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 By Rob Harris    Sports    March 29, 2020

Visa extends athlete sponsorship to 2021 after Olympic delay

Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed, providing some financial certainty amid the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

 By Rob Harris    Sports    July 4, 2019

Dutch reach first Women's World Cup final, will face US

LYON, France (AP) — When Jackie Groenen received the ball, even though she was outside the penalty area, the Dutch midfielder knew she had to seize her opening. It was 99 minutes into a grueling Women's World Cup semifinal, and neither the...


Mary Harvey goes from soccer champ to human rights leader

Mary Harvey is used to blazing the trail in sports. Despite growing up without major soccer tournaments to aspire to play in, the goalkeeper helped the U.S. win the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991 and the first women's Olympic soccer title five...

 By Rob Harris    Sports    June 14, 2018

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The...


Rodchenkov to AP: 'Sorry to all clean athletes we cheated'

An apology for Russia's doping scheme is now ready to be issued. Not by the state which ordered the systematic cover-up but by the chemist who helped Russian athletes trick the system. "I am very sorry to all the clean athletes we cheated," former...

 By Rob Harris    Sports    August 9, 2017

AP Interview: Paris open to esports on 2024 Olympic program

LONDON (AP) — Video gamers could be competing for Olympic medals by 2024. Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, told The Associated Press that he will hold talks with esports representatives and the IOC about the...


Study of footballers' brains highlights dementia concerns

LONDON (AP) — The degenerative damage potentially caused by repeated blows to the head in soccer has been highlighted by a rare study of brains of a small number of retired players who developed dementia. Fourteen former players were part of the...


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