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Bobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup season

Jul. 1, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a...

FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, coach Dawn Staley talks with players and assistant coaches during a practice for the U.S. women's basketball team in Seattle. Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Coach Dawn Staley awaits Olympics, focuses on South Carolina

Jul. 1, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call Wednesday with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed...

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo blows a kiss to the audience after her victorious second round of the municipal election, Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Paris. France on Sunday held the second round of municipal elections that has seen a record low turnout amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak and anger at how President Emmanuel Macron's government handled it. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Paris mayor reelected, green wave in France local elections

Jun. 28, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declared victory in her reelection bid as municipal elections postponed by the coronavirus crisis have seen a strong breakthrough from the greens across the country. Sunday’s voting also appears as a setback for French President Emmanuel Macron’s young...

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declares victory in her fight to win reelection and oversee the 2024 Summer Olympics

Jun. 28, 2020 4:02 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declares victory in her fight to win reelection and oversee the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The Sydney Opera House is illuminated in support of Australia and New Zealand's joint bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)

Australia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup

Jun. 25, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women’s World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. The joint bid beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA's ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for...

In this 2018 photo provided by the Varela family, former Associated Press sports writers Luis Varela smiles for the camera in Puerto Rico. His son Luis Varela said his father died on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at a hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico, from complications after a bowel surgery. (Luis Varela via AP)

Luis Varela, former AP sports correspondent, dies at 82

Jun. 25, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Rigoberto Varela, who worked nearly 40 years as a correspondent for the now defunct Spanish desk of The Associated Press in Puerto Rico and covered five Olympics and numerous international sports events, has died. He was 82. His son told the AP that Varela died late Tuesday at a...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, people wearing masks walk past the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Local Japanese sponsors have chipped in a record $3.3 billion to organize the postponed Tokyo Olympics. That's almost 60% of the income for the privately funded operating budget. With the games delayed for a year, sponsors will be asked to sign up again. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympics must firm up $3.3 billion in sponsor income

Jun. 25, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Local sponsors have chipped in a record $3.3 billion to support the postponed Tokyo Olympics. That's at least two times more than any previous Olympics, and it amounts to almost 60% of the income for the privately funded operating budget. Another 14% of the income is budgeted from ticket...

Osterman, teammates criticize softball team for anthem tweet

Jun. 23, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A fast-pitch softball team was sharply criticized by U.S. star Cat Osterman and several of her teammates after it tweeted to President Donald Trump that its players were standing for the national anthem and respecting the flag. The Scrap Yard Dawgs played USSSA Pride on Monday night in...

Before entering the field gates for football strength and conditioning camp at Arlington Martin High School, athletic Trainer Joey Pena, right, uses a thermometer on the forehead of sophomore running back Gervawn Neville for a temperature check Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. While states have been easing the economic and social lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, some are now letting high school athletes return for summer workouts before teachers have even figured out how they are going to hold classroom instruction. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: 2nd Tennessee men’s basketball player has virus

Jun. 23, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive. School officials announced Tuesday that a...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, Peta Taufatofua carries a flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Taufatofua decided to leave his shirt on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 when he led a group of 23 fellow Olympians in a home workout video to help celebrate Olympic Day across 20 time zones. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tongan flag bearer leads off 23 fellow Olympians in workouts

Jun. 22, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Peta Taufatofua decided to leave his shirt on Tuesday when he led a group of 23 fellow Olympians in a home workout video to help celebrate Olympic Day across 20 time zones. There were a few technical glitches when Taufatofua, who caused a stir when he went shirtless while carrying the Tongan...