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MADRID---Extra security measures
may be needed to protect some ath-
letes staying outside of the Olympic
Village during the Rio de Janeiro
Games, one of Brazil s top security
officials said yesterday.
Andrei Rodrigues, responsible for
overseeing Brazil s security in special
events, said that the need for specific
plans was discussed after the local
organising committee said Rafael Nadal
was going to stay at a friend s house
instead of the athletes village.
Nadal later denied the information
given by Rodrigues, saying that he still
intended to stay at the Olympic Village,
as he did the other two times he par-
ticipated in the Games.
Rodrigues said a few golfers are
among those not staying at the athletes
village and may need special security
The Brazilian official said that
although it would be impossible to pro-
vide "personal security" to all athletes
in Rio, a few situations could prompt
special attention from local authorities
and would be analyzed on a case-by-
"Any action out of the ordinary will
obviously prompt greater concern,"
Rodrigues told The Associated Press
after a media event in Madrid. "We
would need to come up with a sec-
ondary operation, so that is a concern
to us, obviously. It would be more com-
fortable for us if all athletes stayed in
the village and traveled from there to
the training venues and to the com-
The US men s and women s basket-
ball teams will be staying on a cruise
ship in Rio s renovated port area, where
increased security is already expected.
Nadal s possible presence at a friend s
house prompted special concern
because he would not be staying at a
hotel, unlike most other athletes skip-
ping the Olympic Village. Most hotels
picked by athletes already have their
own security measures in place and
are well prepared to protect their guests.
Rodrigues did not give any specific
details about where, or with whom,
the Spaniard would be staying during
the August 5-21 Games.
"The information we received from
the committee is that he will be staying
at a residence," Rodrigues said, without
Nadal was a star attraction at the
Olympic Village in 2008 in Beijing,
when he won the tennis gold medal.
He was constantly sought after by other
athletes for autographs and photos.
The 14-time Grand Slam winner also
stayed at the village in 2004 in Athens.
The Spaniard missed the 2012 London
Games because of an injury.
"The athletes are the VIP clients of
the Games," Rodrigues said. "They are
the stars and they have to shine, so
obviously we need to make sure that
they have all the conditions to compete,
and for that to happen we need to keep
Rodrigues also did not elaborate on
the golfers who are not staying at the
Olympic Village. He said members of
some equestrian teams also do not plan
to use the official Olympic accommo-
Official wary of athletes
outside Olympic village
at friend's house.
AUBURN HILLS---The Cleveland Cav-
aliers are moving on to the second
round---and they re looking like a pret-
ty complete team.
Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 31 points
in the second half as the Cavs finished
off a four-game sweep of the Pistons,
holding on for a 100-98 victory on Sun-
day night. Irving scored 110 points in
the series, easily the most on the team.
"For our team, it doesn t matter who
is the leading scorer or anything. We
just want to get wins," LeBron James
said. "But the fact that he was in such
a great groove, just throughout this
whole series, we rode his coattails, we
rode (Kevin Love), and I was able to
focus on some other things, especially
my rebounding, get guys involved---
defensively, just try to lock in on my
James had 22 points but it was Irving
who made the biggest shots all night.
His midcourt buzzer beater put the Cavs
up 81-78 after the third quarter, and
with Cleveland clinging to a one-point
lead in the final minute, he sank a 3-
pointer from the right wing with 42
seconds remaining and then walked over
to the bench, calm as could be.
The Pistons still had a chance at the
end, but with Irving hounding him,
Reggie Jackson s shot at the buzzer was
off the mark.
Cleveland advances to play either
Atlanta or Boston. The Cavs appear to
be in better shape than they were in
last year s playoffs, when Irving and
Love were both injured by the time
Golden State took the title by beating
Cleveland in the NBA Finals.
Irving fractured his kneecap against
the Warriors and needed surgery and
months of rehab his return. (AP)
Cavaliers sweep past Pistons
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