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TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says the world needs to see that Japan can stage a safe Olympics. He spoke to Olympic officials in a closed-door meeting in Tokyo. Events start Wednesday and the formal opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday. Tens of thousands of athletes, officials and workers are arriving in Japan amid a local state of emergency during the coronavirus pandemic. The postponed Olympics face opposition from many Japanese people. There will be no local or foreign fans at events

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bucks are on the verge of making history as Milwaukee’s first NBA champion since 1971. But Giannis Antetokounmpo says the Bucks can’t think about what happens if they beat the Phoenix Suns tonight in Game 6. He says it’s hard but they can’t get ahead of themselves and have to stay in the moment. They have set up the potential party 50 years in the making by winning the last three games. The Suns are facing elimination for the first time in this postseason. But they are confident they can send the series back to Phoenix for Game 7 on Thursday.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wes Unseld Jr. has been introduced as the new coach of the Washington Wizards. There was understandably some nostalgia, given his father’s prominent place in franchise history. But the Wizards are looking for more than a familiar name. After six seasons as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets, Unseld arrives with a clear vision of what Washington needs. He says the defensive side of the ball has been an issue. Wes Unseld Sr. led Washington to the NBA title in 1978 and later coached the team. He died last year.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Raiders team president Marc Badain has resigned just before the start of training camp after helping orchestrate the team’s move to Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis announced Monday that Badain is leaving the organization and that executive vice president and general counsel Dan Ventrelle will take over on an interim basis. Badain went from being a ball boy for the team to a 30-year career with the organization. He eventually became the chief financial officer for the team and was an assistant to former CEO Amy Trask.

 

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA spent nearly $68 million on legal services during the fiscal year 2019-20, according to tax documents. NCAA revenue was down more than 50% over the previous year, from more than $1.1 billion to just over $520 million. That drop is blamed mostly on the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in the association’s appeal of a federal court’s ruling in an antitrust case. Nearly $35 million of those legal expenses were spent on defense of the so-called Alston antitrust case.

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