RIO DE JANEIRO -- Five Americans were together on the Olympic Golf Course, checking out everything from the three types of sand in the bunkers to which side of the fairway allowed for the best angle to the green during a practice round Tuesday.The group included Gil Hanse, who was not in a team uniform, didnt have clubs and wont be competing for a medal. And yet he still has plenty at stake.Hanse designed the golf course. And he had more than just the best players in mind when he created it.We needed to build a golf course for the competition, which we knew was how the golf course ultimately would be judged, Hanse said Tuesday. But we also had to help grow the game in Brazil, and it had to be playable for the public.The result was a 7,128-yard course tucked into 240 acres with no trees and no rough, with humps and hollows along the fairways that resembles a links course, and with native areas that make it seem as though it belongs in the famed sand belt region of Melbourne.Only in Rio are players warned about the capybara (a large rodent) and the caiman (a small crocodile) as part of the wildlife on the course, along with the corujas, an owl that burrows in bunkers and could lead to some rulings.So far, the reviews have been positive. Then again, scores dont count until Thursday.Its a fun golf course to play, said Rickie Fowler, who arrived in time for the opening ceremony and has been playing the course since Sunday. Gil did a good job taking nothing and turning it into a great golf course without having time to make any changes or adjustments. Theres a lot of fun characteristics.Hanse, however, is just as interested in what becomes of his course.The way he measures success does not end with the Olympics; thats just the starting point. Brazil has next to no golf heritage, and theres plenty of skepticism that two weeks of Olympic golf will change that.The course will be turned over to the Brazilian Golf Federation for at least 20 years to be a public course. The International Golf Federation is trying to stoke interest over the next two weeks by offering an area where fans can get swing tips and hit into nets, simulators with a closest-to-the-flag and long drive competition, and a six-hole putting course.What happens during the Olympics is going to be the engine for what happens after the Olympics in the success of this golf course, Hanse said. They are inexorably linked. If we have a great champion and a great competition, thats going to bode well. The long-term success of his golf course is probably more important.Theres a chance these players -- 60 men this week, 60 women next week -- might never see this golf course again unless the PGA Tour stages a big event in South America down the road and picks Rio. This is the only continent where the Presidents Cup has not been played. So it would help for golf to put on a good show.That starts with more birdies than bogeys.Hanse did his part with a clever layout in which four of the par 4s are at least 479 yards, and the other par 4s are no more than 412 yards, including the 16th hole that measures 303 yards and can be reached off the tee.Thats the start of a three-hole finish designed to inject some excitement into an Olympic sport that takes four days to find a winner. The par-3 17th is a wedge, and the par-5 18th can be reached in two by every player in the field.We want it to be an exciting course, Hanse said. You look at the last three holes, those guys can go eagle-birdie-eagle to finish. If we wanted it to be difficult and impose our will on the field, we would have done something different. From our standpoint, we want to see scoring.Hanse wants a good winner, too. Most golf architects do, believing the quality of the champion is a reflection on the golf course. More than anything, he wants a finish that will be remembered for years to come -- for the sake of the sports future in the Olympics and the future of his golf course.I think its a success if we get a great winner, Hanse said. Its a home run if we get one of those iconic Olympic moments. If we get that image, that people think five to 10 years from now about Rio 2016 and its a golfer ... if we get one of those moments, its a great thing. Cheap Celtics Jerseys Authentic .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. 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LONDON -- The Latest on the Russian doping report (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko says Russia will resort to legal action in response to allegations of institutionalized doping.Mutko, who was sports minister for the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, the main period covered by the WADA report, tells the Tass state news agency now we need to calmly move into the legal arena, which is what will be done.It is not immediately clear what course any legal action might take.Mutko also argues it would not have been possible for Russia to try to cover up doping on such a large scale at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, saying that because athletes were also tested at competitions outside Russia, it was simply not realistic in Sochi to do what they are accusing us of.---5:35 p.m.Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, calls the latest revelations from the McLaren report another staggering example of how the Olympic movement has been corrupted and clean athletes robbed by Russias state-supported doping system.Tygart is calling on the IOC to suspend Russias Olympic committee until it is deemed code compliant. He also says no international sporting events should be held in Russia until the countrys anti-doping program becomes code compliant and all those who participated in the corruption are held accountable.