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EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 03:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...

Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ After a long wait to get on the court, the U.S. men’s volleyball team made quick work of...

Analysis: How the NFL got through the pandemic and to 2021

Jul. 24, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

Saying the NFL is America's most popular sport isn't exactly brainiac territory. Arguing that it also dealt most successfully with the dangers and restrictions caused by COVID-19 should be just as obvious. So as training camps open — on time — in preparation for the...

M Go Big: Led by Power, Michigan goes 1-2 in NHL draft

Jul. 24, 2021 01:29 AM EDT

The NHL draft turned into a Michigan maize and blue affair Friday night. And there’s a Hughes sibling reunion set to happen in New Jersey. Whatever challenges the coronavirus pandemic presented scouts in grading prospects, many of whom played shortened seasons, was...

Algerian judoka refuses potential Olympic bout with Israeli

Jul. 23, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Algerian judo athlete will be sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after he withdrew from the competition to avoid potentially facing an Israeli opponent. Fethi Nourine and his coach, Amar Benikhlef, told Algerian media they were withdrawing to avoid a...

MLB extends Castro's domestic violence leave through July 29

Jul. 23, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro's administrative leave was extended an additional seven days Friday by Major League Baseball through July 29 under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. The leave began July 16 under...

UConn: Probation over NCAA violations under Ollie ends

Jul. 23, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The two-year probation imposed on UConn men's basketball for NCAA violations under former coach Kevin Ollie has ended. The governing body informed the school it has met all NCAA regulations, the university said Friday. “We...

The Latest: Osaka lights cauldron at Tokyo opening ceremony

Jul. 23, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, ending the...

Russians suspected of doping stopped from going to Olympics

Jul. 23, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Some Russian athletes were denied places on the country’s Olympic team of 335 athletes for the Tokyo Games because they are under suspicion of doping. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday it intervened to stop several Russians from competing based on...

Swimming warmup at Olympics can be a chaotic 'nightmare'

Jul. 23, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Cate Campbell was a 17-year-old swimming phenomenon when she learned the dangers of warmup at major competitions the hard way. That’s what a head-on collision with Michael Phelps will do for you. “He was doing a sprint butterfly...