Summer Olympic games - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Summer Olympic games APNewsBreak: Beach volleyball hopes ESPN draws Olympic fans Beach volleyball has a new ally as it tries to grow from an Olympic phenomenon to an every-year attraction: ESPN. The sports network will broadcast the World Series of Beach Volleyball, an international pro tour stop in California in July. Event organizers hope the exposure will help beach volleyball attract new fans and hold onto the ones who watch during the Summer Games o... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:28:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:28:00Z Brazil security forces patrol in Rio amid surge of violence RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A few hundred national Brazilian security forces are patrolling parts of Rio de Janeiro following a surge in violence. The troops began patrols along busy thoroughfares in northern Rio on Monday. Many were also positioning themselves at the entrances to several favelas, or slums. The patrols are expected to last 90... Mon, 15 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-15T18:06:00Z LA Set Their Sights On Another Olympics In 2024 The Los Angeles set their sights on another Olympics Wednesday. The LA 2024 leadership delivered opening remarks to the International Olympic Committee... Thu, 11 May 2017 00:27:00 GMT 2017-05-11T00:27:00Z Making waves on the beach: Walsh Jennings will skip AVP tour Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is looking for a new partner — and a new beach volleyball tour — after rejecting an exclusivity agreement with the AVP that would have locked her into the circuit through the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. In her first public comments since breaking with the biggest, richest and longest-running domestic tour, Walsh Jen... Fri, 05 May 2017 02:21:00 GMT 2017-05-05T02:21:00Z International basketball celebrates vote to allow headgear Even as basketball's popularity soared around the world, not everyone believed they could get in the game. A ban on headgear by the sport's governing body meant choosing between play and prayer, a rule that wasn't about religion but felt as if it were to some groups. That ended Thursday with a unanimous vote to allow headgear, a change ... Fri, 05 May 2017 02:11:00 GMT 2017-05-05T02:11:00Z 8 in Brazil sentenced for planning attack ahead of Rio 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A judge in Brazil on Thursday sentenced eight men for planning an attack in the run up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, marking the first time that a much debated anti-terror law formed the basis of a case in Latin America's largest nation. Federal Judge Marcos Josegrei da Silva sentenced the men to between 6 and 15 years in prison. In t... Fri, 05 May 2017 01:11:00 GMT 2017-05-05T01:11:00Z Julie Foudy signs multiyear extension with ESPN BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Julie Foudy has signed a multiyear extension with ESPN and will focus on soccer, the Olympics and the NCAA championships. Foudy joined ESPN full time in 2005, less than a year after retiring from her 17-year soccer career with the U.S. women's national team. She's a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA World Cup winner. ... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:48:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:48:00Z BOJ keeps lax monetary policy, forecasts steady growth TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. The Bank of Japan said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will help support growth in the coming year or two. But the... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:43:00 GMT 2017-04-27T04:43:00Z 10 Things to Know for Wednesday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. WHERE A CHEMICAL ATTACK STRUCK Syrians were left gasping for breath and convulsing in the streets and in crowded hospitals in an opposition-held northern town. The attack killed dozens of people, and if confirmed would be the coun... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 01:39:00 GMT 2017-04-05T01:39:00Z NHL looks at China as a 'very long-term relationship' China wants to get its hockey program up to par before hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The NHL is using that as a starting point for a long-term vision to turn the country into a hockey nation. The league is making the country of almost 1.4 billion people a top priority internationally. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will play ex... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:40:00 GMT 2017-03-30T20:40:00Z AVP schedule is out, no commitment (yet) from Walsh Jennings Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings has not yet committed to play in AVP events this summer, leading the domestic beach volleyball tour to announce its 2017 schedule without including the game's top draw among "the most respected names in the sport" who are expected to participate. "We're in contract negotiations and we're pretty far off right now," W... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:23:00 GMT 2017-03-29T18:23:00Z Fukushima confirmed as venue for Tokyo 2020 baseball TOKYO (AP) — Organizers on Friday confirmed that baseball and softball games for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster. The International Olympic Committee approved the use of Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium as an additional venue for baseball and softball. The IOC an... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:09:00 GMT 2017-03-17T06:09:00Z USA gymnastics president resigns amid abuse scandal Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases. The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee's board recommended to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla that Penny should step down. Penny offered his resignation during a previously scheduled board ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT 2017-03-16T20:03:00Z Staley introduced as coach of US national women's hoops team COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For all that Dawn Staley has accomplished in her Hall-of-Fame career, she believes her latest achievement may have topped them all. "It is basketball utopia for me," Staley said Friday after being introduced as coach of the U.S. women's national basketball team. "For me to sit here as coach of USA Basketball is surreal." ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-03-10T19:15:00Z AP source: USOC recommends USA Gymnastics president resign U.S. Olympic Committee leadership has recommended USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny resign amid fallout from the federation's handling of a string of sex-abuse cases, a person familiar with the communications told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because of the sensitivity of the discussion. The USOC b... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:16:00 GMT 2017-03-10T04:16:00Z AP Sources: Staley to coach US women's Olympic hoops team NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's Olympic basketball team turned to its past to find its next coach. Dawn Staley will coach the team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said two people with knowledge of the decision. