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2021 Notebook: For athletes, mental health took center stage

By The Associated Press THE BACKGROUND: It was the year that mental health took a prominent position in the sports world — led by two...

The Long Journey Leads to an Olympic Record for Felix

By Eddie Pells, Associated Press She describes herself as “old.” She concedes she wasn’t sure she’d make it this far. There were times, though, when...

Black Women, Across Generations, Heed Biles’ Olympic Example

By Aaron Morrison, Astrid Galvan and Deepti Hajela, Associated Press Naomi Osaka. Simone Biles. Both are prominent young Black women under the pressure of a...

Last stand: Outspoken Berry Says Goodbye to the Tokyo Games

By Pat Graham, Associated Press The stage was all hers, so Gwen Berry pounded on her chest and extended her right fist after she was...

Ban on ‘Soul Cap’ Spotlights Lack of Diversity in Swimming

By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press Alice Dearing has an afro, a voluminous puff nearly impossible to protect in most swimming caps. Her hair shrinks if...