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ahead of russia decision, olympic president warns critics


geneva — in a possible shift of support for russian athletes competing at the pyeongchang olympics, ioc president thomas bach told critics on friday not to put pressure on his executive board before a key decision next month.bach will chair an ioc board meeting on dec. 5 which could ban russia's team from the winter games because of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 sochi games.long seen as russia's ally, bach this month seemed to confirm that position when he criticized "unacceptable" demands for a total ban while two olympic panels investigate the sochi doping program. ten russians have already been disqualified.however, in a speech on friday, bach cautioned against those "from whichever side" seeking to influence the ioc."some may try to build pressure. they will be wrong," the ioc lea






distrust, anger grip russian sports ahead of key doping vote


st. petersburg, russia — as it edges closer to a ban from the winter olympics, the russian sports world is a bitter place.investigations into doping haven't encouraged russian athletes to speak out about abuses. instead, there is a public hunt for whistleblowers, or "traitors to the motherland," as cross-country ski federation president yelena valbe calls them.meanwhile, russian president vladimir putin has claimed the international olympic committee — which will make the final ruling on russia's eligibility — is being manipulated by shadowy u.s. interests intent on using doping scandals to disgrace his government ahead of elections in march.ahead of that ioc ruling, russian officials face two days of world anti-doping agency meetings this week which will help determine russia's olympic fu






french president pushes paris olympic bid, forms government


paris — france's new president is hosting the international olympic committee to try to boost paris' bid to beat out los angeles in the heated race for the 2024 games.emmanuel macron's support for the paris bid is seen as symbolically important, and his decision to meet tuesday with the visiting ioc delegation was one of his first moves since taking office sunday.ioc inspectors are visiting potential venues in paris this week ahead of the september decision on who will host the 2024 olympics.macron is also working tuesday to form a government after naming low-profile, center-right edouard philippe as prime minister.it's a delicate balancing act, as macron tries to redesign french politics by borrowing ministers from left and right and new faces.






russia hopes for boost from olympic hockey turmoil


moscow — after a week of turmoil for olympic hockey, russia thinks it is poised to be the big winner next february in south korea.its fans have waited more than 25 years for an olympic gold medal, and its top league wants to fight the nhl for international markets so the absence of nhl players in pyeongchang could be, well, a golden opportunity.the olympics are "the biggest, most significant event in global sports," vyacheslav bykov, who won olympic gold as a player in 1988 and 1992 and later coached russia's national team, told the associated press on friday. "competing at the olympics is much more important than the stanley cup."the russian hockey system is a tangled web of sports, government and commercial interests, but all see olympic gold as a national priority. since bykov and the p






russia hopes for boost from olympic hockey turmoil


moscow (ap) — after a week of turmoil for olympic hockey, russia thinks it is poised to be the big winner next february in south korea.its fans have waited more than 25 years for an olympic gold medal, and its top league wants to fight the nhl for international markets so the absence of nhl players in pyeongchang could be, well, a golden opportunity.the olympics are “the biggest, most significant event in global sports,” vyacheslav bykov, who won olympic gold as a player in 1988 and 1992 and later coached russia’s national team, told the associated press on friday. “competing at the olympics is much more important than the stanley cup.”the russian hockey system is a tangled web of sports, government and commercial interests, but all see olympic gold as a national priority. since bykov and






la, paris present olympic plans ahead of 2024-2028 decision


lausanne, switzerland — los angeles has presented its olympic hosting plans to ioc members, who should vote later tuesday to ensure the summer games return to the united states.going before bid rival paris, la's team led by mayor eric garcetti presented 45 minutes of videos and speeches in a closed-door session about how they would host the 2024 olympics.still, it could be a 2028 olympics in la that will be the first american-hosted games since 1996 in atlanta.the ioc members will vote later tuesday on president thomas bach's proposal to also award the 2028 hosting rights when they next meet on sept. 13 in lima, peru.french president emmanuel macron is fronting the presentation for paris, which is favored for 2024 exactly 100 years after its last olympic hosting duty.






