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Olympic rings for Paris Games to be displayed on the Eiffel Tower

The Olympic rings will be displayed on the Eiffel Tower, organizers said in a statement on Tuesday, as the French capital prepares to mark 100 days until the start of the Paris Games.

Track and field becomes first sport to pay prize money at Olympics. Paris gold medalists get $50,000

Track and field is set to become the first sport to introduce prize money at the Olympics, with World Athletics saying Wednesday it would pay $50,000 to gold medalists in Paris.

A decade since Sochi, John Carlson is still playing big minutes for the Capitals at age 34

John Carlson has played more hockey than anyone in the NHL this season not named Drew Doughty, and that volume has not gone unnoticed around the league.

Soon to be a 2-time Olympic host city, Salt Lake City's zest for the Games is now an outlier

Reminders of the 2002 Winter Olympics are nestled in every nook and cranny of Utah's capital city, from a towering Olympic cauldron that overlooks the Salt Lake Valley to an Olympic emblem stamped on manhole covers downtown.

British gymnast Max Whitlock to retire after Paris Olympics

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock of Britain plans to end his gymnastics career after the Paris Games this summer.

SafeSport Center announces changes designed to address widespread complaints

The U.S. Center for SafeSport announced 10 changes to the way it operates Monday in a move it says is designed to increase efficiency and «trauma sensitivity,» while addressing complaints that have come from both victims and the accused.

Court upholds IOC ruling to remove International Boxing Association from Olympic family

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the IOC decision to remove the International Boxing Association from the Olympic family.

IOC sets deadline of 'early 2025' to keep boxing in the Olympics for Los Angeles with a new partner

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday said it needs to find a suitable new international boxing body by early next year or else risk boxing dropping out of the Olympics for the Los Angeles Games in 2028.

Police remove migrants from central Paris square ahead of the Olympics

French police on Wednesday removed dozens of migrants, including families with young children, from the forecourt of Paris City Hall as the capital prepares to mark 100 days to the start of the Olympic Games.

Olympics taster: Paris race celebrates the waiters and waitresses who nourish city's life and soul

Usain Bolt's sprint world records were never in danger. Then again, even the world's fastest-ever human likely wouldn't have been so quick while balancing a tray with a croissant, a coffee cup and a glass of water through the streets of Paris, and without spi

NFL owners unanimously approve hip-drop tackle ban

The NFL is eliminating the hip-drop tackle.

Fredette, Barry, Maddox and Travis picked for USA Basketball 3x3 Olympic men's roster

Jimmer Fredette, Kareem Maddox, Canyon Barry and Dylan Travis piled up enough wins together last year to get USA Basketball qualified in men's 3x3 for the Paris Olympics.

Lauren Jackson comes of retirement again in a bid to play for Australia at the Olympics

Basketball star Lauren Jackson is coming out of retirement again in a bid to make the Australian team and compete at a fifth Olympics.

France asks for foreign police and military help with massive Paris Olympics security challenge

France says it has asked 46 countries if they would be willing to supply more than 2,000 police officers to help secure the Paris Olympics this summer, as organizers finalize security planning for the French capital's first Games in a century while on heighte

Real-life 'Ratatouille:' Tour d'Argent reopens, overlooking Paris 2024 Olympics and Notre Dame

The Tour d'Argent already boasts a 320,000-bottle wine cellar, a world-famous duck recipe and a storied 441-year history. Now, the legendary Paris restaurant is about to serve up its «plat de resistance»: a front-row view of two of the biggest eve

Olympic host country France sees less New Year's Eve disorder as it celebrates 2024's arrival

France saw fewer of the car burnings that usually blight the arrival of a new year as the Olympic host country celebrated the start of 2024, the interior minister said Monday.

Ex-cycling world champion Dennis reportedly charged after Olympian wife killed by vehicle

Former world champion cyclist Rohan Dennis was reported to have been charged in connection with the death of his wife, Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins, who died after being struck by a vehicle while riding in Adelaide.

New tower at surfing venue in Tahiti spurring more blowback against Paris Olympic organizers

Organizers of the Paris Olympics said Wednesday that building work will continue on a new tower for judges and TV cameras at the surfing venue in Tahiti despite the sport's governing body saying it no longer supports the controversial project.

Gymnastics star Simone Biles named AP Female Athlete of the Year a third time after dazzling return

There were jitters, of course. Considering all that happened, how could there not be?

Paris City Hall plaza draws holiday visitors and migrant families seeking shelter as Olympics nears

The forecourt of Paris City Hall buzzes with activity this holiday season: Children spinning on a sparkling carousel, shoppers browsing a Christmas market, tourists posing in front of huge signs advertising the 2024 Olympics -- and dozens of migrant families

Retired Jonnie Jonckowski went from dashed Olympic hopes to a bull-riding pioneer

Jonnie Jonckowski didn't meekly break down gender barriers in the ever dangerous sport of bull riding, she brazenly rode through obstacles en route to becoming a Hall of Fame pioneer in the male-dominated rodeo arena.

