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Bolt's mom talks about advice she gives son

How does the mom of Usain Bolt help the world’s fastest man keep his cool? “We say things that will make him laugh,” said Jennifer Bolt as her sprinter star offspring faces down what just may be his last Olympics. At nearly 30, Bolt has six Olympic gold medals from ...

Jul 28, 2016

Senators finalize four-year deal with leading scorer Hoffman

Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was so pleased to get Mike Hoffman under contract that he hugged another member of the club’s management team. The Senators and Hoffman, Ottawa’s leading scorer this past season, avoided going to arbitration by agreeing to a four-year ...

Jul 28, 2016

Coughlin lands NFL operations job: source

Tom Coughlin will be joining the NFL’s football operations staff, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach will work closely with Troy Vincent and with the NFL’s game-related committees in an advisory role. The person ...

Jul 28, 2016

Formula One boss Ecclestone's mother-in-law missing in Brazil

Brazilian police said Wednesday they are investigating the apparent disappearance of the mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone. A police official speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that authorities are trying to find 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck. The official has ...

Nishikori returns to action with solid victory in Toronto

Jul 28, 2016

Nishikori returns to action with solid victory in Toronto

World No. 6 Kei Nishikori dispatched American qualifier Dennis Novikov 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Rogers Cup. In his first match since an abdominal injury forced him to retire in fourth round at Wimbledon, the third-seeded Nishikori ...

Williams targets Olympic gold for New Zealand

Jul 27, 2016

Williams targets Olympic gold for New Zealand

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Sonny Bill Williams passes for a superstar in this part of the world where rugby holds a rare pre-eminence over all other sports. When he competes in rugby sevens at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero next month it’s likely his light, which shines ...

Jul 27, 2016

Wide receiver Boldin joining Lions

Anquan Boldin is joining the Detroit Lions, according to messages on the free-agent receiver’s Twitter account Tuesday. “This coming season, I am excited to announce that I have chosen to play for the Lions and reunite with Coach Caldwell for another run,” Boldin tweeted. ...

McIlroy, Spieth ponder last chance

Jul 27, 2016

McIlroy, Spieth ponder last chance

Rory McIlroy took stock of his game and the shots required at Baltusrol and reached a most logical conclusion Tuesday. He believes the PGA Championship will be his best chance this year to win a major. He overlooked the obvious. It now is his ...

Federer to miss Olympics, end season to protect ailing knee

Jul 27, 2016

Federer to miss Olympics, end season to protect ailing knee

Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and U.S. Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee. Federer wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he needs “more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier ...

Jul 26, 2016

Stepanova makes appeal to IOC

Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova’s hopes of competing in the Summer Olympics are all but over. Her fight to expose doping and corruption is not. “It’s OK to lose a good fight,” Stepanova’s husband, Vitaly Stepanov, told The Associated Press on Monday. They have appealed to ...

Number of banned Russian athletes to grow

Jul 26, 2016

Number of banned Russian athletes to grow

At least eight Russian athletes are set to miss next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro under new IOC rules prohibiting former dopers from competing, Russia’s top Olympic official said. Alexander Zhukov had said earlier that only eight athletes would be affected, but acknowledged ...