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Tadej Pogacar is 1st-ever Slovenian winner of COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling's showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday, becoming the second-youngest winner of the 117-year-old event.

Former IAAF head Lamine Diack found guilty of corruption in Russian doping scandal

The former track federation president was sentenced to 2 years in prison Wednesday for corruption, including a scheme allowing Russian athletes who paid millions in hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.

Late but alive, Tour de France races into COVID-19 pandemic

Delayed but alive again and out on French roads, the strangest Tour de France ever set off Saturday in a bubble of anti-COVID protocols to try to keep the 176 riders virus-free for three weeks of racing through the country's worsening pandemic.

Trial of Diacks exposes dark backdrop of golden era of track

A grim picture has emerged from a corruption trial in Paris that has shown how the thrilling era for track fans was poisoned behind the scenes by a father-son partnership at the top of the IAAF, the international governing body that organizes Olympic races and world championships.

Former IAAF president calls own son a 'thug' in Paris corruption trial

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack pointed a finger of blame at his son, saying he behaved like "a thug," as he was quizzed in detail for the first time in court Thursday on charges that the governing body of track and field became a nest of corruption and doping coverups under his leadership.

Russian doping bribery trial featuring former IAAF president underway in Paris

A Paris court heard allegations Monday that top athletes hushed-up suspected doping by giving millions of dollars in illicit payoffs to corrupt administrators.

Virus fears close down France's famed Louvre Museum

The spreading coronavirus epidemic has shut down France's Louvre Museum, with workers who guard its famous trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of tourists from around the world.
Tour de France

Egan Bernal becomes 1st Colombian to win Tour de France

On the Champs-Elysees fittingly bathed in the yellow of a golden dusk, a Tour de France for the ages crowned a champion of an unusually young age on Sunday: 22-year-old Egan Bernal, South America's first winner of cycling's greatest race.
Tour de France

Egan Bernal poised to become 1st Colombian to win Tour de France

Egan Bernal was poised to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France when he retained the overall lead after Saturday's 20th stage, a 59-km ride from Albertville.

Defiant Caster Semenya urges IAAF to 'focus on doping, not us'

A defiant Caster Semenya is urging track's governing body to drop its battle against female runners with high testosterone levels and instead focus on catching dope cheats.
French Open

Osaka battles through 2nd round victory, keeps Grand Slam streak alive

Naomi Osaka is grinding her way through the French Open the hard way. To cling onto her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title, the top-ranked Osaka has twice had to rally from first-set woes. The latest opponent was former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, beaten 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round Thursday.

Get hip to this: Paris wants Olympic debut for breakdance

Breakdancing's conquest of the globe seemingly knows no bounds. Getting hip to breakdancing's appeal with young audiences, organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics want the dance sport that spread from New York in the 1970s to become a medal event at the games.

Paris aims to make Olympics desirable again

The world's capital of romance intends to make the Olympic Games desirable again.

WADA study finds doping was prevalent at 2011 IAAF worlds

A long-delayed study funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency says one third of athletes may have knowingly doped shortly before they competed at the 2011 track world championships — although few of them were caught at the time.

All French Open matches delayed due to flood warning

Persistent rain accompanied by a flood warning washed out the entire day's play at the French Open on Monday for the first time since 2000, creating a scheduling headache and fuelling a debate about the need for a showcourt roof.