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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Host the 2016 Olympics

Posted: October 02, 2009 11:52 AM ; Updated: October 02, 2009 12:09 PM

COPENHAGEN (AP) -- The 2016 Olympics are going to Rio de Janeiro, putting the games in South America for the first time.

Rio beat surprise finalist Madrid in the last round of voting.

Chicago was knocked out in the first round -- in one of the most shocking defeats ever handed down by the International Olympic Committee -- and Tokyo was eliminated in the second round.

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Obama Campaigns for Chicago Olympics in 2016

Posted: October 01, 2009 8:13 PM ; Updated: October 01, 2009 11:36 PM

(CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee was preparing Friday to elect a host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. It's a prize so sought-after that presidents, sports legends and royalty have turned out to lobby for their country's city.

Four cities on four continents are in the running as IOC members gather in Denmark. Each city will have about an hour to make a final presentation and answer questions before the voting begins Friday evening.

The U.S. city of Chicago would have been the front-runner on merits alone, even if U.S. President Barack Obama hadn't come to Copenhagen to push for his hometown, experts said.

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Merga Wins Boston Marathon

Posted: April 20, 2009 1:29 PM ; Updated: April 20, 2009 2:15 PM

BOSTON (AP) -- Deriba Merga of Ethiopia overcame the disappointment of his Olympic fade to win the Boston Marathon, and Salina Kosgei of Kenya won the women's race Monday.

Merga wilted in the Beijing heat and finished fourth after getting passed at the end. But in Boston he pulled away right before Heartbreak Hill and won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds -- almost a full minute ahead of Daniel Rono of Kenya and Ryan Hall of the United States.

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Auriemma to Coach Team USA

Posted: April 14, 2009 2:26 PM ; Updated: April 14, 2009 2:52 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fresh from leading unbeaten UConn to the NCAA championship, Geno Auriemma is set to become coach of the U.S. women's basketball team through the 2012 Olympics.

Auriemma will serve as head coach for the next three years, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

A news conference was scheduled for Wednesday in Storrs, Conn., home of the Huskies.

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