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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...


Americans, British firming up plans for multisport event

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 07:23:00 PST

American and British Olympic leaders will firm up plans for a multisport event between the countries at a meeting in New York later this month.

The trans-Atlantic rivals, who occupied the top two spots in the medal standings at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, are exploring plans for a biennial contest...


Former rival questions and praises Michael Phelps' anti-doping comments

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:10:00 PST

"Why you're seeking reform now that you're retired, and never before supported blood passports, is beyond us all, perhaps even convenient," Milorad Cavic said.(image)

Olympic official who will assess L.A.'s 2024 bid is linked to bribery probe

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:50:00 PST

An International Olympic Committee official who will soon lead an evaluation team to Los Angeles to assess the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games has been linked to a wide-ranging corruption investigation.

Frankie Fredericks, who is also a former top sprinter, has come under scrutiny as part...


U.S. Olympic leaders decline to discuss their recommendation for next step in gymnastics scandal

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:45:00 PST

Faced with criticism for not acting quickly enough — or strongly enough — in the USA Gymnastics sexual-assault scandal, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday it has delivered a recommendation to that organization about further steps to be taken in the matter.

USOC leaders declined to elaborate...


Russian track athletes move closer to regaining international eligibility

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:10:00 PST

A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to fight doping in his country, the head of the international track federation voiced optimism about lifting the ban on Russian athletes by year’s end.

Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF, told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday that Russia has finally “grasped...


Michael Phelps calls for independent drug testing at congressional anti-doping hearing

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:04:00 PST

Michael Phelps' testimony represented the strongest step he has taken toward becoming a leading voice in the anti-doping movement.(image)

Michael Phelps testifies before Congress: What you need to know

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:00:00 PST

Michael Phelps has taken on Ryan Lochte, Alain Bernard, Chad le Clos, Leonidas of Rhodes and Terry Crews, among others, in his decorated career. Today, he takes on doping in international sports. Here's what you need to know about the swimmer's visit to Capitol Hill.(image)

Michael Phelps on testifying before Congress: 'I haven’t really able to speak my mind'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:54:00 PST

Michael Phelps' whole career has been an athletic statement nonpareil, but on Friday morning, he was literally working on a statement. Because that's what you do when you're going to Capitol Hill.(image)

Michael Phelps to testify at congressional hearing on anti-doping Tuesday

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:39:00 PST

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, will be in Washington next week to testify before a congressional committee on doping in international sports.(image)

Katie Ledecky's 500 freestyle time is faster than Ryan Lochte's as a college freshman

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:08:00 PST

Here's your periodic reminder that Katie Ledecky is a freak of nature.

On Thursday night, the five-time Olympic gold medalist and freshman at Stanford lowered her American record in the 500-yard freestyle in an unreal time of 4:25.15 at the Pac-12 Championships — more than 10 seconds faster than...


Lindsey Vonn criticizes ski officials after pulling out of World Cup race

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:57:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn wasn't about to risk another injury, and neither was Mikaela Shiffrin.

Vonn and Shiffrin, along with some of their American teammates on the World Cup tour, pulled out of the Alpine combined race on Friday because of dangerous conditions on the course. The first three racers all crashed,...


Up for a pentathlon? You'll have to run, swim, ride, fence and shoot — all in one day

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:35:00 PST

To a kid growing up in New Mexico, it seemed like something out of a dream or maybe an action movie.

Nathan Schrimsher had shown potential while competing for a local swim club, prompting a coach to pull him aside and suggest he try modern pentathlon.

“Riding horses? Shooting guns? Sword-fighting?”...


Olympic leaders express disappointment over failed Budapest bid, vow changes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:30:00 PST

Claiming that Budapest’s doomed bid for the 2024 Summer Games was “overtaken by local politics,” the International Olympic Committee has reiterated it will consider changes in the way host cities are selected.

An IOC spokesman confirmed on Friday that Budapest — which was competing against Los...


Budapest to withdraw bid for 2024 Olympics, leaving L.A. and Paris as only contenders

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:35:00 PST

News that Budapest, Hungary, plans to drop its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics probably won’t have a tremendous effect on the overall race.

From the start, Los Angeles and Paris were considered the favorites to stage the Games.

But with only those two cities remaining in contention, Budapest’s...


Former USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sexual assault in Michigan

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:50:00 PST

A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some said to be too reluctant to speak up about the alleged abuse years ago because he was considered a “god.”

