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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Jamaica's gold medal winning relay team, Usain Bolt, 2nd right, Michael Frater, right, Asafa Powell, left, and Nesta Carter celebrate after the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Usain Bolt has been stripped of one of his nine Olympic gold medals, Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017, in a doping case involving teammate Nesta Carter. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)
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  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Jamaica's gold medal winning relay team, Usain Bolt, 2nd right, Michael Frater, right, Asafa Powell, left, and Nesta Carter celebrate after the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Usain Bolt has been stripped of one of his nine Olympic gold medals, Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017, in a doping case involving teammate Nesta Carter. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

    AP Analysis: Bolt can’t outrun Jamaica’s doping problem

    It was bound to happen. Even the least-cynical track fan could peer through the smoke screen that enveloped Jamaica’s anti-doping program and recognize things weren’t right. Eventually, that was bound to ensnare Usain Bolt, the spirit-lifting superstar whose reach goes well beyond his own island but who is still losing one of his nine Olympic […]
  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Jamaica's gold medal winning relay team, Usain Bolt, 2nd right, Michael Frater, right, Asafa Powell, left, and Nesta Carter celebrate after the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Usain Bolt has been stripped of one of his nine Olympic gold medals, Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017, in a doping case involving teammate Nesta Carter. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

    Bolt loses 2008 Olympic relay gold in teammate’s doping case

    GENEVA (AP) — Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals because of a doping case involving Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter. The IOC said Wednesday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Olympic rules state that the entire relay team can […]
  • Russian athletes accused of fleeing drug testers at meet

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian track and field federation says it’s investigating after several athletes apparently withdrew from a competition to avoid drug testers. The All-Russia Athletics Federation says it has “established the fact of a mass withdrawal of athletes due to possible doping controls at one of the ARAF Winter Tour events.” Official results […]
  • Arizona guard Allonzo Trier, center, shoots as UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, left, and center Thomas Welsh defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Los Angeles. Arizona won 96-85. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Trier returns, No. 14 Arizona shuts down No. 3 UCLA 96-85

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boosted by the return of Allonzo Trier, No. 14 Arizona showed off a potent offense to go along with its swarming defense. Trier led a late run in the first half and finished with 12 points in his first game of the season, helping the Wildcats topple No. 3 UCLA 96-85 […]
  • Arizona’s Trier tested positive for PED

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona sophomore Allonzo Trier, who has yet to play this season, admitted Wednesday that he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The 6-foot-5 Trier, who came to Arizona as the marquee player in coach Sean Miller’s recruiting class, had a strong freshman season, averaging 14.8 points. The school had never […]
  • FILE - At left, in a June 23, 2011, file photo, former San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court in San Francisco. At right, in a July 14, 2011 file photo, former Major League baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington. Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell are likely to be voted into baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, when Trevor Hoffman and Ivan Rodriguez also could gain the honor. Bonds and Clemens, shunned because of allegations of steroids use, appear set for big increases in their voters. (AP Photo/File)

    Column: Hall vote shows some stains last longer than others

    The takeaway from this year’s Hall of Fame balloting is Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens likely will get in within the next five years. Shame it couldn’t be this one. Because those two sharing the stage with former commissioner Bud Selig at induction ceremonies in Cooperstown this summer would have been priceless, a photo worth […]
  • FILE - At left, in a June 23, 2011, file photo, former San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court in San Francisco. At right, in a July 14, 2011 file photo, former Major League baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington. Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell are likely to be voted into baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, when Trevor Hoffman and Ivan Rodriguez also could gain the honor. Bonds and Clemens, shunned because of allegations of steroids use, appear set for big increases in their voters. (AP Photo/File)

    Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting

    NEW YORK (AP) — The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election along with Jeff Bagwell when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting is announced Wednesday […]
  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JAN. 14-15 - FILE - In this March 6, 2006 file photo, Houston Astros' Jeff Bagwell warms up before the start of a spring training baseball game, in Kissimmee, Fla.  Jeff Bagwell is expected to be elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. After being on the ballot since 2011, the Houston Astros slugger said the No. 1 thing he'll feel when he hears the results won't be happiness or disappointment, but something different altogether after such a long wait. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    Bagwell’s Hall of Fame wait likely to end after 7 years

    HOUSTON (AP) — Jeff Bagwell spent a career putting up huge stats, the kind that often get posted on plaques in Cooperstown. In a few days, the former Astros slugger might well hit the big number he needs to reach the Hall of Fame. Whether he’s elected or not, Bagwell says he’ll feel something other […]
  • FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, Chuck Wielgus, executive director of USA Swimming, smiles during a news conference at the U.S. Olympic team trials in Omaha, Neb. Wielgus is retiring after leading a federation that brought home more than 150 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm. Wielgus will leave his job Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

    After 2 decades, Wielgus leaving as head of USA Swimming

    USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus is retiring after leading a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm. Wielgus, who turns 67 next month, has been battling colorectal cancer for more than 10 years and undergoes regular chemotherapy. He will leave his job Aug. 31. He is the […]
  • Mets, Mejia go through formality of agreeing to contract

    NEW YORK (AP) — Suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets went through the formality Tuesday of agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,976,000, money he will not ever receive. Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball last Feb. 12 after his third positive test under the major league drug program. […]