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Olympic sports slam Tokyo over spending cuts  ESPN

Olympic sports leaders have criticized Tokyo Games organizers for cutting spending on how events will be presented at venues next year.

Olympic sexual abuse prevention center needs federal funding help, USOC chief says  The Washington Post

Sarah Hirshland, the U.S. Olympic Committee's chief executive, has been making regular trips from Colorado to Capitol Hill, warning lawmakers that funding is ...

Caster Semenya's race to equality in Olympic Sports  Highlander Newspaper

The Olympics are a time when athletes get to put their talents on display for the world to see. However, South African women's runner, Caster Semenya does not ...

Is Jose Ferrer Jr. New Bedfords next Olympic hopeful?

NEW BEDFORD — Black headphones grip tightly to the sides of Jose Ferrer Jr.'s head, blasting Meek Mill and A Boogie, as he ducks and dips, pivots and ...

U.S. men’s rugby sevens team conquers all with world’s best player sealed shut  NBC Sports

In one of the remarkable Olympic sports rises this four-year cycle, the U.S. men's rugby sevens team didn't just break into the top five in the world. They are ...

Pita Taufatofua, known as the shirtless Tongan, is aiming for his 3rd Olympics in 2020 -- this time in 2 sports  CNN

(CNN) Pita Taufatofua, the Tongan man who gained immediate fame when he went shirtless during the Parade of Nations in the past two Olympics, is aiming to ...

Olympic officials reassure sports federations about cuts  Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic official made a guarantee Thursday that will please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games ...

Mike Tyson, Floyd Landis among athletes asking WADA to remove marijuana from banned list  USA TODAY

Mike Tyson, Jake Plummer, Ricky Williams and Floyd Landis are among more than 150 current and former athletes who support a petition to remove marijuana ...

Caster Semenya Loses Case to Compete as a Woman in All Races  The New York Times

Female track athletes with naturally elevated levels of testosterone must decrease the hormone to participate in certain races at major competitions like the ...

Legendary miler Jim Ryun didn't want Olympic glory — he just wanted to make his high school team

Back in the 1960s, there weren't many athletes who were a bigger deal in our neck of the woods than Jim Ryun. His exploits on the track were chronicled in the ...

U.S. men’s rugby team qualifies for Tokyo Olympics  NBC Sports

The U.S. became the first men's rugby team to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, clinching its spot Saturday during penultimate leg of this season's World Series.

USA sevens sparkle at Twickenham to secure Olympic spot  The Guardian

The USA on Saturday became the first men's rugby sevens team to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, after winning their three games on day one ...

Sam Girard, Olympic short track champion, surprisingly retires at age 22  NBC Sports

Sam Girard, who avoided a three-skater pileup to win the PyeongChang Olympic 1000m, retired from short track speed skating at age 22, saying he lost the ...

Kerri Walsh Jennings, Brooke Sweat win first tournament title together  NBC Sports

Kerri Walsh Jennings' 56th international tournament title was among the most special. It marked her first in nearly three years (her longest drought), and the first ...

The USOC Believes It Can Reform Itself Without The Help Of Congress  Colorado Public Radio

CEO Sarah Hirshland has proposed the USOC deliver annual reports that would track how far the organization is along on goals.

Historic Season Leads To 2020 Olympic Qualification For US Men's Rugby Sevens Team

The U.S. men's rugby sevens team opened the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series season with the goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, a task ...

Three Things to Watch for Virginia Tech's Olympic Sports (5/4-5/6)  Tech Lunch Pail

With spring football wrapped up, the attention for Virginia Tech turns to the Olympic sports with VT's baseball and softball teams both in action in Blacksburg ...

Sailing could be 1st gender-neutral Olympic sport, being tested  News 12 Long Island

Sailing could be added as the first gender-neutral Olympic sport, and it's being tested in Oyster Bay. Catherine Chimney and her co-skipper Ethan Johnson are ...

