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Hope, trepidation as US Eagles face All Blacks in Washington

Oct. 22, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

The US Eagles will host three-time world champion New Zealand on Saturday in a one-off rugby test at Washington's FedEx Field, accompanied by familiar feelings of hope and trepidation. New Zealand’s All Blacks, described as “legendary” by Republican lawmaker Alex...

Driver charged in fatal crash involving prisoner van

Sep. 25, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The driver of a Pierce County prisoner transport van involved in a fatal crash last month has been charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Court documents allege 58-year-old Geraldine Miller, of Towner, “drove through a controlled...

US edges Canada in Rugby WCup qualifier after 2nd-leg win

Sep. 12, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — The United States edged Canada in a two-leg Rugby World Cup qualifier by nine points after winning the second test 38-16 on Saturday with a hat trick of tries by flanker Hanco Germishuys. Following a surprising 34-21 loss last weekend in St....

Wheelchair rugby smashes stereotypes at the Paralympics

Aug. 28, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — American captain Joe Delagrave was asked to explain wheelchair rugby. He knew he wasn't being politically correct about it — he didn't want to be — after the United States defeated Australia 49-42 to reach Sunday's gold-medal final of the Paralympics against Britain. ...

Soccer's All Whites face name change over racial connotation

Aug. 22, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Football is reported to be considering dropping the “All Whites” nickname of its national men’s soccer team because of its racial connotation. While NZF has not confirmed it may discard the name, it says it is carrying...

NYC will require vaccination for 'high-risk' school sports

Aug. 20, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's public schools will require COVID-19 vaccinations for student-athletes and coaches participating in “high-risk” sports including football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, rugby and bowling, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. ...

In Tokyo, social platforms help the Pandemic Olympics shine

Aug. 05, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A condom fixed Jessica Fox's canoe, and skateboarder Jagger Eaton celebrated his bronze medal by broadcasting live on Instagram. Margielyn Didal “let” Tony Hawk take a picture with her to post on Facebook. The stability of the cardboard framed beds in...

Social media stars: A glance at Olympians who went big

Aug. 05, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At the Tokyo Games, athletes have taken to social media in trailblazing ways — with high-profile results. Several Olympians from niche sports introduced themselves to America through viral videos, with TikTok the preferred platform. Here's a look at some...

Brutal beauty: Is artistic swimming Tokyo's toughest sport?

Aug. 01, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — To those who dare doubt the brutality of her sport, Australian artistic swimmer Amie Thompson tells a story: About the day a teammate accidentally landed on Thompson’s face, breaking her nose and filling the water with blood. Focused as they were on...

Olympic Latest: Bencic wins tennis gold for Switzerland

Jul. 31, 2021 10:37 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: ___ MEDAL ALERT Belinda Bencic of Switzerland won the women’s tennis...