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Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law

Jan. 13, 2022 09:41 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Nigeria's top Olympic medal hopeful was thrilled. The drugs her doctor sent were working. “Eric my body feel so good,” Blessing Okagbare said in a text not long after running the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.63 seconds. “Whatever you did is working so...

Man charged with giving Olympic athletes performance drugs

Jan. 12, 2022 13:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged a Texas man on Wednesday with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, including the star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare. Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be...

Trinidad Olympic sprinter Deon Lendore killed in Texas crash

Jan. 11, 2022 17:27 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Deon Lendore, an Olympic bronze medal-winning sprinter for Trinidad & Tobago and former NCAA champion at Texas A&M, was killed in a head-on collision in Texas, state police said. He was 29. Lendore, a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M,...

Aspiring Olympian sweeps 4 Disney races in "Dopey Challenge"

Jan. 10, 2022 13:38 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A 33-year-old aspiring Olympian from Denver set a Walt Disney World marathon weekend record, sweeping all four races in consecutive days. Brittany Charboneau completed the 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) marathon on Sunday in 2 hours and 45 minutes. She also...

Four-time U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Jud Logan dead at 62

Jan. 03, 2022 20:42 PM EST

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Jud Logan, a four-time U.S. Olympic hammer thrower who was also a successful college track coach at Ashland University, has died. He was 62. The school announced his death on Monday. No cause was given, but Logan had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for...

Peoria schools add week to winter break amid COVID-19 surge

Jan. 03, 2022 10:32 AM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois school district has extended students' winter break by one week to give administrators more time prepare for in-person learning as the omicron variant fuels a surge in COVID-19 cases. Peoria Public Schools said Sunday in a Facebook post that...

FDA expands Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for US children as young as 12 as omicron variant spreads; final hurdle to come

Jan. 03, 2022 09:42 AM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — FDA expands Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for US children as young as 12 as omicron variant spreads; final hurdle to come.

Actor Sam Waterston to kick off annual Moby-Dick Marathon

Jan. 01, 2022 08:19 AM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — This year's Moby-Dick Marathon, the annual cover-to-cover reading of Herman Melville's iconic man-versus whale novel hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, kicks off on Jan. 7. This year's celebrity reader, who traditionally gets things started with the...

Former Greek President Karolos Papoulias dies at 92

Dec. 26, 2021 06:18 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Karolos Papoulias, a former president of Greece has died at the age of 92, Greece’s state news agency ANA reports. Papoulias, a longtime socialist lawmaker and minister, was close to Andreas Papandreou, the founder of the Socialist PASOK party, and an...

Mississippi University for Women coach wears many other hats

Dec. 26, 2021 00:09 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Need to get the tennis team to Birmingham? Tell Dedrick Burnett. Need someone to take an issue raised by a soccer player to the athletic director? Tell Dedrick Burnett. Need a picture from that volleyball match? Yep, tell Dedrick Burnett. ...