MONACO (AP) — Two Kenyan distance runners have been provisionally suspended and charged in doping cases, including 2014 African and Commonwealth Games 10,000 meters champion Joyce...
Led by Cambage, Australia has looked dominant at World Cup
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Australia coach Sandy Brondello credits a training camp in February and playing in the Commonwealth Games at home as a major reason that her team has looked so fluid in its run to the semifinals of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
Young India shooter Anish Bhanwala targets gold at Asiad
Anish Bhanwala is already considered something of a golden boy in the Indian contingent for the Asian Games.
At 15 and still at high school, he was India's youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast in April when he won the 25-meter rapid fire pistol shooting event in a meet record.
Forgetting about world record brings Peaty closer to it
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Not thinking about his world record in the 100-meter breaststroke is bringing Adam Peaty closer to breaking it again.
The Olympic champion started his quest for a ninth European long-course title on Friday by setting a championship record, bouncing back from a disappointing showing at the Commonwealth Games four months ago.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Border Force says it is aware some foreign athletes have remained in the country beyond the extent of their visas for the Commonwealth Games, and confirmed several of them have applied to stay longer.
The temporary visas which allowed accredited athletes and officials to travel to Australia for the April 4-15 event on the Gold Coast expired Tuesday at midnight.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Indian journalist charged with attempting to smuggle a group of his countrymen into Australia for the Commonwealth Games will spend at least six more weeks in custody after having his case adjourned on Friday.
Fiji beats Australia in thriller to win Singapore Sevens
SINGAPORE (AP) — Alasio Sovita Naduva scored a length of the field try after the final siren as Fiji beat Australia 28-22 in a heart stopping finale to Sunday's Singapore Sevens to leapfrog South Africa at the top of the world series standings.
The Rio Olympic champions rebounded from the disappointment of losing to New Zealand in the gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games at Australia's Gold Coast earlier this month by capturing their first title in Singapore in spectacular fashion.
Commonwealth Games boss sorry for dull closing ceremony
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chief Peter Beattie admits organizers botched Sunday's closing ceremony, accepting criticism that long-winded speeches had fans rushing for the exits while athletes were largely excluded from the broadcast.
Organizing committee chairman Beattie apologized on Monday in the face of a barrage of criticism, saying "we got it wrong."
Leader collapses, Shelley wins Commonwealth Games marathon
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — One of the most dramatic scenes at the Commonwealth Games came early on the final day.
Callum Hawkins of Scotland was leading the marathon Sunday morning when he became physically distressed and collapsed with about two kilometers remaining. Michael Shelley ran past to win the race and defend the title he won at Glasgow four years ago.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Rio revenge, a brain fade and a gripping contest forced into extra time.
New Zealand got some Olympic revenge on Australia to claim the inaugural Commonwealth Games rugby women's sevens gold medal with an extra-time win on Sunday. The Kiwis made it a double within the hour by upsetting Olympic champion Fiji 14-0 in the men's final.
Lee wins his 3rd individual title in last Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Aging champion Lee Chong Wei gave newly-promoted world No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi a demonstration in how to peak for a championship on Sunday, claiming his third Commonwealth Games gold medal in the men's singles.
The 35-year-old Malaysian star, a three-time Olympic silver medalist, rallied after dropping the first game to beat Kidambi 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre only hours before the closing ceremony of the games.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The Fijian netball team went missing Saturday on the Gold Coast, failing to turn up to watch the semifinals of their Commonwealth Games sport.
Instead, they were found 30 kilometers (19 miles) further south at the rugby sevens where the Fijian men, Olympic champions, began their campaign with a 63-5 win over Sri Lanka.
There is an intense affinity between this nation and this particular sport.
But with that comes great expectations, particularly if you're the coach.
Jamaican sprinters leave Gold Coast without gold medals
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Kingston, we have a problem.
A Jamaican track team featuring the world's fastest active sprinter and the women's Olympic 100- and 200-meter champion didn't win a gold medal in the sprints at the Commonwealth Games.
After Yohan Blake anchored Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team to bronze on Saturday, Usain Bolt took to social media to openly question if he'd retired too early.
