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The AP Interview: Exiled artist Ai Weiwei on Beijing Games

Jan. 18, 2022 01:16 AM EST

Ai Weiwei is one of China's most famous artists, and many regard him as one of the world's greatest living ones. Working with the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, he helped design the Bird's Nest Stadium, the centerpiece of Beijing's 2008 Summer Olympics. The stadium...

Rink Babka, discus medalist at 1960 Olympics, dies at 85

Jan. 17, 2022 16:29 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard “Rink” Babka, a former world record holder who was part of a U.S. medals sweep in the discus at the 1960 Rome Olympics, has died. He was 85. Babka died Saturday of congestive heart failure in a hospital, according to the University of Southern...

German luge star Geisenberger says she's going to Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 13:45 PM EST

Natalie Geisenberger has made it official: She’s heading to the Beijing Games and seeking a third consecutive Olympic women’s luge gold medal. The German slider, generally considered the best in the history of her sport, had considered skipping the Olympics for a multitude of...

Timeline of NBA in 1980s as league celebrates 75th season

Jan. 17, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Timeline of the National Basketball Association during the 1980s. The timeline includes milestone moments in the league’s history and key moments off the court as the NBA celebrates its 75th season: Feb. 22, 1980: The U.S. men’s ice hockey team beats the Soviet Union 4-3 in the...

Beijing to offer Olympic tickets to 'selected' spectators

Jan. 17, 2022 09:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Only “selected” spectators will be permitted at next month's Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Monday. Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be permitted at the events, and had not offered...

Former NBA great Yao Ming addresses Peng Shuai, Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 06:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Former NBA great Yao Ming said Monday he and others had a pleasant talk when they met last month with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose disappearance after making a sexual assault allegation against a former government official raised international concern. He...

From Bergamo to Beijing, Italy aims for more Olympic success

Jan. 17, 2022 05:25 AM EST

MODENA, Italy (AP) — The endless cacophony of ambulance sirens. The convoys of military trucks carrying away the overflowing coffins. The funerals — or lack thereof. Nobody who lived through the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Bergamo — the first epicenter of...

USA Bobsled reveals 12-person team for Beijing Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 03:50 AM EST

Elana Meyers Taylor is a U.S. Olympian for the fourth time. Kaillie Humphries is headed to her fourth Olympics as well, her first as an American. They were expected to be at the Beijing Games. The rest of the U.S. bobsled roster has some surprises. A...

US women's hockey coach Joel Johnson deftly juggles 2 jobs

Jan. 17, 2022 01:59 AM EST

It’s not often someone gets to experience two chances of a lifetime. For Joel Johnson, opportunity came knocking a mere two months apart. In April, he was promoted to become the U.S. women’s national hockey team coach following Bob Corkum’s abrupt resignation over COVID-19...

Chinese city Xi'an lifts some restrictions after lockdown

Jan. 16, 2022 08:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese city of Xi’an has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown, as authorities sought to stamp out a local outbreak before the Beijing Winter Olympic Games are due to start. State-owned broadcaster CCTV reported Sunday that...