Roughly two dozen charges were filed against Dr. Larry...


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...


High profile U.S. gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:12:00 PST

Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter.

Dantzscher, three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member...


Filmmaker discusses African-American athletes who participated in 1936 Games in Berlin

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:03:00 PST

On Sunday, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will hold a 2 p.m. screening of "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice," a 2016 documentary recalling the 18 black American athletes who participated in the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, Germany. The Baltimore Sun...


Budapest signals it may consider dropping 2024 Olympic bid against L.A., Paris

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:00 PST

One of two cities competing against Los Angeles for the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics could be on the brink of withdrawing.

Budapest 2024 is facing a stern challenge from a Hungarian political group that on Friday claimed to have garnered more than enough public support to force a referendum...


USA Gymnastics alerted FBI in 2015 to doctor accused of abuse

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:21:00 PST

As dozens of women came forward last fall alleging they had been sexually assaulted during routine medical exams by Larry Nassar, the longtime team physician for the U.S. women's gymnastics team, Olympic gymnastics officials stood accused of allowing alleged abuse to occur.

But according to a timeline...


Russia urges its athletes caught cheating to return their Olympic medals

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:10:00 PST

The ongoing Russian doping scandal has led Olympic officials to strip track athletes from that country of nearly two dozen medals won at past Games. But there's a problem.

Almost none of the athletes who retroactively tested positive from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics have returned their medals.


Usain Bolt might get to keep Olympic gold medal as relay teammate appeals doping case

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:40:00 PST

There is a chance Usain Bolt can retain the gold medal that was stripped from him when a Jamaican relay teammate was found to have cheated at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

That teammate, Nesta Carter, filed an appeal of the ruling on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Carter was caught in a recent doping...


Music! Wifi! Olympic hopefuls impressed with Pyeongchang perks

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:03:00 PST

The first impression some members of the USA Luge team got regarding how the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will operate came on the bus ride from the airport to the mountain resort where they're staying.

Sensing the athletes were weary after long flights, the bus stopped for lunch.

Whether it's the...


Lindsey Vonn takes third as Ilka Stuhec wins world downhill title

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:30:00 PST

There is a new downhill queen of the ski slopes. For now. 

Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia is the new world champion in downhill while Lindsey Vonn took bronze trying to regain her title in another season disrupted by injuries as she targets the 2018 Olympics. 

Stuhec confirmed her status as pre-race favorite,...


Swiss voters reject 2026 Olympic bid for St. Moritz, Davos

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:57:00 PST

Voters in the Swiss Alps have rejected a second Olympic hosting bid planned for upscale mountain resorts St. Moritz and Davos.

The canton (state) of Graubuenden says a referendum on financing a candidacy for the 2026 Winter Games was rejected by 60.1 percent of voters.

In a tighter vote in 2013,...


Iranian archers obtain last-minute visas for World Cup in Las Vegas

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:15:00 PST

Initially blocked by the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban, members of the Iranian archery team say they are now scrambling to reach Las Vegas for an important Indoor Archery World Cup competition this weekend.

The country’s archery federation announced on its website that some of...


Anti-doping authorities ban Olympic gold medalist and two other top athletes

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:40:00 PST

A Russian middle-distance runner has been stripped of her Olympic gold medal and two top winter athletes have been penalized as international sport continues its war on doping.

Mariya Savinova-Farnosova must forfeit her 800-meter victory from the 2012 London Games after the Court of Arbitration...


Digest: Olympic champ Centrowitz to run 2-miler at Millrose Games on Saturday

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 22:57:00 PST

Olympic 1,500-meter champion Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck), already a three-time Wanamaker Mile champion at the Millrose Games, will turn his attention to the Paavo Nurmi Two Miles at the 110th edition of the games on Saturday in New York.

Centrowitz, who became the first American man to take...


Olympic medal winner says she was detained by U.S. Customs

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:46:00 PST

Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first female Muslim-American to win a medal for the United States in the Rio Olympics last summer, said she recently was detained by U.S. Customs officials for two hours with no explanation.

A native of Maplewood, N.J. and a Duke graduate, Muhammad did not say where...


South Korea unveils torch for potentially stormy Olympic Games

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:30:00 PST

A year before the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korean officials have unveiled a torch made to withstand the region’s wintry conditions.

The white-and-gold torch has a sleek shape featuring five prongs to mimic the official, star-shaped logo of the city.

“I am confident that a new generation...