Alan Hubbard: Cheerleading can apply to become an Olympic sport... but where does it all end?

When I read recently that England are the undisputed world champions at cheerleading, an activity that is seeking Olympic status (tell me one that isn...

Now 37, Apolo Ohno Is “Significantly Busier” Than He's Ever Been

It's been more than nine years since Apolo Ohno last made a competitive lap on an Olympic speedskating track, but retirement hasn't slowed the eight-time ...

Italian bid edges Swedish rival in 2026 Olympic host study

The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the ...

‘Lance Armstrong: Next Stage’ to debut on NBCSN  NBC Sports

Lance Armstrong discusses his career and what is next in a 30-minute special.

2019 French Open men’s draw  NBC Sports

NBC airs live coverage of the French Open for a 37th straight year.

Matthew Boling, high school track phenom, chooses summer meets  NBC Sports

Matthew Boling, the Texan who ran the fastest all-conditions 100m in high school history, plans to compete in next month's USATF U20 Outdoor Championships ...

IOC Executive Board recommend AIBA suspension and boxing remain a Tokyo 2020 sport  Olympic Channel

Boxing will remain a sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, if recommendations made by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee ...

Ruta Meilutyte, Olympic swimming champ, faces possible ban for missed drug tests  NBC Sports

Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, the surprise 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke champion, could be suspended up to two years after missing three drug tests in a ...

Tonga flag bearer eyes history with two sports at Tokyo Olympics  NBC Sports

Pita Taufatofua, the viral Tongan flag bearer from the last two Olympics, wants to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games in two sports — his trademark taekwondo ...

Roger Federer returns to French Open on 10th anniversary of title, 20th anniversary of debut  NBC Sports

Watch Roger Federer's championship point and on-court interview from the 2009 NBC French Open broadcast.

Olympic champion Samuel Girard announces sudden retirement

Watch live today at 4 p.m. ET as Canadian short track speed skaters Samuel Girard and Kasandra Bradette speak to media in Montreal.

Tokyo Olympics an end goal for the American behind Japan sports icons  NBC Sports

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — As the Tokyo Olympics near and interest generates in Japanese sports culture, an American father and son offer unique perspectives as ...

2019 French Open women’s draw  NBC Sports

NBC airs live French Open coverage for a 37th straight year.

Olympic gymnastics team sizes return to five for Paris 2024  NBC Sports

The Final Five will not be the final five in this respect.

The story behind Yevgenia Medvedeva’s divisive ‘7 Rings’ exhibition program  NBC Sports

Yevgenia Medvedeva divided figure skating fans with her new exhibition program set to Ariana Grande's smash hit '7 Rings.' Medvedeva is currently performing ...

U.S. sweeps mixed-gender events at IAAF World Relays  NBC Sports

The U.S. dominated the opening night of the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, highlighted by winning both finals in unusual mixed-gender events.

The eclectic and impressive Canada Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a cacophony of athletic prowess. It amounts to a remarkable, but too-infrequently visited museum which pays tribute to a ...

Ten controversial Olympic outcomes  NBC Sports

Maximum Security's relegation from Kentucky Derby winner to 17th place on Saturday conjures memories of controversial outcomes in Olympic history.

American Cornhole League Dreams of Olympics After ESPN Deal  SportTechie

The American Cornhole League is leveraging technology to take the tailgate sport pro, with the dream of one day reaching the Olympics.

Tiger Woods eyes 2020 Olympics but also faces questions  NBC Sports

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Tiger Woods knows how tough qualifying for the 2020 Olympics will be — tougher than qualifying for any PGA Tour event. The question ...

Ryan Crouser eyed an NFL tryout, then Olympic gold, now the bathroom mirror  NBC Sports

Crouser competes at the Drake Relays on NBC Sports on Saturday.

Stan Wawrinka Wishes To Play 2020 Olympics With Roger Federer  Essentially Sports

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka represented Switzerland in the men's doubles Bryan brothers to reach the finals.

