• A cat looks through a window of the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 24, 2016. The IOC has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The International Olympic Committee says it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    IOC leaders meet to consider Olympic ban on Russia

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban on Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • ALTERNATIVE CROP - Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of Russia's cabinet in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 22, 2016. President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia's future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Decision time: IOC poised to rule on Russia’s status for Rio

    LONDON (AP) — As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment.

  • Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July, 21, 2016. Mutko says the country's athletes who are banned from competing in next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro could go to a civil court to try and overturn the ban. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

    Court set to rule on appeal by Russian track athletes

    LONDON (AP) — Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it’s up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days.

  • In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo the stadium which will host some 2018 World Cup matches, under construction in St.Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, July 18, 2016, has ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium, which is scheduled to host matches during the 2018 World Cup, including a semifinal. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

    IOC edict sharpens scrutiny on Russia as 2018 World Cup host

    LONDON (AP) — Russia’s hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFA’s leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation.

  • Jason Day, of Australia, watches an iron shot during the Pro-Am for the Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

    David Hearn set for Canadian Open at Glen Abbey

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — David Hearn signed every hat, flag and ticket handed to him. He took off his sunglasses and put them behind his cap for every photo and asked the name of every young fan as he made his way off the 18th green at Glen Abbey on Wednesday at the Canadian Open pro-am.

  • USA Basketball to host family of fallen military at games

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Olympic basketball teams will host more than 350 family members of military who have died during their upcoming exhibition tours.

  • World hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov competes in the Russian Cup athletics competition in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. A day before a sports court rules on Russia's appeal against the ban on its track and field team from the Olympics, star Russian athletes at a meet near Moscow pondered how they will react if they are banned from Rio Olympics. Sergei Shubenkov says he'll drown his sorrows. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian athletes await key ruling on Olympic track ban

    ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (AP) — Long jumper Ekaterina Koneva says she’ll cry. World hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov says he’ll drown his sorrows.

  • Russia’s Alfa-Bank signs with FIFA as 2018 World Cup sponsor

    MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has filled the first of 20 sponsor slots for the 2018 World Cup in a new program that stalled during its corruption crisis.