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CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying in FIFA window, 2019 August 21

MIAMI (AP) - Men's Olympic soccer qualifying for North and Central America and the Caribbean will take place during a FIFA international match window from March 20 to April 1, a decision that means the United States may be able to use top young players with European clubs such as ...

Former Rangers and 'Miracle on Ice' player charged in attack, 2019 August 21

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) - Mark Pavelich, a forward on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team who went on to play for the New York Rangers and two other NHL teams, has been charged with assault for allegedly beating a neighbor with a metal pole and breaking ...

Tuesday Sports in Brief, 2019 August 21

NFL

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Star receiver Antonio Brown practiced with the Oakland Raiders in a certified helmet.

Coach Jon Gruden said Brown participated in the team's first practice session back at team headquarters Tuesday, two days after being given an ultimatum by general manager Mike Mayock to be "all ...

Pan Am Games protesters each get 12 months of probation, 2019 August 20

DENVER — The letters went to the two protesters. The message was meant for a much wider audience.

The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan ...

Shot putter David Storl out of worlds with back injury, 2019 August 20

DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) - Two-time world shot put champion David Storl says he will miss the track world championships with a back injury.

The German won the world title in 2011 and 2013 and took silver in 2015 but has spent much of this season battling back problems. He says ...

USOPC proposes more athletes on board as part of overhaul, 2019 August 19

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 the job of promoting their well-being.

These changes are ...

Inaugural Aurora Games ready to kick off in Albany, NY, 2019 August 18

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - When former UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field was asked to be part of the inaugural Aurora Games, she jumped at the chance. Celebrating the female athlete is right up her alley.

"The thing that really struck me is that we do celebrate these high-level athletes ...

Friday Sports in Brief, 2019 August 17

NBA

NEW YORK (AP) - In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday.

Joe Tsai already had purchased ...