NBC quickly hires Maria Taylor after her departure from ESPN, 2021 July 23

Maria Taylor has joined NBC less than a week after her contract with ESPN expired.

NBC is formally making the announcement during its primetime Olympic show Friday before a replay of the opening ceremony.

Taylor had been with ESPN since 2014 but her contract expired Tuesday. Her last assignment for ...

Olympics: 19 more positive cases reported, including three athletes, 2021 July 23

The same day as the opening ceremony of the Olympics unfolded, Tokyo Games organizers announced Friday that 19 more coronavirus cases had been discovered among people connected to the competition, including three athletes.

The latest string of positive cases is a single-day high, and the newest batch ...

Team USA doc: 83% of American athletes in Tokyo are vaccinated, but 100 still unvaccinated, 2021 July 23

Roughly 100 of more than 600 U.S. athletes competing in Tokyo for the Summer Games have not been vaccinated, the U.S. doctor said Friday.

Despite holdouts, NBC News reports that team doctor Jonathan Finoff is happy with the vaccination rate of 83% that he calculated from sorting through athletes’ health ...

Algerian judo athlete withdraws from Olympics to avoid facing Israeli competitor, 2021 July 23

Shortly before the Tokyo Olympics were set to begin, Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine withdrew himself from the competition to avoid facing an Israeli competitor.

Nourine decided against participating in the judo wrestling portion of the Olympics on Thursday after he was drawn in the under-73kg category into a bracket with ...

First lady Jill Biden hails Team USA as Tokyo Games kick off: 'You did it during a global pandemic', 2021 July 23

First lady Jill Biden hailed Team USA’s sacrifices, “drive” and “faith” in Tokyo before the Summer Games formally kicked off Friday amid a sweeping coronavirus crisis.

“Becoming an Olympian is a rare accomplishment in a normal time. But you did it during a global pandemic,” Mrs. Biden told the team ...

With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin, 2021 July 23

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.

As their opening played out, devoid ...

Olympics arrive to Tokyo with uncertainty, intrigue, 2021 July 22

The opening ceremonies ringing in the Tokyo Olympics on Friday will look familiar: There’s the distinctive five-rings logo, the traditional torch-lighting and the procession of athletes marching in under their flags.

But make no mistake, these pandemic-delayed Games will be unlike any that have come before — from events staged ...

Guinea pulls out of Olympics over COVID concerns, 2021 July 22

Guinea withdrew from the Olympics shortly before the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Games, citing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanoussy Bantama Sow, Guinea’s sports minister, wrote a letter to the president of the Guinean Olympic Committee pointing to the rise in coronavirus cases, particularly of the Delta variant, as ...

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open, 2021 July 22

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games.

Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who ...

Kentaro Kobayashi, Olympics opening ceremony director, fired for Holocaust joke, 2021 July 22

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.

Seiko Hashimoto, the organizing committee president, said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that director Kentaro Kobayashi has been ...