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  • BC-OLY--IOC-Oslo

    LONDON (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Games after Oslo's withdrawal left just two cities in the race. Bach tells The Associated Press that the International Olympic Committee is "sticking to its commitments" and "we cannot and we do not want to change the...

  • BC-Sports-Top Plays

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide ___ GIANTS SHUT OUT PIRATES 8-0 San Francisco Giants shut out Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in wild-card game, advance to division series vs. Washington Nationals. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5d1da26d6a814d588b75101ede2800ea/bumgarner-giants-silence-pirates-8-0-advance ___ MADRID TEAMS WIN OVER...

  • BC-Sports Briefs

    BASEBALL PITTSBURGH (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League wild-card game. San Francisco will face NL East champion Washington in the NL Division...

  • Wednesday's Sports In Brief

    BASEBALL PITTSBURGH (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League wild-card game. San Francisco will face NL East champion Washington in the NL Division...

  • IOC on Rio: 'Lot of progress' but schedule 'tight'

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months but the schedule "remains tight," the head of the IOC's inspection team said Wednesday. Nawal El Moutawakel, who ended a three-day visit to Rio, was upbeat in nearly all her comments. This contrasts sharply with the...

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

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of the International Olympic Committee inspection team said Wednesday that preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months. Nawal El Moutawakel, who ended a three-day visit to Rio, said "the schedule remains tight" — but she was upbeat in nearly all her...

  • BC-AP Sports Digest

    The supervisor is Rick Freeman, followed by John Nicholson at 5 p.m. and Vinay 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 the photos that accompany them, also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com . Reruns are...

  • BC-OLY--Rio 2016-Inspectors

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of the International Olympic Committee inspection team says that preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months. Nawal El Moutawakel, who ended a three-day visit to Rio on Wednesday, said "the schedule remains tight" — but she was upbeat in nearly all her...

  • BC-FIG--Russian Injuries,1st Ld-Writethru

    The Russian Figure Skating Federation says Olympic champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov will miss this year's Grand Prix events due to injury. The federation said Trankov was suffering from a shoulder injury which had "prevented (him and Volosozhar) from preparing for the start of the new season at full strength." The Russian duo,...

  • BC-OLY--Oslo 2022 Bid,2nd Ld-Writethru

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Oslo said it has dropped its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Norwegian government declined Wednesday to provide financial backing, a move which leaves just two cities in a race that has been decimated by withdrawals. Members of the ruling Conservative party members voted against giving financial guarantees to the...

  • US women rout Angola 119-44 finish pool play 3-0

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Brittney Griner was a little surprised. Moments after the U.S. had just beaten Angola in the most lopsided victory in team history at the world championship, the players from the African nation wanted to take photos with the Americans. The Angola team was so excited to see Griner and her American teammates that they spent 10...

  • Olympian Michael Phelps arrested again on DUI charge

    Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland early this morning ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports.  We do not know the details of the arrest -- but we're told cops are preparing a statement and are expected to address the media very soon.  Our sources tell us ... Phelps was pulled...

  • BC-OLY--USOC-Sex Abuse,1st Ld-Writethru

    CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee has serious concerns when it comes to funding an independent agency to investigate sex-abuse claims inside Olympic sports. "I'd be lying to say I'm unequivocally confident that we can raise the $15 million we need to raise," CEO Scott Blackmun said. In June, the USOC announced it was...

  • BC-OLY--USOC-Sex Abuse

    CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee questions whether he can find the money for an independent agency to investigate sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports. CEO Scott Blackmun said "I'd be lying to say I'm unequivocally confident that we can raise the $15 million we need to raise." In June, the USOC announced it was creating the...

  • Family, friends witness healing from Warrior Games firsthand

    Jeannie Dadgostar has her son, Nicholas, back. And she credits this week's Warrior Games and the Air Force veteran's efforts preparing for the six-day event for his return. "There is a light in him now that wasn't there while he was undergoing his 32 operations," she said before Sunday's opening ceremony, which drew a crowd of 2,000 to the...

