Stories by Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Sharapova has her ban cut to 15 months

LONDON - Maria Sharapova will be eligible to return to competitive tennis in April after her two-year doping ban was reduced to 15 months on Tuesday by a sports court.
By Stephen Wilson

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016

Lochte, 3 others robbed by men posing as police officers

RIO DE JANEIRO - Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings.
By Stephen Wilson

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bach defends decision not to ban Russia

RIO DE JANEIRO - IOC president Thomas Bach defended the decision not to ban Russia's entire team from the Rio Games, declaring Sunday that the doping crisis won't damage the Olympic body's ...
By Stephen Wilson

Saturday, July 23, 2016

IOC poised to make ruling on Russia's status for Rio

LONDON - As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment.
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

IOC weighs legal options amid calls to ban Russia from Rio

LONDON - With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn't know whether its athletes - all or even some - will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It may all ...
By Stephen Wilson

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Federer bounces qualifier from Wimbledon

LONDON - Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon.
By Stephen Wilson

Monday, June 27, 2016

Djokovic wins opener; as does British 772nd-ranked qualifier

LONDON - Novak Djokovic raced to a 6-0, 3-0 lead, then held firm the rest of the way as he opened his bid for a third straight Wimbledon title and fifth consecutive Grand Slam championship with a ...
By Stephen Wilson

Friday, June 24, 2016

Djokovic, Federer could meet in Wimbledon semifinals

LONDON - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are used to facing each other in the Wimbledon final. It won't happen for a third consecutive year, though.
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

IOC says Russians won't compete under a netural flag

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Some Russian track and field athletes could be competing under their own flag at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after all.
By Stephen Wilson

Saturday, June 18, 2016

IOC backs IAAF's decision to ban Russia's track and field teams

LONDON - The IOC threw its support behind the decision to ban Russia's track and field team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and said Saturday it will take "further far-reaching measures" to crack ...
By Stephen Wilson

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Brazilian leaders paint positive picture to IOC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Seeking to allay political, economic and health concerns as the games approach, Brazilian organizers assured IOC leaders on Thursday that final preparations for the ...
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

IOC meeting has a full agenda

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - With the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro just over two months away, Olympic leaders have plenty of troubling issues to deal with this week.
By Stephen Wilson

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

IOC waiting for facts on latest allegations against Russia

LONDON - The latest allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia could lead to suspension of entire national federations, heavy fines and lifetime Olympic bans, IOC President Thomas Bach said ...
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

31 athletes caught in retests of 2008 Beijing Olympics samples, IOC says

LONDON - In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports could be barred from competing in the Olympics after they were caught in retesting of drug samples from ...
By Stephen Wilson

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ex-WADA president chides Sharapova

LONDON - Maria Sharapova was guilty of "willful negligence" for using meldonium, and international tennis officials were aware that many players were taking the drug before it was banned this ...
By Stephen Wilson

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ticket sales for Rio Olympics are lagging

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - With five months to go before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian organizers are struggling to sell tickets for South America's first games.
By Stephen Wilson

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

IOC is working to combat Zika outbreak in Brazil

LONDON - Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for ...
By Stephen Wilson

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Three are banned for life in Russian doping case

LONDON - The son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack and two Russian officials were banned from track and field for life on Thursday for engaging in blackmail, bribery and extortion to cover up ...
By Stephen Wilson

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

IOC president makes strong request

LONDON - Sports organizations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, IOC President Thomas Bach ...
By Stephen Wilson

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

IOC looks elsewhere after Hamburg rejects 2024 bid

LONDON - Once again, German voters delivered a harsh and sobering message to the Olympic movement: No thanks.
By Stephen Wilson
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