Japan the center of attention in 1st Rugby World Cup in Asia, 2019 September 19

TOKYO (AP) - The first Rugby World Cup in Asia starts Friday in Tokyo, another sport out to tap a giant region that's in the midst of playing host to three straight Olympics and world championships of varying pedigrees.

Japan's national team caught attention four years ago by upsetting two-time ...

A first: 18 Olympic rugby players competing at World Cup, 2019 September 19

TOKYO (AP) - Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his country further than ever at the World Cup.

Olympic rugby players will be contesting ...

Surfers to catch manmade waves on road to Olympic debut, 2019 September 18

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Kelly Slater claims he has no "home wave" advantage at the Surf Ranch he co-founded in California's Central Valley, where many of the world's top surfers will compete Thursday through Saturday in the Freshwater Pro presented by Outerknown, the penultimate U.S. contest before the sport makes ...

A panda is the mascot for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, 2019 September 18

BEIJING (AP) - A smiling panda and a walking Chinese lantern will be the mascots for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing.

The mascots were revealed Tuesday at a ceremony at the Shougang Ice Hockey Arena in the Chinese capital.

Beijing Mayor Chen Jining described them as adorable, ...

Suit seeks to block gondola linking Lake Tahoe ski resorts, 2019 September 17

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A wilderness protection group has filed a lawsuit to try to block construction of a 2.2-mile long (3.5-kilometer-long) gondola that would pass through a national forest to connect the ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics with a neighboring Lake Tahoe ski resort.

The conservationists ...

Sex-abuse reports on rise; SafeSport Center seeks more money, 2019 September 17

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Center for SafeSport is fielding 55% more reports of sex abuse and other misconduct in 2019 than it did last year, leading to an increasingly urgent debate over who should provide the lion's share of money to an organization struggling to manage its caseload.

This ...

Roger Federer to decide soon on Tokyo Olympic plans, 2019 September 17

GENEVA (AP) - Roger Federer plans to decide "in the next month or so" whether he will play at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Federer said Tuesday his 2020 schedule is set through Wimbledon, which ends July 12. The week-long Olympic tournament starts July 25 and ends a few days before ...

Defending 1,500 champion Manangoi pulls out of Doha worlds, 2019 September 16

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Defending 1,500-meter champion Elijah Manangoi has pulled out of the upcoming athletics world championships because of an ankle injury he picked in training.

Manangoi said it will take four to eight weeks for the injury to heal and that he is "sad not to defend my ...