LIMA, Peru (AP) — The gray skies of the Peruvian capital served as a dramatic but familiar backdrop for Americans Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon, who won the women's beach volleyball final on...
TOKYO (AP) — The heat is on for organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Several days after marking one year to go before the opening ceremony, the notorious Tokyo heat kicked in just in time...
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga plans to add women's beach volleyball as a varsity sport.
Athletic director Mark Wharton announced Thursday that beach volleyball would become...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Aurora Games will feature the top-ranked women's beach volleyball team on the U.S. tour, led by April Ross and Alix Klineman.
BANGKOK (AP) — Basketball, volleyball and soccer players from Australia and other Oceania countries will be permitted to compete at the next edition of the Asian Games.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials say legislators' attempt to force reinstatement of intercollegiate sports teams for skiing, men's soccer and women's beach volleyball...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three-time Olympic champion Misty May-Treanor is being honored as an All-Time Great Female Beach Player by the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame.
The annual award will be presented at the May 22 induction banquet in Columbus, Ohio.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, already the most decorated beach volleyball player in history, will pair with defensive star Brooke Sweat in an attempt to make it to the Summer Games for a sixth time.
The decision kicks off a two-year qualification process that would send Walsh Jennings to Tokyo in 2020 a month before she turns 42. Sweat, eight years younger, is a four-time AVP defensive player of the year who competed in Rio de Janeiro in her only Olympics.
In addition to practicing her serve, set and spike, Kerri Walsh Jennings has been getting ready for her next beach volleyball tournament by sitting in on brand meetings, recruiting other players and lining up musical acts.
Kerri Walsh Jennings is bringing beach volleyball to the desert.
The five-time Olympian's new p1440 circuit has announced an event in Las Vegas for October that will serve as a stop on the FIVB pro tour. Players will be able to use points earned at the tournament to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The Las Vegas Open from Oct. 17-21 will have a prize purse of $300,000 split equally among men and women.
SAND ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Beach volleyball players on a small island off Alabama probably killed hundreds of unhatched birds, moving eggs to make room for their playing court and scaring adult birds from nests, according to Birmingham Audubon.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Kerri Walsh Jennings will call it a career in beach volleyball after the Tokyo Olympics in two years.
She has big plans before her days on the sand are done, and for improving the long-term health and growth of the sport well into the future by creating new playing opportunities in the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking his turn in the batting cage and swinging a golf club, President Donald Trump joined a group of famous athletes for a field day with kids at the White House on Wednesday as he kicked off an effort to increase youth participation in sports.
"Work hard, get in the game, play to win and, most of all, have a good time," the president told the youngsters. He later told them to "have a great life."
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Anthony Holman has been named the NCAA's managing director for championships operations and playing rules.
The NCAA announced the appointment Monday. Holman will be the lead administrator for the College World Series as the successor to Ron Prettyman, who resigned in March.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities.
The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — More than gold medals were on the line in beach volleyball on the Gold Coast, with the sport playing for its Commonwealth Games future.
Volleyball Australia bankrolled the event to secure a spot on the program for the Gold Coast event, where it has been a popular and perfect fit for the games.
Volleyball Australia President Craig Carracher said his organization had funded the increased number of athletes attending the seven-day, 12-nation beach volleyball competition.
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Olympic volleyball player is demanding her name be removed from a banner hanging in a suburban Chicago gym operated by a coach banned by volleyball's governing body.
Amazon is going shopping for TV content, and it's putting some beach volleyball in its cart.
The internet retail giant has an agreement with the AVP tour to livestream almost every match from every tournament for the next three summers. The domestic beach circuit joins NFL Thursday night games and some men's tennis on Amazon Prime Video, which sends shows to TVs, phones, tablets, game consoles and other connected screens around the world.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — April Ross topped former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings in their first head-to-head matchup since winning the beach volleyball bronze medal together at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Beach volleyball has a new ally as it tries to grow from an Olympic phenomenon to an every-year attraction: ESPN.
The sports network will broadcast the World Series of Beach Volleyball, an international pro tour stop in California in July. Event organizers hope the exposure will help beach volleyball attract new fans and hold onto the ones who watch during the Summer Games only to drift away until the next Olympics.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is looking for a new partner — and a new beach volleyball tour — after rejecting an exclusivity agreement with the AVP that would have locked her into the circuit through the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings has not yet committed to play in AVP events this summer, leading the domestic beach volleyball tour to announce its 2017 schedule without including the game's top draw among "the most respected names in the sport" who are expected to participate.
