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  • BC-AP Sports Digest

    The supervisor is Rachel Cohen, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Ira Podell at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800 845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk...

  • IOC seeks explanation of Russian member's comments

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is asking Russian member Shamil Tarpischev for a "full explanation" of his comments about Venus and Serena Williams that led to him being fined and suspended by the women's tennis tour. Tarpischev, head of the Russian tennis federation, was fined $25,000 and banned from the WTA...

  • BC-Sports Briefs

    PRO FOOTBALL DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509, and didn't stop there. Manning threw four TD passes in Denver's 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, two to Demaryius Thomas, one to Wes Welker, and another to Emmanuel Sanders. That gives him 510. The...

  • Americans Kayne-O'Shea out of Grand Prix

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea, the 2014 Four Continents pairs silver medalists, will not compete at their Grand Prix Series events this year. They were scheduled for Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup. But Kayne underwent right hip surgery on July 28 and is not ready to return to competition. Although the athletes, coach Jim...

  • BC-OLY--Rio-Golf Course Lawsuit,1st Ld-Writethru

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The decision to put down grass on the contested 2016 Olympic golf course amid continued legal wrangling could prove to be a costly mistake, a Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor warned on Wednesday. The public prosecutor's office is taking on the city government and the golf course developer in a lawsuit that contends...

  • BC-OLY--Rio-Golf Course Lawsuit

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor says a decision to seed the contested 2016 Olympic golf course amid continued legal wrangling could prove a costly mistake. The public prosecutor's office is taking on the city government and the golf course developer in a lawsuit that contends environmental rules were breached in...

  • BC-OLY--DIV-Newbery-Drugs

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Olympic champion diver Chantelle Newbery was sentenced for drug offenses Wednesday for the second time in three months. The 37-year-old Newbery, who won the 10-meter platform gold medal at Athens in 2004, pleaded guilty in a magistrates' court to two counts of possessing a dangerous drug and one count of...

  • Former Olympic gold medalist on drug charges

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Olympic champion diver Chantelle Newbery was sentenced for drug offenses Wednesday for the second time in three months. The 37-year-old Newbery, who won the 10-meter platform gold medal at Athens in 2004, pleaded guilty in a magistrates' court to two counts of possessing a dangerous drug and one count of...

  • Luge great Armin Zoeggeler retires

    MILAN (AP) — Luge standout Armin Zoeggeler, the first athlete to medal in the same individual event at six consecutive Olympics, has announced his retirement. At a news conference on Tuesday, the 40-year-old Zoeggeler says, "My instinct after the (Sochi) Olympics told me that it was the right time to retire, but I wanted to be 100 percent...

  • Vancouver bronze medalist Takahashi retires

    TOKYO (AP) — Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi announced on Tuesday he is retiring from competitive figure skating. The 28-year-old Takahashi finished sixth at the Sochi Olympics. Takahashi finished third behind Evan Lysacek and Evgeni Plushenko at Vancouver to become the first Asian man to win a medal in men's singles at...

  • BC-FIG--Takahashi Retires

    TOKYO (AP) — Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi announced on Tuesday he is retiring from competitive figure skating. The 28-year-old Takahashi finished sixth at the Sochi Olympics. Takahashi finished third behind Evan Lysacek and Evgeni Plushenko at Vancouver to become the first Asian man to win a medal in men's singles at...

  • German confederation delays Olympic bid decision

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) will not decide until next year whether to present either Hamburg or Berlin as candidate cities for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics. DOSB president Alfons Hoermann tells the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that it is waiting for the outcome of proposed International Olympic...

  • BC-OLY--Germany-2024 Bids

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) will not decide until next year whether to present either Hamburg or Berlin as candidate cities for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics. DOSB president Alfons Hoermann tells the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that it is waiting for the outcome of proposed International Olympic...

  • U.S. women's volleyball beats China for their first major triumph

    MILAN - Kimberly Hill led the United States to its first major women's volleyball title, scoring 20 points in a 3-1 victory over China on Sunday in the world championships. Hill had the final kill, and captain Christa Dietzen added 15 points in the Americans' 27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24 victory before 12,600 fans at the Mediolanum Forum. "We...

  • Biles leads Team USA gymnastics haul

    Simone Biles of Spring, Texas won both the balance beam and floor exercise gold medals on the final day of the 2014 World Championships at the Guangxi Sports Center Gymnasium in Nanning, China. Biles now boasts six career world gold medals, the most by a U.S. woman. The USA also brought home two additional medals Sunday morning (Saturday...

