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Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Discovery Channel's hyped face-off between Michael Phelps and a great white shark airs this Sunday, the first day of Shark Week. See how the most decorated Olympian of all time fares against an apex predator of the sea. Related: Michael Phelps' 'Battle for Ocean Supremacy' vs. a shark finally has...(image)

Marylanders earn medals at 20th Maccabiah Games

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:55:00 PDT

Throughout the past month, about 10,000 Jewish athletes — including some with ties to Maryland — from about 80 countries convened in Israel for the 20th Maccabiah Games.

Every four years, the Maccabiah World Union — comprising six confederations in Australia, Europe, Israel, Latin America, North...


McFadden sisters share podium at international event for first time in Team USA sweep

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:20:00 PDT

The United States women’s trio of Tatyana McFadden, Cheri Madsen and Hannah McFadden won gold, silver and bronze, respectively, to sweep the T54 200-meter wheelchair race Saturday at the World Para Athtletics Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

This marks the first time the...


Ryan Lochte cleared of false-report charge after incident at Rio Olympics

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:14:00 PDT

An appellate court in Brazil ruled Friday that the case against Ryan Lochte should be dismissed. The U.S. swimmer had been accused of fabricating a story about getting robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during August's Olympics, causing an international scandal that drew in some of his teammates....(image)

Walsh Jennings still believes in new partnership despite early exit at Long Beach

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:00:00 PDT

As a three-time Olympic gold medalist, it’s safe to say that Kerri Walsh Jennings isn’t used to losing.

But for her and new teammate Nicole Branagh, 2017 has been a year filled with frustration and disappointment. The duo, who started playing together less than two months ago, lost their first...


U.S. gold medalist argues passionate kissing led to failed doping test — and it worked

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:03:00 PDT

A kiss is just a kiss, unless, apparently, that kiss is followed by a doping test. In that case a kiss, or rather several kisses, can get you in trouble with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

That's what happened to U.S. Olympic runner Gil Roberts, who an arbiter recently ruled had ingested the masking...


Maryland swimmers Michael Phelps and Becca Meyers win ESPY awards

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:46:00 PDT

Swimmer Michael Phelps of Baltimore won two ESPYs on Wednesday night in Los Angeles — Male U.S. Olympic Athlete and Record-Breaking Performance — for extending his Olympic medal records at the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer.

Phelps, 32, who has retired from competitive swimming, earned five golds...


For Baltimore youth track team, an unlikely sprint to the Junior Olympics — and the spotlight

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:55:00 PDT

The great thing about the 8-year-old girls from West Baltimore’s Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School is that they’re fast — fast enough to beat the boys at school, fast enough to qualify for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships regionals in North Carolina.

The frustrating thing...


Chad Johnson is helping a Baltimore track team make it to the Junior Olympics

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:45:00 PDT

On Tuesday, Baltimore writer Tariq Touré took to Twitter to solicit help for a youth track team in Baltimore that needed money to travel to the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Kansas.

The team, Turbo Track Club, found an unexpected savior.

Ocho Cinco himself donated $2,200...


Los Angeles is all but guaranteed to get the Olympic Games. The question is when, 2024 or 2028?

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:50:00 PDT

Los Angeles is all but guaranteed to host the Summer Games for a third time after Olympic leaders made the unusual decision Tuesday to name two winners in the bid race between L.A. and Paris, giving 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other.

After the historic vote by International Olympic Committee...


Trump and Macron draw battle lines in 2024 Olympic bid race

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron both weighed in for their countries during a crucial International Olympic Committee meeting in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Trump made his feelings known from afar, tweeting in the early-morning hours.

“Working hard to get the Olympics for the United...


L.A. is a virtual lock to host 2024 or '28 Olympics after IOC vote

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:30:00 PDT

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday approved an unusual proposal to name two winners in the Summer Games bidding race between Los Angeles and Paris.

