Mal Whitfield, runner who twice won Olympic 800 meters, dies at 91

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When Mal Whitfield sneaked into the Los Angeles Coliseum in the summer of 1932, he saw a black sprinter win a gold medal. The experience ignited a dream for the then-8-year-old from Watts.

"From that moment on," Whitfield recalled decades later in Sports Illustrated, "I knew I wanted to run in the Olympic Games."

Whitfield, who earned the ...Read more

Russian track athletes get provisional ban from Olympics

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The international track federation's governing council Friday issued a provisional suspension against the Russian Track Federation, an unprecedented sanction that bans its athletes from international competition, including the Olympics, and removes the 2016 World Junior Championships and 2016 World Race Walking Cup event from Russia.

The IAAF ...Read more

Seeking to bring 2024 Olympics to L.A., officials work the social angle

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WASHINGTON -- As midnight approached, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti lingered near the end of the hotel bar, chatting with a man in a T-shirt and track suit.

There was much nodding and a few laughs as the conversation stretched almost an hour, the mayor spending quality time with his new acquaintance, a Malaysian prince.

"We talked about the school ...Read more

Mexico defeats Haiti, 1-0, nears Olympic berth

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CARSON, Calif. -- Defending Olympic champion Mexico is just a win away from a chance at defending its soccer title next summer in Rio de Janeiro after a second-half penalty shot by Raul Lopez beat Haiti, 1-0, in group play of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament Sunday at the StubHub Center.

With the win, Mexico joined the U.S. and Honduras in ...Read more

US men's soccer team to start Olympic qualifying with renewed purpose

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Juergen Klinsmann was only eight months into his job as coach of the national soccer team when the U.S. was eliminated in the group stage of the last Olympic qualifying tournament.

In men's soccer, the Olympic competition is an under-23 tournament lagging so far behind the World Cup in importance that many European countries no longer take it ...Read more

Surfing, skateboarding among proposed additions for 2020 Olympics

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If the Olympics make it back to Los Angeles in 2024, they might have a distinctly Southern California vibe that extends beyond geographical setting.

With L.A. bidding to host the Games for a third time, surfing and skateboarding could be part of the regular program.

On Monday, Japanese officials included those action sports on a list of ...Read more

USOC officials sorry for failed Boston bid

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The event was billed as a chance for LA 2024 bid leader Casey Wasserman to meet with sports officials from across the nation and sell them on the city's proposal for hosting the 2024 Summer Games.

But first the U.S. Olympic Committee assembly needed to address a less-pleasant issue.

Speaking before a large audience ...Read more

LA 2024 Olympic bid committee does meet and greets with US, international officials

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LOS ANGELES -- This figures to be a busy week for the bid committee trying to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles.

LA 2024 leaders spent part of Wednesday on a teleconference with their rivals from Paris, Rome, Hamburg and Budapest, listening to the International Olympic Committee explain about what's in store the next two years.

Bid ...Read more

Toronto passes on bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics

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Los Angeles will be the only North American bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympics, with Toronto officials confirming Tuesday that their city will not enter the race.

Speaking at a morning news conference, Mayor John Tory expressed concern about the cost of the Games and said his city needs to focus on making infrastructure and transportation ...Read more

LA24 Olympic bid reflects controlled optics

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LOS ANGELES--A dozen or so young women arrived at Santa Monica State Beach shortly before noon and split into groups to play volleyball on the sand.

It occurs every day along the Southern California coast, but there was nothing impromptu or happenstance about their presence on this particular morning.

The women belonged to a club team that had...Read more

Paris is the early favorite ahead of LA to put on 2024 Olympics

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Now that Los Angeles is a candidate to play host to the 2024 Olympics, U.S. hubris might indicate that there really isn't any other choice. After all, why wouldn't you want to come back to the country that pours the most money into International Olympic Committee coffers?

But the United States is clearly not the favorite in this two-year race. ...Read more

City Council approves Los Angeles' bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

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LOS ANGELES -- The final obstacle between Los Angeles and a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics was cleared Tuesday morning when City Council voted 15-0 to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to pursue the bid.

A news conference was called for later Tuesday in Santa Monica, where it is likely L.A. will be designated the American candidate for those ...Read more