Semenya clinches distance double at Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The world record has stood since 1983. As far as Caster Semenya is concerned, it can wait a few more months.
Semenya won her favored 800 meters in a Commonwealth Games record of 1 minute, 56.68 seconds on Friday night to complete a middle-distance double on the Gold Coast.
Semenya clinches 800-1,500 double at Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya made it a middle-distance double at the Commonwealth Games, winning the 800 meters on Friday to follow up on her earlier victory in the 1,500.
Semenya, who won the 800 at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, finished in 1 minute, 56.68 seconds, nearly 1.5 seconds faster than Margaret Nyairera Wambui of Kenya, who took the silver in 1:58.07. Natoya Goule of Jamaica finished third in 1:58.82.
2 Indian athletes barred for breaching “no-needles” policy
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Two Indian athletes were banned from the Commonwealth Games on Friday and ordered to leave Australia "on the first flight available" after needles were discovered in their room at the athletes village.
Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin said triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi had been banned from the Games and ordered to return home immediately.
Netball gets new look: Tasman rivals meet in semifinals
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Memo from Vicki Wilson to New Zealand netball: you need to find your identity and you need to find it quickly.
The Aussie netball great has tipped the host team to play Jamaica in Sunday's gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games, which would be a break with tradition.
But not before New Zealand get one more crack at their greatest netball rivals — Australia's Diamonds — in the semifinals.
Drama in 200: Hughes DQd; Miller-Uibo wins women’s title
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The expected duel between Olympic champions was a lopsided contest, with Shaunae Miller-Uibo winning the women's 200 meters in a Commonwealth Games record and Elaine Thompson missing out on a medal.
Zharnel Hughes thought he'd won the men's 200 but he missed out on a medal, too. Hughes was given provisional first place in a photo finish with Jareem Richardson when they crossed in 20.12, but Hughes was later disqualified.
Surprises highlight big night at Commonwealth Games track
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — It was a night of surprises Thursday on the track at the Commonwealth Games.
An expected close duel between Olympic champions was lopsided, with Shaunae Miller-Uibo winning the women's 200 meters final in a games record time and Elaine Thompson missing out on a medal.
McMaster dedicates 1st medal to dead coach, and BVI people
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Kyron McMaster had the message inked onto his arm, not that he needed any reminding of the coach to whom he was dedicating the British Virgin Islands first major international medal.
McMaster won the 400-meter hurdles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday night, saying it was the first major medal of any kind for the British Virgin Islands.
Beach volleyball playing for a Commonwealth Games future
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.
Liz Cambage overpowering so far at Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The Dallas Wings' new recruit Liz Cambage is dominating women's basketball at the Commonwealth Games.
Australia center Cambage, playing at the Commonwealth Games for the first time, leads the tournament in scoring (25.7 points per game), field goal percentage (74.4 per cent) and fouls drawn (5.3 per game) after the pool stage.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Anti-doping officials conducted more than 3,000 tests ahead of the Commonwealth Games in an effort to weed out athletes who might be cheating well ahead of their competitions.
David Sharpe, chief executive of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, said Thursday that 2,600 tests were conducted on Australian athletes and 500 more on international athletes, some of whom were only at the qualifying stage for the April 4-15 games on the Gold Coast.
In duel of Olympic champions, Miller-Uibo edges Thompson
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Shaunae Miller-Uibo got the better of a side-by-side duel with Elaine Thompson in a rehearsal for the 200-meter final at the Commonwealth Games.
There was no gold medal on the line Wednesday when Olympic 100- and 200-meter champion Thompson and the 400-meter gold medalist met in the semifinals, so Miller-Uibo didn't require the dive across the finish line that made her one of the photographic highlights of the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Old school: Commonwealth Games judges back to manual scoring
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The first gold medal event at the Commonwealth Games diving competition was delayed by a technical glitch that forced pool-deck judges to revert to old-fashioned numbered cards to show their scores.
After England divers Alicia Blagg and Katherine Torrance did their opening dive Wednesday — an inward pike— in the three-meter synchronized competition there was a delay after the electronic scoring system malfunctioned.
