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  • All Blacks in Chicago for exhibition vs. USA Rugby

    CHICAGO (AP) — America's history on rugby's world stage can be summed up in two sentences. Team USA took home the gold from both the 1920 and 1924 Olympics. And then, just like the Chicago Cubs, took the rest of the century off. The timing couldn't be much better for a rare stateside visit from New Zealand's storied All Blacks, who face the...

  • Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bid

    KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Salt Lake City officials don't know exactly when they will get to bid for another Winter Olympics, but the host city of the 2002 Games wants the world to know it is ready and willing whenever given a chance. Several prominent figures gathered Thursday at the Olympic Oval speed skating facility in the Salt Lake City suburb...

  • Graybill, Antoine early leaders at skeleton trials

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine already knows he has a spot on the U.S. World Cup skeleton team this season. Savannah Graybill is well on her way to joining him. Graybill and Antoine were the winners Thursday in the first of four races at the U.S. national team trials, each prevailing by comfortable margins at...

  • BC-SKE--US Team Trials

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Savannah Graybill and Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine won the opening races of the U.S. national skeleton World Cup team trials on Thursday. Graybill had a two-run time of 1 minute, 55.45 seconds to take the win in the first of four women's races, with Annie O'Shea taking second and Megan Henry in third. There are...

  • Who will design and build Colorado Springs' Olympic Museum?

    U.S. Olympic Museum organizers announced Monday that five firms with local, national and international experience will design and build the $60 million project in downtown Colorado Springs. The team's creativity, ability to work together and to stay within budget will be crucial to the museum's success and the enhancement of the southwest...

  • BC-OLY--IOC-2022 Bids,1st Ld-Writethru

    LONDON (AP) — If the IOC is willing to reopen the bidding to host the 2022 Winter Games, Stockholm would be happy to jump back into the race. The Swedish capital pulled out in January after politicians refused to give financial backing, becoming the first of four cities to withdraw from a field that now has only two contenders — Beijing and...

  • 216 Rio Games organizers would welcome Pistorius

    LONDON (AP) — Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic organizers say Oscar Pistorius would be welcome to compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro if the South African runner is declared eligible. The double-amputee athlete began a five-year jail sentence last week for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but he could be released after 10 months....

  • BC-OLY--IOC-2022 Bids

    LONDON (AP) — A top Swedish Olympic official says Stockholm would not have dropped out of the race for the 2022 Winter Games if it knew about the changes in the bidding process taking place now. Stefan Lindeberg, president of the Swedish Olympic Committee, says Stockholm would bid again — if it had the chance — because of a "change in...

  • Team USA brings home diving medals

    Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark.) took home the silver medal in men’s 10-meter as the FINA Malaysia Grand Prix came to a close Sunday in Kuala Lumpur. Stanley garnered his first career individual international medal after scoring 456.25 points in the 10-meter final. He opened the finals with 81.60 points on his inward 3 ½ tuck. Also, Zach Cooper...

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

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge has given the city of Rio de Janeiro and a local developer a deadline to decide whether they are willing to make changes to the Olympic golf course design, which could help settle a legal dispute that is threatening its completion in time for the 2016 Games. The judge wants to know if they agree to "immediately" move...

  • BC-OLY--IOC-Tarpischev

    LONDON (AP) — The IOC ethics commission has contacted Russian tennis president Shamil Tarpischev to explain his comments about Venus and Serena Williams that led to him being fined and suspended by the women's tour. Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended from the WTA Tour for a year after referring to the Williams sisters as the "Williams...

  • BC-Sports Briefs

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL Mississippi's first loss dropped the Rebels four spots to No. 7 on Sunday in The Associated Press college football poll and left Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn in the top four as the College Football Playoff selection committee prepares its first rankings. No. 1 Mississippi State (46 first-place votes)...

  • Radionova wins Skate America women's competition

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Gracie Gold is convinced the day will come when she wins a major international competition. For now, the U.S. champion is looking up at the Russians. Gold finished third in the Skate America women's competition on Sunday behind two-time world junior champion Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia....

  • BC-FIG--Skate America,3rd Ld-Writethru

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Gracie Gold is convinced the day will come when she wins a major international competition. For now, the U.S. champion is looking up at the Russians. Gold finished third in the Skate America women's competition on Sunday behind two-time world junior champion Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia....

  • BC-FIG--Skate America,2nd Ld-Writethru

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Two-time world junior champion Elena Radionova of Russia won the Skate America women's competition on Sunday. The 15-year-old Radionova, who was too young to compete at the Sochi Olympics in February, overtook countrywoman Elizaveta Tuktamysheva in the free skate to capture the gold medal with 195.47 points. She...

