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Sylvester Stallone headlines guest list for LA 2024 bid event

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LA 2024 already has Dr. Dre in its corner. It appears it can count Sylvester Stallone, too.

Stallone was one of many celebrities who were reportedly invited to and attended a dinner with the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympics in Southern California on Wednesday, hosted by LA 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman.

The IOC evaluation commission is touring Los Angeles this week and the other 2024 bid city, Paris, next week. IOC members are scheduled to vote to choose the 2024 host city on Sept. 13 at a session.

It’s possible Los Angeles and Paris could both be named Olympic hosts in September, if the 2028 Games are also awarded at the session in Lima, Peru.

Wednesday’s reported dinner guest list included Stallone, who carried the Olympic flame in 2004 on Santa Monica Beach, the site of the famous Rocky III beach running scene between Rocky and Apollo Creed.

Stallone called his part of the 2004 Athens Olympic torch relay “the proudest moment of my life.”

Also on the list was two-time Olympic basketball champion Kobe Bryant, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, LA mayor Eric Garcetti, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel and Spanish tenor Placido Domingo.

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Decker scores twice, U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada 5-2

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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.

Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.

Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.

The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.

World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.

“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.