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This 2019 photo provided by USA Gymnastics shows Li Li Leung. USA Gymnastics is turning to NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn the embattled program around. The organization named Leung as its new president and chief executive officer on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, as it fights to retain its status as the national governing body for the sport after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Leung served as vice president of global partnerships for the NBA. She arrives as USA Gymnastics attempts to fend off decertification from the United States Olympic Committee. (Wendy Barrows Photography/USA Gymnastics via AP)
February 19, 2019 - 12:35 pm
Li Li Leung spent two years watching USA Gymnastics struggle through the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. A former college gymnast at the University of Michigan who still considered herself "embedded" in the sport while serving as a vice president with the NBA, Leung kept waiting...
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FILE - In this May 19, 1980, photo, people walk past ruins in the Culmer section of Miami after rioting over the acquittal of four police officers charged with the 1979 beating death of Arthur McDuffie, a black motorcyclist. When future Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and future Attorney General Mark Herring admitted dressing up in blackface in the 1980s racial stereotypes and racist imagery in popular culture seemed to be everywhere. There also was racial unrest and historic elections of black mayors. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 10, 2019 - 10:48 am
At the time Virginia's future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy "Trading Places." Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as "smart" while describing his black NBA opponents...
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FILE - In this April 22, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brandon Morrow delivers to Colorado Rockies' David Dahl in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Denver. Cubs closer Morrow likely will miss the start of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last month. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the operation took place Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
December 06, 2018 - 6:48 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Closer Brandon Morrow likely will miss the start of the season for the Chicago Cubs following arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last month. Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein revealed Thursday that Morrow's operation took place on Nov. 6. The Cubs waited to...
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Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 08, 2018 - 6:38 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players' union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended...
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November 06, 2018 - 9:42 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday. "We've had...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2001 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen appears in a suite in the team's stadium in Seattle. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 15, 2018 - 5:37 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. His death was announced by his company, Vulcan Inc. Earlier this month...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 21, 2018 file photo, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots and scores late in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) and Joel Embiid (21) defend in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Miami. Wade is coming back to the Miami Heat, announcing Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 that he’s returning for a 16th and final NBA season. He basically spent the entirety of the last four months weighing his options, and retirement was an extremely real possibility in his mind. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)
September 16, 2018 - 8:29 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade looked into the camera, stood alone in the middle of a darkened room and talked for 10 minutes. He struggled with his words at times, unable to control his emotions. He wept. And finally, he made what he called the hardest decision of his life. One more year. Retirement...
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Former NHL hockey player Wayne Gretzky speaks during a promotional event for the Beijing Kunlun Red Star hockey team in his role as global ambassador for the team, part of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League, in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world's top hockey players is "always much better for everyone." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 13, 2018 - 3:41 am
BEIJING (AP) — Wayne Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world's top ice hockey players is "always much better for everyone." Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, the National Hockey League's all-time leading scorer said...
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Cleveland Indians' Josh Donaldson awaits his turn in the batting cage before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Donaldson was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
September 11, 2018 - 1:58 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: REMEMBERING Major League Baseball will hold a moment of silence before all games to honor the victims and first responders of 9/11. Players, coaches and umpires will wear caps with a "We Shall Not Forget" ribbon patch. During batting practice...
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A large billboard stands on top of a Nike store showing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Union Square, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in San Francisco. An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
September 05, 2018 - 6:20 pm
Nike has unveiled its first "Just Do It" ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick, a spot scheduled to air during the NFL season opener Thursday night as well as during the U.S. Open tennis tournament and other major sporting events. The two-minute spot released Wednesday highlights superstar athletes...
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