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Woman says autistic son denied spot on cross country team

Jan. 13, 2020 12:35 PM EST

WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mother has filed a complaint with the state Department of Education alleging that her 12-year-old autistic son was prevented by school officials from joining his middle school's cross country team in violation of federal law. Maura Kearns, of Watertown, says in her...

CAPTION CORRECTS SPELLING OF SURNAME Former president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diack arrives at the Paris courthouse, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. One of the biggest sports corruption cases to reach court is being heard in Paris from Monday, with explosive allegations of a massive doping cover-up at the top of track and field. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Former IAAF president's corruption trial opens in Paris

Jan. 13, 2020 11:34 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The corruption trial involving the former president of track and field's governing body was suspended Monday shortly after it began. Lamine Diack, the former head of the IAAF, has been charged with far-reaching corruption and doping cover-ups. At the opening of the hearing, the prosecution...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2010 file photo, former New York Giants player Tiki Barber looks on during the Ring of Honor ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Barber kept his streak alive Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, finishing the Walt Disney World Marathon in 5 hours, 12 minutes. It was his 13th marathon.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Retired NY Giants running back finishes his 13th marathon

Jan. 13, 2020 8:19 AM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber kept his streak alive Sunday, finishing the Walt Disney World Marathon in 5 hours, 12 minutes. It was his 13th marathon. The heat caused officials to issue a heat advisory and remind runners to stay hydrated. “I knew after...

New Orleans university suspending athletics to save money

Jan. 10, 2020 12:36 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Southern University at New Orleans will suspend all of its athletics programs at the end of the academic year, trying to save money and dig itself out of years of financial problems. The Southern University Board of Supervisors approved the move Friday without objection, at the...

65-year-old Georgia man plans to run 12 marathons in 2020

Jan. 5, 2020 10:42 AM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Terry Patterson plans to run a dozen marathons in 2020 as he keep logging road race miles at the age of 65. Patterson of Macon ran his first marathon, the local Cherry Blossom Road Race, in 2002. He began entering more races and hasn't stopped. In fewer than two decades, Patterson says,...

Sebastian Kurz, left, head of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and Werner Kogler, right, head of the Austrian Greens speak to journalists during a press conference about the government program in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria's Greens clear final hurdle for government with Kurz

Jan. 4, 2020 11:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Members of Austria's Green party voted Saturday to join a new government led by conservative former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, clearing the final hurdle for a previously untested left-right alliance at the national level. A clear 93% majority of Green delegates backed the coalition pact that...

In this Dec. 28, 2019 photo, Peggy Molnar, center, of Martinsburg, W.Va., poses with her parents, Ginnie Molnar and Ken Dellinger in Martinsburg, W.Va. Peggy Molnar was chosen as one of two 2019-20 Big 12 Special Olympics Athletes of the Year, ( Jenni Vincent/The Herald-Mail via AP)

West Virginia student named Big 12 Special Olympic Athlete

Jan. 4, 2020 9:00 AM EST

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Peggy Molnar has never met a stranger or stopped smiling — even when times were tough. Both of these qualities help explain how she has managed to succeed as a Special Olympic athlete and share her enthusiasm with others along the way. Peggy, 17, a junior at Martinsburg...

Medicine, running bring Rayford full circle

Dec. 28, 2019 12:01 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Vernon Rayford didn’t plan to become a doctor or a runner. But his personal and professional journeys turned to bring him back to both. Rayford is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and obesity medicine and started running marathons in 2017. This year, he completed...

Sandy Ford-Centonze, Dartmouth women's track coach, dies

Dec. 16, 2019 3:15 PM EST

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Sandy Ford-Centonze, Dartmouth College's head women's track and field coach for 28 years, has died. She was 59. Ford-Centonze, who battled cancer for several months, died Saturday in hospice care at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a spokesman for the college said Monday....

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department shows West Valley Search & Rescue Team member Tim Staples, a teacher and volunteer for nine years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department West Valley Search & Rescue Team. Authorities have suspended the search for a missing hiker on Southern California's Mount Baldy after Staples, who was aiding in the search was found dead on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Staples became separated from his partner and was later spotted by helicopter in an ice chute after apparently falling to his death, authorities said.  (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department West Valley Search & Rescue Team via AP)

Searcher dies while seeking missing California hiker

Dec. 15, 2019 2:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The search for a missing Mount Baldy hiker has been suspended after a searcher died Saturday, authorities said. Tim Staples, 32, was a teacher and a volunteer for nine years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department West Valley Search & Rescue Team. Staples became...