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USA Gymnastics hires NBA exec Li Li Leung as new CEO

Li Li Leung spent two years watching USA Gymnastics struggle through the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. A former college gymnast at the University of Michigan who still considered herself «embedded» in the sport while serving

Coaching site builds list of those banned from US Olympics

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives an

Tokyo governor won't speculate on Olympic bribery scandal

TOKYO (AP) - The head of Tokyo's city government has declined to weigh in on the future of Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, who is being investigated for his part in an alleged bribery scandal. Asked Monday if Takeda should resign, Toky

France recognizes lightsaber dueling as a sport

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out «Star Wars» fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially rec

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field's governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a plann

Olympic champ John Shuster wins 7th national curling title

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Olympic champion John Shuster won another U.S. curling title when his team beat Rich Ruohonen's 8-4 on Saturday. It's the seventh national title for Shuster, who led the U.S. team to a gold medal at last year's Olympics. Shuster's tea

Tokyo Olympics: Cost of opening/closing ceremony up 40%

TOKYO (AP) - The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent according to numbers released by the organizing committee. Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday

Australia, Japan dominate 1st day of SailGP in Sydney

SYDNEY (AP) - Olympic gold medalists Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge dominated the opening day of the inaugural SailGP races for their respective teams in light winds on Sydney Harbour. Skippered by 2012 Olympic Laser champion Slingsby, Australia finished

Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?

TOKYO (AP) - Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime

Lawmaker pulls proposed transgender birth certificate ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah lawmaker is shelving a proposal that would have blocked transgender people from changing their gender on birth certificates, prompting a sigh of relief for LGBT advocates. The legislation pulled Thursday by Republican Rep. Merril

Semenya appeal case mixes science, sports, gender politics

GENEVA (AP) - Caster Semenya's running future will be decided by three judges starting next week in a landmark case that will challenge science and gender politics. The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa is looking to overturn eligibility r

Film about Temple, athletes showing at Tennessee museum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee State Museum will be showing a free screening of a documentary about legendary Tennessee State University track and field coach Ed Temple and 40 female athletes who broke the color barrier at the 1960 Olympics. «Mr

High-tech SailGP series hits the water on Sydney Harbour

SYDNEY (AP) - Boats skippered by Australian Olympic gold medalists Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby are among the favorites in the inaugural SailGP races starting on Sydney Harbour on Friday. A fleet of six super-charged F50 catamarans capable of reaching s

New athletes group formed to tackle doping in sports

An Olympic gold medalist and a former executive at the World Anti-Doping Agency are forming an organization designed to give athletes a more organized voice in the struggle against doping and the powers that police it. The group, called Global Athlete, is bei

Lindsey Vonn wins bronze in final race of career

ARE, Sweden | Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down. Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones? Wha

NWHL All-Star captain's hope for future? Combined league

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - On a day the NWHL wanted to keep the focus on its All-Star celebrations and a record crowd for a professional women's hockey game in the United States, Lee Stecklein couldn't help but look beyond to what the future could be. One combin

Teen snowboarder soaring under tutelage of Shaun White

The invitation was too good to pass up: Shadow none other than Shaun White at the Pyeongchang Games. As the hand-picked successor to the snowboarding icon, teenager Toby Miller jumped at the chance, even bringing along his board. He received a behind-the-scen

The Latest: Ukrainian gets UEFA seat amid financial claims

ROME (AP) - The Latest from the UEFA meetings (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The controversial president of Ukraine's soccer federation has been elected to a seat on UEFA's executive committee, helped by lobbying from former Olympic champion Sergei Bubka. Andri

Her knees 'broken beyond repair,' Vonn retiring after worlds

Lindsey Vonn transcended her sport in a way only a handful of Olympic athletes could even imagine. She was about more than skiing. She was about more than medals. She was about more than winning. She was often in the spotlight, appearing in the pages of mains

Olympic champion among 12 Russian athletes guilty of doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Twelve Russian track and field athletes, including 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov, have been found guilty of taking part in state-backed doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Ukhov has been disqualified from

Hong Kong court denies male status to 3 transgender men

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong's High Court has refused to allow three transgender men to be recognized as males on their official identity cards because they have not undergone full sex-change operations. Friday's ruling was seen as a blow to the fledgling LGBT

