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FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, coach Dawn Staley talks with players and assistant coaches during a practice for the U.S. women's basketball team in Seattle. Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Coach Dawn Staley awaits Olympics, focuses on South Carolina

Jul. 1, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call Wednesday with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, 1968 Olympic athlete John Carlos raises his fist as he speaks about his experience as Olympians who participated in Mexico City in 1968 during the 50th Anniversary of the Defining Moment in Sports Social Activism Historic Town Hall at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. Olympic protestor John Carlos co-authored a letter with an influential American athletes' group calling on the IOC to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics and replace it with a policy written in collaboration with athletes. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest rule

Jun. 27, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo Olympic Rings and a model of Misha the Bear Cub, the mascot of the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, left, are seen in the yard of Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow, Russia. A U.S. government study concludes that Americans do not get their money’s worth out of the $2.7 million that Congress sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency this year. The report from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy concludes that the U.S. is under-represented on WADA’s key policymaking committees. It says WADA has not moved quickly or far enough to reform itself in the wake of the Russian doping scandal.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)

Study says US doesn't get value from WADA contribution

Jun. 24, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

A U.S. government study concludes Americans don't get their money's worth out of the $2.7 million that Congress provided the World Anti-Doping Agency this year and suggests future funding be contingent on changes in the drug-fighting agency's policies. The 19-page report by the White House Office of National Drug...

Osterman, teammates criticize softball team for anthem tweet

Jun. 23, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A fast-pitch softball team was sharply criticized by U.S. star Cat Osterman and several of her teammates after it tweeted to President Donald Trump that its players were standing for the national anthem and respecting the flag. The Scrap Yard Dawgs played USSSA Pride on Monday night in...

Before entering the field gates for football strength and conditioning camp at Arlington Martin High School, athletic Trainer Joey Pena, right, uses a thermometer on the forehead of sophomore running back Gervawn Neville for a temperature check Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. While states have been easing the economic and social lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, some are now letting high school athletes return for summer workouts before teachers have even figured out how they are going to hold classroom instruction. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: 2nd Tennessee men’s basketball player has virus

Jun. 23, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive. School officials announced Tuesday that a...

Head football coach Bob Wager, right, and sophomore safety Cameron Conley greet each other at the re-opening of strength and conditioning camp at Arlington Martin High School, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in in Arlington, Texas. While states have been easing the economic and social lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, some are now letting high school athletes return for summer workouts before teachers have even figured out how they are going to hold classroom instruction. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: American sailor Caleb Paine ends Olympic bid

Jun. 22, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Caleb Paine, the only American sailor to win a medal in the last two Olympics, says he’s ending his campaign for the postponed Tokyo Games to focus on the America’s Cup. Paine, of San Diego, rallied to win bronze...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, the Olympic rings are displayed in Tokyo. Elk Grove Village has a rose. A nice green one with five zeroes behind it. Now it is looking for the right partner. With Olympic leaders concerned about funding heading into the Tokyo Games, Elk Grove is looking to sponsor a U.S. federation in another bid to generate exposure for the Chicago suburb after it attracted some lucrative attention for its partnership with college football's Bahamas Bowl. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

New sponsorship categories could help Olympic federations

Jun. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Elk Grove Village is holding its own version of “The Bachelor.” It has a nice green rose with five zeroes behind it. Now it’s looking for the right partner. With Olympic leaders concerned about funding heading into the Tokyo Games, Elk Grove is looking to sponsor a U.S....

FILE - In this July 14, 2019, file photo, April Ross, left, and Alix Klineman, of the United States, celebrate their victory after the women's gold medal game at the Beachvolley Worldtour Major Series in Gstaad, Switzerland. With her usual practice sites closed down, two-time Olympic medalist April Ross managed to build her own beach volleyball court with supplies she picked up at Home Depot. What’s proven to be a more difficult adjustment to the coronavirus pandemic: Remembering not to high-five her partner Alix Klineman during their workouts. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP, FIile)

AVP volleyball tour subs 3-event series for regular season

Jun. 17, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

With her usual practice sites closed down, two-time Olympic medalist April Ross managed to build her own beach volleyball court with supplies she picked up at Home Depot. What’s proven to be a more difficult adjustment to the coronavirus pandemic: Remembering not to high-five her partner Alix Klineman...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Christian Coleman, of the United States, poses after winning the men's 100 meter race during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Reigning world champion Coleman insists a simple phone call from drug testers while he was out Christmas shopping could’ve prevented the latest misunderstanding about his whereabouts, one he fears could lead to a suspension. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

World's fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

Jun. 17, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

The likelihood that the world’s fastest man, Christian Coleman, might miss the Olympics next summer increased Wednesday when he received a provisional suspension for failing to be home when drug testers showed up last year. Coleman, the reigning world champion at 100 meters, said his latest flare-up with...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Gwendolyn

US Olympic leaders eye change on protests amid wary athletes

Jun. 13, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is open to challenging IOC rules restricting protests at the Olympics. At the same time, some of the very athletes the federation is trying to help are angered that they have been kept out of the loop in key decisions. The federation, in response to...