Latest Track and field News

Coronavirus concerns force cancellation of Chicago Marathon

Jul. 13, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been cancelled due to health concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers and others during the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Monday. Marathon organizers and city officials cited the challenge of staging the large-scale Oct. 11 event...

FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

The Latest: One positive test in English Premier League

Jul. 13, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ One person has tested positive in the latest round of checks for COVID-19 on players and club staff in the English Premier League. The league says a total of 2,071 people were tested last week. The person has not been...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, United States' Allyson Felix speaks during a press conference of the U.S. team prior to the World Athletics Championships in London. Early in her career, Allyson Felix would shy away from speaking on controversial subjects. The nine-time Olympic medalist stayed in her lane. Not anymore. Not since the birth of her daughter, Camryn. Felix wants her legacy to be improving maternity rights for athletes over her times and gold medals.

Track and field adapts for storied meet held in 7 venues

Jul. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In a track and field season almost entirely wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and organizers are setting new marks in creativity. On Thursday, the storied Weltklasse meet will broadcast near-live from Zurich in an ambitious mix of social distancing and technological innovation....

British sprinter accuses London police of racial profiling

Jul. 6, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner have accused London police of racial profiling after officers stopped and searched the couple's car, with their 3-month-old son inside. Williams and Ricardo dos Santos, a Portuguese sprinter, are both Black and were stopped in their Mercedes on...

Holdorf, 1964 Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 80

Jul. 6, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Willi Holdorf, the 1964 Olympic decathlon champion, has died. He was 80. Holdorf died at home in northern Germany on Sunday following a severe illness, his wife Sabine Holdorf-Schust told Germany's dpa news agency. Holdorf led in Tokyo after nine of the 10 events. But his Soviet rival Rein...

Attorney: School asked track coach to take pay cut

Jul. 2, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Longtime track and field coach George Williams was asked by St. Augustine’s University to take a 50% pay cut and give up his job as athletic director before he was fired, his attorney said Thursday. Williams and attorney Nicholas Sanservino Jr. told reporters that St....

FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, United States' Christian Coleman wins the men's 100-meter race at the Prefontaine Classic IAAF Diamond League athletics meet in Stanford, Calif. There have been a few high-profile names in track and field making a mess of what is supposed to be a simple process of letting drug testers know where they will be for one hour each day. World champion  Coleman and Salwa Eid Naser could miss the Tokyo Games for what are known in the anti-doping world as whereabouts failures. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Most athletes are true to word in dates with drug testers

Jun. 27, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

It's almost as easy as sending a text. Open an app on the cell phone, type in a few words, click a box or two. To really make the system work, though, athletes have to be where they say they'll be at the time they say they'll be there. Lately, some high-profile names in track and field have been making a mess of...

Bud Cauley tees off on the third hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Cromwell, Conn. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Latest: Morehouse cancels football, cross country

Jun. 26, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Morehouse College canceled its football and cross country seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. President David A. Thomas said scholarships would be honored. The Historically Black College in Atlanta competes at the NCAA...

FILE - This is a Nov. 6, 2005, file photo showing runners on the upper level of the Verrazano Bridge at the start of the 36th New York City Marathon. The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1, 2020, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon Wednesday, June 24, 2020, after coordinating with the mayor's office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

New York City Marathon canceled because of coronavirus

Jun. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organizers and city officials deciding that holding the race on Nov. 1 would be too risky. Organizers announced the cancellation of the 50th anniversary edition of the world's largest marathon after...

Sporting's mascot lion waves from the empty stands during the Portuguese League soccer match between Sporting CP and Pacos de Ferreira at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, June 12, 2020. The Portuguese League soccer matches are being played without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Antonio Cotrim/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Baseball Hall of Fame to reopen Friday

Jun. 24, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is preparing to reopen on Friday, in accordance with New York state’s phased plan. The use of face masks for all staff and guests will be required, and free single-use masks...