correction: olympics-russian hopes story


moscow — in a story april 7 about russian hopes for men's hockey in the winter olympics, the associated press misidentified a player quoted in the piece. the correct name is matt duchene.a corrected version of the story is below:russia hopes for boost from olympic hockey turmoilafter a week of turmoil for olympic hockey, russia thinks it is poised to be the big winner in south korea next februaryby james ellingworthap sports writermoscow (ap) — after a week of turmoil for olympic hockey, russia thinks it is poised to be the big winner next february in south korea.its fans have waited more than 25 years for an olympic gold medal, and its top league wants to fight the nhl for international markets so the absence of nhl players in pyeongchang could be, well, a golden opportunity.the olympics






russia warns ultimatums are ‘futile’ as tillerson lands


russia’s ministry of foreign affairs has warned u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson that issuing an ultimatum to moscow over its support for syrian leader bashar al-assad is “futile” and “counterproductive”. ahead of his arrival in moscow tuesday night, while in italy for a g7 summit, tillerson advised russia against continued support for the assad regime,…






la, paris present olympic plans ahead of 2024-2028 decision


lausanne, switzerland (ap) — los angeles has presented its olympic hosting plans to ioc members, who should vote later tuesday to ensure the summer games return to the united states.going before bid rival paris, la’s team led by mayor eric garcetti presented 45 minutes of videos and speeches in a closed-door session about how they would host the 2024 olympics.still, it could be a 2028 olympics in la that will be the first american-hosted games since 1996 in atlanta.the ioc members will vote later tuesday on president thomas bach’s proposal to also award the 2028 hosting rights when they next meet on sept. 13 in lima, peru.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.french president emmanuel macron is fronting the presentation for paris, which is favored for 2024 exactly 100 y






ioc to decide dec. 5 if russia goes to 2018 winter olympics


geneva — the international olympic committee will decide on dec. 5 if russia can compete at the pyeongchang winter games.russia faces being banned from the feb. 9-25 games in south korea as punishment for state-backed doping at the 2014 sochi olympics.the ioc said on friday that a "decision with regard to the participation of russian athletes in the olympic winter games pyeongchang 2018 will be taken" by its executive board on the opening day of a dec. 5-6 meeting in its home city of lausanne.ioc president thomas bach is scheduled to announce the decision at a news conference starting at 7.30 p.m. local time (1830 gmt).bach has criticized sport officials who call for a total ban on russia, which could be offered sanctions that would allow some athletes to compete if they also have met stri






trump’s critics don’t get vladimir putin’s real agenda


president trump’s most excitable critics have spent almost a year claiming that the president colluded with russia to win the white house, with some suggesting he should be impeached and members of his campaign be prosecuted criminally. there is still no evidence that anyone associated with trump colluded with russia, and with a bureaucracy that leaks like a sieve, there would likely have been proof of it by now.if anything, we now know that democrats’ relationship with fusion gps could have included criminal acts and collusion. calmer critics suggest trump is naïve about russia even though his actions have demonstrated the opposite.more importantly, the president’s critics seem to demonstrate that they don’t know cold war history, don’t understand russia, and don’t understand how authorit






putin: fans expect more from russia's misfiring soccer team


moscow — russia's national football team has a prominent critic ahead of the confederations cup — none other than vladimir putin.the russian president warns that "fans and those who love russian football expect better results from our national team," which has won just three of its last 15 games.speaking two days before russia faces new zealand in the opening game of the confederations cup, a key world cup warm-up event, putin adds "we'll hope that the guys play with full commitment, like real warriors and athletes, to at least please the fans with their effort to win."poor youth coaching and too many foreign players in the russian league hold the team back, putin suggests, but recent games show "there is potential."russia beat hungary and drew with chile in last week's friendlies.