"We're in contract negotiations and we're pretty far off right now," Walsh Jennings said in a text message to The Associated Press. "We are working toward a win-win for everyone & the sport."
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say authorities have allowed female spectators at a beach volleyball tournament after organizers threatened to halt the event in protest.
The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that women were allowed into the stadium Wednesday at the start of the four-day international tournament on Kish island.
It says authorities backtracked after the international volleyball federation, known as FIVB, threatened to suspend the event in protest.
FOUR LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Larissa and Talita beat Brazilian countrywomen Agatha and Eduarda "Duda" 21-15, 21-18 on Sunday to win the Swatch Beach Volleyball Fort Lauderdale major event.
"It was a very tough match and difficult to play against another Brazilian team we're so familiar with, but the crowd was great," Larissa said. "The people of Fort Lauderdale love their beach volleyball and they made it memorable for me."
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross rebounded from a third-place finish in the Olympics to win the Long Beach Grand Slam on Sunday.
The top-seeded Americans beat Spain's Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo 21-16, 21-16 in the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball's regular-season finale.
Brazil's Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg won the men's title, topping Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena 21-19, 17-21, 15-9.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Alison and Bruno stood on the top step of the Olympic podium, holding back tears as the booming voices of the Carioca singing the Brazilian national anthem rose above the waves crashing against Copacabana beach.
"In front of our people. In the best spot for this sport," Bruno said after the reigning world champions beat Italy in straight sets in the beach volleyball gold medal match on Thursday night. "This is a magical feeling."
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Brazil's Alison and Bruno won the men's beach volleyball gold medal Thursday night, rallying from deficits in both sets to beat Italy in a steady rain.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Maybe Neymar and his teammates can make the Olympics a success for Brazil after all.
Brazil's celebrated men's soccer team rolled to a 6-0 win over Honduras in the semifinals Wednesday to earn a spot in the gold medal match.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Devastated. Unable to sleep. Cursing and crying and blaming herself after falling short of her goal to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Staggered by her first-ever loss at the Summer Games, behind by one set in the bronze medal match and trailing in the second, Kerri Walsh Jennings pulled herself together on the Copacabana sand to become the most-decorated beach volleyball player in the sport's Olympic history.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If Kerri Walsh Jennings winds up with a fourth medal in Olympic beach volleyball, it will be bronze — not gold, like the other three she has earned in what had been an unblemished record at the Summer Games.
Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross were relegated to the third-place game by Brazil's reigning world champions, who beat the Americans in straight sets on Tuesday night to advance to a gold medal matchup with Germany.
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Brazil beat the Americans in the women's beach volleyball semifinals and ended the gold medal run of three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Agatha and Barbara won 22-20, 21-18 to earn a matchup in the final against Germany. The best Walsh Jennings and her partner, April Ross, can do is a bronze medal when they play Brazil's other women's team on Wednesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles closed her Rio Games with more gymnastics gold. Usain Bolt breezed through another sprint as he makes a run at one final Olympic title in his favorite race.
Bolt easily won a qualifying race Tuesday in the 200 meters, the first step in his bid for the gold Thursday. His prowess on the track is the dominant story line of the final week of the Olympics, along with Biles' resounding success in gymnastics.
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Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov of Russia beat Cuba 22-20, 22-24, 18-16 to reach the beach volleyball semifinals.
They will play Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo, with the winner going to the gold medal match.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Beijing gold medalist Phil Dalhausser teamed up with Nick Lucena less than one year ago for a longshot run at the Olympics, it was more out of friendship — and a lack of alternatives — than anything else.
Dalhausser was coming off two straight seasons with injuries. Lucena had never been to the Olympics, struggling to find a partnership that worked.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — NBA stars came out to cheer for her. The crowd at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue sang "Happy Birthday."
And Kerri Walsh Jennings earned a spot in the Olympic semifinals.
All in all, a pretty good first 40 minutes as a 38-year-old.
"It's a unique experience, and I loved it," the three-time gold medalist said after she and April Ross beat Australia 21-14, 21-16 to move two wins from her fourth Olympic title.