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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Nike track shoes used in 1972 Olympic trials sell for $50K

Dave Russell, of Sacramento, sold the rare kicks last month to a hotel chain in Eugene, Oregon, that is building a Nike-themed property.


A Grip on Sports: Once again, Eastern Washington is expected to finish atop the Big Sky Conference football standings

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Summer, we hardly knew you. But, sadly, we have to say goodbye. Fall is unofficially here. How do we know? A local conference held the …


A Grip on Sports: For once, the hype actually was exceeded by an epic reality as Djokovic outlasts Federer

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s rare that a commotion on Twitter gets me interested in what’s happening in a sporting event. But yesterday morning the tweets were blazing around …


UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Spokane-area Olympians to talk about their experiences

Four Olympians from the Spokane area will reflect on their experiences at the world’s highest level of competition as part of a panel discussion Tuesday evening at the Downtown Spokane …


Officials moved nearly 100 mountain goats from the Olympics last summer. How are they doing now?

Blindfolded, sedated mountain goats will soar over the Olympic Peninsula once again. Beginning next week, a helicopter crew will capture mountain goats in Olympic National Park and the adjacent national …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil

Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they hope to run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan who got nothing the first time.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 2:24 p.m.

Bullying probe calls for sensitivity training for WADA

Among the conclusions from an investigation into bullying against WADA athlete’s rep Beckie Scott was that the agency’s leaders undergo sensitivity training. While concluding no bullying existed, investigators found a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 1:54 p.m.

Rory McIlroy likely to play in 2020 Olympics for Ireland

Rory McIlroy will likely play in the 2020 Olympics and represent Ireland. The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland disclosed his decision two days before the start of the PGA Championship at …


Boxing chief criticizes IOC comments on Olympic competition

The head of the international boxing federation has criticized IOC president Thomas Bach’s comments that Olympic officials could organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament if the sport’s federation can’t get …


Tokyo Olympics cut spending; sports federations unhappy

The Tokyo Olympics are caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. Tokyo organizers are trying to cut spending under pressure from the International Olympic Committee. The IOC has been …


Courage and questions: Olympian with local ties reflects on Caster Semenya

Three years after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Olympic athlete Angela Whyte said she still remembers the controversy surrounding Caster Semenya. While she and her teammates heard …


Paul Newberry: Welcome to the world of performance-reducing drugs

Ignoring the genetic gifts that are in the makeup of all elite athletes, the top court for world sport issues a shameful verdict against South African champion Caster Semenya.


AP explains: the ruling against Olympian Caster Semenya

The case involving South African runner Caster Semenya is one of the most ethically and scientifically challenging cases in modern sports law.


A decade and counting, Caster Semenya promises to ‘rise’ once again

Caster Semenya was only a teenager in 2009 when she caused such a stir with her performances on the track that world championship organizers decided to perform sex verification tests …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Olympic runner Caster Semenya loses fight over testosterone rules

A ruling by the sports world’s highest court that female runners with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone to compete could …


Money games: Revised L.A. Olympics budget nearly $7 billion

The price tag on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics is now $6.88 billion. That’s a $1.36 billion increase that comes mainly because of bookkeeping measures designed to better reflect inflation …


Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Tokyo Olympic organizers have launched their ticket website. Tickets will go on sale for Japan residents on May 9. Those living outside Japan will have to contact “authorized ticket resellers” …


Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games

Next year’s Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games. Some events are set for very early morning to beat the summer heat in the Japanese capital. The men’s …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics may become known as the ‘Robot Games’

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs.


UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

US Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin found dead in her home at age 23

Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, died Friday at her home in …


Her knees ‘broken beyond repair,’ Lindsey Vonn retiring after worlds

Lindsey Vonn says she will retire from ski racing after this month’s world championships in Sweden.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Bob Costas exits longtime home at NBC Sports

Costas’ departure comes two years after he stepped down as NBC’s prime-time Olympics host.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

House panel finds Olympic leaders valued image over safety

A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system’s handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

U.S. teams to play in European snow volleyball tour

Four-time Olympian Lloy Ball will lead an American delegation to a European snow volleyball tournament in Moscow this week.


Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt …


Koreas to inform IOC of intent to co-host 2032 Games

Korean sports officials after meeting at a North Korean border town on Friday also agreed to send a combined team to next year’s world handball championships.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

50 years ago: Smith and Carlos’ historic protest during 1968 Olympics

By the time they reached Mexico City in October 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos represented a country torn apart. The Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., …


Report: Swim coach who allegedly sexually abused Ariana Kukors Smith banned from the sport for life

Sean Hutchison, the swim coach who stands accused of sexual abuse by Federal Way native and Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith, has been banned from the sport for life by …


‘America’s sweetheart’ Adam Rippon donates his Olympic costume to the Smithsonian

Figure skater Adam Rippon, the bronze medalist whose sparkle endeared fans at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, is adding another feather to his hat.


Russia’s reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote

Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing in its state-sponsored doping scandal? That question has caused ferocious infighting at the World Anti-Doping Agency, the watchdog body tasked with stopping …