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At Tokyo Olympics, a debt to 'Back to the Future' and 'E.T.'

Jul. 23, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Although the name Marty McFly won't be on the start list for the first Olympic skateboarding competition, the “Back to the Future” character who inspired the immortal lines “What's that thing he's on? It's a board, with wheels!” was a landmark personality for the sport...

'This can be me': Black participation rising in gymnastics

Jul. 23, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — There's a phenomenon that happens every time Simone Biles appears on a screen inside Power Moves Gymnastics & Fitness. As if flipping a switch, the young women of color on the gym's competitive team spring to life, fueled by the jolt of adrenaline that...

Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner resigns

Jul. 23, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner has resigned to pursue another coaching position. Pride assistant coach Carl Green also stepped down, but will coach the National Women's Soccer League team Saturday night at home for a game against OL Reign. ...

Unvaccinated US swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start

Jul. 23, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A debate is brewing between former gold medalist Maya DiRado and some American swimmers over U.S. medal threat Michael Andrew’s decision not to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as he prepares to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. DiRado sparked the...

US women tell 9th Circuit trial court didn't factor success

Jul. 23, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team urged a federal appeals court to reinstate their equal pay lawsuit, saying their greater success than the American men was not taken into account by a trial court judge who dismissed their case. ...

'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron

Jul. 23, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — What a moment for Naomi Osaka. For the new Japan. For racial injustice. For female athletes. For tennis. The four-time Grand Slam winner lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday. It was a choice that...

Kanye West unveils new album, Jay-Z track at listening event

Jul. 23, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

Kanye West barely said a word during his album listening session Thursday night, but the mercurial rapper still had most attendees standing on their feet while hanging on every word of his new project. West unveiled his 10th studio album, “Donda” in front of a packed...

Japan's judoka stars look to calm nation's Olympic angst

Jul. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first day of full competition of the Tokyo Games could mark the turning point for an uneasy Japanese public that overwhelmingly disapproved of the Olympics being held during the pandemic. The first medal of the Games will go to the winner of the...

Bring the pain: Olympic swimming begins with grueling 400 IM

Jul. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Chase Kalisz knows what’s coming: Pain, and lots of it in the 400-meter individual medley that gets swimming underway at the Tokyo Olympics. The eight-lap race requires endurance, technique and strategy while fighting off weary legs and arms churning...

US women's volleyball team's quest for gold began in Rio

Jul. 23, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For the U.S. women’s volleyball team, the road to this Olympics and a quest for the country’s first gold medal in the sport began in the hours after a frustrating semifinal loss to Serbia in the Olympics five years ago. An inspiring letter from beach...