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Ledecky returns to competition with time ticking to Tokyo

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Like everyone else, Katie Ledecky was forced to shelve her plans when the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Instead of looking far into the future, the five-time Olympic champion swimmer switched to a more immediate mindset. Forget that the four-year cycle ...

Kapanen scores twice; Pens welcome back fans with 5-2 win

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The arena wasn't completely full for Pittsburgh's game against visiting Philadelphia, yet it felt that way to Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen. Kapanen scored two goals and the Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-2 on Tuesday night. The Penguins ...

Suns overcome Booker’s ejection, hold off Lakers 114-104

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dario Šarić scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker's ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Booker scored 17 points before ...

China: Calls for 2022 Winter Olympics boycott doomed to fail

BEIJING (AP) — Calls for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on human rights grounds are "doomed to failure," a Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday, as lawmakers and political advisers began converging on China's capital for the biggest annual gathering of the political ...

AP source: Eagles send Carson Wentz to Colts for draft picks

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person familiar with the deal. The Eagles will receive a third-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional second-round pick ...

Spurs have 4 players positive, Atlanta has All-Star concerns

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The San Antonio Spurs are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak among four players, the NBA said Tuesday, meaning the Spurs will not play until the middle of next week at the earliest. Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms — whose city was picked ...

On the move: Serena’s court coverage brings her near No. 24

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Serena Williams agrees with everyone else that her footwork and movement are better these days than they've been for a bit — and that's a big reason she's closing in on what would be a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Here's what she wants to ...

Lots of confusion with 2 races, 3 winners at ski worlds

By ERIC WILLEMSEN Associated Press CORTINA D'AMPEZZO (AP) — Katharina Liensberger was talking to reporters in the mixed zone when she learned that her silver medal in the parallel giant slalom event had been upgraded to a tie for gold at the world championships. The Austrian fell to the ...

Smashing success: Djokovic beats Zverev, into Australian SF

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic smashed a racket, sending a piece of the frame flying. Later, he plopped himself down right there at the back of the blue court, looking forlorn as can be. He dropped the opening set against Alexander Zverev, one of the young guys trying to shove ...

AP source: Panthers to release 2-time Pro Bowl DT Short

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team has not ...