Fencing Feature: Olympic sport is unique but growing in our desert  KESQ

Since it started 16 years ago, the Desert Fencing Academy has brought a different type of sport to the Coachella Valley.

Harry Jones has his sights on 2020 Olympics

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US Men's Rugby Team Chases Down Olympic Berth Again & More From Team USA This Weekend

As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of the biggest events and how to follow them ...

How Gracie Gold landed in Philadelphia, thoughts competitive return  NBC Sports

Gracie Gold now lives and trains in Philadelphia, where she hopes to relaunch her career.

Brody Roybal’s golden goal lifts U.S. to sled hockey world title  NBC Sports

Brody Roybal scored the world championship-winning golden goal, lifting the U.S. sled hockey team past Canada in overtime.

Gaming could become an Olympic sport  New Zealand Herald

The burgeoning world of e-sports could soon achieve the ultimate endorsement — becoming an Olympic sport. Video gamers probably aren't what you picture ...

Gibson/Palmer Win US Title, While Olympic Medalist Johnson And Bramley To Join Them At Diving Worlds

With a trip to the world championships on the line, Purdue standout Brandon Loschiavo entered not once but twice in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform ...

Embattled boxing body faces Olympic inquiry before Tokyo ruling

The embattled amateur boxing federation faces an Olympic inquiry on Monday fearing it could be punished for forcing out a longtime IOC member as its ...

2019 London Marathon Results  NBC Sports

Top finishers from the 38th London Marathon (full searchable results here) … Men's Elite 1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) — 2:02:37 2. Mosinet Geremew (ETH) — 2:02: ...

2019 IAAF World Relays broadcast schedule  NBC Sports

Justin Gatlin and Noah Lyles headline the U.S. roster for the IAAF World Relays, airing live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming for NBC ...

Tokyo 2020 unveils mascot images representing Olympic sports and disciplines - Olympic News  Olympics

The Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has unveiled images of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot, Miraitowa, in a wide variety of ...

'It's a stain on skateboarding': WSF president on removal of sport from Pan Ams

The cancellation of skateboarding from the Pan American Games this summer, amid a dispute regarding qualification, could lead to an "embarrassing" debut of ...

Eli Dershwitz Wins Saber Silver, Remains World No. 1 Five Days Before Harvard Graduation

Consistency, more so than actual medals won, has helped keep 2016 Olympian Eli Dershwitz at the top of the world rankings this season in men's saber fencing.

U.S. Olympic marathon team outlook heading toward trials  NBC Sports

A look at the U.S. men's and women's marathon rankings at the end of the spring majors with 10 months until the Olympic trials in Atlanta (NAMES IN BOLD ...

Nike to End Financial Penalties for Pregnant Athletes After Backlash on Contract Protections  Sports Illustrated

Nike will not financially penalize sponsored athletes who become pregnant after criticism against the company has mounted in the last few weeks.

Why the Olympic Games Are Steering Clear of E-Sports  Fortune

The International Olympic Committee has reached out to e-sports, but don't expect to see video games as a medal event any time soon.

Damian Warner breaks his own world record 100m time in decathlon

Damian Warner of London, Ont., set another decathlon record Saturday at the Hypo Meeting in Austria, posting a time of 10.12 seconds in the men's 100 metres.

Breakdancing tries to catch on as an Olympic sport

Breakdancing is recognised as a high-level competitive sport. Now b-boys and b-girls are trying to get the IOC to include it in 2024 Olympics.

Clemson Tied for 10 after First Round of NCAA National Tournament - Clemsonmaven  Clemson Maven

Clemson, S.C.—Underclassmen Colby Patton, Kyle Cottam and Jacob Bridgeman continued their fine play in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, leading ...

