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IOC President Thomas Bach speaks to media during a visit to the National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed until July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Bach said during this week's trip to Tokyo that he is “encouraging” all Olympic “participants” and fans to be vaccinated - if one becomes available - if they are going to attend next year's Tokyo Olympics. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)
November 19, 2020 - 1:50 am
TOKYO (AP) — We're at the halfway point. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed eight months ago, and now are to open in eight months: July 23, 2021. Crunch time is coming. Tokyo organizers and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have spoken vaguely about how the Games can take place...
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November 06, 2020 - 11:05 am
Bubba Wallace's “knees were trembling” when he cast his ballot in his first presidential election. NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver didn't watch the news before this summer, one of national unrest over politics and racial justice. He tuned in and quickly became an unwitting national activist...
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October 24, 2020 - 1:46 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson needed funding for his move to IndyCar so the seven-time NASCAR champion transitioned into a salesman for the first time. He'll continue selling all next year as representative for the online auto retailer Carvana. Johnson and Chip Ganassi Racing on...
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A staff member participates in a screening test for spectators and officials to ensure a safe and secure Toyo Olympic Games Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic officials say they don't know exactly what measures will be taken against the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's Games, but they want the world to know they're working on it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
October 21, 2020 - 6:35 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic officials want the world to know they are working on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's games, even if they don't know exactly what they will be. Tokyo organizers showcased a few possible remedies on Wednesday, displaying various screening measures at...
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Chase Briscoe celebrates in victory lane following a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
October 20, 2020 - 3:54 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Briscoe earned job security for the first time in his career with a well-deserved promotion to the Cup Series to cap a season that has so far been storybook. Briscoe on Tuesday was named the replacement for Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 Ford at Stewart-Haas Racing, the...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the national office of the NCAA in Indianapolis is shown. A set of proposals to permit NCAA athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorships deals will go up for vote in January, the last step for the association to change its rules but not the last word on how name, image and likeness compensation will work. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
October 14, 2020 - 7:36 pm
A set of proposals to permit NCAA athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorships deals will go up for vote in January, the last step for the association to change its rules but not the last word on how name, image and likeness compensation will work. One year after the NCAA's Board of...
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In this March 30, 2020, file photo, a man jogs past the Olympic rings in Tokyo.It’s been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC President Thomas Bach have tried to assure the Japanese public and deep-pocketed sponsors that the Olympics will take place. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
September 28, 2020 - 1:50 am
TOKYO (AP) — It's been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last few weeks, everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC President Thomas Bach have tried to assure the Japanese public and deep-pocketed sponsors that the...
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In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Toshiro Muto, CEO of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, listens to questions from the media during a news conference in Tokyo. Tokyo CEO Muto and other Olympic officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations, allowing athletes to enter the country before next year’s postponed games and train during a 14-day quarantine period. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
September 23, 2020 - 8:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations to allow athletes to enter the country before next year's postponed games and train during a 14-day quarantine period, Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee said on Wednesday. “We have...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, right, is presented with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President's trophy by AOC president John Coates at the AOC annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia. The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
September 22, 2020 - 2:39 am
TOKYO (AP) — The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions of dollars on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism. To make the point this week, IOC President Thomas Bach will join a number of...
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FILE - In this image provided by Jimmie Johnson Racing II, Inc., seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson poses with an IndyCar during testing with Chip Ganassi Racing on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Indianapolis. Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team. The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar's schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon. (Jimmie Johnson Racing II, Inc. via AP, File)
September 09, 2020 - 10:45 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team. The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a...
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