Gathering at a meeting in Switzerland, IOC members unanimously agreed to the idea of awarding 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other.



Michael Phelps hangs out with Jordan Spieth, Michael Jordan on birthday vacation

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:05:00 PDT

For his birthday, Michael Phelps got a free cake from Colgate, but baby Boomer ruined it.

The thing about Phelps’ life, though, is that it’s pretty great. So he went to Cabo with his family and ran into maybe the world’s greatest active golfer, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, an AFC Defensive...


IOC balks at helping Rio with $35 million-$40 million Olympic debt 

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 12:55:00 PDT

The IOC has balked at helping Rio Olympic organizers pay a debt estimated at $35 million-$40 million.

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee, meeting Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, said it had already contributed a "record" $1.53 billion to last year's Olympics, and questioned...


Wanted: New face for U.S. men's swimming. Maybe Nathan Adrian?

Tue, 4 Jul 2017 15:24:00 PDT

Bel Air's Chase Kalisz is another who can emerge at the worlds this month.(image)

Digest (June 29): Bel Air's Kalisz wins 400 IM at U.S. swimming nationals

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:40:00 PDT

Olympic medalist Chase Kalisz of Bel Air won the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 6.99 seconds — a world-best time this year — on the third night of the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis. Winners of each event qualify for the world championship team, which will compete in Budapest,...


2020 Summer Olympic budget continues to be a concern in Tokyo

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:20:00 PDT

As Los Angeles draws closer to being awarded a Summer Games — potentially in 2024 or 2028 — the cost of hosting the massive sporting event continues to be a big concern within the Olympic movement.

On Wednesday, an International Olympic Committee executive urged organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games...


Mt. SAC will host 2020 U.S. Olympic track and field trials

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:35:00 PDT

The 2020 U.S. Olympic track and field trials will be held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, bringing the event back to Southern California for the first time since the women’s Olympic trials were held there at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in 1968. The men’s and women’s Olympic trials haven’t been staged...


Michael Phelps' 'Battle for Ocean Supremacy' vs. a shark finally has a trailer

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:00:00 PDT

On Wednesday, Discovery Channel released its first promo for the most anticipated man-against-beast competition since Takeru Kobayashi lost a hot-dog-eating contest to a Kodiak bear. And, man, is there a lot going on.

The big takeaways:

Michael Phelps' much-hyped race against a great white shark...(image)

Olympic champion Claressa Shields nabs title shot in fourth pro bout

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Claressa Shields, the two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist off to an impressive start as a pro, has earned her first world-title shot and will fight Nikki Adler Aug. 4 on Showtime in Detroit.

The Flint, Mich., native (3-0) will fight for Adler’s World Boxing Council super-middleweight belt, and...


The future of U.S. swimming is 6 feet 9, 17 years old ... and African-American

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:05:00 PDT

The question comes up whenever someone meets Reece Whitley for the first time. Whitley is too polite to respond with the classic teenage show of disdain: the eye roll. But inside? Inside, his eyeballs are on the other side of their sockets.

"How big are your shoes? I hear that all the time,'' Whitley...


Digest: Katie Ledecky named nation's top female college athlete

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:50:00 PDT

Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky won the Honda Cup on Monday night as the nation's top college female athlete.

Ledecky, a Bethesda native, won five medals, including four golds, and set two world records at last summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She capped an impressive freshman season at Stanford...


Digest: Injury-slowed Matthew Centrowitz beaten, still makes U.S. team

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:38:00 PDT

Robby Andrews used a late kick to catch injury-slowed Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) on Saturday and win the 1,500-meter final at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. "It's an honor just to run with him," Andrews said of Centrowitz in a postrace television...


State of Michigan moves to terminate sports doctor's parental rights

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:05:00 PDT

The state of Michigan is seeking to terminate the parental rights of a sports doctor accused of sexual assaulting dozens of women and girls.

The Lansing State Journal reports attorneys for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services filed a petition against 53-year-old Larry Nassar.



