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Former Alaska student to plan Beijing Olympics ski events

November 18th, 2017

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Former University of Alaska Fairbanks student Qingping Yu has met some of the best skiers in the world through her work in the international alpine skiing industry. When she does, she teaches them a bit about Interior Alaska skiing.

When they ask about her “home mountain,” …

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‘Pocket Hercules,’ 3-time Olympic champion, dies at 50

November 18th, 2017

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.

Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul …

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Figure skater Gracie Gold withdraws from US championships

November 17th, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Two-time U.S. women’s figure skating champion Gracie Gold has withdrawn from the national championships while she continues to seek treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder.

Gold announced last month that she was withdrawing from her Grand Prix assignments, and her decision to skip …

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Andy Murray, coach Ivan Lendl end 2nd stint together

November 17th, 2017

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl are calling it quits for a second time, ending a partnership that produced three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals.

Murray announced Friday on his website that he and Lendl “have mutually agreed to end their coaching relationship.”

All of Murray’s greatest triumphs …

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IOC to decide Dec. 5 if Russia goes to 2018 Winter Olympics

November 17th, 2017

GENEVA (AP) — The International Olympic Committee will decide on Dec. 5 if Russia can compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Russia faces being banned from the Feb. 9-25 games in South Korea as punishment for state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The IOC said on Friday that a …

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WADA decision harms Russia’s hopes for Winter Olympics

November 15th, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The World Anti-Doping Agency hurt Russia’s hopes of competing at next year’s Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country’s suspended anti-doping operation.

At its meeting Thursday in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstatement had still not been fulfilled: That Russia publicly …

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WADA decision damages Russia’s hopes for Winter Olympics

November 15th, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The World Anti-Doping Agency dealt a blow to Russia’s hopes of competing at next year’s Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country’s suspended anti-doping operation, and Russia responded by insisting, as it has all along, that the government had nothing to do with doping.

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France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

November 15th, 2017

LONDON (AP) – France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday.

The World Rugby Council disregarded the recommendation of an evaluation report to hand the tenth edition of its …

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Jamaica’s Carter at court for Bolt Olympic relay medal case

November 15th, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has testified at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal against disqualification from the 2008 Olympics in a doping case that cost Usain Bolt a 4×100-meter relay gold medal.

Carter shielded his face from media on arriving at sport’s highest court …

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It’s all about family as curling Hamiltons vie for Olympics

November 14th, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – When one of his games at the U.S. Olympic curling trials was in a lull, Matt Hamilton couldn’t help but take a peek at the proceedings on the adjacent ice sheet. That’s where his sister Becca was playing.

The Hamiltons of McFarland, Wisconsin, are here together …

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