Olympics: Mike Tirico succeeds Bob Costas as NBC's host

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 06:10:00 PST

Mike Tirico will be NBC’s new prime-time Olympics host starting with PyeongChang 2018. He follows Bob Costas -- the prime-time host for every NBC Olympics since 1992 — who revealed the news Thursday on “Today.”

“I am going to be like the rest of the country, watching Mike Tirico, who will be an...


Shaun White might compete in skateboarding at 2020 Olympics

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:02:00 PST

The next Olympics are still a year away, and already, Shaun White is thinking about the games after that.

And it has nothing to do with the halfpipe.

The world's best-known snowboarder tells The Associated Press he's exploring competing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in skateboarding, which will...


One year out, 2018 Winter Olympics face a few uncertainties

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 10:05:00 PST

By most accounts, preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are progressing smoothly.

Still, with one year to go before competition begins, the upcoming Games face some uncertainty.

It remains unclear whether NHL players will take a break from the regular-season schedule...


U.S. wrestlers can compete in World Cup after host Iran relents

Sun, 5 Feb 2017 07:37:00 PST

As the U.S. courts try to sort out President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, Iran has switched course and decided to allow American wrestlers to compete in a high-profile international tournament this month.

The World Cup takes place Feb. 16-17 in Kermanshah, Iran, and Friday the country...


Report: Iran lifts ban on American wrestling team

Sun, 5 Feb 2017 03:15:00 PST

Iran has lifted a ban on U.S. wrestlers, including Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder of Woodbine, allowing them to take part in the Freestyle World Cup later this month in the Iranian city of Kermanshah, Iranian media reported on Sunday. The Sunday report by state TV quotes Foreign Ministry spokesman...


Digest: Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame to induct Katie Hoff in May

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:52:00 PST

Former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer and three-time Olympic medalist Katie Hoff headlines a four-member class that will be inducted into Maryland Swimming's Hall of Fame this spring.

Hoff, who moved with her family to Towson in 2003, qualified for the 2004 Games in Athens at age 15, though...


Olympic bids by L.A., 2 other cities face tough issues

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 17:25:00 PST

This week should have been a time of pure celebration for the three cities campaigning to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Bid leaders from Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, submitted their final documents to International Olympic Committee headquarters, culminating months of painstaking...


Iran bans travel of U.S. wrestlers in response to Trump's visa order

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 07:50:00 PST

Iran on Friday banned U.S. wrestlers from this month's Freestyle World Cup in response to President Donald Trump's executive order forbidding visas for Iranians, the official IRNA news agency reported.

A senior Iranian cleric vowed, meanwhile, that his country would continue its missile program,...


LA 2024 bid documents show average ticket prices of more than $1,700 for opening ceremony

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 19:15:00 PST

If Los Angeles wins the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, organizers would seek to offset the estimated $5.3-billion budget with average ticket prices of more than $1,700 for the opening ceremony and $250-$450 for marquee events such as the gymnastics final and basketball gold-medal game.


World's longest running streak ends at 19,032 days

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:39:00 PST

The longest recorded running streak in history ended Saturday when England's Ron Hill completed a one-mile run. The 78-year-old former Olympian did not run Sunday for the first time in 52 years and 39 days - a streak that dates back to Dec. 21, 1964, five days before the Beatles topped the Billboard...(image)

USOC: Foreign athletes to get expedited access to U.S. events

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:25:00 PST

The U.S. government has told the U.S. Olympic Committee that the travel ban put in place over the weekend shouldn't impact athletes traveling to the United States for international events.

In a statement Monday, USOC leaders said the government told them it would work to ensure athletes from all...


Trump's travel ban could impact IOC vote on 2024 Summer Olympics host, but other factors also will be considered

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:50:00 PST

Los Angeles isn’t the only city whose bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics has recently bumped up against politics.

While the global debate over President Trump’s travel ban has heightened concerns that International Olympic Committee members might turn away from L.A., problems have arisen in Budapest.


Will politics hurt the Olympic bids in L.A. and Budapest?

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:40:00 PST

The uproar over President Trump’s travel ban has renewed concerns that Los Angeles’ campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympics might be hurt by national politics.

L.A. isn’t the only bid facing this problem.

Budapest 2024 announced over the weekend that it will delay the final stage of the bidding...


Somalia-born Olympian Mo Farah says Donald Trump's travel ban 'seems to have made me an alien'

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:27:00 PST

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy, saying Sunday the temporary travel ban "seems to have made me an alien" and leaves him unsure whether he can return to his U.S. home.