Federal tax documents detail spending by LA 2024's campaign to bring Olympics to Los Angeles

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Federal tax documents released Friday give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the private committee that is bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles.

LA 2024 raised more than $32 million in donations — and spent about half of that — during the fiscal year stretching from August 2015...


McDonald's drops Olympic sponsorship

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:54:32 PDT

McDonald's and the International Olympic Committee are ending a long-standing commercial partnership three years early.

The Oak Brook-based hamburger giant is exiting the Olympics' top sponsorship program effective immediately, giving up category-exclusive global marketing rights that were set to...


Will Michael Phelps swim against a Great White during Discovery's Shark Week?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:28:00 PDT

Judging by Discovery's latest news release, Michael Phelps will indeed swim against a shark: "The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark - the race is on!"(image)

Digest (June 12): Timonium's Meyers, Bel Air's Shattuck win in World Para Swimming World Series

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:22:00 PDT

Becca Meyers of Timonium won two events Sunday night at the World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis as the United States claimed 17 individual wins on the final day of competition. Meyers, who won the S13 100-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 3.53 seconds, was one of seven U.S. women who won...


Olympics add 3-on-3 basketball and mixed-gender relay races

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 08:45:00 PDT

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will include 3-on-3 basketball and two events that will have men and women racing together in track, swimming and triathlon.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board announced the changes at a much-anticipated meeting on Friday.

The board was scheduled...


L.A. Olympic bid leaders reaffirm willingness to consider 2028 Summer Games

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Los Angeles may have inched closer to hosting the Summer Olympics in 2028 – not 2024 – with a statement released Wednesday by the private bid committee trying to bring the Games back to Southern California.

In an open letter, LA 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman addressed expectations that the International...


1984 Olympic star Danny Harris charged in sexual offense case

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Former track star and high school coach Danny Harris was charged Tuesday for alleged inappropriate contact with a teenage female student.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Harris faces six counts: two each of contact with a minor for sexual offense, child abuse and...


Michael Phelps joins board of Australian mental health company, Medibio

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 05:41:00 PDT

Michael Phelps, the swimmer raised in Rodgers Forge and winner of  more gold medals than any Olympian, always wanted to make a difference outside of the pool.

His efforts have included increasing awareness about swimming in general, pool safety and doping in the sport, but more recently he has...


Olympic high jumper paralyzed by freak injury now hopes to walk down aisle at wedding

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 16:00:00 PDT

Jamie Nieto sprawled face down in the grass near the high jump pit at Azusa Pacific University’s deserted Cougar Athletic Stadium, unable to feel his arms or legs.

The two-time Olympic high jumper’s mind raced. An instant earlier, he had finished another session coaching four Olympic hopefuls by...


Dozens of Russian track athletes fail in attempt to regain eligibility

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:40:00 PDT

Russian track athletes are continuing to struggle in their efforts to regain international eligibility, with officials denying many of their requests to compete as so-called neutrals.

The country’s entire track federation was banned in 2015 after anti-doping investigations found evidence of systemic...


LA 2024 leaders say they're still focused on 2024 Games despite report that Paris has edge

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:20:00 PDT

LA 2024 bid leaders have said they remain intent on winning the 2024 Summer Games in the wake of a report that the International Olympic Committee is moving closer to an arrangement that would give them 2028 instead.

The Wall Street Journal quoted sources on Tuesday saying the IOC is “progressing...


Bettman says door closed on NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:50:00 PDT

Using his most emphatic language to date, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that the league will not take a break next season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In addition, he said the 2018 NHL All-Star Game has been awarded to Tampa,...


International weightlifting body re-elects leader amid criticism of doping at Olympics

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:10:00 PDT

The 78-year-old Tamas Ajan has won a fifth term as International Weightlifting Federation president, amid criticism of the sport's record of doping at the Olympics.

