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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, Andre de Grasse, of Canada, celebrates after winning the silver medal in the men’s 200 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. When the American Track League opens its four-week-long series on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 de Grasse will be one of the athletes competing at the indoor setting at the University of Arkansas. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Back on track: Competing, not cash, lures big names to meet

Jan. 23, 2021 11:36 AM EST

The prospect of winning prize money isn’t what brings high jumper Vashti Cunningham, sprinter Andre De Grasse and other top names in track to an indoor meet in Arkansas this weekend. Because there is none. Instead, the athletes are going for something that feels every bit as valuable these days, and could...

Pharmacist Ric Griffith stands in his family's business Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Kenova, W.Va. Griffith & Feil is among 250 mom-and-pop pharmacies in West Virginia helping to vaccinate residents in the quest to banish the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raby)

Governors' anger grows as federal vaccine stockpile vanishes

Jan. 16, 2021 2:06 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Here’s what’s happening Saturday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — Several governors expressed exasperation at the Trump administration after being assured that the federal government had enough vaccine stockpiled to speed up or...

FILE - In this April 18, 2011, file photo, runners gather at the athletes village prior to the 115th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Organizers of the marathon, postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, have launched a virtual Athletes' Village in 2020 to reproduce at least some of the camaraderie of the real thing. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Long road to normalcy: Virtual village connects marathoners

Jan. 16, 2021 9:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of the Boston Marathon — postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic — have launched a virtual Athletes’ Village to reproduce at least some of the camaraderie of the real thing. The Boston Athletic Association says it's an attempt to keep runners...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 file photo, Gold medal winner Brianna Rollins from the United States shows off her medal during the medal ceremony for the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rollins-McNeal has been provisionally suspended for a suspected doping rules violation it was reported on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Rollins-McNeal won Olympic gold in the women’s 100-meter hurdles for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Olympic champion Rollins-McNeal suspended in doping case

Jan. 14, 2021 11:13 AM EST

MONACO (AP) — Olympic hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal has been provisionally suspended for a doping rules violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Thursday. Rollins-McNeal won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 29-year-old American was also world champion in...

Pandemic moves national track meet to new Yankton facility

Jan. 4, 2021 1:01 AM EST

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Randy Fischer can’t hide his excitement. The head track & field coach at Mount Marty University has waited a long time — he is in his 14th season — for his program to have its own facility. Since the school unveiled the new Ruth Donohoe First Dakota Fieldhouse...

A race well run: Ex-Olympian retires after career of charity

Jan. 2, 2021 12:02 AM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Lillie Leatherwood, a Tuscaloosa police officer, two-time Olympian, and soon-to-be Alabama Sports Hall of Famer, believes that a person can do anything no matter where they’re from and no matter what their circumstances. This is a message she has delivered to hundreds of...

Abortion-rights activists watch live video streaming of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Congress approved a bill that legalize abortion in Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Bill legalizing abortion passed in pope's native Argentina

Dec. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina on Wednesday became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion, a triumph for a feminist movement that overcame a last-minute appeal by Pope Francis to his compatriots and could pave the way for similar actions across the socially...

Tulane athletics gets more than $1.5M from sports fan

Dec. 26, 2020 10:46 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University athletics are getting more than $1.5 million from the estate of a late fan, and $1 million of it will establish a fund to expand mental health support of Tulane’s 350 student athletes. The Alan H. Rosenbloum Mental Health Endowed Fund will provide numerous...

Documents created by Pfizer for the meeting with the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel, as Pfizer seeks approval for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine, are seen on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. The meeting of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration represented the next-to-last hurdle before the expected start of the biggest vaccination campaign in U.S. history. Depending on how fast the FDA signs off on the panel's recommendation, shots could begin within days. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

US panel endorses widespread use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Dec. 10, 2020 7:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans. Shots could begin within days,...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Gwen Berry of the United States waves as she is introduced at the start of the women's hammer throw final during athletics competition at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. In the summer of 2019, U.S Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland reprimanded Berry and fencer Race Imboden for violating Rule 50, which prohibits inside-the-lines protests at the games, after Berry raised her fist and Imboden kneeled on the medals stand at the Pan-Am Games in Peru. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Listening to athletes, USOPC won't punish Olympic protests

Dec. 10, 2020 3:11 PM EST

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee heeded calls from American athletes by announcing Thursday that it won’t sanction them for raising their fists or kneeling on the medals stand at next year’s Tokyo Games and beyond. The decision is a response to a set of recommendations from a USOPC athlete...