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Tirico takes over for Hammond on NBC's horse racing coverage

Mike Tirico is taking the reins from Tom Hammond as a host of NBC's Triple Crown horse racing coverage. Tirico adds the job to his recently announced duties as host of the network's prime-time Olympics coverage starting next winter in South Korea. Hammond has accepted a reduced role after covering racing for more than 30 years at the network. He turns 73 on May 10.

Australian Olympic chief says campaign is malicious

SYDNEY (AP) -- An increasingly bitter Olympic election in Australia has intensified with IOC Vice President John Coates describing the campaign as malicious and designed to damage him personally. Coates is facing his first challenge as president of the Australian Olympic Committee in 27 years, with 1996 Olympic field hockey gold medalist Danni Roche running against him in a May 6 ballot.

Russia's Chernova stripped of 2008 Olympic bronze for doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova has been stripped of her 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal for doping with an anabolic steroid. Chernova's urine sample revealed traces of turinabol in a retesting program of Beijing and 2012 London Olympics athletes, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

Russian marathon runner Mayorova banned for doping

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's track and field federation says veteran marathon runner Albina Mayorova has been banned for four years for doping. The All-Russia Athletics Federation said Monday that the suspension was handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the two-time Olympian tested positive for excess testosterone in a test taken last year. The ban is likely to spell the end of the 39-year-old Mayorova's competitive career.

Wielgus, head of USA Swimming for 2 decades, dies at 67

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who led a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm, died Sunday. He was 67. USA Swimming said Wielgus died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, of complications from colon cancer. The cancer was first diagnosed in 2006 and Wielgus underwent regular chemotherapy while leading USA Swimming to record growth. He was due to retire in August.

Uzbek gold medalist wins pro debut after 1st-round knockdown

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov bounced back from a first-round knockdown to win his professional debut in a second-round stoppage Saturday. Gaibnazarov finished Puerto Rico's Viktor Vazquez 1:28 into the second round at StubHub Center in the famed outdoor ring south of downtown Los Angeles. Gaibnazarov won gold for Uzbekistan as a light welterweight at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Taking the plunge: US diving moves forward without Boudia

ATLANTA (AP) -- These days, the pool deck seems a little empty for the U.S. diving team. Someone's missing. David Boudia. He was the stalwart of the American program for the better part of the decade, the guy who usually came through at the biggest meets. "It's going to be weird ... not having David there," said Steele Johnson, a good friend of Boudia's and former synchronized partner.

BC-AP Sports Digest

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NOCs impressed by what they see of Tokyo's 2020 plans

TOKYO (AP) -- With just over three years to go, sports administrators from around the world are already visiting Tokyo to check on the city's Olympic preparations for the 2020 Games. While Tokyo has had to overcome some initial setbacks, such as the delay of the new national stadium and a plagiarism scandal involving the official 2020 logo, local organizers are confident their plans reinforce the Japanese capital's reputation for being highly organized and efficient.

Thursday's Sports in Brief

TRACK AND FIELD Olympic champion hurdler Brianna Rollins of the United States received a one-year suspension Thursday for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials -- a ban she says was caused by a mix-up in a computer program. Rollins' suspension is retroactive to Sept. 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report. Her gold medal, part of a medals sweep by U.S.

Fiji issues $7 note to commemorate Olympic sevens win

SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- The government of Fiji is issuing two million $7 banknotes to commemorate the Pacific island nation's Olympic gold medal victory in rugby sevens last year in Rio de Janeiro. The banknotes, which are legal tender, were released through bank branches on Friday. A $7 Fijian banknote is worth approximately $3.35.

Shakur Stevenson poised for pro boxing debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Although Shakur Stevenson doesn't usually watch film of his opponents, he never tires of studying the greats of boxing. During the long idle hours in his hotel room this week while he waits for his professional debut Saturday night, he might check out Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker, Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Mayweather or Andre Ward. "I'm a student of the game," Stevenson said. "That's a big part of my preparation.

Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up

Olympic champion hurdler Brianna Rollins of the United States received a one-year suspension Thursday for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials -- a ban she says was caused by a mix-up in a computer program. Rollins' suspension is retroactive to Sept. 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report. Her gold medal, part of a medals sweep by U.S.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Simmi Buttar at 5 p.m. and Doug Feinberg at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT.

US men's basketball begins Olympic road in Uruguay

The U.S. men's basketball team will begin the long road to the 2020 Olympics when it opens FIBA AmeriCup 2017 preliminary-round play in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Americans were drawn into Group C on Thursday along with host Uruguay, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The semifinals and finals of the 12-team tournament for teams in the Americas will be Sept. 2-3 in Cordoba, Argentina. The U.S.

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- BOSTON -- Massachusetts prison officials, state police and prosecutors decline to release any records related to Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide in prison. -- Three first-round NBA games: Cleveland (up 2-0) at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Toronto (tied 1-1) at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.; San Antonio (up 2-0) at Memphis, 9:30 p.m.

Granted UK asylum after 2012 Olympics, Somali to run again

LONDON (AP) -- Glancing at the Olympic Stadium for the first time in five years, Zamzam Farah's troubles momentarily wash away and she fondly reminisces about competing in the London Games. "It was overwhelming," the Somali runner says. "It wasn't like anything I had experienced before. The whole world was coming together.