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IOC pushes plan to award 2024, 2028 Olympics to LA, Paris


Paris hosted in 1900 and 1924, and Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984. IOC President Thomas Bach said the change was an acknowledgement that the process for selecting host cities had become too costly and hard. Wasserman wrote "to be blunt, LA 2024 has never been only about LA or 2024". The agreement Friday fulfills IOC President Thomas Bach's wish to avoid making a loser of either world-class candidate, though it must be ratified by the Olympic body's voting members. Read More »

Predators vs. Penguins, Game 5

He forced Ryan Ellis to take a holding penalty, got past him anyway, then whipped a shot off the post. Twelve different players had a point for the Penguins . Hence, during Game five, Crosby retaliated back by smacking his face a lot of times into the ice. Now they're two victories away from a title few saw coming. Read More »

Virender Sehwag forwards two-line resume to BCCI for India coach job


And get this - he did not attach a CV along with the letter, according to the report . The BCCI has asked Sehwag to send a detailed application with a full CV. All the six candidates will be interviewed by the cricket advisory committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly , Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman. Read More »

Murray fights back to reach French Open semi-finals, to meet Wawrinka

Murray went down in the first set but responded by taking the second easily and stormed through a third-set tie-break before finishing off a tiring Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1. Fellow Roland Garros semifinalist Rafael Nadal criticised Ramos earlier in the tournament after also being penalised a first serve, saying he felt the umpire was looking for him to slip up. Read More »

Springer, McCullers, Astros hand Orioles 7th loss in row 8-4


Ken Giles struck out one in a flawless ninth for his 14th save. The Orioles dropped to 25-21 on the season, the first time they've been as few as four games over.500 since April 13. The Astros optioned C Juan Centeno and RHP Jordan Jankowski to Triple-A Fresno after the game to make room on the roster for the expected return from the DL of ace LHP Dallas Keuchel and C Brian McCann on Saturday. Read More »

NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year

The Cavs could at least momentarily stall Golden State's momentum, and keep their visitors' locker room dry, by breaking up the Warriors' ideal playoffs with a win Friday. His plan? Try to convince Kevin Durant to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and come to the Bay Area. Thirty minutes later, Cleveland had suffered yet another blowout loss, allowing Golden State to score 132 and break a few more records in the process. Read More »

Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins take 3-2 lead over Nashville Predators

Victory in Nashville on Sunday will see the Penguins become the first side to win two consecutive titles since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. Sidney Crosby , who was particularly strong early in the game, had three assists. But Pittsburgh's Game 5 win was a demolishing, and the architect with the "C" on his chest looks fired up to end this. But regardless, it's hard to ignore just how many goals have found their way past the 34-year-old in the three games at PPG Paints Arena: 11 on just 45 ... Read More »

Nadal into 10th French Open semi-final


Thiem said that while he feels relieved and excited to have beaten Djokovic, he knows he can not settle heading into his contest with Nadal. "Trust me I am thinking about many things, especially in the last couple of months", said Djokovic in his post-match press conference. Read More »

French Open roundup from day 11


According to ESPN Stats & Info, the minus-7 differential was her second-worst set of the tournament (minus-8 in the second set of her first-round match against Jana Cepelova ). Bacsinszky and Ostapenko traded breaks early in the opening set, with Bacsinszky leading 2-1. - Djokovic has now failed to win a grand slam in his last four appearances, after winning four in a row before his current slump. Read More »

French Open semifinals: Murray-Wawrinka, Nadal-Thiem


Murray will nearly certainly have to play better if he is to repeat last year's victory over Wawrinka , who is yet to drop a set and crushed in-form Marin Cilic on Wednesday. Play has started in the final two women's quarterfinal matches at the French Open . If I don't play well, I will be out of the tournament. But it is the Scot's tennis brain that has helped him win three grand slam titles, said Wilander. Read More »

Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5

Rinne is remarkably resilient; he has allowed exactly one goal in each of Nashville's last four games after a defeat. After Matt Murray's subpar performances in Nashville, the hot take is to go back to Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5. Saros didn't have much luck either, thanks to the reappearance of the high-level offensive efficiency that got the Penguins to this point. It was that, unlike the previous two games, it wasn't just a one-man show. Read More »

LeBron not faulting Warriors for building super team

If beat the Cavaliers in Game 4 in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, they will be the first team to go undefeated in an National Basketball Association playoffs. Who else on that Cavs team can say that they performed in the clutch like LeBron did Wednesday? "Obviously it's a dramatic situation to be in, but it is what it is, we've got to get ready for game four". Read More »

