Government and politics

December 12, 2019 - 2:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions at a news conference at the Final Four college basketball tournament in Minneapolis. Emmert says it is “highly probably” federal legislation will pass that sets national guidelines for how college athletes can be compensated for the their names, images and likenesses. Emmert spoke Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at the Learfield/IMG Intercollegiate Athletic Forum sponsored by the Sports Business Journal, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
December 11, 2019 - 5:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday it is “highly probable” Congress will set national guidelines for how college athletes can be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Emmert, who spoke at a forum sponsored by the Sports Business Journal, said he is...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, the Russian national flag, right, flies after next to the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
December 10, 2019 - 3:09 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Now, the sports lawyers can enter the field — yet again, in a doping scandal that has raged since 2014. A Russian legal challenge seems certain after Russia’s anti-doping...
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President-Elect of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banka, left, President of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie, right, and Director General of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Olivier Niggli, center, arrive for a press conference after the WADA's extraordinary Executive Committee (ExCo) on the Russian doping data manipulation, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. WADA bans Russia from international sporting events for four years. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
December 09, 2019 - 8:49 pm
The goal all along, or so the Olympic leaders say, has been fairness. And also — that notion of protecting the “innocent" Russian athletes who must be out there somewhere. But what's clear to anyone who has followed even a second of the Russian doping saga, now in its fifth year and showing no...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
December 09, 2019 - 11:01 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer's Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by...
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Heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua of Britain, right, and Andy Ruiz Jr. of Mexico pose during a weigh-in at Faisaliah Center, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The first ever heavyweight title fight in the Middle East, has been called the "Clash on the Dunes." Will take place at the Diriyah Arena on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
December 06, 2019 - 3:25 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In one part of Riyadh, two of the world’s most high-profile boxers squared off at a weigh-in outside a 5-star hotel ahead of the first heavyweight title fight to take place in the Middle East. Across town, American rappers Akon and Chris Brown were about to headline a...
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Tiger Woods tees off at the 10th hole of Albany Golf Club as Bubba Watson and his caddie look during the second round of the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday Dec. 5 2019. (AP Photo/Doug Ferguson)
December 05, 2019 - 5:08 pm
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A tropical breeze replaced the raging wind and made golf a lot easier for Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods and just about everyone else Thursday in the Hero World Challenge. Reed took advantage of the back nine at Albany Golf Club for the second straight day. He was tied for the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2017 photo, five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders take a knee during the national anthem prior to a college football game against North Greenville, in Kennesaw, Ga. Kennesaw State University's decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. Former cheerleader Tommia Dean will get $93,000 of the award, with the rest going to her attorneys. The Marietta Daily Journal obtained a copy of the settlement Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, through an Open Records Act request. (Cory Hancock/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, FIle)
December 05, 2019 - 1:40 pm
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University's decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. Former KSU cheerleader Tommia Dean settled her lawsuit and will get $93,000...
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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
December 02, 2019 - 6:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met Monday with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss MLB’s proposal to that would drop 42 minor league teams from their leagues after the 2020 season. MLB is negotiating a new agreement with the National Association of...
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Roger Federer thanks the crowd after winning an exhibition game against Alexander Zverev at Rumiñahui Coliseum in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
December 02, 2019 - 5:46 am
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss government says it will produce a 20 franc silver coin with Roger Federer’s image on it. The government says it’s the first time it has dedicated a commemorative coin to a living person. A 50 franc gold coin with Federer’s image on it will be minted next year. The...
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