Olympics

4:49 PM ET Associated Press ROME — Rafael Nadal joined the growing number of tennis players expressing doubts about competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Third-ranked Nadal, in Rome for the Italian Open, said Tuesday that his status for the Tokyo Games is uncertain. “I don’t know yet. Honestly, I can’t give you a clear answer
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6:22 AM ET Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal — Disgraced former world athletics head Lamine Diack returned home to Senegal late Monday after a local soccer club paid a bond of just over $600,000 to allow him to leave France. Diack, the president of world athletics from 1999-2015, was convicted in Paris in September on multiple
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7:33 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay is being pulled off the streets in Hiroshima prefecture as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Japan barely 10 weeks before the opening ceremony. Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki said that a ceremony next week without the relay is likely to still take
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11:01 PM ET Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has backtracked on threats to boycott the Tokyo Olympics in a racially based protest. The Opals’ star centre has confirmed she’ll play at the Tokyo Games after last week accusing Australia’s Olympic fraternity of “white-washing” after a photo shoot lacking racial diversity. Cambage, born to a Nigerian
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9:17 PM ET Associated Press United States Olympian Rachel Garcia was one of the 12 players chosen in the first Athletes Unlimited softball draft on Monday night. Garcia, a right-handed pitcher for UCLA, is a two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She led the Bruins to the national title in 2019. Three Arizona
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10:46 AM ET Associated Press ROME — Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori has doubts about whether the IOC and local organizers are doing enough to plan for a worst-case scenario of “hundreds” or “thousands” of coronavirus cases at the Tokyo Olympics. Or whether it’s even still feasible to hold the games when a state of
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6:41 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach has canceled a trip to Japan because of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Monday in a statement. Bach was to visit Hiroshima next Monday and meet the torch relay and then probably travel to Tokyo. Organizing
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4:44 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN DK Metcalf did not run fast enough in the 100 meters Sunday to advance to the finals of the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open. But the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver fared better than some expected for an NFL player competing against professional sprinters. Metcalf’s time of
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9:58 AM ET Associated Press ROME — Naomi Osaka is conflicted over whether the Tokyo Olympics should be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The second-ranked tennis player, who represents Japan, was asked about the games at the Italian Open on Sunday. “Of course I would say I want the Olympics to happen, because I’m an
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2:35 AM ET The president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) on Saturday conceded a more diverse group of athletes should have been used in an advertisement for a local underwear brand after harsh criticism from two-time Olympian Liz Cambage. However, President John Coates defended the body’s broader record on race representation, as the AOC
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7:54 PM ET Associated Press PERTH, Australia — Two-time world surfing champion John John Florence has a knee injury that he hopes won’t prevent him from representing the United States at the Tokyo Olympics. The 28-year-old Florence said Saturday he was withdrawing from the remainder of the World Surf League event at Margaret River and
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3:03 PM ET The International Weightlifting Federation has revised its qualifying requirements for Olympic selection due to COVID-19 after a meeting, making it so that athletes are required to attend only four competitions instead of the previous six, which puts New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard on track to become the first transgender athlete to compete
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12:56 PM ET Associated Press MOSCOW — Tamara Press, a three-time Olympic champion from the Soviet Union who withdrew from international competition amid speculation and jibes about her gender, has died. She was 83. The Russian track federation said Press died in the hospital on April 26, without giving a cause of death. Press won
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