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Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:27am

When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed.

Huston, Zeuner, Schaar head 1st US skateboarding team

Bernie Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:18am

There's always been a rebelliousness and a bit of an attitude to skateboarding, and now there's credibility.

Huston, Zeuner, Schaar head 1st US skateboarding team

Bernie Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:24pm

Nyjah Huston, Brighton Zeuner and Tom Schaar were among the 16 members of the inaugural U.S. national skateboarding team announced Tuesday, less than two years before the sport makes its Olympic debut with mens' and women's park and street disciplines.

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:19am

Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics.

Swimmer Kenneth To dies at 26 while training in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 4:31am

Kenneth To, a swimmer who won a silver medal for Australia at the 2013 world championships, has died after becoming ill while training in Florida. He was 26.

Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou returns to swimming

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 1:04am

Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou is making a comeback to swimming with the aim of competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu ready for worlds

Jim Armstrong, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 9:57pm

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu says he has recovered from an ankle injury and is ready to compete for the title at the world figure skating championships.

AP Interview: Polish WADA hopeful touts anti-doping plans

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 11:41am

Poland's sports minister said Monday the steps he has taken to fight doping in his country have given him the experience needed to become the next head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Olympic, world champ Biles cruises in 2019 debut

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 10:22am

Simone Biles started off 2019 the same way she ended 2018: atop the podium.

Russian doping-test firm denies warning athletes of tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 16th - 4:05am

A Russian doping-test company denies accusations its staff gave athletes advance warning of tests.

51 women sue USOC for failing to stop Nassar abuse

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 15th - 1:31pm

Fifty-one women are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee, its board members and a number of former high-ranking officials for failing to prevent their abuse at the hands of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Russian doping officers accused of warning athletes

James Ellingworth, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 15th - 10:56am

Russian anti-doping inspectors have again been accused of giving athletes advanced warning of what are meant to be surprise drug tests.

European weightlifting champion Croitoru fails doping test

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 15th - 3:10am

European weightlifting champion Florin Ionut Croitoru has tested positive for three different steroids in a retest of his sample from the 2012 Olympics.

Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the 'Robot Games'

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 14th - 11:54pm

Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the "Robot Games."

USA Cycling creates fund honoring the late Kelly Catlin

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 14th - 1:34pm

USA Cycling announced the creation of a fund Thursday in honor of Kelly Catlin, a member of the Olympic silver medal-winning pursuit squad who killed herself in her home last week.

Tick tock, tick tock: Tokyo Olympics clock hits 500-day mark

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 11th - 9:12pm

Tick tock, tick tock. The Tokyo Olympic clock has hit 500 days to go.

US Olympic cyclist Catlin found dead in her home at age 23

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 10th - 12:51pm

Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women's pursuit team win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, died Friday at her home in California. She was 23.

Dukurs, Hermann win world championships in skeleton

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 8th - 6:22pm

Martins Dukurs saved his best race for the last race of the season.

Olympic slalom champion Hansdotter to retire after season

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 6th - 9:08am

Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter will retire from Alpine skiing's World Cup next week, ending a years-long rivalry with Mikaela Shiffrin.