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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, Anton Shipulin of Russia competes during the men's 20 km individual competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, has announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
December 25, 2018 - 8:06 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Anton Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Shipulin, 31, told a news conference in Moscow that he decided to retire after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. He is one of scores of...
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In this Nov. 20, 2018, photo a customer makes a sports bet at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Professional sports leagues that once vehemently fought sports betting are now partnering with gambling companies to get in on it now that it's legal. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
November 28, 2018 - 11:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Professional sports leagues, which once vehemently fought the prospect of legal sports betting, are now scrambling to get in on it. In a pact announced Wednesday morning, the National Basketball Association is partnering with Sportradar and Genius Sports to distribute NBA betting...
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Jimmie Johnson, left, gets into his car before the NASCAR Cup Series championship auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. At right is crew chief Chad Knaus. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 19, 2018 - 12:54 am
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson walked into a Hendrick Motorsports family reunion on pit road. Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon chatted near the No. 48 car while Johnson's wife cradled crew chief Chad Knaus' baby boy. They needed baby wipes as much as a checkered flag. "It's all about this...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes for a layup past Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and forward Markieff Morris (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)
November 02, 2018 - 10:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing their turnaround from a terrible season start, the Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their fourth consecutive victory by beating the struggling, booed-at-home Washington Wizards 134-111 behind Russell Westbrook's 23 points and 12 assists Friday night. From 0-4 to 4-4, the...
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Jimmie Johnson, center, poses with owner Rick Hendrick, left, and Ally Financial CEO Jeffery Brown, right, after announcing a second primary sponsor for his team prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 28, 2018 - 4:09 pm
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Rick Hendrick, a car dealer at the end of the day, pulled off another sales job of Jimmie Johnson to preserve the branding of the seven-time NASCAR champion. Ally Financial Inc. will sponsor Johnson for all 38 races in the next two NASCAR seasons — the remaining years on...
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October 02, 2018 - 7:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big time college basketball was cast at the opening of a criminal trial Tuesday as a corrupt enterprise where major schools and their heralded coaches rely on athletic gear giants to do their dirty work, paying cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide...
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Naomi Osaka, the champion of U.S. Open women's singles, smiles during a press conference in Yokohama, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 13, 2018 - 1:38 am
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Naomi Osaka's victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese. The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan...
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Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stand outside the family home, in Baltimore, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, of the suspect in a mass shooting earlier in the day in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 27, 2018 - 9:47 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A champion gamer's decision to open fire Sunday afternoon during a video competition — killing two people and wounding nine others before killing himself — has prompted calls from gamers for more security at esports tournaments. "It's very clear that we need to be more...
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Martin Truex talks with a crew member during practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
August 17, 2018 - 11:34 pm
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. needs sponsorship to stay with his championship-winning race team. Truex is locked in a fierce battle with former champions Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in his push to defend last year's Cup Series title. His Furniture Row Racing team is in the...
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Simone Biles practices on the floor during a training session at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
August 15, 2018 - 10:34 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Simone Biles is not here to save gymnastics. Or at least USA Gymnastics. The reigning Olympic champion understands how bumpy of a ride it has been for her sport's national governing body since she stepped off the podium in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, a fourth Olympic gold medal...
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