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Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

December 6th, 2017

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday unveiled three sets of designs for the games’ mascots. The 6.5 million schoolchildren will review the shortlisted designs with their classes casting a single vote in …

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Craig, Mathewson retire from US women’s water polo team

December 6th, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Kami Craig and Courtney Mathewson retired from the U.S. women’s water polo team Wednesday after a dominant run that included consecutive Olympic titles.

Craig, 30, turned into one of the top centers in the world during her time with Team USA, also winning a silver …

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Ovechkin hopes Russian hockey team participates in Olympics

December 6th, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – Alex Ovechkin hopes the Russian hockey team participates in the 2018 Winter Olympics even though it would have to wear neutral uniforms.

After the International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from playing under their flag, Ovechkin said he supports the team’s decision and is “pretty sure …

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IOC leaves weightlifting at risk of 2024 Olympic snub

December 6th, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The IOC has left weightlifting at risk of being cut from the 2024 Olympics, and ordered retesting of more stored doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics.

Asked to update the IOC executive board Wednesday about handling the sport’s doping problem, the International Weightlifting Federation must …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will not stop the country’s athletes from competing at Pyeo

December 6th, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will not stop the country’s athletes from competing at Pyeongchang Olympics.

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Saulnier scores late, Canada beats USA in women’s hockey

December 6th, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba (AP) – Even after stopping 32 shots in a 2-0 shutout over the U.S. team on Tuesday night, Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse wasn’t about to take all the credit.

Lacasse led Canada in the pre-Olympic exhibition win, but said her teammates made the busy night easier.

“We kept …

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22 Russian athletes take Sochi Olympic doping cases to CAS

December 6th, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has registered appeals by 22 Russian athletes against their disqualifications from the 2014 Sochi Olympics for doping.

CAS says the athletes have requested verdicts before the Pyeongchang Games open on Feb. 9.

The appeals were confirmed one day …

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The red Russian uniforms will be gone, but not the athletes

December 6th, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – By invitation only, there will be Russians competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

And likely winning some medals.

Although the International Olympic Committee has barred the Russian team from competing in Pyeongchang because of widespread doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the country will be represented by “Olympic …

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Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

December 6th, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian team from games as punishment for doping violations at the …

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Q&A: What IOC punishment means for Russian Olympic athletes

December 5th, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Russia was formally barred from sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics, but many of its athletes should be competing in South Korea.

In a compromise punishment handed down Tuesday, the IOC suspended the Russian Olympic committee for the steroid doping program that corrupted the …

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