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  • BC-SWM--Phelps Comeback,1st Ld-Writethru, SWM

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A giddy Michael Phelps qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final Thursday in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics. The 28-year-old swimmer was second at the turn and came on down the stretch to win his heat in 52.84 seconds at the Arena Grand Prix, easily advancing to the evening...

  • BC-SWM--Phelps Comeback, SWM

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist will swim the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix on Thursday, his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Games....

  • BC-AP Sports Digest

    The supervisor is Pat Horne. The day supervisor will be Fred Lief. 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, along with the photos that accompany them, also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns are available from the Service...

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

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life. The 22-time Olympic medalist tried golf and high-stakes poker in a quest to satisfy his competitive drives. He found nothing compared to pulling on a suit and diving in....

  • BC-ATH--Drake Relays,1st Ld-Writethru, ATH

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lolo Jones has decided to run the Drake Relays after waffling on a return to her hometown meet a year ago. But rather than compete in the high-profile 100-meter hurdles, Jones will make her transition from the bobsled back to the blue oval in a much more relaxed event. The two-time Olympic hurdler and 2014 Sochi...

  • Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley stresses Colorado Springs and Olympic movement intertwined at luncheon

    The Olympic movement is felt in Colorado Springs in ways big and small. There are the large celebrations, the recent new downtown headquarters for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the athletes' memorable successes and failures on TV. But for Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley the effect is felt when parents come up to her months after she speaks at an...

  • NBC: Olympics show wide second-screen use

    NEW YORK (AP) — Slightly more than half of the people who watched the Sochi Olympics on NBC also used a computer, tablet or smartphone to get information about the games while the TV was on, the network said Wednesday. NBC closely studies how Americans follow the action partly because the Olympics are a huge investment, but also to get a...

  • BC-US--TV-NBC-Olympics, US

    NEW YORK (AP) — Slightly more than half of the people who watched the Sochi Olympics on NBC also used a computer, tablet or smartphone to get information about the games while the TV was on. The network said Wednesday that this year's games proved how the second-screen experience is taking hold for television audiences. And NBC learned that...

  • Ramsey: Michael Phelps can't outrace time in his comeback

    Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove in the pool. He's won 22 Olympic medals, including a beyond-belief collection of 18 golds. At this moment, some 5-year-old is moving fast in a pool while his mom shouts, "He's going to be another Michael Phelps!" His name is known by your grandmother and your daughter. He is, simply, The Swimmer. The...

  • BC-ATH--Mt SAC Relays,2nd Ld-Writethru, ATH

    WALNUT, Calif. (AP) — Ashton Eaton learned the hard way that experience often trumps talent and athleticism. The reigning Olympic Gold medalist and current world record holder in the decathlon competed in the 400-meter hurdles for the first time in his life at the Mount SAC Relays on Saturday and finished fourth in 50.01 seconds. "I had no...

  • BC-OLY--Rio 2016-Strike,1st Ld-Writethru, OLY

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Over 2,000 construction workers returned to their jobs at the Olympic Park on Thursday, ending a two-week strike that further slowed the trouble-plagued 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rio Mais, the consortium building venues at the main Olympic cluster located 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of central Rio, said no more...

  • BC-OLY--Rio 2016-Strike, OLY

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Over 2,000 construction workers returned to their jobs at the Olympic Park on Thursday, ending a two-week strike that further slowed the trouble-plagued 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A spokeswoman for Rio Mais, the consortium building venues at the main Olympic cluster located 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of central...

  • BC-ATH--Joyner-Kersee-West Bank,1st Ld-Writethru, ATH

    EL BIREH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinian girls and women, most of them newcomers to the world of running, got a lesson in the basics Thursday from a track and field great — three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The American, considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, came to the West Bank to...

  • Joyner-Kersee trains with Palestinian women

    EL BIREH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinian girls and women, most of them newcomers to the world of running, got a lesson in the basics Thursday from a track and field great — three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The American, considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, came to the West Bank to...

