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Rio will be remembered for its greats, barriers and beliefs

The world sent stars that transcended their sports to South America, and when they hit the stadiums, courts, pools and arenas, many of them dominated. Oh, and waved goodbye.

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Jesse Washington

Rio Undefeated

The 10 most inspiring, dominant, and Undefeated moments of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games

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Moments we won't forget from the Rio Olympics

From the 200-plus countries and almost 12,000 athletes that competed in Rio, ESPN.com narrowed down the most memorable moments from the Olympics.

1dDarren Rovell

Speedo, three other companies end Lochte deals

Speedo dropped its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte and said it would donate $50,000 of his fee to Save The Children. Three other companies then announced they would end their deals with the swimmer.

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Rio police expand Ireland ticket-scalping probe

William O'Brien, who took responsibility for Ireland's Olympic committee after Patrick Hickey was detained in the Rio ticket-scalping case, is also suspected of participating in the scheme.

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Russia ban from Rio Paralympics confimed

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed Russia's ban from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program.

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Ethiopia: Protesting marathoner welcomed back

The Ethiopian marathon runner who made an anti-government gesture at the Rio Games while approaching the finish line will not face prosecution upon his return home, a government spokesman said.

2dWayne Drehs

Mongolian wrestling coaches strip in protest

A pair of Mongolian wrestling coaches stripped off their clothing in a protest of a call by officials that cost Mandakhnaran Ganzorig the bronze medal on Sunday afternoon.

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Olympic champion Claressa Shields inspiring hometown of Flint (15:48)
Hypercompetitive Eatons take home gold and bronze (2:28)
US Olympic CEO: Swimmers 'let down Americans' (1:01)
The Women of Team USA (2:08)
What Brazil's first gold medal in soccer means to the country (0:47)
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Boomers suffer Olympic heartbreak again

Sergio Rodriguez made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left to give Spain a dramatic 89-88 victory in the Rio Olympics bronze medal match against Australia.

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Rio: Into the favela

Young residents see the problems, but also a good place that feels like home

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U.S. women bounce back, defend gold in 4x100

After controversy almost kept the United States women's 4x100-meter relay team out of Friday's final, the group instead was able to defend its Olympic title.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Yi Jianlian's one-year Laker deal indeed carries a cap number of $8 million but Yi must earn $6.8 mil through "likely bonuses," sources say

Alyssa Roenigk ESPN The Magazine senior writer 

Two days after the close of the 2016 Rio Olympics and one day after announcing via a statement that, "Ralph Lauren's endorsement agreement with Ryan Lochte was specifically in support of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the company will not be renewing his contract," this is the window display of the 5th Avenue Ralph Lauren store in NYC. And yes, the video is drawing a crowd.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

BREAKING: Ryan Lochte has lost all four of his endorsements today. Airweave, the mattress company who paid him, just terminated its deal

USOC CEO: Success defines USA, not Lochte

Scott Blackmun says Team USA won't be defined by the incident involving Ryan Lochte.


Simone Biles can't handle bees

She may be fearless on the floor, but Biles is afraid of bees -- especially when they find her on the podium.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

BREAKING: Ralph Lauren official says company will not be renewing Ryan Lochte's contract

Speedo drops Lochte, donates to charity

Speedo USA announced that it has dropped its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte and that it would donate $50,000 of his fee to Save The Children, for children in Brazil. Speedo the only company?

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Herm can relate to Mongolian coach

Herm Edwards can understand the Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped off their clothing in protest of a call by officials and tells a story from when he was a coach at San Jose State and he ran down the sideline as his team scored a touchdown.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Statement from Speedo, ending its relationship with Ryan Lochte

Lochte embarrassed by robbery tale

Ryan Lochte says he has embarrassed himself, his family and his country after exaggerating his story about being robbed at gunpoint.


Coach K and Melo's Team USA exit

With both expected to retire from international competition, Marc Stein examines the ups and downs Carmelo Anthony and coach Mike Krzyzewski have faced as members of Team USA Basketball.


Joy Russo ESPN.com 

"See You In Tokyo" ... That's what was displayed across the stage after the traditional "handoff" from one Summer host city to another. Tokyo 2020 brought its A game -- it is going to be a great Games there. Who's ready?!

Joy Russo ESPN.com 

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva wasn't allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics because of the Russian doping scandal, but she was just introduced as a new IOC member. Discuss.

Joy Russo ESPN.com 

One of the great traditions of the closing ceremony, the medal ceremony for the men's marathon. Kipchoge, Feyisa Lilesa and Galen Rupp are honored as IOC president Thomas Bach presents the runners with their medals, followed by IAAF president Sebastian Coe.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Ahí salen ya los verdaderos protagonistas de los Juegos Olímpicos, los atletas. Un total de 87 países ganaron alguna medalla en Río de Janeiro. #YoRioxESPN

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Estados Unidos se proclamó campeón olímpico ...otra vez. 121 medallas incluidas 46 de oro. Sus 46 medallas de oro igualaron su máxima cantidad en Juegos Olímpicos fuera de su territorio. Por cierto, 87 países diferentes ganaron una medalla nuevo récord para Juegos Olímpicos #YoRioxESPN

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Ryan Lochte's name & image has been taken off the Olympic endorser page on Ralph Lauren's website

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Estados Unidos conquistó el basquetbol olímpico por tercera vez consecutiva pero tal vez más importante mostró que la brecha entre ellos y el resto del mundo otra vez creció. La plata para Serbia y el bronce para España en el basquetbol varonil de #Rio2016 #YoRioxESPN

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

With this gold, Carmelo Anthony becomes the first men's basketball player with three gold medals. Anthony, who also won bronze in 2004, is tied for the most Olympic men's basketball medals of any kind.

Michael Eaves ESPN Anchor 

DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry and Draymond Green went into the stands to borrow some US flags from fans and paraded around the court in celebration of their win. These guys kept saying how proud they were to represent the USA and it shows.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The USA men's basketball team has secured a third consecutive gold medal with a 96-66 demolition of Serbia in the final behind 30 points from Kevin Durant. Coach Mike Krzyzewski, coaching his last international game before turning the U.S. program over to Gregg Popovich, led the team to all three golds without an Olympic loss.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Will be interesting to see how history remembers this U.S. men's basketball team. Wasn't easy but at best today was as dominant as any predecessor.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Claressa Shields successfully defended her Olympic title Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 decision over Nouchka Fontun of the Netherlands at Riocentro Pavilion 6. The victory make Shields the first American woman to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal. #YoRioxESPN

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Serbia led 14-11, the USA has outscored them 53-21. Complete domination from a U.S. men's basketball team that is locked in.