Government and politics

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2013, photo, Anthony DeFrancesco, center, son of Tiburones head coach Tony DeFrancesco, left, practices his baseball swing as his father speaks with a player prior to a baseball game against rival Leones, at Estadio Universitario in Caracas, Venezuela. Major League Baseball is banning players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League in one of the first public repercussions of new U.S. economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government. MLB said Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, it is in contact with the U.S. government to determine how to proceed under the new sanctions against President Nicolás Maduro's administration and at least temporarily suspending involvement in the league. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
August 22, 2019 - 10:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is banning players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League in one of the first public repercussions of new U.S. economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government. MLB said Thursday it is in contact with the U.S. government to determine how to...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo, Gwen Berry of the United States competes in the women's hammer throw at the Golden Grand Prix track and field event in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan American Games, but the 12-month probations that came with the letters also included a none-too-subtle signal for anyone vying for next year's Olympics. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
August 20, 2019 - 8:10 pm
DENVER (AP) — The letters went to the two protesters. The message was meant for a much wider audience. The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan American...
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August 20, 2019 - 5:44 pm
MIAMI (AP) — An environmental report poses a new problem for the proposed site of David Beckham's Major League Soccer stadium in Miami: Tests show the soil is far more toxic than expected. According to the Miami Herald, the analysis found arsenic contamination reaching more than twice the legal...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting (26) grabs Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) after a reception during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
August 19, 2019 - 7:35 pm
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills objected Monday to recent comments from rapper Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick. Jay-Z and the league last week announced a partnership he characterized as a progressive step to carry on...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2016, file photo, a representation of the Olympic rings are displayed in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee took steps designed to help athletes in the wake of Olympic sex-abuse scandals, proposing an increase in their numbers on its board and recasting its mission statement to include the job of promoting their well-being. These changes are part of a proposal, released Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, to rewrite the USOPC bylaws. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
August 19, 2019 - 6:21 pm
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is taking steps designed to help athletes in the wake of Olympic sex-abuse scandals, proposing an increase in their numbers on its board and a recasting of its mission statement to include the job of promoting their well-being. These changes...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, Zimbabwe players applaud their fans after the group A soccer match between Uganda and Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations at Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. Zimbabwe's government-run sports commission says it has asked FIFA to remove officials in charge of the country's soccer federation from office and appoint a temporary committee. The Sports and Recreation Commission regulates sport in Zimbabwe and says it wants the Zimbabwe Football Association to be run by a normalization committee. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
August 17, 2019 - 7:00 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government-run sports commission said it has asked FIFA to remove officials in charge of the country's soccer federation from office and appoint a temporary committee. The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), which regulates sport in Zimbabwe, wants the...
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A man salutes during a memorial service for the victims of the Aug. 3 mass shooting, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Southwest University Park, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)
August 15, 2019 - 8:43 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a shooting that killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas (all times local): 6:45 p.m. An El Paso-area school board member is critical of the decision to cancel a game between one of the board's high schools and the Dallas-area school attended by the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2008, file photo, color lights play on the Louisiana Superdome at twilight before the BCS championship college football game in New Orleans. The home to the Saints football team, will get $450 million in renovations if Louisiana officials agree to the financing plans. Upgrades to the iconic, 44-year-old domed stadium are part of Gov. John Bel Edwards' ongoing negotiations with the NFL team, aimed at keeping the organization in Louisiana for another 30 years. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
August 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome, home to the Saints football team and a symbol of the city's revival after Hurricane Katrina, will undergo a $450 million facelift, under a financing plan approved Thursday that is aimed at keeping the NFL team in Louisiana for decades. The 44-...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during an NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J. Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down. The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
August 14, 2019 - 4:12 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate III never hesitated to take a prescribed fertility drug because the doctor who wrote the prescription told him he had given it to other NFL players and it was not banned. Speaking to reporters a day after an independent arbiter...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, driver David Ragan waves to fans while walking through the garage area during a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports announced Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, that Ragan will step away from full-time NASCAR competition after this season. Ragan will continue to race on a part-time basis in NASCAR and other series at his desire.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
August 14, 2019 - 2:39 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Veteran NASCAR driver David Ragan plans to scale back his racing schedule starting next season. Ragan said Wednesday in a statement from Front Row Motorsports that he will race on a part-time basis in 2020 in NASCAR and other series. The 33-year-old Ragan cited his desire to...
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