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TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal Friday, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Games was copied from a Belgian theater. At a news conference in Tokyo, the organizers disclosed designer Kenjiro Sano's initially submitted...
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Friday included goalkeeper David de Gea, Diego Costa and Juan Mata in his squad to take on Slovakia and Macedonia in qualifying matches for next year's European Championship. Del Bosque called up De Gea even though he has not...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A visit to Texas A&M football practice is musically akin to a trip to a swanky hip-hop club in downtown Houston or a hotspot on Miami's South Beach. The Aggies opened fall practice with Drake's Meek Mill diss track "Back to Back" as a prelude to...
BEIJING (AP) — Three events in and American decathlete Trey Hardee had to withdraw. His throbbing lower back couldn't take anymore punishment. The two-time world champion hurt his back on Friday in the long jump, then struggled in the shot put before shutting himself down at the...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If Chip Kelly, Pete Carroll and other NFL coaches want to run zone-read plays, their quarterbacks are fair game — even when they don't have the ball. The league's competition committee has made it clear quarterbacks won't get special protection until they...
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota broke a Heisman Trophy trend last season by winning the award after being considered the preseason favorite. Heisman winners no longer need preseason hype — just ask Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton who won it as first-time starters...
Shortly after the draw for the U.S. Open set up Serena Williams' path to completing a Grand Slam, she offered her own analysis. "It's not anything simple or easy to go through," Williams said. Actually, judging by her head-to-head records against many possible opponents, it...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo...
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The title round at the Little League World Series is flush with second chances. Pearland, Texas, hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night for a 9-7 victory over Bonita, California, and a berth in the U.S. championship...