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Christine Blasey Ford introduces Sports Illustrated award to Larry Nassar's accuser

In a video statement, Christine Blasey Ford presented former gymnast Rachel Denhollander as Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year at the magazine's annual «Sportsperson of the Year Awards» on Tuesday.  Blasey Ford, giving her first pub

USOC fires official over his silence in Larry Nassar case

The U.S. Olympic Committee has fired chief of sport performance Alan Ashley in the wake of an independent report that said neither he nor former CEO Scott Blackmun elevated concerns about the Larry Nassar sexual abuse allegations when they were first reporte

IOC eases off support for electronic gaming as Olympic event

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The International Olympic Committee has slowed its support for recognizing electronic gaming as a sport. After an Olympic leaders' meeting on Saturday, the IOC says «discussion about the inclusion of esports/egames as a meda

Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to help Pouille

PARIS (AP) - Amelie Mauresmo won't be captaining France's Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille. The French Tennis Federation announced Thursday it was searching for a new captain, who will

Bach and IOC: No Olympic city ever as ready as Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) - IOC President Thomas Bach and other International Olympic Committee members are calling Tokyo the best prepared host city in recent memory. Still, there are problems ahead of the 2020 Games - small by the standards of the corruption-plagued Rio d

SKorean curling official leaves sport over abuse suspicions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A beleaguered South Korean curling official says he and his family will leave the sport for good as the government investigates their alleged abusive treatment of the «Garlic Girls,» the country's hugely popular Olympic s

Russian curler banned 4 years in Olympic doping case

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Russian curling medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky has been banned for four years in a doping case which cost Russia the right to fly its flag at the Winter Olympic closing ceremony this year. Krushelnitsky won the bronze medal in m

Samsung signs Olympic sponsorship to 2028 Los Angeles Games

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung has extended its IOC sponsorship deal through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, making it 30 years of Summer and Winter Games support. The IOC says the South Korean technology firm will give limited edition phones to all Olympi

Canadian weightlifter upgraded to Olympic gold, bronze

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard received a 2012 London Olympic gold and 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medal in a ceremony on Monday at the National Arts Centre. Girard becomes the first Canadian Olympic champion in weightlifting an

Whither Olympic boxing: Will it be in Tokyo, or not?

TOKYO (AP) - The International Olympic Committee wants boxing to be held at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That much we know. But IOC President Thomas Bach could not give an ironclad promise on Saturday that it will happen when the Olympics open in just over 20 mon

IOC orders inquiry into troubled amateur boxing body AIBA

TOKYO (AP) - The International Olympic Committee has ordered an inquiry into the amateur boxing federation, which elected an alleged heroin trafficker as president four weeks ago. The IOC says AIBA cannot contact organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics during t

US, Canada women to renew hockey rivalry in February

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The United States and Canada are renewing the top rivalry in women's hockey with a three-game series in February. USA Hockey and Hockey Canada announced Thursday the only countries to win Olympic titles will play three games bet

Race on: It's Stockholm vs. Milan-Cortina for 2026 Olympics

TOKYO (AP) - After finding it difficult to sell the 2026 Winter Olympics, the IOC finally has two countries that are all in: Sweden and Italy. It's Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and the self-described capital of Scandinavia, up against a joint Italian bid

Tickets for Yanks-Red Sox in London in June cost $38-$493

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain. Premium seats at London's Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on Jun

22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant

BEIJING (AP) - An explosion outside a chemical plant in northeastern China early Wednesday killed at least 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles, in the latest challenge to efforts to boost industrial safety in the world's second-largest economy. The bla

WADA experts hold Moscow talks over doping lab data

MOSCOW (AP) - A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency arrived for talks Wednesday with Russian authorities in Moscow as it tries to access data which could mean more bans for top Russian athletes who cheated in past years. The delegation will visit th

22 dead in blast next to chemical plant in northern China

BEIJING (AP) - An explosion outside a chemical plant in northeastern China has killed 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles. An official news release Wednesday said the explosion occurred just after midnight at a loading dock next to the plant operated b

Minnesota curling club aims to recruit new members

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Two sports from Scotland dating back hundreds of years have captured the imagination of Americans. Golf needs no introduction. But mention curling, and you'll more often than not get some puzzled looks, especially outside the Midwest. Th

IOC's Bach and Abe make brief visit to Fukushima region

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) - IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors. The Fukushima regi

Olympic referendum: Shall it be 'Taiwan' or 'Chinese Taipei'

