Soccer players union promises to defend Olympic protesters, 2020 January 22

GENEVA (AP) - Soccer players who defy Olympic rules by making protest gestures at the 2020 Tokyo Games will be supported by their global union.

Freedom of speech on issues like anti-discrimination and gender equality needs to be protected from “a hypocritical rule,” FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffman said Wednesday ...

Olympic soccer qualifying moved in China because of virus, 2020 January 22

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Olympic qualifying games for the women’s soccer tournament were moved Wednesday from Wuhan, China, because of an outbreak of a viral illness.

The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group - host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand - will be played in Nanjing on Feb. ...

Sinclair highlights Canada's Olympic qualifying roster, 2020 January 21

Christine Sinclair, on the verge of tying the all-time international goals record, headlines Canada's roster for the CONCACAF Olympic soccer qualifying tournament.

Canadian coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller announced the 20-player squad for the tournament Tuesday. Canada opens qualifying on Jan. 29 against Saint Kitts and Nevis in Edinburg, Texas.

Putin names new Cabinet as key members of Russian govt stay, 2020 January 21

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place.

The Cabinet shake-up comes as Putin has launched a sweeping constitutional reform that is widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip ...

Investigators search home, gym of coach tied to Nassar, 2020 January 21

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) - Police on Tuesday searched the Michigan home and former gym of a gymnastics coach who had ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, authorities said.

The Lansing State Journal posted photos of a man with a police coat carrying a box away from John ...

Protests or not, politics and Olympics are intertwined, 2020 January 20

More than a half-century later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos are cemented into Olympic lore - their names enshrined in the Olympic Hall of Fame in the United States, their portrait an indelible fixture on the universal sports landscape.

As for that raised-fist salute that transformed them into Olympic ...

Real Madrid seals deal to sign Brazilian teen Reinier, 2020 January 20

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid has signed 18-year-old playmaker Reinier from Brazilian club Flamengo.

Madrid said Monday the talented Brazilian midfielder is joining the club on a contract until June 2026. The Spanish club said Reinier will initially play with its “B” team.

He will arrive in Madrid after playing ...

Darkness forces extra day for playoff in LPGA Tour opener, 2020 January 19

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The final round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions featured a little bit of everything. Clutch shots, bold play, lead changes, a few costly mistakes and even bonus golf.

Sunday did everything but decide a champion.

Nasa Hataoka and Gaby Lopez matched par ...