• Russian swimmer Simonova’s doping ban cut from 4 to 2 years

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swimming’s world governing body FINA says it has agreed to reduce a doping ban for Russian swimmer Vitalina Simonova from four to two years.

  • Phelps to get special honor from SI at ceremony

    In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Michael Phelps poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Phelps will be named Sports Illustrated's "Person of the Year" at a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 12. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Although LeBron James is getting Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award, Michael Phelps’ phenomenal year won’t go unrecognized at an event next week that will celebrate both athletes.

  • Tom Shields sets American record in 100-yard butterfly

    ATLANTA (AP) — Olympian Tom Shields has set an American record in the 100-yard butterfly at the U.S. Winter Nationals.

  • Johnson, Stewart, Earnhardt honored as NASCAR closes 2016

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing awards Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson called winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title “insane” Friday night, while Tony Stewart was sent off into retirement and Dale Earnhardt Jr. told his adoring fans at the season-ending banquet that he’ll be ready to race in 2017.