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FILE - This Feb. 3, 2020, file photo from the Cleveland County (Oklahoma) Sheriff's Office shows Max Leroy Townsend. Townsend, accused of striking a group of suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes with his speeding pickup truck, faces an additional manslaughter charge after the death of a third student. Prosecutors on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, filed a third charge of manslaughter against 57-year-old Max Leroy Townsend, in addition to a third count of leaving the scene of a fatality accident. Eighteen-year-old Kolby Crum died Saturday, Feb. 15. (Cleveland County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Driver who hit Oklahoma runners gets 3rd manslaughter charge

Feb. 18, 2020 6:40 PM EST

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of striking a group of suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes with his speeding pickup truck faces an additional manslaughter charge after the death of a third student. Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a third charge of manslaughter against 57-year-old Max...

High school track athletes Alanna Smith, left, Selina Soule, center and and Chelsea Mitchell prepare to speak at a news conference outside the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The three girls have filed a federal lawsuit to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Transgender athletes seek to become defendants in lawsuit

Feb. 18, 2020 12:20 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two transgender high school runners want to become defendants in a federal lawsuit that seeks to block them from participating in girls sports in Connecticut. Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood would be stripped of the right to run track this spring if a judge rules against a state...

In this Feb. 16, 2020, photo, runners, some wearing masks, compete in a Kumamoto castle marathon in Kumamoto city, western Japan. Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon set for March 1, 2020 are drastically reducing the number of participants out of fear of the spread of the coronavirus from China. The general public is essentially being barred from the race. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners because of virus

Feb. 17, 2020 9:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Marathon organizers drastically reduced the number of participants for this year's race on Monday out of fear of the spread of the virus coming from China. The general public is being barred from the race on March 1. It will now be limited to a few hundred elite participants, organizers...

Coleman, Crouse shine at US indoor championships

Feb. 15, 2020 7:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sprinter Christian Coleman and shot putter Ryan Crouser nearly set world indoor records Saturday at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships. Coleman's 6.37-second run in the 60-meter dash was behind his own best mark of 6.34. He has the top four fastest times in the event....

Female student beats transgender athlete in high school race

Feb. 15, 2020 5:03 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A female high school student defeated a transgender athlete in a Connecticut state championship race, just two days after a lawsuit was filed in an effort to block transgender athletes from participating in girls sports in the state. Chelsea Mitchell, of Canton High School, won the...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, emergency crews respond to a scene where a vehicle hit several Moore High School students in Moore, Okla. A third member of a suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country team who was struck by a speeding pickup truck earlier this month has died. Kolby Crum, 18, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman April Sandefer. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Third student-runner who was struck by speeding truck dies

Feb. 15, 2020 1:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A third member of a suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country team who was struck by a speeding pickup truck earlier this month has died. Kolby Crum, 18, died Saturday at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman April Sandefer. Crum was among seven...

FILE - In this June 30, 2019 file photo, South Africa's Caster Semenya smiles after winning the women's 800-meter race during the Prefontaine Classic, an IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting, in Stanford, Calif. Olympic champion Caster Semenya has run her first public race in eight months and says she will be back in top-level track despite currently being banned from competing in her favorite event. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Not done: Caster Semenya runs again, says 'I'm here to stay'

Feb. 15, 2020 4:09 AM EST

Caster Semenya ran her first public race in eight months and broke the national 300-meter record at a low-level meet at a South African university before proclaiming: “I'm here to stay.” The Olympic 800-meter champion said the race Friday night at the University of Johannesburg, which also featured...

Franklin retakes US indoor triple jump record

Feb. 14, 2020 11:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Moments after Tori Franklin saw her women’s U.S. indoor triple jump record fall Friday in the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships, she took it back. Franklin went 48-feet, 1/2-inch on her final jump to surpass Keturah Orji’s jump of 47-10¾ from her second...

Elle Purrier reacts after winning the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games track and field meet Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Cream rises: Purrier's track feats paved by dairy farm work

Feb. 13, 2020 2:46 PM EST

The determination of Elle Purrier to churn through the last lap on her way to breaking an American indoor mile record last weekend can be traced to many, many things. Like growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont, where she milked 30 cows at the crack of dawn before heading to school. That work ethic has spilled...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a tourist wearing a mask poses for a photo with the Olympic rings in the background, at Tokyo's Odaiba district. Tokyo Olympic organizers repeated their message at the start of two days of meetings with the IOC: this summer's games will not be cancelled or postponed by the coronavirus spreading  neighboring China. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are on

Feb. 13, 2020 7:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers reiterated their message on Thursday at the start of two days of meetings with the International Olympic Committee: The 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus that is spreading from neighboring China. “I would like to make it clear again that we are not...