Winter Olympic games

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, center, answers questions during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Justice Department in Washington. Demers was joined by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady, left, and Mark Flynn, Director General for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 04, 2018 - 4:11 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, sports and the government are closely intertwined. Top athletes hold military ranks, Olympic medals are a matter of national pride, and champions receive luxury cars in Kremlin ceremonies. So when Russia was accused of doping its way to the top, the Russian state hit the...
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FILE- In this Friday Dec. 9, 2016 file photo, World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren speaks during a press conference in London. The Canadian lawyer who investigated the state-backed doping scheme by Russia when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics said in an interview with the Associated Press that the World Anti-Doping Agency rushed into accepting a bad deal by reinstating the country's drug-testing program. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
September 21, 2018 - 1:22 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Canadian lawyer who investigated the state-backed doping scheme by Russia when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics says the World Anti-Doping Agency rushed into accepting a bad deal by reinstating the country's drug-testing program. Richard McLaren tells The...
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Russian National Anti-doping Agency RUSADA building in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. The World Anti-Doping Agency has reinstated Russia, ending a nearly three-year suspension caused by state-sponsored doping. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
September 20, 2018 - 6:28 pm
The World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia's scandal-ridden drug-fighting operation back in business Thursday, a decision designed to bring a close to one of sports' most notorious doping scandals but one bitterly disputed by hundreds of athletes and described as "treachery" by the lawyer for the...
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FILE -The May 24, 2016 file photo shows a RUSADA sign reading "Russian National Anti-doping Agency" on a building in Moscow, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency is due to vote Thursday Sept. 20, 2018, on possible reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency, RUSADA, but opponents feel Russia can’t be trusted to reform without first accepting more of the blame. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)
September 19, 2018 - 9:04 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing for its state-sponsored doping scheme? That question has caused ferocious infighting at the World Anti-Doping Agency, the watchdog body tasked with stopping any repeat of the widespread drug use and cover-ups which...
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Former NHL hockey player Wayne Gretzky speaks during a promotional event for the Beijing Kunlun Red Star hockey team in his role as global ambassador for the team, part of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League, in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world's top hockey players is "always much better for everyone." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 13, 2018 - 4:41 am
BEIJING (AP) — Wayne Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world's top ice hockey players is "always much better for everyone." Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, the National Hockey League's all-time leading scorer said...
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Members of combined Koreas team celebrate their victory during the ceremony for women's 500-meter dragon boat at the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (Kim Do-hun/Yonhap via AP)
August 26, 2018 - 10:55 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — There was no dividing them. The folk song Arirang played and the "unification" flag was raised to celebrate the first gold medal by a combined Koreas team at a major multi-sport event. The crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter dragon boat final...
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