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FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta answers questions during a news conference in Iowa City, Iowa. Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team sued the school Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta announced last month that men's and women's swimming and diving, men's tennis and men's gymnastics would be cut after this school year. (Joseph Cress//Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP, File)

Bias suit seeks to block Iowa from cutting women's swim team

Sep. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team filed a legal complaint against the school Friday, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. The complaint argues that Iowa is not offering equal opportunities for...

USA Swimming plans return to in-person meet in November

Sep. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Swimming is remaking its national events for the rest of the year, including launching a virtual competition to recognize top performances before returning to in-person competition in November. Meets scheduled in Southern California, Virginia and Georgia over the last...

A video screen shows Cathy Freeman lighting the Olympic Cauldron as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Freeman, who lit the cauldron at the original opening ceremony and won the 400-meter race at the track in one of the country's all-time great sporting moments, said it was a wonderful gesture to have

Thorpe, Freeman celebrate 20-year Sydney Games anniversary

Sep. 14, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

Australians have such fond memories of the Sydney Olympics that officials brought back star athletes such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe to help celebrate the 20th anniversary. For good measure, they even re-lit the cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park. Freeman — by video link in Victoria state — and...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attends an interview after the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bach suggested that the Tokyo Olympics are a moving target. (Denis Balibouse/Keystone via AP, File)

Tokyo Olympic Q&A: Few answers yet with about 300 days to go

Sep. 11, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The postponed Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open in just over 310 days. But if you're looking for answers about how they'll look — or how the International Olympic Committee and local organizers will pull it off in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — you'll be disappointed....

FILE - Clemson tight end Braden Galloway runs against LSU during the first half of the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. Galloway is seeing shorter lines at fast-food restaurants and fewer people around campus after Clemson started the fall semester with online-only undergraduate classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

For ACC campuses, replicating pro-sports bubbles a challenge

Sep. 9, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Braden Galloway is seeing shorter lines at fast-food restaurants and fewer people around campus after Clemson started the fall semester with online-only undergraduate classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. “As far as parking spots,” the Tigers' tight end quipped,...

Asian students decry elimination of 5 sports at Dartmouth

Aug. 27, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

Dartmouth College has insisted that eliminating five sports is mostly about saving money but some Asian athletes claim the cuts were possibly discriminatory and serve to “perpetuate anti-Asian prejudices.” The school in July announced that it was getting rid of men’s and women’s...

FILE - In this July 31, 2012 file photo, United States' Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

In 2012, Bolt, Phelps cemented legendary status at Olympics

Aug. 17, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In the end, 2012 wasn’t the last Olympics to see Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. It was the Summer Games where their legendary status was cemented. Bolt became the first athlete to win both sprints at consecutive Olympics. The Jamaican track sensation electrified the Olympic Stadium in...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012, file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP WAS THERE: 2012 London Olympics - Bolt defends 100 gold

Aug. 17, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of the Summer Games. This story ran Aug. 5, 2012. It was written by Howard Fendrich, who remains a top AP sports writer. By HOWARD FENDRICH Associated Press LONDON...

File-United States Michael Phelps swims to the gold in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.  The Olympics are remembered for the stars. That was true in Beijing in 2008, and the stars were Phelps and Usain Bolt. But Beijing is also storied for its signature venues like the “Bird's Nest” stadium, and the “Water Cube” swimming venue. No Olympics before — or since — have impacted a city the way the Olympics did Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

AP WAS THERE: 2008 Beijing Olympics - Phelps wins 8 golds

Aug. 16, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of the Summer Games. This story ran Aug. 17, 2008, and was printed in the Independent Record newspaper in Helena, Montana. It was written by Paul Newberry, who has...

File-Participants dance under threatening skies at a gathering to watch the announcement of the 2022 Winter Olympics host city outside the Beijing Olympic Stadium, also known as the Birds Nest, in Beijing, Friday, July 31, 2015.  The Olympics are remembered for the stars. That was true in Beijing in 2008, and the stars were Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. But Beijing is also storied for its signature venues like the “Bird's Nest” stadium, and the “Water Cube” swimming venue. No Olympics before — or since — have impacted a city the way the Olympics did Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

One question hung over 2008 Games: Would they change China?

Aug. 16, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

One question loomed over the 2008 Beijing Olympics: Would the Games change China? Richard Pound, now the senior member of the International Olympic Committee, wrote about it in his book "Inside the Olympics." “The decision in 2001 to give the games to China was made in the hope of improvement in human...