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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, U.S. basketball star Kobe Bryant plays with a ball during a sponsor's appearance in Milan, Italy. In Europe where Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star is being remembered for his

Italian town where Bryant played as a kid mourns — again

Jan. 27, 2020 1:14 PM EST

ROME (AP) — For a city already familiar with losing a basketball hero, Kobe Bryant’s death made a particularly strong impact in the Italian town of Rieti. Nicknamed “the center of Italy” for its geographic location amid the Apennine Mountains, Rieti was the first stop on...

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...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Some athletes are criticizing the International Olympic Committee for prohibiting political protests on the medal podium. Olympic officials reminded athletes last week not to make political statements at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

Protests or not, politics and Olympics are intertwined

Jan. 25, 2020 12:05 AM EST

More than a half-century later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos are cemented into Olympic lore — their names enshrined in the Olympic Hall of Fame in the United States, their portrait an indelible fixture on the universal sports landscape. As for that raised-fist salute that transformed them into Olympic...

Wires go to microphones above a logo of the Russian Olympic Committee during President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov's news conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

IOC, Paralympics join Russian doping court case

Jan. 17, 2020 4:02 PM EST

BONN, Germany (AP) — The International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee want to have a say on Russia's doping ban. With Russia facing a four-year ban on its name and anthem at major events including the Olympics and Paralympics, the IPC said Friday that both bodies filed a...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 15, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 15 The Los Angeles Times on the International Olympic Committee banning athletes from making political statements such as kneeling or wearing political messages: Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American...

From left Choi Moon-soon governor of Gangwon Province, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Park Yang-woo, Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, show the name of Gangwon Province in South Korea during the 135th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the sideline of the the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 after Gangwon was elected to host the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

Salt Lake City, Barcelona among Winter Olympic host options

Jan. 10, 2020 11:48 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — There are already three possible bidders to host the Winter Olympics in the future, the IOC said Friday. Previous Winter Games hosts Salt Lake City and Sapporo have been joined by 1992 Summer Games host Barcelona, where temperatures rarely drop below 7 degrees Celsius (45...

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), delivers a speech during the 135th Session of the IOC on the sideline of the the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

IOC president defends rules limiting Olympic protests

Jan. 10, 2020 8:32 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The political neutrality of the Olympics would be undercut if an athlete took a knee in protest on the medal podium at this year's Tokyo Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday. One day after the International Olympic Committee published guidelines specifying which type of...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC details rules on political protests at Olympics

Jan. 9, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are...

Wires go to microphones above a logo of the Russian Olympic Committee during President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov's news conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Column: Olympic 'Family' Has Its Own Doping Problem

Dec. 10, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Russia cranked up a state-sponsored, industrial-scale doping operation ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games worthy of its own gold medal. It swept up more than 1,000 athletes and stretched from lowly lab technicians to the highest reaches of the nation’s sports ministries. And despite getting busted twice since,...

President-Elect of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banka, left, President of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie, right, and Director General of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Olivier Niggli, center, arrive for a press conference after the WADA's extraordinary Executive Committee (ExCo) on the Russian doping data manipulation, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. WADA bans Russia from international sporting events for four years. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

Analysis: Russia scandal makes 'fair' a thing of the past

Dec. 9, 2019 8:50 PM EST

The goal all along, or so the Olympic leaders say, has been fairness. And also — that notion of protecting the “innocent" Russian athletes who must be out there somewhere. But what's clear to anyone who has followed even a second of the Russian doping saga, now in its fifth year and showing no...