• Doping agency criticizes Russia over Isinbayeva’s role

    FILE_- In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 file photo, Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia's pole vault world record holder, speaks during a news conference at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Former Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been chosen to chair the new supervisory board of the Russian anti-doping agency, which is struggling to recover its reputation after repeated doping scandals. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    MOSCOW (AP) — Even before Friday’s publication of a new report into alleged state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes, Russia and the World Anti-Doping Agency are bickering.

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  • Hanyu prepares for a strong Hernandez challenge at GP Final

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Bidding to win the Grand Prix Final for the fourth straight year, Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan faces stiff competition as two-time defending world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain looks to upstage him again.

  • IOC approves venues for 5 new sports in 2020 Tokyo Games

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has approved the venues for the five new sports on the program of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

  • IOC extends provisional measures against Russia

    International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach arrives for the opening of the first day of the executive board meeting of the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC on Wednesday extended the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups.

  • Isinbayeva to oversee Russian anti-doping agency

    MOSCOW (AP) — Former Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been chosen to chair the new supervisory board of the Russian anti-doping agency, which is struggling to recover its reputation after repeated doping scandals.

  • Hudec allowed to ski for Czech Republic at 2018 Olympics

    PRAGUE (AP) — Jan Hudec, an Olympic skiing bronze medalist for Canada, can compete for the Czech Republic at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang if he qualifies.

  • Head of IOC inquiry into Russian doping steps down

    International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach speaks the opening of the first day of the executive board meeting of the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The former French judge heading an IOC investigation into Russian doping stepped down on Tuesday, three days before the release of a new report into systematic cheating at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

  • IOC: Rio Olympics were ‘perfect imperfect games’

    International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach, center, speaks with IOC members Angela Ruggiero, right, of the US and Ser Miang Ng, left, of Singapore at the opening of the first day of the executive board meeting of the IOC, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A few months after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, IOC officials have a new tagline for South America’s first Olympics: “The most perfect imperfect games.”

  • Bach, Reedie clear air over Russian doping scandal

    In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, second from left, is flaked by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and LA 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman, second from right, and UCLA chancellor Gene Block, right, during a news conference in Los Angeles. Bach is visiting Los Angeles to check out proposed venues for the 2024 Olympic Games. The Los Angeles bid committee for the 2024 Olympics is projecting a $5.3 billion budget, a number that would be less than half the cost of the recently completed Rio de Janeiro Games and about a quarter of where Tokyo’s ballooning budget for 2020 currently stands. Bid officials say they can do this because more than 30 venues already exist and those that don't will be built as temporary structures. . (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With another report on Russian doping looming at the end of this week, the presidents of the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency met Monday to clear the air over their “perceived differences” over the handling of previous evidence of systematic cheating in Russia.

  • AP Source: NHLPA rejects offer to extend CBA for Olympics

    NHL players could still go to the 2018 Olympics, but it won’t be in exchange for extending the collective bargaining agreement through 2025.