Update: Boston defensemen lead charge in Game 1

Sports 05/27/19, 22:03

The Latest on the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):11 p.m.Forty-nine years after Boston's Bobby Orr flew through the air following his Stanley Cup-clinching goal against St. Louis, Bruins defensemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy played a huge role in a Game 1 win over the Blues.Both scored in the ...

Bettman says NHL will consider expanding video review

Sports 05/27/19, 21:00

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the league will consider expanded video review after some high-profile missed calls during the playoffs.During his annual speech prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said general managers will discuss potential expansion of video review next month. He didn't even wait ...

Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

Italian bid edges Swedish rival in 2026 Olympic host study

Sports 05/24/19, 06:58

The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the candidates published Friday.Polling by the International Olympic Committee, which typically looks to get a warm welcome from host nations, showed "83% support in Italy" ...

Malago to lead organizing committee if Milan-Cortina wins

Sports 05/07/19, 06:48

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago will lead the organizing committee if the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid wins next month's vote to host the 2026 Winter Games.Malago's announcement came hours after a massive police operation in the Milan area resulted in 43 people being arrested — many of them public officials ...

After cover-ups, Moscow’s doping lab makes quiet return

Sports 05/03/19, 13:02

The Moscow laboratory that was shut down in 2015 following doping cover-ups has quietly become a crucial part of the world's drug-testing system once again.Under an often-overlooked provision in anti-doping rules, the lab handled 1,763 blood samples last year from athletes, including foreign tennis stars, and a total of 3,539 ...

Canada’s Osmond, 2018 world champion, retires from skating

Sports 05/02/19, 16:29

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, the 2018 world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, is going out on top.The 23-year-old Osmond announced her retirement from competitive figure skating on Thursday. She leaves the sport as Canada's most decorated women's singles skater.Osmond won the world title last March in Milan, a few weeks ...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Sports 04/18/19, 04:00

It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games."Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday."The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic organizers launch their ticket website on Thursday, which ...

Milan-Cortina 2026 bid boosted by government support

Sports 04/05/19, 09:37

The Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics received a boost Friday by a key letter of financial support from the Italian government.The letter was signed by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and handed to Octavian Morariu, the chair of the IOC's evaluation commission, which is concluding a weeklong inspection ...

Ichiro turns down Japanese government award for third time

Sports 04/04/19, 23:04

For the third time, baseball star Ichiro Suzuki has turned down a prestigious Japanese government award handed to stars in sports, entertainment, and culture.A Japanese government spokesman said Friday that Ichiro, who retired last month with the Seattle Mariners, had declined the People's Honor Award.The most recent winner was Olympic ...

Firefighters extinguish large parts of South Korean blaze

Asia & Pacific 04/04/19, 21:32

Authorities say firefighters have extinguished large parts of a forest fire burning in the mountainous South Korean region that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics.It has destroyed 120 homes and forced thousands to flee. One person was killed by the fire, and another died because of a falling object in the ...

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir takes break for fundraiser

Sports 03/31/19, 08:05

How dedicated is Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to his hometown training rink, The Skating Club of Wilmington?When the Delaware resident was recently cast in a new Netflix ice skating drama called "Spinning Out," he was to be in Canada filming the show's first season next weekend when the skating ...

Zagitova wins at worlds, Tursynbaeva lands 1st quad jump

Sports 03/22/19, 09:58

Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships on Friday.Skating to "Carmen," the 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop combination in the first half of ...

Chen leads after short program at figure skating worlds

Sports 03/21/19, 07:34

Defending champion Nathan Chen upstaged two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu on Thursday to lead the short program at the figure skating world championships.Skating to "Caravan" by Duke Ellington, Chen performed a lively program that featured a triple axel, a quad lutz and a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination for a season-best ...

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu ready for worlds

Sports 03/18/19, 22:55

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu says he has recovered sufficiently from an ankle injury and is ready to compete for the title at the world figure skating championships."I may not be 100 percent recovered but I'm ready for this competition' Hanyu told a news conference Tuesday, on the eve of ...

Olympic slalom champion Hansdotter to retire after season

Sports 03/06/19, 11:39

Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter will retire from Alpine skiing's World Cup next week, ending a years-long rivalry with Mikaela Shiffrin."It's time for me to say goodbye to the world cup circuit and start a new chapter in life," the 33-year-old Swede said Wednesday on Instagram .Hansdotter has been one ...

Red, white & blueprint: US biathlon forms plan to close gap

Sports 03/05/19, 03:04

The leader of the U.S. biathlon program sat down for a recent dinner at a bar in Park City, Utah, when he happened to glance at the television.There, on the screen, was a biathlon competition . On TV. In a bar. In America."I've waited," CEO Max Cobb said, "30 years ...

Russia learns to love ski resorts, but not ski racing

Sports 03/04/19, 07:27

In the five years since the Sochi Olympics, Russians have been flocking south to enjoy their subtropical ski slopes.The mountains above the Black Sea resort city are full of weekend skiers, with nearly a million visitors making the trip each winter. That's quite a change for a country used to ...

Second Sochi women’s World Cup super-G cancelled

Sports 03/03/19, 00:02

The women's World Cup super-G race in Sochi planned for Sunday has been cancelled after a week-long struggle with adverse weather.Days of heavy snow and strong winds have prevented any racing at the first World Cup event since 2012 on the Rosa Khutor course used for the 2014 Winter Olympics. ...

Heavy snowfall postpones Sochi women’s super-G

Sports 03/02/19, 00:44

The women's World Cup super-G race scheduled for Saturday in Sochi was postponed by a day due to heavy snowfall, and a second, rescheduled race is back off the calendar.Weather conditions have played havoc with the first World Cup events in Sochi since the 2014 Winter Olympics. Snowfall continued Saturday ...

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