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Private group pushing for Boston bid in 2024

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Of the 35 cities that received the IOC’s letter asking if they’d be interested in hosting the 2024 Olympics, most assume it’s down to New York and Los Angeles, and maybe Dallas, now that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said his city isn’t interested after losing out on the 2016 Games.

But a private group calling themselves the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee is showing significant interest in hosting the Olympics, and even met with City Hall officials Monday. Now they’re seeking support from Mayor Thomas M. Menino before to moving forward.

“What we want is a green light to pursue this for, say, five months, and see how far we get,” committee chairman Eric Reddy told the Boston Globe. “We would form a [non-profit organization] and begin to seek donations.”

Reddy said the group, which is meeting again Tuesday, is keeping a low profile for now while they work out the initial kinks. They’re evaluating whether the city can support the necessary infrastructure improvements needed before the Games come to town, estimated at tens of billions of dollars.

“This is a legitimately crazy idea I’m presenting,” Reddy explained. “But someone is going to win this, and Boston has a lot to offer.”

Anderson Varejao will miss Olympics

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One of Brazil’s most recognizable Olympians (to a U.S. audience, at least) will miss the Rio Games.

Golden State Warriors big man Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics due to a back injury, the NBA team said Wednesday.

The Brazil men’s basketball team is now down two of its top four scorers from the 2012 Olympics.

The team was already without Atlanta Hawks big man Tiago Splitter, who underwent NBA season-ending hip surgery in February.

Splitter and Varejao were the third- and fourth-leading scorers on Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team that was eliminated in the quarterfinals after not qualifying for the Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Brazil’s Olympic roster includes four other NBA players — Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo HuertasNenê and Raul Neto.

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Dhani Jones, former NFL linebacker, joins NBC’s Olympic coverage

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01:  TV personality Dhani Jones attends the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones will serve as a reporter during NBC’s coverage of the Rio Games it was announced Wednesday.

The host of NBC primetime hit “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” Jones will travel to various venues over the course of the Games and contribute to features on a variety of platforms. He’ll also be a part of the Olympic Zone, which is a 30-minute nightly show set to air on NBC affiliates.

“Dhani is an engaging personality with a wide-range of experiences and interests – from professional athlete to primetime entertainment host to haberdashery and philanthropy. We’re excited to have him on our team in Rio,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.

Jones has worked on various shows since his 11-year career with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals came to an end in 2011. He hosted “Dhani Tackles the Globe” on Travel Channel, and is the current host of “Playbook 360” on Spike. He has also written a memoir, The Sportsman.

Jones’ colleague on “Spartan,” Kyle Martino, will be an NBC Olympics soccer analyst after serving in that role for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage.

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