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Olympics

Cycling venue latest Rio headache

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Rio de Janeiro Olympic venue facing the most serious construction delay hit another snag, with City Hall saying it is changing contractors for the track cycling velodrome. In a statement, the city said Monday it rescinded the contract of the principal builder and had authorized a subcontractor to take over.

Last week, the president of world cycling's governing body said he was "very, very concerned" about the $43 million venue, which has missed several deadlines.

Rio organizers repeated Monday there will be no time for a test event, but said the track surface had been installed. Organizers said they still plan a "training session" June 25-27 — six weeks before the Games open Aug. 5.

Pau Gasol might skip: Bulls star Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus. The Spaniard said there is too much uncertainty and anyone going to Rio for the games should "think about" whether it's worth the risk.

Archery: Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Zach Garrett locked up spots on the U.S. team for the Rio Games.

NFL

Dolphins' Jordan will apply for reinstatement

Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan plans to apply Wednesday for reinstatement after sitting out last season for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy. His agent, Doug Hendrickson, confirmed Jordan's plans. The overall No. 3 selection in the 2013 draft, Jordan has contributed little in his career, and is serving his second suspension under the substance-abuse policy. His latest suspension began in April 2015, and he hasn't failed or missed any drug tests since while undergoing them weekly, Hendrickson said.

Autos

Rossi's Indy 500 win worth more than $2.5M

Alexander Rossi earned $2,548,743 for winning Sunday's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Rossi's winnings included a $50,000 bonus from Sunoco for being the top rookie in the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The overall purse for the 33 drivers was $13,273,253. Rossi stretched his fuel mileage for the final 90 miles to score an upset victory to become the first rookie to win the 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and the first American-born rookie to win since Louis Meyer in 1928. The prizes were awarded the day after the race at the traditional 500 banquet in Indianapolis. Runnerup Carlos Munoz earned $788,743.

Golf

Harrington to miss U.S. Open again

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington seemed certain to join a playoff at the U.S. Open at a qualifier in Surrey, England, until the Irishman finished bogey-bogey — three-putting No. 18 — to miss out by one shot. This will be the third straight year Harrington misses the U.S. Open. Gregory Bourdy of France shot 67-68 at Walton Heath and led 13 players who earned spots at the U.S. Open, which is June 16-19 in Oakmont, Pa. Others earning spots were former Ryder Cup player Peter Hanson of Sweden, who is returning from injury, and Matteo Manassero, the 23-year-old Italian who, at 16, was the youngest ever British Amateur winner but has fallen to No. 887 in the world.

Et cetera

Soccer: Marcus Rashford signed a new contract with Manchester United through June 2020, a reward for the 18-year-old striker's breakthrough this season — eight goals in 17 appearances — that could earn him a place in England's European Championship squad.

Horses: llluminant rallied to win the $300,000 Gamely Stakes by one length at Santa Anita, covering 11/8 miles on turf in 1:48.34.

Bowling: Clermont's Norm Duke led after the first day at the PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas at 1,488 through six games.

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