Evan Lysacek

Evan Lysacek doing triple jumps in practice

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Doctors have not cleared Evan Lysacek to attempt quadruple jumps yet, but the Olympic figure skating champion said he has been doing triple jumps in practice as he attempts to return from a hip injury.

He made the comments to The Associated Press two days after saying he was back to “light training.”

Lysacek, 28, hasn’t competed since his 2010 Olympic title. He suffered a torn labrum in his left hip falling on a quad in training Aug. 21, forcing him to withdraw from Skate America, which was two weeks ago.

Lysacek must post a minimum score (one he can achieve without a quad) in an international competition before the U.S. Championships (Jan. 9-12) to be eligible for the Sochi Olympics. The two-man U.S. team will be named after the U.S. Championships in Boston.

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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.

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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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