  • Hirscher wins World Cup GS, Ligety finishes 10th

    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher sent a clear message to his rivals for the men's overall title on the opening day of the season, winning a giant slalom with a massive 1.58-second margin on Sunday. On a sunny national holiday, the Austrian's winning run was loudly cheered by his home crowd, which was stunned just two...

  • BC-FIG--Skate America,4th Ld-Writethru

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — It has been quite a year for Gracie Gold. She won her first U.S. championship, collected a team bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics and even got to bake cookies with Taylor Swift. Her performance at Skate America on Saturday? Well, that had a few hiccups. Gold took third in the short program with 60.81 points,...

  • BC-BOB--US Team Trials,1st Ld-Writethru

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Nick Cunningham is generally considered a lock to make the U.S. bobsled national team this season. He apparently wants to leave nothing to chance. Cunningham teamed with firefighter Casey Wickline to win the first race of the national team trials Saturday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, beating the sled driven by longtime...

  • Cunningham, Meyers Taylor win openers at US trials

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Nick Cunningham is generally considered a lock to make the U.S. bobsled national team this season. He apparently wants to leave nothing to chance. Cunningham teamed with firefighter Casey Wickline to win the first race of the national team trials Saturday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, beating the sled driven by longtime...

  • Unpaid volunteers worth millions to Olympic Games

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio needs 70,000 unpaid volunteers for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, and Brazilian Olympic medalist Ricardo Prado is making a pitch with a deadline for signups just three weeks away. "Without the athletes, the games can't happen," he says in a recruiting advertisement. "But without the volunteers, it's the same."...

  • BC-AP Sports Digest

    The supervisor is Doug Feinberg, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.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 (800 838-4616) or your...

  • BC-SKI--WCup-Women's GS,4th Ld-Writethru

    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin wasted no time fulfilling her ambition to start winning giant slaloms this season. The 19-year-old American, already dominating the women's slalom circuit for two years, clinched her first GS win Saturday, sharing victory with overall World Cup champion Anna Fenninger in a tense season-opening race. "I...

  • Former 800 world champ Mulaudzi dies in car crash

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Former 800-meter world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday while traveling to an athletics meet, the spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma said. He was 34. Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mulaudzi was killed in an accident while traveling to the meet in...

  • BC-ATH--Obit-Mulaudzi,2nd Ld-Writethru

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Former 800-meter world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday while traveling to an athletics meet, the spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma said. He was 34. Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mulaudzi was killed in an accident while traveling to the meet in...

  • BC-ATH--Obit-Mulaudzi

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — South African officials say former 800-meter world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has been killed in a car crash. He was 34. His death was announced Friday by the South African Olympic committee and the country's ruling ANC party, which called him a "flag bearer of our national pride." Mulaudzi won the world...

  • BC-SKI--WCup-Women's Preview,1st Ld-Writethru

    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — With four different winners over the past four years, the women's Alpine skiing World Cup lacks a clear favorite for the overall title just before the start of the new season. Lindsey Vonn and Maria Hoefl-Riesch used to be safe bets for the top two spots. But the American, who won her fourth and most recent title in...

  • Women's alpine World Cup starts without favorite

    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — With four different winners over the past four years, the women's Alpine skiing World Cup lacks a clear favorite for the overall title just before the start of the new season. Lindsey Vonn and Maria Hoefl-Riesch used to be safe bets for the top two spots. But the American, who won her fourth and most recent title in...

  • Olympic hero Rulon Gardner mementos up for auction

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mementos from the career of Olympic hero Rulon Gardner, including a USA Wrestling robe and a commemorative ring, will be auctioned off Saturday in Salt Lake City. Among the items are dozens of medals the Greco-Roman wrestler won during his career, countless knives and watches and autographed jerseys from fellow sports...

  • A year wiser, Monument-based figure skater Jason Brown hopes to build on huge debut season

    Already an Olympian, Monument-based figure skater Jason Brown learned a lot during a breakthrough 2013-14 season as an international senior. "I felt like a sponge last year," the 19-year-old said. "This year, I am trying to take everything I learned and apply it all." Unlike most Olympic competitors, he did not take a few months off....

  • BC-OLY--IOC-Bach,1st Ld-Writethru

    LONDON (AP) — The IOC pushed forward Thursday with plans to revamp the troubled Olympic bidding process by making it more of an "invitation" rather than an "application" — but upheld the ban on member visits to candidate cities. The International Olympic Committee executive board also pressed ahead with proposals to make the sports program...

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