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National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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  • National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    NHL brass still leaning against Olympic shutdown in 2018

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL is likely to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics unless something big changes in the next few months. The league’s owners are still leaning against allowing the world’s top hockey players to participate in the Olympics next year, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday. In the league’s most strident comments […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Bobby Brown, of the United States, competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Brown, who has recovered from multiple injuries sustained during competitions, will take part in the Winter X Games this weekend in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, file)

    Meditation gave freeskier Bobby Brown another chance at gold

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Freeskier Bobby Brown has recovered from wipeouts that have rendered him almost motionless. He’s broken his back, pelvis and both ankles. What broke after the 2014 Sochi Olympics was his spirit. Injuries transformed his lead-in to the 2014 Games into a brutal contest against both the clock and his own body […]
  • 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 Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, two-time Olympic snowboarder Shaun White trains at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. White turned 30 last fall, and anyone who tuned out after his stunning fail at the Olympics in Russia missed the start of a reboot that may feel more like a comeback story. Back at the Winter X Games this year, the two-time Olympic champion has refocused his business, his training and his fitness for a run at next year's games. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

    Shaun White 3.0: Fit, focused, fired up as he hits 30

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — This time, the question came to Shaun White from an airplane pilot, though the pilot was hardly the first one to ask it of late: Are you still riding? The answer: Hell, yes. White turned 30 last fall, and anyone who tuned out after his stunning loss at the Olympics in […]
  • 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 […]
  • WITH STORY: RUSSIA RECORD LOSING STREAK - In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, Sverdlovsk's women's pro ice hockey goalie Valeria Merkusheva defendes the net during their match against Biryusa Krasnoyarsk in Kurganovo, 15 Km (9,3 miles), south of Yekaterinburg, Russia. It's been three years since the Sverdlovsk team last won a match, and it's hard to stay positive. Since the losing streak began, the club has changed its coaches, almost all of its players and even its name.  (AP Photo/Manuel Kalavera)

    105-game losing streak weighs down Russian hockey team

    KURGANOVO, Russia (AP) — It’s been 105 games and more than three years since one Russian women’s pro hockey team last won, and its whole season is a struggle to stay positive. “We’re totally screwed,” goalie coach Irina Votintseva said after a 5-1 loss on Monday, the latest failed attempt to shake off the unwanted […]
  • Nathan Chen waves to the crowd after his score was announced in the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Chen dominates men’s short program at US nationals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hyped as the future of men’s skating, Nathan Chen put the sport on notice that his time is now. Chen dazzled and dominated as he stamped himself as a future Olympic medalist contender, connecting on a pair of quads and slaying the competition with a short program record score of […]
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) looks up to dunk in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-103.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    LeBron considering return to US Olympic team under Popovich

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James might make another run at Olympic gold with Gregg Popovich. James, who already has two gold medals, said that Popovich taking over as coach of the U.S. team will influence his decision on whether to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games. “It factors a lot,” James said Saturday as […]
  • Japan says isle name on 2018 Olympic website ‘unacceptable.”

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says it is “unacceptable” that the official website for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics refers to disputed isles in the Sea of Japan under the South Korean name “Dokdo.” The website introduces the islets by saying, “Dokdo holds a special place in the hearts of Koreans as they […]
  • Michael Conlan, left, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, who boxed for Ireland at the London Olympics, listens during his introduction at a press conference, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Conlan makes his pro debut in New York on St. Patrick's Day, Friday March 17, in a junior featherweight bout against Denver's Tim Ibarra. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Denied Rio medal, Irish fighter debuts on St. Patrick’s Day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conlan wasn’t going to take it quietly when judges at the Rio Olympics gave his Russian opponent a controversial decision win. His pro debut on St. Patrick’s Day at Madison Square Garden isn’t expected to be very quiet, either. “We’ve got a lot of rowdy Irish people coming over,” Conlan […]