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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Carissa Moore surfs during round one of the Swatch Women's Pro Trestles competition in San Clemente, Calif. Professional surfers will be riding the waves again Sunday, Aug. 9, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport in March. The Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif., some 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean, will provide a perfect bubble for the World Surf League’s Rumble at the Ranch featuring 16 surfers, including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and Olympic qualifiers Kolohe Andino, Caroline Marks and four-time reigning world champ Moore. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

Surf's up again for Slater, Olympic qualifiers at Surf Ranch

Aug. 8, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Professional surfers will be riding the waves again on Sunday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport in March. The Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, some 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean, will provide a perfect bubble for the World Surf League’s...

FILE - In this July 18, 1976, file photo, Romania's Nadia Comaneci dismounts from the uneven parallel bars to score a perfect 10.00 in the women's gymnastics competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

In 1976, Comaneci's perfect 10s made her the perfect one

Aug. 8, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds interviewed Nadia Comaneci about her “perfect” performance at the Montreal Olympics and her...

FILE - In this July 18, 1976, file photo, Romania's Nadia Comaneci dismounts from the uneven parallel bars to score a perfect 10.00 in the women's gymnastics competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

AP WAS THERE: 1976 Montreal Olympics

Aug. 8, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from Montreal during the 1976 Olympics, focusing on the phenomenon that was 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia...

Israeli Olympic racewalker Shaul Ladany holds his 1972's Olympic race shoes for a portrait in Omer, Israel, Sunday, July 12, 2020.  In an instant, the world record holder in the 50-mile walk was thrust into one of sports’ greatest tragedies and a seminal moment in modern history _ the kidnapping and massacre of his fellow Israeli team members at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The killing shocked the world, gave the Palestinian cause an audience and ushered in a new era of global terrorism. Ladany, a Holocaust survivor, the lessons still linger. He says it taught him to “never be afraid” but become “more careful.”(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli racewalker recalls surviving 1972 Munich massacre

Aug. 7, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Shaul Ladany survived a concentration camp as a youngster, and returned to Germany as a racewalker for the 1972...

FILE - On Sept. 5, 1972, a Palestinian commando group seizes the Israeli Olympic team quarters at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany. A member of the commando group is seen here as he appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the building, where they hold several Israeli athletes hostage. (AP Photo/Kur Stumpf, File)

Israeli team's massacre overshadows sports at 1972 Olympics

Aug. 7, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The 1972 Munich Olympics were marked by historic achievements and unprecedented controversy but will be forever defined by devastating catastrophe. In hosting the 1972 Munich Games, West Germany was eager to erase the stain of the 1936 Games in Berlin that came to symbolize a...

Miami Marlins' Eddy Alvarez watches a foul ball to right field during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Baltimore. Among the Marlins' roster replacements following their coronavirus outbreak was infielder Alvarez, a 2014 Olympic silver medalist in speedskating.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Olympic skater Alvarez achieves another goal: his MLB debut

Aug. 6, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly knew about Eddy Alvarez’s background as an Olympic medalist in speedskating, and also knew that didn’t necessarily mean he could hit a slider. After all, Alvarez was a 30-year-old infielder still stuck in the Marlins' farm system. Then in spring training, and...

FIK]LE - In this Oct. 12, 1968, file photo, Mexican hurdler Enriqueta Basilio, the first woman to make the final run of the torch and to light the Olympic flame, carries the Olympic torch up the 90 steps to the Olympic flame cauldron in the Olympic Stadium during opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Mexico City. (AP Photo/File)

1968 Mexico City Games marked by protest, falling records

Aug. 6, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

The 1968 Olympics could not escape the turmoil of their times. A gold medal gymnast silently rebelled against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Apartheid South Africa was disinvited in order to quell a threatened boycott. And two American sprinters raised their fists in a poignant and powerful show of...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward during the playing of the national anthem after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. (AP Photo/File)

AP Was There: Black fists raised at '68 Mexico City Olympics

Aug. 6, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from the 1968 Olympic s on the day of the 200 meter dash. Gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John...

A tugboat moves a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge moved away from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Olympic rings in Tokyo Bay removed for 'maintenance'

Aug. 6, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The five Olympic rings on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away for “maintenance" on Thursday and officials said they will return to greet next year's games. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 1964 file photo, Japanese runner Yoshinori Sakai lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the nuclear weapon destroyed that city. He symbolized the rebirth of Japan after the Second World War as he opened the 1964 Tokyo Games. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city.  Just over 19 years later, he ran with the Olympic flame into the national stadium, left the cinder track, and jogged up a long flight of flower-lined stairs to reach the top.  (AP Photo/File)

Man born in Hiroshima lights 1964 Tokyo Olympic cauldron

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshinori Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Just over 19 years later, he ran with the Olympic flame into the national stadium, left the cinder track, and jogged up a long flight of flower-lined stairs to reach the top. ...