Stories by John Leicester

All-Star likes what he sees of pioneering girl at MLB camp

PARIS - As a two-time All-Star, Steve Finley knows more than most what it takes to shine in Major League Baseball. So can he hazard a guess at whether she'll go on to become MLB's first female player?
By John Leicester

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

French teen is 1st female to achieve MLB eligibility

Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers. Becoming the first ever woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by ...
By John Leicester

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rafael Nadal has a long road ahead of him at French open

PARIS - The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay ...
By John Leicester

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Column: Colorful cyclist at the end of his road

Dust off the cut-out-and-wear sideburns. Just one last time. In honor of Bradley Wiggins, a Tour de France champion unlike any other who ends his road-racing career this weekend.
By John Leicester

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Not every Formula One season has to be a classic

Anyone who tells you this new Formula One season will be a classic, packed full of thrilling uncertainties, is stretching the truth.
By John Leicester

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Guingamp finds a way to compete against world's best

With one of the puniest budgets in France's top division, Guingamp can't splash the cash like some of the mammoths it competes against and humbles from time to time.
By John Leicester

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

FIFA vows unity is back in government

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked.
By John Leicester

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Remaining candidates for 2022 Olympics are both lacking

PARIS - How do you turn one of sport's most magical events into unappealing mush? Let the International Olympic Committee manage it.
By John Leicester

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Leicester: British Olympic team wouldn't be same without Scots

Fact is, if the Scots pull out, what remains of Team Great Britain won't be quite so great.
By John Leicester

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Leicester: More pain inflicted on once proud soccer power

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Even for an 84-year-old tournament drenched in history, Germany 7, Brazil 1 will be remembered as one of the craziest World Cup matches ever. 
By John Leicester

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Slopestyle event's future debated after high number of injuries in Sochi

Ski and snowboard slopestyle produced an "unacceptably high" number of injuries at the Sochi Winter Games and should be dropped from future editions if the disciplines don't become safer, says an ...
By John Leicester

Friday, April 11, 2014

FIFA medical chief dislikes World Cup drug testing plans

MONACO - FIFA's medical chief is "really not happy" with drug-testing plans for the World Cup in Brazil because samples taken from players must be flown across the Atlantic for analysis at a ...
By John Leicester

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Brazilians hoping to exorcise ghost of 1950 World Cup loss

Brazil is favored to win the World Cup on home soil this summer. But what if the host nation is booted out early?
By John Leicester

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

English football should battle 'quenelle' now

English football is best served grappling with the 'quenelle' - anti-Semitic gesture utilized by many to affront Jewish people - on the pitch now, rather than later.
By John Leicester

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Worker safety defended in Brazil

SAO PAULO - Days after the latest death by a World Cup worker, organizers insisted Tuesday they aren't sacrificing safety in a rush to complete stadiums for next year's tournament.
By John Leicester

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo should win award

Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or, not Lionel Messi.
By John Leicester

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

Jamaican drug testing comes under fire

A former director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission alleged the island didn't drug-test its athletes for entire months before they dazzled at the Summer Games.
By John Leicester

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Froome enjoys Tour de France coronation

PARIS - Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France on Sunday, having dominated rivals over three weeks on the road and adroitly dealt with doping suspicions off it.
By John Leicester

Saturday, July 20, 2013

British rider tightens grip on Tour lead

ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France - Chris Froome has two hands firmly on the Tour de France trophy. All that remains is for the British rider to raise it above his head before cheering crowds in Paris on Sunday.
By John Leicester

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tour de France leader maintains big advantage

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France - Chris Froome preserved his comfortable five-minute-plus lead over two-time former champion Alberto Contador on Friday's rainy 19th stage featuring four big climbs and ...
By John Leicester
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