AP Sportlight, 2020 July 9

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1912 - Jim Thorpe wins the decathlon at the Stockholm Olympics. At the closing ceremony, Sweden’s King Gustav proclaims Thorpe the world’s greatest athlete.

1922 - Gene Sarazen closes with a 68 to beat out Bobby Jones and John Black for the U.S. Open golf championship.

1923 - ...

China cancels all international sports events for the year, 2020 July 9

BEIJING (AP) - China says it will not stage any international sports for the rest of the year, apart from trials for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and the neighboring city of Zhangjiakou.

The order from the General Administration of Sports affects at least six WTA tennis ...

Snowboard world champion Pullin drowns in diving mishap, 2020 July 8

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - Two-time world snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin drowned Wednesday while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast.

A police spokesperson said a 32-year-old man, later identified as Pullin, was unresponsive when taken from the water and died despite receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency treatment ...

Ex-USOC spokesman Mike Moran dead at 78 after short illness, 2020 July 8

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) - Former US Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran died Tuesday after a short illness at age 78, according to the University of Colorado.

Moran served as the Buffaloes’ sports information director for 11 years before his stint as chief communications officer and principal spokesman for the ...

IIHF encouraged by NHL's potential return to Olympics in '22, 2020 July 7

International Ice Hockey Federation chief Rene’ Fasel is encouraged after learning the NHL's pending labor deal opens the possibility of the world's best players returning to the Olympics.

Aside from the uncertainty raised by the coronavirus pandemic, Fasel told The Associated Press he doesn’t foresee any major stumbling blocks that ...

Holdorf, 1964 Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 80, 2020 July 6

BERLIN (AP) - Willi Holdorf, the 1964 Olympic decathlon champion, has died. He was 80.

Holdorf died at home in northern Germany on Sunday following a severe illness, his wife Sabine Holdorf-Schust told Germany's dpa news agency.

Holdorf led in Tokyo after nine of the 10 events. But his Soviet ...

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?, 2020 July 6

TOKYO (AP) - As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now.

These include quarantines for athletes, and few fans at the venues among ideas being floated by the ...

Tokyo governor, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics, 2020 July 6

TOKYO (AP) - Tokyo’s newly reelected governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year.

Gov. Yuriko Koike met with Abe a day after winning her second term in an overwhelming victory ...