U.S. might bid for ’26 Games

The Mercury News - - Sports - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

There’s an out­side shot the United States won’t have to wait 11 years to host its next Olympics.

It’s a long­shot, but there’s talk in Salt Lake City, and some in Den­ver, of a bid for the 2026 Win­ter Games, which take place two years be­fore the Sum­mer Olympics re­turn to Los An­ge­les.

The same coun­try host­ing back-to-back Olympics hasn’t hap­pened since be­fore World War II.

Pre­lim­i­nary talks have taken place about what it would take to bring the Win­ter Games back to the United States for the first time since Salt Lake hosted in 2002, but noth­ing for­mal has been cited.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee will award the 2024 Sum­mer Games to Paris and 2028 to Los An­ge­les at a cer­e­mony to­day.

One of the few de­clared can­di­dates for 2026 is Inns­bruck, Aus­tria, which has hosted two pre­vi­ous Win­ter Olympics and has a ref­er­en­dum sched­uled for Oct. 15.



KNICKS >> Former New York Knicks star Charles Oak­ley sued the team’s own­ers, say­ing he was de­famed when they claimed he com­mit­ted as­sault and was an al­co­holic af­ter his Fe­bru­ary ar­rest at a game.

The law­suit de­tails how Oak­ley was treated be­fore and af­ter he was force­fully re­moved from Madi­son

Square Gar­den dur­ing the first quar­ter of a Feb. 8 Knicks’ loss to the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers. It seeks un­spec­i­fied dam­ages.

Oak­ley was ac­cused of strik­ing a se­cu­rity guard dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary fra­cas.

Last month, pros­e­cu­tors agreed to dis­miss charges af­ter six months of good be­hav­ior. LAKERS TO RE­TIRE TWO BRYANT NUM­BERS >> The Los An­ge­les Lakers will re­tire Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a cer­e­mony Dec. 18 dur­ing their game against the War­riors.

Bryant wore No. 8 from 1996 to 2006, when he switched to No. 24 for the re­main­der of his 20-year ca­reer. He will be the 10th player hon­ored by the Lakers with a jer­sey re­tire­ment, and the first to have two re­tired num­bers.

The 18-time All-Star is the Lakers’ fran­chise leader in games played (1,346) and points (33,643). TIM­BER­WOLVES SIGN MUHAM­MAD >> Shabazz Muham­mad has agreed to re­turn to the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves on a one-year, $1.67 mil­lion con­tract.

Muham­mad has spent all four of his sea­sons with the Tim­ber­wolves. He av­er­aged 9.9 points last sea­son and was a re­stricted free agent when the sum­mer be­gan.

Col­lege foot­ball

CAL-USC TO BE DAY GAME >> The Pac-12 an­nounced that the Sept. 23 Cal-USC game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Sta­dium and

be tele­vised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The net­work TV des­ig­na­tion will be an­nounced af­ter the con­clu­sion of Sept. 16 games. UTAH SAFETY MAY MISS SJSU GAME >> Utah safety Chase Hansen may not be avail­able Satur­day when the Utes host San Jose State.

Hansen missed most of fall camp due to an undis­closed in­jury. He has started both games and leads the team with 14 tack­les and two quar­ter­back hur­ries. PAC-12 GAMES ARE GET­TING QUICKER >> The Pac-12’s test pro­gram to shorten games ap­pears to be work­ing.

All non-con­fer­ence games air­ing on the Pac-12 Net­work this sea­son have re­duced quar­ter breaks, com­mer­cial breaks and shorter half­times.

In the 12 games that have been part of the pi­lot pro­gram, game time is down to 3:16, the league said. Last sea­son, the Pac-12 av­er­aged 3:26 per game. RI­LEY SIGNS AN EX­TEN­SION

AT NEBRASKA >> Nebraska coach Mike Ri­ley has been given a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion through the 2020 sea­son.

Ri­ley signed a five-year con­tract when he was hired in De­cem­ber 2014. His base salary is $2.9 mil­lion this year, $3 mil­lion in 2018 and $3.1 mil­lion in 2019. No fig­ure was given for 2020.

Ri­ley, the former coach at Ore­gon State, is 16-12 with the Corn­huskers, in­clud­ing 1-1 this sea­son af­ter a 42-35 loss at Ore­gon last week.

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