Real-life 'Ratatouille' restaurant reopens, overlooking Paris 2024 Olympics and reborn Notre Dame

The Tour d'Argent already boasts a 320,000-bottle wine cellar, a world-famous duck recipe and a storied 441-year history. Now, the legendary Paris restaurant is about to serve up its «plat de resistance»: a front-row view of two of the biggest eve

China orders lockdown of up to 13 million people in Xi'an

BEIJING — China on Wednesday ordered the lockdown of as many as 13 million people in neighborhoods and workplaces in the northern city of Xi'an following a spike in coronavirus cases, setting off panic buying just weeks before the country hosts the Wint

Golf takes Brazilian kids from mean streets to putting greens

RIO DE JANEIRO — Saturday is not a school day, so kids in Rio de Janeiro’s City of God favela fill the dirt roads playing soccer or pretending to be cops and robbers around dangerous alleys. All the while, parents are watching over them, hoping th

USA Basketball announces Steve Kerr as next Olympic men's coach

Steve Kerr saw everything that Gregg Popovich went through as coach of the U.S. men’s national team, saw exactly how difficult it was last summer for the Americans to emerge from the Tokyo Olympics with another gold medal. And when he walked off the flo

Olympics nearing, Ayumu Hirano takes snowboarding's next big leap

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — The next big leap in snowboarding went down Sunday on a sun-splashed halfpipe in Colorado with a trick that set the stakes for the gold-medal race to Beijing. Japanese snowboard star Ayumu Hirano finished fifth at the Dew Tour,

Peng Shuai denies writing about sexual assault

BEIJING — Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has told a Singapore newspaper that she never said she wrote of having been sexually assaulted, despite a November social media post attributed to her that accused a former top Communist Party official of having

Putin RSVPs for Olympics in warm talk with China's Xi

It doesn't rank as a big surprise, but Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Wednesday he won't be honoring President Biden's call for a «diplomatic boycott» of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. During a warm, hourlong video meeting o

Russia's Putin RSVPs for Beijing Olympics in video chat with China's Xi Jinping, snubs Biden boycott

It doesn't rank as a big surprise, but Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Wednesday he won't be honoring President Biden's call for a «diplomatic boycott» of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. During a warm, hourlong video chat wit

Kremlin: Xi supports Putin's pursuit of guarantees from West

MOSCOW (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping supported Russian President Vladimir Putin in his push to get Western security guarantees precluding NATO's eastward expansion, the Kremlin said Wednesday after the two leaders held a virtual summit. Putin and

USA Gymnastics, USOPC reach $380 million settlement with sexual abuse victims

The legal wrangling between USA Gymnastics and the victims of sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, among others, is over. The fight for substantive change within the sport's national governing body is just beginning. A federal bankruptcy

Paris to stage 2024 Olympics opening ceremony on River Seine

Thousands of Olympic athletes on boats cruising along the River Seine toward the sun setting like a giant gold medal behind the Eiffel Tower. The 2024 Paris Games opening ceremony vision was unveiled on Monday as event organizers hope will be unique in Olympi

South Korea rejects U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that his country will not join a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, suggesting that the U.S.-led effort may already be running out of steam just a week after it began. Speaking at a pr

Jason Brown shares his success on ice with Ronald McDonald House families in need

Figure skaters are trained to wear smiles while on the ice competing or performing. When it comes to Jason Brown, the smile is authentic, and it rarely leaves his face. Among the times Brown beams most are when he's interacting with children and families fro

U.S.-led diplomatic Olympic boycott snowballs as top Western allies join

The U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics snowballed Wednesday as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom signed on, sending a message on human-rights violations and drawing a frosty response from China. The Biden administration’s

Canada joins US and allies in Beijing Olympics boycott

TORONTO (AP) — Canada will join the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. The announcement came after the White Ho

United Kingdom announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

The United Kingdom on Wednesday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing becoming the fourth country to keep officials away from the games because of China’s poor human rights record. Great Britain is the latest country to f

U.K. to 'effectively' boycott Beijing Winter Olympics

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says no U.K. government minister will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, calling it «effectively» a diplomatic boycott. Johnson was asked in the House of Commons whether the U.K. will join

Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday that Australia will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games over human rights concerns. Morrison said it should come as no surprise that Australi

China fumes, Uyghurs cheer, EU shrugs about U.S. diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

China on Tuesday slammed the U.S. for its diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, but the move was hailed by Uyghur rights groups for drawing attention to China’s abuses of ethnic minorities. European nations played it safe, refusing to commi
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