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If USOC finds a new city, Boston debacle could be forgotten

AP Photo/Eric Risberg Embarrassing as the debacle in Boston may have been, chances are it will be nothing more than a distant memory when the vote for the 2024 Olympics finally rolls around. That’s still more than two years away, and the U.S. Olympic Committee has seven...
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Wisconsin Assembly approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal

AP Photo/Scott Bauer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill to have taxpayers pay $250 million to help pay for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The bill passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker who has...
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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah works half mile

AP Photo DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed a half-mile workout at Del Mar in his last formal exercise before the Haskell Invitational this weekend. The colt was timed in 48.80 seconds Tuesday under jockey Martin Garcia, who rides him in...
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Jon Gruden worries about present, future of youth sports

AP Photo/Mark Duncan NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Gruden looks at the present and predicted future of youth sports. It makes him cringe. The Super Bowl-winning coach and current ESPN football analyst got involved with the Sports Matter program through the DICK’s Sporting Goods...
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A year away, Olympic organizers counting on sun and samba

AP Photo/Leo Correa RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro conjures clear images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that’s what people remember after the games – not images of polluted water, inefficient...
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AP Sources: Michel Platini will run for FIFA president

AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week. Two officials familiar with Platini’s plans have told The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to try to...
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High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

AP Photo/Jessica Hill UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world’s...
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Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Vladimir Putin says

AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter just can’t stop praising each other. The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work. Two days after Putin and Blatter...
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CA independent teams to have computer call balls and strikes

AP Photo/Chris Carlson SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — No blaming or booing the umpire for a questionable called third strike this week in a Northern California independent league. The human element that many in baseball appreciate will be absent during an experiment for a pair...
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Beijing bid faces same old questions ahead of 2022 IOC vote

AP Photo/Vincent Thian KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two of China’s most storied winter Olympic athletes faced some tough questions Tuesday about Beijing bid’s for the 2022 Winter Games – namely about air pollution and a lack of snow. Gold medalist pairs...