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Olympic sailing champ says she was assaulted by official, 2021 January 15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games.

Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation performed a “lewd ...

Japan minister says 'anything can happen' with Tokyo Games, 2021 January 15

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese cabinet minister Taro Kono has said “anything can happen” in regard to the postponed Tokyo Olympics, raising more doubts about the games scheduled to begin in just over six months.

Kono's statements contradict the official government position and that of the local organizing committee. They have ...

Thursday Sports in Brief, 2021 January 15

NFL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Urban Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, leaving the broadcast booth and returning to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed another health scare.

The 56-year-old Meyer was team owner Shad Khan’s top target, and Khan waited ...

Olympic swimmer released but ordered to stay away from DC, 2021 January 14

DENVER (AP) - A five-time Olympic swimming medalist charged with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was released from federal custody Thursday but ordered to stay away from Washington, D.C. until after next week's inauguration.

Klete Keller, who lives in Colorado, appeared during a brief hearing in ...

CONCACAF resets men's Olympic qualifying for March 18-30, 2021 January 14

MIAMI (AP) - Men’s Olympic soccer qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean was rescheduled Thursday for March 18-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the tournament originally was set to be played last spring.

The U.S., which failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, is in Group ...

Kathleen Heddle, Canadian Olympic rowing champ, dies at 55, 2021 January 14

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Kathleen Heddle, a three-time Olympic rowing champion for Canada, has died. She was 55.

She died Monday at home in Vancouver, Rowing Canada said Wednesday in a statement on behalf of her family. Heddle had breast and lymph-node cancer followed by melanoma and brain cancer ...

Russia's rebranded handball team gives hint at Olympic look, 2021 January 14

Goodbye, Russia handball team. Hello, Russian Handball Federation Team.

Even a small semantic difference at the men's world handball championship gives a clue to how Russians could compete at the Tokyo Olympics after a sports court imposed sanctions for a years-long doping cover-up.

The team played its first match at ...

Olympic champion Rollins-McNeal suspended in doping case, 2021 January 14

MONACO (AP) - Olympic hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal has been provisionally suspended for a doping rules violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Thursday.

Rollins-McNeal won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 29-year-old American was also world champion in 2013.

The AIU said it ...