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Bach says opponents of Olympic marathon move wanted an edge

Nov. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Athletes who opposed moving the Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo wanted a competitive edge, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The International Olympic Committee decided last month to move the races to Sapporo because Tokyo would be too hot in...

Stocks subdued after US record highs, eyes on trade talks

Nov. 18, 2019 7:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global markets were subdued Monday as investors look for developments in the U.S.-China trade war and the outlook for stocks after Wall Street indexes hit record highs last week. France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.1% to 5,931 and Germany’s DAX also fell 0.1% to 13,229. Britain’s...

Yahoo Japan, Line to merge business to form online giant

Nov. 18, 2019 4:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Online services Yahoo Japan and Line Corp. have announced they are merging. Z Holdings Corp., which owns SoftBank Corp. that operates Yahoo Japan, and Naver Corp. of South Korea, which owns a majority stake in Line, said Monday they are aiming for a final agreement by next month. The...

Asian shares mixed amid cautious mood, eyes on trade talks

Nov. 17, 2019 10:21 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed Monday in a cautious mode after Wall Street closed out the week with milestones as the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 28,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 inched up nearly 0.2% to 23,344.06...

Fleetwood wins South Africa, moves to 2nd in Race to Dubai

Nov. 17, 2019 6:42 PM EST

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood made three eagles for a 7-under 65 and rallied from a six-shot deficit to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge in a playoff Sunday. Fleetwood beat Marcus Kinhult on the first extra hole at Sun City for his fifth European Tour victory, and first in nearly two years....

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

US, S Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N Korea

Nov. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated...

US beats Taiwan, would clinch Olympic by beating Mexico

Nov. 16, 2019 7:49 AM EST

Minnesota's Brent Rooker hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the United States beat Taiwan 3-2 on Friday in Tokyo to keep alive the Americans' chance of earning an Olympic baseball berth at the Premier12 tournament. The U.S. finished the super round 2-3 and would clinch a berth if it beats...

Chinese swimming star defends failure to take doping test

Nov. 15, 2019 5:32 PM EST

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — One of China’s biggest Olympic stars fought Friday for his right to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Games during a rare public hearing that turned combative at times, as champion swimmer Sun Yang defended his refusal to complete a doping test last year. During a 10-hour...

FIBA chooses sites for 2020 Olympic qualifying tournaments

Nov. 15, 2019 9:23 AM EST

MIES, Switzerland (AP) — Canada, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia have been selected as hosts for the qualifying basketball tournaments that will determine the final four men's spots available in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Those tournaments will take place from June 23-28. Each of those four nations will host a...