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Throwing strikes: Track athletes outline job in simple terms

Jul. 23, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Imagine picking up the heaviest bowling ball on the rack and tossing it nearly the length of a basketball floor. That, world-record holder Ryan Crouser explains, is what it feels like with the shot put. Leaping into a soft pile of sand? That's the essence...

Nearly 3 dozen athletes with Wisconsin ties in Tokyo games

Jul. 23, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Besides Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday of the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, nearly three dozen athletes with Wisconsin connections will be going for the gold as the Tokyo Olympics get underway. The Badger State athletes will represent Team USA in...

Investigators reveal work to weed out pre-Olympics cheating

Jul. 22, 2021 06:54 AM EDT

MONACO (AP) — Eight Olympic qualifying performances in track and field were wiped out because of suspicions of cheating and the athletes were denied entry to the Tokyo Games, investigators said Thursday. Reports of suspicious activity came from 16 different countries,...

Dirty Games? Testing slowdown during COVID raises questions

Jul. 22, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The low numbers came in from across the globe and covered most every distance, from 100 meters through the marathon. The reasons behind all the improving times throughout the sport of track and field were every bit as diverse: better shoe technology, better running surfaces,...

EXPLAINER: What's the history of the Olympics protest rule?

Jul. 22, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The simple act of taking a knee felt like something more monumental when it happened on Olympic soccer pitches in Japan on the opening night of action. Players from the United States, Sweden, Chile, Britain and New Zealand women's teams went to a knee...

IOC to include athletes kneeling in highlights, social media

Jul. 22, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — After images of Olympic soccer players taking a knee were excluded from official highlight reels and social media channels, the IOC said Thursday that kneeling protests will be shown in the future. Players from five women’s soccer teams kneeled in support...

Major NC high school athletics oversight overhaul proposed

Jul. 20, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association would be replaced by a proposed state commission to oversee interscholastic public school sports in a measure unveiled Tuesday in a legislative committee. The bill, which received a hearing by a...

An Olympics like no other, Tokyo perseveres to host Games

Jul. 20, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's an Olympics like no other — and the Tokyo Games are surely that — but this is an event that has persevered through wars, boycotts and now a pandemic over its 125-year modern history. The Tokyo Olympics have already broken new ground because of the...

Long-banned athlete protest acts expected at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Athlete activism is making a comeback at these Olympic Games. When play starts at the Tokyo Games on Wednesday, acts of free expression of the kind athletes were long banned from making at the Olympics will take center stage. The...

Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances

Jul. 18, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two South African soccer players became the first athletes inside the Olympic Village to test positive for COVID-19, and other cases connected to the Tokyo Games were also confirmed Sunday, highlighting the herculean task organizers face to keep the virus contained while the...