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Italian skier Sofia Goggia celebrates with members of the Italian delegation after International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach from Germany announced that Milan-Cortina has won the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, during the first day of the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, June 24, 2019. Italy will host the 2026 Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, taking the Winter Games to the Alpine country for the second time in 20 years. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 1:49 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games. International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from...
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Italy members of delegation cheer with Italian flags during the final presentation of the Milan-Cortina candidate cities the first day of the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, June 24, 2019. The host city of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games will be decided during the134th IOC Session. Stockholm-Are in Sweden and Milan-Cortina in Italy are the two candidate cities for the Olympic Winter Games 2026. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 12:29 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the 2026 Olympics vote (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Milan-Cortina bid won 47 votes in its successful bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with Stockholm-Are receiving 34 votes. There was one abstention. ___ 6 p.m. Italy will host the 2026 Winter...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, part-owners, from left to right, Jerry Bruckheimer and David Bonderman pose with Tod Leiweke and a hockey stick during a news conference naming Leiweke as the president and CEO for a prospective NHL expansion team in Seattle. More than six months after the NHL announced its 32nd franchise, what's happening in Seattle remains a curiosity in the hockey community. With the draft in Vancouver and Seattle team president and CEO Leiweke and part-owner Bruckheimer hanging out for the weekend, it amplified the questions about what is to come next for the yet-to-be-named franchise a couple hours to the south. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
June 23, 2019 - 8:42 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — While the selections of Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kaako and the P.K. Subban trade all got their deserved attention during the NHL draft, one of the biggest crowds of the weekend surrounded a 59-year-old team executive and a Hollywood filmmaker. More than six months...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, and NHL Player's Association Executive Director Donald Fehr take part in announcing the return of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 in Toronto, during a news conference at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. With labor talks having already begun on an informal basis, NHL Commissioner Bettman and union chief Fehr are in agreement in their desire to reboot the World Cup of Hockey tournament. The stumbling block to laying out a long-term calendar of international competition, however, revolves around the hot-button topic of the NHL returning to participate in the Winter Olympics after skipping out on South Korea in 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
June 23, 2019 - 4:39 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — With labor talks having already begun on an informal basis, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr are in favor of rebooting the World Cup of Hockey tournament and holding it every four years. The stumbling block to laying out a long-term calendar...
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June 23, 2019 - 3:17 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — P.K. Subban wasn't exactly shocked Saturday when the six-time NHL defenseman was traded from the Nashville Predators to the New Jersey Devils. "I've been through the process before," Subban said in a conference call with the media Sunday. "There was a lot of talk after the...
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New York Rangers draft pick Kaapo Kakko, left; New Jersey Devils pick Jack Hughes, center; and Chicago Blackhawks pick Kirby Dach pose for photos during the first round of the NHL hockey draft Friday, June 21, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 22, 2019 - 10:00 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The traditional team-by-team roll call to open the second day of the NHL draft hadn't yet begun when the league's looming salary-cap crunch began overshadowing the final six rounds Saturday. Norris Trophy-winning defenseman P.K. Subban is off to New Jersey...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team president Larry Bird smiles during a news conference in Indianapolis. Larry Bird is the only person in league history to be voted MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
June 22, 2019 - 9:39 am
Larry Bird's place in NBA history stretches from the record book to the rule book. A Hall of Fame player later became a successful coach and team executive. Along the way, he watched free agency transform from something rarely discussed to practically a year-round conversation — with his own name...
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Spectators follow the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 21, 2019 - 4:41 pm
PARIS (AP) — Data from FIFA shows none of the round of 16 games at the Women's World Cup in France has sold out. In details provided to The Associated Press, FIFA says around 900,000 tickets have been sold overall to the "general public and fans around the world." Two weeks ago, FIFA initially...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2004, file photo, fans watch a baseball game between the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan that could see the team split its home games between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, reports said Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 21, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sure, they'll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Rays will become the Montreal Expos (Version 2.0) in the not-too-distance future. Or, if that doesn't pan out, there are potential backup...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard holds his MVP trophy while celebrating with rapper/producer Drake during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 1:36 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard. He is expected to opt out of the final year of his contact and become a free agent June 30. The two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star is likely the biggest prize...
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