FILE - The China Ice Sports College hockey team practices on the ice during the Experience Beijing Ice Hockey Domestic Test Activity, a test event for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Nov. 10, 2021. China's men's team is ranked 32nd in the world and is in a group with the United States and Canada, two of the medal favorites among the 12 teams going to the Winter Games in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

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FILE - Vincent Zhou performs during the men's short program at the Skate America figure skating event Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. Zhou nailed just about everything at Skate America in October, the first of six Grand Prix series events, the main competitions leading up to February's Beijing Olympics. (AP Photo/David Becker, File)

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FILE - Nathaniel Coleman, of the United States, competes during the bouldering portion of the men's sport climbing final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, on Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Sport climbing's popularity has risen in recent years as more climbers have turned out to scale walls indoor and out. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Sport climbing gets a boost with Olympic debut

Sport climbing's popularity has risen in recent years as more climbers have turned out to scale walls indoors and out.

United States' Erin Jackson waves after the women's 500 meters World Cup speedskating race at the Utah Olympic Oval Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jackson wins 4th World Cup speedskating title of season

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Erin Jackson won her fourth World Cup speedskating gold medal of the season Friday, taking the 500 meters on home ice at the Utah Olympic Oval.

FILE - Peng Shuai of China reacts after scoring a point against Monica Niculescu of Romania during their women's singles match of the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The head of the women’s professional tennis tour announced Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, that all WTA tournaments would be suspended in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former high-ranking government official in that country of sexual assault.(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Column: Women's tennis leads lonely fight for human rights

If Thomas Bach or Adam Silver need some pointers on standing up for human rights instead of the bottom line, they should give a call to Steve Simon over at the women's tennis t

FILE - Lamine Diack arrives at the Paris courthouse, on Jan. 13, 2020. Lamine Diack, the controversial former president of the International Athletics Federation, has died, his family said Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. He was 88. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Lamine Diack, ex IAAF chief convicted of corruption, dies

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Lamine Diack, the controversial long-time leader of track and field who was convicted of extorting money from athletes and accused of taking bribes in an