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ATP Finals moving to Turin from 2021-25; succeeds London

Apr. 24, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The ATP Finals is moving to Turin in 2021. The Italian city will host the tennis event for five years through 2025, succeeding current host London. The tournament will be played inside the PalaAlpitour, a 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena built to host hockey games during the 2006 Turin Olympics....

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...

Russia passes amendments to fine athletes caught doping

Apr. 11, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia plans to fine athletes who get caught doping, though the scheme may not be much of a deterrent for the country's top performers. The Russian parliament voted Thursday to impose a maximum fine of 50,000 rubles ($775) for any athlete caught taking banned substances. Russia has been...

Swedish government pledges support for 2026 Olympics

Apr. 9, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Barely two months out from the vote, Sweden received the biggest boost yet to its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics: Official support from the country's government. "I'm glad that we have been able to give this backing," Sports Minister Amanda Lind told broadcaster TV4 on Tuesday. "The...

Korean Air boss dies weeks after board removal over scandals

Apr. 8, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Korean Air's chairman, whose leadership included scandals such as his daughter's infamous incident of "nut rage," has died due to illness, the company said Monday. Cho Yang-ho had been indicted on multiple charges, including embezzlement and tax evasion, and his death came two...

Milan-Cortina 2026 bid boosted by government support

Apr. 5, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics received a boost Friday by a key letter of financial support from the Italian government. The letter was signed by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and handed to Octavian Morariu, the chair of the IOC's evaluation commission, which is...

Firefighters extinguish most of South Korean forest blaze

Apr. 5, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Firefighters managed to extinguish most of a massive forest fire that ripped through South Korea's mountainous northern coast Friday, destroying 135 homes and forcing more than 4,000 to flee the region that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. One person was killed by what government...

Coastal forest fire kills 2, destroys 120 homes in S. Korea

Apr. 4, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A forest fire burning in the mountainous region where South Korea hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics has destroyed 120 homes and caused two deaths, authorities said Friday as thousands of people fled. The fire likely started Thursday night from a transformer spark near a resort in...

Chen produces spectacular free skate to win gold at worlds

Mar. 23, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Nathan Chen delivered a spectacular free skate Saturday to win the gold medal again at the figure skating world championships. It was the first time an American man captured consecutive world titles since Scott Hamilton won his fourth in a row in 1984. Two-time...

China stops purchase of Canadian canola seeds

Mar. 22, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — China has stopped all new purchases of Canadian canola seeds in what some see as retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. The Canola Council of Canada said late Thursday exporters are reporting Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase the seeds at...