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Sprinter Bolt keeps golden swagger

LONDON — Whatever controversy is raging in the Olympic world there's one constant: Usain Bolt's bravado and self-confidence.

"I know the sport needs me to win — and come out on top," Bolt asserts, assessing the damage caused by the Russian doping scandal.

As for his pursuit of a third Olympic treble next month in Rio, Bolt adamantly responds: "I'm not going to lose one of the golds, for sure."

Bolt's preparations for the defense of his Olympic titles (100 and 200 meters and the 4x100 relay) were hampered by a hamstring injury that forced him out of the Jamaican trials.

Russia: The federations that run judo and shooting allowed all Russian athletes into the Olympics. But 22 of 28 Russian rowers were excluded from the Games.

Autos

Mother-in-law of F1 boss kidnapped

The mother-in-law of Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone was kidnapped Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is being held for a $36.5 million ransom, according to a report in the Brazilian news magazine Veja. Ecclestone, 85, married Fabiana Flosi, 38, a Brazilian attorney and former F1 marketing director, in 2012. Aparecida Schunck, Flosi's mother, reportedly was abducted near her home in the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Interlagos.

Soccer

Sounders, coach Schmid part ways

The Seattle Sounders and Sigi Schmid, the franchise's only coach in its eight seasons since joining MLS, mutually agreed to part ways. Longtime Sounders assistant Brian Schmetzer was named interim head coach. Schmid, 63, won the MLS Cup with Columbus in 2008 and with Los Angeles in 2002 and owns the league record with 228 regular-season victories. But Seattle, which has never missed the playoffs, is ninth in the 10-team Western Conference this year.

Italy: Five-time defending league champion Juventus said it signed Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A rival Napoli for a $99 million transfer fee.

Et cetera

Tennis: Eugenie Bouchard, from nearby Westmount, Quebec, defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

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