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Tokyo Olympics begin with muted ceremony and empty stadium

Jul. 23, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique...

Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians

Jul. 23, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change Friday — effective at the end of the 2021 season — with a video on Twitter narrated by actor and team fan Tom...

Number of NFL players in vaccination process up to 80%

Jul. 23, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's medical director, said Friday that nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 team employees — those who...

'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron

Jul. 23, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — What a moment for Naomi Osaka. For the new Japan. For racial injustice. For female athletes. For tennis. The four-time Grand Slam winner lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday. It was a choice that...

'This can be me': Black participation rising in gymnastics

Jul. 23, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — There's a phenomenon that happens every time Simone Biles appears on a screen inside Power Moves Gymnastics & Fitness. As if flipping a switch, the young women of color on the gym's competitive team spring to life, fueled by the jolt of adrenaline that...

Column: Glittering, empty pool epitomizes Olympic misfortune

Jul. 23, 2021 06:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The aquatics arena near Tokyo Bay is an impressive structure indeed, the shimmering blue water of its two pools surrounded on three sides by towering rows of seats that, in a normal Olympic year, would've been packed with some 15,000 boisterous fans. Of...

Unvaccinated US swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start

Jul. 23, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A debate is brewing between former gold medalist Maya DiRado and some American swimmers over U.S. medal threat Michael Andrew’s decision not to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as he prepares to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. DiRado sparked the...

Japan's judoka stars look to calm nation's Olympic angst

Jul. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first day of full competition of the Tokyo Games could mark the turning point for an uneasy Japanese public that overwhelmingly disapproved of the Olympics being held during the pandemic. The first medal of the Games will go to the winner of the...

US players learning differences between Olympic hoops, NBA

Jul. 23, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team was about to start playing its final warm-up for the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago in Las Vegas, and Spain’s Ricky Rubio found himself in a pregame conversation with American guard Zach LaVine. Rubio has well over a decade...

Live at Budokan: Famed arena gets another Olympic spotlight

Jul. 23, 2021 04:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Nippon Budokan sits serenely nestled in a verdant park at the heart of Tokyo. Visitors admire the elegant lines of its Buddhist temple-based design before they step into the graceful reverence of the arena, where countless martial arts champions have been crowned since it...

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NFL dealing with multiple questions as training camps open

Jul. 23, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

From players getting COVID-19 vaccinations to relaxed coronavirus protocols to lineup issues, particularly at quarterback, the NFL faces a multitude of questions as training camps open. At least in 2021 there is the knowledge — and lessons learned — from completing...

Mets acquire left-hander Rich Hill from Rays

Jul. 23, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The pitching-thin New York Mets on Friday acquired left-hander Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are getting right-hander Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer in return. The 41-year-old Hill is 6-4 with a 3.89...

The Latest: WH: US to buy 200M more doses of Pfizer vaccine

Jul. 23, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The federal government is buying 200 million more doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to prepare for future needs, such as boosters and shots for kids under 12. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration wants to have “maximum...

Brazil reopens amid looming threat from delta variant

Jul. 23, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — With the number of coronavirus deaths starting to recede in Brazil, a renewed sense of optimism has led state governors to roll back restrictions, soccer fans are starting to return to stadiums, and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro has said the city's famous New Year's...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 23, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Video...

Sabres add 1st-round pick in trading Ristolainen to Flyers

Jul. 23, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres launched their offseason overhaul Friday by trading veteran defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers. Buffalo acquired fifth-year defenseman Robert Hagg and the Flyers first-round pick, 14th overall, in a trade...

Number of NFL players in vaccination process up to 80%

Jul. 23, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's medical director, said Friday that nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 team employees — those who...

CB LeBlanc, LB Griffin sign 1-year contracts with Dolphins

Jul. 23, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc signed a one-year contract Friday with the Miami Dolphins, who added depth to their secondary with the status of All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard in question. Howard was a no-show at mandatory minicamp, wants to renegotiate the...

Rangers buying out Tony DeAngelo, introduce Barclay Goodrow

Jul. 23, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

The New York Rangers are buying out the player they paid to go away and giving the money saved to a back-to-back Stanley Cup champion they hope will improve team chemistry on and off the ice. The Rangers put defenseman Tony DeAngelo on unconditional waivers Friday for the...

'This can be me': Black participation rising in gymnastics

Jul. 23, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — There's a phenomenon that happens every time Simone Biles appears on a screen inside Power Moves Gymnastics & Fitness. As if flipping a switch, the young women of color on the gym's competitive team spring to life, fueled by the jolt of adrenaline that...