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Maya Moore at peace with decision to skip second WNBA season

Jan. 27, 2020 5:57 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore sees missing a second consecutive WNBA season as an extension of her decision to skip last year. The 30-year-old told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her work pushing criminal justice reform wasn't done yet. “I think when I...

Gregg Berhalter, right, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Soccer team, instructs some of his players during drills Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The team moved its training camp from Qatar to Florida in the wake of Iran's top military commander being killed during a U.S. airstrike in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

US national team also looks toward Olympic soccer qualifying

Jan. 27, 2020 3:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will be looking toward Olympic soccer qualifying when the senior national team plays Costa Rica on Saturday in an exhibition at Carson, California. Thirteen of the 22 players on the American roster are eligible for Olympic qualifying, which is limited to players...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1996, file photo Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa., high school gym during a practice. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

Bryant hailed as 'true Olympic champion' by IOC president

Jan. 27, 2020 8:24 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Kobe Bryant was “an outstanding and true Olympic champion,” IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The basketball great, who was killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, helped the United States win Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and...

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

Jan. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire. He earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the beloved Lakers, and he was respected by basketball fans from every...

Nathan Chen performs his men's free skate program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)

Chen equals Boitano with 4th straight national skating title

Jan. 26, 2020 11:11 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Rocketman has launched — straight to a fourth national title. With stratospheric jumps and the sort of stage presence that even Elton John would appreciate, Nathan Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships men's gold medal Sunday. Skating to the score...

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) reaches back to block a shot by Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) in the NHL hockey All Star final game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

NHL players in favor of 'international flavor' All-Star idea

Jan. 26, 2020 2:45 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon enjoyed when the NHL All-Star Game featured North America against the World in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Something similar could be coming back next year, but with a twist. The league is in talks with players to bring what Commissioner Gary Bettman called a "distinct...

Nathan Chen performs during the senior men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)

Chen wins short program, Knierims take 3rd pairs title

Jan. 25, 2020 11:17 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Coming off illness and spending much of his days as a full-time college student, Nathan Chen shouldn't have been capable of setting a personal best Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Then again, maybe it's wise to expect only greatness from the three-time defending...

Davis/White, Meissner, Casey entering skating Hall of Fame

Jan. 25, 2020 2:34 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — As they enter the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Meryl Davis and Charlie White ponder just who they are joining in receiving one of the highest honors in their sport. “One of the things that makes it so special is we are friends with and respect so much so many previous...

Madison Chock and Evan Bates compete in the senior rhythm dance short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)

Alysa Liu successfully defends U.S women's skating title

Jan. 25, 2020 2:12 AM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Alysa Liu watched Mariah Bell put out the performance of her life. Then the 14-year-old defending champion did Bell one better. Liu needed all of her technical brilliance in her impressive jumping arsenal to hold off Bell at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships title Friday night....

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Some athletes are criticizing the International Olympic Committee for prohibiting political protests on the medal podium. Olympic officials reminded athletes last week not to make political statements at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

Protests or not, politics and Olympics are intertwined

Jan. 25, 2020 12:05 AM EST

More than a half-century later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos are cemented into Olympic lore — their names enshrined in the Olympic Hall of Fame in the United States, their portrait an indelible fixture on the universal sports landscape. As for that raised-fist salute that transformed them into Olympic...