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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2018, file photo, driver Justin Olsen and Christopher Fogt, Carlo Valdes and Nathan Weber, of the United States, start their third heat during the four-man bobsled final at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. USA Bobsled and Skeleton couldn't hit the road recruiting this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. So, they made Olympic hopefuls come to them and do so online. USABS took its recruiting process digital this year and team officials say it has led to significant upticks in interest. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

For some bobsled hopefuls, the Olympics may be a click away

Sep. 17, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

USA Bobsled and Skeleton typically has staff spending part of the spring and summer months on the road recruiting, looking for new talent and luring them with the potential of representing their country in the Olympics. This year, amid a pandemic, none of that could take place. So USABS made the entire process...

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center in front row, poses for a group photo with his cabinet members following the first Cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Japan's Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man.(Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

New Japanese Cabinet retains most key ministers

Sep. 16, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, elected by parliament on Wednesday after pledging to pursue his predecessor Shinzo Abe's policies, formed a 20-member Cabinet that retains many previous ministers. Here are some key appointees: ___ DEFENSE MINISTER: Nobuo Kishi (new) — Former...

This Sept. 18, 2015 photo shows Lyle Thompson, Onondaga, of the Iroquois Nationals during the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships on the Onondaga Nation Reservation just south of Syracuse, New York. The Ireland Lacrosse team recently bowed out of the sport's top international tournament to open up a spot for the Iroquois Nationals. It's the latest in a series of gestures between the country and U.S. tribes that date back to 1847, when Choctaw leaders gave $170 to the Irish as their country battled a potato famine that resulted in the death of tens of thousands. Historians estimate today's value of the amount at roughly $5,000. (Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Indian Country Today via AP)

Friendship between Ireland, tribes lives on in lacrosse

Sep. 15, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

More than 170 years ago, a U.S. tribe did Ireland a solid. The European country has not forgotten it. The Ireland Lacrosse team recently bowed out of the sport’s top international tournament to open up a spot for the Iroquois Nationals. It’s the latest in a series of gestures between the country...

AP sources: Lake Placid won't host 2021 bobsled worlds

Sep. 14, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

Lake Placid will no longer be the host of this season’s bobsled and skeleton world championships because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation finalized the decision Monday, the people told The...

Visitors to Chongli, one of the venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, past by the Olympics logo in Chongli in northern China's Hebei Province on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. China’s repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dalai Lama, and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. China is host to the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to remove the games from Beijing because of widespread human rights violations. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

Sep. 9, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — China's repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dalai Lama and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing's 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. Beijing is to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to move the games because...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe downs his head as he says he is stepping down during a press conference at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Japan's longest-serving prime minister Abe said Friday he intends to step down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave so many of his goals unfinished. (Kyodo News via AP)

World leaders praise Japan PM Abe's contributions to ties

Aug. 28, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

World leaders wished Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a rapid recovery and praised his contributions to bilateral relations during his years as Japan's longest-serving leader. Abe announced Friday that he is stepping down because of a health problem. He is expected to stay on until a new governing party leader...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2016, file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears as the Nintendo game character Super Mario during the closing ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Abe was a star of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, parading before a 70,000 sellout at the Maracana stadium as Nintendo game character Super Mario. It was Abe's humorous invitation to the next Olympics in Tokyo. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP, File)

Shinzo Abe -- aka 'Super Mario' -- loses out on Olympics

Aug. 28, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was a star at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, parading before a sellout crowd at the Maracana Stadium as Nintendo game character Super Mario. Abe's humorous invitation to the next Olympics in Tokyo was a big hit among Brazilian fans,...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, United States' Bradie Tennell performs during the ladies' single free skating competition in the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul, South Korea.  Bradie Tennell, the 2018 U.S. figure skating champion and an Olympic team bronze medalist, is switching coaches, joining Tom Zakrajsek in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

2018 US champ Olympic team medalist Tennell switches coaches

Aug. 21, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Bradie Tennell, the 2018 U.S. figure skating champion and an Olympic team bronze medalist, is switching coaches, joining Tom Zakrajsek in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tennell was previously coached by Denise Myers and Jeremy Allen in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. She will continue...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2010, file photo, Norway's Petter Northug celebrates winning the gold medal during the flower ceremony of the Men's 50k mass start classic Cross Country race at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Northug has admitted to possessing cocaine, speeding and driving under the influence. On Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, prosecutor Silje Haugerstuen Bergsholm told Norwegian news agency NTB that Northug is facing preliminary charges for speeding for driving 168 kph in a 110 kph zone, driving while under the influence of a substance and possession of narcotics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

2-time Olympic champion Northug busted for cocaine, speeding

Aug. 17, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug has admitted to possessing cocaine, speeding and driving under the influence. The Norwegian great, who won two gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and is a 13-time world champion, retired from the sport in 2018....

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1988, file photo, the Olympic cauldron towers above the Olympic stadium in Seoul, South Korea, during the opening ceremonies for the summer Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Evictions, drugs, boxing rows: reliving '88 Games in Seoul

Aug. 11, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. The 1988 Seoul Olympics were the last Summer Games of the Cold War era. ___ The final Olympics of the Cold War...