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Four-time champ Chen wins short program with ease, 2021 January 17

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nathan Chen doesn't miss.

As he has done since his last loss at the Pyeongchang Olympics - yes, nearly three years ago - the dynamic Chen was nearly perfect and rather playful in winning the short program Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday.

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Former IOC vice president says UN could rule on Tokyo Games, 2021 January 17

SYDNEY (AP) - Kevan Gosper, a former International Olympic Committee vice president, is suggesting the United Nations might be the place to decide the fate of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympics are to open on July 23 but face mounting opposition at home as COVID-19 cases surge in Tokyo, ...

Expo 2020 unveils key pavilion in Dubai as pandemic surges, 2021 January 16

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Dubai on Saturday unveiled the signature pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, the world's fair that is scheduled to open later this year even as the global pandemic that forced its postponement continues to rage.

The Terra Pavilion, which features a towering 130 meter-wide ...

Olympic sailing champ says she was assaulted by official, 2021 January 15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games.

Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation performed a “lewd ...

Japan minister says 'anything can happen' with Tokyo Games, 2021 January 15

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese cabinet minister Taro Kono has said “anything can happen” in regard to the postponed Tokyo Olympics, raising more doubts about the games scheduled to begin in just over six months.

Kono's statements contradict the official government position and that of the local organizing committee. They have ...

Thursday Sports in Brief, 2021 January 15

NFL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Urban Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, leaving the broadcast booth and returning to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed another health scare.

The 56-year-old Meyer was team owner Shad Khan’s top target, and Khan waited ...

Olympic swimmer released but ordered to stay away from DC, 2021 January 14

DENVER (AP) - A five-time Olympic swimming medalist charged with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was released from federal custody Thursday but ordered to stay away from Washington, D.C. until after next week's inauguration.

Klete Keller, who lives in Colorado, appeared during a brief hearing in ...

CONCACAF resets men's Olympic qualifying for March 18-30, 2021 January 14

MIAMI (AP) - Men’s Olympic soccer qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean was rescheduled Thursday for March 18-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the tournament originally was set to be played last spring.

The U.S., which failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, is in Group ...