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March 18, 2016

Olympic extortion trial begins
 SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian went on trial Monday on charges he threatened to shoot down passenger jets with hand-held missiles and destroy a landmark Sydney building to spoil the Olympics.
 Mehmet Akin Kayirici, 35, is accused of sending letters to the consulates of five countries threatening the games through terrorist attacks unless he was paid up to $100 million.
Nov. 6: Full story

Olympic athletes focus in third quarter tests
 OTTAWA -- The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) reports that a total of 700 domestic doping control tests were conducted during the third quarter of 2000 with 73 percent on an unannounced basis.
Oct. 26: Full story

Charges dropped against volunteer
 SYDNEY (AP) -- Charges were dropped Monday against an Olympic volunteer who caused a security alert when he forged passes of top Australian athletes.
 Giang Tung Tran, a 33-year-old volunteer in the main Olympic accreditation center, made the passes as souvenirs, his lawyer, Bart Vasic, said in court.
Oct. 23: Full story

Chief organizer for Athens stays on job
 ATHENS (AP) -- The chief organizer for the 2004 Olympics will stay on the job, ending reports she was planning to resign because of widespread disagreements with the government.
 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki met with Premier Costas Simitis on Monday and said her only concern was for Greece to be prepared for the Olympics.
Oct. 16: Full story

McCaffrey to leave White House drug post
 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barry McCaffrey, the White House drug policy adviser for five years and a prominent critic of drug-testing programs in sports, is leaving his job to pursue work in the private sector.
 McCaffrey had praised the IOC's new anti-doping efforts in Sydney, but urged increased vigilance for the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.
Oct. 16: Full story

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WRESTLING
IOC strips gold medal
TENNIS
Nestor's golden win hits home
BOXING
Harrison starts in Britain
WEIGHTLIFTING
Bulgarian coach resigns
TRACK & FIELD
Student suspended for e-mail threats
CANOE/KAYAK
Bridesmaid Brunet
PENTATHLON
Brit wins women's modern pentathlon
TRIATHLON
Simon's our man
BASKETBALL
Dream Team hangs on for another gold
WATER POLO
Hungary destroys Russia in title game
GYMNASTICS
Barsukova wins rhythmic gold in an upset
EQUESTRIAN
Wind dashes Millar's medal hopes
VOLLEYBALL
Yugoslavia beats Russia for gold
DIVING
Despatie arrives early
FIELD HOCKEY
Netherlands retains Olympic title
TAEKWONDO
Bosshart wins bronze in taekwondo
SYNCHRO
Ironic performance wins bronze
SAILING
Clarke retires after finishing 17th