Paris 2024 puts forward its proposal for new sports - Olympic News  Olympics

Paris 2024 today put forward its proposal to the IOC for new sports to be included on the Olympic programme, which included breaking, skateboarding, sport ...

Modern pentathlon: Kate French wins World Cup gold & Jess Varley bronze  BBC Sport

Britain's Kate French wins modern pentathlon World Cup gold as Jess Varley takes bronze.

From Bettystown to Tokyo: Irish beach volleyball dares to dream  The Irish Times

Despite being underdogs, UCLA's Izzy Carey is helping Ireland's Olympic qualifying hopes at home.

Alex Danson: England captain and Olympic champion on head injury recovery  BBC Sport

When Olympic champion Alex Danson hit her head on a wall while laughing, the "most challenging part" of her life began.

Watch FINA High Diving World Cup action from China

Watch live action from a FINA High Diving World Cup event in Zhaoqing, China.

Tackling mental health in Olympic sport - Olympic News  Olympics

Each year, the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission adopts a consensus statement on a prominent issue that affects the well-being of athletes. In 2018, the ...

In search of a younger audience, Olympic officials move forward with break dancing plans  The Washington Post

Looking to attract a younger audience, the International Olympic Committee is ready to spin the menu of sports offerings on its head, inching closer to adding ...

History of women's sport: From ice skating in 1902 to modern-day football heroes  BBC Sport

Some broke boundaries by being the first to compete in their field, while others broke records and set the standard for the next generation. As part of BBC Sport's ...

Rising heptathlete Niamh Emerson bids to emulate Jessica Ennis-Hill  BBC Sport

Britain's Niamh Emerson has a "classic heptathlete physique" and can add to her Commonwealth and European medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says ...

Ruta Meilutyte: London 2012 champion retires after missing three drugs tests  BBC Sport

London Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte announces her retirement from the sport at just 22 after missing three drugs tests.

Cameron Norrie: British number two on French Open, Olympics & Andy Murray  BBC Sport

British number two Cameron Norrie tells BBC Sport why having a "normal life" at university is translating into success as a professional tennis player.

What are the most iconic Canadian Olympic moments?

Kawhi Leonard's buzzer beater is now among Canada's iconic sport moments. But what about the country's best Olympic moments?

Periods - how do they affect athletes & why are they monitored?  BBC Sport

Periods might not turn wine into vinegar but can they affect an athlete's performance? BBC Sport looks at how athletes and doctors cope with menstruation.

Olympics on surf champ Gilmore's mind - Nine Wide World of Sports  Wide World of Sports

Her impressive Bali WSL win not only put Stephanie Gilmore back on top of the world tour rankings but gives...

Jade Jones: New world taekwondo champion chases Olympic hat-trick  BBC Sport

Newly crowned world champion Jade Jones says winning a third Olympic title in Tokyo next year will be her ultimate dream.

Kirsty Gilmour: Olympic badminton player on social media, pressure & women's sport  BBC Sport

Some days, Kirsty Gilmour doesn't want to feel special. Some days she could do without the expectation and pressure that comes with being an Olympian.

These Are the New Sports We May See at the 2024 Summer Olympics  Self

Paris, the 2024 host city, wants to reach young city-dwellers and make the Games more interactive with the proposed addition of these popular sports.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games detailed events schedule announced - Olympic News  Olympics

Get your diaries out – it's starting to feel very real: Tokyo 2020 today announced the order of events for each sporting session at next summer's Olympic Games.

Canada scores gold, silver at Canoe Sprint World Cup event

Canada's Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and Katie Vincent started the 2019 ICF World Cup season with a 1-2 finish in the women's C1 200m event.

Watch the ICF Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup from Poland

Watch some of best canoe and kayak athletes compete at the Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup in Poland.

French fencing body recognizes lightsaber dueling as a sport  ESPN

France's fencing federation has recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport.

