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President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Los Angeles 2028 organizers, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump vows to 'clean up' LA at Olympic meeting briefing

Feb. 18, 2020 10:08 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday veered into politics during a briefing on preparations for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, criticizing the city's political leadership for failing to curtail its homelessness epidemic. Trump said if Los Angeles doesn't “clean it up...

Spanish karate athlete Damian Quinteros is reflected in a large mirror as he trains in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. More than five years ago, one of Spain's most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Now, nearly five months before the Tokyo Games, Quintero is a full-time karateka and a top contender for the gold medal in Japan. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Engineer to Olympian: Quintero ready for karate in Tokyo

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than five years ago, one of Spain’s most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, graduate school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Before training and studying at night, Damián Quintero spent hours analyzing faulty airplane parts and...

WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman is staying in Washington.

Feb. 17, 2020 1:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman is staying in Washington. The Mystics re-signed the forward on Monday. “Emma re-signing is a huge step for our team. Having one of the top players in the world back for the upcoming season gives us a lot of options in how we play,” Mystics...

In this Feb. 16, 2020, photo, runners, some wearing masks, compete in a Kumamoto castle marathon in Kumamoto city, western Japan. Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon set for March 1, 2020 are drastically reducing the number of participants out of fear of the spread of the coronavirus from China. The general public is essentially being barred from the race. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners because of virus

Feb. 17, 2020 9:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Marathon organizers drastically reduced the number of participants for this year's race on Monday out of fear of the spread of the virus coming from China. The general public is being barred from the race on March 1. It will now be limited to a few hundred elite participants, organizers...

Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, speaks at the NBA All-Star basketball game media day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

All-Star notes: Africa unveils teams, LeBron brings students

Feb. 15, 2020 4:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League on Saturday announced the 12 teams that will compete in the inaugural season. The clubs, from a dozen African nations, are: Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers (Algeria), Petro de Luanda (Angola), Forces Armées et Police (Cameroon), Zamalek...

FILE - In this June 30, 2019 file photo, South Africa's Caster Semenya smiles after winning the women's 800-meter race during the Prefontaine Classic, an IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting, in Stanford, Calif. Olympic champion Caster Semenya has run her first public race in eight months and says she will be back in top-level track despite currently being banned from competing in her favorite event. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Not done: Caster Semenya runs again, says 'I'm here to stay'

Feb. 15, 2020 4:09 AM EST

Caster Semenya ran her first public race in eight months and broke the national 300-meter record at a low-level meet at a South African university before proclaiming: “I'm here to stay.” The Olympic 800-meter champion said the race Friday night at the University of Johannesburg, which also featured...

Franklin retakes US indoor triple jump record

Feb. 14, 2020 11:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Moments after Tori Franklin saw her women’s U.S. indoor triple jump record fall Friday in the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships, she took it back. Franklin went 48-feet, 1/2-inch on her final jump to surpass Keturah Orji’s jump of 47-10¾ from her second...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, a boy walks around an information center in Yokohama's Chinatown, near Tokyo. A top Olympic official made clear Friday the 2020 Games in Tokyo will not be cancelled despite the virus that has spread from China. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

No 'Plan B' for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

Feb. 14, 2020 6:48 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China. The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people...

Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages testifies, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Lansing, Mich., during her trial where she faces two counts of lying to police. A jury on Friday found Klages guilty of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged.  She faces up to four years in prison. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Feb. 14, 2020 6:39 PM EST

A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was convicted Friday on charges that she lied to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997. It's the latest fallout from the scandal that has rocked the school. Kathie Klages, 65, was found...

Carlijn Achtereekte, of the Netherlands, reacts after competing during the women's 3,000 meters at the world single distances speedskating championships Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sablikova, Bloemen win world speedskating titles

Feb. 13, 2020 6:59 PM EST

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic and Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada won individual gold medals Thursday on the first day of the ISU World Single Distances Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval. The Netherlands set a world record in women’s team sprint, finishing...