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US delegation to visit IOC next week for talks on Boston bid

AP Photo/Richard Drew LONDON (AP) — Boston and U.S. Olympic leaders will travel to Switzerland next week to sound out the IOC about their struggling candidacy for the 2024 Summer Games amid a leadership shake-up at the top of the bid. The high-level American delegation will...
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Nadal could face Djokovic in French Open quarterfinals

AP Photo/Paul White PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced since becoming the “King of Clay.” Nadal has fallen to No. 7 in the ATP rankings since coming...
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FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president

AP Photo/Francois Mori GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has been routinely called “scandal-plagued” for much of Sepp Blatter’s 17-year presidential reign. Blatter has never been implicated in personal corruption, but FIFA has often seemed relaxed about wrongdoing linked...
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Serena’s bid for 20, other things to know about French Open

AP Photo/David Vincent The very day that Serena Williams won this year’s Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam championship, she was thinking ahead. “I would love,” Williams said then, “to get to 22.” Her next chance to move closer to that goal...
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In this generation, 3-pointers are paramount in the playoffs

AP Photo/Tony Avelar Those notable names of the past, the ones still insisting that NBA playoff offenses must pound the ball inside, have been awfully quiet this week. Perhaps they’ve finally come to accept that the days of packing the paint are over. In this generation,...
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For Kimball, racing competitively is all about numbers

AP Photo/Darron Cummings INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Race day is all about numbers for Charlie Kimball. He usually checks his blood-glucose level at least five times before climbing into his IndyCar. He follows a strict pre-race diet and uses a special in-car monitor to test his...
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Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh CHICAGO (AP) — Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career...

Brewers’ Smith ejected for allegedly having pine tar on arm

ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for allegedly having pine tar on his right forearm in the seventh inning Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves. With the bases loaded and one out and Atlanta leading 2-1, Braves manager Fredi...
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Closing birdie for Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead

AP Photo/LM Otero FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt with darkness falling for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial. Spieth just missed the green on his approach at the 18th...

Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has acknowledged that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans’ job. Kerr’s comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western...