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced. Staley will be introduced at a news ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:37:00 GMT 2017-03-10T01:37:00Z Fredericks turns himself over to IOC ethics commission LONDON (AP) — Former Olympic sprinter Frankie Fredericks has turned himself over to the IOC ethics commission following a French newspaper report linking him to a payment from a man who has been banned for life from track and field for corruption. The payment of $299,300 to an offshore company linked to Fredericks came in 2009 on the day that Rio de Janei... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:21:00 GMT 2017-03-03T17:21:00Z Budapest assembly passes motion to withdraw 2024 Olympic bid BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budapest's assembly approved a motion Wednesday to withdraw the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics. The decision leaves Los Angeles and Paris as the only remaining candidates. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September. Budapest's decision to withdraw came after a new political grou... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:59:00 GMT 2017-03-01T12:59:00Z Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom in Asia SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would significantly shift the balance, Lee said. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:48:00 GMT 2017-02-21T06:48:00Z Ethiopian runner who protested in Rio reunites with family The Ethiopian marathoner crouched down low in the hallway at the Miami airport as he carried a bouquet of red roses. Feyisa Lilesa's daughter spotted him first and ran in for a hug. Then, his young son and lastly his wife. On Valentine's Day, the Olympic silver medalist who became an international figure when he crossed his wrists in pr... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:37:00 GMT 2017-02-14T23:37:00Z NBC's Bob Costas being replaced by Mike Tirico at Olympics NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Tirico is taking over from Bob Costas as the prime-time host of NBC's Olympics coverage starting next winter in South Korea. Costas, who has been the on-air concierge to NBC's Olympics 11 times starting in 1992, said he decided on his own a year ago that the time was right for a change. "This is entirely on my terms... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:20:00 GMT 2017-02-09T20:20:00Z Shaun White might compete in skateboarding at 2020 Olympics The next Olympics are still a year away, and already, Shaun White is thinking about the games after that. And it has nothing to do with the halfpipe. The world's best-known snowboarder tells The Associated Press he's exploring competing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in skateboarding, which will be added to the program for 2020. ... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:18:00 GMT 2017-02-08T21:18:00Z Bolt resigned to losing relay gold, but not holding grudges MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt says he is resigned to the fact that he's lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals, but isn't holding any grudges against drug-tainted Jamaican relay teammate Nesta Carter. Carter has said he will appeal after re-analysis of his sample from the 2008 Beijing Games using more advanced scientific methods returned a posi... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:57:00 GMT 2017-02-01T08:57:00Z LeBron considering return to US Olympic team under Popovich INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James might make another run at Olympic gold with Gregg Popovich. James, who already has two gold medals, said that Popovich taking over as coach of the U.S. team will influence his decision on whether to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games. "It factors a lot," James said Saturday as the Cavaliers prepared to h... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:05:00 GMT 2017-01-22T01:05:00Z After 2 decades, Wielgus leaving as head of USA Swimming USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus is retiring after leading a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm. Wielgus, who turns 67 next month, has been battling colorectal cancer for more than 10 years and undergoes regular chemotherapy. He will leave his job Aug. 31. He is the longest-tenur... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:10:00 GMT 2017-01-11T20:10:00Z Another Rio Olympic venue struggling to find a use RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Almost five months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended, another venue is struggling to find a use. Rio de Janeiro's city hall said Tuesday that the Deodoro Olympic Park, which was to be used as a park and recreation area after the games, has been closed. Deodoro was the second-largest venue cluster during the O... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-01-10T20:46:00Z Euro 2016 generated 1.2 billion-euro boost for France PARIS (AP) — France says that organizing the European soccer championships last summer provided an economic boost worth 1.2 billion euros (currently $1.26 billion) to the economy. According to figures from the Centre for Law and Economics of Sport, the continental soccer tournament attracted 2.5 million fans in stadiums as well as 600,000 visitors from abroad. ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-01-10T15:51:00Z Former No. 1 Wozniacki beats Olympic champion Puig in Sydney SYDNEY (AP) — Former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki stepped up her preparations for the Australian Open with 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig at the Sydney International on Monday. Wozniacki, who finished back-to-back years at No. 1 in the rankings in 2010 and '11, has never won a major and is determined to make up for a first-rou... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:32:00 GMT 2017-01-09T12:32:00Z 2-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton retiring Two Olympic decathlon gold medals. Rewriting the world record not once but twice. Ashton Eaton really can't envision accomplishing much more in an event that comes with the label of world's greatest athlete. So, he's stepping away less than three weeks shy of his 29th birthday. Eaton and heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their retirements Wednes... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:10:00 GMT 2017-01-04T19:10:00Z Family: Ethiopian running legend Miruts Yifter dies at 72 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend who inspired world-class athletes like Haile Gebreselassie, has died in Canada at age 72, his family and Ethiopian Athletics Federation officials told the Associated Press on Friday. The athlete known widely by the nickname "Miruts the Shifter" won two gold medals at the 1980 Moscow O... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:50:00 GMT 2016-12-23T12:50:00Z