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One down, one to go: Ledecky starts busy night with win

Jun. 16, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Katie Ledecky got started on a very busy night at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials by winning the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday, claiming a spot in her second individual event at the Tokyo Games. Ledecky was set to return about...

Meronk breaking boundaries as first Polish player in a major

Jun. 16, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adrian Meronk takes his place in major championship history this week before even hitting a shot in the U.S. Open. By now, he's used to that. Any introduction of Meronk usually starts with the same description: First Polish player....

Doping, burritos, tears: Welcome to track and field, 2021

Jun. 16, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Track and field stumbled back onto center stage this week and found itself in a good, old-fashioned mess. It involves — what else? — doping. But also burritos. And pork tinged with a performance-enhancing drug. And the suspension of an American...

The Lilly King Show: Swimmer bringing brash talk to Tokyo

Jun. 16, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Lilly King Show is headed to Tokyo. No subject is off limits. Drug cheats? Ban 'em from the pool. The Aussies? They better be prepared to settle for a whole bunch of silvers. In a...

The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

Jun. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

AP source: Lillard tells USA Basketball he's in for Olympics

Jun. 16, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

Portland guard Damian Lillard has told USA Basketball officials that he will play for the national team in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the...

2016 medalist Prenot fails to advance at US swim trials

Jun. 16, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Josh Prenot failed to advance from the preliminaries of the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Wednesday, a bitter blow for the silver medalist from the 2016 Rio Games. Prenot said he'll take at least the next year off to...

Japan looks to ease virus emergency ahead of Olympics

Jun. 16, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is expected to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and most other areas this weekend, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins making final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been...

Cole gets shot at the U.S. Open after learning from parents

Jun. 16, 2021 01:42 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric Cole has witnessed golf at the highest levels firsthand. He watched his father, Bobby, play on the PGA Tour and contend for major championships — even if he couldn't always see the ball in the air. He spent time on the road with his mother,...

Matt Grevers relishes ovation after Olympic bid falls short

Jun. 15, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Matt Grevers climbed out of the pool, yanked off his cap and began walking off the deck. He wasn’t done, though. He stopped just before going downstairs, waving and smiling in the direction of the standing ovation from a corner of the arena. At age...