germany warns of hacking leaks ahead of election


berlin—russia is likely to leak hacked government information in an attempt to influence germany’s parliamentary election, top security officials said tuesday, as they pointed to multiple attempts to steal confidential documents in recent months. hackers linked to russia, as well as china and iran, have repeatedly targeted the foreign ministry and its diplomatic missions as well as the finance and economics ministries. other targets...






olympics in 2024 & 2028: paris & los angeles get games as ioc backs dual host an


paris lost out to london in the race for the 2012 games, while los angeles hosted the games in 1932 and 1984paris and los angeles are set to stage the 2024 and 2028 olympic games - provided they can agree which should go first, as both want to host in 2024.the international olympic committee has voted in favour of naming hosts for successive games on 13 september with just paris and los angeles bidding.the ioc - which oversees the olympic movement - wants the cities to reach an agreement on who hosts in 2028 by then.if there is no agreement, a vote to select just the 2024 host will be held.budapest, hamburg and rome withdrew from the race for the 2024 event.ioc president thomas bach told reporters after the meeting he hoped the agreement would be reached next month.and la organisers said t






ioc to pick los angeles, paris for 2024 or 2028 olympics


lausanne, switzerland -- the international olympic committee has decided it can pick both los angeles and paris as olympic host cities in september when the 2024 and 2028 summer games rights should be awarded at the same time.ioc members voted unanimously tuesday to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the ioc executive board. talks will open with paris widely seen as favorite for 2024.if a deal falls through, only the 2024 hosting rights will be voted on when the ioc next meets sept. 13 in lima, peru.agreement seemed assured by the reaction of the two mayors. eric garcetti of la and anne hidalgo of paris emerged on stage holding hands to acclaim the decision.2024 candidate city delegation of paris led by french president emmanuel macron gesture during the briefin






russia warns of serious consequences from us strike in syria


trump news, u.s. news, worldrussia warns of serious consequences from us strike in syriareuters07 apr 2017 at 14:47 etrussia warned on friday that u.s. cruise missile strikes on a syrian air base could have “extremely serious” consequences, as president donald trump’s first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between moscow and washington.the warships uss porter and uss ross in the mediterranean sea launched dozens of tomahawk missiles that hit the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations of shayrat air base, which the pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack this week.it was trump’s biggest foreign policy decision since taking office in january and the kind of direct intervention in syria’s six-year-old civil war his predecessor barack obama avoided.the strikes






russia warns of serious consequences from us strike in syria


russia warned on friday that u.s. cruise missile strikes on a syrian air base could have “extremely serious” consequences, as president donald trump’s first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between moscow and washington.the warships uss porter and uss ross in the mediterranean sea launched dozens of tomahawk missiles that hit the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations of shayrat air base, which the pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack this week.it was trump’s biggest foreign policy decision since taking office in january and the kind of direct intervention in syria’s six-year-old civil war his predecessor barack obama avoided.the strikes were in reaction to what washington says was a poison gas attack by the government of syrian president bashar al-assa






la, paris arrive for olympic meetings; 2024 deal must wait


lausanne, switzerland — the united states is going to host its first summer olympics since 1996.france is going to host its first summer olympics in at least 100 years.just don’t expect the international olympic committee to announce this week which of los angeles or paris will host the 2024 olympics and which will get the 2028 edition.bid leaders from la and paris arrived this weekend in the olympic capital city lausanne ahead of their tuesday morning presentations to the full ioc membership. france’s president emmanuel macron arrives monday to offer his charismatic support.both bid teams declined official comment sunday about an expected decision to prepare for a double hosting award in september, when the ioc’s annual meeting is held in lima, peru.a consensus deal between the bid cities






usa gymnastics president steve penny resigns amid sex abuse scandal


cbs/apmarch 16, 2017, 4:08 pmlast updated mar 16, 2017 7:13 pm edtsteve penny resigned as president of usa gymnastics on thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.the resignation came a week after the united states olympic committee’s board recommended to usa gymnastics chairman paul parilla that penny should step down. penny offered his resignation during a previously scheduled board meeting on thursday.“my decision to step aside as ceo is solely to support the best interests of usa gymnastics at this time,” penny said in a statement.usoc chairman larry probst said penny’s decision “will hopefully allow usa gymnastics to shift its attention to the future with a secure environment for its athletes and continued success in competition.”p






