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Win-win: Paris awarded 24 Olympics, LA gets 28

LIMA, Peru — The tears welling in the Paris mayor's eyes told the story one way. The words the Los Angeles mayor spoke told it another......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

Outplayed

Unfortunately, there is no medal awarded the nation that played the diplomatic game best, using the Winter Olympics in Peongchang as tableau......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

PH junior tennis star Alex Eala to compete in 2018 Roland-Garros

MANILA, Philippines – Rising junior tennis star Alex Eala was awarded a wild card to participate in the 2018 Roland Garros Junior French Championships to be held on May 21 to June 10, 2018 in Paris, France.  International Tennis Federation (ITF) board member and Fédération Française de Tennis (FF Tennis) President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Who s who in Pyeongchang: 2018 Winter Olympics athletes to watch

PARIS, France – Around 3,000 competitors will take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9-25. AFP Sport takes a look at some of the big names who are expected to shine. Nathan Chen (USA). Figure skating The 18-year-old quadruple jump prodigy has positioned himself among the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Utah Jazz to bid for upcoming All-Star Game

By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Jazz plan to submit a proposal to host the NBA All-Star Game in either 2022 or 2023. The decision comes on the heels of a $125 million renovation to Vivint Smart Home Arena that debuted at the beginning of this season. The 2023 game would be 30 years after the Jazz last hosted the All-Star Game in 1993. "We feel like we're in a great position to be able to be awarded that All-Star Game," Jazz President Steve Starks said. "There's a story to tell about Salt Lake and the Jazz and what we have to offer that we think will be unique." The franchise plans to submit a formal proposal in the next two to three weeks. Don Stirling, the executive vice president of the Jazz ownership group, is leading the project and has been working with NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. A host committee has already been created that includes community leaders and politicians. Los Angeles will host the 2018 game in February followed by Charlotte (2019), Chicago (2020) and Indianapolis (2021). There is a two-year bidding process and the Jazz would continue to push for the game beyond 2023 if Salt Lake City is not selected. Starks believes the growth and development of Salt Lake City will play a major factor in the bid. Salt Lake City International Airport is currently undergoing a $3.6 billion renovation. There are sufficient hotel rooms and a public transportation rail system that continues to expand. The Salt Palace Convention Center, which would host a fan-fest type event, is a block away from the arena. The city also has experience putting on big events, including the Winter Olympics in 2002. "Compared to 30 years ago, our infrastructure is completely different," Starks said. "We knew with the renovation of the arena that would be a catalyst to get back in that conversation again. ... We just felt now would be the best time to tell our story." The team hopes to leverage a partnership with Sundance Film Festival and possibly create a documentary around All-Star weekend and have a sports-related mini film festival. Starks also hopes to capitalize on a growing technology field in the state to put on a unique experience. Nightlife and entertainment options are always a concern in Salt Lake City, but the organization believes that won't be an issue. Stirling noted that All-Star weekend is when the NBA hosts all of its most important guests, from current and former players to owners, business partners and celebrities. "One of the things that ranks very high in the judging is proximity and convenience," Stirling said. "When you land in Salt Lake, you're downtown in 8-10 minutes. The hotels surround the venues that we'll be using. When all is said and done, you have this great big world-wide event and proximity and convenience is really important. And we have that.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

From Russian doping to FIFA bribery, 2017 proves dark time for Russia

  PARIS, France – Russia being banned from the Winter Olympics stole the headlines but may also have overshadowed an otherwise sorry year for sport in terms of scandals. It was a particularly damaging year for sporting officials, not least from the world of football and FIFA in particular. Former Guam football federation ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

Ronaldo moves level with archrival Messi with 5 Ballon d’Ors

PARIS --- A decade of dominance as the world's two best soccer players has left Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi level with five Ballon d'Or awards each. Despite once trailing 4-1 to his longtime rival, Ronaldo moved level after winning the award again on Thursday. "With Messi the fight continues, in a good way," Ronaldo said after being presented the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower. Messi was second in the voting and Neymar, who left Barcelona in the offseason to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of 222 million Euros ($262 million), was third. Overall, Messi has a very slight edge. The 30-yea...Keep on reading: Ronaldo moves level with archrival Messi with 5 Ballon d’Ors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday. The World Rugby Council disregarded the recommendation of an evaluation report to hand the tenth edition of its showpiece tournament to South Africa. A secret vote by member nations instead saw France, which hosted the 2007 World Cup, beat South Africa 24-15 in a second round. "If you look there wasn't a great deal between France and South Africa in the evaluation report," World Rugby president Bill Beaumont said. "It was very close." It means France will host four prestigious sporting events within six years, with golf's Ryder Cup in Paris next year and soccer's Women's World Cup across France in 2019. The French sports ministry said the decision to award it the Rugby World Cup so close to the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris in 2024 "demonstrates the excellence of the French know-how in organizing major sporting events." The Rugby World Cup final is set to be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, just outside Paris. Eight other cities that will host matches: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. South Africa, which staged the Rugby World Cup in 1995, has now failed with four successive bids to land the tournament again. Fans gathered in the capital Pretoria expecting to celebrate victory in the vote. Instead, some of the crowd, dressed in the colors of the South African flag, was in tears as they watched the announcement from England. "Why has it gone against the recommendation when most of the unions said they would vote with the recommendation?" Joel Stransky, who kicked the dropped goal that won the 1995 final for South Africa against New Zealand, said on SuperSport television. "What is the point of having an independent auditor if you're not even going to take heed of their recommendation?" ___ AP Sports Writers Samuel Petrequin in Paris and Gerald Imray in Cape Town contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Corruption, doping issues aired at global Olympic meeting

