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NHL hoping to make inroads in China with preseason games

September 20th, 2017

SHANGHAI (AP) – As the Vancouver Canucks held their first practice in Shanghai before their exhibition game with the Los Angeles Kings, a dense fog settled over the ice. The humidity in the arena was high and the players could barely see the puck.

Large dehumidifiers were rolled in and …

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AP Interview: Phelps has ‘no desire’ to return to swimming

September 19th, 2017

Michael Phelps wondered if watching others compete at the world championships would pique his desire for another comeback.

Nope.

Phelps said Tuesday he has “no desire” to return to competitive swimming, but he is eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous …

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Romario seeks senate probe into Rio Olympic organizer Nuzman

September 19th, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilian Senator Romario de Souza Faria, the star of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, hopes to open a congressional investigation into Carlos Nuzman, who headed the local organizing committee of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Nuzman, an honorary IOC member, was held for …

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Isolated Turkmenistan holds lavish opening ceremony

September 17th, 2017

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) – With a glitzy sports show and a multi-billion-dollar spending spree, isolated Turkmenistan wants to show itself to the world.

Turkmenistan, a gas-rich former Soviet nation in Central Asia, has comparatively little contact with the outside world and sees few foreign visitors. Its authoritarian government is regularly …

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Olympic leader confident Games will go on in South Korea

September 15th, 2017

LIMA, Peru (AP) – The president of the International Olympic Committee said Friday he remains confident the Winter Games will go on as scheduled in South Korea despite growing tensions on the peninsula, including North Korea’s ballistic missile test this week.

At the close of this week’s IOC meetings, Thomas …

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The Latest: Lawmakers OK bill supporting 2028 LA Olympics

September 15th, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

California lawmakers have approved legislation that puts taxpayers on the hook for up to $270 million if the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics go over budget.

LA Olympics boosters say they have a sustainable …

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Brittany Bowe getting back on track on speedskating oval

September 15th, 2017

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Health problems forced Brittany Bowe to step away from the speedskating oval, a decision that the former world champion described as one of the toughest that she’s had to make in her life.

Concussion symptoms that started after a crash on the ice last summer are becoming …

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Russia doping tension marks final day of IOC meetings

September 15th, 2017

LIMA, Peru (AP) – The raw feelings created by the Russian doping scandal spilled onto the floor and into the hallways of the International Olympic Committee meetings Friday, with less than five months until the Winter Games and still no decisions made about the fate of the country’s athletes.

IOC …

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French Olympic delegation celebrates 2024 Games victory

September 15th, 2017

PARIS (AP) – Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo waved a flag Friday and her plane was sprayed by a celebratory water cannon as the French Olympic delegation was welcomed back in Paris after securing the 2024 Olympic Games.

Hidalgo noted the seriousness of the undertaking for Paris, which has been targeted …

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Ovechkin, NHL players grudgingly accept Olympic absence

September 15th, 2017

With 644 words and two exclamation points, Alex Ovechkin put a final period on his and other NHL players’ dreams of playing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The Washington Capitals’ Russian superstar acknowledged in a lengthy statement released by the team Thursday night that, although he’d love to represent his …

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