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  • Count Jordan Spieth as a likely Rio Olympics starter in 2016

    November 24, 2015 8:28 AM

    SYDNEY- Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, the two headliners at this week's Australian Open, have distinctly different excitement levels over next year's Rio Olympics golf tournament. While both agree a team competition would have been nice, Scott says he'll go if he can fit it into his schedule, and isn't... more »
  • Guo Jie, oldest surviving Olympian, dies at 103

    November 16, 2015 9:35 AM

    BEIJING- Guo Jie, a former Chinese discus thrower who was the world's oldest surviving Olympian, has died. He was 103. The official Xinhua News Agency said Guo died Sunday. Guo represented China in the discus at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin after setting a national record the year before. At... more »
  • Oscar Pistorius to be released from jail on Oct. 20

    October 15, 2015 10:19 AM

    JOHANNESBURG- South Africa's Department of Corrections says a parole board has decided that Oscar Pistorius can be released from prison and moved to house arrest on Tuesday. The parole board made the decision Thursday after an initial decision to release the double-amputee runner in August was canceled. The Olympic runner... more »
  • IOC: 5 cities in running to host 2024 Olympic Games

    September 16, 2015 10:01 AM

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland- It's official: five cities are in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. The IOC announced the final list of bidders Wednesday: Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. The deadline for submission of bid entries passed at Tuesday at midnight in Switzerland. There were no surprises as... more »
  • Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

    September 3, 2015 10:04 AM

    LONDON- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took his city's newly-launched bid for the 2024 Summer Games to IOC headquarters on Thursday, saying it's time "to bring the Olympics back home" to the United States after an absence of nearly three decades. Garcetti and U.S. Olympic leaders met with IOC President... more »
  • Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 31, 2015 9:54 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- Beijing will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee selected Beijing over Almaty, Kazakhstan today, after hearing final presentations from both countries. Beijing plans to reuse several venues from the 2008 Summer Olympics it hosted. more »
  • Bach: Boston failed to deliver on 'promises' to USOC

    July 29, 2015 10:12 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- IOC President Thomas Bach says Boston failed to deliver on "promises" made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the city as the American candidate for the 2024 Games. Bach gave his first extensive comments Wednesday on the demise of the Boston bid, which was dropped Monday... more »
  • Revised cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium approved

    July 7, 2015 10:04 AM

    TOKYO- The building of a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as planned after approval of the revised $2.1 billion construction cost. The Japan Sports Council, which will operate the main venue, approved the cost at a meeting on Tuesday. The price tag is up... more »
  • A brush with Olympians

    February 10, 2015 7:42 PM

    NEW YORK- Potential Olympic gold medalist may wait on you the next time you go to Dick's Sporting Goods to shop. The U.S. Olympic Committee now has a sponsorship deal with the company and part of it means jobs at Dick's stores for athletes in training. The agreement runs... more »
  • Shaun White gears up for snowboarding comeback

    January 22, 2015 10:44 AM

    ASPEN, CO - About a dozen Winter X Games stars - more than a few of them owners of Olympic gold medals - were milling about the tent before the action began. Only one drew a crowd. Shaun White. Now 28 and coming back after the most humbling year of... more »
  • Boston given surprising bid for 2024 Olympics

    January 9, 2015 2:34 AM

    DENVER, CO - Once the shock subsides, the work begins. Boston was considered something of a long shot by insiders when the U.S. Olympic Committee whittled its list of candidates to bid for the 2024 Games down to four a few months ago. The leadership team, largely unknown outside of... more »
  • Phelps says swimming on hold after DUI arrest

    October 5, 2014 10:34 AM

    After his second DUI arrest, Michael Phelps says he will take a break from swimming to attend a program "to better understand myself." The winningest athlete in Olympic history made the announcement in a series of tweets Sunday morning. The 29-year-old Phelps was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drunken... more »
  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    April 15, 2014 7:09 AM

