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Too early to say whether virus threatens Olympics, WHO says

A top World Health Organization official says it’s too soon to say whether the Tokyo Olympics are at risk of being cancelled or moved because of the virus outbreak spreading …


Engineer to Olympian: Damian Quintero ready for karate in Tokyo

Damian Quintero had to split his time between practice, graduate school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer before becoming one of Spain’s most successful karate athletes.


1980 Lake Placid Olympics still resonate four decades later

Scott Hamilton gets goosebumps at the mention of Lake Placid.


Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are on

Tokyo Olympic organizers have repeated their message at the start of meetings with the IOC that the 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus spreading from neighboring China.


AP Interview: Nenad Lalovic says wrestling strong heading to Tokyo

The head of the international governing body for wrestling tells The Associated Press the sport is thriving across the world and looking for more growth.


Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count

The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly six months, and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count.


Downtown Tokyo’s homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics

The dozens of homeless people sleeping in shuttered Tokyo subway stations worry that with Japan’s image at stake authorities will force them to move ahead of the Olympics.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Larry Stone: Allegations, punishment involving Astros, Patriots and Russia unlikely to deter cheaters as financial motivation grows

It was Sophocles, the Greek tragedian, who said, “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.”


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Decision by WADA puts Russia’s Olympic future in peril

The chances of the Russian flag flying at next year’s Olympics took a potentially lethal hit Friday when anti-doping regulators recommended the country be declared noncompliant for tampering with data …


Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English – but where’s the French?

The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

Locally: Former Gonzaga Prep, Gonzaga pitcher Wyatt Mills named to USA Baseball roster

Wyatt Mills has his sight set on the Olympics.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Sex-abuse reports on rise; SafeSport Center seeks more money

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is fielding 55% more reports of sex abuse and other misconduct in 2019 than it did last year, leading to an increasingly urgent debate over …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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 …


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 …


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 …


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

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 …