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 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    April 6, 2022

Kansas comes back, wins NCAA title 3 years in the making

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Great Kansas Comeback, as it will forever be known in the history books, is about more than just one stifling, scintillating 20-minute stretch of Jayhawks basketball. The championship KU captured Monday night traced its...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    August 8, 2021

"I feel at peace": Felix exits stage with record 11th medal

TOKYO (AP) — ​Allyson Felix knows the way to the Olympic medals stand better than any runner alive. She made her record-setting 11th trip there Saturday, after starring as the headliner on a 4x400 relay win that featured a who's-who of American...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    August 6, 2021

The long journey leads to an Olympic record for Felix

TOKYO (AP) — She describes herself as "old." She concedes she wasn't sure she'd make it this far. There were times, though, when "making it" had nothing to do with the Olympics and everything to do with simply climbing out of her hospital bed. No w...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    July 29, 2021

U.S. women's hoops team captures 3-on-3 Olympic gold

TOKYO (AP) — Their scrapbooks and trophy cases are filled with memories from Final Fours, national titles, All-America honors and even some impressive showings in the pros. Now, they have Olympic gold medals to go with all that. The U.S. team of...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    March 14, 2021

March Madness: 68 teams punch ticket; the hard part awaits

The 68 teams whose names popped up in the March Madness bracket only thought it was time to celebrate: The next four or five days figure to be the most nerve-wracking part of their seasons. Welcome to Bubble Ball — the NCAA Tournament is being play...

 
 By Eddie Pells    Sports    May 8, 2020

AP Exclusive: 70% of US Olympic sports applied for PPP funds

DENVER (AP) — At least 70 percent of U.S. Olympic sports organizations have applied for government funds during the coronavirus pandemic, a stark financial reality that underscores the frailties within the world's most dominant Olympic sports...

 

Olympic pushback: US track joins swimming, urges Tokyo delay

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Olympic leaders are facing a growing rebellion inside their ranks about holding the Tokyo Games. A board member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee countered leadership by criticizing the IOC, and the USA Track and...

 

USOPC proposes more athletes on board as part of overhaul

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is taking steps designed to help athletes in the wake of Olympic sex-abuse scandals, proposing an increase in their numbers on its board and a recasting of its mission statement to include...

 

Warren unveils abortion rights platform following new laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies, moves Democrats have...

 

51 women sue USOC for failing to stop Nassar abuse

DENVER (AP) — Fifty-one women are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee, its board members and a number of former high-ranking officials for failing to prevent their abuse at the hands of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar. The lawsuit, filed...

 
 By Eddie Pells    Sports    July 27, 2018

2 minutes, 8 barrels: Surfer takes an epic ride into history

To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate. To say he got lucky — that's missing the point. Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii rode a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the...

 
 By Eddie Pells    Regional    July 22, 2018

Hotrod team donates brains, urges same from military members

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Concussion experts would someday like to conduct the same amount of research on head injuries among military members as they've done for football players. One way to get there: racecar drivers. All seven members of the...

 
 By Eddie Pells    Sports    July 13, 2018

Player-coach bond may have saved lives in Thai cave ordeal

The day-to-day pearls of wisdom imparted by coaches to players — from youth sports, to high school, to college and even the pros — are well-known: Try your hardest, don't lose focus, support your teammates, keep your chin up. Sometimes, heeding...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    May 24, 2018

Lawmakers: Funding, urgency lacking in Olympic abuse crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tears and anger this time came from lawmakers who spent the day fuming over a growing sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports that leaders have taken too much time to solve while devoting too little money for the fixes. "I just...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    April 19, 2018

With USOC in turmoil, athletes testify about sex-abuse cases

The question sex-abuse victim Craig Maurizi would like to ask U.S. Olympic leaders is simple and searing: "How can you sleep at night?" Every bit as perplexing: How to make sure this doesn't happen again? The figure skater was one of four Olympic-spo...

 

Sister Jean takes hoops to a heavenly place

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheelchair on the floor of...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    March 30, 2018

Heaven sent: Chat with Sister Jean brightens up Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Who needs "One Shining Moment" when you've got Sister Jean? The 98-year-old nun who has become the face of this most-inspiring NCAA Tournament held court on Good Friday in one of the best-attended news conferences ever held at...

 

Blackmun resigns as CEO as USOC addresses wide abuse scandal

Scott Blackmun resigned as chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday, citing difficulties with prostate cancer and the federation's need to urgently move forward to address the sex abuse scandal that has rocked gymnastics. The...

 

Top gymnastics board members resign in wake of abuse case

Three top board members of USA Gymnastics resigned and the man who coached the 2012 Olympic team was suspended Monday, after calls from angry gymnasts who say the organization did nothing to protect them after they were abused by former team doctor...

 
 By EDDIE PELLS    Sports    December 8, 2017

US team still planning for Olympics despite confusion

Members of the Trump administration surprised the U.S. Olympic Committee by suggesting the nation's participation at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games in South Korea was "an open question," and the USOC responded by saying it has no plans on pulling...

 
 By Eddie Pells    Sports    July 2, 2017

Study finds women with more testosterone get large boost

A scientific paper published Monday found that women who produce higher-than-normal amounts of testosterone have up to a 4.5 percent advantage over their competition on the track, evidence the sport's governing body will use to potentially sideline...

 

Concussion expert on Tags: Can't underestimate his decisions

HOUSTON (AP) — Paul Tagliabue's rejection by Hall of Fame voters didn't come as a surprise to one of the biggest critics of the NFL's research and handling of head injuries. "You can't underestimate what those decisions made on concussions in the...

 

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