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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)

    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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • FILE - This  April 6, 2016, file photo, shows a view of Deodoro Olympic Park canoe slalom circuit, center, and BMX circuit, right, during a flight on an army helicopter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Almost five months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended, the venue is struggling to find a use. Rio de Janeiro's city hall confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, that the Deodoro Olympic Park, which was to be used as a park and recreation area after the games, has been closed. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    Another Rio Olympic venue struggling to find a use

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Almost five months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended, another venue is struggling to find a use. Rio de Janeiro’s city hall said Tuesday that the Deodoro Olympic Park, which was to be used as a park and recreation area after the games, has been closed. Deodoro was the […]
  • FILE - In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the nominees for FIFA's world's best player award on Monday Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

    Euro 2016 generated 1.2 billion-euro boost for France

    PARIS (AP) — France says that organizing the European soccer championships last summer provided an economic boost worth 1.2 billion euros ($1.26 billion) to the economy. According to figures from the Centre for Law and Economics of Sport, the continental soccer tournament attracted 2.5 million fans in stadiums as well as 600,000 visitors from abroad. […]
  • Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a shot to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during their women's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    Former No. 1 Wozniacki beats Olympic champion Puig in Sydney

    SYDNEY (AP) — Former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki stepped up her preparations for the Australian Open with 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig at the Sydney International on Monday. Wozniacki, who finished back-to-back years at No. 1 in the rankings in 2010 and ’11, has never won a major and is […]
  • FILE - In this March 7, 2014, file photo, United States' Ashton Eaton, left, talks to his wife Canada's Brianne Theisen Eaton as they compete in the heptathlon and pentathlon during the Athletics Indoor World Championships in Sopot, Poland. Two-time Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton and heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton have announced their retirements, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in side-by-side essays on their website. Considered the first family of multi-events, the couple met at the University of Oregon as teenagers and married in July 2013. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)

    2-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton retiring

    Two Olympic decathlon gold medals. Rewriting the world record not once but twice. Ashton Eaton really can’t envision accomplishing much more in an event that comes with the label of world’s greatest athlete. So, he’s stepping away less than three weeks shy of his 29th birthday. Eaton and heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their retirements Wednesday […]
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    Moments and feelings that will be recalled more vividly than any numbers on a result sheet or etched in bright lights on a scoreboard.
  • FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, former Tour de France winner and Olympic Gold medalist Britain's Bradley Wiggins greets spectators prior to competing in the six day race at  the Kuipke velodrome in Ghent, Belgium, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Wiggins announced his retirement from professional cycling on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    Former Tour de France champ Wiggins retires from cycling

    Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement from cycling on Wednesday, ending an illustrious career in which he won a British-record eight Olympic medals and became his country’s first winner of the Tour de France. The 36-year-old Wiggins posted a statement on his Facebook and Instagram pages, alongside a picture of his collected race jerseys, medals and […]
  • Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner during a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Mercury’s Taurasi, Griner, Dupree named finalists for US team

    Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are in line to try for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.