Women's sports

Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto speaks to journalists about a new plan on the 2020 Olympic marathons and race walking events, at the city office in Sapporo, northern Japan Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events in Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics, which "will mean significantly lower temperatures for the athletes." (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 4:23 am
TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city. That was not the case in Tokyo, where the reaction to the move seemed to catch city and organizing committee officials by...
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Iowa plays Penn State during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Kinnick Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State won 17-12. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)
October 16, 2019 - 1:48 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA said Wednesday that the overall graduation rate for college athletes hit a record high of 89%. That's up 1 percentage point from last year's previous one-year high and almost 10 percentage points above the goal established by the late Myles Brand when the measure was...
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In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. South Korea soccer officials say they can't see a telecast of the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang between their national team and North Korea, and think the game was proceeding at an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. (The Korea Football Association via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 10:49 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match, though it is unclear how many people saw the game in Pyongyang. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game and believe it was played in an...
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Simone Biles of the United States shows her five gold medals she won at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)
October 14, 2019 - 8:42 am
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Next stop Tokyo for Simone Biles. With Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps both retired since the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. gymnast will be the face of the games for much of the world. In gymnastics, no one else comes close. Biles won five of the six gold medals...
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Simone Biles of the United States, center and gold medal, Sunisa Lee of the United States, left and silver medal, and Angelina Melnikova of Russia, right and bronze medal, celebrate during the award ceremony for the floor exercise in the women's apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
October 13, 2019 - 11:30 am
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Everyone counts Simone Biles' medals except Simone Biles. Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor Sunday put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships. Biles won five gold medals this week. If she can...
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Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States performs on the vault in the women's apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
October 12, 2019 - 1:27 pm
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Simone Biles won the women's vault competition at the gymnastics world championships on Saturday to tie the record for most world medals by any gymnast, but couldn't add another in the uneven bars. Biles successfully defended her vault title on Saturday by sticking the...
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Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, left, forward Elena Delle Donne and guard Kristi Toliver celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 11, 2019 - 11:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics capped an eventful WNBA season with the team's first championship. A year that began with the league missing some of its top players because of injuries and rest ended with a compelling five-game championship series. Delle Donne battled...
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Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, left, forward Elena Delle Donne and guard Kristi Toliver celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 11, 2019 - 12:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne felt cursed. Every time she made it to the game's biggest stage, she was hindered by injuries. This time around it was three herniated disks in her back. The league's MVP wouldn't let that keep her from her first WNBA championship. Emma Meesseman scored 22 points...
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Iranian women cheer during a soccer match between their national team and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Azadi (Freedom) Stadium in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Iranian women were freely allowed into the stadium for the first time in decades. The decision follows the death of a young woman who set herself on fire after hearing she could face prison time for sneaking into an Iranian soccer match disguised as a man. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
October 10, 2019 - 7:16 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they were allowed to freely attend in decades. In what many...
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Simone Biles of the United States performs on the vault in the women's all-around final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
October 10, 2019 - 12:21 pm
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Simone Biles won her fifth all-around title at the gymnastics world championships Thursday, underlining her status as the clear favorite for next year's Olympic gold medal. The U.S. gymnast scored 58.999 points to finish 2.1 points ahead of China's Tang Xijing, who was...
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