Latest Summer Olympic games News

Lloyd Pierce replacing Nate McMillan on USA coaching staff

Apr. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been added as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer, when the Americans will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pierce is replacing Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan, who withdrew because of scheduling conflicts....

Olympic skateboard selection begins with Dew Tour in June

Apr. 18, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Stops on the Dew Tour skateboarding circuit will serve as qualifying events for the sport's Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The Dew Tour contest in Long Beach set for June 13-16 will be the first U.S.-based qualifying event for both park and street competitions. The tour will...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Apr. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday." The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic...

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

Bells of French cathedrals ring in tribute to Notre Dame

Apr. 17, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Bells of cathedrals across France rang in a moving tribute Wednesday to Notre Dame as firefighters and experts continued to keep the beloved but weakened landmark under close surveillance. From Sacre Coeur in Paris to the cities of Strasbourg in the east and Rouen in the west, the...

Olympic silver medalist also has testosterone condition

Apr. 17, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

Caster Semenya's closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field's governing body implements a contentious rule to control hormone levels. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who won silver medals behind Semenya in the 800...

NBC, LA 2028 to combine to sell sponsorships, ad time

Apr. 17, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

NBC Universal and the LA Olympics are going into business together, combining to package commercial time on all the network's platforms with opportunities to sponsor the American team through 2028. The deal is for contracts covering 2021 through 2028, the year the Summer Games return to the United States for the...

Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games

Apr. 16, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For fans, athletes, and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games. Hoping to beat the summer heat in the Japanese capital, organizers said Tuesday they will start the men's 50-kilometer race walk final at 5:30 a.m. The men's and women's marathon finals...

Japan's PM visits Fukushima nuke plant in revival message

Apr. 14, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which sank into meltdowns after a tsunami eight years ago, in an effort to highlight revival and safety as the nation prepares to host the 2020 Olympics. The visit by Abe, who last went to the Fukushima Dai-ichi...

Olympic gold medalist Shields unifies middleweight division

Apr. 14, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Claressa Shields tossed one championship belt around her neck, fastened another around her waist and draped one more over a shoulder. She had about run out of room for all her titles. At least the ones she can use as accessories. Shields staked her claim as the top middleweight...