la, paris arrive for olympic meetings; 2024 deal must wait


lausanne, switzerland (ap) — the united states is going to host its first summer olympics since 1996.france is going to host its first summer olympics in at least 100 years.just don’t expect the international olympic committee to announce this week which of los angeles or paris will host the 2024 olympics and which will get the 2028 edition.bid leaders from la and paris arrived this weekend in the olympic capital city lausanne ahead of their tuesday morning presentations to the full ioc membership. france’s president emmanuel macron arrives monday to offer his charismatic support.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.both bid teams declined official comment sunday about an expected decision to prepare for a double hosting award in september, when the ioc’s annual meetin






russia remains non-compliant with code, says world anti-doping agency


next year's winter olympics take place in pyeongchang, south korearussia's hopes of competing at the winter olympic games in february were dealt a blow as the world anti-doping agency (wada) said the country remained non-compliant with its code.last year, an independent report commissioned by wada found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country.wada told russia earlier this month the "best solution" is to "work with them" following new intelligence.kuwait, equatorial guinea and mauritius were also found non-compliant. russia's anti-doping agency (rusada) has been suspended since an initial wada report in 2015, but the country's authorities deny there was a state-backed programme.rusada has pledged to follow international recommendations to get the suspension lifted, with the intern






'russia thing' drove trump's decision to fire comey


washington – president donald trump on thursday said he was thinking of "this russia thing" when he decided to fire fbi director james comey, who had been leading the counterintelligence investigation into russia's interference in the 2016 election.recounting his decision to dismiss comey, trump told nbc news, "in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, 'you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.' "trump's account flatly contradicts the white house's initial account of how the president arrived at his decision, undercutting public denials by his aides that the move was influenced in any way by his growing fury with the ongoing russia probe.later in the sam






here are 10 critics of russian president vladimir putin who died violently or in


moscow — not everyone who has a quarrel with russian president vladimir putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances — far from it. but enough loud critics of putin’s policies have been murdered that thursday’s daylight shooting of a russian who sought asylum in ukraine has led to speculation of kremlin involvement.ukrainian president petro poroshenko called the shooting in kyiv of denis voronenkov, a former russian communist party member who began sharply criticizing putin after fleeing russia in 2016, an “act of state terrorism by russia.”that drew a sharp rebuke from putin’s spokesman, who called the accusation “absurd.” throughout the years, the kremlin has always dismissed the notion of political killings with scorn.but putin’s critics couldn’t help drawing parallels with the une






here are 10 critics of vladimir putin who died in suspicious ways


by david filipov, (c) 2017, the washington postmoscow – not everyone who has a quarrel with russian president vladimir putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances – far from it. but enough loud critics of putin’s policies have been murdered that thursday’s daylight shooting of a russian who sought asylum in ukraine has led to speculation of kremlin involvement.ukrainian president petro poroshenko called the shooting in kiev of denis voronenkov, a former russian communist party member who began sharply criticizing putin after fleeing russia in 2016, an “act of state terrorism by russia.”  that drew a sharp rebuke from putin’s spokesman, who called the accusation “absurd.” throughout the years, the kremlin has always dismissed the notion of political killings with scorn.but putin’s cri






olympic leaders will decide next month on russian ban at 2018 winter games


olympic leaders will decide early next month whether to allow russia to compete at the upcoming 2018 winter games in pyeongchang, south korea.the decision will be made by the international olympic committee’s executive board, which convenes dec. 5 in lausanne, switzerland.russia has been embroiled in a long-running scandal, with anti-doping authorities alleging that athletes, coaches and government officials participated in widespread cheating that includes the manipulation of samples in russian testing labs.two recent developments have seemed to boost the chances for a total ban at pyeongchang.the world anti-doping agency, which has spearheaded the ongoing investigation, announced earlier this month that it had obtained evidence from a russian database that supports claims of systemic che






