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Chinese athletes visit North Korea in latest sign of thaw in ties

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A large group of Chinese athletes and sports officials arrived in North Korea on Monday in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries this year. The Chinese group is led by Gou Zhongwen, the director of China's General Administration of ...

Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women’s sports

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LONDON (AP) — Male sports fans make up more than half of the group of people with an interest in women's sports, according to a report published Thursday by analysts Nielsen Sports. The report found that 84 percent of general sports fans in eight key markets around the world, including the ...

LeBron James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer's table, yelled "Yes!" to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers' new era was underway. Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his regular-season debut for Los Angeles 39 years ...

NFL sticking with officiating emphasis on quarterback hits

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NEW YORK — The NFL is sticking with its officiating emphasis on quarterback hits, including those in which the tackler uses all or most of his body weight when falling on the quarterback. NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent says Thursday that the powerful competition committee has ...

Is Tiger’s win the greatest comeback ever?

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Tiger Woods thrilled the golf world by winning for the first time in five years, and immediately the talk on social media was it was the biggest sports comeback ever. PodcastOne Sports Now talks with AP golf writer Doug Ferguson to get some perspective on the win, while co-hosts Tim Dahlberg ...

Mad Ants acquire rights to Omari Johnson

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The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, announced today they have acquired the player rights to forward Omari Johnson from the Memphis Hustle in exchange for the returning player rights to forward Jarrod Uthoff and guard ...

North and South Korea say they plan bid for 2032 Olympics

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain ...

Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — It's early in a college basketball game and Team A, playing methodically and using up most of the 30-second shot clock, falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones celebrate silently: they have bet on Team B to be the first to ...

Sapporo expected to drop out of 2026 Winter Olympic bid race

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TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese city of Sapporo is expected to stop pursuing the 2026 Winter Olympics, leaving four possible candidates as the IOC struggles to find hosts — particularly for the Winter Games. A city official said Deputy Mayor Takatohsi Machida and Japanese Olympic Committee ...

Nike’s Colin Kaepernick campaign signals change in shoe politics

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A pair of shoes are set aflame with a cigarette lighter, captured on video and shared widely online to protest a political statement made by the manufacturer. The New Balance shoes were burned by their owners two years ago after a spokeswoman indicated the company's support for President ...

Football helmet manufacturers work on safer youth equipment

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As the NFL seeks remedies for injuries caused by helmets by spending millions of dollars and hour upon hour on research into safer equipment, the same search goes on at other levels of football. VICIS, which has the top-rated helmets for the pros, according to an NFL survey, is getting into ...

Mad Ants to play one regular season game at Trine

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The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will play one regular season home game at the MTI Center, home of the Trine University men’s and women’s basketball programs, during the 2018-19 season. Fort Wayne will host the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA G League affiliate, on Sunday, December ...

Players face angst-filled weekend as NFL rosters get trimmed

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts center Deyshawn Bond remembers camping out inside a cramped hotel room late last summer, reveling in the sound of silence. For the undrafted rookie who attended high school on Indy's east side before heading to Cincinnati, cutdown weekend seemed like the ...

No. 14 Michigan won’t have Tarik Black at No. 12 Notre Dame

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says receiver Tarik Black will be out for weeks with a broken right foot. Harbaugh told reporters Monday it has not been determined whether Black needs surgery. The 14th-ranked Wolverines open the season at No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday. Black ...

Mad Ants to host open tryouts

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August 20, 2018 – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, announced today the team will host open tryouts on Saturday, September 29 at the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone in Fort Wayne. Registration will begin at ...

Notre Dame defense stronger, deeper in Clark Lea’s second season

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SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly thinks his players' familiarity with new coordinator Clark Lea's defense will breed contempt for the opposition this fall. The 4-2-5 defense that former coordinator Mike Elko and Lea brought with them from Wake Forest helped Notre Dame rebound from a ...

PREP FOOTBALL: SAC Preview

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There are more question marks than usual surrounding the Summit Athletic Conference's perennial top teams. Both Snider and Bishop Dwenger have a lot of players to replace and the still-new kids on the block Homestead and Carroll are knocking on the door. Snider or Bishop Dwenger have at ...