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  • Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    February 2, 2016 12:24 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution. Hundreds of reporters packed Olympic headquarters on Tuesday to hear about ticket sales, venue construction and a reminder that Friday... more »
  • 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 »

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