Farah is a British citizen who was born in Somalia, one of seven...


Lindsey Vonn crashes out of World Cup downhill

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:45:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn is crashing more than she's winning. 

The most successful female ski racer of all time fell and hit the safety netting during a World Cup downhill Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in exactly the same spot where she crashed a day earlier in an official training session. 

“I'm getting...


Digest: Speedskater Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton) wins silver medal at world juniors

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:40:00 PST

Speedskater Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton) won the silver medal in the men's 500-meter A final Saturday in Innsbruck, Austria, becoming the United States' first men's Short Track World Junior Championships individual medalist since current USA World Cup team member John-Henry Krueger took silver...


NHL still unsure it if will participate in 2018 Olympics

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:25:00 PST

There was nothing new on the Olympics front for the NHL, Commissioner Gary Bettman said in his state-of-the-league address Saturday at Staples Center.

Whether the NHL will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been a looming question and Bettman addressed it in...


Budapest city council backs 2024 Olympics bid in race against L.A., Paris

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:05:00 PST

A day after the Los Angeles City Council voted to formally approve a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, political leaders in Budapest have taken a similar step.

Twenty-one of 29 council members in the Hungarian capital gave their endorsement Thursday, with four dissenting and four abstaining.



City Council unanimous in final approval for L.A. to host 2024 Olympics

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:15:00 PST

The private committee that is bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles did its best to put on a show Wednesday at Grand Park.

LA 2024 officials invited scores of famous athletes led by four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson. Mayor Eric Garcetti came, as did Los Angeles Police Chief...


Usain Bolt is stripped of 2008 Olympic relay gold in teammate's doping case

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:25:00 PST

Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals because of a doping case involving Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter.

The IOC said Wednesday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Olympic rules state...


Digest: Ex-Terp Han Xiao to chair USOC Athletes' Advisory Council

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:42:00 PST

Table tennis player Han Xiao, a 2008 Maryland graduate, was voted chair of the United States Olympic Committee Athletes' Advisory Council during the AAC's quadrennial leadership election, which took place at the council's quarterly meeting in New Orleans on Saturday.

A member of the USOC AAC since...


L.A. mayor, not just blowing smoke, calls Olympics a 'big' priority for 2017

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:30:00 PST

Speaking to a group of business and civic leaders on Monday night, Mayor Eric Garcetti was asked about marijuana and Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Though cannabis remains a banned substance for elite athletes, voters recently legalized its recreational use in California.

“I mean,...


Nathan Chen, all of 17, wins the U.S. men's figure skating title

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:35:00 PST

Nathan Chen stood on the top step of the podium and stifled a smile as U.S. Figure Skating president Samuel Auxier, as he prepared to drape a gold medal around his neck, bowed down before him. 

Indeed, all hail the new king of American skating. 

Chen followed a record-setting short program with...


Lindsey Vonn finishes ninth in super-G a day after winning downhill event

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:10:00 PST

A day after winning a downhill, Lindsey Vonn discovered how far she has to go to regain her dominance in super-G as she returns from two major injuries. 

For now, defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut remains the skier to beat in super-G. 

Swiss racer Gut extended her perfect run in super-G...


Germany's top Olympic official proposes banning Russia from Games

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:40:00 PST

The president of the German Olympic Committee has called for Russia to be banned from the 2018 and 2020 Olympics if sports bosses there are found to have known about state-sponsored doping.

Alfons Hoermann told Die Welt newspaper that bans from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the 2020...


Lindsey Vonn, back from injuries, gets a Cup win

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:55:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn is back on top in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm. 

The American edged defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut to win a downhill event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday and claim career victory No. 77, moving her within nine...


City Council moving closer to accepting 'host city contract' for LA 2024 Olympic bid

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:00 PST

As President Trump stood before the Capitol on Friday morning, swearing the oath of office, a group of Los Angeles City Council members gathered some 2,700 miles to the west to discuss their city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The simultaneous events might have seemed unrelated but the...


Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder to wrestle at his alma mater, Good Counsel, on Sunday

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:19:00 PST

Kyle Snyder has spent so much of his life pushing the boundaries of what's possible for a young wrestler that it's almost strange when a chapter of his story entails returning to the familiar.

But that's what the Woodbine resident will do Sunday when he competes at his alma mater, Good Counsel,...