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

Los Angeles and US Olympic officials reach agreement on 2024 bid

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles officials and the U.S. Olympic Committee have reached an agreement in their negotiations over L.A. serving as the American bidder for the 2024 Olympic Games, according to a person close to the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

If, as expected, the Los Angeles City Council votes Tuesday to authorize ...Read more

LA City Council again pushes pause button on Olympic bid commitment

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LOS ANGELES -- A few weeks ago, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Los Angeles would bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

A team assembled by Mayor Eric Garcetti worked quietly behind the scenes, putting the finishing touches on a $4.5 billion plan and negotiating terms of the proposal with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Now, the process has been ...Read more

LA City Council delays vote on bid for 2024 Olympics

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles City Council members delayed a decision Wednesday on whether the city should continue to pursue the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying they needed more time to review budgetary and planning documents that Mayor Eric Garcetti disclosed this week.

The council had been scheduled to vote on a resolution by Council President ...Read more

A surplus of $161 million is projected for LA's 2024 Olympics bid

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LOS ANGELES -- The plan to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles for a third time has become a little clearer with city officials offering additional details about how they would stage the massive sporting event.

Their $4.1 billion bid proposal for the 2024 Summer Games -- contained in a 218-page book made public Tuesday -- shows they expect ...Read more

L.A. making $4.5 billion bet on Olympics after Boston backs out

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles's dreams of hosting the Olympic Games for a third time could get a boost from the City Council this week, even as officials try to assure taxpayers that they won't be forced to bail out a botched effort.

The council is expected to vote Wednesday on giving Mayor Eric Garcetti power to negotiate with the U.S. Olympic ...Read more

LA City Council to vote soon on authorizing 2024 Olympic bid

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council expects to vote next week on whether L.A. should continue its quest to host the 2024 Summer Games, setting the stage for a public airing of questions surrounding an Olympic bid that has been largely opaque for the taxpayers who could be asked to underwrite the projected $4.1 billion event.

Council ...Read more

Debt and the dotted line for Olympic bidders

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LOS ANGELES -- Reading through the Olympic host contract -- the document that cities must sign if they want the Games -- it might be easy to overlook Basic Principle No. 4.

The stipulation, which covers "joint and several obligations," takes up only two paragraphs amid 80 or so pages.

But as Los Angeles moves closer to bidding for the 2024 ...Read more

US Olympic officials optimistic LA to be named bid city for 2024 Summer Games

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U.S. Olympic Committee officials say they are "very, very optimistic" about reaching a deal to make Los Angeles the American bidder for the 2024 Summer Games.

The USOC has been negotiating with city officials since late last month and talks are expected to continue toward the end of August.

"We've got a lot of work to do to get this to the ...Read more

US Olympic leaders expected to discuss Los Angeles bid for 2024 Games

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The U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors will convene on Wednesday for a meeting that is expected to focus on Los Angeles' desire to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

USOC leaders are scheduled to address the media afterward, but did not anticipate making any final decisions at the Denver International Airport meeting.

Earlier this week, ...Read more

San Francisco might seek LA's help for bid

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The Bay Area remains a serious underdog in a renewed quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. But that's not preventing some outside-the-box thinking that even includes the possibility of a joint bid with clear favorite Los Angeles in a would-be California Games.

Such innovative thought has become part of the conversation as U.S. Olympic ...Read more

LA pushes to be US candidate for 2024 Summer Olympics, projects $4 billion cost

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles is close to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be America's candidate for the 2024 Summer Games, pledging to host the event at a projected cost of approximately $4 billion and offering a guarantee that the city would cover any financial overruns, officials involved with the bid said Monday.

In an...Read more