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  • Hamburg gets Olympic stage fright over terror, cost

    Olympic leaders on Monday called Hamburg's referendum rejection of a bid for the 2024 Games a "lost" opportunity for the city, but fear of terrorism and bankruptcy along with sporting scandal all played a role. It made Hamburg the latest in a growing line of European cities to shun an Olympic…

  • Germany deals IOC and Bach a message: No thanks, to Olympics

    The rejection of Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics in a referendum sent out another clear signal that the IOC still has a lot of work to do to convince cities that hosting the games is a boon not a burden. ''That's why referendums are held - to find out what the population wants, and obviously…

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  • Thomas Bach: Hamburg bid rejection is 'missed opportunity'

    The rejection of Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics marks a ''missed opportunity'' for the city and Germany, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. Hamburg withdrew its bid Sunday after it was defeated in a referendum by voters in the northern port city. ''The IOC of course respects the close…

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  • Merkel regrets Hamburg's rejection of 2024 Olympic bid

    BERLIN (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Angela Merkel says the German chancellor regrets the decision by Hamburg residents to reject the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics.

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  • Russia drops plan to disband doping agency after scandal

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia says it will reform its national anti-doping agency rather than shut it down.

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  • Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks

    Neil Parker likes the recent play of the Islanders' Ryan Strome, who has a point in each outing since being recalled from his exile to the American Hockey League.
  • Shiffrin wins 2nd straight World Cup slalom in Aspen

    Think Mikaela Shiffrin is fast on race day? Shiffrin won back-to-back World Cup slalom races in Aspen, overcoming an early mistake in her final run Sunday to still win by a gigantic margin. Shiffrin insisted no one has even seen her best skiing yet.

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  • Hamburg voters reject 2024 Olympic bid in referendum

    Hamburg residents rejected the German port city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics in a public referendum on Sunday. Around 650,000 - or half - of the eligible 1.3 million voters in Hamburg had their say. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city in September 2017.

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  • Shiffrin takes back-to-back Alpine Skiing triumphs

    Reigning world and Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin won Sunday's Alpine Skiing World Cup women's slalom race by 2.65 seconds, giving her back-to-back triumphs before home supporters. In fact, only a botched finish to Friday's giant slalom prevented the 20-year-old American from a treble sweep at…

  • Hamburg residents vote against 2024 Games bid

    Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics fell at the first hurdle on Sunday when residents voted 'No' in a crunch referendum as the German public again torpedoed plans to host a Games. Hamburg is now out of the race, leaving Budapest, Paris, Los Angeles and Rome as the candidate cities bidding to…

  • Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz says city's bid to host 2024 Olympics rejected in referendum

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz says city's bid to host 2024 Olympics rejected in referendum.

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  • Nordic combined World Cup event called off in Finland

    RUKA, Finland (AP) -- The Nordic combined World Cup had to cancel an event for the second day in a row Sunday, meaning the season's first competition won't be held until next weekend.

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  • Norway wins biathlon mixed relays in season-opener

    OSTERSUND, Sweden (AP) -- Norway won both races Sunday as the biathlon World Cup season started with two separate mixed relays.

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  • Friedrich leads German sweep in 4-man bobsled World Cup

    ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) -- Francesco Friedrich led a German sweep of the podium in the opening four-man bobsled World Cup of the season on Sunday.

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  • Fischnaller wins luge WCup opener; Germany takes team relay

    Italian luger Dominik Fischnaller won the season-opening World Cup race Sunday after first-run leader Felix Loch was disqualified for an equipment irregularity, while Germany dominated the team relay. Fischnaller finished in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 40.687 seconds to edge Armin…

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  • Johnsrud Sundby, Johaug win cross-country pursuit races

    Norwegian duo Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Therese Johaug defended their leads to win pursuit races on Sunday to wrap up a three-day mini tour that opened the cross-country skiing World Cup. Johnsrud Sundby won the men's 15-kilometer classic race in 37 minutes, 10.0 seconds to lead a Norwegian…

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  • No regrets on exposing Russia doping: whistleblowers

    The husband and wife who blew the whistle on doping in Russian athletics say they have no regrets about speaking up and exposing cheats despite being accused of betraying their own country. Yulia Stepanova, an international runner who was herself suspended for doping offences, and her husband…

  • Maia, Alex Shibutani win ice dance event at NHK Trophy

    NAGANO, Japan (AP) -- Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States won the ice dance competition at the NHK Trophy on Sunday to book a place in figure skating's Grand Prix Final.

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