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MOSCOW | Russia accused of hacking sports world over doping scandal

MOSCOW— In Russia, sports and the government are closely intertwined. Top athletes hold military ranks, Olympic medals are a matter of national pride, and champions receive luxury cars in Kremlin ceremonies. So when Russia was accused of doping its way to the top, the Russian state hit the sports world with a wave of hacker … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia accused of hacking sports world over doping scandal

NYON, Switzerland | UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season

NYON, Switzerland — Video review will start being used to help referees next season in the Champions League, after the technology makes its UEFA debut at the Super Cup. The UEFA executive committee also decided Thursday to approve the video assistant referee system for the 2020 European Championship and the 2020-21 Europa League. The first … Continue reading NYON, Switzerland | UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season

GENEVA | Private jets, favors to son detailed in FIFA official’s case

GENEVA  — FIFA spent $11.7 million in less than three years on private jets, including luxury sight-seeing trips for a top official, a newly published legal document shows. Jerome Valcke, then the FIFA secretary general, was urged in a 2013 internal memo to find “more cost efficient alternatives whenever possible,” according to the Court of … Continue reading GENEVA | Private jets, favors to son detailed in FIFA official’s case

LAUSANNE, Switzerland | FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup

LAUSANNE, Switzerland— In a concession to women’s soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women’s World Cup teams traveling to France for next year’s tournament. Total prize money will also “significantly increase” from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 tournament, FIFA official Emily Shaw said Thursday at … Continue reading LAUSANNE, Switzerland | FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Heck yeah: Teenage American golfer shines in 2nd major test

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — When 16-year-old Rachel Heck finally hits the professional golf tour, the current world No. 2, Ariya Jutanugarn, plans to give her a lot of respect. American high schooler Heck made a big impression Sunday completing the Evian Championship — her second major — in a fun grouping with the Jutanugarn sisters, two-time … Continue reading EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Heck yeah: Teenage American golfer shines in 2nd major test

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Olson takes 2-shot lead after 3rd round of Evian major

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Chasing a first major title for herself, and a first for American women this season, Amy Olson fired a bogey-free 65 to take a two-shot lead after the Evian Championship third round on Saturday. Olson broke clear to post a 14-under 199 total after twice being in a four-way share of the … Continue reading EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Olson takes 2-shot lead after 3rd round of Evian major

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Defending champion France advances to Davis Cup final

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Tiger Woods returning to the United States team after a six-year absence will make golf’s showdown even better, according to Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. “He brings so much greatness to the game of golf,” Bjorn told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday, two weeks before the action in France. … Continue reading EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Defending champion France advances to Davis Cup final

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Europe captain Bjorn excited to see Tiger Woods in Ryder Cup

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn says Tiger Woods returning to the United States team after a six-year absence will make golf’s best event even better. Bjorn tells The Associated Press in an interview Saturday, two weeks before the action in France, that Woods “brings so much greatness to the game of … Continue reading EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Europe captain Bjorn excited to see Tiger Woods in Ryder Cup