Steph Curry, Steve Kerr peppy at practice


Needless to say Kerr isn't serious, but he did get some serious laughs from reporters in attendance and rightfully so. " They're a hungry group"."But I can definitely appreciate the simple fact of him either reshaping his game or just sacrificing maybe some shots here, sacrificing having the ball in his hands all the time", James said.Sharks in the deep water of the ocean and lions on the prowl out on the savanna.Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27. Read More »

Starc hoping to rattle England ahead of Ashes

Tamim Iqbal offered Bangladesh's lone resistance with a valiant 95 as Australia restricted his side to 182 all out in Monday's Champions Trophy Group A clash. The left-armer was causing so many problems to the less accomplished batsmen, and of his four wickets, three came in a brutal 43rd over, with Iqbal (95), Mashrafe Mortaza (zero) and Rubel Hossain (zero) all dismissed. Read More »

Liverpool challenge Manchester United for £52 million attacker


James Rodriguez reacts during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid at Riazor Stadium on April 26, 2017 in La Coruna, Spain. United were reported to be ready to throw Rodriguez a lifeline and make a £60million bid for the player. The club named by the Spanish outlet as having made a substantial offer for Rodriguez are Arsene Wenger's Arsenal , with the talented South American being touted as a potential replacement for either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil ... Read More »

Tired talk: LeBron dunks idea he's worn out guarding Durant

James asked at Wednesday's morning shootaround in advance of Game 3. When asked about his fatigue ahead of Game 3, LeBron dismissed that notion, pointing to the fact that he's averaging a triple-double so far in the series. Game 3 is at 9 p.m. tonight. A reporter said to James that it looks like the Warriors are out to embarrass the Cavs after losing last year's Finals. Read More »

My NBA Finals prediction? Better get a broom


Let's take a look at three keys to victory for them. With the Cavs down 3-1 and on the verge of elimination, LeBron James , 32, and Kyrie Irving , 25, teamed up to rack up 41 points each, according to USA Today . Can Cleveland win a game or two in this series? Therefore, I think the more likely scenario is probably that Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, and a Lebron willing to get physical on the offensive glass (this is not a certainty) beat up the Warriors front line and create a ton of ... Read More »

Departing champion Muguruza breaks down in tears

Japan's Kei Nishikori fought off a fierce five-set challenge from rising South Korean talent Hyeon Chung to clinch a place in the last 16. "It's something I'm prepared for", the 13th seed said ahead of Sunday's match. Muguruza, however, said she was relieved her tournament was over, having had to cope with the enormous pressure of defending the title in Paris . It could most certainly be Mladenovic, who has never been beyond the quarters at a major before but appears to be playing on a ... Read More »

Out-of-nowhere Ostapenko to face Halep for French Open title

The American questioned which of the last four survivors - Simona Halep , Karolina Pliskova , Timea Bacsinszky or Jelena Ostapenko - would rise to the challenge of winning their first grand slam in the absence of so many big names. Facing potential defeat, she fended off three break points on her way to clinching a 6-3 win to level the tie. None of it worked well enough to win, although here is precisely how close the match was: Ostapenko won 106 points, Bacsinszky 105. Read More »

Scooter Gennett Hits 4 Home Runs for Reds to Tie MLB Record

Gennett made a pair of curtain calls and returned to left field in the ninth inning to a standing ovation and chants of "Scoo-ter" from the 18,620 fans in attendance. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny asked for a review, which showed the ball grazed the wall first , wiping out the run. Gennett hit his second career grand slam in the third inning off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Read More »

Sanchez, Yankees Hammer Price Again In 9-1 Win Over Red Sox

Sanchez took Boston Red Sox ace David Price deep twice Thursday night and the first-place Yankees cruised to a 9-1 victory to take a big series between the two-top clubs in the AL East. "He's unbelievable, and that's why I call him, 'The Animal, '" Sanchez said through a translator. Betting line: The Yankees opened as -114 favorites (wager $114 to win $100); the total is at eight runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Read More »

New England Patriots close to extension with WR Julian Edelman


In eight seasons with the New England Patriots , Edelman has 425 receptions for 4,540 yards receiving and 24 touchdown receptions. Edelman also holds the Patriots record for most punt returns for a touchdown, with four. The move is a familiar one for New England. Though he has never been a Pro Bowler, Edelman has been massively important to the Patriots passing game these last few years. Read More »