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Kuwait's Olympic suspension provisionally lifted

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The International Olympic Committee says it has provisionally lifted Kuwait's suspension which had been in place for nearly three years. The suspension was imposed after the IOC accused Kuwait's government of interfering in Olympi

US Olympian Pfalzer returns to NWHL Beauts for 3rd season

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Olympic team defenseman Emily Pfalzer is returning to play for her hometown National Women's Hockey League Buffalo Beauts for a third season. The Beauts announced they agreed to terms with their captain on Thursday in what becomes th

Ethiopian runner who protested at Olympics invited home

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - An Ethiopian marathon runner who went into exile after protesting against oppression in his country while winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been asked to return home. Feyisa Lilesa captured internation

As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia is deploying 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta, parts of which have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies

Russian star Maria Vadeeva enjoying time in WNBA with Sparks

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Maria Vadeeva dreamed of playing in the WNBA after growing up watching Diana Taurasi and Lauren Jackson compete in the Russian Basketball League. It fueled her love of the sport. Now the 20-year-old Russian star is living out those c

4 golds from 4 events: Peaty displays breaststroke dominance

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Olympic champion Adam Peaty displayed his untouchable dominance in breaststroke one more time at the European Championships to help Britain's swimmers win the men's 4x100-meter relay on Thursday. Peaty gave himself a clean sweep of fo

Survey: Athletes feel pressure of win-at-all-costs culture

A majority of U.S. athletes responding to an anti-doping survey said they feel pressure from higher-ups to win medals, and the spotlight shines only on those who pile up victories. Though athletes have often cited the win-at-all-costs culture as a reason the

Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security

TOKYO (AP) - A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games. Olympic and company officials say the NeoFace technology devel

Fighting sex abuse in Olympic sports a difficult task

Judges, event organizers and even some riders were caught off-guard earlier this year when a well-known equestrian judge got booted out of one of the year's biggest horse shows. Turns out, the judge's name had been flagged by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, th

Teenage swimmer Kolesnikov adds gold, silver to medal haul

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Russian teenage swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov added a gold and a silver to his European Championships medal haul in just over an hour's time on Monday. Kolesnikov dominated the men's 100-meter backstroke for his third gold, and returned

Sinkovic brothers take first step on Olympic rowing mission

MOTHERWELL, Scotland (AP) - Two years after earning Croatia's first Olympic gold medal in rowing, the Sinkovic brothers have won a major title again - in a different discipline. Valent and Martin Sinkovic won the men's pair final of the European Championship

Mavericks re-sign Salah Mejri to help back up DeAndre Jordan

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed backup center Salah Mejri, who will join former European teammate and rookie third overall pick Luca Doncic. Mejri has spent the past three seasons in Dallas. The 32-year-old Tunisian has career averages of 3.

Kerri Walsh Jennings plans to chase gold in Tokyo, retire

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Kerri Walsh Jennings will retire from competitive beach volleyball after the Tokyo Olympics in two years. Walsh Jennings made it clear Thursday in a sit-down with The Associated Press she will call it a career after the 2020 Games. And

USA Track picks Eugene, Oregon, to host 2020 Olympic trials

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - USA Track and Field has selected Eugene, Oregon, as the new site of the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials. The organization originally awarded the trials for the Tokyo Games to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, but the bid was reopene

Between Rio and Tokyo, Paltrinieri looks for Olympic feeling

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Taking place between the Rio and Tokyo Games, Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri is hoping for some Olympic feeling at a new European multi-sport event. Often struggling to gain much interest on a European level, swimming and six ot

Tokyo 2020 triathlon to start early to beat the heat

TOKYO (AP) - Triathlon events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be staged on the large man-made island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay and will start early in the morning to counter the heat that is expected in the Japanese capital. Tokyo Games organizers and the Intern

Police accuse 2 men of dumping cocaine off Australian coast

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - The younger brother of Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley is one of two men accused of throwing more than 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) of cocaine overboard during a sea chase off the Australian coast, officials said Thursday. Dru Antho

Milan, Turin, Cortina to launch joint bid for 2026 Olympics

MILAN (AP) - Italy will launch a three-city bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, Turin and Cortina. The Italian Olympic Committee announced the move on Wednesday, having decided a joint bid was more cost effective. It was unanimously voted for by th

Houston massage therapist convicted of exploiting boys

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston massage therapist who in 2012 flew to London before the Summer Olympics but was sent back to Texas faces up to life in prison for sexually exploiting boys. The Houston Chronicle reports a U.S. jury convicted 41-year-old Jason Daniel G

Tokyo 2020 names director for opening and closing ceremonies

TOKYO (AP) - A renowned actor in traditional Japanese theater will oversee the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced Monday that Mansai Nomura will be chief executive creative

