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More MLB players available for Olympic baseball qualifying

Feb. 28, 2020 5:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. may get some better players for its second attempt to qualify for the Olympic baseball tournament. Major League Baseball and the players' association agreed to make players not likely to be on 26-man major league rosters available for the Americas qualifying tournament, to be...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 file photo China's Sun Yang celebrates winning the final of the men's 200-meter freestyle during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has been banned for eight years for breaking anti-doping rules and will miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Column: Hammer drops on China's Sun after years of suspicion

Feb. 28, 2020 3:06 PM EST

This time, the hammer dropped on Sun Yang. Long the target of anti-doping crusaders, the Chinese swimming star received a stunning eight-year ban from a Swiss court — the maximum penalty and one that effectively ends the 28-year-old's career — for a vial-smashing encounter with drug testers. While...

Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, third left in a pink suit, the first athlete from Kosovo to win a gold medal at the games, poses with International Judo Federation President Marius Viser, second right, in front of the bronze statue in her hometown Peja, Kosovo, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Zenel Zhinipotoku)

Kosovar judoka Majlinda Kelmendi gets statue in her hometown

Feb. 28, 2020 11:47 AM EST

PEJA, Kosovo (AP) — Majlinda Kelmendi, the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic Games gold medal, unveiled a statue of herself in her hometown on Friday. Kelmendi is a judoka. She won the 52-kilograms division at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She's also a two-time world champion and two-time...

FILE - In this Friday, July 26, 2019 file photo, China's Sun Yang waves following the men's 4x200m freestyle relay heats at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Ahead of a verdict pending within days in the doping case of three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang, a Swiss supreme court document on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 shows swimming’s governing body wanted to stop the World Anti-Doping Agency’s appeal. World swim body FINA supported arguments by Sun’s lawyers who asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out WADA’s case early last year in a pre-trial dispute over an alleged conflict of interest for the agency’s American lead prosecutor, Richard Young. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)

Olympic champion Sun Yang banned for 8 years in doping case

Feb. 28, 2020 11:22 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — When the hammer came down on a container holding a vial of Sun Yang's blood, it ultimately shattered the career of China's greatest swimmer. The three-time Olympic champion was banned for eight years on Friday, likely ending the 28-year-old Sun's racing days before he could defend his...

FILE - In this July 19, 1996, file photo, Muhammad Ali, is watched by U.S. swimmer Janet Evans as he lights the Olympic flame during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games opening ceremony in Atlanta. The Olympic cauldron used in the 1996 Games in Atlanta is scheduled to be publicly lit again for the first time in over two decades on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Atlanta's Olympic cauldron to be relit for marathon trial

Feb. 28, 2020 5:52 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Olympic cauldron used in the 1996 Games in Atlanta was scheduled to be publicly lit for the first time in more than two decades on Saturday. Georgia State University announced the cauldron will be lit just before noon on Feb. 29, news outlets reported. The flame will remain lit until...

People wait in line to take pictures with the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

USOPC relying on facts and planning to deal with coronavirus

Feb. 28, 2020 5:24 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — It's a spreadsheet that covers 52 sports and nearly six dozen venues — a laundry list of places around the globe where Olympic hopefuls were expected to be competing over the next few months. With the threat of coronavirus hanging over the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. Olympic and...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), speaks during the 135th Session of the IOC on the sidelines of the the third Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Hoping to boost morale in Japan by assuring the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, IOC President Thomas Bach has held a conference call limited to three of Japan's main's media outlets: the newspapers Asahi and Yomiuri, and the national Kyodo news agency. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

Bach tries to boost Olympic morale in Japan, speaks to media

Feb. 28, 2020 5:15 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Hoping to boost morale in Japan by assuring people that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, IOC President Thomas Bach held a conference call limited to three of Japan's main media outlets — newspapers Asahi and Yomiuri, and the Kyodo news agency. Bach was responding to...

Intihs March 29, 2019, photo provided by Hoka One One, Tyler Andrews running along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., the Boston skyline in the background. Distance runner Tyler Andrews isn't among the favorites at the Olympic Marathon trials this weekend in Atlanta. Don't be surprised, though, should he make a run at a spot on the U.S. team for the Tokyo Games. (Hoka One One via AP)

Playful push uncovers childhood disease, propels marathoner

Feb. 28, 2020 2:54 AM EST

A push. That's what guided Tyler Andrews to Atlanta for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials this weekend. From himself, to rebel against the traditional model of what a distance runner should resemble coming out of high school. From his coach, who saw something special in him if he just dug deep. From his family,...

FILE - In this March 15, 2015, file photo, Jared Ward, from Provo, Utah, crosses the finish line at the Los Angeles Marathon in Santa Monica, Calif. Ward, who finished third in the 2016 trials in Los Angeles and placed sixth in the 2016 Rio Olympics, said concern about the Olympics and the new virus from China is real. “I think from my perspective what I have to do is just ignore it and go out and race.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Virus threat to Olympics casts shadow over marathon trials

Feb. 27, 2020 7:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's top distance runners carry a new concern into the U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials. “The possibility that you make this team and then you don't have an Olympics to go to,” Jacob Riley said. The top three men's and women's finishers on Saturday will earn spots on...

Stadium seats are empty during the Korean Basketball League between Incheon Electroland Elephants and Anyang KGC clubs in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The basketball game held without spectators as a precaution against the COVID-19. (Yun Tai-hyun/Yonhap via AP)

Media giant Discovery insured against Olympic disruption

Feb. 27, 2020 5:19 PM EST

Baseball and basketball played before empty stands. Soccer leagues delayed matches. Clubs left out of Asian competitions or matches were forced to relocate. And the rapidly spreading virus that has infected more than 81,000 people globally and left more than 2,750 dead, mostly in China, continues to threaten the...