US Olympic swim trials split into 2 meets because of COVID, 2021 January 26

USA Swimming wanted to make its Olympic trials as safe as possible during a pandemic while providing a valuable experience to the next generation of stars.

The solution?

Two meets.

The U.S. Olympic swimming trials will be split into a pair of meets, the governing body announced Tuesday - a ...

Government decree saves Italy from Olympic suspension, 2021 January 26

ROME (AP) - The Italian government pushed through a last-minute decree Tuesday providing more autonomy for the country’s Olympic committee in an effort to prevent the team from being suspended for the Tokyo Games.

It was one of the final acts of Giuseppe Conte’s government before the premier headed to ...

Monday Sports in Brief, 2021 January 26


The Cactus League and Arizona community leaders have asked Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to coronavirus concerns just over three weeks before pitchers and catchers are supposed to report.

The Cactus League made the request in a letter to Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred ...

US women's basketball to train in South Carolina next week, 2021 January 25

Dawn Staley is going to be busy next week.

The South Carolina coach will be pulling double duty leading the fourth-ranked Gamecocks and running a USA Basketball training camp at the school from Feb. 4-7.

“It’s been a year since we’ve been together for a training camp, and I’m ...

Court rules on sheikh's improper influence in FIFA seat vote, 2021 January 25

GENEVA (AP) - Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah did try to improperly influence an election for an Asian woman soccer official to join the FIFA Council, sport’s highest court ruled on Monday.

Sheikh Ahmad, who gave up his own FIFA Council seat in 2017 after being implicated in vote-buying ...

Asian Champions League announces pandemic-affected schedule, 2021 January 25

SEOUL (AP) - Asia’s top club soccer tournament announced changes Monday to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic for a second straight season.

The expanded 40-team Asian Champions League will have a group stage played in centralized hubs - in cities not yet decided - over 17 days in the east ...

IOC to consider placing Italy on probation for interference, 2021 January 25

ROME (AP) - The International Olympic Committee will consider imposing a humiliating probation on Italy’s team for the Tokyo Games this week because of a two-year domestic dispute that it says amounts to government interference.

The IOC has taken issue with the Italian government’s formation of a new organization, “Sport ...

Russia confirms it won't appeal Olympic team restrictions, 2021 January 25

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian anti-doping agency confirmed Monday that it will not file an appeal to further loosen restrictions on its teams at the Olympics and other major sporting events.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport last month ruled that Russia's name, flag and anthem would be barred from ...