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The Latest: Refugee team on verge of 1st Olympic medal

Jul. 25, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ An Iranian defector who competes in taekwondo is one victory away from winning the Refugee Olympic...

Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 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: ___ After a long wait to get on the court, the U.S. men’s volleyball team made quick work of...

Canceled party: Scrubbed match silences Olympic beach venue

Jul. 24, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic beach volleyball tournament got off to the quintessential coronavirus-era start. The event's very first scheduled match at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games was canceled on Saturday morning because a Czech player tested positive for COVID-19....

Carapaz wins men's road race for Ecuador's 1st cycling medal

Jul. 24, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

OYAMA, Japan (AP) — Richard Carapaz climbed onto the medal stand and locked arms with Wout van Aert on his right and Tadej Pogacar to his left, the diminutive Ecuadoran rider dwarfed by two of the giants of modern cycling. Funny thing? On this day, Carapaz had stood...

Beckie scores 2, Canada downs Chile 2-1 in women's soccer

Jul. 24, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Janine Beckie scored a pair of goals and Canada defeated Chile 2-1 Saturday in the group stage of the women's Olympic soccer competition. Beckie hit the post with a penalty attempt for Canada in the 21st minute, but she scored in the 39th with a...

'Don't look old': At 41, ageless Scola set for 5th Olympics

Jul. 24, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Luis Scola starts each day with the same wish. Argentina’s captain is about to play in the Olympics for a fifth time, those appearances spanning three different decades. There are athletes at the Tokyo Games who were not even born — one was...

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

Jul. 23, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures. The...

Brazil reopens amid looming threat from delta variant

Jul. 23, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — With the number of coronavirus deaths starting to recede in Brazil, a renewed sense of optimism has led state governors to roll back restrictions, soccer fans are starting to return to stadiums, and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro has said the city's famous New Year's...

Haitian president's hometown holds funeral amid violence

Jul. 23, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) — The funeral for slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was briefly interrupted Friday by nearby gunfire and tear gas as well as agitated supporters that caused U.S. and U.N. officials to leave before his widow spoke publicly for the first time since the attack. ...

Lindahl is a steadying force in goal for Sweden at Olympics

Jul. 23, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

Sweden's anchor is a 38-year-old mother of two who has taken it upon herself to make sure athletes at the Olympics are environmentally conscious. Hedvig Lindahl is the longtime goalkeeper for Sweden's national team, a veteran of four World Cups and five Olympics. ...