Olympic sports headlines: May 11

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A look at what’s making news in Olympic sports this morning:

Basketball: A look at the state of U.S. men’s basketball with several players dropping out of Olympic consideration. (AP)

Beach Volleyball: The four U.S. pairs going to the Olympics appear close to set with four remaining qualifying events. (Volleyball Magazine)

BoxingA video profile of U.S. Olympic champion Claressa Shields and her hometown of Flint, Mich. (E:60)

Golf: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is unconcerned over five golfers (so far) skipping the Rio Games. (AP)

Gymnastics: Olympic all-around favorite Simone Biles in her own words. (Olympic.org)

Gymnastics: Simone Biles and swimmer Missy Franklin are defying the custom of leaving childhood coaches. (Wall Street Journal)

HockeyAlex Ovechkin will join Russia at the World Championship after the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Russia Hockey Federation)

Hockey: Russian president Vladimir Putin scores, falls in all-star hockey game in Sochi. (Guardian)

Paralympics: Two-time swimming gold medalist Brad Snyder is part of the presidential delegation for the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games in Orlando. (WhiteHouse.Gov)

Swimming: A profile of rising U.S. Olympic hopeful Caeleb Dressel, a University of Florida sophomore. (USA Today)

Swimming: As expected, four-time Olympic medalist Park Tae-hwan is left off South Korea’s preliminary Olympic team. (Yonhap)

Track and Field: Usain Bolt can’t live without Instagram, Snapchat and dominoes. (Evening Standard)

Track and Field: Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton isn’t a natural at everything. (Spikes)

Track and Field: Two-time Olympic javelin champion Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway has retired. (IAAF)

Triathlon: The final U.S. Olympic women’s spot and all three U.S. men’s spots are on the line in Yokohama on Saturday. (Triathlon.org)

Volleyball: U.S. Olympic star Matt Anderson‘s break from the sport and the meanings of his tattoos. (Orange County Register)

Volleyball: Two-time Brazil Olympic champion Thaisa Menezes says the U.S. is the team to beat in Rio. (UOL)

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