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Molly Solomon promoted to lead NBC Olympics coverage

Nov. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Molly Solomon will lead NBC’s Olympics coverage, becoming the first woman to be an executive producer for a network sports division. She succeeds Jim Bell, who announced Nov. 4 he was leaving the network. Solomon was promoted Tuesday to executive president and producer of the...

Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An engineer at Toyota killed himself after being constantly ridiculed by his boss, authorities have ruled. Toyota Motor Corp. acknowledged the case after reports of the ruling emerged Tuesday. The company said it hopes to prevent further such cases and expressed condolences over the death. The...

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...

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...

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...

Japan, S Korean envoys, execs discuss ways to cool tensions

Nov. 15, 2019 5:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Officials and business leaders from Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Friday seeking to cool a flare-up in tensions between the two U.S. allies. The head of Japan’s powerful Keidanren business group, Hiroaki Nakanishi, said that businesses could help bridge differences that have...

Olympic champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case

Nov. 14, 2019 11:55 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public hearing in a doping case on Friday with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake. Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up to eight years...

Global markets lower amid uncertainty about US-China trade

Nov. 14, 2019 7:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped Thursday amid doubts about a U.S.-Chinese trade deal and after the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. London and Frankfurt were trading lower after Tokyo and Hong Kong closed down for the day. Wall...

Olympic champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case

Nov. 13, 2019 4:57 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public hearing in a doping case on Friday with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake. Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up to eight years...