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Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others

May. 22, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That's when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in a...

New pro swim league to hold meets in US, Europe this fall

May. 21, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new professional league for elite swimmers will launch in October with meets in seven cities across the U.S. and Europe, ending with a championship in a temporary pool in Las Vegas. The International Swimming League announced its schedule Tuesday. The season begins Oct. 4-5 in...

Idaho State's Haley Harrison still fighting off the darkness

May. 17, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

The darkness rolls in like an invisible fog, draping over every thought, compounding until the internal agony becomes unbearable. Haley Harrison built a facade to mask its clutches, swallowing the mental torment to avoid any appearance of weakness. A senior softball player at Idaho State, she had been taught all...

Omaha promises $750K for 2020 Olympic Swim Trials

May. 16, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha has pledged $750,000 in taxpayer money to cover some of USA Swimming's more than $3 million in costs to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. The City Council approved a plan Tuesday to make the second of three annual $250,000 payments to the Omaha Sports Commission for USA...

Correction: Paul Newberry-Semenya story

May. 2, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

In a column May 1 about South African runner Caster Semenya, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Fordham as Fordham United instead of Fordham University. A corrected version of the story is below: Column: Welcome to the world of performance-reducing drugs Column: Ignoring the genetic gifts that are in...

Semenya case: A clash over ensuring an even playing field

May. 2, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A court ruling requiring Olympic running sensation Caster Semenya to lower her testosterone levels goes to the heart of a dilemma facing the sports world: How to avoid discrimination against intersex or transgender athletes while ensuring that competitions are fair. The challenges faced by...

Synagogue shooter struggled with gun, fled with 50 bullets

Apr. 30, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After a 19-year-old gunman fired at least eight rounds into a California synagogue, he stopped to fumble with his semiautomatic rifle and then fled with 50 unused bullets, prosecutors said Tuesday. In his first court appearance, John T. Earnest pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted...

Ex-Texas swimmer sues over allegedly tainted vitamins

Apr. 18, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A world champion swimmer and former University of Texas athlete is suing a Dallas-based health company claiming that its multivitamins led to her suspension from international competition. Madisyn Cox sued Cooper Concepts on Monday in state court. She says the vitamins caused a failed drug...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Apr. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday." The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic...

Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games

Apr. 16, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For fans, athletes, and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games. Hoping to beat the summer heat in the Japanese capital, organizers said Tuesday they will start the men's 50-kilometer race walk final at 5:30 a.m. The men's and women's marathon finals...