Shark bait? Surfing great Fanning gives le Clos some lessons
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Going surfing with Mick Fanning made Chad le Clos a little nervous.
Fanning had to punch away a shark during a competition in South Africa in 2015, and the Aussie surfer's later interview describing the narrow escape became the stuff of legend. The video of Fanning's encounter with the Great White has been viewed more than 25 million times.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — See you in Birmingham.
Eleven-year-old Welsh table tennis prodigy Anna Hursey bowed out of the Commonwealth Games women's singles event on Tuesday but not before confirming her precocious talent.
Hursey took just 17 minutes to win her first singles match, but then lost in the second round in straight sets to Malaysia's Li Sian Alice Chang.
She had already competed in the team's event earlier this week, winning twice and showing some powerful forehands and composure.
Semenya rules on the track; Australians rule in the pool
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Caster Semenya didn't let a light drizzle and technical malfunction prevent her from setting the Commonwealth Games record in the 1,500 meters.
The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion crossed in 4 minutes, 0.71 seconds, taking more than four seconds off the old mark.
That came after a 12-minute delay at the start because of a technical fault, and a slower-than-usual first two laps from Semenya.
Semenya smashes games 1,500 record, on track for double.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Long after smashing the Commonwealth Games 1,500-meter record to set herself up for a middle-distance double, Caster Semenya passed Isaac Makwala under the stadium and gave the Botswana sprinter a congratulatory hug.
They both had convincing wins on a drizzly night at Carrara Stadium, with Makwala dominating the men's 400.
Another big night for Australia in Commonwealth Games pool
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — There was yet more gold for Australia on the final night of swimming at the Commonwealth Games, along with personal milestones for South African Chad le Clos and Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck.
Victor wins; Warner’s title defense ends in pole vault
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Damian Warner's bid to defend his Commonwealth Games decathlon title ended when he failed to clear a height in the pole vault, leaving the aptly-named Lindon Victor to win his first gold medal at a major meet.
England cyclist never had a chance at Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Australians Cameron Meyer and Katrin Garfoot won their time trial gold medals in Commonwealth Games road cycling on Tuesday. Melissa Lowther never had a chance in the women's race.
Somebody didn't check the right boxes, so England cyclist Lowther was ruled out of the time trial hours before it began because of an administrative error.
It meant Lowther wasn't formally entered for the race. Team England lost an appeal to have Lowther included.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Henry Frayne, and his phone, are on flight mode.
The Australian long jumper set the Commonwealth Games men's long jump record on Tuesday with a leap of 8.34 meters in the preliminaries.
Frayne, who has struggled with a series of groin, hamstring and calf muscle injuries, spent 20 minutes celebrating the record with the crowd at the Carrara stadium before making his way back to team camp — and promptly putting his phone on flight mode.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — England diver Tom Daley has withdrawn from the 10-meter platform event at the Commonwealth Games because of a recurring hip injury.
British Swimming issued a statement Tuesday saying the technical dives required in the platform event "put enormous physical strain on Tom's body," but that Daley would still compete in the men's synchronized platform with England teammate Daniel Goodfellow.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — As Australia's gold-medal favorites were readying to return to the Commonwealth Games village from their self-imposed training bubble, the quarantined New Zealand women's rugby seven squad was sending a mumps-affected player home.
South Africa: big night at track, pool at Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies on the track and Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos in the pool gave South Africa a night to remember Monday at the Commonwealth Games.
Simbine and Bruintjies had a surprising 1-2 finish in the men's 100 meters over Jamaican Yohan Blake, the 2011 world champion and hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds on the Gold Coast.
South Africa pair upstage Blake in 100 at Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Akani Simbine led Henricho Bruintjies in a surprising South Africa 1-2 finish in the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games that may have Yohan Blake thinking twice about going home to Jamaica.
The 2011 world champion entered Monday night's final as the hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds on the Gold Coast, but stumbled early and never regained his form against the two runners to his right.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Cameron van der Burgh beat world record holder Adam Peaty to win the 50-meter backstroke gold medal Monday on the penultimate night of swimming at the Commonwealth Games.
