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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith speaks during a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding for Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes, including Smith, who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage, the federal agency's office for civil rights determined in May that Connecticut's policy violates the civil rights of athletes who are not transgender. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy

Sep. 17, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender...

In this Aug. 23, 2020 photo, Sister Stephanie Baliga, right, runs a marathon on a treadmill in the basement of the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels church in Chicago. When the Chicago Marathon was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sister Baliga and her fellow nuns livestreamed the run and raised money for their community. (PJ Weiland via AP)

Nun runs treadmill marathon, raises money for Chicago's poor

Sep. 17, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

When the Chicago Marathon was canceled due to coronavirus, Sister Stephanie Baliga decided to put on her sneakers and run the standard 26.2 miles — in her convent’s basement. It started as a promise. Baliga had told her running team that in the event of a cancellation, she’d run a treadmill...

Kansas Relays to be postponed from 2021 date due to COVID-19

Sep. 16, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Relays, one of the longest-running track and field events in the country, will be postponed in the spring as the University of Kansas tries to deal with a massive budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The school said in announcing its decision Wednesday that...

FILE - Iin this Jan.13, 2020 file photo, former president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diack arrives at the Paris courthouse, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. A Paris court is delivering its verdict Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020, in the trial of Lamine Diack on corruption, money laundering and breach of trust charges against the one-time supremo of global track and field athletics, and according to prosecutors, creamed off millions for himself, with his son.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Former IAAF head Lamine Diack sentenced to 2 years in prison

Sep. 16, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former track federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for corruption during his nearly 16-year tenure at the IAAF, most notably a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid millions in hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended...

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Lopez, Marlins win finale in 7-game set against Phils, 6-2

Sep. 14, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins still have never lost a Game 7. Pablo Lopez allowed one run in seven innings with the help of flashy defense by right fielder Matt Joyce, and the upstart Marlins won the finale of their marathon seven-game series against Philadelphia on Monday, 6-2. The series, the majors’...

Black Hawk helicopters fly over Boston Marathon route

Sep. 14, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Black Hawk helicopters flew over the route of the Boston Marathon on Monday to wrap up a virtual event in which thousands of runners went 26.2 miles on their own. The helicopters flew the route from the starting line in Hopkinton to the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston in support...

Minnesota dropping men's track, gymnastics, tennis programs

Sep. 10, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is dropping men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, gymnastics and tennis because of budget concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Minnesota President Joan Gabel and athletic director Mark Coyle said Thursday that the athletic department is facing a...

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Jared Ward, center, of Mapleton, Utah, leads the pack during the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon in Natick, Mass. Elite runners competing in teams of three from places like Zimbabwe, Peru, Ecuador and across the U.S. will take the starting line Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, for a unique sort of marathon relay race. Ward will be among the participants as he and his teammates race on their home course in Utah.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Go, avatar, go: Icons track virtual team marathon progress

Sep. 10, 2020 5:09 AM EDT

Olympic distance runner Jared Ward and his teammates will take turns dashing around a short, shady course they hand-picked in Provo, Utah. Almost simultaneously, an avatar mimics their movements across a computer screen — and races against other avatars representing rival teams from all over the globe. ...

FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2012 file photo, Hornell's Luke Morgan is wrapped up by Hoosick Falls defenders during the third quarter of the New York State High School Football Class C championship game in Syracuse, N.Y. On Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March to address concerns associated with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)

New York's public high schools moving football to March

Sep. 9, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March to address concerns associated with the novel coronavirus. “We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly...

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, fans cheer on the third wave of runners at the start of the 123rd Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. The 2020 Boston Marathon was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic for the first time in its 124-year history. There will be a virtual event instead, where a weeklong TV special beginning Sept. 7, 2020, will showcase runners' stories as they go the distance on their own. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Ready, set, go! Virtual Boston Marathon is about to be run

Aug. 29, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Missing: Boston’s raucous crowds and smiles for miles. Still there, sort of: Wellesley College’s iconic “scream tunnel” and the thunderous cheers along the finish line on Boylston Street. The 124th running of the Boston Marathon finally gets underway next month,...