PARIS STOPS SHORT OF CLAIM­ING VIC­TORY AF­TER L.A. DE­CI­SION

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PARIS» Af­ter fail­ing three times in re­cent bids, sheer joy was ex­pected from Paris of­fi­cials when Los An­ge­les ceded the 2024 Olympics to the City of Lights.

Paris bid lead­ers, how­ever, opted for a diplo­matic ap­proach, stop­ping short of claim­ing the 2024 Games were guar­an­teed to be or­ga­nized in their city.

“Paris 2024 is proud to be work­ing to­gether with the IOC and our friends in Los An­ge­les to reach a pos­i­tive solution for both cities, the Games and the whole Olympic move­ment for 2024 and 2028,” bid com­mit­tee co-chair­man Tony Es­tanguet said. “(The) an­nounce­ments are a sign of the progress be­ing made and the de­liv­ery of a good solution to the IOC mem­bers in Septem­ber in Lima.”

Paris bid lead­ers re­mained cau­tious in their of­fi­cial re­ac­tions. That at­ti­tude is con­sis­tent with their po­si­tion since launch­ing the bid a lit­tle but more than two years ago, which con­trasted with the per­ceived ar­ro­gance in pre­vi­ous bids for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Games.

The last time it bid, Paris was con­sid­ered the fa­vorite in the race for the 2012 Olympics, only to lose out to Lon­don in a close vote in 2005 fol­low­ing a poor lob­by­ing cam­paign.

Mi­ami wants to be in­cluded.

MI­AMI» If the World Cup re­turns to the U.S., Mi­ami wants to be in­volved.

Mi­ami-Dade County Mayor Car­los Gimenez said the county will sub­mit a bid by Septem­ber to host games in the 2026 World Cup, a move that comes with David Beck­ham pos­si­bly on the cusp of get­ting ap­proval to bring an ex­pan­sion Ma­jor League Soc­cer fran­chise to Mi­ami and fol­low­ing a week where more than 110,000 fans at­tended two high-pro­file ex­hi­bi­tion matches in South Florida.

Halep vic­to­ri­ous in straight sets.

Top-seeded Si­mona Halep de­feated Sloane Stephens 7-6 (3), 6-0 in her open­ing match at the Citi Open.

Af­ter beat­ing Stephens, the 2015 Citi Open cham­pion, Halep will face Mar­i­ana Duque-Marino in the sec­ond round. Stephens played her sec­ond match of the sea­son af­ter miss­ing nearly a year with a stress frac­ture in her foot.

War­riors bring­ing back McGee.

The Golden State War­riors are keep­ing all three of their cen­ters from a cham­pi­onship sea­son, re-sign­ing 7-footer JaVale McGee to a one-year deal for the vet­eran min­i­mum of about $2.3 mil­lion.

McGee emerged as a re­li­able op­tion off the bench in Steve Kerr’s three-cen­ter ro­ta­tion fea­tur­ing starter Zaza Pachu­lia and re­serve David West, both of whom also re­ceived new con­tracts.

Wild signs Gran­lund for 3 years.

MIN­NEAPO­LIS» The Min­nesota Wild agreed to terms with stand­out for­ward Mikael Gran­lund on a three­year, $17.25 mil­lion con­tract.

The Wild an­nounced the deal with the restricted free agent, whose 69 points last sea­son ranked tied for fourth in fran­chise his­tory. The 25year-old Gran­lund led the Wild in points, as­sists and multi-point games. He set ca­reer highs in nine stat cat­e­gories.

Foot­notes.

A judge set a Dec. 4 trial date for a for­mer Michi­gan State Univer­sity and USA Gym­nas­tics doc­tor ac­cused of mo­lest­ing sev­eral fe­male ath­letes. … Carolina Hur­ri­canes owner Peter Kar­manos Jr. said he wants to sell his team for about $500 mil­lion. … Kansas State bas­ket­ball coach Bruce We­ber agreed to a con­tract ex­ten­sion Tues­day that could keep him with the Wild­cats through the 2020-21 sea­son. … Tyler John­son was found 75 per­cent li­able for the 2013 death of lacrosse team­mate Kevin Fi­ga­niak. A fed­eral jury awarded $3 mil­lion to the fam­ily of 21-year-old Fi­ga­niak, had been knocked un­con­scious in a fight with two pipe­line work­ers. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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