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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2016, file photo, Chloe Esposito of Australia crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the women's modern pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Esposito announced in late January that a “wonderful, unexpected surprise” had occurred and that the Australian wouldn’t be able to defend her modern pentathlon gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She was pregnant with her first child. Two months later Esposito and thousands of other Olympic athletes learned that the Tokyo Games would be put off by a year until July 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. While for some it meant more time to recover from injuries or extra time to prepare, Esposito realized it might give her a second chance to be in Tokyo next year. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Rio gold medalist Esposito has 2nd chance to defend title

Chloe Esposito announced in late January that a “wonderful, unexpected surprise” had occurred and that she wouldn’t be able to defend her modern pentathlon title at the Tokyo O

Australia scraps plans for games in Europe amid COVID spike

SYDNEY (AP) — Football Federation Australia says it has canceled plans for its national teams to hold European training camps in November because of the “ongoing and evolving r

Announcers Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski talk during the women's free skate program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Tara Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic gold medalist and now the top TV analyst in the sport along with NBC partner Johnny Weir, recognizes how jumbled the figure skating scene is. “The pre-Olympic season sets the tone of the Olympic season,” says Lipinski, who will anchor coverage of Skate America this week on NBC, NBCSN and the Peacock streaming service. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

In key pre-Olympic season, pandemic disrupts figure skating

With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic, not much attention has been paid to the Winter Games scheduled for February 2022 in Beijing.

A COVID-19 patient reaches out to touch the respiratory helmet at the intensive care unit of Casal Palocco hospital in Rome Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The new surge of cases requiring hospitalization is causing worries in the Country that suffered the second highest toll in Europe during the Spring, as 10.874 new cases and 89 victims were registered today.  (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

Italian swim team reports 10 more positive cases

ROME (AP) — The Italian swim team’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics were put on hold after 10 more athletes tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.