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Jul 17, 2015

U.S. swimmers on song, Kanye West hits a sour note

TORONTO (Reuters) – American swimmers finally made a splash in the Pan American Games pool on Thursday while the decision to have controversial hip hop artist Kanye West headline the closing ceremonies sparked outrage and took the focus off the athletes.

After a smooth start to the July 10-26 competition, which many consider Toronto’s audition for landing a Summer Olympics, Pan Am Games officials have come under fire for not going with a more Canadian lineup.

Jul 17, 2015

Games-US swimmers on song, Kanye West hits a sour note

TORONTO, July 16 (Reuters) – American swimmers finally made a splash in the Pan American Games pool on Thursday while the decision to have controversial hip hop artist Kanye West headline the closing ceremonies sparked outrage and took the focus off the athletes.

After a smooth start to the July 10-26 competition, which many consider Toronto’s audition for landing a Summer Olympics, Pan Am Games officials have come under fire for not going with a more Canadian lineup.

Jul 16, 2015

Canada eyes Pan Am gold in British Open shadow

TORONTO (Reuters) – The focus of the golf world may be on the British Open this week but Pan American Games gold is the target for an LPGA Tour veteran, an NHL referee and an 18-year-old Canadian amateur who counts Jordan Spieth as a good friend.

Even Austin Connelly admits he will be keeping tabs on what unfolds at St. Andrews where his occasional practice partner, Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth, seeks to add a third major to his collection while trying for his own bit of history by capturing gold in golf’s Pan Am Games debut.

Jul 16, 2015

Games-Canada eyes Pan Am gold in British Open shadow

TORONTO, July 16 (Reuters) – The focus of the golf world may be on the British Open this week but Pan American Games gold is the target for an LPGA Tour veteran, an NHL referee and an 18-year-old Canadian amateur who counts Jordan Spieth as a good friend.

Even Austin Connelly admits he will be keeping tabs on what unfolds at St. Andrews where his occasional practice partner, Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth, seeks to add a third major to his collection while trying for his own bit of history by capturing gold in golf’s Pan Am Games debut.

Jul 16, 2015

Cuban rowers defect, Canada still on top at Pan American Games

TORONTO (Reuters) – Four Cuban rowers ended their Pan American Games by defecting to the United States on Wednesday while a wave of support continued to carry Canada to the top of the podium at the pool and on the rowing course.

With the Henley rowing venue just a few kilometres from the U.S., Leosmel Ramos, Wilber Turro, Manuel Suarez and Orlando Sotolongo all made the short trip to the border but at different times according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jul 16, 2015

Cuban rowers defect, Canada still on top

TORONTO (Reuters) – Four Cuban rowers ended their Pan American Games by defecting to the United States on Wednesday while a wave of support continued to carry Canada to the top of the podium at the pool and on the rowing course.

With the Henley rowing venue just a few kilometers from the U.S., Leosmel Ramos, Wilber Turro, Manuel Suarez and Orlando Sotolongo all made the short trip to the border but at different times according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jul 16, 2015

Games-Cuban rowers defect, Canada still on top

TORONTO, July 15 (Reuters) – Four Cuban rowers ended their Pan American Games by defecting to the United States on Wednesday while a wave of support continued to carry Canada to the top of the podium at the pool and on the rowing course.

With the Henley rowing venue just a few kilometres from the U.S., Leosmel Ramos, Wilber Turro, Manuel Suarez and Orlando Sotolongo all made the short trip to the border but at different times according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jul 15, 2015

Coughlin surfaces at Pan Am Games but has eye on Rio

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Pan American Games’ biggest name in swimming finally surfaced on Tuesday but Natalie Coughlin failed to live up to her top billing when she was beaten in the 100 meters freestyle by Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem.

Coughlin, a 12-time Olympic medalist and one of the greatest American swimmers of all-time, brought a splash of class to a Games in desperate need of some marquee magic.

Jul 15, 2015

Games-Coughlin surfaces at Pan Am Games but has eye on Rio

TORONTO, July 14 (Reuters) – The Pan American Games’ biggest name in swimming finally surfaced on Tuesday but Natalie Coughlin failed to live up to her top billing when she was beaten in the 100 metres freestyle by Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem.

Coughlin, a 12-time Olympic medallist and one of the greatest American swimmers of all-time, brought a splash of class to a Games in desperate need of some marquee magic.

Jul 14, 2015

Young U.S. gymnasts prepare at Pan Ams for Rio rumble

TORONTO (Reuters) – The most exciting names in U.S. gymnastics, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, will all be competing during the Pan American Games — just not in Toronto.

But the absence of the American big guns has not prevented the United States from dominating the Pan Am competition where a new crop of champions are putting the old guard on notice that they will have a battle on their hands for coveted Rio Olympic berths.