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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

Latvia holds off Swiss 3-1 to reach quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Latvia’s reward for its first Olympic victory in 12 years is a quarterfinal date with defending champion Canada. That sobering realization couldn’t dampen the thrill for coach Ted Nolan and his underdog players after they … 0

Disallowed goal revs up Russian hockey fans

Monday, February 17, 2014

MOSCOW — After a heated U.S.-Russia hockey match at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday, many Russian spectators have decided the cold war is back — and not just on the ice. Demonstrators gathered in Moscow on Monday to … 0

Gay-rights activist detained at Olympic Park in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — An Italian activist shouting “It’s OK to be gay” and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. Vladimir Luxuria, a … 0

Bill Plaschke: Meryl Davis, Charlie White grow older and golder

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — His shaggy blond hair flew, her porcelain body floated, the two old friends leaned on each other, spun off each other and moved together in the synchronicity of a lifetime. On a chilling Monday night at the Winter Olympics, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White … 0

Chip Scoggins: Enjoy NHL stars in the Olympics while you can

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Ryan Kesler saw Ilya Kovalchuk load up for a slap shot and instinctively threw his body into the shooting lane, unafraid of being drilled by a fast-moving puck. That’s what hockey players do. Kovalchuk’s rocket nailed Kesler in the hand, sending him off the ice … 0

Germany wins team gold in Olympic ski jumping

Monday, February 17, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — With the gold medal on the line, Severin Freund made his final jump, then hoped it would be enough to give Germany victory in the team large hill ski jumping competition Monday at the … 0

Costas returns to Olympic coverage

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Bob Costas returns as host for NBC’s prime-time Olympic coverage Tuesday night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during … 0

Gay-rights activist detained at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — An Italian activist shouting “It’s OK to be gay” and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. Vladimir Luxuria, a … 0

US, Canada to play for women’s hockey gold medal

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The United States and Canada will play for the women’s hockey gold medal for the fourth time in the five Olympics since the sport was added to the Winter Games. “We feel like we’ve prepared … 0

Russia’s ‘tiny genius’ prepares to take on ‘The Queen’ for figure skating gold

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — For a 15-year-old figure skater, Yulia Lipnitskaya already has amassed an impressive collection of admirers. Russian teammate Ekaterina Bobrova called her a “tiny genius.” Another countryman, Nikita Katsalapov, said she is “our heroine,” while pairs skater Ksenia Stolbova said she watched Lipnitskaya skate and was … 0