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The AP Interview: Exiled artist Ai Weiwei on Beijing Games

When he was tapped to help design Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the artist Ai Weiwei hoped the Games and the arena's instantly recognizable weave of curving steel beams would symbolize China's new openness. He was...

 

Tennis players take on Communist Party: Where is Peng Shuai?

Some of the world's most famous tennis players, distraught by the disappearance of colleague Peng Shuai, are challenging China's Communist Party to get answers. So far it's a standoff with little visible impact as tennis greats like Roger Federer...

 
 By STEPHEN WADE    Sports    July 25, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?

TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to access the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks. The response will be twisted by...

 
 By Stephen Wade    Sports    March 19, 2020

Flame arrival faces rising tension Tokyo Olympics be delayed

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the event should be postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

 
 By Stephen Wade    Sports    July 6, 2018

France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann. The France striker scored the second goal in his team's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay on...

 

Brazil, France allege Rio Olympics vote-buying scheme

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian and French authorities said Tuesday they uncovered an international corruption scheme aimed at buying votes in awarding the 2016 Olympics. It is the latest allegation to sully the legacy of the Rio Games, the first O...

 

Armless Archer: There's almost nothing he can't do

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP, posted Sept. 14, 2016) — Matt Stutzman was born with no arms — just stumps at the shoulders — but he says there's almost nothing he can't do. He holds a world record for the most accurate distance shot in archery, which incl...

 

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