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to... more »
  • USA-Canada hockey showdown a dud

    February 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    SOCHI, Russia - The men's hockey showdown between Canada and the United States didn't pack the punch that most were hoping for when the game began. Many viewed these two teams as the best in the tournament and fully expected a wild, heart-pounder similar to the gold medal game between... more »
  • SOCHI SCENE: Too hot for Lolo

    February 16, 2014 10:45 AM

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Lolo Jones remains on a quest for Olympic gold. For now, she'd settle for cold. Warm weather during the first week have given the Sochi Games more of a summer feel, and Jones, now a U.S. bobsledder after running hurdles in Beijing and London, isn't happy... more »
  • Christensen leads US medal sweep in slopestyle skiing

    February 13, 2014 7:17 AM

    SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. has swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing. Joss Christensen soared to gold in the sport's Olympic debut, posting a score of 95.80 to beat teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper. The gold was the fourth for the U.S. in Sochi, all won on the... more »
  • A cultural guide to the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony

    February 7, 2014 9:26 PM

    MOSCOW (AP) - Wondering about some of the Russian culture featured Friday in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics? Here's a guide to the history, literature and art that made up a big part of the show. WAR AND PEACE For most, this enormous book is more doorstopper than... more »
  • Officials: Turkish plane evacuated

    February 7, 2014 12:38 PM

    ANKARA, Turkey - An official says authorities have subdued a man who attempted to hijack a Turkish plane to Sochi, Russia, and that the other passengers have been evacuated. Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, says on Twitter that "the operation has ended." In another tweet Friday, he said all... more »
  • Olympic-sized yogurt dispute

    February 6, 2014 7:53 PM

    Albany, New York- Members of team USA who want Chobani Yogurt for breakfast at the Olympics have to wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to move. The 5,000 cups of yogurt is tied up in a web of international trade negotiations and sits in a refrigerated warehouse in upstate... more »
  • Lolo Jones selected for US Olympic bobsled team

    January 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month's Sochi Olympics. They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who... more »
  • Curling with Will Ferrell, aka Ron Burgundy

    December 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Will Ferrell, wearing his trademark Ron Burgundy moustache and "Anchorman" outfit, helped open the Canadian Curling trials Sunday. He even tried his luck on the ice and donned a kilt to the delight of fans. In speaking with reporters, he said the name Winnipeg was Latin for... more »
  • Lindsey Vonn unsure of Sochi Olympic chances

    November 27, 2013 7:54 AM

    VAIL, Colo. - Lindsey Vonn says she is not sure yet what effect her latest knee injury will have on her Sochi Olympics hopes. Asked in an interview whether she can put the kind of pressure on the knee she'll need to train and make it to Sochi in... more »
  • Germany's Thomas Bach elected IOC president

    September 10, 2013 11:00 AM

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thomas Bach has been elected president of the International Olympic Committee. Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years as head of the Olympic body. Bach, the long-time favorite, defeated five rival candidates in Tuesday's... more »
  • Three cities in a tight race for 2020 Olympics

    September 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - In a tight race to land the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo bid leaders are touting a clean record in doping and hoping to turn the focus from a radiation leak at a nuclear plant in Fukushima. The host city will be chosen Saturday by IOC members, with... more »
  • IOC has concerns about anti-gay law

    August 9, 2013 10:23 AM

    MOSCOW - The International Olympic Committee is waiting for more clarification from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi. The law was signed by President Vladimir Putin in June. It bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on... more »
  • Phelps vague about swimming future

    July 29, 2013 10:22 AM

    BARCELONA, Spain - Michael Phelps keeps saying he has no plans for a swimming comeback. Yet he's leaving the door open to change his mind in time for the 2016 Olympics. As Phelps put it, "I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow." Phelps spoke Monday in Barcelona... more »
  • Wrestling, 7 other sports take case to IOC

