AVP signs deal with players, Walsh Jennings still out

BOSTON (AP) -- The AVP said it has reached an agreement with "practically all the players" on a contract that will carry it through the 2020 Summer Games, even as a holdout by five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh threatens to deprive the domestic beach volleyball tour of its biggest name. "I respect her decisions, and I wish her well," AVP owner Donald Sun told The Associated Press. "But in the meantime, we're just geared up.

Keni Harrison wins 100-meter hurdles at Drake Relays in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Hurdler Keni Harrison responded to the disappointment of not making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team by breaking a world record a few weeks later. Now she wants to prove that was no fluke, and she's off to some start. Harrison cruised to victory in the women's 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Drake Relays. She won in a world-leading 12.

British heavyweight boxing star Joshua knocks out Klitschko

LONDON (AP) -- Anthony Joshua wasn't wrong when he raised his hands in victory after knocking Wladimir Klitschko down in the fifth round of what looked like a one-sided heavyweight title fight. He was just celebrating too early. The rookie mistake allowed Klitschko to rally, nearly taking the lead as the two 6-foot-6 men went to the 11th round -- four rounds longer than any Joshua fight had ever gone.

Book focuses on local movement that ended 2024 Olympics bid

BOSTON (AP) -- The local movement that torpedoed Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics is the subject of a new book. "No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch" is co-written by Chris Dempsey, a Boston resident who helped lead the opposition, and Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist.

Vonn sets sights on Olympics, records, racing against men

DENVER (AP) -- Always the consummate planner, Lindsey Vonn has every detail scribbled in a calendar from now until her season starts in November. Workouts, upcoming trips, ski camps, appointments -- all of the ordinary stuff. The bigger-ticket items? Now those are simply memorized.

Ryan Lochte competes in age-group meet during suspension

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Ryan Lochte is competing in the pool for the first time since being suspended last year after he and three other swimmers vandalized a gas station during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and then said they had been robbed at gunpoint. The 32-year-old swimmer finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 53.92 seconds and won the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 44.21 seconds on Friday at the U.S.

As soccer soars, court docs detail graft in Brazilian sports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil and superstar Neymar were the first to qualify for next year's World Cup, save for Russia which gets an automatic berth as the host. Winning a record sixth World Cup might help some forget the humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany three years ago in the World Cup semifinals.

Merritt cruises to 400-meter win at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Drake Relays served as a reunion of sorts for the 1,600-meter relay team from the U.S. that won gold at the Rio Olympics. True to form, the anchor of those Olympic champions came out on top in Iowa. LaShawn Merritt held off Rio relay teammate Tony McQuay and 2012 silver medalist Kirani James of Grenada to win the men's 400 on Friday. Merritt came in first in 45.41 seconds.

US Nordic ski coach Dave Jarrett retires

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- U.S. Nordic ski coach Dave Jarrett is retiring. The two-time Olympian announced Friday he is leaving the team to open a sports training center in his hometown of Heber City. Jarrett began competing for the U.S. ski team in 1992 and retired in 1998 after two Olympics and three World Championships. He was named national team coach in 2008.

Update on the latest sports

NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics, Wizards advance UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have passed their first tests in the NBA playoffs by advancing to the second round. Avery Bradley pumped in 23 points and the Celtics drained 16 3-pointers while ripping the Bulls, 105-83 in Chicago. Gerald Green scored 16 points for the Celts, who led by 13 at the half and outscored the Bulls 34-18 in the third quarter.

Is Anthony Joshua boxing's next great heavyweight?

LONDON (AP) -- Anthony Joshua has the weight of a country on his shoulders, and a fighter with true heavyweight pedigree in the ring across from him. Add to that 90,000 screaming fans watching outdoors Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, and there's plenty of potential trouble for a fighter born the same year that Wladimir Klitschko began boxing.

Paris to host 2020 European track and field championships

PARIS (AP) -- Paris has been confirmed as the host for the 2020 European track and field championships. European Athletics announced Friday that competition will take place at Charlety Stadium from Aug. 26-30, just weeks after the 2020 Olympics finish in Tokyo on Aug. 9. European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said "it's an ambitious yet realistic project, which will enable us to return our sport to center stage again, shortly after the Olympic Games.

Olympians descend on Des Moines for Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Dozens of Rio Olympics standouts will return to the track this weekend for the Drake Relays. The conditions won't feel anything like sunny Brazil. Stars like LaShawn Merritt, Omar McLeod, Jenny Simpson, Kristi Castlin and others will be greeted with temperatures in the upper 40s, steady wind and good chances for rain during Friday and Saturday's sessions.

Lawmaker in Russia fights Olympic doping case at CAS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- A lawmaker representing Vladimir Putin's United Russia party in parliament has appealed to sport's highest court against losing his 2008 Olympic title for doping with steroids. Artur Taymazov filed an appeal that "seeks the annulment of the IOC decision" disqualifying him from the freestyle wrestling 120-kilogram event, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday.

BOJ keeps monetary policy unchanged, says 2020 Games to help

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain slow but steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. Most analysts were expecting the Bank of Japan to stand pat. In a statement, the BOJ said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will help support growth in the coming year or two.

Teams in name, but not uniforms, in New Orleans

The Zurich Classic in New Orleans is bringing team competition to golf, minus the uniforms. This will be the first official team competition on the PGA Tour since 1981 at the Walt Disney World National Team Championship. It was won by Vance Heafner and Mike Holland, which turned out to be their only PGA Tour victory. They each earned $36,000. The winners of the Zurich Classic each get $1,022,400.

BOJ keeps lax monetary policy, forecasts steady growth

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. The Bank of Japan said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will help support growth in the coming year or two. But the central bank's statement warned of risks to that scenario from global trends, including U.S.

Stockholm drops bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The city of Stockholm won't bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Stockholm Mayor Karin Wanngard, the city official in charge of finances, said Wednesday that the decision was made because the International Olympic Committee will not immediately be able to report how big the financial contribution to the host city will be. She said the figures "will arrive at the earliest in November.

Olympics, Rugby World Cup organizers to collaborate in Japan

TOKYO (AP) -- Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics signed a collaborative agreement with the organizers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Wednesday, aiming to maximize the benefits and impact of the global events. The Rugby World Cup will be staged in Japan as Tokyo is finalizing preparations to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1964.