By Karel Janicek, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — Allegations of corruption and doping were on the minds of national Olympic leaders at their annual gathering on Thursday. The Association of National Olympic Committees assembly was presided over by Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait in a rare public appearance since being implicated six months ago in an American investigation of bribery linked to FIFA. Senior ANOC official Julio Maglione said its ruling committee "unanimously cleared" the sheikh of wrongdoing, and led delegates in applauding him. Sheikh Ahmad, an influential International Olympic Committee member who skipped recent meetings in Switzerland and Peru, said he was "delighted to continue as sport is my life." Officials met one day after an International Olympic Committee panel investigating an alleged Russian doping conspiracy at the 2014 Sochi Olympics found athletes guilty in its first two cases. The rulings finally upheld claims and evidence about Sochi detailed last year by a Russian whistleblower and World Anti-Doping Agency investigator. IOC President Thomas Bach described the case on Thursday as a "direct attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games." Still, Bach was also forceful in attacking critics of the IOC who have demanded severe sanctions for Russia before case verdicts were reached. "It is unacceptable that specific sanctions are already being demanded in public domain before due process," said Bach, who did not name his target. A group of national anti-doping agencies, including the United States and United Kingdom, wants the IOC to expel Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Bach reiterated on Thursday that a decision on Russia's participation should be taken by the IOC board he chairs at a Dec. 5-7 meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Before then, more verdicts in Sochi doping cases are expected from the IOC panel. The IOC leader said it was a "human right" to get due process and noted: "Always think how you would react if you were alleged of some wrongdoings." Bach's plea for fairness was heard by the watching Sheikh Ahmad, who is under investigation by the ethics committees of the IOC and FIFA. He continues to lead an IOC committee with a $500 million budget to support Olympic bodies and athletes. Since rising to lead ANOC in 2012 as the long-time Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) president, Sheikh Ahmad has built his reputation as an Olympic power broker. He has often been dubbed the IOC "kingmaker." The Prague meetings have been the sheikh's highest profile return to sports politics since he was identified in U.S. federal court as paying bribes to gain influence with Asian soccer officials. On April 27, a FIFA audit committee member from Guam pleaded guilty to various corruption charges. In a Brooklyn court, Richard Lai admitted receiving $850,000 in bribes from 2009 to 2014 from a faction of Kuwaiti officials. Some of the money was wired from an OCA account. Sheikh Ahmad was not named in court, though in published transcripts Lai said he knew the money originated from "co-conspirator 2" — also referred to as the OCA president who later became a FIFA executive committee member. Within days, the Kuwaiti royal withdrew from an election to retain his FIFA role while his eligibility as a candidate was under further review. The sheikh denied wrongdoing and has not been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice. However, he did not attend meetings of the full IOC membership in July in Switzerland and in September in Peru, which were key to naming Paris and Los Angeles as future Olympic hosts. On Thursday, he won support from Maglione, the head of swimming governing body FINA whose Kuwaiti vice president was identified as "co-conspirator 3" in Brooklyn court. Maglione says he "took all the requisite action" to dispel doubts about Sheikh Ahmad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

