Ex-Texas swimmer sues over allegedly tainted vitamins
DALLAS (AP) — A world champion swimmer and former University of Texas athlete is suing a Dallas-based health company claiming that its multivitamins led to her suspension from international...
Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games.
"Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan....
TOKYO (AP) — For fans, athletes, and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games.
Hoping to beat the summer heat in the Japanese capital, organizers...
St. Cloud coach encourages more diversity in swimming
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A swimming coach at a St. Cloud high school is working to introduce the sport to more students of color and students with disabilities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new professional league for elite swimmers will debut this year with U.S. and foreign teams competing in a mixed gender format with the athletes being paid.
Japanese swimmer Fujimori suspended during doping case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of swimming says Hiromasa Fujimori has been provisionally suspended while suspected of doping.
PARIS (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou is making a comeback to swimming with the aim of competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
The Frenchman, who won the 50-meter freestyle title...
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang’s doping case heads to court
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A doping case involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and could lead to a ban from competition, including the 2020 Tokyo...
Once almost broken, Colby Love is back in the pool
PITTSBURGH (AP) — When the first heat hit the water, Colby Love stepped behind the starting blocks and took a deep breath. As the only freshman to make the podium the previous year in the 200-yard...
Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo.
The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country.
She posted on her verified Twitter account Tuesday that her illness surfaced when she got tests after returning from a training trip to Australia.
Ex-Kansas volunteer volleyball coach charged in burglaries
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 23- year-old former volunteer volleyball coach at the University of Kansas is charged with several burglaries and thefts of items such as underwear and swimming suits.
Skyler Yee was charged Wednesday with 15 total counts, including four felony counts of burglary.
Recruiting violations lead to sanctions for Arizona swimming
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona swimming and diving program has been placed on two years' probation by the NCAA after an investigation found multiple recruiting violations by former diving coach Omar Ojeda.
Ojeda was also given a one-year "show-cause" order. During that time, any NCAA school that employs him must restrict him from any athletic duties.
The NCAA said then-head swimming and diving coach Rick DeMont knew of Ojeda's activities and failed to act.
Despite doping scandals, Russia bids to host European Games
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is bidding to host the 2023 European Games in Kazan despite a backdrop of years of doping scandals.
Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is working with regional officials on the Kazan bid and said late Tuesday the city has "unique sports infrastructure at both the Russian and international level."
Malaysia defiant despite being stripped of Paralympic event
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has remained defiant despite losing the right to host the World Para Swimming Championships after it banned Israelis from competing in the event, a qualifying competition for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was unapologetic.
Malaysia stripped of Paralympic event over ban on Israelis
LONDON (AP) — Malaysia has been stripped of the hosting rights for the World Para Swimming Championships after refusing to let Israelis compete in the event that serves as a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
The Malaysian government said earlier this month that no Israeli delegates can enter Malaysia for sporting or other events in solidarity with the Palestinians. Malaysia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
Former swimming champ sentenced for child rape, sexual abuse
BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A former French swimming champion and ex-manager of one of the country's most successful hockey clubs was found guilty Wednesday of child rape and sexual abuse and sentenced to 12 years in jail.
Vincent Leroyer, 61, was found guilty of abusing five boys between the ages of 6 and 14 when he managed the Rouen Hockey Club from 1986-96. His victims, now in their 30s and 40s, told the court how they have since struggled with addiction and a catalog of other difficulties.
France: Ex-champ swimmer admits ‘shame’ at child rape trial
BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A court in southwest France heard on Tuesday how a French former swimming champion who went on to manage one of France's most successful ice hockey teams wormed his way into the trust of admiring families to sexually abuse their children.
Vincent Leroyer, 61, spoke of his "very sincere and very deep shame for the acts I imposed" on the victims, who were aged six to 14 at the time.
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Former French swimming champion on trial for child sex abuse
BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A former French swimming champion is on trial in southwest France for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of young boys and adolescents during the decade he ran an ice hockey club in northern France.
Vincent Leroyer told a jury as his three-day trial got underway in Bordeaux on Monday that he acknowledged "nearly all" of the accusations against him except for the allegation he raped a boy.
Breakaway swimming league says standoff not quite over
The independent swimming league at the center of a standoff about the right of athletes to compete for improved prize money has welcomed a decision by governing body FINA to lift a threat to ban those taking part in its competitions.
Still, the International Swimming League (ISL) says that more needs to be done after FINA's threats to ban swimmers who competed in a December meeting ended up with the competition canceled.
Malaysia says it won’t host any more events involving Israel
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel.
