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  • The U.S. women's gymnastics team is missing many of its stars at the World Championships, but that didn't stop it from dominating the team competition. The ladies won their second straight world gold medal in record fashion.

    The American women combined for 179.28 points, beating second-place China by 6.693. It was the largest margin of victory in the World Championships or Olympics since the new scoring system was implemented in 2006. Russia took home the bronze. 

    Simone Biles, Kyla Ross, Alyssa Baumann, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner competed in Nanning, China, while injuries kept many of Team USA's best gymnasts at home. As reported by NBC Sports:

    Maggie Nichols, the No. 3 all-arounder behind Biles and Ross at the P&G Championships, dislocated a kneecap. Rachel Gowey, fourth at the Secret Classic behind Biles, Ross and Nichols, broke an ankle. McKayla Maroney had knee surgery in March, and Gabby Douglas pushed back her return to next year. Olympic alternate

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  • USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, following Phelps' arrest last week in Baltimore for DUI.

    Phelps, suspended for violations of USA Swimming's code of conduct, will be eligible to swim again in sanctioned competition on March 6, 2015. Phelps will receive no funding during that time.

    This was Phelps' second arrest for driving while intoxicated, the first coming in 2004. Phelps announced over the weekend that he would be entering a six-week treatment program. In addition, he will not compete at next summer's FINA World Championships in Russia, the preparatory meet for the 2016 Olympics. This is also Phelps' second suspension, following a three-month suspension in 2009 when he was photographed with a marijuana pipe.

    "Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the National Team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our Code of Conduct," USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wieglus said in a statement. "Should an infraction occur, it is our

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  • The United States basketball players and coach Geno Auriemma, right, pose with their trophy and gold medals following their victory over Spain in Basketball Championship for Women's final at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Maya Moore scored 18 points and the U.S. beat Spain 77-64 to win its second straight gold medal in the championship. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)The United States basketball players and coach Geno Auriemma, right, pose with their trophy and gold medals following their victory over Spain in Basketball Championship for Women's final at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Maya Moore scored 18 points and the U.S. beat Spain 77-64 to win its second straight gold medal in the championship. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)They've only been playing together for about a month, but that was enough time for the U.S. women's basketball team to reach world championship caliber. Surprising no one, Team USA won the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul on Sunday by defeating Spain 77-64. 

    The team never trailed in the game and held a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter.

    Perhaps it's easy to build team chemistry when four of the five starters played for the same college coach. Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles all played for U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma at UConn, and the fifth starter was world championship newcomer Brittney Griner.

    "Whenever you can win a gold medal and it's a tough journey, everyone's happy. I'm definitely proud of this team," Bird told the USA Basketball website. Bird became the first woman to win four medals at the FIBA World Championship. She has three golds and one bronze.

    Moore, who was this year's WNBA MVP, had 18 points in the final, enough to earn her

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  • IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany speaks during the announcement of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games host candidates. (AP)IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany speaks during the announcement of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games host candidates. (AP)The International Olympic Committee might not get to decide what city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Apparently, no one wants the honor.

    Oslo, Norway, is the latest city to drop its bid, announcing on Wednesday that the government will not financially support it. Cost of the games was estimated to be around $5.4 billion.

    That brings the list of dropouts to four, including Lviv, Ukraine (citing political unrest), Stockholm, Sweden (no government support) and Krakow, Poland (referendum vote revealed 70 percent of residents weren't interested).

    "It's important to get broad support for such an expensive project and there is not enough to carry through such an expensive project," Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told NRK television. "Without enthusiasm, it's not natural to carry this through."

    Before the official bidding period even started, residents in Switzerland and Germany also voted against pursuing bids.

    It's hardly surprising, considering the price tags of the Games:

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  • Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time, has been arrested for DUI in Baltimore, police are reporting. Maryland Transit Authority police arrested Phelps about 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.

    “A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone)," the MDTA said in a statement. "The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”

    Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines, and was later

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