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  • BC-OLY--Rio-Golf Course Lawsuit,2nd Ld-Writethru

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro judge on Wednesday denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns, curtailing fears that the venue won't be ready in time for test events. Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said in his decision that there is "no new fact justifying ... a halt in...

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

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro judge on Wednesday denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns, curtailing fears that the venue won't be ready in time for test events. Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said in his decision that there is "no new fact justifying ... a halt in...

  • BC-OLY--Rio-Golf Course Lawsuit

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro judge has denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns, curtailing fears that the venue won't be ready in time for test events. Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said in his decision on Wednesday that there is "no new fact justifying ... a...

  • DC Olympic bid touts 'unity' over dysfunction

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Place your hands together in just the right way, with thumbs overlapping and the other fingers pointing to the sky, and you've created the symbol for 2024 Olympics in the nation's capital. It's supposed to be a "U'' for unity. And, if you put two of them together and use your imagination, you get a "W'' for Washington. Wait...

  • European Games to test Baku's Olympic potential

    PARIS (AP) — The head of next year's inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan hopes the event will serve as a springboard for a successful Olympic bid from Baku. Azad Rahimov, who also serves as Azerbaijan's minister of youth and sports, said Wednesday that building high-standard infrastructure for the games in Baku will help promote the capital...

  • BC-OLY--European Games-Baku

    PARIS (AP) — The head of next year's inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan hopes the event will serve as a springboard for a successful Olympic bid from Baku. Azad Rahimov, who also serves as Azerbaijan's minister of youth and sports, says building high-standard infrastructure for the June 12-28 games in Baku will help promote the city's...

  • BC-BKO--FIBA-Japan Ban,1st Ld-Writethru

    TOKYO (AP) — The governing body of basketball suspended the Japan Basketball Association on Wednesday, a decision that will prevent the country's national teams from taking part in the Olympics and other international competitions. FIBA said the suspension results from the JBA's failure to merge the 22-team Basketball Japan League and the...

  • BC-Sports Briefs

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was UCLA, which...

  • Tuesday's Sports in Brief

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was UCLA, which...

  • Latest Colorado sports

    AVALANCHE-COYOTES Briere's OT goal lifts Avalanche over Coyotes GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Briere scored 3:16 into overtime, and the Colorado Avalanche completed a comeback from three goals down to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Tuesday night. Briere got help from the Coyotes' Martin Hanzal, who backhanded Briere's pass past his own...

  • BC-OLY--1964 Medal Awarded,1st Ld-Writethru

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — After 50 years, the IOC finally has figured out the pairs figure skating at the 1964 Games. The International Olympic Committee has corrected the standings of the competition to show the American sibling team of Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph as the bronze medalists. In addition, two silver medals have been...

  • Long time coming: US pair gets 1964 bronze medal

    After 50 years, the IOC finally has figured out the pairs figure skating at the 1964 Games. The International Olympic Committee has corrected the standings of the competition to show the American sibling team of Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph as the bronze medalists. In addition, two silver medals have been listed for the event by the IOC....

  • BC-Sports Weekend Digest

    Digest of featured sports stories for Thanksgiving holiday and weekend use, moving for Nov. 27-29. For questions, please call 212-621-1630. For repeats, call the service desk at (800) 838-4616. OLYMPICS OLY-2024 GAMES-US BID COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion. Boston,...

  • Soviet hockey coach Tikhonov dies at 84

    MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice," died after a long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed...

  • BC-AP Sports Digest

    The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Mike Fitzpatrick 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...

  • Nike extends contract with USOC through 2020

    The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020. The U.S. Olympic Committee signed an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now. Nike is one of the USOC's top-tier sponsors. No dollar figures were given for the latest extension, though these contracts traditionally...

  • BC-OLY--USOC-Nike

    The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020. The U.S. Olympic Committee signed an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now. Nike is one of the USOC's top-tier sponsors. No dollar figures were given for the latest extension announced Monday. These contracts,...

  • Nike extends contract with USOC

    The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020. The U.S. Olympic Committee signed an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now. Nike is one of the USOC's top-tier sponsors. No dollar figures were given for the latest extension, though these contracts...

  • BC-HKN--Obit-Tikhonov,1st Ld-Writethru

    MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice," died after a long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed...

  • Massachusetts man wins Philadelphia marathon

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Massachusetts man who won the Philadelphia Marathon in 2010 returned to win it again Sunday. Dan Vassallo, 29, of Peabody, Massachusetts, also finished fast enough to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials. To do that, Vassallo had to run faster than 2:18. His winning time was 2:17:28, race officials said. "To qualify...

  • OTC gymnasts heading overseas

    USA Gymnastics announced its international competitive assignments for 2014 involving Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center athletes and coaches.  DTB Pokal World Cup, Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 28-30 Team, Nov. 28-30 Bobby Baker, Lemont, Ill./University of Illinois Marvin Kimble, Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners Gymnastics...

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Vin Cherwoo 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 (800...

  • BC-OLY--Rio-Golf Course-Lawsuit

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Construction work on the golf course for the 2016 Olympics could be halted under a filing made by state prosecutors suing the city of Rio de Janeiro and the developer over environmental rules. In a 27-page legal brief made public late Wednesday, prosecutors termed "laughable" proposals by the city and the course developer...

  • Wednesday Sports In Brief

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property last month. The third-year player will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13 games....

  • BC-OLY--Tokyo 2020,1st Ld-Writethru

    TOKYO (AP) — Baseball and softball's bid to return to the Olympic program got a boost Wednesday as organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games considered ways the International Olympic Committee's reform agenda could impact planning for the event. Wrapping up the second day of meetings in the Japanese capital, IOC Vice President John Coates and Olympic...

  • BC-OLY--Tokyo 2020

    TOKYO (AP) — In what could be a boost for the return of baseball and softball to the Olympics, organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games are considering ways the International Olympic Committee's reform agenda could impact planning for the event. Wrapping up the second day of meetings in the Japanese capital, IOC Vice President John Coates and...

  • BC-OLY--WADA-Athlete Sentencing,2nd Ld-Writethru

    PARIS (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency said it is against the imposition of criminal sanctions on cheating athletes despite a tougher code that will come into effect on Jan. 1. At a meeting of its members on Sunday, WADA also announced that pledges for the creation of an anti-doping research fund reached more than $10 million, matching the...

  • World gymnastics champ Simone Biles to attend UCLA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time world gymnastics all-around champion Simone Biles has signed a national letter of intent to attend UCLA, although she has deferred enrollment until after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 17-year-old from Spring, Texas, became the first woman in 40 years to win four gold medals at a single world meet earlier...

  • Hirscher 'can't imagine' skiing 'til 2018 Olympics

    VIENNA (AP) — Three-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher has hinted at retirement before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In an interview with Austrian magazine Red Bulletin, the 25-year-old Hirscher says, "I can't imagine now that I will race until 2018. And even less that I'll be racing then like I do now. It's a brutally...

  • BC-SKI--Austria-Hirscher

    VIENNA (AP) — Three-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher has hinted at retirement before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In an interview with Austrian magazine Red Bulletin, the 25-year-old Hirscher says, "I can't imagine now that I will race until 2018. And even less that I'll be racing then like I do now. It's a brutally...

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