  • U.S. plays for world volleyball title today

    The U.S. will play China at noon Mountain today for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Milan. The U.S. women are seeking their first gold medal in any of the three volleyball majors – the Olympic Games, World Cup and World Championship. “We’re really excited for this opportunity,” said team captain Christa Dietzen. “They’re a...

  • BC-BKN--LeBron-Olympics,1st Ld-Writethru

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The beaches and glamour of Rio de Janeiro haven't yet convinced LeBron James that he should come back in two years for a shot at a third Olympic gold medal. James has spent several days in Rio preparing for Saturday's NBA preseason game against his former Miami Heat teammates, but reiterated on Friday that it's too early...

  • BC-BKN--LeBron-Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The beaches and glamor of Rio de Janeiro haven't convinced LeBron James that he should come back in two years for a shot at a third Olympic gold medal. James has spent several days in Rio preparing for Saturday's NBA preseason game against his former Miami Heat teammates, but reiterated on Friday that it's too early to...

  • Olympic qualification begins for Rugby Sevens

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The qualifying process for Rio 2016 in one of the newest Olympic sports begins this weekend with the first round of the International Rugby Board's Sevens World Series on Australia's Gold Coast. The Gold Coast tournament on Saturday and Sunday is the first of nine legs of the series, from which four teams will...

  • BC-OLY--Oslo-IOC,1st Ld-Writethru

    LONDON (AP) — Norwegian Olympic officials will meet with IOC leaders in Switzerland this month to analyze the demise of Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Games and explore ways of improving the bidding process to win back future candidates. Inge Andersen, secretary general of the Norwegian Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press that he will...

  • BC-OLY--Tokyo Anniversary-Fraser Returns,1st Ld-Writethru

    TOKYO (AP) — While in Tokyo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Olympics, Dawn Fraser recalled how the first games in Asia helped her overcome a personal tragedy. The Australian swimming great won the 100-meter freestyle at a third consecutive Olympics, but only after overcoming serious injury from a car crash which claimed the life...

  • BC-OLY--Tokyo Anniversary-Fraser Returns,2nd Ld-Writethru

    TOKYO (AP) — While in Tokyo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Olympics, Dawn Fraser recalled how the first games in Asia helped her overcome a personal tragedy. The Australian swimming great won the 100-meter freestyle at a third consecutive Olympics, but only after overcoming serious injury from a car crash which claimed the life...

  • BC-OLY--Tokyo Anniversary-Fraser Returns

    TOKYO (AP) — While in Tokyo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Olympics, Dawn Fraser recalled how the first games in Asia helped her overcome a personal tragedy. The Australian swimming great won the 100-meter freestyle at a third consecutive Olympics, but only after overcoming serious injury from a car crash which claimed the life...

  • Ramsey: Suspended Michael Phelps takes another hit after DUI arrest

    Michael Phelps has lost his $1,750 monthly stipend from USA Swimming after his second arrest for impaired driving. Please, don't worry about his financial health. Michael Phelps has a net worth of $55 million.

  • OTC wrestler runner-up Gray for USOC monthly female honors

    From the USOC ... Top performances throughout September earned shooter Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) and archer Brady Ellison (Payson, Ariz.) Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. men’s basketball team received Team of the Month honors, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced.  Drozd (Bryan, Texas) was crowned world champion in...

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    PRO FOOTBALL NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has begun testing for human growth hormone for the first time, three years after the league and players' union tentatively agreed to do so. HGH testing was part of the 2011 labor agreement but was delayed because the NFL Players Association was not comfortable with the procedures or science involved. Both...

  • Boston 2024 Olympics group honors past Olympians

    BOSTON (AP) — A group working bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston honored dozens of other current and former Massachusetts Olympians and Paralympians at an event Monday night at a sports bar near Fenway Park. Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who won a bronze medal in 1992 and a silver medal in 1994, and Michael Eruzione, the captain...

  • USA Swimming suspends Michael Phelps after DUI arrest

    Michael Phelps' comeback took a major hit on Monday, with USA Swimming suspending the 18-time Olympic champion for six months and forcing him to withdraw from next year's world championships. Phelps also lost six months of funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. The 29-year-old swimmer is banned...

  • BC-SWM--Phelps-Suspension,3rd Ld-Writethru

    USA Swimming on Monday suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships and took away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion's second DUI arrest. USA Swimming said Phelps violated its Code of Conduct, and cited a section of its 2014 Rule Book...

  • BC-SWM--Phelps-Suspension,2nd Ld-Writethru

    USA Swimming on Monday suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships and took away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion's second DUI arrest. USA Swimming said Phelps violated its Code of Conduct, and cited a section of its 2014 Rule Book...

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