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  • IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany speaks during the announcement of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games host candidates. (AP)IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany speaks during the announcement of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games host candidates. (AP)The International Olympic Committee might not get to decide what city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Apparently, no one wants the honor.

    Oslo, Norway, is the latest city to drop its bid, announcing on Wednesday that the government will not financially support it. Cost of the games was estimated to be around $5.4 billion.

    That brings the list of dropouts to four, including Lviv, Ukraine (citing political unrest), Stockholm, Sweden (no government support) and Krakow, Poland (referendum vote revealed 70 percent of residents weren't interested).

    "It's important to get broad support for such an expensive project and there is not enough to carry through such an expensive project," Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told NRK television. "Without enthusiasm, it's not natural to carry this through."

    Before the official bidding period even started, residents in Switzerland and Germany also voted against pursuing bids.

    It's hardly surprising, considering the price tags of the Games:

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  • Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time, has been arrested for DUI in Baltimore, police are reporting. Maryland Transit Authority police arrested Phelps about 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.

    “A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone)," the MDTA said in a statement. "The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”

    Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines, and was later

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  • Team USA defeated Canada 76-51 Monday night in its first exhibition game of the pre-world championship circuit. Leading by four at the half, the U.S. scored 13 points to open the third quarter. Veterans Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen sparked the go-ahead run, and Tina Charles contributed seven points.

    Newcomers Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims showed that they're ready to contribute in Turkey, if they make the final cut. Sims hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, giving the U.S. a 57-41 advantage.

    "I thought the young guys, when they came in, gave us a lot of energy. They really changed the tempo of the game and we were able to extend our defense a little bit," coach Geno Auriemma told ESPN.

    The game was a good chemistry test for the team, as the women only started playing together last week. Some of the

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  • Apolo Ohno became the most decorated American winter athlete by winning eight Olympic medals – two of them gold – in short-track speed skating, a high-speed, collision-filled sport compared to NASCAR on ice.

    So it's no surprise that Ohno, who retired from speed skating after the 2010 Vancouver Games, would pursue something even crazier than racing around an oval on skates with extremely sharp, 16-to-18-inch blades for his latest post-Olympics athletic endeavor.

    On Oct. 11, Ohno will take part in a triathlon, but it won't be just any triathlon. It'll be the Ironman World Championship, the world's most grueling endurance race, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

    "Why the most coveted race in all of endurance races on the planet in the most brutal conditions? For that exact reason," Ohno told Yahoo Sports while promoting his Built With Chocolate Milk campaign.

    "Because it is the most difficult race, because the conditions are so brutal and because it's so far of a departure from what I'm normally

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  • Torrin Lawrence, a competitor for the United States and a former track star at the University of Georgia, died early Monday morning in an accident on a Georgia highway.

    Lawrence had a tire blow out and his car was stopped in the center of three-lane Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga. He had called 911, but before local police could arrive, a semi truck crashed into his car. Crisp County (Ga.) police said Lawrence was "caught up in the accident," but were uncertain of where he had been in relation to the car.

    Most recently, Lawrence finished ninth in the 400m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in late June. He had been part of the United States' gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau in May.

    At Georgia, Lawrence was a seven-time All-American and three-time SEC champion. He won the NCAA 400m championship in 2010.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and everyone who knew him," USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said. "Torrin represented USATF

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