Van der Burgh clinched his third consecutive title in the event on a night when two other South Africans also won gold.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Robert Pitcairn has flown in the military and foiled a potential hijacker on a commercial flight. So targeting a record as the oldest competitor to debut at the Commonwealth Games hasn't been too daunting.
The 79-year-old Canadian made his debut Monday in the Queen's Prize Pairs Finals in the full bore shooting competition. He and teammate Nicole Rossignol were placed ninth after the first day of the final.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — They said she was unbeatable.
But what they — being the critics — didn't consider was that New Zealand's transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was just as vulnerable to injury as any other athlete.
The 40-year-old Hubbard withdrew from Monday's over 90-kilogram division after hurting her left elbow attempting a Commonwealth Games record lift of 132 kilograms in the snatch.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Scotland's Duncan Scott put a dampener on Australia's swimming resurgence when he upset Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers to win the men's 100-meter freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
Yohan Blake coasts in 100; hammer time for England’s Miller
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Yohan Blake received an encouraging message from Usain Bolt before his Commonwealth Games debut, telling him: "I believe in you."
That came in the wake of another one from his fellow Jamaican that was more direct, Blake recalled: "You've got to win ... or you can't go home."
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — They did it for themselves, their families and — most of all — their island.
Norfolk Island, boasting just 18 athletes at these Commonwealth Games, won bronze in the lawn bowls men's triples competition Sunday and, fittingly, with some of their famous trees in the backdrop.
It was just the second Commonwealth Games medal ever won by Norfolk, which boasts a population of less than 2,000 and just the one bowling rink.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — For people at the Commonwealth Games, the opening ceremony was like catching up with a dear old friend celebrating a 21st birthday.
And what a party it is was when the 21st edition of the games kicked off at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, where sun, surf and sand were an important part of the theme.
Beyond the iconic red and yellow of the surf-lifesavers and miles of world-class sandy beaches, the Gold Coast is a city bursting with innovative people and ideas.
Peaty extends unbeaten run with swimming gold for England
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Adam Peaty has gone full cycle, defending his Commonwealth Games title in the 100-meter breaststroke on Saturday to complete a four-year unbeaten run in the event.
Since winning at Glasgow in 2014, Peaty has won an Olympic and two world titles over the distance and is showing no signs of ending the streak.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — When is a draw a win?
For this Pakistan team, it's when coming back from 0-2 down to draw against India — after the siren — in their Commonwealth Games preliminary match at Labrador.
There is always underlying emotion when these neighboring countries play, and Saturday's game saw four yellow two cards and two cautions issued.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The irony is not lost on professor Mark von Itzstein.
While the athletes village of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast has been struck down with three cases of influenza and one of malaria, less than mile away is a key member of the team that beat influenza and the team that is conducting human trials for a vaccine against malaria.
On Friday, a 23-year-old athlete was admitted to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering from malaria.
Host Australia has golden day at Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Australia won nine gold medals Friday for its best daily total since 2010 to take a commanding lead in the medal count at the Commonwealth Games after two days of competition.
The host country won six swimming golds at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, added two at the velodrome in Brisbane and got a surprising one from Tia-Clair Toomey, who took gold in the women's 58-kilogram weightlifting, Australia's first gold in that sport at the Commonwealth Games in 12 years.
Le Clos wins 50 fly before Aussies dominate Gold Coast golds
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Chad le Clos won the 50-meter butterfly for South Africa, did a victory lap on the pool deck and was back in the water within minutes leading halfway through the 200 freestyle final.
It was pretty much Australia's night after that Friday in the Commonwealth Games pool.
Lactic acid kicked in and le Clos ran out of steam, fading to finish seventh after the Australian pair of Kyle Chalmers and Mack Horton overhauled him over the last two laps to take gold and silver.
Mauritius official charged with sexual assault
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — A former official of the Mauritius Commonwealth Games team has been charged with sexually assaulting an athlete.
Queensland state police on Friday confirmed the man had been charged following a complaint by a 26-year-old woman in the athletes' village last week.
The man will face Southport Magistrates Court on April 17.