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‘Italjet’ looking for liftoff on home snow in Val Gardena

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Ital – It’s the “downhiller’s downhill.” With long gliding sections and myriad bumps and jumps, skiers seem like deer waltzing through the woods as they negotiate the Saslong...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Italian cyclist Ruffoni banned for 4 years for doping

AIGLE, Switzerlan – The International Cycling Union says it has banned Italian cyclist Nicola Ruffoni for four years for doping. Ruffoni’s positive test for a growth hormone-releasing peptide...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Chris Froom maintains innocence as rival doubts handling of case

LONDON – Chris Froome’s renewed protestations of innocence on Thursday were accompanied by doubts about why the four-time Tour de France champion was not immediately suspended for failing a doping...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Greece: Second climber dies on snowy slopes of Mt. Olympus

THESSALONIKI, Greece – Greek authorities say they have recovered the body of a climber who died while attempting to scale Mount Olympus, the country’s highest mountain, in the second such deadly...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Tour de France champion Chris Froome found to have double the legal limit of asthma drug

PARIS – Chris Froome failed a doping test during the Spanish Vuelta in September and is facing a suspension from cycling ahead of his attempt to win a record-equaling fifth Tour de France title...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | UPDATED: 21 hours 19 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Broncos, Colts believe plenty at stake other than playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS – Denver and Indianapolis find themselves in the same place with three games left. Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, both coaches face questions about their futures...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Bob Costas wins Hall’s Frick Award for baseball broadcasting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening “through the crackle and static” to broadcasts from...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Sports

Chris Froome’s cycling doping case: What’s salbutamol and what’s banned?

LONDON – Cycling’s governing body was clear: Chris Froome returned an “adverse” finding — failing a drugs test. The five-time Tour de France champion insists it “was not a positive test.” But the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | UPDATED: 21 hours 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Roger Goodell views new NFL commissioner contract as his last

IRVING, Texas – Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the NFL, a league spokesman said Wednesday. Goodell’s extension...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

American men impress in Val Gardena downhill skiing training

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy – Americans Jared Goldberg and Wiley Maple placed 1-2 in the opening training session Wednesday for the classic Saslong downhill. In a session run on a course that was...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers preparing to play this weekend

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return. News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Agent Boras: Marlins turning into ‘pawn shop’ under Jeter

Derek Jeter owns five World Series rings, which may be the reason agent Scott Boras had jewelry on his mind when discussing the Miami Marlins’ new ownership. Boras said Jeter and his group are...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports