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Four-Olympic TV deal possible

ESPN, Fox and the other main contenders for U.S. television rights have shown interest in buying a package covering four Olympics rather than the usual two-games deal, the IOC's chief negotiator told The Associated Press.

The International Olympic Committee had been planning to auction only the lucrative rights to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

But Richard Carrion, the IOC executive board member who handles U.S. broadcast deals, said the committee was now weighing the possibility of widening the high-stakes bidding to include the 2018 Winter and 2020 Summer Games. The host cities for those games have not been selected.

Carrion said all the likely contenders -- NBC, ESPN and Fox, along with a potential bid from CBS and Turner -- have approached the IOC about the four-games option.


Lilly finally hangs up soccer spikes

It seemed like Kristine Lilly would play forever.

The last remaining player from the U.S. teams that transformed women's soccer from a fringe college sport into an international phenomenon with two World Cup titles and an Olympic gold medal in the 1990s announced that she is retiring at 39. Her 352 appearances is an international record, and she is both the youngest and oldest player to score for the U.S. She is second only to Mia Hamm in both goals scored (130) and assists (105).

"I'm just at the point in my life with my family and career where it was the right time," said Lilly.


U.S. edges Italy in Hopman Cup

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands upset Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-4 at the Hopman Cup in Australia to record her first win over a top 10 opponent and help the United States beat Italy 2-1. John Isner gave the U.S. an insurmountable 2-0 lead, edging Potito Starace 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4.

From News and wire service reports.

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