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Sammy Lee, 2-time Olympic diving champion, dies at 96

December 3rd, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sammy Lee, a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning diver who later mentored four-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, has died. He was 96.

The University of Southern California said Saturday that Lee died Friday of pneumonia in Newport Beach. He was the school’s oldest living Olympian.

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Vathje wins skeleton World Cup opener

December 2nd, 2016

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) – Elisabeth Vathje of Canada won the opening race of the women’s skeleton World Cup season Friday night, easily prevailing on the track that hosted the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Vathje’s two-run time was 1 minute, 49.25 seconds. It was her second World Cup gold medal, the …

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AP Source: NHLPA rejects offer to extend CBA for Olympics

December 2nd, 2016

NHL players could still go to the 2018 Olympics, but it won’t be in exchange for extending the collective bargaining agreement through 2025.

A person with direct knowledge of the decision said the Players’ Association on Friday rejected the NHL’s offer to extend the current CBA three years in exchange …

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Bolt is IAAF athlete of year; Ayana wins women’s award

December 2nd, 2016

MONACO (AP) – Usain Bolt is track and field’s male athlete of the year, winning the award from the sport’s governing body for a sixth time.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the women’s award, after her world-record run to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters.

The awards were handed …

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Bach: ‘Rational arguments’ favor NHL going to Pyeongchang

December 2nd, 2016

LONDON (AP) – IOC President Thomas Bach says it is in the interest of all parties for NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation have been negotiating over travel and insurance costs for the top players to …

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LA 2024 releases $5.3 billion budget; no new stadiums needed

December 2nd, 2016

The Los Angeles bid committee for the 2024 Olympics is projecting a $5.3 billion budget, less than half the cost of the recently completed Rio Games.

The LA bid committee released the budget on Friday. The bid is about a quarter of Tokyo’s current ballooning budget for the 2020 Olympics.

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IOC will not sign off on Tokyo’s $20b budget for 2020 Games

December 2nd, 2016

TOKYO (AP) – Calling Tokyo’s proposed $20 billion budget unacceptable, IOC vice president John Coates urged Japanese organizers on Friday to find ways to make the 2020 Olympics more affordable.

Coates, speaking at the end of a coordination commission review of Tokyo’s preparations, said the International Olympic Committee would not …

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Olympic body loans Hickey money to meet Brazilian bail

December 1st, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The Association of National Olympic Committees says it loaned former IOC member Patrick Hickey bail money so he can be released from legal custody in Brazil.

Hickey was arrested three months ago during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on ticket scalping charges.

A Brazilian judge …

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Trump speaks with Bach to express support for LA Olympic bid

December 1st, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with the head of the International Olympic Committee to voice his support for Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Games.

The Los Angeles bid committee says on Twitter that Trump spoke with IOC President Thomas Bach “to express his strong support” for the …

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No immediate return for Russia to athletics events

December 1st, 2016

MONACO (AP) – Russia will stay stuck in track and field’s doghouse, its athletes banned from competing under their own flag, until February at the earliest.

In his latest update on Russian anti-doping efforts, Rune Andersen said on Thursday there has been progress but that his taskforce which is monitoring …

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