The IWF says Ajan beat Antonio Urso, the Italian leader of European weightlifting, 86-61 in a vote of member federations. Seven candidates...


Michael Phelps teams with Huggies for 'Huggies Little Swimmers,' water safety

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:08:00 PDT

Michael Phelps leaned into the microphone and calmly announced that he will be training for the 2032 Summer Games, when he will be 56 years old. However, it is not the type of training that you might expect from the 23-time Olympic gold medalist.

“Oh, not me,” Phelps says in the ad for Huggies....


Kyle Snyder's medal from Rio Olympics defective

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Wrestler from Woodbine to get a replacement from the IOC and Rio organizers.(image)

Empty arenas and rusty medals — Rio struggles with aftermath of 2016 Summer Olympics

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 PDT

The notion of “legacy” has been a big part of the Olympic movement over the years.

It’s a catch-all phrase that refers to the International Olympic Committee’s oft-stated desire to leave a lasting and positive impact on the cities that spend billions to host its Summer and Winter Games.

But recent...


Germany forecasted to win the most gold, overall medals at 2018 Olympics

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:05:00 PDT

If the Pyeongchang Olympics were today, Germany would win the most gold medals and the most medals overall.

That was the forecast on Monday from U.S.-based Gracenote, a sports and entertainment data provider, which put out its calculations nine months before the Winter Games.

Germany is predicted...


Russian doping scandal could keep athletes from 2018 Paralympic Games

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The head of the International Paralympic Committee warned Monday that the entire Russian team is facing exclusion from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Russian athletes have been under intense scrutiny over the past two years after investigations found evidence of widespread cheating among...


Olympic leaders to debate giving 2024 and 2028 Games to L.A. and Paris

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Olympic leaders have set a date in early June to consider an unusual proposal that would name both Los Angeles and Paris as winners in the current bidding race to host the Summer Games.

At issue is a voting process that would give 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other.

The International Olympic...


ESPN to air 30 hours of the World Series of Beach Volleyball in July

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:41:00 PDT

Beach volleyball has a new ally as it tries to grow from an Olympic phenomenon to an every-year attraction: ESPN.

The sports network will broadcast the World Series of Beach Volleyball, an international pro tour stop in California in July. Event organizers hope the exposure will help beach volleyball...


Anti-doping authorities look to increase penalties for national teams

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:00:00 PDT

In the latest fallout from the Russian doping scandal, the World Anti-Doping Agency is moving toward stricter penalties for national teams in cases of systemic cheating.

WADA’s foundation board voted Thursday to fast-track the new rules in hopes of having them in place for the 2018 Winter Olympics...


Carroll County Sports HOF: Zaferes' remarkable run still going

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:46:00 PDT

From Hampstead to Rio, world-ranked triathlete loves 'cool connection'(image)

Just like L.A., Paris earns rave reviews for its 2024 Olympic bid

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:15:00 PDT

A few days after Olympic officials praised Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Summer Games, they offered similar compliments for the plan put forth by rival Paris.

International Olympic Committee evaluators made their comments after a week of visiting the cities for a closer look.

"We have two candidatures...


Digest: Donnell Whittenburg wins gold on parallel bars, silver on vault in Slovenia

Sun, 14 May 2017 20:45:00 PDT

Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, a 2016 Olympic alternate, won the gold medal on the parallel bars and the silver on vault Sunday at the Koper World Challenge Cup in Slovenia. On vault, Whittenburg executed a front handspring double front half-out, called a Dragulescu, for a 14.700. His second...


L.A.'s game plan for 2024 Olympics wins praise from foreign media

Sun, 14 May 2017 16:55:00 PDT

Now the French get their turn.

Bid leaders seeking to win the 2024 Summer Games for Paris will spend Tuesday guiding Olympic officials on a tour of their city, stopping by the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles.

Los Angeles had the same opportunity last week, showing the evaluation commission...


