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FILE - In this May 11, 1994, file photo, Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas announces his retirement from basketball at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice. Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team — that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. But he could have been an Olympian 12 years earlier, had the Americans not boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games. (AP Photo/Richard Sheinwald, File)

Isiah Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice

Aug. 12, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career. The Olympics. Inside the Soviet Union. During the Cold War. Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team —...

FILE - This Aug. 8, 1992, file photo shows, from left, USA's John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson rejoicing with their gold medals after beating Croatia 117-85 at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)

Dream Team Turned '92 Olympics From Contest Into Coronation

Aug. 12, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

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. Here are some of the highlights of the 1992 Barcelona Games, where the “Dream Team” — a squad of NBA pros allowed in for the...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1988, file photo, Canadian Ben Johnson, left, signals victory ahead of the United States' Carl Lewis, as he wins the 100-meter final at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, File)

AP WAS THERE: 1988 Seoul Olympics

Aug. 11, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

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. This story was published in The Clarksdale Press Register (Miss.) on Oct. 3, 1988. The story, a review of the major developments at the Seoul...

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...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Sergei Zubov, Hayley Wickenheiser, Jim Rutherford, Vaclav Nedomansky and Guy Carbonneau flip pucks in the air during a ceremony in Toronto. The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.
(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

The Latest: Asian Beach Games postponed

Aug. 10, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ he Olympic Council of Asia has postponed the sixth Asian Beach Games in China to April 2-10 next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The games were initially scheduled to be staged in Sanya, China, from Nov. 28-Dec. 6. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1984, file photo, Mary Lou Retton, of the United States, performs on the balance beam during the women's gymnastics individual all-around finals at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

AP WAS THERE: 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

Aug. 10, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

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. This story ran Aug. 4, 1984, and was written by Pete Herrera, a former AP sports writer who is now retired. By PETE HERRERA LOS ANGELES (AP)...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 1984, file photo, United States' Edwin Moses jumps a hurdle on his way to winning the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)

A red, white and blue Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984

Aug. 10, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

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. Here are some of the highlights of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. ___ The streak kept growing, something Edwin Moses was reminded of every time he...

FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, members of the crowd hold up 3,500 cards to create an image of Misha the Bear Cup, the mascot of the Moscow Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Russia on. Above burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)

Cold War rivalries split the Olympics in Moscow in 1980

Aug. 9, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

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. Here are some of the highlights of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. The Cold War made for decades of tense Olympic battles between the United States...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Carissa Moore surfs during round one of the Swatch Women's Pro Trestles competition in San Clemente, Calif. Professional surfers will be riding the waves again Sunday, Aug. 9, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport in March. The Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif., some 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean, will provide a perfect bubble for the World Surf League’s Rumble at the Ranch featuring 16 surfers, including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and Olympic qualifiers Kolohe Andino, Caroline Marks and four-time reigning world champ Moore. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

Surf's up again for Slater, Olympic qualifiers at Surf Ranch

Aug. 8, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Professional surfers will be riding the waves again on Sunday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport in March. The Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, some 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean, will provide a perfect bubble for the World Surf League’s...

FILE - On Sept. 5, 1972, a Palestinian commando group seizes the Israeli Olympic team quarters at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany. A member of the commando group is seen here as he appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the building, where they hold several Israeli athletes hostage. (AP Photo/Kur Stumpf, File)

Israeli team's massacre overshadows sports at 1972 Olympics

Aug. 7, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The 1972 Munich Olympics were marked by historic achievements and unprecedented controversy but will be forever defined by devastating catastrophe. In hosting the 1972 Munich Games, West Germany was eager to erase the stain of the 1936 Games in Berlin that came to symbolize a...