---5 p.m.UEFA says Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has begun the process of a FIFA integrity check to be an election candidate in April.Mutko has been elected by European soccer leaders since 2009 to represent them on FIFAs ruling committee.Now, Mutko is seeking re-election amid widespread evidence detailed by Canadian investigator Richard McLaren that he oversaw a state-backed doping program as sports minister.In July, the World Anti-Doping Agency called on the FIFA ethics committee to investigate Mutko based on McLarens interim report.UEFA says Mutko is among five applicants for four vacant seats in an April 5 election of 55 European member federations. Mutko and his four rivals must pass an eligibility check by a FIFA panel to be formally accepted as candidates.Mutko also chairs the 2018 World Cup organizing committee.---4:35 p.m.A veteran Olympic official nominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin to lead the countrys anti-doping fight says Richard McLarens latest report is out of date.Vitaly Smirnov, who was picked by Putin to run Russias anti-doping commission, says McLarens report into systematic doping doesnt pay enough attention to reforms which have been made since the scandal began and its possible even to say that the McLaren report is out of date.Smirnov adds that since the time that is under discussion, Russia has changed greatly and made serious steps toward creating the most effective system in the world for fighting the evil of doping.The McLaren report focuses largely on the periods leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.---4:30 p.m.IOC President Thomas Bach says Richard McLarens latest report on Russian doping demonstrates a fundamental attack on the integrity of sport.Bach says he believes any athlete or official involved in such a sophisticated manipulation system should be banned from the Olympics for life.He says the IOC, in cooperation with McLaren, will review all samples from Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.In addition, Bach says he extended the mandate of an IOC disciplinary commission to test samples of all Russian athletes who competed at the 2012 London Games.A separate IOC commission is looking into the system that organized the doping manipulation.---3:32 p.m.The head of Denmarks anti-doping agency says Russia should be excluded from attending and organizing international competition like the football World Cup in 2018.Michael Ask of Anti-Doping Denmark says that if Russia isnt willing to change (its ways), then they have no place in the world of sports.Niels Nygaard, president of the Danish sports confederation, says clear rules for when and how whole organizations can be sanctioned are needed to avoid a situation like the one leading up to the Rio Games.Before the Olympics, WADA called for Russias exclusion after investigator Richard McLaren released his first report into allegations of state-sponsored cheating and cover-ups in Russia. The IOC rejected the call, instead allowing international sports federations to decide which Russian athletes could compete.---3:30 p.m.The IOC will retest more than 250 doping samples from Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and examine all Russian samples from the 2012 London Olympics.The IOC made the announcement Friday following the release of Richard McLarens latest report detailing systematic doping in Russia.The IOC says the findings show that there was a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general.The International Olympic Committee has two separate commissions that will study McLarens findings and prepare the appropriate sanctions and measures.The IOC will reanalyze all 254 urine samples collected from Russians athletes in Sochi. All 63 blood samples have already been retested and they came back negative.The IOC says it will also examine all samples collected from Russian athletes in London. Some IOC retests have already been done, with 11 Russian athletes sanctioned.---2:30 p.m.The Russian Sports Ministry has denied that the country had any state-sponsored doping system.The ministry says it will examine a report into Russian doping before commenting in detail but that it insists on the absence of a state program of support for doping sport and continues to fight doping with a position of zero tolerance.World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren accused then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko of allowing a controlled state-backed doping scheme to be developed with his leadership and knowledge ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Mutko has since been promoted to Deputy Prime Minister, though his brief still includes sport, while the new sports minister is Pavel Kolobkov, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing.---2:05 p.m.The vice president of the Russian Olympic Committee says he is looking positively at the prospect of the country being allowed to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren published a report Friday citing evidence that doping samples from 12 Russian medalists at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi were tampered with.Stanislav Pozdnyakov tells Russian state news agency R-Sport that the report contains nothing new and that Russian athletes should train calmly for (the 2018 Olympics in) Pyeongchang together with their coaches, adding that I am looking positively at this prospect.Pozdnyakov, a four-time Olympic gold medal fencer, is also head of fencings European governing body.---2 p.m.The next step in the Russian doping scandal is that dossiers on more than 1,000 athletes implicated in cover-ups will be handed to top sportss officials for further disciplinary action.ddddddddddddThe World Anti-Doping Agency says investigator Richard McLaren and his team are compiling dossiers for each of the athletes referred to in McLarens report by code names alone.WADA says that starting today, it will pass dossiers identifying those athletes to the relevant international federations governing the sports in which those athletes compete.The federations will then decide whether or not there are sufficient elements to pursue (doping disciplinary cases) or, whether further investigations are required.Medal winners the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are among those who could face potential disciplinary actions.