets

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The bad news keeps pouring in for Turkish athletes.

Riza Kayaalp, one of two Turkish men to medal at the London Olympics, may face investigations from both the International Olympic Committee and wrestling’s governing body after derogatory and profane tweets, reports the Hurriyet Daily News in Turkey.

Kayaalp, an Olympic bronze medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2012, made insensitive tweets about Armenians and Greeks, according to nationalturk.com.

The tweets were in reference to widespread anti-government protests in Turkey last month.

After the June 8 tweets, Kayaalp carried the Turkish flag at the opening ceremony of the Mediterranean Games on June 20.

Turkey is already dealing with a track and field doping scandal that could see it thrown out of the world championships in August.

The news could be a blow to Istanbul’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. It’s one of three finalists — with Madrid and Tokyo — up for the vote in September.

h/t @OlympicStatman

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Race against Usain Bolt’s world record with ‘BeatBot’ (video)

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Puma has introduced the “BeatBot,” a self-driving, line-following robot that runners can program to move at a specific pace around a track.

That means one could race against a robot-version of Usain Bolt‘s 100m world record of 9.58 seconds, with BeatBot’s top speed at just over 27 miles per hour.

The BeatBot can also navigate track curves, as shown in the video above.

Puma plans to roll out BeatBot to various track programs around the world over the year.

MORE: Bolt, Ashton Eaton set for showdown

How to watch Penn Relays, Drake Relays on NBC Sports

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Several U.S. Olympic champions highlight the Penn Relays and Drake Relays fields, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday.

At the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, the U.S. 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m pools include:

Justin Gatlin: 2004 Olympic 100m champ
Tyson Gay: Olympic 100m, fourth place
Carmelita Jeter: Olympic 100m silver medalist
Jeremy Wariner: 2004 Olympic 400m champ
Sanya Richards-Ross: Olympic 400m champ

Also competing will be two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist Kerron Stewart and 2015 World 200m silver medalist Elaine Thompson for Team Jamaica.

STREAM: Penn Relays: 12:30-3 p.m. ET

Next is the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, including:

  • 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt versus 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James in the 400m
  • World Indoor champion Vashti Cunningham in the high jump. Cunningham, 18, is the daughter of retired NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Randall Cunningham.
  • 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson versus 2013 World champion Brianna Rollins in the 100m hurdles.

STREAM: Drake Relays: 3-5 p.m. ET

MORE: Full NBC Olympic trials broadcast schedule