Tokyo 2020 organizers say venue delays won't hit test events

TOKYO (AP) - Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics insist construction delays at two key venues will have no impact on preparations for the games, including test events. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced last month construction of the Olympic Aquati

2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat

TOKYO (AP) - Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are considering introducing daylight saving time as a countermeasure to the extreme heat that could prevail in the Japanese capital during the games. Japan has been gripped by a deadly heatwave this summer th

USOC dismisses Hope Solo's complaint about US Soccer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Olympic Committee has dismissed a complaint by former U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo that accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of illegally favoring Major League Soccer. Solo filed the complaint in Januar

NY state: Olympic agency boss charged drinks to state cards

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials are accusing a former executive at the agency that maintains winter Olympic facilities in Lake Placid of using state-issued credit cards to run up thousands of dollars in bar bills. State Inspector General Catherin

CAS confirm 2 Russians to be stripped of 2008 Olympic medals

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Russian athletes Tatyana Lebedeva and Maria Abakumova lost their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday and stripped of three silver medals for doping at the 2008 Olympic Games. CAS confirmed the IOC decisions i

Larry Nassar assaulted in federal prison

LANSING, Mich. — Larry Nassar's attorneys say the disgraced former sports doctor was assaulted within hours of being placed in the general population at the federal prison in Arizona where he is serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography possessio

Interview: Garcetti says LA can be winning Olympic model

TOKYO (AP) - In an era when many cities are hesitant to bid for the Olympics, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is convinced his city has a winning formula to make the games a success. "I think it is a rational thing for most cities not to bid for the ...

Senators fault USOC, USA Gymnastics for role in athletes' sex abuse

Senators questioned the sincerity of reforms at the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University in the wake of sex-abuse scandals - using legal papers, emails and accounts of conversations to portray organizations that still don't ful

Chinese baseball team takes over Texas minor league club

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) - The starting lineups are announced in English and Spanish at home games for the independent Texas AirHogs, and then the Chinese national anthem is played. For about 30 members of the Chinese national baseball team, the suburban bal

Senator tells USOC to take legal responsibility for abuse

A senator called on the U.S. Olympic Committee to cease trying to be dropped as a defendant in sex-abuse lawsuits filed by gold-medal gymnasts, saying «part of accepting moral responsibility is to accept legal responsibility» for the crimes commit

Tokyo 2020: Will Ryan Lochte and Sue Bird be there?

Ryan Lochte is calling his latest suspension «crazy» and says it will stoke his competitive fires as he gets ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 12-time Olympic medalist and longtime U.S. swimming star tells guest host Tim Reynolds in the lates

The 2020 Olympics will open in 2 years, and the heat is on

TOKYO (AP) - The 2020 Olympics will open in two years, and the heat is on. Since being awarded the games, which will be the largest ever with 33 sports and 339 events, Tokyo organizers have had to deal with a series of setbacks ranging from stadium and constr

USOC files to remove itself as defendant in Nassar lawsuits

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Olympic Committee is trying to remove itself as a defendant in lawsuits filed by gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman, three of the gymnasts who sued the federation and others for their roles in the Larry Nassa

The Latest: Tokyo says addressing heat key to 2020 Olympics

TOKYO (AP) - The Latest on the heat wave in Northeast Asia (all times local): 5:40 p.m. On the hottest day so far this year, the governor of Japan's capital says that measures to deal with the heat are one of the pillars of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The temper

World-class Ironman triathlete on mend from broken neck

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Ironman triathlete Tim Don carries a constant reminder of the accident with him - besides, of course, a neck that can only turn to the left and the fading marks from where screws painfully dug into his forehead. It's tucked away in his w

Korir runs fastest 800 since Rudisha's world record

LONDON (AP) - Emmanuel Korir ran the fastest 800 meters since the final of the London Olympics in 2012 on the same track to win at the Anniversary Games on Sunday. The Kenyan runner posted a time of 1 minute, 42.05 seconds. No one has run a faster 800 since .

Tokyo's 1964 Olympics echo through the city's 2020 games

TOKYO (AP) - Mariko Nagai walked outside Yoyogi National Stadium - the late-architect Kenzo Tange's masterpiece from Tokyo's 1964 Olympics - and pictured the city in that era. She was a university student from northern Japan who landed a job as an interprete

IOC leader happy with shrinking 2026 Winter Olympic contest

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body is satisfied with the 2026 Winter Games hosting race, despite two bids dropping out in recent weeks. Austrian Olympic officials withdrew a project centered on Graz this month, and vo

Putin says Russia could bid to host another Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) - After hosting the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin says the country could bid for a future Summer Olympics. Asked about hosting a Summer Olympics in Russia for the first time since 1980, Putin says feasibility studies need to be conducted "bu
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