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Eastwood on 'Richard Jewell,' criticism and finding stories, 2019 December 11

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For his film "Richard Jewell," Clint Eastwood takes aim at the media and federal investigators for what he sees as a rush to judgment after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. The 89-year-old director calls security guard Richard Jewell's story "a great American tragedy," one he's been ...

Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted, 2019 December 11

Russian boxers will only take part in the Tokyo Olympics if doping sanctions forcing them to compete as neutral athletes are overturned, the general secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Umar Kremlev said he has spoken with the Olympic boxing team and they “unanimously” ...

Review: Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ offers a flawed critique, 2019 December 11

“Richard Jewell” is a typically strong late-period Clint Eastwood docudrama that balances grand American themes while captivatingly dramatizing the villainization of the Atlanta Olympics bombing hero, only to needlessly tarnish itself with a wanton and unfounded depiction of a female journalist at the center of the 1996 media storm.

Eastwood’s ...

Russia doping saga likely heads back to Switzerland's courts, 2019 December 10

GENEVA (AP) - Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Now, the sports lawyers can enter the field - yet again, in a doping scandal that has raged since 2014.

A Russian legal challenge seems certain after Russia’s anti-doping ...

Newspaper criticizes film's take on Olympic bombing coverage, 2019 December 10

ATLANTA (AP) - After a bomb exploded in a downtown Atlanta park midway through the 1996 Olympics, a security guard initially cast as a hero was recast as a villain virtually overnight. More than 20 years later, a movie to be released later this week, “Richard Jewell,” explores the roles ...

Monday Sports in Brief, 2019 December 10

NFL

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots acknowledged on Monday night that a video crew working for the team filmed the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during Sunday's game, a violation of league rules that echoed the team's 2007 Spygate scandal.

In a statement posted on Twitter and the ...

Despite doping ban, Russian athletes prepare for Olympics, 2019 December 10

Despite another doping ban, many Russian athletes will still be competing at the next Olympics.

The sanctions handed down by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday mean there won't be a Russian flag or national anthem at a string of major sports competitions, including next year's Tokyo Olympics. But there ...

Column: Olympic 'Family' Has Its Own Doping Problem, 2019 December 10

Russia cranked up a state-sponsored, industrial-scale doping operation ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games worthy of its own gold medal.

It swept up more than 1,000 athletes and stretched from lowly lab technicians to the highest reaches of the nation’s sports ministries. And despite getting busted twice since, it ...