Rio Games

The Associated Press

NBC Defends Downward Spiral in Ratings for Rio Games

Despite Wednesday night’s Rio Olympics lineup of top athletes including U.S. beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, superstar American swimmer and multiple gold medal winner Katie Ledecky, and Japanese iconic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, Nielsen ratings saw a drop in prime viewing for NBC, down 14 percent from the comparable night in 2012 at the London Olympic games.

Russia's FSB secret service backed doping cover-ups by anti-doping laboratories in Moscow and Sochi, according to an independent report

Report: Russia Engaged in State Sponsored Doping Cover Up at Sochi Games

A commission appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency concluded that the Russian Ministry of Sport “directed, controlled and oversaw” state-dictated doping cover-ups. The findings come after an investigation of Russian athletes and officials participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.