Swimming body ends threat to ban breakaway athletes
GENEVA (AP) — In a standoff about the right of swimmers to compete for improved prize money, governing body FINA on Tuesday lifted its threat to ban those taking part in independently run competitions.
FINA has been criticized in recent weeks by top swimmers who want more say in how their sport is run and more opportunities to be financially rewarded.
Michigan swim teams take top honors at Orange Bowl classic
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Michigan's men's and women's teams have won top honors at the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic in the Florida Keys.
Michigan coach Mike Bottom's women swimmers finished Thursday 198 points ahead of second place-finisher Minnesota State and 295 points over third-place Monmouth.
Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin retires, citing chronic pain
Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin is retiring from swimming at age 23, citing chronic shoulder pain that has affected her for the last 2½ years.
She announced her plans Wednesday in a letter posted on ESPN.com . Franklin's spokeswoman says the swimmer is with her family in Colorado for the holidays and isn't commenting further for now.
Titmus sets world record in short-course 400 freestyle
HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus broke a second world record in three days, winning gold in the women's 400-meter freestyle at the world short-course swimming championships.
The 18-year-old Titmus finished in a time of 3 minutes, 53.92 seconds on Friday.
The previous world record-holder, China's Wang Jianjiahe, took silver with a time of 3:54.56. Another Chinese swimmer, Li Bingjie, finished third in 3:57.99.
US swimmers set world record at short-course championships
HANGZHOU, China (AP) — The United States has set a world record in the 200-meter mixed medley relay at the world short-course swimming championships.
Caeleb Dressel, Kelsi Dahlia, Michael Andrew and Olivia Smoliga won in 1 minute, 36.40 seconds, finishing 0.65 seconds ahead of the Netherlands.
American swimmers set the previous record of 1:37.17 in Glasgow in 2013.
US relay teams set short course world records
HANGZHOU, China (AP) — The United States has set a world record in the 4x50-meter mixed freestyle at the world short-course swimming championships.
The U.S. team of Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Dahlia won in 1 minute, 27.89 seconds, ahead of the Netherlands and Russia.
The Americans beat the previous world record of 1:28.39 set by the Netherlands in Copenhagen in 2011.
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Japan’s Seto, American men set short-course world records
HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Japan's Daiya Seto set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly and upset Chad le Clos at the world short-course swimming championships.
Seto, who won bronze in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2016 Olympics, held off le Clos down the stretch to win in 1 minute, 48.24 seconds.
Le Clos adds support to growing rebellion by top swimmers
GENEVA (AP) — Four-time Olympic medalist Chad le Clos threw his support Monday behind a planned new competition that is leading top swimmers to rebel against their own governing body.
The International Swimming League, which aims to launch next year, "will benefit swimming with a new dynamic approach," Le Clos said.
The ISL is privately owned and outside the control of Switzerland-based governing body FINA. It also aims to pay higher prize money and involve athletes more in making decisions.
Swimmers hit world body FINA with California antitrust case
Three Olympic and world champion swimmers have filed an antitrust suit in California challenging governing body FINA's control of organizing competitions.
The legal challenge is the latest faced by Olympic bodies from athletes seeking greater prize money and more say in running their sport.
Greece frees 4 migrant charity workers pending trial
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Wednesday released from pre-trial detention four members of a charity working with migrants who had been arrested in August for allegedly helping migrant smuggling, their lawyer said.
Cal’s Durden, Stanford’s Meehan to coach US Olympic swimmers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USA Swimming is turning to a pair of veteran collegiate coaches to oversee the Olympic swimming team in 2020.
Dave Durden of California will be in charge of the men's team and Greg Meehan of Stanford will coach the women's in Tokyo, USA Swimming announced Monday.
The U.S. swim team won 16 gold medals and 33 total medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, the best showing by the Americans in any sport. Bob Bowman coached the men in Rio and David Marsh guided the women.
Simone Manuel wins 100 free at Winter Nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Simone Manuel completed a sweep of the sprint freestyles at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals, winning the 100-meter race Saturday.
Manuel touched in 53.38 seconds to beat Margo Geer by a second. Katie Ledecky, the 800, 400 and 200 free winner this week, finished fifth in in 54.76.
Katie Ledecky wins again at USA Swimming Winter Nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle Friday night at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships, holding off Olympic teammate and training partner Simone Manuel for her third title in three days.
Ledecky finished in 1 minute 55.32 seconds, more than two seconds clear of Manuel (1:57.92).