    May 29, 2013 9:47 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Wrestling and seven others sports are making their case to be included in the 2020 Olympics. Three months after being dropped from the 2020 program, wrestling has a chance on Wednesday to take a big step toward keeping its Olympic status. Wrestling body FILA... more »
  • Memories of safe Olympics assure London runners

    April 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    LONDON- Any anxiety marathon runners have about competing in London after the Boston bombings is being allayed by the successful security measures at last year's Olympics. The elite runners have arrived in London for Sunday's race and heard assurances from the British government that security is being stepped up after... more »
  • IOC begins 4-day inspection of Madrid's 2020 plans

    March 18, 2013 10:02 AM

    MADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told IOC inspectors that much of the infrastructure needed for Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympics is already built and the city has an excellent transport system. The IOC's evaluation commission began a four-day inspection of Madrid's bid on Monday. Madrid... more »
  • Wrestling fighting for Olympics inclusion

    March 7, 2013 10:43 AM

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The acting head of wrestling's world body has met with IOC President Jacques Rogge and told him the sport will work hard to retain Olympic status. The International Olympic Committee called it "a productive meeting." The IOC executive board cut wrestling from the 2020 Olympic program last... more »
  • Lolo's season: pizza, chocolate and peace of mind

    February 28, 2013 11:09 PM

    Lolo Jones says she's committed to a second season with the U.S. bobsled team, one that will give her a chance to compete in the Sochi Olympics. Jones tells The Associated Press that she got "completely engulfed" with the sport this season, her first in sliding. The two-time Olympic hurdler... more »
  • Olympic panel sets off on visits to 2020 bid cities

    February 28, 2013 9:32 AM

    LONDON - The IOC is sending a panel of experts on a series of site-inspection visits that could prove influential in the race to host the 2020 Olympics. The evaluation commission is heading to Japan this week on the first leg of its three-city tour to examine the bids from... more »
  • Take it back!

    February 20, 2013 7:52 PM

    SOFIA, Bulgaria-A top wrestler from Bulgaria says he's returning his Olympic Gold Medal in wrestling to the International Olympic Committee because of its decision to drop the sport. Valentin Yordanov won the medal in the free-style category in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Bulgarians have won 16 Olympic titles, making wrestling... more »
  • IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics

    February 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Leaders of the International Olympic Committee have dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games. The surprise decision removes one of the oldest Olympic sports. The IOC executive board, meeting in Switzerland, decided Tuesday to retain modern pentathlon - the event considered most at risk - and remove wrestling... more »
  • NBA hooping it up across the Pond

    January 17, 2013 10:23 AM

    UNDATED - Today's four-game NBA schedule tips off in London, where the Knicks and Pistons will have at it in the O2 Arena used for last summer's Olympics (3 p.m. Eastern). New York is 24-13 and holds a two-game lead over Brooklyn atop the Atlantic Division standings. Detroit is... more »
  • Sources: IOC strips Armstrong of Olympic medal

    January 17, 2013 6:45 AM

    LONDON - Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press the IOC has stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics because of his involvement in doping. Two officials say the IOC sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the... more »
  • Lolo Jones makes bobsled team

    October 25, 2012 10:27 AM

    UNDATED - Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones has made the U.S. bobsled team, essentially three weeks after trying the sport for the first time. Jones is one of six women selected as push athletes for the team, a group that also includes Olympic sprinting gold medalist Tianna Madison. Jones and Madison... more »
  • Baseball, softball readying pitch to rejoin Olympics

    October 16, 2012 10:52 AM

    NEW YORK - The International baseball and softball federations have signed an agreement to join forces in a bid to get back into the Olympics. They are proposing a shortened tournament in hopes of attracting Major League Baseball players. Baseball and softball were voted off the Olympic program... more »
  • No pressure: The 200 meters from starter's view

