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Rio Olympic Park closed over safety

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SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has ordered the closing of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park in the next 48 hours due to a lack of safety licenses.

Judge Eugenio Rosa de Araújo said in his ruling published late Wednesday that Rio’s city hall has not provided safety assurances for the Olympic Park to hold public events.

The Olympic Park of the 2016 Games has staged music festivals and e-sports tournaments, among other events.

According to the judge, who followed suggestions by local prosecutors in his decision, the area is “progressively battered by the lack of care” and “ready for tragedies.”

Rio’s city hall has not responded immediately to a request for comment by The Associated Press.

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Rafaela Silva, first Brazilian gold medalist at Rio Olympics, claims innocence after positive drug test

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Rafaela Silva, the judoka who grew up in Rio’s most famously violent favela to become Brazil’s first gold medalist at the Rio Olympics, reportedly tested positive for a banned substance last month.

Silva tested positive for fenoterol, a substance that can be legal to treat asthma if an athlete has a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Silva did not have a TUE before testing positive at the Pan American Games in August, according to Brazilian media.

A possible punishment has not been announced.

Silva claimed innocence at a news conference Friday afternoon, saying that a young child with whom she had bodily contact at her training location used the substance, and she plans to compete at a domestic event this weekend, according to O Globo.

Silva, 27, backed up her Rio Olympic 57kg title by taking bronze at the world championships later in August. If she is punished for the positive test, Silva could lose that bronze medal, though she said Friday that she had a clean drug test at worlds, according to O Globo.

Silva, from Rio’s Ciadade de Deus favela, has the Olympic rings tattooed on her right bicep with the inscription “God knows how much I’ve suffered and what I’ve done to get here.”

Brazil’s top female swimmer, Etiene Medeiros, reportedly tested positive for fenoterol in May 2016 but was cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics.

In PyeongChang, Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol and was scratched before his nation’s last game before it was announced. Jeglic was suspended from the Games and, later, was suspended eight months.

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U.S. rolls into FIBA World Cup quarterfinals, qualifies for Olympics

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The U.S. men’s basketball team nailed its first two objectives of the FIBA World Cup — go undefeated in group play and clinch an Olympic berth.

Now the real test begins, starting with a quarterfinal against France on Wednesday.

France, which lost to the U.S. 100-97 at the Rio Olympics, boasts five NBA players, including Rudy GobertEvan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.

The U.S. is made up entirely of NBA players, but just two 2019 All-Stars and one man with Olympic experience.

Its 13-year win streak at global tournaments was tested last week in a one-point overtime win over Turkey.

FIBA World Cup quarterfinals
Argentina-Serbia
U.S.-France
Spain-Poland
Australia-Czech Republic

The U.S. and Argentina clinched Tokyo 2020 spots when the Americans beat the Brazilians 89-73 on Monday.

Kemba Walker and Myles Turner led the way with 16 points each. A full box score is here.

At the World Cup, the top two teams from the Americas qualify for the Olympics, and only two teams from the Americas made the quarters.

Brazil can still qualify for the Olympics at a last-chance tournament next year. As can Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Greece, which was also knocked out of the World Cup on Monday.

Half of the 12-team Olympic field is now set: Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Iran, Argentina and the U.S.

Two more nations will qualify at the World Cup — the top two from Europe.

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