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Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Silver to CNN: A later NBA season may disrupt Olympic plans

Sep. 22, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that his “best guess” is that next season will not start until at least January, plus acknowledged that the later-than-usual schedule could mean top U.S. men’s players miss next summer’s Tokyo Olympics....

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2018, file photo, driver Justin Olsen and Christopher Fogt, Carlo Valdes and Nathan Weber, of the United States, start their third heat during the four-man bobsled final at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. USA Bobsled and Skeleton couldn't hit the road recruiting this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. So, they made Olympic hopefuls come to them and do so online. USABS took its recruiting process digital this year and team officials say it has led to significant upticks in interest. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

For some bobsled hopefuls, the Olympics may be a click away

Sep. 17, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

USA Bobsled and Skeleton typically has staff spending part of the spring and summer months on the road recruiting, looking for new talent and luring them with the potential of representing their country in the Olympics. This year, amid a pandemic, none of that could take place. So USABS made the entire process...

This combination of images provided by LA28 shows logos released Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, by the Los Angeles Olympic organizing committee features a black “L” and a “28

LA2028 unveils diversity logo; CEO preaches need for change

Sep. 1, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

On a day the Los Angeles Olympic organizing committee unveiled an interactive logo it hopes will represent the diversity of the city, the chairman of LA2028 reiterated the need to push for a change to the long-standing rule that bars political protests on the medals stand. “I don't believe anti-racist...

Michael Toth, athletic trainer, left, takes Gavin Guers' temperature before football practice at Blue Mountain High School in Orwigsburg, Pa., on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Lindsey Shuey/The Republican-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Purdue announces pay cuts in athletics

Aug. 25, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Purdue has announced football coach Jeff Brhom, basketball coaches Matt Painter and Sharon Versyp and athletic director Mike Bobinski have voluntarily taken a 20% pay cut and agreed to give up money from incentives, effective...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Penn State's Bo Nickal, rear left, wrestles with Stanford's Nathan Traxler in the 197-pound championship bout of the Southern Scuffle wrestling tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. Stanford announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020,  that it is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The school will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions.(C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

Stanford sports cuts could mean big loss for US Olympic team

Aug. 23, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

If all the athletes from Stanford had been their own country, they would have tied with South Korea for 11th place in the medal standings at the 2016 Olympics. It's an eye-opening statistic that has been made more jarring because of the recent decision by Stanford — a university renowned for fielding the...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, then-WNBA president Lisa Borders speaks before Game 1 of the WNBA basketball finals in Seattle. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee received a positive progress report from the committee that analyzed the federation's problems and recommended dozens of changes a year ago. The Borders Report, spearheaded by former WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders and released last summer, included a detailed road map for the USOPC to make athletes the top priority after years of adhering to what was described as a “money for medals” philosophy. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Borders' report card: USOPC 'hugely on track' on reforms

Aug. 18, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee received a positive progress report from the committee that analyzed the federation's problems and recommended dozens of changes a year ago. The Borders Report, spearheaded by former WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders and released last...

FILE - In this July 31, 2012 file photo, United States' Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

In 2012, Bolt, Phelps cemented legendary status at Olympics

Aug. 17, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In the end, 2012 wasn’t the last Olympics to see Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. It was the Summer Games where their legendary status was cemented. Bolt became the first athlete to win both sprints at consecutive Olympics. The Jamaican track sensation electrified the Olympic Stadium in...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012, file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP WAS THERE: 2012 London Olympics - Bolt defends 100 gold

Aug. 17, 2020 2:48 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 the Summer Games. This story ran Aug. 5, 2012. It was written by Howard Fendrich, who remains a top AP sports writer. By HOWARD FENDRICH Associated Press LONDON...

File-United States Michael Phelps swims to the gold in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.  The Olympics are remembered for the stars. That was true in Beijing in 2008, and the stars were Phelps and Usain Bolt. But Beijing is also storied for its signature venues like the “Bird's Nest” stadium, and the “Water Cube” swimming venue. No Olympics before — or since — have impacted a city the way the Olympics did Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

AP WAS THERE: 2008 Beijing Olympics - Phelps wins 8 golds

Aug. 16, 2020 11:25 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 the Summer Games. This story ran Aug. 17, 2008, and was printed in the Independent Record newspaper in Helena, Montana. It was written by Paul Newberry, who has...

File-Participants dance under threatening skies at a gathering to watch the announcement of the 2022 Winter Olympics host city outside the Beijing Olympic Stadium, also known as the Birds Nest, in Beijing, Friday, July 31, 2015.  The Olympics are remembered for the stars. That was true in Beijing in 2008, and the stars were Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. But Beijing is also storied for its signature venues like the “Bird's Nest” stadium, and the “Water Cube” swimming venue. No Olympics before — or since — have impacted a city the way the Olympics did Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

One question hung over 2008 Games: Would they change China?

Aug. 16, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

One question loomed over the 2008 Beijing Olympics: Would the Games change China? Richard Pound, now the senior member of the International Olympic Committee, wrote about it in his book "Inside the Olympics." “The decision in 2001 to give the games to China was made in the hope of improvement in human...