• Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The 28-year-old escapes his...

  • Sochi hockey team thriving a year after Winter Olympics

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Many Russians laughed when Sochi was selected to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Not only was Sochi one of the warmest places in Russia, it also had no history of winter sports. But against all odds, Sochi now boasts a professional ice hockey team and a steady...

  • Correction: Sports Betting-Olympics story

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a Jan. 15 story about efforts by Las Vegas sports books to convince Nevada regulators to allow betting on Olympic events, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of an executive from CG Technology. The correct name is Jason Simbal. A corrected...

  • Bode Miller unsure about racing at world champs

    Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — At times, Bode Miller's surgically repaired back makes him feel like he's "balancing two pool balls on top of each other." Not exactly a comforting feeling when he's speeding down the mountain. Miller remains unsure if the herniated disk he had fixed nearly...

  • US luge team heads back to World Cup with momentum

    Updated: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    With seven medals so far, USA Luge is enjoying one of its best World Cup seasons in nearly a decade. And to think, this one isn't even half over. For the first time in a long time, there's serious reason for optimism when it comes to the American luge program: Tucker West, Chris...