As the Olympics try to stay relevant, the modern pentathlon keeps its horses, guns and swords in play

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LOS ANGELES--To a kid growing up in New Mexico, it seemed like something out of a dream or maybe an action movie.

Nathan Schrimsher had shown potential while competing for a local swim club, prompting a coach to pull him aside and suggest he try modern pentathlon.

"Riding horses? Shooting guns? Sword-fighting?" Schrimsher recalls thinking. "...Read more

Michael Phelps to testify at congressional hearing on anti-doping Tuesday

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Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, will be in Washington next week to testify before a congressional committee on doping in international sports.

The 23-time gold medalist is one of five witnesses scheduled to speak at "Ways to Improve and Strengthen the International Anti-Doping System," a hearing to be held Tuesday...Read more

Odds that Budapest will host Olympics grow slimmer in race against LA, Paris

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The chances of Budapest, Hungary, remaining in a competition against Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics appear to grow dimmer by the day.

The third candidate in the host city race has encountered sizable public resistance from a Hungarian political group that collected some 266,000 signatures to force a referendum on the issue. ...Read more

A host of issues for 2024 Summer Olympic hopefuls

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LOS ANGELES--Olympic bids are in, but L.A., Budapest, Paris face challenges.

This week should have been a time of pure celebration for the three cities campaigning to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Bid leaders from Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, submitted their final documents to International Olympic Committee headquarters, ...Read more

Trump's travel ban could impact IOC vote on Olympics host, but other factors also will be considered

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Los Angeles isn't the only city whose bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics has recently bumped up against politics.

While the global debate over President Donald Trump's travel ban has heightened concerns that International Olympic Committee members might turn away from L.A., problems have arisen in Budapest.

Bid leaders in the Hungarian capital ...Read more

LA proposal would use 2 sites for 2024 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies

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As LA 2024 officials finalize their bid to bring the Summer Olympics back to Southern California, they face a difficult choice regarding the location of the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Coliseum offers a sense of history and has the backing of L.A. City Council members eager to keep the Games' premier events within city limits.

But a $2...Read more

US Olympic Committee puts full weight behind LA 2024 bid

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LOS ANGELES -- With Los Angeles bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, U.S. officials appear to have adopted an all-or-nothing approach to bringing the Games back to this country.

According to U.S. Olympic Committee documents made public this week, if Paris or Budapest is chosen for 2024, L.A. would not accept the consolation prize of ...Read more

They've traded track and gridiron to seek Olympic bobsledding gold

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WASHINGTON -- Briauna Jones woke up to a sunny 17-degree morning in Lake Placid, N.Y., recently, a bitter cold reminder "of what I've gotten myself into," she said.

What Jones has gotten herself into is bobsled. The 24-year-old former University of North Carolina-Charlotte track and field athlete is the newest member of the U.S. Women's Bobsled...Read more

IOC opens new cases against 28 Russian athletes

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The ongoing Russian doping scandal -- with the country's officials, coaches and athletes accused of systemic cheating -- could take a while to clean up.

On Friday, the International Olympic Committee announced that it has opened disciplinary cases against 28 athletes whose urine samples were allegedly manipulated in a testing lab during the ...Read more

Tokyo expects to spend as much as $16.8 billion on 2020 Summer Olympics

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost between $15 billion and $16.8 billion, according to a new estimate released by organizers Wednesday.

That price tag represents something of a reduction amid fears among some that the budget could swell to $30 billion. Still, the current amount is substantially larger than originally projected.

Organizing ...Read more

'Systemic' doping by Russia alleged

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LOS ANGELES--The winter of 2010 was a time of bitter disappointment for Russian sports officials.

Their Olympic team limped away from the Winter Games in Vancouver with only three gold medals -- a fraction of the total won by countries such as Canada, the U.S. and Germany.

In response, investigators allege, those officials launched a "well-...Read more

Sammy Lee, diver who became first Asian American to win Olympic medal, dies at 96

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LOS ANGELES -- Sammy Lee, the son of Korean immigrants who overcame discrimination to become the first Asian American to win an Olympic medal and the first diver to win back-to-back gold medals in two different Olympics, has died. He was 96.

Lee, a retired doctor, died in Newport Beach on Friday after suffering from pneumonia, according to Tim ...Read more