    August 10, 2012 4:46 PM

    LONDON - Track official Gordon Staines has two special words for Usain Bolt: "Thank you!" Staines is the guy who fired the gun to start the men's 200-meter final Thursday night, and he's downright thrilled that Bolt and his other competitors stayed "steady" at the start of the race and... more »
  • 'They want to see the medal': Felix toting gold

    August 10, 2012 10:45 AM

    LONDON - Olympic 200-meter champion Allyson Felix figures she has one more Summer Games in her. And she's sure she can run faster. What it's far too soon to tell: whether she'll try a 100-200 or 200-400 double in Rio de Janeiro four years from now. In an interview Friday,... more »
  • Obama congratulates US women's soccer team

    August 9, 2012 4:44 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - President Barack Obama has congratulated the U.S. women's soccer team for winning the Olympic gold medal. Obama visited the U.S. Olympic Committee's training center in Colorado Springs Thursday and singled out the women's soccer team, which had just finished its gold-medal match. Obama offered a "special... more »
  • US tops Japan to take Olympic women's soccer gold

    August 9, 2012 3:48 PM

    WEMBLEY, England - The U.S. women's soccer team won the Olympic gold medal Thursday, avenging one of its most painful defeats with a 2-1 victory over Japan. Carli Lloyd scored in the eighth and 54th minutes for the Americans, who lost to the Japanese in penalty kicks at last year's... more »
  • Oscar Pistorius denied relay run at Olympics

    August 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    LONDON - Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius was on the track but didn't get to run in the 4x400-meter relay at the London Olympics. He never even received the baton because South Africa crashed out in the first heat Thursday morning. Pistorius got onto the track but didn't get a chance... more »
  • Obama backs bill to exempt taxes on Olympians

    August 6, 2012 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama supports a measure that would exempt U.S. Olympians from taxes on their prizes. Press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that Obama would do "everything we can to support our athletes," including signing into law legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio... more »
  • Olympic spoilers boost ratings for NBC

    August 2, 2012 7:43 PM

    NBC says knowing the outcome of Olympic events actually makes more people watch the tape delay telecast in prime time. Its research undercuts an assumption people won't tune in. NBC says two-thirds of people who said they knew the results ahead of the tape delayed telecast said they would watch... more »
  • Wrong brand: UK athletes warned over headphones

    August 2, 2012 11:32 AM

    LONDON- British Olympic chiefs have clamped down on a bit of guerrilla marketing that saw the country's athletes sporting stylish - but non sponsor-brand - headphones at the games. Many athletes use headphones to help keep focused before competitions and several have been photographed wearing the Beats by Dr. Dre... more »
  • Obama congratulates US gymnastics team on win

    August 1, 2012 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama has called the five members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team to congratulate them on their gold medal in the Olympics. Obama made the call from Air Force One as he traveled from Washington to Ohio for campaign events. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the... more »
  • IOC defends China's teenage swim sensation

    July 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    LONDON - The International Olympic Committee has sprung to the defense of China's teenage swim sensation Ye Shiwen, saying she passed a drug test after her world record win in the 400 medley. IOC spokesman Mark Adams urged people to "get real" and said it is "very sad" if great... more »
  • Felix defends decision to keep Olympics 100 spot

    July 31, 2012 10:26 AM

    LONDON - Allyson Felix is defending her decision to not step aside and give training partner Jeneba Tarmoh a spot in the 100 meters at the Olympics after their dead heat at the U.S. trials. They tied for third in the dash at Eugene, Ore., in June; three American women... more »
  • Venus Williams advances at Olympics

    July 30, 2012 10:57 AM

    WIMBLEDON, England - Venus Williams began her bid for a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis Monday by beating Sara Errani of Italy, 6-3, 6-1. Williams was in fine form on the Wimbledon grass, where she has won five of her seven Grand Slam titles. Roger Federer made only... more »
  • London transit system endures heavy load

    July 30, 2012 10:52 AM

    LONDON - Today has brought the first big test of London's transit system during the summer Olympics -- since it's the first working day since the games started over the weekend. Prime Minister David Cameron says the system is coping well. Drivers faced the worst problems during this morning's rush... more »
  • With royalty and rock, Britain opens its Olympics