Athletes from Taiwan compete at the Olympics under the name of a make-believe country: Chinese Taipei. They march behind an imaginary national flag and, if they win a gold medal, hear an «alternate national anthem» being played. Imagine if France

Mutko returns to Russian soccer body after stepping aside

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of his country's doping scandals, has returned to a senior role in Russian soccer. Mutko said late last year he would step aside temporarily as Russia

Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee

MOSCOW (AP) - With a pair of gold medals at stake, a Russian court has issued a ruling that directly challenges the authority of the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Moscow City Court ruled Wednesday that bobsledder

Paratrooper gear of D-Day vet slain in '78 found in France

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A World War II memorabilia collector in France has found paratrooper gear carried by an American D-Day veteran who went on to become an accomplished athlete before being slain at his Buffalo workplace in the 1970s. WIVB-TV reports a stor

Calgary bid for 2026 Winter Olympics iced by City Council

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Calgary's bid to hold the 2026 Winter Olympics is over. The City Council voted Monday to end the bid following last week's nonbinding vote in which 56 percent of those who went to the polls voted against the games. Stockholm and a join

Ex-Michigan state leader's charges latest in Nassar fallout

The charging by the Michigan attorney general's office of former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon with lying to police is the latest fallout from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Numerous oth

Calgary City Council shuts door on 2026 Winter Olympic bid

CLAGARY, Alberta (AP) - Calgary's bid to hold the 2026 Winter Olympics is over. The City Council voted Monday to end the bid following last week's nonbinding vote in which 56 percent of those who went to the polls voted against the games. Stockholm and a join

With win over All-Stars, Japan builds for 2020 Olympic gold

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) - Coming off a strong showing against a team of Major League Baseball All-Stars, Japan manager Atsunori Inaba has every reason to be confident about his team's chances of winning a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan won the six-ga

Moscow doping lab to be opened for WADA visit

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) - The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia will allow an international delegation to inspect its shuttered drug-testing lab this month. The visit is part of a deal between WADA and the Russian government which allowed Russia's anti-dopin

S. Korea's 'Garlic Girls' accuse coaches of derailing team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's hugely popular Olympic curlers have accused their coaches of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year's feel-good sports stories. The so-called Garlic Girls said Thursday the

Spain reverses stance on Kosovo athletes in the country

MADRID (AP) - The Spanish government has decided to grant athletes from Kosovo the same rights as other nationalities when participating in international competitions held in Spain. A joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Spanish Ol

US Olympic officials visit Utah for possible 2030 bid

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Olympic Committee officials are touring Salt Lake City as they decide whether to choose Utah's capital city or Denver as the U.S. bid city for the 2030 Winter Olympics. The visit comes after the USOC toured Denver on Tuesday. The co

Majority of Calgary voters say 'no thanks' to 2026 Olympics

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - A majority of Calgary voters are saying «no thanks» to a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and while the vote is nonbinding, the future of the bid appears bleak. Residents voted Tuesday on whether they wanted to p

US Olympic officials visit Denver for possible 2030 bid

DENVER (AP) - U.S. Olympic Committee officials toured Denver aiming to choose a city for the bid for the 2030 winter games. The Denver Post reports the organization is expected to select either Denver or Salt Lake City when it submits a U.S. host city for glo

Reno-Tahoe region drops effort to host 2030 Winter Olympics

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - The Reno-Tahoe area will not be making a play to host the Winter Olympics. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported Monday that the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition announced it was declining a bid invitation from the U.S. Olympic Com

Former NY environmental official Robert Flacke has died

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) - Robert Flacke, who served as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and later was appointed commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has died at his home in Lake George. He was 85. Publicist Mark Behan, the

Raising the roof on 2020 Tokyo Olympics gymnastics venue

TOKYO (AP) - Attention Simone Biles: They're building a gymnastics venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won as a star in Rio de Janeiro. The new Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue is halfway completed. On Wednesday engineers raised a mas

The Latest: Romney is Senate pick for furniture store owner

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on Tuesday's midterm election in Utah (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A 79-year-old furniture store owner from Price, Utah, says Republican Mitt Romney is his pick in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah. Bill Knott told Th

Athletes outraged at proposed age requirement for WADA prez

Three high-profile Olympic and Paralympic athletes are incensed over a proposed age minimum that would eliminate their choice to be the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. A list of guidelines under consideration includes a requirement that any ca

US Olympic Committee moves to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as a national governing body

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - US Olympic Committee moves to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as a national governing body.

USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Larry Nassar scandal

The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involvi
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