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Bob Costas’ long run as Olympic prime-time host ending, Mike Tirico taking over

 After a record run as the prime-time host of NBC’s Olympic coverage, Bob Costas is stepping down, the network announced in a statement on Thursday.

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 Costas has hosted NBC’s Olympic coverage since 1992 and is now passing the torch to NBC sportscaster and former ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico.

Tirico takes over hosting duties beginning with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, Costas himself announced on NBC’s “Today” show.

TIRICO! cc: @alroker @miketirico— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 9, 2017

"I'm going to be like the rest of the country, watching Mike Tirico, who will be an able successor in Korea for the Winter Olympics beginning a year from today,'' Costas said.

During his 25 years at the helm of NBC’s coverage, Costas has hosted 11 Olympics and won 27 Emmy Awards, more than sports broadcaster in history.

Bob Costas makes Olympics announcementWATCH: Bob Costas is passing the Olympic hosting torch to Mike Tirico.Posted by Today Show on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Michael Phelps logs lap time with son Boomer at Baltimore pool

It didn't take long for Michael Phelps to get back in the water, and he might have some future swimming competition.

Phelps' 6-month-old son Boomer went for a dunk in a Baltimore pool, but at first wasn't too sure about the water. He didn't want to let go of the instructor but then latched on to Daddy.

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Instructor Cathy Bennett, who is seen holding Boomer, was the same instructor who taught Phelps when he was young, the "Today Show" reported.

The complex is the same one where Phelps got his start.

Boomer was comforted so by Phelps holding him that he appears to nearly fall asleep in the water, but also kept a death grip on Daddy's chin and beard at times.

Phelps said that Boomer wasn't happy about getting his face wet, but handled it better than in previous outings. 

It was Bennett's third time swimming with Boomer, who will turn 7-months-old in December.

Watch the video below:

Posted by Michael Phelps on Monday, November 28, 2016

Photos: Olympic champion Michael Phelps married girlfriend in June

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Swimmer Michael Phelps is synonymous with Olympic gold. He earned five gold medals and a silver during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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But Phelps also grabbed more gold this summer -- a wedding ring.

People magazine reported that Phelps and his girlfriend, Nicole Johnson, are now married. The couple announced their engagement in February 2015. Their son, Boomer, was born in May.

TMZ obtained a copy of the couple's marriage record. It shows that they applied for the license on June 9 and were married June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Phelps' agent, Peter Carlisle, was listed as the person who performed the ceremony, People reported.

The Phelpses shared photos from their summer wedding on Instagram Sunday. 

"Truly the happiest day of my life," Nicole wrote on Instagram.

Truly the happiest day of my life @m_phelps00 thank you @boonestudios for capturing this day A photo posted by Nicole Michele Johnson (@mrs.nicolephelps) on Oct 30, 2016 at 1:11am PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

My best friend.... I love you!! A photo posted by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Oct 30, 2016 at 3:07am PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

Olympian's daughter shot to death in Kentucky

Trinity Gay, the 15-year old daughter of U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, was fatally shot early Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky.

WLEX was the first to report the news.

"Tyson told sports director Alan Cutler he was very close with his daughter. "Of the shooting, Gay said, 'She didn’t make it. I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.'"

The incident happened around 4 a.m. Sunday near a local Cook Out restaurant, where shots were reportedly exchanged between two vehicles. Gay was struck in the shooting and later pronounced dead at the the University of Kentucky hospital.

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Police have charged Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21; Chazerae M. Taylor, 38; and D'markeo C. Taylor, 19, with wanton endangerment in connection with the incident, WLEX reported. Middlebrooks also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Tyson Gay has twice competed in the Olympics and is a multiple-time world sprinting champion. Trinity was following in her father’s footsteps as a member of her high school track-and-field team.

[H/T NBC News]

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

International cities reluctant to host 2024 Olympics

Of the five cities receiving bids for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Hamburg and Rome have already withdrawn.

That leaves Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest.

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The bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics was awarded to Beijing after Stockholm and Krakow, Poland, withdrew their bids.

Why the reluctance to host the games?

Budgetary concerns remain the primary deterrent. Security costs alone can rack up to billions of dollars, not to mention the time and money that goes into planning the games and constructing massive infrastructure projects, including thousands of hotel rooms to accommodate athletes and guests.

The return, according to many major economists, doesn't nearly offset the cost.

"The games overrun with 100 percent consistency. No other type of mega project is this consistent regarding cost overrun," researchers from Oxford's Saïd Business School wrote in an academic paper in 2013. "Other project types are typically on budget from time to time, but not the Olympics."

Public funding for the Olympics seems to be a model of the past, with Los Angeles relying on privatized financing and using existing sports stadiums as venues in its proposal to the International Olympic Committee.

