TOKYO  — Before American gymnast Jade Carey took the floor for her unexpected performance in the women’s Olympic all-around final on Thursday, she talked to her teammate, Simone Biles, whose exit from the competition meant Carey got the chance to fill her spot.

TOKYO  — From Emperor Naruhito on down, every Japanese of a certain age remembers the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even younger Japanese connect through parents or aunts and uncles who stored old photos, told stories or recalled getting a television set for the first time to watch the Games.

TOKYO — Brittney Griner has long been open about her ongoing battle with depression, an ailment that triggered suicidal thoughts when she was younger and last year drove her out of the WNBA bubble because the isolation was too much to handle.

HAMPTON — Things happen fast at a racetrack, so it’s no surprise that a lot has changed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in three weeks.

Part of the wall and walkway area behind the 18th green at the Griffin City Golf Course collapsed on Tuesday night during a torrential downpour. However, City Pro John Nordan said it likely wasn’t the rains that did the damage to the 6,439-yard, par-72 course built in 1932. A golfer, who run…

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The NCAA Board of Governors on Friday called for a constitutional convention in November, the first step toward launching dramatic reform in the governance of college sports.

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TOKYO  — The look on sprinter Marie-Josée Ta Lou's face said everything. “Wow! Wow!” she screamed, her eyes wide open and her mouth agape as she crossed the finish line first and looked over at the clock.

TOKYO — With his Golden Slam bid over for at least another three years, Novak Djokovic rested his head on Alexander Zverev’s shoulder as his German opponent and friend consoled him.

Eddie Jones, who originally coached the varsity football team at Griffin Christian from 2015-2019, is back as the Crusaders head coach.

There is nothing quite like the joy of sitting by the water watching a bobber float, waiting on a passing fish to bite your bait. You can kick back in peace and quiet, relax and enjoy watching the world go by.

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NEW YORK — Austin Riley concluded his big week at Citi Field by hitting a two-run homer and finishing with three RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves inched closer to the NL East-leading New York Mets with a 6-3 victory on Thursday.

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FLOWERY BRANCH — New coach Arthur Smith felt a few jitters on his first day of training camp with the Atlanta Falcons. Once the first horn sounded on the field, however, Smith jumped right in and took charge.

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ATLANTA —  Georgia Tech junior defensive back Juanyeh Thomas (Niceville, Fla./Niceville) joined 93 student-athletes from Division I FBS football in being named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday.

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ATLANTA —  Georgia Tech freshman running back Jahmyr Gibbs (Dalton, Ga./Dalton) was one of the 57 multi-talented student-athletes named to the 2021 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, it was announced Thursday.

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NEW YORK — Pinch-hitter Brandon Drury delivered a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and right fielder Michael Conforto threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth to preserve the New York Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

The Spalding High football team, which has worked out and conditioned during the morning hours since summer practice began in June, departed from that routine as it switched to practicing in the afternoons while wearing no protective football equipment except a helmet and mouthpiece this wee…

TOKYO  — Katie Ledecky will be the first to concede that her standards are almost impossible to meet, especially at this stage of her stellar swimming career.

SAITAMA, Japan — The Americans applauded the Iranian national anthem. The Iranians applauded the U.S. anthem. There were a few handshakes before, plenty more handshakes after, and words of sportsmanship between the sides throughout the game.

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TOKYO — When you spend the better part of a decade redefining the possible within your sport, the standards change. Good is no longer good enough. Sometimes, great isn't either.

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The biggest thing Griffin High’s football team has to deal with this week as it inches forward toward the first day of official preseason practice on Monday is the rising heat.

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Isaac Bruce would love to see “The Greatest Show on Turf” playing with today’s NFL rules. No head-hunting safeties. No handsy cornerbacks. No limits to what the St. Louis Rams’ offense could do.

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ATLANTA — Georgia Tech freshman running back Jahmyr Gibbswas named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason all-conference team at all-purpose back and return specialist, the league announced on Tuesday morning.

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ATLANTA — Georgia Tech has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Community Service Award for its #AllVoteNoPlay initiative, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Fiesta Bowl announced on Tuesday.

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TOKYO  — Simone Biles came to Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. She convinced herself she was prepared for the pressure. That she was ready for the spotlight.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is the preseason pick to be Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year while six-time reigning champion Clemson headlines the all-ACC team with eight picks.

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TOKYO — Simone Biles came to Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. It all came to a stunning halt in the women’s gymnastics final on Tuesday night with an uncertain vault.

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Texas and Oklahoma submitted a request Tuesday to join the Southeastern Conference, with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey saying the league would consider it in the “near future.”

TOKYO  — Alaska is renowned for its majestic natural beauty. The snowy peaks. The glistening glaciers. The sparkling fjords.

TOKYO — When Olympic diver Tom Daley announced in 2013 that he was dating a man and “couldn't be happier,” his coming out was an act of courage that, with its rarity, also exposed how the top echelons of sport weren't seen as a safe space by the vast majority of LGBTQ athletes.

Oklahoma and Texas took the first formal step Monday toward moving to the Southeastern Conference, notifying the Big 12 they would not be renewing an agreement that binds the league’s members through 2025.