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Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee (TOGOC) President Yoshiro Mori, left, and CEO Toshiro Muto speak to the media after their video conference with IOC President Thomas Bach at the TOGOC headquarters in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The IOC and organizers in Japan repeatedly insisted on Wednesday there is no Plan B for the Tokyo Games, which were already postponed by one year during the coronavirus pandemic. (Takashi Aoyama/Pool Photo via AP)

Fans or no fans? Tokyo Olympic organizers still mum

Jan. 28, 2021 7:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — One of the biggest unanswered questions about the Tokyo Olympics deals with fans. Will there be any from abroad? And will fans of any sort be allowed in outdoor stadiums or smaller indoor arenas? “Naturally, we are looking into many different scenarios, so no spectators is one of the...

FILE - In this Tuesday March 3, 2020 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Human rights activists are denouncing FIFA President Gianni Infantino's starring turn in a promotional video for the Saudi Arabian government in which he claims the kingdom has made important changes. The slick 3½-minute PR campaign was posted on Twitter by the Saudi ministry of sport on Thursday Jan. 7, 2021, featuring Infantino participating in a ceremonial sword dance and sweeping shots of the palaces of Diriyah. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

FIFA unveils education program to combat player abuse

Jan. 28, 2021 5:34 AM EST

FIFA is unveiling a program to educate its member associations worldwide about how to properly handle player harassment and abuse. The program, announced Wednesday, is an extension to FIFA Guardians, an initiative announced following the 2019 Women's World Cup to ensure player safety. FIFA has aimed the five-part...

People walk by a TV monitor showing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics promotion, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Column: Athletes can get in line for vaccines like everyone

Jan. 28, 2021 2:29 AM EST

The world may yet gather in Tokyo this summer for an Olympics already postponed once because of the pandemic. Listen to Olympic officials, and it’s almost a certainty. Thomas Bach made that clear Wednesday when he vowed that the Olympics would be staged in July and that this time there is no back up plan....

A man walks by an electric monitor promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics planned to start in the summer of 2021, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

IOC says speculating on Tokyo Olympics is damaging athletes

Jan. 27, 2021 6:30 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach hit back at continuing speculation about if the Tokyo Olympics may be canceled or postponed again, saying Wednesday that such talk is damaging for the thousands of athletes preparing to take part this year. The International Olympic Committee and organizers in Japan...

New Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Josh Heupel, left, shakes hands with University of Tennessee athletics director Danny White after being presented a jersey speaks during an introductory press conference at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Caitie McLekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)

NCAA probe is 'speed bump' to Vols' new coach Josh Heupel

Jan. 27, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Josh Heupel believes he can win quickly at Tennessee and position the football program for long-term success. He's so confident that not even the specter of NCAA sanctions deterred him from joining his former UCF boss in a package deal for the Volunteers. Heupel was introduced Wednesday as the program's 27th...

A woman walks past a countdown clock for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

AP Interview: All 33 sports 'unanimously' want Tokyo Games

Jan. 27, 2021 7:17 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The IOC is adamant the Tokyo Olympics will be held this year despite the pandemic. So, too, are Japanese organizers. Now hear it from the man who represents the track and field, swimming and gymnastics federations as well as every other Summer Games sport. “At the moment, we’re...

The Olympic rings are seen at the empty Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 2:05 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the IOC and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in just under six months. Organizers...

Importance of Senior Bowl increases for NFL teams, prospects

Jan. 26, 2021 8:56 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — With whistles blowing and players moving from station to station, everything appeared to be business as usual Tuesday at the Senior Bowl — even if things are anything but normal. NFL coaches, scouts and executives watched prospects like Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, Sam Ehlinger...

FILE - In this April 6, 2019 file photo, President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, CONI, Giovanni Malago' gestures as he talks during a winter Olympics Milan Cortina bid IOC Evaluation Commission final news conference, in Milan, Italy. The International Olympic Committee is slated in January 2021 to consider imposing a humiliating probation on Italy’s team for the Tokyo Games due to a two-year domestic dispute that it says amounts to government interference. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)

Government decree saves Italy from Olympic suspension

Jan. 26, 2021 2:57 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Italian government pushed through a last-minute decree Tuesday providing more autonomy for the country’s Olympic committee in an effort to prevent the team from being suspended for the Tokyo Games. It was one of the final acts of Giuseppe Conte’s government before the premier...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on the Odaiba waterfront as Olympic rings is seen in the background in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo Olympic Q&A: Officials try to explain how games happen

Jan. 26, 2021 5:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — With calls for a cancellation mounting, pressure is building on Japanese organizers and the IOC to explain exactly how they plan to hold the Tokyo Olympics in the midst of a pandemic. The International Olympic Committee and the local organizers are expected to roll out...