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Sun's doping case looms over start of world swimming meet

Jul. 20, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Nothing like a long-simmering feud to get the world swimming championships off to a bang-up start. The mere presence of Chinese star Sun Yang has drawn the ire of some swimmers, including his rival Mack Horton of Australia. Sun is the heavy favorite to win his fourth consecutive...

Biles hungry to keep edge as the world's top women's gymnast

Jul. 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Simone Biles is always about taking it a step forward. Often, it's a huge leap. With the Olympic Games in Tokyo just over a year away, the world's best gymnast believes her top-flight routine can always use a new wrinkle to stay ahead of her competitors. Such as tweeting out video of...

Swim star Sun Yang wants CAS public hearing over WADA appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for Sun said he will...

Alibaba to run Olympic ticketing for Beijing, likely beyond

Jul. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says top-tier sponsor Alibaba will run ticketing services for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, putting the Chinese online retail giant in line to do the same for future hosts Paris and Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee says the Beijing contract to sell...

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports

Jul. 19, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international...

South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea

Jul. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension. With the Koreas, there's never a separation between sports and...

Simmons backflips, withdraws from Australia's Word Cup squad

Jul. 17, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ben Simmons' new contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers came with bad news for Australian basketball fans: The Melbourne-born NBA All-star won't play for the Boomers at the World Cup. Hours after Simmons and the 76ers agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract...

Rakhimov resigns from troubled boxing body AIBA

Jul. 15, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman with alleged links to organized crime, resigned Monday as president of the International Boxing Association after his tenure played a role in the body being stripped of the right to organize the Olympic boxing events. The Uzbekistani became interim...

Olympic silver medalist Stevenson wins in Jersey hometown

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Shakur Stevenson came ready to put on a show in his hometown. He delivered with a big KO — and a promise of big fights at home to come. Stevenson stamped his homecoming fight with a third-round knockout of Alberto Guevara, keeping the New Jersey fighter and 2016 Olympic silver...

China wins first 3 diving golds at worlds; Bacon gets silver

Jul. 13, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan won the men's 3-meter springboard synchro on Saturday to complete a Chinese sweep of all three diving events on the opening day of the world championships. Xie and Cao finished with 439.74 points, well ahead of the second-place pair of Jack Laugher of...