Sports governance

International Olympics Committee member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda bows as he arrives at the venue of a JOC executive board meeting in Tokyo Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Takeda is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. Takeda announced Tuesday he will stand down when his term ends in June, but he denied corruption allegations against him. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 19, 2019 - 9:56 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. Takeda announced Tuesday at the committee's executive board meeting that he will resign when his...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. The blatant non-call late in the NFC championship game caused passionate consternation among Saints fans and led to calls for change in the NFL’s replay system. But there is not a lot of support for such a change because of the time it would add to games. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
March 19, 2019 - 3:07 am
DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict walks the field during practice before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Cincinnati. The Bengals terminated the contract of Burfict on Monday, March 18, 2019, releasing him to free agency. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)
March 18, 2019 - 4:43 pm
The Cincinnati Bengals released oft-suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Monday. Burfict's career was marked more by his behavior than his tackling skills. In his seven years with the Bengals, he was suspended by the NFL to start each of the past three seasons, mostly for egregious hits that...
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March 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds the official ball of the upcoming Women’s Soccer World Championship as he poses for photographers during a press conference at the end of an executive committee meeting in Rome. FIFA's financial results underscore the glaring disparity between men and women’s soccer. “We need to try to find what is the most balanced way and I think we made a step and there will be many more steps going ahead,” Infantino said in October before his ruling council approved the 2019 Women’s World Cup prize scale. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
March 15, 2019 - 3:25 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local): ___ 3:20 p.m. The European members attending the FIFA Council voted against introducing a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and clubs are refusing to participate. The seven dissenting voices Friday could not stop FIFA President...
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FILE - This is a Jan. 25, 2018, file photo showing Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt at Pro Bowl NFL football practice, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NFL has suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and he was later involved in a fight at a resort. The league on Friday, March 15, 2019, cited a violation of its personal conduct policy "for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June." Hunt will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which he will not appeal. (AP Photo/Doug Benc, File)
March 15, 2019 - 11:05 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NFL suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and his involvement in a fight at a resort. The league on Friday cited a violation of its personal conduct policy "for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last...
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Police stand outside a mosque in Linwood, Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed during shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 15, 2019 - 3:05 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An international cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been canceled after players from the visiting team narrowly avoided a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said there had been a "...
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In this photo taken Feb. 23, 2019, LSU head coach Will Wade, left, and assistant coach Tony Benford, right, watch the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La. Benford has been named interim head coach after Wade was suspended amid concerns about the recruiting tactics he used to build his team. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
March 14, 2019 - 4:40 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — LSU will not allow Will Wade to resume his duties as men's basketball coach unless he speaks to university officials about the reports of an FBI wire-tap that resulted in his suspension. A statement from the school's counsel was released Thursday amid reports that Wade has...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2008, file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of Game 1 of the National League division baseball series between the Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers in Philadelphia. A New Jersey appeals court has upheld a $1.5 million jury award to Williams over his firing by the MLB Network. An MLB Network spokesman says the network is reviewing the ruling and assessing its option. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
March 14, 2019 - 4:40 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday upheld a $1.5 million jury award to former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams stemming from his firing by the MLB Network in 2014 over his alleged conduct at a youth baseball tournament. The former closer, nicknamed "Wild Thing"...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots Jason, left, and Devin McCourty react to fans during their Super Bowl victory parade in Boston. The Patriots’ twin combination in the secondary will remain intact for another season. A person familiar with the move says cornerback Jason McCourty has agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Super Bowl champions. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams are not permitted to announce any moves until later in the day. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
March 13, 2019 - 9:24 pm
The Latest on NFL free agency Wednesday (all times EDT): 9:15 p.m. A person with knowledge of the move says the Washington Redskins have agreed to terms on an $8 million, two-year deal with running back Adrian Peterson. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday...
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