With Emmanuel Macron on board, Paris 2024 bid is 'ready right now'

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:44:00 PDT

Paris bid leaders want to capitalize on the sense of optimism surrounding new President Emmanuel Macron to beat Los Angeles and secure the Olympic Games in 2024, not 2028.

With the IOC currently assessing a proposal to award the next two Olympics — one to each city — Paris officials insist the...


2024 or 2028? Olympic officials sidestep tricky issue during visit to Los Angeles

Wed, 10 May 2017 19:30:00 PDT

Olympic officials said Wednesday their visit to Los Angeles this week will not include any discussions about the possibility of asking the city to wait until 2028 to host the Games.

Though L.A. and Paris are competing for 2024, the International Olympic Committee is considering naming both cities...


Michael Phelps, Bob Bowman giving up lease on Meadowbrook

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:56:00 PDT

As of next week, Michael Phelps and his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, will no longer hold a lease on Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center, the Mount Washington facility where Phelps developed into the greatest swimmer in the world.

Phelps and Bowman moved to Arizona almost two years ago, after...


A new Olympics reality: Fewer cities want to host the Games

Mon, 8 May 2017 20:54:00 PDT

As the International Olympic Committee embarks this week on tours of the two cities competing to host the 2024 Olympics, there's growing sentiment that a consolation prize will be looming. To the victor: The 2024 Summer Games. And to the runner-up: Wait four years and host the 2028 Olympics.



Olympic officials begin three-day evaluation of Los Angeles' 2024 bid

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:25:00 PDT

Gathering in a conference room at a downtown hotel, International Olympic Committee officials began their three-day evaluation of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

The members of the IOC’s evaluation commission are scheduled to hear a full day of presentations from L.A. bid leaders on...


Odds that Budapest will host Olympics grow slimmer in race against L.A., Paris

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

The chances of Budapest, Hungary, remaining in a competition against Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics appear to grow dimmer by the day.

The third candidate in the host city race has encountered sizable public resistance from a Hungarian political group that collected some 266,000...


Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt call on experience to raise mental health awareness

Thu, 4 May 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt have done their share of news conferences during their medal-studded swimming careers, but not many like this one.(image)

Paris Olympic bid group avoids talk about French election, while L.A. keeps its focus on 2024

Mon, 1 May 2017 15:35:00 PDT

As France’s presidential election nears Sunday with lightning-rod candidate Marine Le Pen closing the gap on her opponent, Emmanuel Macron, the Paris 2024 Olympic bid group would rather avoid discussion of contending against Los Angeles for the Summer Games under a Le Pen presidency.

“You know...


Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive who helped bring home 156 Olympic medals, dies at 67

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:20:00 PDT

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who led a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm, died Sunday. He was 67.

USA Swimming said Wielgus died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, of complications from colon cancer. The cancer was first diagnosed in...


London Marathoner carries fellow runner over finish line

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:56:00 PDT

A runner paused to do something nearly unthinkable for a competitive athlete in an important race as he neared the finish line of the London Marathon on Sunday. Before a royal audience and thousands of onlookers, he slowed, sacrificing his own precious seconds, to help a struggling runner, whose...(image)

Retired swimming star Michael Phelps on a potential comeback: 'We'll see if I get that itch again'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:38:00 PDT

Michael Phelps hasn't gotten the urge to return to swimming.

Not yet anyway.

The winningest athlete in Olympic history is clearly enjoying marriage, fatherhood and a newfound willingness to speak out on contentious issues such as doping .

But, in a tantalizing concession that he hasn't totally...


NHL commissioner on Winter Olympics: 'We're not going'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:32:00 PDT

Even if the International Olympic Committee sweetens its offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insists that his league will not participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

"We're not going," Bettman said Friday during his annual meeting with a group of sports editors at league headquarters....


LA 2024 releases new visuals of potential Olympic Games

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:40:00 PDT

The private committee trying to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles has issued a new set of renderings and videos showing what those Games might look like.

