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FILE – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters Sunday, September 27, 2015. The International Olympic Committee has always been political, from sheikhs and royals to a seat at the United Nations to push for peace talks between the …

FILE – Vadim Shipachyov of Russia is in action during the ice hockey match between Russia and Belarus in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Shipachyov dressed for just one game for the Russians when they won gold at the 2018 Olympics without NHL players. He is now their captain for the 2022 Beijing Olympics …

THIS CORRECTS THAT ALDRICH VOLUNTEER AT HOUGHTON HIGH SCHOOL AND NOT AT HANCOCK HIGH SCHOOL AS ORIGINALLY SENT – NHL hockey pucks are seen prior to an NHL hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Minnesota Wilds Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Jan. 21, 2022. Prior to arriving at Houghton High School in Michigan …

Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Nick Wass) Nick Wass PA WASHINGTON Alex Ovechkin scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season in the third period, Nicklas Backstrom …

FILE – President Joe Biden removes his mask to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic during a primetime address from the East Room of the White House, March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Andre Harnik PA WASHINGTON In his first year in office, President Joe Biden has followed through on a number of …

FILE – Kunlun Red Star Beijing players watch a scoreboard during the Kontinental Hockey League ice hockey match between Kunlun Red Star Beijing and Amur Khabarovsk in Mytishchi, just outside Moscow, Russia on Monday 15 November 2021. China will take part in the men’s hockey tournament at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Beijing after …

New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) hits the ice as Pittsburgh Penguins center Teddy Blueger (53) chases the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in Newark, NJ (AP Photo / Bill Kostroun) Bill Kostroun PA NEWARK, New Jersey Danton Heinen, Teddy Blueger and Mike Matheson …

A heavily damaged Amazon fulfillment center is seen on Saturday, December 11, 2021 in Edwardsville, Illinois. Much of the building’s roof was torn off and the walls collapsed when severe storms swept through the area on Friday evening. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson PA EDWARDSVILLE, II. The Federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration …

Charlie Lindgren (39) of the St. Louis Blues makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Michael Thomas) Michel thomas PA ST. LOUIS Charlie Lindgren made 22 saves and Pavel Buchnevich added a goal and an …

Christian Dvorak (28) of the Montreal Canadiens returns to the dugout after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar) Gene J. Puskar PA MONTREAL The Montreal Canadiens fired general manager Marc Bergevin and two other …

New York Jets offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif speaks to reporters at the team’s premises in Florham Park, NJ on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Duvernay-Tardif had just won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs from Kansas City in his sixth year in the NFL when he began working as a nursing aide in a long-term care …

FILE – Former Pittsburgh Pirates player and manager Bill Virdon is seen prior to a spring practice exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Bradenton, Fla. On Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Virdon, the stable center who won the 1955 National League Year rookie title for St. Louis as a player and then guided the …

New York Red Bulls defenseman Sean Nealis, center, tries to lead the ball with Nashville SC’s Jack Maher, left, and Walker Zimmerman (25) in the first half of an MLS football game on Sunday 7 November 2021, in Nashville, Tenn (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey) Marc Humphrey PA The last time the Philadelphia Union faced …

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred smiles Thursday, November 18, 2021, during a press conference in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast) Charles Rex Arbogast PA CHICAGO While insisting that Major League Baseball is focused on getting a working deal, Commissioner Rob Manfred signaled on Thursday that the owners would likely block players if …