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Van Bommel's Wolfsburg stuck in reverse gear in Germany

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg is Germany's auto-making capital. Its soccer team is stuck in reverse gear. Wolfsburg started the season with four consecutive wins to go to the ...

Bayern sends message to rivals with 5-1 win at Leverkusen

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich wanted to send a message to fellow title contenders like Bayer Leverkusen. Message sent. Bouncing back from a rare loss t...

Netherlands and Germany battle to wins in WCup qualifying

The Netherlands is back in control of its World Cup qualifying group but hardly in convincing style. A 1-0 win over Latvia with a volley from Davy Klaassen lacked the swagger from la...

Denmark on brink, Kane on streak in WCup qualifying

European countries resume their qualifying campaigns for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this week. Here are some things to look out for: COPING WITHOUT ERIKSEN ...

Dortmund sweats over Haaland fitness in Bundesliga break

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is set to spend the international break worrying about the fitness of Erling Haaland after the club indicated the Norway striker's injury could drag on int...

Bayern's bid for 10th title boosted by rivals' disarray

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Bayern's record 10th Bundesliga title in a row might be the easiest of the lot. The team from Munich is cruising unbeaten at the top of the league table un...

Svensson's turnaround puts Mainz back in the spotlight

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Jürgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Bo Svensson? Coaching Mainz in the Bundesliga inevitably means being compared to the illustrious names who started out at the ...

Eccentric and hard to hit, Usyk a tricky opponent for Joshua

Anthony Joshua has never fought a challenger like Oleksandr Usyk. The unbeaten, unconventional Ukrainian matches slick footwork with a quirky sense of humor, and he is notoriously hard to hit. ...

Pandemic Olympics endured heat, and now a typhoon's en route

TOKYO (AP) — First, the sun. Now: the wind and the rain. The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by the pandemic and opened under oppressive heat, are due for another hit of nature’s power: a ty...

Flamingo stance helps weightlifter Li Fabin win Olympic gold

TOKYO (AP) — Li Fabin embraced his inner flamingo with a unique stance on the way to winning an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting on Sunday. But don't try it at home, the Chinese c...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home cou...

Batsarashkina backs up silver in Rio with gold in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — The longest tenure in Olympic history came to a close with Nina Salukvadze's retirement announcement. A new era in shooting may be taking off with Vitalina Batsarashkina...

1st woman in Olympic weightlifting still raising the bar

TOKYO (AP) — After 21 years of raising the bar, the first woman ever to compete in weightlifting at the Olympics is still going. Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was the first athle...

All for nothing: Athletes qualify but end out of Olympics

MADRID (AP) — As one of the top-ranked taekwondo fighters in the world, Jesús Tortosa was ready to start packing for the Tokyo Olympics. He had been preparing for it for the past fiv...

Russia at Tokyo Olympics with new name, more doping disputes

Russia is competing under another new name at the Tokyo Olympics, the latest fallout from the Games’ longest-running doping saga. You won't see the Russian flag above any podiums but...