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With Boston out, can Los Angeles revive a US Olympic bid?

After failed Boston bid, eyes turn to Los Angeles to revive hopes of another US Olympics
Eddie Pells, The Associated Press

Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.

Next, it might be time to see if there is more Olympic love in Los Angeles.

Mexico national team coach allegedly hits TV journalist

Mexico's national team coach allegedly hits TV journalist after victory in soccer's Gold Cup
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - The coach of Mexico's national soccer team is known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.

Now Miguel Herrera's off-field composure is being questioned after a television sports anchor claimed the coach punched him at the Philadelphia airport following Mexico's 3-1 victory over Jamaica to take the Gold Cup.

Correction: Hall of Fame Inductions story

Correction: Hall of Fame Inductions story
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - In a story July 26 about the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that John Smoltz was the first player inducted into the Hall of Fame who had undergone Tommy John surgery. Smoltz was the first pitcher to enter the Hall who had the operation.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame doors swing open for Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio

Correction: Hall of Fame Inductions-Smoltz story

Correction: Hall of Fame Inductions-Smoltz story
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - In a story July 26 about John Smoltz's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he is the only man to make the Hall of Fame who had undergone Tommy John surgery. Smoltz is the first pitcher to enter the Hall who had the operation.

A corrected version of the story is below:

John Smoltz inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Stevenson to defend WBC title in Toronto

Canadian Adonis Stevenson sets date for next WBC light heavyweight defence
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Canadian Adonis Stevenson will defend his World Boxing Council title on Sept. 11 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

An opponent has yet to be named for Stevenson's sixth defence of the belt he won with a first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in 2013. Details of the bout and the fight card are to be announced later this week, a spokesman for promoter Yvon Michel said.

Fire signs and trades Drogba to Montreal

Impact acquire Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba in trade with Fire
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact feel former Chelsea star Didier Drogba has enough left in him to help them on the field, in the locker room and at the box office.

Impact management felt triumphant Monday after acquiring the 37-year-old striker from the Chicago Fire for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

Gilberto back in MLS with the Chicago Fire

Former Toronto FC striker Gilberto back in MLS with the Chicago Fire
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Former Toronto FC striker Gilberto has rejoined Major League Soccer as a designated player with the Chicago Fire.

The Brazilian had been on loan to Vasco da Gama due to Toronto's logjam at designated player. But the Brazilian club released him recently.

"I don't have a lot of details on that. I do know that they are in financial straits," said Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko.

Bezbatchenko said Gilberto had been claimed off waivers by Chicago.

Toronto mulls Olympic bid as Boston withdraws

Boston cancels Olympic bid as Toronto considers making its pitch
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Boston's withdrawal from the race to host the 2024 Summer Olympics could make a potential Toronto bid "far more attractive," particularly if no other American city steps up to the plate, experts said Monday.

"The Boston decision today certainly makes the landscape easier for a Canadian bid, a Toronto bid," said Bruce Kidd, an Olympics expert at the University of Toronto.

Taxpayers not paying for Kanye: organizers

Taxpayers not footing the bill for Kanye West's Pan Am performance: organizers
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Taxpayers aren't footing the bill for Kanye West's headlining performance at the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, organizers said Monday.

And the head of the Games organizing committee said even he isn't sure whether the rapper's mic problems and abrupt exit from the stage Sunday night were genuine or planned.

Filion, Benfeito win silver at Worlds

Filion, Benfeito win silver at world championships, qualify for Olympics
The Canadian Press

KAZAN, Russia - Canadian divers Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., and Montreal's Meaghan Benfeito won the silver medal on the women's 10-metre synchro at the FINA World Championships on Monday, earning an Olympic spot for Canada in the event.

Ruolin Chen and Huixia Li of China won gold with 359.52 points, Filion and Benfeito followed at 339.99 and Un Hyang Kim and Nam Hyang Song of North Korea were third at 325.26.

The top-three finish means Canada is guaranteed an entry in the event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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