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U.S. declines bid for 2020 Games

This time around, the United States is saying no to the Olympics.

Locked in a dispute over millions of dollars, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled the plug Monday on a bid for the 2020 Summer Games before the International Olympic Committee could say no to the Americans, as it has the last two times. The two sides have been at odds over a revenue-sharing agreement for years.

By not submitting a bid, the USOC assures at least a 20-year gap between Olympics on American soil for only the fourth time.

Chicago, New York and Dallas were among the cities interested in the 2020 games, but any bid was contingent upon a new deal with the IOC.

Recently, negotiations had picked up in an effort to meet a Sept. 1 deadline for countries to submit a city's name for consideration. But with so much money and a long-term commitment at stake, the USOC decided not to rush.

"I think it's one of the smartest things they could do right now," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, one of the country's most important, and successful, Olympic sports. "It's very important they get this revenue-sharing deal done the right way."

At the heart of the disagreement is the USOC's long-standing 20 percent share of global sponsorship revenues and 12.75 percent cut of U.S. broadcast rights deals. The IOC wants more of that money.


Katz opens with 71 at Amateur

Jake Katz of Williamsville shot 1-over-par 71 on the Blue Mound (Minn.) Golf & Country Club course Monday and stands in a tie for 95th place after the first round of qualifying in the 111th U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Minnesota.

The Buffalo District Individual champion, playing in his last amateur event, birdied three of the first five holes on the 6,667-yard Blue Mound layout then he bogeyed No. 8 for a 2-under 33 on the front nine. Coming home, bogeyed the par-3 13th and the par-4 15th and 16th.

There was a three-way tie for the lead at 5 under after the first of two rounds of medal play. Blake Biddle of St. Charles, Ill., shot 67 at the Erin Hills course, one of the two being used during qualifying. Gregor Main, Danville, Calif., and John Hahn, Las Vegas, Nev. shot 5-under 65s at Blue Mound.


Miami probe involves 15 athletes

The probe into Miami athletics is growing, with the university looking into the eligibility of 15 athletes who may have accepted improper benefits from a rogue booster.

Miami President Donna Shalala did not reveal any names of the players under investigation as she released a video statement Monday. The booster, convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro, told Yahoo! Sports for an article published last week that 12 current football players and one men's basketball player got money, gifts and other items from him.

"We cannot let the actions of some define the many," Shalala said.

The football players who were named by Shapiro in interviews with Yahoo Sports are Jacory Harris, Vaughn Telemaque, Ray Ray Armstrong, Travis Benjamin, Aldarius Johnson, Marcus Forston, Olivier Vernon, Marcus Robinson, Adewale Ojomo, Dyron Dye, JoJo Nicholas and Sean Spence. Shapiro also alleged to Yahoo Sports that he paid $10,000 to ensure that basketball player DeQuan Jones signed with the Hurricanes.


Awards kick off bowling tourney

Bowler of the Year presentations for the 2010-11 season will be made to Mike Zarcone (male adult), Sue Jeziorski and Julie Selk (female adult), Spencer Lajoy (male youth) and Melanie Hannon (female youth) before the Greater Buffalo USBC Association's 45th annual Bowling Week Kick-Off tournament on Thursday at Transit Lanes. The presentations will be made at 6:45 p.m. with the bowling starting at 7 p.m.

Twenty-seven women and 31 men will participate in scratch competition with 18 bowling in the handicap division. Each bowler will bowl a two-game qualifier with the top eight in each division advancing to match play (single game).

Zarcone, who led the GBUSBCA with a 235.45 composite average, won Male Bowler of the year for the fifth time. It was the third time for Jeziorski, who averaged 225.06 for the season and won scratch singles, scratch six-game combine and scratch all-events in the City Women's Championship. Selk won the scratch doubles title with Terri Zarcone in the City Tournament and posted a 218.40 composite average, first in the association.

Hannon led the Association with a 210.57 average in winning Female Youth Bowler of the Year for a second time.

Jack Jurek will be back to defend the men's scratch title he won last year.


PGA golfer needs brain surgery

J.B. Holmes withdrew from The Barclays golf tournament on Monday as he prepares to have brain surgery that will force him to miss the rest of the season.

Holmes has been diagnosed with structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. He has been dealing with vertigo-like symptoms since May, and after going to several specialists, recently learned that he has Chiari malformations.

The surgery is Sept. 1 at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital

"I know when people hear 'brain surgery' it conjures up all kinds of images, but this a relatively low-risk surgery and only takes about an hour and a half," Holmes said. "Best of all, there's a very high success rate in fixing the condition."

Compiled from News staff and wire reports

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