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Wyoming plans for high school basketball to start on time

Sep. 18, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming High School Activities Association says it plans for high school basketball and wrestling to start on time. The association said Thursday the state health department approved its plans for students to safely participate in those sports. Practices are scheduled to start on...

Wyoming wrestling treasurer who admits theft gets jail time

Sep. 14, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A former treasurer of two youth wrestling clubs in Wyoming has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to repay money he stole from the organizations. Steven Johnson, 45, pleaded guilty in June to theft. He agreed to repay $20,500 to the Camel Kids Wrestling Club and $29,500 to...

FILE - In this June 25, 2018 file photo, a group of protesters chant slogans at the main gate of the Old Grand Bazaar, in Tehran, Iran. On Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, Iran broadcast the televised confession of a wrestler facing the death penalty after a tweet from President Donald Trump criticizing the case, a segment that resembled hundreds of other suspected coerced confessions aired over the last decade in the Islamic Republic. The case of 27-year-old Navid Afkari has drawn the attention of a social media campaign that portrays him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran's Shiite theocracy in 2018. (Iranian Labor News Agency via AP, File)

Iran summons German envoy over tweet on executed wrestler

Sep. 14, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday summoned Germany’s ambassador following his embassy’s criticism of the execution last weekend of a wrestler after President Donald Trump asked for the 27-year-old man’s life to be spared. The official IRNA news agency said a foreign ministry official...

FILE - In this June 25, 2018 file photo, a group of protesters chant slogans at the main gate of the Old Grand Bazaar, in Tehran, Iran. On Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, Iran broadcast the televised confession of a wrestler facing the death penalty after a tweet from President Donald Trump criticizing the case, a segment that resembled hundreds of other suspected coerced confessions aired over the last decade in the Islamic Republic. The case of 27-year-old Navid Afkari has drawn the attention of a social media campaign that portrays him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran's Shiite theocracy in 2018. (Iranian Labor News Agency via AP, File)

Iran executes man whose case drew international attention

Sep. 12, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

TEHRAN (AP) — Iranian state TV on Saturday reported that the country’s authorities executed a wrestler for allegedly murdering a man, after President Donald Trump asked for the 27-year-old condemned man's life to be spared. State TV quoted the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, as...

Iran executes a wrestler for allegedly murdering a man after Trump tweeted criticism of the case

Sep. 12, 2020 5:02 AM EDT
Tehran, Iran (AP) — Iran executes a wrestler for allegedly murdering a man after Trump tweeted criticism of the case.
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2010, file photo, World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon raises his arm in the air to the audience during a fan appreciation event in Hartford, Conn. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, dismissed a lawsuit filed by 50 former professional wrestlers, who claimed WWE failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Former WWE wrestlers' lawsuit over brain damage is dismissed

Sep. 9, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that had been filed by 50 former pro wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries, including concussions that led to long-term brain damage. The 2nd U.S....

Correction: Election 2020-Nevada Congressional Candidate

Sep. 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

In stories published Sept. 3, 2019, Oct. 18, 2019 and July 28, 2020 about congressional candidate Dan Rodimer, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Rodimer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a 2010 incident and completed a six-week anger management course in exchange for the...

FILE - In this June 25, 2018 file photo, a group of protesters chant slogans at the main gate of the Old Grand Bazaar, in Tehran, Iran. On Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, Iran broadcast the televised confession of a wrestler facing the death penalty after a tweet from President Donald Trump criticizing the case, a segment that resembled hundreds of other suspected coerced confessions aired over the last decade in the Islamic Republic. The case of 27-year-old Navid Afkari has drawn the attention of a social media campaign that portrays him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran's Shiite theocracy in 2018. (Iranian Labor News Agency via AP, File)

Iran airs televised confession of wrestler after Trump tweet

Sep. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran, which has a history of broadcasting suspected forced confessions, aired a statement by a wrestler who faces the death penalty and whose case recently drew a critical tweet from President Donald Trump. The television segment and authorities accuse Navid Afkari, 27,...

President Trump urges Iran to spare life of popular wrestler

Sep. 4, 2020 4:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Donald Trump has urged Iran not to execute a popular wrestler who authorities say killed a man during 2018 anti-government rallies. Citing reports on the death sentence for 27-year-old Navid Afkari, Trump said in a Thursday tweet: “... To the leaders of Iran, I would...

Mexican Lucha Libre wrestlers perform an exhibition fight for the media, as they train for what will be live streaming events which they will charge for, at Xochimilco's famous floating gardens on the outskirts of Mexico City, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Few of Mexico’s cultural traditions have been hit as hard by the coronavirus pandemic as “lucha libre” wrestling. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexico lucha libre wrestlers struggle to survive amid virus

Aug. 24, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Few of Mexico’s cultural traditions have been hit as hard by the coronavirus pandemic as “lucha libre” wrestling. The death toll among wrestlers has risen dramatically and wrestling arenas are closed, throwing almost everyone out of work. One enterprising band of...