  • Teen wins inaugural U.S. championship

    Lars Hultgren, 16, held off pentathlete Harry Green by one second to win the first U.S. Biathle National Championship in a tight race from start to finish. In the run-swim-run competition, Harry had the lead after the swimming portion, but it was Lars who would overtake him in the final running portion and hold on for the win. Biathle or...

  • BC-OLY--USOC Assembly,3rd Ld-Writethru

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee received near-unanimous support from the country's sports federations in a poll asking whether they would support a bid for the 2024 Olympics — another sign that a U.S. city will make a run at hosting the next available Summer Games. In his annual address Friday to the USOC Assembly, CEO Scott Blackmun...

  • BC-FIG--Doping-Kostner

    ROME (AP) — Former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner is being questioned by an Italian Olympic Committee prosecutor over whether she was complicit in doping by her former boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer. Kostner was a few minutes late for the hearing after failing to show up at CONI last week, when...

  • Thursday's Sports In Brief

    BASEBALL SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly 10 hours later, the real fun began for San Francisco. The Giants secured a wild card when Milwaukee lost at Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon. Then they gave up a six-run lead in their own game against San Diego before rallying for a 9-8 victory over the Padres. Once the game was over, fireworks went off...

  • BC-OLY--IOC-Gay Rights,2nd Ld-Writethru

    The IOC will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia's adoption of a law banning so-called gay "propaganda" before the Sochi Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to the three candidates for the 2022 Winter Games...

  • 2024 candidates hope to learn from Chicago's loss

    CHICAGO (AP) — Every day for a year after his most painful professional setback, the chief of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics got hit with some form of the same question, always from a different person: Why? The answer: It wasn't really Chicago's fault. The biggest lesson any of the U.S. cities considering hosting the 2024 Olympics can...

  • BC-OLY--Chicago Lessons

    CHICAGO (AP) — Every day for a year after his most painful professional setback, the chief of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics got hit with some form of the same question, always from a different person: Why? The answer: It wasn't really Chicago's fault. The biggest lesson any of the U.S. cities considering hosting the 2024 Olympics can...

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT: — GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Two days after Phil Mickelson poked fun at Rory McIlroy, they meet in the Ryder Cup. Mickelson and Keegan Bradley face McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in Friday's opening of fourballs. — LANDOVER, Md....

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

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top Olympic official is confident a lawsuit against the city of Rio de Janeiro and a golf course developer will not prevent a test event from taking place before the 2016 games. "Our understanding today is that we will be ready for the first test event which will be needed to be done for the golf." Gilbert Felli, an...

  • BC-OLY--Rio-Golf Course Lawsuit

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top official of the 2016 Olympics says he is confident a lawsuit against the city of Rio and a golf course developer will not stop a test event from taking place before the games. Gilbert Felli, an IOC-appointed adviser in Rio, tells The Associated Press that "our understanding is that we will be ready for the first...

  • USOC chief calls charges involving Hope Solo 'disturbing,' but she'll keep playing

    U.S. Soccer is standing by its decision to allow goalkeeper Hope Solo to continue to play while she faces domestic violence charges. Solo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in Washington state stemming from a June 21 altercation with her sister-in-law and 17-year-old nephew at a family...

  • Latest Colorado sports

    ROCKIES-PADRES Stults pitches streaking Padres past Rockies 1-0 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric Stults pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres won their fifth straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Monday night. Stults (8-17), who is tied with Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett for the major league lead in...

  • Olympian Toby Dawson enters ski-snowboard hall

    ISHPEMING, Mich. — Olympic bronze medalist Toby Dawson and five others have been inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Dawson was adopted from an orphanage in South Korea by two ski instructors from Vail and went on to win the bronze in freestyle moguls at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Others inducted over the weekend were...

  • BC-Asian Games-It's Complicated,2nd Ld-Writethru

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most...

  • BC-Asian Games-It's Complicated,1st Ld-Writethru

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most...

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