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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

Sablikova wins another gold in women’s 5,000

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Martina Sablikova really wanted this gold medal. Not even the Dutch were going to keep her off the top step of the podium. Sablikova defended her Olympic title in the women’s 5,000 meters Wednesday, chasing … 0

Quick, Price in goal for US, Canada

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. and Canada have chosen to sit the goaltenders that played in the 2010 gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics. The Americans plan to start Jonathan Quick — not Ryan Miller — today in … 0

Czechs top Slovakia, 5-3, play US in quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to give the Czech Republic a four-goal lead, and it went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 on Tuesday and advance to an Olympic … 0

Ligety favored in men’s giant slalom

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Ted Ligety’s biggest contribution to the Olympics so far has been helping teammate Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht win medals Ligety had a terrific trip Sunday down the super-giant slalom course except for one huge mistake between Bear’s Brow and Lake Jump. Ligety ended up … 0

Now the real work begins for U.S. men’s hockey team

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. men’s hockey team was designed to be fast and hard to play against and it was all of that in the preliminary round of the Sochi Olympic tournament, sandwiching a dramatic shootout victory over Russia between routs of Slovakia and Slovenia. But as … 0

David Wise of U.S. makes history with ski halfpipe gold

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — For Christy Wise and her younger brother David, it wasn’t enough just to watch the movie “Mary Poppins.” The kids from Reno wanted to live it and decided to jump off the roof with an umbrella. Christy’s twin sister, Jessica, wisely let them take the … 0

Mikaela Shiffrin can’t quite sneak by veterans for a medal in women’s giant slalom

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Youth was not served Tuesday. Instead, age was served on a rain-soaked platter. The four women who ruined 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin’s red-carpet debut had a 33-year total age advantage on the young American. The top three finishers in the giant slalom were Olympic champions before … 0

Linda Robertson: Lauryn Williams’ wild ride but Olympian at brink of history

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lauryn Williams is a bobsledding rookie on the brink of winning a gold medal. She could make all kinds of Olympic history Wednesday if she and driver Elana Meyers hold on to first place. But Williams doesn’t want to get ahead of herself, especially … 0

Bill Plaschke: Johnny Weir is just being his out, open self

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The surprise American star of these Olympics is walking through a rainstorm, not a drop on his black leggings and ankle-high boots, not a splotch on his styled hair and pale makeup, when suddenly he stops. “Wait, I want to finish saying this,” says Johnny … 0

Czechs beat Slovakia 5-3, play US in quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to give the Czech Republic a four-goal lead, and it went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 on Tuesday and advance to an Olympic … 0