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IOC strips Olympic status from troubled boxing body AIBA

Jun. 26, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Troubled boxing body AIBA was stripped of Olympic status on Wednesday and the IOC will now organize qualifying and final tournaments for the 2020 Tokyo Games. AIBA had created "very serious reputational, legal and financial risks" for the IOC and its stakeholders, not just the...

IOC to change process of Olympic bid races, host elections

Jun. 26, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics hosted in multiple cities or countries. Bidders pro-actively invited. Candidates recommended with possibly no opponents. Radical changes in how and when Olympic hosts are picked were voted in Wednesday as the International Olympic Committee looks to avoid negative...

Timeline of boxing body AIBA's problems

Jun. 26, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

The International Boxing Association has been told it cannot participate in the 2020 Olympics after years of financial chaos and allegations of corrupt judging. While boxing remains on the program, the IOC will organize the competition itself. Here is a timeline of AIBA's problems inside and outside the ring:...

Hayley Wickenheiser headlines 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class

Jun. 25, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

Hayley Wickenheiser was a lock to make the Hockey Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility and is the headliner of the induction class of 2019. The Canadian hockey star was announced as part of the six-member class Tuesday that includes former NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech hockey star...

Timberwolves hire Pablo Prigioni as assistant coach

Jun. 25, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach, after the native of Argentina spent last season on staff with the Brooklyn Nets. Prigioni spent the majority of his 20-year playing career in the Spanish League. He became the NBA's oldest rookie at age 35 in the...

Breakdancing takes step closer to Olympic debut in Paris

Jun. 25, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Breakdancing moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, and now organizers can look to book a street venue in Paris. Called breaking in Olympic circles, its medal debut was last October at the Buenos Aires Youth Summer Games. The street dance competitions will have 16...

IOC president cautions against profit-driven sports events

Jun. 25, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Seeking to protect sports bodies from independently run events, IOC President Thomas Bach asked local governments to resist promoting competitions he believes go against the Olympic ideal. The organizers of profit-driven sporting ventures are "cherry picking" events without...

Longtime AP sports writer Ed Shearer dies at 82

Jun. 24, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ed Shearer, a longtime sports writer with The Associated Press who covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series and Hank Aaron's 715th homer but left his most lasting mark as the "SEC Seer," a prognosticator of Southern football known throughout the nation, died Monday. He was 82....

Milan-Cortina triumph highlights Italy's north-south divide

Jun. 24, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Italy's winning bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics highlighted the growing gap between the north and the south of the country. Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the Games as International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored bid...

Star quality can't save Sweden from 8th Olympic bid loss

Jun. 24, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Sweden sent its heir to the throne, its prime minister, and a hockey icon to help persuade International Olympic Committee voters. Carrying the baggage of seven failed Winter Games bids in four decades, the 100-strong delegation for Stockholm-Are thought it met all the IOC's...