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Big 12 accuses ESPN of trying to 'destabilize' conference

Jul. 29, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused ESPN of encouraging other conferences to pick apart the league so Texas and Oklahoma can move to the Southeastern Conference more quickly and without paying a massive buyout. “I have absolute certainty that they (ESPN) have been...

From Rodgers to Watson, all about QBs as NFL camps begin

Jul. 28, 2021 22:07 PM EDT

Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson appeared on the field at their teams’ first training camp practices. Lamar Jackson was absent from his after testing positive for COVID-19. Zach Wilson is still away and without a contract. It was all about the quarterbacks in the NFL...

AP source: Yanks reach deal to get slugger Gallo from Texas

Jul. 29, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

All-Star slugger Joey Gallo is headed to the Bronx to give the New York Yankees some much-needed punch from the left side. The Yankees have reached a deal to get Gallo from the Texas Rangers, a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke on...

Double gold: China's Zhang becomes a breakout star at pool

Jul. 29, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Zhang Yufei had a much busier morning than she was expecting at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. It was worth the effort. She left with a pair of gold medals and a couple of records, too. Zhang started off Thursday with a...

Sneaking a peek: Fans find creative ways to glimpse Olympics

Jul. 29, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

MISHIMA, Japan (AP) — The soon-to-be Olympic champion was in what cyclists derisively call “the pain cave,” empty lungs searing and legs feeling like dead weight. The climb he was on seemed interminable, the evil gradient sending him straight into the sky. Hardly...

From the Emperor on down: Memories of the '64 Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 29, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — From Emperor Naurhito on down, every Japanese of a certain age remembers the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even younger Japanese connect through parents or aunts and uncles who stored old photos, told stories, or recalled getting a television set for the first time to watch the Games. ...

Living up to the hype: Dressel wins 1st individual gold

Jul. 29, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Caeleb Dressel climbed atop the lane rope, a look of wonder in his eyes. He gazed all around the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, eager to soak up every last moment of something he’s never done before. Win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. ...

4 Nats players, 8 staffers test positive, game vs Phils ppd

Jul. 28, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Four Washington Nationals players and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. The postponement came one day after Nationals star Trea...

Cunningham headlines list of top prospects in NBA draft

Jul. 28, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

Cade Cunningham spent years honing his game for a shot at becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. The Oklahoma State one-and-done star could accomplish that goal Thursday night as the headliner of a class that includes scorers, playmakers and potentially elite...

Dolson's Diary: Olympics end with gold medal, meeting Yao

Jul. 29, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

I woke up this morning and looked over to the table and saw my gold medal and I just smiled. As a young girl I watched and dreamed of being in the Olympics and winning a gold medal, but this is far beyond what I ever imagined. Starting with how much heavier the medal is...

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Austrian-born, American-raised, Straka leads Olympic golf

Jul. 29, 2021 04:34 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Golf is among the hardest sports to predict, and the Olympics is no exception. How else to explain Sepp Straka? Austrian-born and American-groomed, he had missed the cut in six of his last seven starts on the PGA Tour. Straka...

Leap year: Harrison chases rare long and high jump double

Jul. 29, 2021 04:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — JuVaughn Harrison’s nickname couldn’t be any more fitting: Mr. Jumps. His assignment at the Tokyo Games couldn’t be any more rare: Go horizontal (high jump) and then vertical (long jump). Not since the days of Jim Thorpe (circa:...

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as cases hit record highs

Jul. 29, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday as Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third straight day with the Olympics well underway. “We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude,” Chief Cabinet...

Rahm watching Olympics from home and still doesn't know why

Jul. 29, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Men's golf began Thursday in the Olympics, and the No. 1 player in the world was nearly 6,000 miles away watching from home. Jon Rahm still can't believe he's not playing. “I didn't think ever that I was not going to be there,” Rahm said in a...

Australia's Jessica Fox wins first women's canoe slalom gold

Jul. 29, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Australia’s Jessica Fox made Olympic history Thursday as the first gold medalist in women’s canoe slalom at the Tokyo Games. Fox made the last run of the final and crushed it, beating rival and silver medalist Mallory Franklin of Britain with a winning...

Olympics Latest: Fox wins women's canoe slalom gold

Jul. 29, 2021 04:04 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 Australia’s Jessica Fox has made Olympic history at the...

US pole vaulter's positive test sends Aussies into isolation

Jul. 29, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The fragile nature of an Olympics during the pandemic came into sharp focus Thursday when the entire Australian track team spent time in a brief quarantine after American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks pulled out of the Tokyo Games because of a positive COVID-19 test. ...

Slovenia too much for Japan, wins 116-81 to move to 2-0

Jul. 29, 2021 03:41 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Rui Hachimura did whatever he could. Blocking shots, hitting tough jumpers, logging big minutes, the best player on Japan’s roster simply held nothing back with hopes of giving his country its first Olympic men’s basketball win in 45 years. ...

From the Emperor on down: Memories of the '64 Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 29, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — From Emperor Naurhito on down, every Japanese of a certain age remembers the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even younger Japanese connect through parents or aunts and uncles who stored old photos, told stories, or recalled getting a television set for the first time to watch the Games. ...

Craziness: Hassan considers running triple at Olympics

Jul. 29, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sifan Hassan's schedule on the Olympic track looks more like a list of punishments drawn up by a very angry physical education teacher. Six distance races in eight days, consisting of three 1,500-meter runs, two 5,000s, and a 10,000 to top it off. Run two...