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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 […]
  • 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.