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LA 2024 Olympic bid update on baseball/softball; basketball, soccer venues

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The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid committee hasn’t disclosed if it hopes for baseball and softball to be part of the Games, it said Friday.

Baseball and softball were added to the 2020 Olympic program in August, but are not yet on Olympic programs beyond that.

The International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 allows local organizing committees to propose adding sports for their Games, which is what Tokyo 2020 did to get baseball, softball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate onto its program.

In a 2015 bid book from LA 2024, Dodger Stadium was listed as a baseball and softball venue if the sports were part of the 2024 Olympic program. More recent LA 2024 bid books have not mentioned baseball or softball venues.

Los Angeles is bidding against Budapest and Paris for the 2024 Olympics. IOC members will vote to choose the host city in September.

Also Friday, LA 2024 said there won’t be any basketball venues outside of Los Angeles. Currently, Staples Center is the only proposed basketball venue, though five of the last six Olympic basketball tournaments have been split between two venues.

Last year, bid chairman Casey Wasserman said other cities in California could potentially host 2024 Olympic basketball games.

One sport that’s expected to be held at venues outside of Los Angeles — and outside California — is soccer.

Preliminary matches are slated to be “across America,” and while LA 2024 said Friday it has letters of interest from many U.S. soccer stadiums, they have not been chosen yet.

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena is scheduled to host at least some quarterfinals and semifinals and both finals.

In 1984, the soccer venues (men’s only) were the Rose Bowl, the stadiums at Stanford in California and Harvard in Massachusetts as well as in Annapolis, Md.

For Atlanta 1996, the soccer venues (men’s and women’s) were in Athens, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Orlando, Miami and Washington, D.C.

VIDEO: LA 2024 Olympic venue plan

Usain Bolt clarifies timeline for Borussia Dortmund training

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Usain Bolt still has designs on training with German soccer team Borussia Dortmund, but he said Monday that it won’t be happening any time soon.

“Puma boss decided that he could get me just some training time with Borussia Dortmund at the end of next season,” Bolt said at a press conference ahead of the Monday night premiere of his film, “I am Bolt,” in London. “He asked me if I wanted to do it. I was like why not. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to try to see if I was any good at. So at the end of the season, next season, I’ll go out there and do a little training to see if it would be worthy.”

What’s still unclear from that press conference clip is if Bolt meant at the end of the next track season (August/September 2017) or the end of the next European soccer season (spring 2018).

Bolt has long said he desires to play professional soccer, with most of his comments about his favorite Premier League club, Manchester United.

Bolt, who isn’t expected to race on the track again until February, and Dortmund already have a tie-in with apparel sponsor Puma.

In the past, Bolt has been linked to Jamaica’s national team, played with Sergio Aguero and erroneously reported to be suiting up in a special Manchester United match.

VIDEO: Bolt details emotional interaction with dying fan

Jurgen Klinsmann and the Olympics

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Under Jurgen Klinsmann, an Olympic bronze medalist, the U.S. men’s soccer program missed both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

It marked the first time in 48 years that the U.S. men failed to qualify for back-to-back Games.

And while Klinsmann’s ouster from U.S. Soccer on Monday was more tied to the senior national team (versus the U-23 Olympic qualifying teams), the German had made it clear during his time as technical director (since 2013) that qualifying for the Olympics was a goal.

Earlier in his tenure, Klinsmann hired the U-23 coach at the helm of the 2012 Olympic qualifying failure, Caleb Porter.

As a player, Klinsmann was a member of the 1988 West German Olympic team that won bronze in Seoul (pictured atop).

Klinsmann was 24 years old when he scored a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Zambia in the quarterfinals (highlights here). Zambia had shocked Italy 4-0 earlier in the tournament.

West Germany went on to lose to Brazil in the semifinals. Brazil’s roster included the great Romario, whose late equalizer helped force the Brazil-West Germany match to a penalty shootout. Klinsmann’s penalty kick struck the post (watch here). West Germany beat Italy in the bronze-medal match.

Two years later, Klinsmann and West Germany won the World Cup.

If the 1988 tournament was played under today’s Olympic rules, Klinsmann might not have been on the team. The Seoul Olympics were the last Games before the 23-and-under rule was instituted.

This year, Olympic soccer rosters were made up of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993, with three over-age exceptions per team.

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