Dwight Howard plans to play in Rio


After missing out on winning gold at the London Games last summer due to back surgery, Lakers center Dwight Howard is itching to get back in the Olympics, and only had two words when asked if he plans to play in Rio in 2016: “No doubt.”

Oh wait, no. There’s more:

“I was mad I couldn’t play in the playoffs. I was mad I couldn’t play in the Olympics. I was pissed. I was looking forward to going to London. I was looking forward to making a big run in the playoffs last season, so I wasn’t too happy about the fact that I had to have surgery and miss a lot of basketball.”

Howard was among a host of American NBA standouts who weren’t able to contribute, including Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, and LaMarcus Aldridge. But the team was still strong enough to win its fourteenth gold medal in Olympics history.

Who Howard will be playing under if he makes it to Rio is still up for debate, though, after Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski reiterated the fact that London was his last tournament with the team when speaking on ESPN Radio earlier this week. Coach K said Team USA will likely name a new coach this week, with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as the heavy favorite. Who do you think should get the job?

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage

South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.

Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.

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