Rebecca Lobo: Zika justifiable concern for Olympic athletes headed to Brazil

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Rebecca Lobo understands training to be an Olympic athlete requires a tremendous amount of time and dedication, and as few distractions as possible.

And now she knows that for those preparing to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, there is something to think about that might make them hesitant to participate.

The mosquito-borne virus, ...Read more

Pugh, 17, is chosen for U.S. women's soccer team

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Colorado teenager Mallory Pugh became the youngest woman soccer player chosen for a U.S. Olympic qualifying roster Tuesday when she was selected to the 20-player team for next month's CONCACAF tournament in Texas.

Pugh, 17, made her first appearance -- and scored her first goal -- for the U.S. national team Saturday in its opening game of the ...Read more

LA 2024 officials propose housing Olympic athletes on UCLA campus

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LOS ANGELES -- In a move that could save a billion dollars or more in construction costs, LA 2024 officials have modified their bid for the Summer Olympics by proposing to house athletes on the UCLA campus.

The private bid committee had previously considered partnering with a developer to build an Olympic village from scratch at one of several ...Read more

South Korean anti-corruption officials to monitor 2018 Winter Olympics spending

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As part of a nationwide effort to root out corruption, South Korean officials announced Tuesday that they will monitor spending on the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

The organizing committee for the Winter Games has reportedly received more than $4 billion in government subsidies.

"Given that a temporarily formed organization will handle the large...Read more

IOC president says bid cities must adapt to financial reality of being a global host

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These are difficult times for the Olympic movement.

A slumping Brazilian economy has forced organizers to slash hundreds of millions from the budget of the upcoming 2016 Summer Games.

At the same time, Hamburg has dropped out of the bidding for 2024, leaving four remaining candidates -- including Los Angeles -- to make financial sense of the ...Read more

LA 2024 expands legal team in wake of global sports scandals

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With international sport suffering through multiple scandals, and Olympic leaders calling for better governance, the LA 2024 bid committee has added two more attorneys to its staff.

Tanja Olano and Anna Schmitz will join Brian Nelson, the committee's general counsel and chief compliance officer, it was announced Wednesday.

"Brian, Tanja and ...Read more

Rio de Janeiro struggling toward finish line for 2016 Olympics

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In the six years since Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil has seen its once-healthy economy slip into dire recession.

On Wednesday, organizers acknowledged the obvious -- the country's problems have them fighting to complete preparations for the fast-approaching Games.

"We are in a moment where we need to adjust ...Read more

Casey Wasserman carries torch to bring Olympics to LA in 2024

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LOS ANGELES -- The glasses are unusually large and square, with thick, dark rims. Casey Wasserman keeps them in a display case behind the desk in his Westwood office.

They belonged to his grandfather, Lew Wasserman, the late studio boss often described as Hollywood's last mogul before corporations took over.

"He's always looking over my ...Read more

Italian officials seek to ban track-and-field athletes headed for Olympics

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Italian sports officials have requested two-year bans for 26 track-and-field athletes from their country, including some expected to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The Italian Olympic Committee has accused the athletes of evading mandatory doping tests, a spokesman said.

The list includes Fabrizio Donato, a bronze medalist in the triple ...Read more

Hamburg quits race to host 2024 Olympics after referendum veto

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Hamburg dropped out of the race to host the 2024 Olympic Games after its citizens vetoed a bid by a narrow majority, leaving the field to four remaining candidates including Los Angeles and Paris.

Preliminary results published by the German port city on Sunday showed 51.6 percent of voters rejected the 11 billion euro ($11.7 billion) plan to ...Read more

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