Column: IOC must wield big stick to clean up weightlifting

PARIS (AP) — No carrots. To save weightlifting from the rot of doping, the International Olympic Committee must continue to wield the big stick. When initial drug testing came back n...

Column: A sad, shocking week that tested football's heart

PARIS (AP) — It was a week of sad and shocking images for football. From the murky depths of the cold sea that separates France and England came a chilling photograph, shot remotely,...

French child rape case is another lesson about sports abuse

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — The victims' parents regarded him as a family friend, unaware of the tortures he was inflicting on their children behind closed doors. His past glories as a c...

In shaming 90-year-old rider, anti-doping earns a black eye

With each pedal-stroke of his 80- and now 90-year-old legs, Carl Grove sought to show his fellow Americans that old age can be rich and rewarding. His bike is his soapbox. As time ca...

Eyeing 2024, gymnastics makes moves on free-spirited parkour

PARIS (AP) — Their test of skill and courage was as dangerous as it was effective: Having clambered as stylishly as they could to the summit of a jagged, pyramid-shaped climbing wall in the suburbs of...

Column: Sacking Mourinho will allow United to rebuild

When you're in a hole, stop digging: That's the strategy Manchester United is pursuing by sacking Jose Mourinho. Ditching the manager midseason, a risky move with no successor in pla...

Column: Good and bad in Ballon d'Or twerking uproar

PARIS (AP) — First, the good news: In 2018, a man can no longer disrespect a trailblazing sportswoman on global TV without incurring instant opprobrium. French DJ Martin Solveig lear...

Column: Ryder Cup's 'Captain America' loses his superpowers

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Forget Captain America. Because, as wits on social media were quick to point out, Patrick Reed spent so much time in the water on Day 2 of the Ryder Cup that a...

Column: Ryder Cup an opportunity missed for French golf

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — It remains, on the eve of the Ryder Cup outside Paris, the defining image of French golf: Jean Van de Velde losing the British Open in excruciating fashion in ...

Column: At World Cup final, Mbappe, just 19, joins Pele

MOSCOW (AP) — The ball skidded across the pristine Moscow pitch and time seemed to slow. This was Kylian Mbappe's moment, at just 19, to become the youngest player since Pele to score in a World Cup f...

Column: The World Cup? Fan-bloomin'-tastic

MOSCOW (AP) — There was high drama even before the first game, when Spain fired its coach. There'll be drama, promise, at the last game, too, with France aiming to block Croatian membership in the sma...

Column: Deschamps poised to make coaching history for France

MOSCOW (AP) — Halftime at the 1998 World Cup final, France is 2-0 up against Brazil. In the locker room, Zinedine Zidane is flat on his back on the floor, legs raised on a bench, catching his breath a...

Column: With World Cup title, France could launch a dynasty

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It's good the French make lots of Champagne, because with the trophy-winning potential of its team that will play in the World Cup final on Sunday, they could be bathing ...

Column: Without parents' sacrifices, there'd be no World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — To go with the golden boot, for the World Cup's top scorer, and the best player's golden ball, tournament organizer FIFA should consider a new award: A golden steering wh...

Column: Winds of football change blow at Russia World Cup

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — The mini-revolt that started eight months ago, when Sweden toppled Italy in qualifying and barred the four-time champions from the World Cup for the first time since 195...