Fourth-Place Medal
  • FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012, file photo, Southern California pays against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles has agreed to a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee that will make it America's bid city for the 2024 Olympics if the city council signs off on it next week. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012, file photo, Southern California pays against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles has agreed to a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee that will make it America's bid city for the 2024 Olympics if the city council signs off on it next week. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)The city of Los Angeles has begun its campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously, 15-0, in support of the city's attempt to join other locales hoping to host the Games. While light on specifics, an announcement highlighting the city's plans did note that Los Angeles is planning to have 85 percent of proposed venues already in place or planned, and will have five primary venue clusters within 30 minutes of the proposed Athletes' Village. Los Angeles already boasts numerous arenas and stadiums in its immediate vicinity, with more potentially on the way as the city seeks to attract an NFL team.

    Los Angeles stepped into the vacuum left by Boston, which abandoned its plans for a 2024 candidacy amid fears of cost overruns and a divided public. While cost specifics are an issue, Los Angeles officials noted that the city is not currently on the hook for any overruns. "This is the engagement, not the wedding," Los Angeles Council President

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  • For Usain Bolt, it was another 4x100 relay victory over the United States and another gold medal at the world championships in Beijing.

    For the Americans, it was a missed opportunity that ended up being a complete and total disaster.

    Bolt claimed his third gold at the worlds on Saturday, running his customary anchor leg to lead Jamaica to a winning time of 37.36 seconds. The 100- and 200-meter champion was headed for a surprising silver medal as the U.S. appeared to have built up enough of a lead going into the fourth and final leg, but a botched handoff of the baton between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers cost the Americans dearly as Bolt gained ground and cruised to victory.

    It got worse for the U.S. While Trayvon Bromell, Justin Gatlin, Gay and Rodgers were jogging around the Bird's Nest track to celebrate their silver medal, they were informed that Rodgers was ruled to have stepped out of his lane. The infraction disqualified the Americans, moving China up to second and Canada to

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  • Usain Bolt predicted that he wouldn't lose his favorite event at the world championships and, as is usually the case when the Jamaican steps onto a track, he went out and backed up his words.

    Bolt faced another showdown with American Justin Gatlin in the 200-meter final in Beijing on Thursday and did not blink as he captured his record 10th world title in a time of 19.55, the fifth fastest 200 ever.

    On Sunday, Bolt edged Gatlin in the 100-meter final by just one hundredth of a second. Both cruised to victories in Wednesday's semifinal heats to set up the rematch.

    "Justin Gatlin was saying he was ready to go and was going to do something special. And for the 100 I don't mind people talking a lot because it's the 100 meters," Bolt said. "But when it comes to my 200, I take it really personal."

    Gatlin came off the curve running step for step with Bolt, but that's when Bolt kicked it into another gear. Down the back stretch, he easily put distance between himself and Gatlin and coasted

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  • There's no event in sports that carries a speed-to-drama ratio quite like the 100-meter dash. Years of hopes, dreams, ambitions validated or dashed in less time than it's taken you to read this paragraph.

    On Sunday at the world championships in Beijing, the United States' Justin Gatlin and Jamaica's Usain Bolt faced off for the first time since 2013. Gatlin, heavily favored, was riding a streak of 28 straight unbeaten 100m races, but lost to Bolt by one-one hundredth of a second.

    Gatlin had come into the race the favorite, carrying a season best of 9.74 seconds. Bolt's time of 9.79 seconds would not have beaten Gatlin's earlier semifinal time of 9.77 seconds. Gatlin appeared to have control of the race early, starting even with Bolt and gaining an edge on the Jamaican. But Gatlin seemed to start his lean an instant too early, and Bolt was able to power across the finish line in an edge too narrow for the naked eye.

    How close was Bolt's margin of

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  • FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Pistorius Pistroius is to released into house arrest Friday after spending 10 months of a five-year sentence for the killing of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Pistorius Pistroius is to released into house arrest Friday after spending 10 months of a five-year sentence for the killing of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian convicted of killing his girlfriend, had been slated for release from prison this Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence. However, South Africa's justice minister has asked for a review of that decision.

    Pistorius was convicted last year of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He had contended that her death was an accident, and that he had believed a burglar was in his house when he fired through a closed door. Pistorius was acquitted of the charge of murder, but nonetheless convicted of culpable homicide.

    Pistorius is imprisoned at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria. His good behavior had earned him a scheduled early release, according to a deal worked out in June. However, justice minister Michael Masutha called the release into house arrest "premature." South African law allows the release of prisoners one-sixth of the way into their sentence under certain circumstances. In a statement,

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