HARTFORD, Conn. — As some states set plans to a pandemic $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit as a way to encourage people to find work, Connecticut is offering a much different incentive — a $1,000 signing bonus for taking a job.
The U.S. government is holding on to nearly $3 million earmarked for the World Anti-Doping Agency, with plans to pay only if it sees “real progress and a path for more substantial future reforms” out of the global drug-fighting organization.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Passenger levels for the Middle East's largest airlines plummeted by 70% last year and it furloughed more than a quarter of its staff due to the coronavirus pandemic, Emirates' chairman and chief executive said Monday.
Groups alleging human-rights abuses against minorities in China are calling for a full-blown boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move likely to ratchet up pressure on the International Olympic Committee, athletes, sponsors and sports federations.
Tom Pidcock became the first British rider to win a mountain bike World Cup race in more than two decades Sunday while Loana Lecomte dominated the women's race for the second consecutive week to solidify her status as the favorite to win the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.
LONDON (AP) — The British government is still deciding whether to accept an offer from Pfizer to fast-track Olympic and Paralympic athletes for coronavirus vaccines.
It was quite a day for American women at the season-opening World Triathlon Championship Series race outside Tokyo, one that bodes well for them at the Olympics in less than two months.
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases.
GENEVA (AP) — American triple jumper Omar Craddock was banned for 20 months on Friday over missed doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 world championships in Oregon.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Valencia ducked out of the scorching Arizona sun, reached into a cooler to grab an ice-cold drink and took a seat on the bench. The former Major League Baseball player savored the sweat dripping off his face onto the dugout floor, knowing he had found a second …
TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday further expanded a coronavirus state of emergency from six areas, including Tokyo, to nine, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga repeated his determination to hold the Olympics in just over two months.
PARIS (AP) — World champion cyclist Julian Alaphilippe has decided to skip the Tokyo Olympics, where he was expected to be a medal contender in the road race.
TOKYO (AP) — An online petition with more than 350,000 signatures calling for the Tokyo Games to be canceled was submitted Friday to local organizers, the International Olympic Committee and others.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simone Biles is back to competing.
DENVER (AP) — A boycott of next year's Beijing Olympics will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only serve to place athletes training for the games under a “cloud of uncertainty,” the head of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee wrote to Congress on Thursday.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Troy Ryan has been named head coach of Canada’s women’s hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Marko Vavic was in Mexico when it happened. He had just flown to Cabo San Lucas to spend spring break with a group of friends.
SYDNEY (AP) — Two years after his controversial podium move at the world swimming championships, Australian Mack Horton still can't seem to shake off questions about the guy he intended to snub.
GENEVA (AP) — The IOC on Wednesday downplayed concerns over Japanese public opinion calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled, before its virtual news conference was interrupted by an activist protesting the games.
TOKYO (AP) — A full-page newspaper ad says Japanese will be "killed by politics" because the government is forcing them to endure the pandemic without vaccines. More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled. And a swimming star has faced pressu…
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government is set to start delivering COVID-19 vaccines to athletes, coaches, referees and accredited media headed for the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal joined the growing number of tennis players expressing doubts about competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
GENEVA (AP) — A world-wide network of athletes’ unions published research Tuesday aimed at better protecting young people in sports following sexual abuse scandals in gymnastics and soccer.
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay is being pulled off the streets in Hiroshima prefecture as COVID-19 cases rise in Japan barely 10 weeks before the opening ceremony.
ROME (AP) — Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori has doubts about whether the IOC and local organizers are doing enough to plan for a worst-case scenario of “hundreds” or “thousands” of coronavirus cases at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach has canceled a trip to Japan because of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Monday in a statement.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian swimmer Cate Campbell has had to incorporate something new into her fine-tuning as she prepares for a fourth Olympics.
ALBSTADT, Germany (AP) — Victor Koretzky and Loana Lecomte gave France a sweep of the first men's and women's World Cup mountain bike races of the season Sunday, giving them a big boost of confidence heading toward the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
ROME (AP) — Naomi Osaka is conflicted over whether the Tokyo Olympics should be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.
TOKYO (AP) — Seated inside Tokyo's new $1.4 billion National Stadium, Sebastian Coe again tried to reassure athletes and skeptical residents of Japan that the postponed Olympics will be safe when they open in just under 11 weeks.
SAN DIEGO — You've no doubt seen the video from last October. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Budda Baker intercepts a pass on the goal line and heads toward the opposite end zone, nothing but green artificial turf in front of him. Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf, a good 10 yards behind, t…
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Olympic Committee amended its constitution at its annual general meeting on Saturday to ensure there’s a permanent Indigenous representation on the AOC Athletes’ Commission.
TORONTO (AP) — Jamaican defender Kemar Lawrence has joined Major League Soccer's Toronto from Belgium’s Anderlecht.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two-time world surfing champion John John Florence has a knee injury which he hopes won't prevent him from representing the United States at the Tokyo Olympics.
A 43-year-old athlete from New Zealand is on track to become the first openly transgender participant in the Olympics.
ALBSTADT, Germany (AP) — Mathieu van der Poel and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot confirmed their status as the favorites in mountain biking at the Tokyo Olympics by winning the first World Cup race of the season Friday night in Germany.
TOKYO (AP) — Trains packed with commuters returning to work after a weeklong national holiday. Frustrated young people drinking in the streets because bars are closed. Protests planned over a possible visit by the Olympics chief.
Nina Curtis has been picked to join the defending champion Australian team for the rest of SailGP’s second season as part of a developmental program to fast-track women into the global league.
The U.S. women's national team will play Portugal, Jamaica and Nigeria during a five-match Summer Series next month in Texas.
MOSCOW (AP) — Tamara Press, a three-time Olympic champion from the Soviet Union who withdrew from international competition amid speculation and jibes about her gender, has died. She was 83.
TORONTO (AP) — Mandy Bujold would have preferred fighting this battle in the ring.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech will donate doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC said Thursday.
TOKYO (AP) — An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled has gained tens of thousands of signatures since being launched in Japan only days ago.
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Sebastian Coe, the head of the world governing body of track and field, said a half-marathon test event run in Japan’s northern city of Sapporo on Wednesday made him confident that the Olympic marathon can be held successfully in the city when the Tokyo Games open in ju…
ROME (AP) — The Italian Olympic Committee is making arrangements to vaccinate its entire team for the Tokyo Games.
CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — A German gymnastics coach has been removed from her post at an Olympic training center after an investigation found she mistreated athletes.
Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt, U.S. women's gymnastics gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez and three-time MVP, World Champion and co-founder of the Premier Lacrosse League Paul Rabil are joining …
TOKYO (AP) — Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's budget carrier flydubai reported Sunday a loss of $194 million in 2020 as revenue fell by more than 50% in what it described as one of the toughest years in the aviation industry.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Miller made 23 saves to win the final home start of his 18-year NHL career, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped their 23-game streak without a home regulation victory Saturday night, beating the Los Angeles Kings 6-2.