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French Olympic probe raises questions about Japanese firm, 2019 January 23

TOKYO (AP) - An investigation by French prosecutors into alleged vote-buying connected with Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics has raised questions about one of Japan's most powerful companies, the giant advertising and marketing agency Dentsu Inc.

From its 48-story headquarters in central Tokyo, Dentsu is the exclusive marketing agency for ...

Security inside stadium and out for Super Bowl in Atlanta, 2019 January 23

ATLANTA (AP) - When Super Bowl 53 kicks off less than two weeks from now, legions of police and federal agents will be positioned to protect fans inside and outside the Atlanta stadium where the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face off.

The game will bring international ...

Russian Olympic Committee rejects prospect of 2020 ban, 2019 January 23

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian Olympic Committee said Tuesday there is no chance its team could be banned from next year's Olympics, even though that's the consequence threatened by a key World Anti-Doping Agency committee if it finds Russia faked key lab data.

After Russia turned over data from the ...

Olympic champion among 4 Thai weightlifters to test positive, 2019 January 23

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - An Olympic champion was among four Thai weightlifters to test positive for doping, the International Weightlifting Federation said Tuesday.

Sopita Tanasan, who won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, tested positive for steroids and artificial testosterone after finishing fourth at the world championships in ...

South Korea human rights body to investigate abuse in sports, 2019 January 23

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's human rights commission plans to interview thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches.

The yearlong investigation will cover ...

Zubkov to step down from Russian bobsled after doping ban, 2019 January 22

MOSCOW (AP) - Alexander Zubkov is stepping down as president of the Russian bobsled federation after being banned for two years for doping at the Olympics.

Zubkov carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won two bobsled gold medals which were later stripped ...

The Latest: Russia praises cooperation with WADA, 2019 January 22

MOSCOW (AP) - The Latest on Russian doping scandal (all times local):

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Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says the World Anti-Doping Agency engaged in "constructive cooperation" on a much-criticized data transfer.

Russian authorities turned over crucial data from the Moscow lab at the center of years of ...

Doping agency forgives Russia, but says more work needed, 2019 January 22

The World Anti-Doping Agency straddled the wide gulf between vindication and capitulation Tuesday, agreeing to keep Russia's anti-doping operation in business after receiving much-sought-after lab data that could be used to prosecute hundreds of cheaters.

But the decision came with a warning: Fool us again, and we can bar you ...