Government and politics

May 24, 2018 - 9:37 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting. On Wednesday, New Jersey's state Senate president called on all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity fees" as part of any sports...
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FILE – In this May 14, 2018, file photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A top New Jersey lawmaker, Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney, urged all 50 states on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, to reject "integrity fee" payments to professional sports leagues in any sports betting legislation, calling it "extortion" for leagues to demand money for hosting honest games. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 23, 2018 - 6:55 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A top New Jersey lawmaker is urging all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity fee" payments to professional sports leagues in any sports betting legislation they enact. Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney said Wednesday it is "extortion" for the leagues to...
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U.S. Olympic Committee Acting CEO Susanne Lyons testifies before the House Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee about the Olympic community's ability to protect athletes from sexual abuse, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 23, 2018 - 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tears and anger this time came from lawmakers who spent the day fuming over a growing sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports that leaders have taken too much time to solve while devoting too little money for the fixes. "I just hope everyone here realizes the time to talk is over...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, people make bets in the sports book area of the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Those who deal with compulsive gambling are worried that a rapid expansion of sports betting in the U.S. could cause more people to develop gambling problems. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 23, 2018 - 1:26 am
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A leading Australian gambling researcher says he hopes the U.S. entry into live sports betting might help his push for an international anti-corruption unit to monitor athletes, similar to the World Anti-Doping Agency for illegal drug-taking. Charles Livingstone, the head...
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San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford (35) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
May 23, 2018 - 12:59 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole's only major miscue against San Francisco came on a pitch to Brandon Crawford that will give his brother-in-law some bragging rights at family gatherings for years to come. Cole struck out eight over six innings to lead the Houston Astros to an 11-2 victory over the...
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May 22, 2018 - 5:26 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In an apparently novel legal argument, lawyers for a Vermont man facing a second federal death penalty trial are using a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could expand sports betting nationwide to ask a federal judge to declare his potential punishment unconstitutional...
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FILE - This Aug. 22, 2008, file photo shows Steven Lopez, right, celebrating with his brother and coach Jean after defeating Azerbaijan's Rashad Ahmadov in a bronze medal match for the men's taekwondo -80 kilogram class at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez complained to the U.S. Olympic Committee that he was subject to an ``institutionalized witch hunt'' designed to undermine his success _ a piece of Congressional testimony offered by USA Taekwondo to undercut the notion that the organization was unwilling to discipline its top athletes for sex-abuse and other cases. Lopez is currently under suspension while the U.S. Center for SafeSport investigates a case against him. His brother and coach, Jean, has been permanently banned for sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
May 22, 2018 - 3:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez complained to the U.S. Olympic Committee that he was subject to an "institutionalized witch hunt" designed to undermine his success — a piece of Congressional testimony offered by USA Taekwondo to undercut the notion that the organization was...
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In this May 2, 2018 photo, boys play football at the sports and youth center in Mohamed Salah's hometown Nile delta village of Nagrig, Egypt. Residents boast of how the Liverpool winger has poured millions of pounds into the village, with the beneficiaries’ list including a school, a mosque, a youth center and a dialysis machine at a nearby hospital. His success as a footballer in Europe’s most attractive league has inspired many parents in Nagrig to send their children to soccer academies in the hope that maybe one day they can emulate his success. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
May 22, 2018 - 12:01 pm
NAGRIG, Egypt (AP) — The cafe began to fill up more than two hours before kickoff. By the time the match began, some 200 men and boys — some as young as five — huddled around two large TV screens at a cafe Mohamed Salah frequents when he's back visiting his village deep in Egypt's Nile Delta. Salah...
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Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, left, is greeted by fans as he arrives in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The global footballers' union wants FIFA's help to review anti-doping rules after Guerrero was banned from the World Cup for a positive test for cocaine caused by contaminated tea. FIFPro says a 14-month ban barring the 34-year-old Guerrero from his World Cup debut is "unfair and disproportionate." (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
May 22, 2018 - 10:59 am
ZURICH (AP) — Captains of the three countries set to play Peru at the World Cup have co-signed a letter urging FIFA to find a way for team captain Paolo Guerrero — currently banned for a doping offense — to play at next month's tournament. FIFPro, the global group of players' unions, released a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, David Beckham speaks at an event announcing that Major League Soccer is bringing an expansion team to Miami, in Miami. The team is backed by Beckham and a team of investors. Beckham is described as a good taste ambassador by fashionisto Simon Doonan in "Soccer Style: The Magic and Madness," a book out on June 12. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
May 22, 2018 - 10:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Simon Doonan is an established fashionisto and lifelong soccer obsessive, both of which he has poured into a new book dedicated to the style drivers of the sport. So what, exactly, sets soccer players apart on the fashion front when compared to other pro athletes? For starters, they...
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