    July 27, 2012 6:29 PM

    LONDON - The queen and James Bond have given the London Olympics a royal entrance like no other in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of the Beatles, the Stones and The Who. The highlight of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle's $42 million show was pure movie magic, using... more »
  • Star-studded audience for Olympic opening ceremony

    July 27, 2012 9:01 AM

    LONDON - There will be monarchs, presidents, prime ministers - and David Beckham. Today's opening ceremony for the London Olympics is an A-list affair. Among the 60,000 spectators at Olympic Stadium will be Queen Elizabeth II - who as British head of state will officially open the games -... more »
  • Michelle Obama greets US athletes in London

    July 27, 2012 6:28 AM

    LONDON - Michelle Obama has arrived at the London Games to lead the U.S. delegation, starting her Friday schedule by having breakfast with American Olympians. The first lady has a busy itinerary, including an event later Friday to promote healthy living with more than 1,000 children, then a reception... more »
  • Torch completes lap around London on eve of Olympics

    July 26, 2012 3:19 PM

    LONDON - The Olympic flame has completed its trek past some of the best-known landmarks in London, with the torch relay ending in front of a cheering crowd in Hyde Park. Thousands looked on as the torch was carried across Regent's Canal in Camden, through a newly-renovated train station and... more »
  • Security on everyone's mind on the eve of Olympics

    July 26, 2012 2:33 PM

    LONDON - Security jitters are being felt in London on the eve of the official opening of the summer Olympics. The biggest shopping mall in Europe, the Westfield mall next to Olympic Park, was briefly evacuated today after a fire alarm went off. Hundreds of people flooded into the... more »
  • Twitter briefly down across much of planet

    July 26, 2012 12:27 PM

    LONDON - People around the world briefly experienced problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site. About three hours after the San Francisco-based company first acknowledged the problem by saying its engineers were "currently... more »
  • Britain blames G4S for Olympic jobs fiasco

    July 16, 2012 11:07 AM

    LONDON - Britain's interior minister says the security firm G4S repeatedly assured the government it would exceed its targets for recruiting Olympic staff and only admitted last week that it could not meet the terms of its contract. Home Secretary Theresa May said Monday that G4S had "repeatedly assured us... more »
  • Designer plans to produce future uniforms in USA

    July 13, 2012 5:43 PM

    NEW YORK - At the next Olympics, the team from the USA will wear uniforms made in the USA. Designer Ralph Lauren announced Friday that the uniforms it provides the U.S. Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will, in fact, be made in the United... more »
  • Women outnumber men on US Olympic team

    July 10, 2012 4:58 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the first time, the U.S. Olympic team will have more women than men, with female athletes accounting for 269 of the 530 spots American will take at the upcoming London Games. The USOC released its official roster Tuesday. CEO Scott Blackmun said the female majority... more »
  • Beckham fails to make the cut

    June 28, 2012 10:57 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - Former England captain David Beckham has failed to make the British soccer team for the London Olympics. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder made Britain coach Stuart Pearce's shortlist of 35 but wasn't selected for the final 18-man squad as one of three players over the age of... more »
  • Nike unveils new track uniforms for Olympics

    June 15, 2012 10:57 AM

    NEW YORK - U.S. Olympic track and field athletes will wear uniforms at the London Olympics that Nike says could shave up to 0.023 seconds off 100-meter sprint times. The difference could have elevated Walter Dix from bronze to the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, though he wouldn't... more »
  • 1 million Olympic tickets to go on sale Friday

    May 8, 2012 8:41 AM

    LONDON - Olympic organizers are making nearly 1 million more tickets available in the latest round of sales for the London Games. The organizing committee says the tickets will go on sale online starting at 6 a.m. EDT on Friday. The tickets will be available on first-come, first-served basis to... more »

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