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FILE - In this April 14, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. The photo was part of a series of images by photographer David J. Phillip which won the Thomas V. diLustro best portfolio award for 2019 given out by the Associated Press Sports Editors during their annual winter meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Coverage of track coach's ban wins AP story of the year

Feb. 21, 2020 12:51 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Associated Press national writer Eddie Pells won two awards, including story of the year, in the annual sports journalism contest judged by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Pells’ story on the investigation leading to track coach Alberto Salazar’s four-year...

Black college swimmer sues Illinois police over false arrest

Feb. 13, 2020 5:52 PM EST

EAST MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois police officers wrongfully arrested, detained and threatened to shoot a black college athlete while pointing a gun to his forehead at a rest stop as he traveled with the school's swim team, a civil rights group contends in a lawsuit. Jaylan Butler, who was then a...

In this Oct. 12, 2019 photo, marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, white vest, wearing Nike AlphaFly prototype running shoe, and his pacemaking team, wearing pink Nike Vaporfly shoes, run during the INEOS 1:59 Challenge attempt to run a sub two-hour marathon in Vienna, Austria. Nike has a new racing shoe; The Air Zoom Alphafly Next%, which was unveiled at a flashy fashion show in New York on Wednesday night, Feb. 5, 2020. Kipchoge wore a prototype of the shoe when he ran the world's first sub-2-hour marathon in an unofficial race in October.  (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

A step ahead? Nike's Vaporfly shoe changing marathon game

Feb. 6, 2020 3:16 PM EST

To pick the favorites in this year's Olympic marathon, just glance at the shoes of the runners on the starting line. Anyone wearing Nike's Vaporfly model may already have a head start. The shoe has shaken up distance running since the world’s largest sports apparel company introduced it four years ago,...

Woman: School district failed to protect her from swim coach

Jan. 30, 2020 4:17 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman whose former high school swim coach is now imprisoned for sexually exploiting her while she was a member of the swim team is suing a suburban Indianapolis school district, alleging that it failed to protect her from the abuse. John Goelz, a former swim coach at Carmel High...

Rahm, Thomas biggest stars at Mickelson-less Phoenix Open

Jan. 29, 2020 5:52 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Long the face of the Phoenix Open, Phil Mickelson is skipping the PGA Tour's biggest party to play in Saudi Araba for a large appearance fee. Young stars Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas are perfectly content at TPC Scottsdale for the rowdy tournament that opens Thursday. “I'm...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speaks with her relatives through a safety glass prior the launch of Soyuz MS-12 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  Koch told The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, her 319th consecutive day in space _ that taking part in the first all-female spacewalk was the highlight of her mission. She's been living on the International Space Station since March and returns to Earth on Feb. 6, landing in Kazakhstan with two colleagues aboard a Russian capsule.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

Astronaut craves salsa and surf after record 11 months aloft

Jan. 28, 2020 9:56 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly 11 months in orbit, the astronaut holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman can't wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico. NASA astronaut Christina Koch told The Associated Press on Tuesday — her 319th...

FILE - In this July 31, 2012, file photo, United States' Allison Schmitt holds her gold medal after winning the women's 200-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Schmitt is a graduate student at Arizona State and worked an internship last year counseling students. She’s taking a break from her studies this year while attempting to qualify for a fourth Olympics appearance. Schmitt, who turns 30 on June 7, didn’t initially plan on trying for one more Olympic bid. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza, File)

Gold-medalist Allison Schmitt seeks 4th Olympic swim berth

Jan. 21, 2020 2:05 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Going back to school and training with Arizona State’s swimmers occasionally reminds four-time Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt of her relatively advanced age by her sport’s standards. “I almost feel like a mom sometimes,” the 29-year-old Schmitt...

Dave Salo to retire as USC swimming coach at end of March

Jan. 16, 2020 6:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Salo will retire as Southern California men's and women's swimming coach after 14 years when the season ends in late March, but he will continue coaching Olympic hopefuls who train on the school's campus. Salo said Thursday that after the Tokyo Games end in August he will continue...

In this Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Husson University swimming coach Butch Babin fist-bumps with a student while coaching during a practice at Webber Pool in Bangor, Maine. After multiple medical procedures and amputation of part of his right leg, Babin, 57, returned to coaching on a part-time basis in October and then resumed as the head coach full time after Thanksgiving. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine swim coach on pool deck despite medical setbacks

Jan. 11, 2020 8:08 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A college swimming coach has endured a quadruple bypass after a heart attack, removal of cancerous tumors from his colon and wrists, and the amputation of part of his leg. But Husson University's Butch Babin is still on the pool deck. Babin, 57, returned to coaching at the Maine...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC details rules on political protests at Olympics

Jan. 9, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are...