LA 2024 is competing with a Paris group to secure the bid for 2024, with the winner to be announced in September.

The visuals put...


Tatyana McFadden, recovering from blood clots, finishes fourth at Boston Marathon

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Tatyana McFadden’s fourth-place finish in Monday’s Boston Marathon could be viewed as a shocking upset, given that the Clarksville resident won the wheelchair division of the race each of the previous four years. But McFadden, 27, lay in a hospital just two weeks ago, recovering from surgery to...


In wake of Russian doping scandal, seven more athletes allowed to compete as 'neutrals'

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:30:00 PDT

Seven more Russian track athletes — including two world champions — have been cleared to compete internationally as “neutrals” while their national team remains under a blanket ban.

The seven join five others who were previously approved by the international track federation.

The specially created...


Kobe Bryant, Carl Lewis and other stars pitch L.A.'s Olympic bid in video series

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Leaders of the LA 2024 team have called upon the likes Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky to help pitch their bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics in a new series of online videos.

The first spot — released Tuesday — features track star Carl Lewis reminiscing about his experiences competing...


With NHL out, Russia wants players back in KHL for Olympics

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 20:14:00 PDT

Russia hopes the lure of playing in the Olympics draws some players back home to the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Russian Hockey Federation said Wednesday it will try to keep KHL players from leaving for North America and attempt to bring NHL free agents back this summer. That could include pending...


Olympic bid contest between L.A. and Paris turns into squabble over social media fans

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 18:35:00 PDT

If anyone doubts the race between Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics is heating up, just look at this week’s dispute over Facebook fans.

It began when the LA 2024 contingent announced Monday it had reached 1 million likes on the social media platform. Bid officials celebrated their...


L.A. Olympic bid leaders make their case before international audience

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:50:00 PDT

As the competition to host the 2024 Summer Games nears a climax, the leaders of Los Angeles’ campaign have set a clear goal — to differentiate themselves from rival Paris.

In the labyrinthine politics of the Olympic movement, the French capital is considered a sentimental favorite, which means...


LA 2024 leaders talk with Olympic officials about possible 2028 bid

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:40:00 PDT

With much of the international sports world gathered at a convention in Denmark this week, Olympic officials met with bid committees from Los Angeles and Paris on Monday to discuss the possibility of naming two winners in the competition to host the 2024 Summer Games.

The International Olympic...


South Korea still hoping to see NHL players in Olympics

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 22:39:00 PDT

South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen.

Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful discussions"...


NHL not going to 2018 Olympics in South Korea

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 14:50:00 PDT

The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, saying it sees no tangible benefit in halting its season for three weeks next February despite clear signs from the world's best players that they want to go.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner...


LA, Paris head to 2024 Olympics event unsure of IOC's goal

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:44:00 PDT

As the IOC moves the goalposts in the 2024 Olympic contest, bid leaders from Los Angeles and Paris head to a campaign event in Denmark on Tuesday unsure of exactly what they are shooting for.

While both cities are bidding for the 2024 Games, the 2028 hosting rights are also in play, according to...


Yuzuru Hanyu stages incredible comeback to win men's world figure skating title

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Yuzuru Hanyu pulled off a remarkable comeback to win the world figure skating title on Saturday, a boost to his bid to retain his Olympic title next year.

Hanyu was fifth after the short program but produced a world-record free skate score of 223.30 points, landing four quadruple jumps, for a...


Evgenia Medvedeva repeats as women's figure skating world champion

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Evgenia Medvedeva retained her world figure skating title on Friday to make her the standout for Olympic gold next year.

Medvedeva broke her own world record total score with 233.41 points as she became the first woman to win back-to-back titles since 2001.

The 17-year-old Russian's free program...


L.A.'s Olympic bid leaders push for 2024 Games as presentation nears, but don't slam door on 2028

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:45:00 PDT

Facing an important presentation before sports officials in Denmark next week, leaders of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Summer Games still seem hesitant about playing a game of chicken with the International Olympic Committee.

