• 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.

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  • 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.

  • Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

    A rainbow appears after a heavy rain over the Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.

  • Blatter appeal verdict to be announced Monday by CAS

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The verdict in former FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s appeal against a six-year ban for unethical conduct will be announced Monday.

  • Turkish weightlifter Ozkan loses Olympic doping appeal

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Turkish weightlifter Sibel Ozkan has lost an appeal against a doping sanction which cost her a silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • Former FIFA secretary general is suspect in criminal case

    In this Jan. 24, 2005 file photo Franz Beckenbauer, head of the organizing committee for the Soccer World Cup 2006, and FIFA Secretary General Urs Linsi present an advertising poster for the ticket sale prior to a press conference for the Soccer World Cup 2006 in Germany in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt. The office of Switzerland's attorney general said Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 their criminal investigation into FIFA has expanded with former secretary general Urs Linsi becoming a suspect and police searching properties. The case relates to Germany’s staging of the 2006 World Cup.  (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop, file)

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss authorities say their criminal investigation into FIFA has expanded and former secretary general Urs Linsi is a suspect.