Cavaliers make it official, sign Dwyane Wade

em>Cleveland Cavaliers press release /em> CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Dwyane Wade, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), from Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We’re extremely happy that Dwyane chose to join us in Cleveland and become a core part of helping us achieve success at the highest level,” said Altman. “Dwyane has proven time and time again that he is a leader and competitor of the highest caliber and that his focus is centered on the ultimate goal. The deep commitment and consistency that he has shown to the game as a 12-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Champion is remarkable and he’s going to be a difference maker on the court and in the locker room with our team.” Wade (6'4', 220) appeared in 60 games (59 starts) with the Chicago Bulls in 2016-17, averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.43 steals in 29.9 minutes. He scored at least 20 points on 26 occasions, including 30 points or more five times, and was one of only six players in the Eastern Conference to average at least 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals last season. The Chicago native was originally selected by the Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft (fifth overall pick) and has gone on to earn 12 NBA All-Star selections (2005-2016), including nine as a starter, as well as MVP honors for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas. Wade has reached the playoffs 12 times with three NBA Championships under his belt (2006, 2012, 2013) and was the 2006 Finals MVP. He has also been selected to the All-NBA First Team twice (2009, 2010), All-NBA Second Team three times (2005, 2006, 2011) and All-NBA Third Team three times (2007, 2012, 2013). The 6-4 guard has garnered All-Defensive Second Team honors on three occasions (2005, 2009, 2010) and was an All-Rookie First Team selection in 2004. Over his 14-year NBA career, Wade has played in 915 regular season games (904 starts) with averages of 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.64 steals in 35.4 minutes. Entering the 2017-18 season, he ranks 34th in NBA history for points scored with 21,317. In postseason play, he has averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.55 steals and 1.01 blocks in 38.2 minutes over 172 contests (all starts). Wade ranks 11th on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list with 3,871 points, and his 174 blocks in the playoffs rank first among guards in NBA history. He spent his first 13 NBA seasons with the Miami Heat and left as the franchise’s leader in scoring (20,221 points), assists (4,944), steals (1,414) and games played (855), while ranking second in blocks (759) and fourth in rebounds (4,126). Wade has represented his country on the USA Basketball Team two times, winning a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Wade is involved in many philanthropic efforts through his Wade’s World Foundation, which has a goal of providing support to various education, health and family service programs, particularly those that benefit underserved communities. He was recently awarded the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award at this year’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. strong>DWYANE WADE STATEMENT: /strong> I've always dreamed of playing for the Chicago Bulls and I feel so fortunate to have fulfilled my dream this past year. The team is now heading in a different direction, which has made me reevaluate where I need to be in this phase of my career. Being a part of a team that is in the process of rebuilding doesn't align with where I want to be right now no matter how difficult that decision may be. In the hopes of pursuing a fourth championship, I've reached a deal with the Chicago Bulls and I am excited to share that I will be joining the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. There's no better place to be right now to continue to play and compete at the highest level. Cleveland believes in my talents and what I can bring to a championship contender both as a player and leader. I look forward to reuniting and playing alongside my brother LeBron. We’ve already won two championships together and I hope we win a third. This was an incredibly difficult decision and I am very grateful to the Bulls organization, my fans and the Chicago community for welcoming me home with open arms. It meant so much to me seeing my mom on the sidelines cheering me on as a Bull. I am so proud of the work we have been doing in the community and we plan to continue these efforts. It's been an honor and a privilege to play for my hometown. Chicago holds a very special place in my heart and will always be home to me. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Paris, LA confirmed as Olympic hosts

LIMA –  Paris and Los Angeles celebrated their coronation as host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics here Wednesday, delivering a jolt of good news for th.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Paris, LA will host Olympics

Paris, LA will host Olympics.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Olympics: LA agrees to host 2028 Games, Paris set for 2024

Olympics: LA agrees to host 2028 Games, Paris set for 2024.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Paris stops short of claiming Olympic hosting victory after LA announcement

PARIS — After failing three times in recent bids, sheer joy was expected from Paris officials when Los Angeles ceded the 2024 Olympics to the City of Lights......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Olympics: Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Games

Olympics: Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2017

LA, Paris arrive for Olympic meetings; 2024 deal must wait

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The United States is going to host its first Summer Olympics since 1996.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2017

Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Budapest will withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris in the race......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2017

Italian Prime Minister dismisses Rome 2024 chances

MILAN: Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he believes Rome's hopes of relaunching their ailing bid to host the 2024 Olympics are over, two days after a resounding 'No' by the city's mayor. The Italian capital was vying with Paris, Los Angeles and Buda.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2016

Paris to commit 145M euros for 2024 Olympics bid

Paris to commit 145M euros for 2024 Olympics bid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2016

Federer will miss Rio Olympics, rest of season with knee injury

PARIS, France - Roger Federer said on Tuesday, July 26 (Wednesday, July 27 in Manila) he will miss the remainder of the season, including next month's Olympic Games in Rio, as the 17-time Grand Slam champion recovers from a knee injury. Federer, who turns.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2016

Olympics: Key Russia findings could cast shadow over Rio

PARIS, France The Olympic movement faces division in a critical week ahead of the Rio Games with a report Monday, July 18, to set out whether Russia manipulated doping samples, followed quickly by a sports tribunal verdict on 68 Russian athletes deman.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2016