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Protests or not, politics and Olympics are intertwined, 2020 January 20

More than a half-century later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos are cemented into Olympic lore - their names enshrined in the Olympic Hall of Fame in the United States, their portrait an indelible fixture on the universal sports landscape.

As for that raised-fist salute that transformed them into Olympic ...

Real Madrid seals deal to sign Brazilian teen Reinier, 2020 January 20

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid has signed 18-year-old playmaker Reinier from Brazilian club Flamengo.

Madrid said Monday the talented Brazilian midfielder is joining the club on a contract until June 2026. The Spanish club said Reinier will initially play with its “B” team.

He will arrive in Madrid after playing ...

Darkness forces extra day for playoff in LPGA Tour opener, 2020 January 19

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The final round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions featured a little bit of everything. Clutch shots, bold play, lead changes, a few costly mistakes and even bonus golf.

Sunday did everything but decide a champion.

Nasa Hataoka and Gaby Lopez matched par ...

AP Sportlight, 2020 January 19

Jan. 19

1937 - Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Cy Young are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in the second year of voting.

1952 - The Professional Golfers Association approves the participation of blacks in golf tournaments.

1972 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the ...

Olympic site used for 2016 Rio games shut over safety issues, 2020 January 18

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro has been closed over concerns about the safety of the complex used for the 2016 games in Brazil.

City authorities closed the park on Friday after a judge ruled that safety licenses were not in order.

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Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term, 2020 January 18

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he opposes the idea of an unlimited term in office for the country's leader like the system that existed in the Soviet Union.

Putin's comment at a meeting with World War II veterans in St. Petersburg came days after ...

US Olympic qualifying roster minus 5 from World Cup team, 2020 January 17

The United States’ roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament will look very similar to the one that won the Women’s World Cup in France, with notable exceptions.

Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh, Allie Long, Morgan Brian and Tierna Davidson were on the title team but were left off ...

Chinese soccer missing targets on its 2020 Action Plan., 2020 January 17

Barely weeks into the near year, Chinese soccer’s “2020 Action Plan” is in tatters after another international tournament failure that ended with players leaving the field in tears after losing all three games without scoring a goal.

In 2018, China's Football Association, the CFA, set a number of targets for ...