MLB lefty Cormier, pitched in 1988, '08 Olympics, dies at 53, 2021 March 9

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rheal Cormier, the durable left-hander who spent 16 seasons in the majors and remarkably pitched in the Olympics before and after his time in the big leagues, died Monday. He was 53.

The Philadelphia Phillies said Cormier died of cancer at his home in New Brunswick, Canada.

Jonathan Klinsmann hurt, dropped from Olympic qualifying, 2021 March 8

CHICAGO (AP) - LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann was dropped from the U.S. training camp roster for Olympic qualifying after suffering a concussion during practice.

The son of former U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann was replaced on the roster Monday by Inter Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender, who was on the preliminary ...

IOC denounces Belarus Olympic election of Lukashenko's son, 2021 March 8

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The IOC has refused to recognize the election of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko’s son as the troubled country’s top Olympic official.

Viktor Lukashenko was voted in last month to take over from his father as president of the Belarusian Olympic committee despite both being suspended ...

The long game: COVID changed the way we play, watch, cheer, 2021 March 8

It’s the predictable rhythm of sports that draws us in.

Not so much the results of the games themselves as the steady cadence of the seasons -- the cutting down of nets and hoisting of trophies, the pregame hype and postgame deconstructions, the trade talk and injury crises that envelop ...

Pandemic forces route change, other precautions for Iditarod, 2021 March 8

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Traveling across the rugged, unforgiving and roadless Alaska terrain is already hard enough, but whatever comforts mushers previously had in the world’s most famous sled dog race will be cast aside this year due to the pandemic.

In years past, mushers would stop in any number of ...

'I was down': Federer had hard time before 2nd knee surgery, 2021 March 7

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Roger Federer never seriously contemplated retirement while he was away from the tennis tour for more than a year. He did have a hard time dealing with the need for a repeat operation on his bad right knee, though.

“I was down. Obviously I couldn't believe ...

Kawhi and Popovich reunited? Leonard wants to go to Olympics, 2021 March 7

Kawhi Leonard is planning to play for Gregg Popovich again and chase a gold medal.

Leonard said Sunday at the All-Star Game in Atlanta that he is planning to compete with USA Basketball this summer at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics - which would reunite him with Popovich.

Leonard spent his ...

Ledecky wins 800 free, finishes 4-for-4 in Texas meet, 2021 March 7

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle in Texas on Saturday night for her fourth title in her first national competition in a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Her winning time of 8 minutes, 13.64 seconds at the TYR Pro Swim Series was a whopping 12.3 ...