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Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with some fireworks, 2020 January 24

TOKYO (AP) - Tokyo put on a flashy fireworks display on Friday to mark the 6-months-to-go milestone for this year's Olympics.

The show took place high above a barge stationed in Tokyo Bay that supports a massive replica of the five Olympic rings, a reminder the games are almost here.

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Maryland Lt. Gov. heads on trade trip to Dubai and Tel Aviv, 2020 January 24

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford is leading an economic development trade trip to the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

The trip is scheduled to begin Friday and run through Feb. 2.

It will include engagements in Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Rutherford will be focusing on promoting Maryland ...

Athletes warily embrace progress as USA Gymnastics evolves, 2020 January 24

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The dread was familiar. The fear too. They gripped MyKayla Skinner shortly after she decided to return to elite gymnastics last summer.

Skinner wasn't worried about recapturing the skills that made her an alternate on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. A standout college career at Utah not ...

Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count, 2020 January 24

TOKYO (AP) - The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly six months, and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count.

That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic ...

USOPC to fund professional staff to help athletes council, 2020 January 23

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee struck a deal to provide $525,000 this year for its athletes council to hire professional staff to help the council's volunteer leaders navigate the thorny issues that surround the Olympic movement.

The USOPC also has rewritten its bylaws ...

Swiss cautious on Olympic bid after successful Youth Games, 2020 January 23

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - After a 72-year gap, Switzerland hosted Olympic events at the Lausanne Winter Youth Games that closed this week as a popular success.

So, when are the Olympics Games next coming to the IOC's home country?

Organizers in Lausanne long hoped that creating a fun, two-week festival ...

AP Sportlight, 2020 January 23

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1913 - Jim Thorpe gives up his track medals from the 1912 Olympic games as a result of having been a professional. He had been paid $25 for playing in a semipro baseball game.

1924 - Charles Jewtraw of the United States wins the first Winter Olympic gold ...

Weightlifting body probes alleged corruption in Ajan era, 2020 January 23

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - After 44 years under Tamas Ajan, weightlifting’s troubled governing body is getting an acting president to oversee an investigation of corruption allegations broadcast in Germany.

The International Weightlifting Federation said late Wednesday its American Vice President Ursula Papandrea will take “a range of operational responsibilities” working ...