usa gymnastics president steve penny resigns amid sex abuse scandal


cbs/apmarch 16, 2017, 4:08 pmsteve penny, president of usa gymnastics welcomes guests and media and to announce the usoc designation of the usa gymnastics national training center at karolyi ranch as an official u.s. olympic training site and hilton’s partnership with usa gymnastics and title sponsorship of team hilton on jan. 26, 2011, in huntsville, texas. getty steve penny resigned as president of usa gymnastics on thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.the resignation came a week after the united states olympic committee’s board recommended to usa gymnastics chairman paul parilla that penny should step down. penny offered his resignation during a previously scheduled board meeting on thursday.“my decision to step aside as ceo is






10 critics of vladimir putin who wound up dead


not everyone who has a quarrel with russian president vladimir putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances - far from it. but enough loud critics of putin's policies have been murdered that thursday's daylight shooting of a russian who sought asylum in ukraine has led to speculation of kremlin involvement.ukrainian president petro poroshenko called the shooting in kiev of denis voronenkov, a former russian communist party member who began sharply criticizing putin after fleeing russia in 2016, an "act of state terrorism by russia." that drew a sharp rebuke from putin's spokesman, who called the accusation "absurd." throughout the years, the kremlin has always dismissed the notion of political killings with scorn.but putin's critics couldn't help drawing parallels with the unexplained






10 critics of vladimir putin who wound up dead


not everyone who has a quarrel with russian president vladimir putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances - far from it. but enough loud critics of putin's policies have been murdered that thursday's daylight shooting of a russian who sought asylum in ukraine has led to speculation of kremlin involvement.ukrainian president petro poroshenko called the shooting in kiev of denis voronenkov, a former russian communist party member who began sharply criticizing putin after fleeing russia in 2016, an "act of state terrorism by russia." that drew a sharp rebuke from putin's spokesman, who called the accusation "absurd." throughout the years, the kremlin has always dismissed the notion of political killings with scorn.but putin's critics couldn't help drawing parallels with the unexplained






pyeongchang gets olympic flame ahead of 100-day relay


athens, greece — the olympic flame has been handed to organizers of the 2018 pyeongchang games as it heads off on a 100-day journey in south korea before the opening ceremony on feb. 9.dressed as a high priestess, actress katerina lehou led the 90-minute ceremony in athens at the panathenian stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern olympics were held in 1896.the flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to greek olympic committee president spyros capralos, who passed it to pyeongchang organizing committee head lee hee-beom.the south korean leg of the relay will involve 7,500 torch-bearers and visit 17 cities and provinces.






no 'specific agenda,' but trump, putin have lots to discuss


washington — president donald trump's first face-to-face meeting with russian president vladimir putin this week will be brimming with global intrigue, but the white house says there's "no specific agenda." so in the absence of a set list of topics, what are two of the world's most famously unpredictable leaders to discuss?trump, who prefers to have neatly packaged achievements to pair with high-profile meetings, may be looking for some concessions from russia to show he's delivering progress and helping restore a productive relationship between the two powers. putin would almost surely want something in return, and there's a long list of "irritants" between the two countries that they could potentially resolve.ahead of the meeting, white house national security council and state departmen






wada looks for power to sanction cheating countries, sports


montreal (ap) — the world anti-doping agency has approved fast-tracking new rules that would allow for sanctions of national olympic committees and international sports federations in much the same way athletes are penalized for violating anti-doping rules.wada’s foundation board voted on a plan thursday that will attempt to get the rules in place in time for next year’s winter olympics, as opposed to waiting until the next wada code revisions go into effect in 2021.it’s an unusually urgent move sparked by doping scandals in russia and the international olympic committee’s decision last year to ignore wada’s recommendation that the entire russian olympic team be banned from the rio olympics.if the changes are approved, the ioc and all wada signatories would have to adhere to a new system o






