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A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, landed at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Countries on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Virus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin

Jan. 29, 2020 7:25 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 5,974, surpassing the 5,327 in mainland China during the SARS...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, a poster warning about coronavirus is seen as passengers wear masks in a departure lobby at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

China's women's Olympic soccer team quarantined in Australia

Jan. 29, 2020 6:15 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — China's national women's soccer team has been quarantined in Australia ahead of an Olympic qualifying tournament as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. Health officials in Queensland state said on Wednesday that 32 people,...

Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Chinatopix via AP)

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

Jan. 29, 2020 3:51 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere. The international ski federation on Wednesday canceled the first World Cup races scheduled for testing the mountain venue...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 1996 file photo, Brazil's Oscar Schmidt (14) drives past Scottie Pipen (8) of the United States during the quarterfinals of basketball competition at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy the player that amazed him as a child was skinny and half-bald Brazilian guard Oscar Schmidt.  (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

Kobe's boyhood hero Oscar Schmidt celebrates 'annoying kid'

Jan. 29, 2020 3:43 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy, the player that amazed him as a child was a skinny and half bald Brazilian guard that often beat his father's teams with long distance shots. Oscar Schmidt, one of basketball's all-time leading scorers with almost 50,000 points, played with...

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, left, passes as Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Hayward scores 29, Celtics hold off Heat 109-101

Jan. 28, 2020 11:19 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Eastern Conference standings are not difficult to decipher. There’s Milwaukee on top, and then a five-team race for second place. And the Boston Celtics made the mess even messier. Gordon Hayward scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and the...

Minnesota Lynx and former Connecticut player Maya Moore, left, puts her arm around former Connecticut teammate and New York Liberty player Tina Charles during a ceremony honoring their championship team before an exhibition basketball game between Connecticut and the United States, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Maya Moore at peace with decision to skip second WNBA season

Jan. 27, 2020 10:16 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore sees missing a second consecutive WNBA season as an extension of her decision to skip last year. The 30-year-old told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her work pushing criminal justice reform wasn't done yet. “I think when I...

Gregg Berhalter, right, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Soccer team, instructs some of his players during drills Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The team moved its training camp from Qatar to Florida in the wake of Iran's top military commander being killed during a U.S. airstrike in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

US national team also looks toward Olympic soccer qualifying

Jan. 27, 2020 3:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will be looking toward Olympic soccer qualifying when the senior national team plays Costa Rica on Saturday in an exhibition at Carson, California. Thirteen of the 22 players on the American roster are eligible for Olympic qualifying, which is limited to players...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1996, file photo Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa., high school gym during a practice. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

Bryant hailed as 'true Olympic champion' by IOC president

Jan. 27, 2020 8:24 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Kobe Bryant was “an outstanding and true Olympic champion,” IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The basketball great, who was killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, helped the United States win Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and...

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

Jan. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire. He earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the beloved Lakers, and he was respected by basketball fans from every...

Nathan Chen performs his men's free skate program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)

Chen equals Boitano with 4th straight national skating title

Jan. 26, 2020 11:11 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Rocketman has launched — straight to a fourth national title. With stratospheric jumps and the sort of stage presence that even Elton John would appreciate, Nathan Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships men's gold medal Sunday. Skating to the score...