Aaron Brown tops Andre De Grasse at 200m showdown in Shanghai

It was a Canadian 1-2 finish in the men's 200-metre race at the Shanghai Diamond League event on Saturday. Aaron Brown edged teammate Andre De Grasse ...

Applications for the sport and active society development grants are now open - Olympic News  Olympics

Four development grants worth CHF 20,000 each will be given by the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission to organisations that promote the health and ...

What to watch in Olympic sports this week  NBC Sports

Winter sports action this week is highlighted by the alpine skiing World Cup and World Nordic Skiing Championships.

Public invited to try Olympic sports at Titletown Winter Games  WBAY

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - Olympic sports will take over Titletown this weekend. Titletown teamed up with U.S. Venture for the Titletown Winter Games.

Penny Oleksiak, Kylie Masse to compete in 2nd pro swim league in October

A new professional league for elite swimmers will launch in October with meets in seven cities across the U.S. and Europe, ending with a championship in a ...

Comprehensive list of banned coaches finally published, but not by SafeSport  USA TODAY, a private website, is publishing a comprehensive list of banned coaches and other, not the USOC-backed U.S. Center for Safesport.

Rutgers wrestling NCAA champions prove the value of Olympic sports  Asbury Park Press

They will be iconic images in the history of Rutgers Athletics: Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault on the mat with their hands raised, two NCAA champions on ...

Can Breaking Become An Olympic Sport And Still Keep Its Soul?  Deadspin

If you missed the debut of breaking as an event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina last week, you missed another first—the crowning ...

Scuba Diving Added as Olympic Sport

A new memorandum from the International Olympic Comittee has paved the way for scuba divers to participate in the 2020 Olympic games. The now-Olympic ...

New coach prepares for 'cut-throat' Olympics campaign  BBC Sport

Sean Dancer is relishing his new role as Ireland women's coach after meeting his squad for the first time ahead of the Olympic qualifying process for Tokyo ...

Paris 2024 Submits Proposal For 4 New Summer Olympic Sports  SwimSwam

Paris 2024 organizers have put forth its proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for four sports to be included in that year's Summer Olympic ...

Tokyo 2020 unveils Games pictograms - Olympic News  Olympics

Pictograms play a key role in facilitating the experience of athletes and spectators alike, and will be used for a variety of purposes, including signage at ...

Mikaela Shiffrin highlights Olympic sports action this week  NBC Sports

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin looks to continue an already spectacular World Cup season this weekend in Slovenia.

2020 Gymnastics Trials Continue A Long History Of Olympic Sports In St. Louis

As Fred Lorz turned off North Meramec Street onto Forsyth Boulevard, the Gateway Arch was but a figment of the imagination, a monument still six decades in ...

BYU Olympic Sports: Softball sweeps and Volleyball advances  Vanquish The Foe

BYU Olympic Sports had a strong weekend, highlighted by volleyball's MPSF first round upset and softball's sweep of Pacific at Gail Miller Field last weekend.

Was your child’s coach banned for sexual misconduct? Better check  USA TODAY

Coaches who have been banned for sexual misconduct are still coaching kids, taking advantage of significant gaps in a system the USOC has vowed to fix.

What to watch this week in Olympic sports: Shiffrin’s season finale  NBC Sports

Mikalea Shiffrin's incredible 2018-19 season will come to a close this week at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra, where Shiffrin is expected to ski for two ...

BYU Olympic Sports: Baseball, Soccer, Commissioner’s Cup, and more  Vanquish The Foe

Baseball The Bat Cats hosted Saint Mary's at Miller Park from March 28-30 in a three game series and swept the Gaels. They won the first game on Thursday by ...

Communique of the 7th Olympic Summit - Olympic News  Olympics

At the invitation of the International Olympic Committee, the leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met in Lausanne today for the 7th Olympic Summit.

Looking to the Future of Sport and the Games - Olympic News  Olympics

All eyes were on the future at the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires. Speakers discussed the future of sport itself, what the future fan might look like, and ...