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England appoints Hege Riise as temporary women's coach, 2021 January 19

LONDON (AP) - Norway’s appearance record holder, Hege Riise, will temporarily take over as coach of the England women’s national soccer team following Phil Neville's departure.

Riise will lead England's February camp but the team is still without opposition to play due to the travel complications caused by the coronavirus ...

Olympic weightlifting champion charged in doping case, 2021 January 19

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Olympic weightlifting champion Nijat Rahimov has been charged with swapping his urine samples in a doping case that could threaten his gold medal.

The International Testing Agency said late Monday it charged Rahimov and Dumitru Captari of Romania with “an anti-doping rule violation for ‘Urine Substitution’ ...

Monday's Sports in Brief, 2021 January 19

MLB

NEW YORK (AP) - Mets general manager Jared Porter sent graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office, ESPN reported Monday night.

Porter sent dozens of texts to the woman, concluding with a ...

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: 6 months out and murmurs of cancellation, 2021 January 19

TOKYO (AP) - The Tokyo Olympics are to open in six months on July 23 and organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone.

There is too much uncertainty for that right now.

Tokyo and other parts of Japan are under an emergency order because of surging coronavirus ...

Greek president backs Olympic champion after abuse claim, 2021 January 18

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's first female president met Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou on Monday to express her support for the athlete who publicly claimed she had been sexually assaulted 22 years ago by a senior sports official.

Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week ...

Neville quits early for Miami, Britain needs Olympic coach, 2021 January 18

LONDON (AP) - Phil Neville, who led England to the Women’s World Cup semifinals in 2019, left the job earlier than planned on Monday to move back into men’s soccer as coach of Inter Miami.

Neville originally said he would stay until September when Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman would succeed ...

Weekend Sports in Brief, 2021 January 18

NFL

NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady will take on Aaron Rodgers in a matchup of quarterback legends in the NFC title game.

The AFC championship could feature two of the top young QBs if Patrick Mahomes is healthy enough to start for Kansas City against Buffalo’s Josh Allen.

An ...

Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus, 2021 January 18

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed Monday to get the pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympics this summer with ample coronavirus protection.

In a speech opening a new Parliament session, Suga said his government would revise laws to make anti-virus measures enforceable with penalties and ...