• Russian cross-country skiers denied entry into worlds

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled against five Russian cross-country skiers who wanted their provisional suspensions lifted to allow them to compete at the world championships.

  • Russians fear missing European indoors over doping reviews

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian competitors and officials fear they will miss another major athletics championship because they believe the IAAF is too slow in approving a partial lifting of its doping ban.

  • Former Chelsea player Smertin lands Russian racism role

    MOSCOW (AP) — Former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin has been put in charge of investigating soccer racism in Russia, despite previously appearing to deny it existed.

  • 7 killed in airstrikes on Syrian capital

    BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes in the Syrian capital, Damascus, left at least seven people dead Monday as activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces against opposition-held areas inside and around the capital.

  • Russian runner Savinova could lose European award for doping

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian runner Maria Savinova could be stripped of her 2011 European Athlete of the Year award because of her doping ban.

  • Wrong music? Russian biathletes sing correct anthem alone

    HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) — Russian biathletes decided to sing their national anthem without any instrumental accompaniment after organizers played an outdated version in an embarrassing medal ceremony at the biathlon world championships.

  • Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Olizarenko dies at 63

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Nadiya Olizarenko, gold medalist in the women’s 800 meters at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has died. She was 63.

  • Europeans wonder if Trump will act on Pence’s reassurances

    MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was the latest in a trio of high-ranking Trump emissaries to tell European allies in person that the United States will steadfastly support NATO and demand that Russia honor its commitments to end fighting in Ukraine.

  • Finding poison in N. Korea attack may be hardest part

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A paranoid dictator’s estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours.

  • Olympic biathlon champion Russia wins relay world title

    HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) — Anton Shipulin waved the Russian flag even before finishing as he helped the Olympic champion beat France for the gold medal in the men’s 4×7.5-kilometer relay at the biathlon world championships on Saturday.