  • BC-OLY--Krakow-2022 Bid,1st Ld-Writethru, OLY

    KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Krakow's deputy mayor was chosen Thursday to lead the Polish city's candidacy for the 2022 Winter Olympics following the resignation of the previous bid chief. Magdalena Sroka succeeds Jagna Marczulajtis-Walczak, a former Olympic snowboarder who resigned Saturday following media allegations that her husband offered...

  • BC-OLY--Krakow-2022 Bid, OLY

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krakow's deputy mayor is the new leader of the Polish city's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Magdalena Sroka was appointed Thursday to head the bid committee following last week's resignation of Jagna Marczulajtis-Walczak. The former Olympic snowboarder resigned Saturday following media allegations that her husband...

  • Strike continues at Rio Olympic venues

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The two-week strike at Rio de Janeiro's main Olympic complex continued Wednesday despite an apparent settlement. Rio Mais, the consortium building the venues at Olympic Park, said in a statement that about 300 workers showed up for work on Wednesday, but were told by labor union leaders to walk off the job again. The...

  • BC-Sports Briefs

    SWIMMING Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The...

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    SWIMMING Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The...

  • Phelps will be racing himself in swimming comeback

    Michael Phelps will be facing quite an opponent when he returns to the pool. His legacy. The most decorated Olympian ever is coming out of retirement to swim next week in Arizona. It will be his first competitive meet since the 2012 London Olympics, where he won the last of his 18 golds and 22 medals overall — a staggering total no one else...

  • BC-SWM--Phelps Comeback,5th Ld-Writethru, SWM

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The...

  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered...

  • Lance Armstrong: Coach Chris Carmichael knew about doping

    Colorado Springs cycling coach Chris Carmichael knew Lance Armstrong was doping long before Armstrong went to the 1996 Olympics or won a record seven Tour de France titles, according to newly public documents. In the documents filed Wednesday by the U.S. District Court, and first reported by USA Today, Armstrong for the first time named those...

  • IOC official: Slopestyle injuries 'unacceptable'

    MONACO (AP) — Maybe Shaun White was right all along. The Olympic debut of ski and snowboard slopestyle — which White withdrew from, fearing he might get hurt — produced an "unacceptably high" number of injuries at the Sochi Winter Games and should be dropped from future editions if the disciplines don't become safer, says an...

  • Rio 2016 Olympic crisis: 5 things to know

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) — Blame it on Rio. That might as well have been the official slogan of this week's Olympic gathering in southern Turkey. This turned out to be the occasion when the long-simmering angst over Rio de Janeiro's troubled preparations for the 2016 Olympics blew up into full crisis mode. On the sidelines of the SportAccord...

  • 2008 Olympic pole vault champion Hooker retires

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Former Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker of Australia has announced he is retiring from the sport, saying he is still physically fit but doesn't have the mental drive to continue at the top. The 31-year-old Hooker, who won gold at the Beijing Games in 2008, says "I honestly thought the body would be the one...

  • Rio mayor says workers must make up lost time

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 2,000 workers at Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic venues remained on strike Friday, and the city's mayor warned that the workers will have to make up for lost time. The consortium Rio Mais, which is building venues at the Olympic Park, confirmed the continuing work stoppage. The strike began April 3 and is one of...

  • BC-AF--Pistorius-Trial,8th Ld-Writethru, AF

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — What exactly was Oscar Pistorius doing in the moments before he fatally shot his girlfriend in his home? Was he, as the double-amputee Olympian testified Friday, hobbling fearfully on his stumps with his pistol down a passageway from his bedroom toward the bathroom after hearing a possible intruder there? Or, as...

  • BC-OLY--IOC-Rio Delays,3rd Ld-Writethru, OLY

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is sending a senior troubleshooter to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday that Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, is being...

  • BC-OLY--IOC-Rio Delays,2nd Ld-Writethru, OLY

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is sending a senior troubleshooter to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday that Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, is being...