---1:35 p.m.The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency says Richard McLarens report into Russian doping shows institutionalized manipulation and cover up of the doping control process in the country.WADA president Craig Reedie says in a statement that the agency is grateful to McLaren for the report, adding that it is alarming to read that 1,000 Russian athletes ... can be identified as being involved in, or benefiting from, manipulations to conceal positive doping tests.WADA says it will continue working to reinstate the Russian anti-doping agency, which was suspended from carrying out tests last year after earlier accusations its staff covered up failed drug tests and colluded with athletes to arrange times for supposedly no-notice tests.However, WADA director general Oliver Niggli says there remain a number of challenges that must be addressed before the agency can be reinstated.---1 p.m.The International Ski Federation says it will act decisively and with zero tolerance against doping after studying the McLaren report.World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren says Russias state-backed doping program corrupted the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where the home team won medals in cross-country skiing, snowboarding and freestyle skiing.FIS, whose president Gian Franco Kasper is an IOC executive board member, says it will coordinate with the IOC ... and WADA, in order to address each organizations next steps.---12:40 p.m.The International Paralympic Committee says a report detailing mass cover-ups of doping by Russian officials is unprecedented and astonishing.The IPC, which barred Russia from competing in this years Paralympics over earlier doping allegations, says World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLarens findings strike right at the heart of the integrity and ethics of sport.McLarens report says that when Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, six Paralympic athletes had samples swapped or manipulated. Those athletes went on to win 21 medals.The IPC says its taskforce, headed by a former UK Anti-Doping chief executive, will work with the Russian Paralympic Committee to fix the broken and compromised anti-doping system in Russia.---12:35 p.m.The IAAF says it is retesting all Russian samples it has stored since the 2007 world championships, and has already found three positive doping tests from that years event in Osaka, Japan.Tracks governing body says more results are due next week from retesting of Russians who competed at the 2011 worlds in Daegu, South Korea.Doping investigator Richard McLaren says Russia operated a state-backed cheating system at the 2013 worlds in Moscow. McLaren says in his report he referred the cases of 33 Russian athletes to the IAAF.The IAAF says 53 percent of the elite athletes whose cases were shared by McLaren have already been sanctioned or are currently undergoing disciplinary proceedings.---12:05 p.m.A World Anti-Doping Agency investigation says Russia, backed by the government, corrupted the 2012 London Olympics on an unprecedented scale.Releasing a new report into systematic Russian doping, investigator Richard McLaren says this corruption involved the on-going use of prohibited substances, washout testing and false reporting.No Russian athlete tested positive for a prohibited substance at the London Games as the country collected 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze medals.But McLaren says the Russian Olympic team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established. This corruption involved the ongoing use of prohibited substances, washout testing and false reporting.According to McLaren, the ministry of sport was working to discipline athletes in advance of the London Games into taking the cocktail of steroids ... in order to beat the detection thresholds at the London lab.---11:25 a.m.A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period.World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released the second part of his report into allegations of state-sponsored doping, particularly involving the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.The findings confirmed and expanded on much of the evidence contained in the Canadian law professors first report issued in July.Among the new specifics, the report found evidence of tampering of doping samples involving 12 Russian medalists in Sochi. The number includes athletes who won four gold medals. The names were not given.---10:55 a.m.Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva says she will oppose blanket bans of Russian athletes after being named the head of the suspended Russian anti-doping agencys new supervisory board.Isinbayeva was appointed chair of the 10-person board, which also includes a senior Russian Sports Ministry official, on Wednesday without consultation with the World Anti-Doping Agency.Isinbayeva, who missed this years Olympics when the Russian track and field team was banned, says of course its in my interests not to allow the situation which I ended up in, so that our athletes from our country are treated the same as everyone else.The agency was suspended last year over cover-up allegations and requires WADA certification to start carrying out doping tests again.---10 a.m.The Olympic world is bracing for more evidence of systematic Russian doping.World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren is releasing his latest report on Friday into allegations of state-sponsored cheating and cover-ups in Russia.The report is expected to focus on evidence of a doping conspiracy centered on the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, including details of the manipulation of doping samples.McLarens first report, issued in July, led WADA to call for Russias exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 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