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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, Scott Blackmun, chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee, speaks with reporters during a news conference in Park City, Utah. If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington are picked as a candidate to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee might not feel like a winner right away. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorship cash to the winning city's new organizing committee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Marketing agreement an obstacle in US 2024 bid

Monday, July 28, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city’s newly formed organizing committee. It’s one of those costly facts of life in the Olympics thanks to the Joint Marketing Program Agreement that a country’s Olympic federation must sign when it puts a city up as a candidate to host the Games. It also played into the failures of New York and Chicago in the last two U.S. attempts … 0

Jaywalking: Name game

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lunchtime on the farm has taken on a new look recently. Typically, my father and I congregate around noon for about a half-hour break to eat a sandwich and some fresh vegetables while watching the noontime newscast. But since the start of the World Cup about three weeks ago, we have also spent the break watching some of the games that begin at … 0

A detailed primer for Americans on how to watch the World Cup

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week sports fans around the globe will turn their attention to the most watched athletic event in the world — the soccer World Cup. In remote villages and urban centers, close to 1 billion fans will stop what they are doing and find the nearest accessible television set. Except in the United States. While the enthusiasm for soccer here has grown, its … 0

Judging talk overshadows skating again

Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining. Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has … 0

US collapse golden for Canada

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The puck skittered the length of the ice on its way toward the empty Canadian net before clanging off the post and stopping in front of the crease. It was — for a few more … 0

US-Canada hockey rivalry hits Olympic semifinals

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry starts from childhood, particularly for players who grow up near the border. Although they’re often pals and teammates in the NHL, their friendships evaporate if they’re ever lucky enough to face … 0

US ousts Czechs, 5-2

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The United States’ hockey team is getting exactly what it wanted. Another shot at Canada. Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the Americans went on to dominate the … 0

Linda Robertson: Lauren Williams comes up silver

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lauryn Williams always liked to go fast. When she was a kid, she beat her German shepherd on a dash home from school. When she was a professional track star she beat the best sprinters in the world. Williams finished the fastest run of … 0

’Queen Yuna’ in position for repeat gold

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — On this night, it wasn’t the precocious 15-year-old Russian ice princess who mesmerized the judges and audience at Iceberg Skating Palace. It was the reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim, known as Queen Yuna in South Korea, whose exquisite short program put her one step closer … 0

Chip Scoggins: Things getting a little bit Wild for US hockey team

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Zach Parise and Ryan Suter entered the quarterfinals of the Olympic hockey tournament with exactly zero points between them. That’s not a knock against Team USA’s captain and assistant captain. The Minnesota Wild representatives on the U.S. squad hadn’t played poorly in the three preliminary … 0

Ligety of U.S. wins gold medal in giant slalom

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Ted Ligety’s first Olympic gold medal in 2006 was such a gift it all but fell out of the sky from a gondola. It was like a kid winning an Oscar without taking acting lessons. Ligety was 21 in Turin, Italy when he struck gold … 0

Canada avoids upset, faces U.S. in semifinals

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The Canadians are going to the Olympic hockey semifinals! Congratulations, boys. For a while there, it looked like they might be going home. By foot. Team Canada narrowly avoided becoming part of Latvian lore - for an ice hockey player, a very bad place to … 0

US women take silver, bronze in bobsled

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The first time Aja Evans took a run down the bobsled track - a sensation she likens to being stuffed in a garbage can and pushed of a cliff - she wasn’t sure she wanted to do it again. Her mother insisted: Do not to … 0