Watch: Annie Lazor’s emotions flow after making Olympic team 2 months after losing dad

Annie Lazor won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, swimming next to the teammate who has been at her side since the family tragedy. Swimmer Annie Lazor slapped the water with emotion Friday as she qualified for her first Olympics, less than two months after suddenly losing her father. At her side was Lilly King, her training … Read more

World record shattered on Day 1 of US Olympic Track and Field trials

A 31-year-old world record was crushed Friday night as the first American track and field Olympians learned they were headed to Tokyo. EUGENE, Ore — The record was older than he is. When Ryan Crouser broke it, “it felt like it was a huge weight lifted.” The 28-year-old who built a training ring at his … Read more

Murphy qualifies to defend Olympics backstroke double-gold; Lochte loses final bid

Several swimmers earned Olympic qualifying bids in second events while another overcame personal tragedy to make her first Olympic team. OMAHA, Neb — Ryan Lochte’s Olympic career is apparently over. He won’t get a chance for one more swim in Tokyo. Looking to make it back to the Summer Games for a fifth time, the … Read more

Olympic trials begin without Shelby Houlihan after emergency injunction denied

American record holder Shelby Houlihan’s request for an emergency injunction was turned down Friday following her 4-year-ban for nandrolone. EUGENE, Ore — Shelby Houlihan’s quest to overturn her doping suspension in time to run at this year’s Olympic trials is over. Houlihan’s request for an emergency injunction from Switzerland’s highest court was turned down Friday … Read more

President Biden promotes milestone of 300M vaccine shots in 150 days

Biden is still at risk of failing to meet his self-imposed target to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4. WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccine shots have been administered in … Read more

Top medical adviser says ‘no fans’ safest for Tokyo Olympics

A report from Japan’s top medical adviser seems to put him at odds with Tokyo organizers and the Internal Olympic Committee. TOKYO, Japan — The safest way to hold the Tokyo Olympics is without any fans, the top medical adviser to the Japanese government said in a report on Friday. Dr. Shigeru Omi’s recommendation seems … Read more

History-making American swimmer won’t get to defend her title at Tokyo Olympics

Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel explained she first noticed in January that she seemed off. But it wasn’t until two months later that her body “completely crashed.” OMAHA, Neb — Tears welled in Simone Manuel‘s eyes. Her voice broke as she revealed the heartbreaking reason behind her failure to advance in the 100-meter freestyle at the … Read more

CDC: Delta variant expected to be dominant in US

While the Delta variant is considered highly contagious and more deadly, the CDC director says getting vaccinated can help protect you from that variant. WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky says she expects the delta variant will become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States. The delta variant, … Read more

MLB loosens COVID restrictions, drops masks for vaccinated

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated players and staff still must wear masks but it will not be considered a violation to remove or briefly pull down the mask. NEW YORK — All fully vaccinated players and staff can stop wearing masks in dugouts, bullpens and clubhouses under the latest change to Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols. … Read more

US Track reverses course, removes Shelby Houlihan from Olympic trials

It appeared Houlihan, who tested positive for a banned substance, would be allowed to compete Friday. USA Track and Field has since reversed that decision. EUGENE, Ore — The odds of banned runner Shelby Houlihan running at U.S. Olympic trials diminished sharply late Thursday when the country’s Olympic committee said it would follow all antidoping … Read more

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