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Lolo Jones lands role in ‘Left Behind’ movie starring Nicolas Cage

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Lolo Jones is taking her talents to the big screen.

The hurdler turned bobsledder will be part of the upcoming film “Left Behind,” taken from the Christian book series.

The film’s producer and writer, Paul Lalonde, decided last week to offer Jones a role as a gate attendant at an airport, upon learning that the city where they were shooting the movie — Baton Rouge, La. — was also Jones’ training base.

“Obviously everybody knows who she is,” he said in a phone interview. “I’m a huge fan of her. I love her never-say-die attitude about everything. … She’s a beautiful woman, too, which never hurts when you’re casting for a movie.”

Jones has read the “Left Behind” books, her agent said. Her role includes a few lines with Chad Michael Murray. “Left Behind,” which also stars Nicolas Cage and Jordin Sparks, is slated to come out in spring 2014.

Jones’ character is named “Lola,” and she was expected to film her portions of the film in one day, Monday.

“She looks totally at ease and very comfortable,” Lalonde said. “You’d think she’s done it 1,000 times.”

As for bobsled, the World Cup season starts in Calgary in November. The U.S. pilots have until Sept. 30 to name their teams for selection races in October. The World Cup roster will be named later in October.

Jones is competing with Katie Eberling, Aja Evans, Emily Azevedo and another track convert, Lauryn Williams, for one of a potential three brakeman spots on the 2014 Olympic team.

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MLB Players Association head says ‘continuing dialogue’ about 2020 Olympics

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Major League Baseball Players Association says it will be difficult for big leaguers to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball returns to Olympics after a 12-year absence for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 — in the middle of baseball’s season.

“There are challenges with the schedule, and there are challenges with major leaguers being involved,” Tony Clark said Thursday at the Baltimore Orioles’ spring training camp.

In 2008, players on major league 25-man rosters and disabled lists on June 26 were ineligible to play. The U.S. roster included 17 players from Triple-A, seven from Double-A and college pitcher Stephen Strasburg, now with the Washington Nationals.

“It doesn’t mean that we are not continuing to have dialogue. We have going back. We will going forward. Where we land, I don’t know,” Clark said. “One of the things we were able to discuss during this round of bargaining were some additional flexibility in the schedule moving forward. Maybe there are some opportunities for a broader discussion than there have been a year ago. We’ll have to wait and see. We haven’t had that kind of substantive sit down yet.”

Many players are preparing for the fourth edition of World Baseball Classic, an international tournament launched in 2006 that is co-owned by Major League Baseball and the union. Clark hopes to see a fifth edition in 2021.

“I see no reason at this point why it wouldn’t,” he said. “I’m hopeful it continues, understanding that the world we live in four years from now may be different from the one we’re in now.”

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Lance Armstrong’s $100 million trial set for November

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 20:  Lance Armstrong (C) heads out with cyclists on December 20, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. The disgraced Tour de France rider is in New Zealand to film a commercial, and put out a call on social media for local riders to join him on a ride along the Auckland Waterfront.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong‘s $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong’s legal team had asked to postpone trial until 2018 because of a potential scheduling conflict.

The government wants Armstrong to pay back the $32 million the U.S. Postal Service paid his team for sponsorship, plus triple damages.

Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis initially filed the whistle-blower case in 2010, accusing him of violating the sponsorship contract by taking performance-enhancing drugs. The government joined the case in 2013 after Armstrong admitted cheating and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for cheating, could collect up to 25 percent of damages awarded.

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