The competition between L.A. and Paris has turned edgier in the weeks...


Javier Fernandez leads after men's short program at world figure skating championships

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Javier Fernandez led the men's event at the figure skating world championships on Thursday and eclipsed his personal best score from winning the European title in January.

Meanwhile, China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won the pairs.

Fernandez, the two-time defending champion from Spain, skated...


L.A., Paris draw praise as Olympic officials begin final evaluation of bids for 2024 Games

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:15:00 PDT

With bidding for the 2024 Summer Games entering the home stretch, International Olympic Committee evaluators have concluded an initial two-day review of the rival proposals from Los Angeles and Paris.

In a statement released Thursday, the IOC’s evaluation commission praised the candidates for “creativity...


With U.S. set to roll back environmental standards, Paris' Olympic bid lauded for sustainability

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:20:00 PDT

At the same time that President Trump is set to dismantle a landmark climate effort in the U.S., the Paris Olympic bid — Los Angeles’ competition for the 2024 Summer Games — has been praised for its attention to sustainability.

Paris 2024 earned certification from the International Organization...


NBC's 2018 Olympics coverage will air live in all time zones

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:05:00 PDT

NBC’s prime-time coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will air live across the United States, including on the West Coast, a first since the Games became a major television attraction in the late 1960s.

The move to coast-to-coast live coverage — which NBC Sports is...


Brian Oldfield, free-spirited Olympian who excelled at shot putting and partying, dies at 71

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:40:00 PDT

One cigarette was all it took.

Brian Oldfield, a young shot putter on the U.S. team at the 1972 Summer Olympics, was dying for a smoke so he borrowed a match and lit up a Lucky Strike.

Smack dab in the middle of the competition. Between throws. In front of an international television audience.


Michael Phelps to participate in Discovery's Shark Week

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:52:00 PDT

It's unclear what the Olympic swimmer will be doing(image)

Arnold Schwarzenegger schools internet troll for mocking Special Olympics

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:19:00 PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger turned an offensive comment about the Special Olympics that someone left on his Facebook page into a "teachable moment" this week.

The comment came in response to a video the former bodybuilding champion posted Thursday to his page congratulating the winners of the Special...


Digest: Chase Kalisz crushes his 400 IM record at NCAAs

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:01:00 PDT

Georgia senior Chase Kalisz of Bel Air broke his three-year-old US Open and NCAA record in the 400 individual medley on Friday at the NCAA championships in Indianapolis.

Kalisz swam the distance in 3 minutes, 33.32 seconds, topping his previous best of 3:34.50, set at the 2014 NCAA championships.


Kristi Yamaguchi tweets 'break a leg' to Nancy Kerrigan

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:07:00 PDT

A good luck tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi to former Olympic figure skating teammate Nancy Kerrigan is drawing online attention.

Kerrigan is competing on the current season of "Dancing with the Stars." Yamaguchi tweeted to Kerrigan on Monday, "Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor," before...


IOC, L.A. and Paris involved in a high-stakes game of chicken over Olympics

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT

The statement coming out of Paris this week did not seem to leave much wiggle room.

With the French capital competing against Los Angeles to host the Summer Games, bid leaders appeared to shoot down a proposal by Olympic leaders to name two winners — one for 2024 and the other for 2028.

“We can’t...


It's time for the International Olympic Committee to step up and pay its fair share

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:00 PDT

The International Olympic Committee has long run itself like a profit-gobbling cartel. In the process, its leaders have shown no small amount of egoism. When IOC President Thomas Bach asked his vice presidents to assess the possibility of awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Games at once, he assumed...


