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MATCHDAY: France opens World Cup defense, Wales at Belgium

A look at what’s happening in 2022 World Cup qualifying in Europe on Wednesday: GROUP A Portugal has a depleted defense for its match against Azerbaijan, with goalk...

Russian minister forced to leave world college sports role

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia’s sports minister stepped aside Tuesday from leading the world governing body for university sports in order to comply with punishments imposed in the fallout from ...

Track leaders seek global input for future of the sport

The international federation for track and field sent out a first-of-its-kind global survey Monday that it will use to help chart the course for the sport over the rest of the decade. ...

Minor league Cubs player arrested over drugs in Colorado

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — A minor league baseball player is facing drug charges after police in Colorado found 21 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of oxycodone pills in his Chicago Cubs duffel bag. ...

Ex-UK cycling doc banned from medical work over drug order

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British medical authorities on Friday banned the former doctor of the British Olympic program and the Tour de France-winning Team Sky after he was found to have covered up t...

Russians to compete as neutral athletes again in track

MONACO (AP) — Russian athletes in track and field will be allowed to compete internationally again under a neutral flag as their national federation edges closer to having its longstanding doping susp...

Olympic hammer champion Nazarov banned for doping

MONACO (AP) — Olympic hammer throw champion Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan has been banned for two years in a doping case and will not be able to defend his title at the Tokyo Games, the Athletics Inte...

Wiggins calls for fresh inquiry into doctor's doping case

LONDON (AP) — Bradley Wiggins called for a fresh investigation on Monday after the doctor who worked for the British cycling team and Team Sky was found to have covered up an order of testosterone tha...

Kenyan runner convicted of doping offense in criminal court

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A female runner became the first athlete in Kenya to be convicted of a doping offense in a criminal court on Friday. Distance runner Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi,...

Russian folk song rejected as substitute Olympic anthem

GENEVA (AP) — Russia's wish to use a patriotic Soviet-era folk song as a replacement anthem for the Tokyo Olympics was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday in further fallout from ...

Thomas Bach re-elected as IOC president until 2025

GENEVA (AP) — Thomas Bach was re-elected as president of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday for a final four-year term with his immediate focus on this year’s delayed Tokyo Games. ...

IOC chief Thomas Bach reelected, pledges 'safe' Tokyo Olympics

Members of the International Olympic Committee overwhelmingly backed Thomas Bach on Wednesday, handing him another term as the president of the global sports body. The 67-year-old Bach, once a fencing...

Oprah’s deft royal interview shows why she’s still the queen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were royal victims and villains in Harry and Meghan’s tell-all — or tell enough — interview with Oprah Winfrey. But there was only one immediate and clear winner: the American...

A pandemic, a plan and a return to golf with no interruption

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan keeps the screenshot his daughters sent him as a tease one year ago. Now it's a reminder of how quickly celebration gave way to concern...

Top official at swimming body FINA quits after 35 years

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Cornel Marculescu, the executive director of swimming's governing body FINA, resigned Wednesday after 35 years in charge in which the sport transformed its commercial appe...