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The Latest: More than half of US Olympic roster spots filled

The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):

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6:05 p.m.

The U.S. Olympic roster stands at 299, with more than 200 more athletes still to be named.

Alan Ashley, chief of sport performance for the U.S. Olympic Committee, says that as of Thursday afternoon, one short of 300 Americans had punched their tickets to Rio de Janeiro.

He expects a team of 552 when all the qualifying is complete by mid-July.

NBC-Virtual Reality

Here come the virtual reality Olympics ... for Samsung users

NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there's another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events?

NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics in August — though only to users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Samsung Gear VR headset. It's the first time Olympics programming will be available in VR.

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