With this model, the California city would actually make a profit.

Russian hackers release information about 25 more Olympic athletes

The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed late Wednesday night that Russian cyber hackers have leaked more confidential information about 25 more Olympic athletes. 

The WADA said that “Fancy Bear,” a team of Russian hackers, targeted 10 athletes from the United States, five from Germany, five from Great Britain, and one each from Denmark, Poland, Romania, Russia and the Czech Republic. WADA did not name the athletes targeted.

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Earlier this week, the same group published information about four U.S. athletes, including gold medal gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Venus Williams. 

Olivier Niggli, WADA’s Director General condemned the attacks, saying they “seriously undermine the work that is being carried out to rebuild a compliant anti-doping program in Russia.”

“WADA is very mindful that this criminal attack, which to date has recklessly exposed personal data of 29 athletes, will be very distressing for the athletes that have been targeted and cause apprehension for all athletes that were involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," Niggli said. “To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way.”

>>Related story: Simone Biles reveals she has ADHD

The first leak earlier this week affected Biles, Williams and women’s basketball player Elena Delle Donne. The leak revealed their use of approved medications. The United States Anti-Doping Agency said all of the athletes named had followed proper procedure in getting permission to use the medications. 

In July, WADA recommended banning all Russian athletes from the Rio Games after an independent report said Russia ran a state-sponsored doping plan during the 2014 Sochi Games. 

In its latest statement, WADA asked Russia “to do everything in their power” to stop the hacking tactics. 

The Russian government has denied any involvement.

WATCH: Ryan Lochte protester speaks out about rushing the stage on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Two men were detailed by Los Angeles police following Ryan Lochte’s debut performance on Monday night’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars.”

As Lochte and partner Cheryl Burke received critiques from judge Carrie Ann Inaba, two men wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts rushed the stage, and East Coast viewers witnessed the bizarre turn of events as security tried to remove them from the premises. 

>> VIDEO: Ryan Lochte's 'Dancing With the Stars' debut interrupted by men storming stage

Following the incident, the men — identified by E! News as Sam Sododeh, 48, and Barzeen Soroudi, 40 — were detained by security and arrested on trespassing charges, police said. No one was hurt during the protest.

KABC in Los Angeles was able to capture footage of the chaos that the “Dancing With the Stars” cameras missed.

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Access Hollywood spoke with one of the men.

“Lochte is a liar," the man said. "He hurt Americans in Brazil. Two of his own teammates were detained because he ran away and he lied."

He added, "We want to publicize that this is a bad decision to have a liar be publicized as a star.”

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Inaba took to Instagram after the show to thank the security team for keeping everyone safe.

“We had a bit of a scary moment during tonight’s live taping of @dancingabc, but thanks to our security team and incredible staff at #DWTS, no one got hurt. Only positive energy here tonight and always. Thank you. #dancingwiththestars #security #grateful #dwtspremiere #dwts23 #dwtspremiere #premiere,” she wrote.

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We had a bit of a scary moment during tonight's live taping of @dancingabc, but thanks to our security team and incredible staff at #DWTS, no one got hurt. Only positive energy here tonight and always. Thank you. #dancingwiththestars #security #grateful #dwtspremiere #dwts23 #dwtspremiere #premiere A photo posted by Carrie Ann Inaba (@carrieanninaba) on Sep 12, 2016 at 7:35pm PDT

Lochte suspended 10 months for Rio Olympics incident

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who exaggerated claims of being robbed while competing in the Summer Olympics in Brazil last month, has received a 10-month suspension from competition, and will not be allowed to participate in the 2017 world championship meet.

The United States Olympic Committee and US Swimming announced the joint decision Thursday after terms of the punishment leaked out Wednesday evening on social media.

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Three other swimmers involved in the incident were suspended for four months.

Locthe lost sponsors and received widespread criticsm for his role in the incident at a gas station in Rio. He has been charged by Rio authorities for filing a false robbery report.

>>Lochte apologizes for his behavior

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British Paralympian claims Adidas, Nike discriminating against her

A Paralympian is charging discrimination against two major sportswear brands that she says won’t sponsor her.

Hannah Cockroft, a British wheelchair athlete, says Adidas and Nike won't sponsor her due to her inability to use their footwear in competition, The Guardian reports. Cockroft, 24, has cerebral palsy and does not wear shoes during her races.

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Cockroft argued that she still could wear other Adidas and Nike products in competition or on the podium. According to The Guardian, Cockroft does wear shoes while on the podium, but she says it's not enough because she doesn't wear them while competing.

Both Nike and Adidas said they sponsor other Paralympic athletes who do not compete in company footwear.

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