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Ill health forces Dutch Olympian to halt long-distance swim

Aug. 20, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Maarten van der Weijden beat leukemia and went on to win an Olympic gold swimming medal in Beijing, but even his powers of endurance weren't enough to complete his latest challenge. Ill health on Monday forced Van der Weijden to halt his ambitious bid to swim the 200-kilometer...

After earthquake, Olympics, Singh has Asian Games in context

Aug. 20, 2018 1:58 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gaurika Singh was thrust into the international spotlight as the youngest athlete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she captivated people with her story of earthquake survival. She's still only 15 but at the Asian Games, where's she competing in swimming this week, she...

Biles dresses "for the survivors" while winning 5th US title

Aug. 20, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The color choice wasn't a coincidence. It was a statement. One Simone Biles felt compelled to make even as the organization she competes for struggles to find a compassionate and compelling message to sexual abuse survivors. The Olympic champion designed the leotard she wore while winning her...

Sun rises, flags fall on opening night of swimming finals

Aug. 19, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Sun Yang thought he'd seen it all in his glittering swimming career. That was until Sunday's opening night of swimming finals at the Asian Games. In an embarrassing technical blunder for games organizers, the flag hoist collapsed during the playing of the Chinese national anthem...

Sam Mikulak cruises to 5th US gymnastics title

Aug. 18, 2018 7:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Sam Mikulak's feet hit the mat and a guttural scream soon followed. Winning national championships never gets old for the best American gymnast of his generation. Yet the title the 25-year-old captured Saturday felt different. Eighteen months ago an Achilles injury threatened to derail the...

Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships

Aug. 17, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Simone Biles didn't come back after a two-year break from gymnastics to just win. That's not really what it's about for the Olympic champion. She's won enough — more than enough really — during her career. And she's got the medals to prove it. The second act of her remarkable...

Cyclist and US House candidate: Misconduct claims are false

Aug. 17, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Olympic cycling gold medalist Marty Nothstein says an anonymous tip intended to foil his bid for a Pennsylvania congressional seat led to his leave from a world-class velodrome. The Morning Call newspaper reports a sexual-misconduct claim led to Nothstein's dismissal by the Valley...

Judge denies bid to block Squaw Valley ski resort project

Aug. 17, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have lost their latest legal bid to block a major redevelopment project at a Lake Tahoe-area ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. Placer County Superior Court Judge Michael W. Jones rejected Sierra Watch's claims this week that the expansion of the Village at...

Ban Lifted: Kuwaitis compete under own flag at Asian Games

Aug. 17, 2018 2:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Athletes from Kuwait will be able to compete under their own flag in the Asian Games after the International Olympic Committee provisionally lifted the country's suspension, which had been in place for nearly three years. The Asian Games open on Saturday in Jakarta. The Olympic...

US Olympian Pfalzer returns to NWHL Beauts for 3rd season

Aug. 16, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Olympic team defenseman Emily Pfalzer is returning to play for her hometown National Women's Hockey League Buffalo Beauts for a third season. The Beauts announced they agreed to terms with their captain on Thursday in what becomes the team's latest high-profile addition. She joins...