the latest: russia considering next move in spat with us


moscow — the latest on a diplomatic spat between the united states and russia (all times local):___11:15 a.m.russian foreign minister sergey lavrov says moscow still has to study the united states' decision to shut its consulate in san francisco before considering any possible retaliation.the u.s. move, announced on thursday in washington, came in reaction to russia's decision to make the united states cut its number of diplomatic staff in russia.speaking at russia's top diplomacy school on friday, lavrov said moscow would react to the decision once it has finished analyzing it.lavrov defended russia's decision to cut u.s. diplomatic staff as reciprocal reaction to the u.s. expelling russian diplomats last december.






after exposing olympic judges, ireland's michael conlan gains conor mcgregor's s


it’s not the olympic rings that define michael conlan.it’s the defiance embodied by the double middle fingers he shot at olympic judges who were ultimately fired that set the tone for the next stage of the irish super-bantamweight’s boxing life.on st. patrick’s day night in madison square garden’s theater, conlan will make his professional debut after being walked into the ring by a countryman who also strides confidently as his own man, ufc lightweight champion conor mcgregor.in rio de janeiro, conlan was robbed of what appeared to be a convincing victory by decision over russia’s vladimir nikitin, proclaiming he’d never fight for the amateur international boxing assn. again. he later tweeted a question to russian president vladimir putin, “how much did they charge you, bro?”a former euro






trump was thinking of 'this russia thing' when he decided to fire 'showboat' com


president donald trump on thursday said he was thinking of "this russia thing" when he decided to fire fbi director james comey, who had been leading the counterintelligence investigation into russia's interference in the 2016 election.recounting his decision to dismiss comey, trump told nbc news, "in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, 'you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.' "trump's account flatly contradicts the white house's initial account of how the president arrived at his decision, undercutting public denials by his aides that the move was influenced in any way by his growing fury with the ongoing russia probe.later in the same interview,






putin hints at russian desire to bid for summer olympics


london (ap) — russia seems to be gearing up for another olympic bid, according to vladimir putin.the russian president told olympic historian david miller in an exclusive interview that his country has plenty of candidates capable of hosting the summer games, not just moscow.“apart from the capital of our country, we have a number of cities which could potentially host summer olympics. there is sochi, of course, but also st. petersburg and possibly kazan,” putin said to miller in written comments, which were made available to the associated press on friday.“we are not going to make any specific statements, yet. in 2014, our country successfully hosted the winter games in sochi. however, i do not rule out the possibility that russia will decide to enter in bidding process for the right to h






putin hints at russian desire to bid for summer olympics – the denver post


by chris lehourites, the associated presslondon — russia seems to be gearing up for another olympic bid, according to vladimir putin.the russian president told olympic historian david miller in an exclusive interview that his country has plenty of candidates capable of hosting the summer games, not just moscow.“apart from the capital of our country, we have a number of cities which could potentially host summer olympics. there is sochi, of course, but also st. petersburg and possibly kazan,” putin said to miller in written comments, which were made available to the associated press on friday.“we are not going to make any specific statements, yet. in 2014, our country successfully hosted the winter games in sochi. however, i do not rule out the possibility that russia will decide to enter i






after trump criticism on chicago violence, emanuel touts police smarts


"this allows our police officers to be all that much smarter and more effective in using technology and command ability to make sure people are in the right place at the right time to prevent a shooting in the first place," emanuel said.in a news release, emanuel's office described the technology as part of the city's "smart-policing strategy," a term that had not been used in previous mayor's office announcements.trump tweets about chicago 'carnage,' says he may 'send in the feds!' if not fixedliam fordpresident donald trump tweeted tuesday night about chicago’s violence, saying he will “send in the feds!” if the city “doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on.”trump’s tweet refers back to a line in his inaugural address friday about “the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have st