Mitt Romney advises San Diego mayor on 2024 bid

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Even though Mitt Romney doesn’t intend to take a “management position” in San Diego’s and Tijuana’s bi-national bid for the 2024 Olympics, the former Republican Presidential Nominee sat down with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner earlier this week to lend his consulting talents to the effort.

“I had the opportunity to spend some time yesterday with Governor Romney who is now living here in San Diego, and he will be an adviser to our bid,” Filner said at a city council meeting. “He has graciously talked about it.”

Filner joked that Romney was incredibly friendly despite not coming across that way on television, and added that’s Romney’s work with the 2002 Salt Lake City Games – America’s last turn hosting the Olympics – make him the ideal person to provide advice to the committee as they move forward.

Romney is credited with effectively saving the 2002 Games financially by reorganizing the leadership, fixing the budget, raising funds, lobbying Congress, strengthening security after 9/11, and becoming a public face for the Olympics after he joined the Salt Lake team as President and CEO in 1999.

USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. Neither side has said when its next scheduled meeting will take place.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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