Russia, Ukraine, US in 7-nation contest to host swim worlds
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swimming's governing body says Russia and Ukraine are among seven countries wanting to host the world championships in 2025 or 2027.
FINA says Greensboro, North Carolina, is also among potential candidates with 2007 host Melbourne and 2017 host Budapest.
Russia has proposed Kazan, the 2015 worlds host, and the Ukraine swimming federation has yet to select its favored host city.
FINA says the Chinese federation also met the deadline to register interest.
Katie Ledecky wins 400 free at Winter Nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 400-meter freestyle Thursday night for second title in two days at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships, and fellow Olympic champions Simone Manuel and Nathan Adrian took the 50 freestyles.
Former teacher and swim coach pleads guilty to sex crime
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City-area teacher and swim coach has pleaded guilty to secretly filming a sexual encounter with a minor in 2013.
The Kansas City Star reports that 54-year-old James Russell Green of Blue Springs, Missouri, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court, but still faces several sex crime charges in state court.
Ledecky, Murphy big winners at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Ledecky was honored as the top female swimmer for the sixth straight year, while Ryan Murphy took home three prizes at USA Swimming's Golden Goggles awards.
Ledecky and Murphy were honored Monday night In New York for their performances at 2018's biggest meet, the Pan Pacific Championships.
Swim meet canceled after FINA’s threat to ban athletes
GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing conflict between swimmers and their world governing body, an international swimming meet was canceled on Thursday after threats to ban athletes who took part seeking better prize money.
The Italian swim federation called off the Dec. 20-21 competition it was organizing in Turin, saying it acted to protect athletes from FINA.
Former swim coach to stand trial on child sex offenses
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Prominent Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers has been committed to stand trial over historical child sex offenses.
Volkers appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday where it was deemed there was enough evidence for his matter to be heard by a jury in a higher court, the Australian Associated Press reported. He did not enter a plea.
Ex-world champ swimmer Magnini banned 4 years for doping
ROME (AP) — Two-time swimming world champion Filippo Magnini has been banned for four years for doping.
Italy's anti-doping agency issued the verdict for the retired swimmer on Tuesday, and gave the same sentence to Magnini's relay teammate, Michele Santucci.
Both were found guilty of using and attempting to use banned substances.
The swimmers were linked to nutritionist Guido Porcellini, who was banned for 30 years for distributing illegal drugs.
Missouri’s swimming and diving coach placed on leave
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri's men and women's swimming and diving coach is on administrative leave while allegations of team management issues are investigated.
The athletic department announced the action involving Greg Rhodenbaugh on Monday but did not provide more information about the allegations.
Athletic director Jim Sterk said in a news release that student-athletes recently made officials aware of serious team management problems in the men's and women's programs.
Former swim champion Magnini’s doping decision postponed
ROME (AP) — Two-time swimming world champion Filippo Magnini will have to wait longer to find out his fate in a doping case for which he risks a ban of eight years.
Magnini appeared before a court of Italy's anti-doping agency on Monday, but at the end of a four-hour hearing judges ruled additional time was needed and postponed their decision to Nov. 6.
Thursday’s Sports in Brief
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.
Letters were sent Wednesday informing both mixed martial arts fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, commission executive Bob Bennett said Thursday.
Olympic swim coach banned from sport in sex misconduct case
SEATTLE (AP) — The former U.S. Olympic swim team coach alleged to have sexually abused a swimmer in a years-long relationship that began when the athlete was a minor has been banned from the sport for life.
Court stops Eastern Michigan from cutting sports teams
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a preliminary injunction to stop Eastern Michigan University from cutting some sports programs.
U.S. District Judge George Steeh ruled Thursday that financial hardship is not a defense for a Title IX violation.
Olympian swimmer discusses depression after losing streak
DENVER (AP) — Missy Franklin was the golden girl of the 2012 London Olympics. Night after night, she stood in the spotlight, her broad swimmer's shoulders draped in medals and her impossibly bright smile dazzling fans and sponsors.
Four years later there was crushing disappointment. Franklin lost every one of her individual races in Rio de Janeiro. She's spent much of the time since then battling depression.
Teacher charged with having relationship with teen student
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut high school teacher and swim coach has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.
The Record-Journal reports that 29-year-old Michael Cwirka, of Meriden, was released on $75,000 bond after his arraignment Tuesday on charges including second-degree sexual assault.
French president names 2 new ministers in mini-reshuffle
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron picked a political ally and a former swimming world champion to plug two holes in his government left by the unexpected resignations of the environment and sports ministers.
The presidential Elysee Palace announced the mini-reshuffle in a brief statement Tuesday.