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21 athletes, 5 sports in focus as doping probe expands, 2019 March 20

MUNICH (AP) - German prosecutors say as many as 21 athletes from five sports may have been part of a doping ring stretching around the world.

Austrian police arrested five competitors at the Nordic skiing world championships last month and the case has since spread to cycling. Munich prosecutor Kai ...

Tokyo Olympics organizers unveil torch for next year's games, 2019 March 20

TOKYO (AP) - Tokyo Olympics organizers have unveiled their torch for next year's games, playing off the image of Japan's famous cherry blossoms.

The cherry blossom is Japan's most-loved flower. Organizers on Wednesday said the torch image was picked because the torch relay will begin a year from now in ...

Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link, 2019 March 20

PARIS (AP) - When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and ...

Huston, Zeuner, Schaar head 1st US skateboarding team, 2019 March 20

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - There's always been a rebelliousness and a bit of an attitude to skateboarding, and now there's credibility.

That's what being added to the Olympics will do for a sport, and that was the vibe when USA Skateboarding announced its first-ever national team of eight men and ...

Tuesday Sports in Brief, 2019 March 20

BASEBALL

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The deal was disclosed Tuesday by a person familiar ...

Huston, Zeuner, Schaar head 1st US skateboarding team, 2019 March 20

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Nyjah Huston, Brighton Zeuner and Tom Schaar were among the 16 members of the inaugural U.S. national skateboarding team announced Tuesday, less than two years before the sport makes its Olympic debut with mens' and women's park and street disciplines.

The 16 skaters qualified based on ...

Kreis to coach US U-23 team, tasked with reaching Olympics, 2019 March 19

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Major League Soccer coach Jason Kreis has been hired to run the U.S. under-23 team and tasked with the challenge of reaching next year's Olympic tournament after the Americans failed to qualify for the London and Rio de Janeiro Games.

He will coach the team for ...

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal, 2019 March 19

TOKYO (AP) - Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics.

Takeda announced Tuesday at the committee's executive board meeting that he will resign when his term ends in June, and ...