Despite doping scandals, Russia bids to host European Games

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia is bidding to host the 2023 European Games in Kazan despite a backdrop of years of doping scandals. Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is working with regional officials on the Kazan bid and said late Tuesday the cit

China's Xi: 2022 Winter Games will be green, inclusive, open

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country is well on track to deliver a «spectacular» 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Xi also told IOC President Thomas Bach in Beijing on Thursday that China's government was firmly committed to putti

Utah Olympic officials to seek $15M to attract sports events

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Olympic bid officials say they will request as much as $15 million from the state Legislature to help bring more world-class sporting events to Utah in preparation for future Winter Olympics. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the funding bei

IOC backs FIFA's calls for Bahraini player to be released

The International Olympic Committee has backed FIFA's calls for a Bahraini soccer player to be allowed to return to Australia from Thailand where he is detention while being pursued for extradition by Bahrain. But Asian soccer's leadership is declining to pub

Former Olympic curler helps supports Homer club

HOMER, Alaska (AP) - A year after the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, when the U.S. men's curling team scored an unexpected victory over Sweden to earn a gold medal and Americans embraced the sport with enthusiasm across the internet, people are still

US Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian has testicular cancer

Five-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but he plans to continue training for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Adrian revealed the news on his verified Twitter account on Thursday, saying he recently went to the docto

APNewsBreak: Clark retiring after 20 years in the halfpipe

DENVER (AP) - What was perhaps Kelly Clark's most memorable trip down a halfpipe had nothing to do with winning. It was the Winter X Games in 2011. Clark had already secured the title. With one lap left - a victory lap, as they call it in snowboarding - she .

Norway lawmaker launches her bid to lead anti-doping body

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Norwegian lawmaker Linda Helleland has formally launched her World Anti-Doping Agency presidential campaign as a candidate who took tougher positions on Russian doping than Olympic leaders. Helleland says in her manifesto that she «n

French Olympic probe raises questions about Japanese firm

TOKYO (AP) - An investigation by French prosecutors into alleged vote-buying connected with Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics has raised questions about one of Japan's most powerful companies, the giant advertising and marketing agency Dentsu Inc. From its 48-s

Security inside stadium and out for Super Bowl in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - When Super Bowl 53 kicks off less than two weeks from now, legions of police and federal agents will be positioned to protect fans inside and outside the Atlanta stadium where the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face off. The gam

South Korea human rights body to investigate abuse in sports

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's human rights commission plans to interview possibly thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their

The Latest: Zubkov to step down from Russian bobsled

MOSCOW (AP) - The Latest on Russian doping scandal (all times local): ___ 4:35 p.m. Alexander Zubkov says he is stepping down as president of the Russian bobsled federation after being banned for two years in a doping case. Zubkov carried the Russian flag at

Zubkov to step down from Russian bobsled after doping ban

MOSCOW (AP) - Alexander Zubkov is stepping down as president of the Russian bobsled federation after being banned for two years for doping at the Olympics. Zubkov carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won two bobsled

Group claims further sexual abuse in South Korean skating

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - An athletes' group has raised further allegations of sexual abuse in South Korean speed skating following explosive claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that she had been raped by her former coach since she was a teen. Th

Shim Suk-hee raped by South Korea Olympic coach

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – An athletes' group has raised further allegations of sexual abuse in South Korean speed skating following explosive claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that she had been raped by her former coach since she was a te

Russian doping agency says reforms at risk if new suspension

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian anti-doping agency says reforms in Russian sport are at risk if it is suspended again by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA reinstated the Russian agency, known as RUSADA, in September on condition that Russian authorities turned ove

Olympic medalist snowboarder from Canada has lymphoma

MONTREAL (AP) - Olympic medalist snowboarder Max Parrot of Canada has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Canada Snowboard said Thursday the cancer was diagnosed Dec. 21 after a biopsy 10 days earlier. The 24-year-old from Quebec will miss the rest of the 2

WADA: Lab data retrieved and being moved out of Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) - Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency have finished retrieving data from the Moscow lab that could lead to sanctions against Russian athletes implicated in the country's wide-ranging doping conspiracy. WADA announced Thursday that the data h
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