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China mandates 3-day Olympic torch relay amid virus concerns

Jan. 21, 2022 05:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is limiting the torch relay for the Winter Olympics to only three days amid coronavirus worries, organizers said Friday. The flame will be displayed only in enclosed venues that are deemed “safe and controllable,” according to officials. No...

ESPN shift in Australian Open coverage challenging for fans

Jan. 20, 2022 18:53 PM EST

Tennis fans used to staying up through the night to watch the Australian Open have had to change their viewing habits and are having trouble finding some of the matches they want to see. ESPN has dramatically reduced the amount of coverage on ESPN2 during the first week of the first...

Analysis: NFL moving closer to 1st female head coach

Jan. 20, 2022 18:48 PM EST

The NFL is moving closer to having its first female head coach. It may take a few more years, perhaps another decade. However, the question is no longer if it’ll happen but when it will happen. “We asked basically everybody that, including all the head coaches, and...

ESPN will not send reporters to Beijing Olympics

Jan. 20, 2022 17:40 PM EST

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN has joined the increasing number of media companies that will not be sending reporters to next month's Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China’s strict policy about those who test positive. Executive...

DeRozan, Vucevic lead way as Bulls hold off Cavs 117-104

Jan. 20, 2022 00:05 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan understood the Chicago Bulls needed a win in a big way. A huge run to end the game made it happen. DeRozan scored 30 points, Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the struggling Bulls finished with a 14-2 charge to hold off the surging...

NBC will not send announcers to Beijing for Winter Games

Jan. 19, 2022 23:19 PM EST

NBC will not be sending its announcers and most hosts to the Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China's strict policy about those who test positive. It will be the second straight Games for which the broadcast teams will work mostly...

NFL's wild-card round TV ratings increase 21% over last year

Jan. 19, 2022 21:12 PM EST

TV ratings for the NFL's wild-card round increased 21% over last year despite most of the games not being in doubt going into the fourth quarter. The six games averaged 30.5 million viewers, making it the second-highest average for the postseason's opening weekend over the past six...

Football games send viewers to TV on cold weekend

Jan. 19, 2022 20:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL wild card games and the NCAA football championship gathered millions of people in front of their television sets on a cold winter weekend. An average of 30.5 million people watched the NFL's wild card games on television and digitally over the weekend, which...

Ed Littler, central Nebraska sportscaster for 25 years, dies

Jan. 19, 2022 15:25 PM EST

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Ed Littler, a central Nebraska sportscaster for 25 years, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. He was 70. Littler died Tuesday night, according to KSNB-TV in Hastings, where Littler had worked for more than two decades. Littler, who...

Beijing residents disappointed Olympics will be closed event

Jan. 19, 2022 04:13 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital say they’re disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions that have seen parts of the city placed under lockdown. ...