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pyeongchang, south korea» The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee moved closer to­ward pick­ing both Los An­ge­les and Paris to host a Sum­mer Games in an un­prece­dented dou­ble vote this year.

IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach has re­peat­edly hinted at award­ing the host­ing rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. Only the 2024 Games is cur­rently sched­uled to be voted on in Lima.

“All the op­tions are on the ta­ble, and this in­cludes also the ’24-’28 pro­ce­dure and vote,” Bach said Fri­day when an­nounc­ing a work­ing group to study chang­ing the can­di­date process.

The IOC ex­ec­u­tive board asked its four vice pres­i­dents to “ex­plore changes” in Olympic bid­ding and re­port back in July.

“We have two ex­cel­lent can­di­dates there from two ma­jor Olympic coun­tries,” Bach said at a news con­fer­ence af­ter a two-day board meet­ing. “This is a po­si­tion you like to be in.”

Bach said the four-man work­ing group will make pro­pos­als to the board and full mem­ber­ship. They meet from July 9-12 in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, where L.A. and Paris will make for­mal pre­sen­ta­tions of their 2024 host­ing plans.

Los An­ge­les and Paris are in a twocan­di­date race af­ter sev­eral ri­vals dropped out fac­ing public op­po­si­tion to ex­pected spi­ral­ing costs and doubts about the long-term value of be­ing an Olympic host.

Sock knocks off Nishikori in three

B in­dian wells, calif.» Jack Sock de­feated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for the big­gest sin­gles vic­tory of his ca­reer in the BNP Paribas Open quar­ter­fi­nals.

The 24-year-old Amer­i­can fi­nally broke through against a top-five ranked op­po­nent af­ter los­ing his first seven matches against such com­pe­ti­tion.

Sock im­proved to 15-2 this year and set up a semi­fi­nal against Roger Fed­erer, who ad­vanced via walkover when Nick Kyr­gios with­drew with sus­pected food poi­son­ing.

Hoff­man claims lead

B or­lando, fla.» Charley Hoff­man made seven birdies in slightly warmer con­di­tions for a 6-un­der-par 66 that gave him a one-shot lead over Emil­iano Grillo at Bay Hill.

• Michelle Wie shot a 5-un­der 67 on an­other hot and low-scor­ing day in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup to en­ter the week­end a stroke be­hind lead­ers Stacy Lewis and Ariya Ju­tanu­garn.

• Fred Cou­ples shot an 8-un­der 65 in the Tuc­son Con­quis­ta­dores Clas­sic, leav­ing play­ing part­ner Steve Stricker two strokes back in his PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons de­but.

Logano claims pole af­ter meet­ing

B avondale, ariz.» Joey Logano capped a day in the spot­light with a fast late lap to claim the pole for the NASCAR Camp­ing World 500.

Ryan Blaney qual­i­fied sec­ond to give Ford the top two spots to start Sun­day’s race.

The day be­gan for Logano with a meet­ing with Kyle Busch and NASCAR of­fi­cials about the crash and sub­se­quent scuf­fle late in last Sun­day’s race in Las Ve­gas.

Logano won with a top speed of 137.321 mph on the Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Race­way track.

Erik Jones qual­i­fied eighth, and his Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing team­mate Martin Truex Jr. qual­i­fied 16th.

Air Force heads to ti­tle game

B rochester, n.y.» Shane Star­rett made 29 saves and Ben Kucera scored the game-win­ner as No. 17 Air Force de­feated Army 1-0 in the At­lantic Hockey semi­fi­nals.

Air Force ad­vanced to the At­lantic Hockey Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game against Robert Mor­ris on Satur­day at 5 p.m.


Cal­lum Craw­ford and Stephen Keogh scored hat tricks as the Mam­moth beat the Toronto Rock 14-11. Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

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