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Bach says opponents of Olympic marathon move wanted an edge

Nov. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Athletes who opposed moving the Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo wanted a competitive edge, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The International Olympic Committee decided last month to move the races to Sapporo because Tokyo would be too hot in...

Sanders stars with Biden, Warren absent at California forum

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders was greeted with booming cheers at a gathering of California Democrats Saturday, underscoring his popularity with the party’s liberal base as he looks to capture the biggest prize in the presidential primary season next year. The decisions by Joe Biden and...

Harrison Dillard, Olympic champion sprinter/hurdler, dies

Nov. 16, 2019 12:38 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Harrison Dillard, the former Buffalo Soldier and only Olympic runner to win gold medals in both the sprints and high hurdles, has died. He was 96. Longtime friend Ted Theodore said Dillard died Friday at the Cleveland Clinic after a fight with stomach cancer. The 1955 Sullivan Award winner...

California school shooting suspect described as quiet, smart

Nov. 15, 2019 12:13 PM EST

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — People who knew the 16-year-old boy suspected of killing two students in a burst of gunfire at a high school outside Los Angeles described him as a quiet, smart kid who they’d never expect to turn violent. One fellow junior at Saugus High School said the suspect is a Boy...

Fentanyl overdose kills Washington state Olympic athlete

Nov. 14, 2019 3:48 PM EST

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state medical examiners have confirmed that an Olympic discus thrower found dead in his hotel room in September died from a fentanyl overdose. KOMO-TV reports that Snohomish County medical examiners ruled that the death of 42-year-old Jarred Rome was an accident after...

Ancient cup given to 1st marathon victor returned to Greece

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An ancient Greek cup awarded as a prize to the marathon winner in the first modern Olympics of 1896 has been returned to Athens from a German university. Greece’s Culture Ministry said Wednesday that the 6th century B.C. pottery vessel was considered lost for decades until...

Runner's abuse allegations embolden other female athletes

Nov. 9, 2019 8:39 PM EST

Track and field is facing a painful and public reckoning with the treatment of some female athletes. Former teen running star Mary Cain's account this week of alleged physical and emotional abuse at the recently disbanded Nike Oregon Project is prompting more top athletes to come forward. Amy Yoder Begley, a...

Nike will look into runner Mary Cain's allegations of abuse

Nov. 8, 2019 6:47 PM EST

Nike will look into runner Mary Cain's allegations of abuse while she was part of Alberto Salazar's training group. The runner says it reached the point where she started having suicidal thoughts and cutting herself. Cain joined the disbanded Nike Oregon Project run by Salazar in 2013, soon after competing in the...

More than 1 million Olympic tickets in latest Japan lottery

Nov. 8, 2019 2:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Frustrated residents of Japan will get another shot at attending next year's Tokyo Olympics when organizers on Friday put more than 1 million tickets into the latest lottery. Tokyo has generated unprecedented ticket demand inside and outside Japan. Organizers say 3.57 million tickets have...

Jepkosgei wins NYC in 1st marathon, Kamworor takes men's

Nov. 3, 2019 3:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever. "My focus was to finish the race," she said, a gold medal hanging around her neck. Not bad for a novice. Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday with a...