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IOC president warns Italy over government interference, 2020 September 28

ROME (AP) - Italy’s Olympic team risks the humiliation of being placed on probation for the Tokyo Games if the country’s sports minister does not back down amid a two-year-long dispute that amounts to government interference, IOC president Thomas Bach said.

In an extraordinary step designed to put pressure on ...

AP Sportlight, 2020 September 28

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1923 - Gene Sarazen beats Walter Hagen 1 up to capture the PGA championship.

1941 - Joe Louis knocks out Lou Nova in the sixth round at the Polo Grounds in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1954 - Willie Mays makes his over-the-shoulder catch of ...

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Should athletes be priority for vaccine?, 2020 September 28

TOKYO (AP) - It's been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last few weeks, everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC President Thomas Bach have tried to assure the Japanese public and deep-pocketed sponsors that the ...

Perfect prep: Halep takes 14-match win streak to French Open, 2020 September 26

ROME (AP) - Two months of physical training. Then three months of practice on clay courts. Followed by two straight titles on the red dirt.

Amid all the tumult of the coronavirus pandemic, Simona Halep might very well have found the perfect formula to prepare for the French Open.

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Japan's new prime minister vows to host Olympics next year, 2020 September 25

TOKYO (AP) - Japan’s new prime minister said Saturday that he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.”

The 2020 Games were postponed as the coronavirus spread worldwide, and there’s been widespread doubt about their future.

Prime Minister ...

Asian Champions League to look at game hub venues for 2021, 2020 September 25

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Asian Champions League could play a second season in centralized hub venues next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the competition’s organizer said Friday.

The 2020 edition restarted this month after a pause since March with all western region games being played in Qatar. ...

The Latest: Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus, 2020 September 25

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT):

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Japan’s new prime minister says he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.”

The Games this year were postponed because of the ...

Tokyo Olympics and IOC find mostly minor areas to 'simplify', 2020 September 25

TOKYO (AP) - Tokyo Olympic organizers announced several “simplification” changes Friday for next year’s postponed games, though with few large-scale cost savings.

Simplifying the Tokyo Games has been a pledge of the International Olympic Committee and local organizers since COVID-19 forced the unprecedented delay six months ago. Local estimates suggest ...