• Harsh sentences for IS sympathizers in Brazil test new law

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of trading messages on social media praising violence by the Islamic State militant group, Leonid El Kadre de Melo said it was time to act.

  • IOC to discuss LA-Paris double Olympic host picks on June 9

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC’s decision on whether to award Olympic hosting rights to both Los Angeles and Paris could be announced on June 9.

  • Asian soccer body to investigate claims of Kuwaiti bribery

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A new investigation into claims that Kuwaiti leaders of the Olympic Council of Asia bribed the region’s soccer officials has been opened by the Asian Football Confederation.

  • USOC expenses included $10M to smooth friction for LA bid

    DENVER (AP) — Tucked into the more than $257 million the U.S. Olympic Committee spent in 2016 was a $10 million payment to the International Olympic Committee designed, in part, to give the United States a better chance of hosting an Olympics someday — possibly in Los Angeles in 2024.

  • IOC evaluation commission praises Paris’ historic vision

    PARIS (AP) — IOC evaluation commission chairman Patrick Baumann praised Paris’ vision for the Olympics as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the French capital on Tuesday.

  • Drug cheat Ben Johnson features in sports betting ad

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency has made an official complaint over an advertisement for an online sports betting agency which features disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson.

  • Paris Olympic athletes’ village key issue in fight with LA

    PARIS (AP) — Paris leaders of their latest Olympic bid stressed to IOC inspectors on Monday that their planned 1.7 billion euros ($1.86 billion) athletes’ village had guaranteed funding only for the 2024 Games and not 2028.

  • Olympic timekeeper Omega renews through 2032 Summer Games

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic timekeeper Omega has extended its IOC sponsorship deal for three more Summer Games through to 2032.