Even Michael Phelps' Starbucks barista recognizes his greatness

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:22:00 PDT

One of my favorite modern conspiracy theories involves Starbucks. You know those photos, ubiquitous on social media, of someone's name egregiously misspelled on a cup of coffee? Like, "My name's Paul, not Pole! OMG!" followed by some ironic hashtags.(image)

Paris sets up showdown with Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:10:00 PDT

A leader of Paris's 2024 Olympic bid has firmly rejected the idea of waiting until 2028 to host the Summer Games, telling the International Olympic Committee, "It's now or never."

"It's not possible," Tony Estanguet, an IOC member and co-chair of the Paris bid committee, told reporters in London....


Records: Doctor didn't disclose USA Gymnastics investigation

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:11:00 PDT

A Michigan State University doctor resigned after learning the school was considering her termination because she didn't disclose in 2015 that USA Gymnastics was investigating a fellow physician who has since been charged with molesting young gymnasts, according to records released to the Lansing...


IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:00:00 PDT

And the winner is ... Paris!

Oh, and also ... Los Angeles!

The International Olympic Committee, no stranger to embarrassing predicaments, has devised an unprecedented strategy to avoid — or, at least, put off — the indignity of having an empty queue of cities willing to fork over billions of dollars...


Mikaela Shiffrin clinches her first World Cup overall title before slalom event

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:55:00 PDT

Mikaela Shiffrin didn't even need to step into the starting gate at World Cup Finals to wrap up her first overall title.

No time for any sort of coronation, though, there's still some competition left and she's intent on putting on a show — just like she has all season.

Shiffrin secured the season-long...


IOC sets up group to look at double 2024 and 2028 Olympic picks

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:35:00 PDT

The International Olympic Committee has moved closer toward picking both Los Angeles and Paris to host a Summer Games in an unprecedented double vote this year.

IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly hinted at awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session on...


USA gymnastics president resigns amid abuse scandal

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:27:00 PDT

Steve Penny has resigned as president of USA Gymnastics following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.

The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee's board sent a recommendation to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla requesting...


Olympic leaders confident about 2018 Winter Games despite political turmoil in South Korea

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:05:00 PDT

With the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games less than a year away, Olympic leaders insist preparations are moving ahead despite political uncertainty in the host country of South Korea.

A constitutional court removed President Park Geun-hye from office last week amid allegations that she participated...


Lindsey Vonn takes second in World Cup downhill race; Ilka Stuhec clinches season title with win

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Her downhill title pretty much secured, Ilka Stuhec could've played things safe. The Slovenian didn't.

Under the weather and struggling to catch her breath, Lindsey Vonn could've held back. The American wouldn't. It made for quite a race.

Stuhec was able to hold off a hard-charging Vonn to win...


U.S. Olympic leaders urge more independence, more funding for anti-doping efforts

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:50:00 PST

In a position paper released Friday, the U.S. Olympic Committee called for the World Anti-Doping Agency to take a stronger, more independent role in the fight against cheating.

That would include a clearer separation from the International Olympic Committee, with no officials crossing over to represent...


Caffeine could be headed to World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substance list

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:02:00 PST

Utah Jazz forward Boris Diaw doesn't go a day without his daily dose of coffee, and now neither do many of his teammates. The 34-year-old Frenchman turned his team on to the caffeinated beverage after being traded last summer from the San Antonio Spurs and now it's practically a tradition to sip...(image)

Nike's new 'Pro Hijab' line will help Muslim women compete while staying covered

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:57:00 PST

Seeing an underserved market in the growing number of Muslim women who work out and compete in sports, Nike plans to launch a specially-designed hijab in spring 2018.

The "Nike Pro Hajib" was inspired, the company says, by Sarah Attar, a runner from Saudi Arabia who competed in the London Olympics...


Amid links to bribery probe, Olympic official quits role in assessing L.A., Paris bids for 2024 Summer Games

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:10:00 PST

Faced with questions about his ties to a corruption investigation, a top Olympic official has stepped down from his role as chief evaluator for the 2024 Olympic bids being presented by Los Angeles and Paris.

Frankie Fredericks, who has denied any wrongdoing in the probe, announced his resignation...