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Michael Phelps set to golf with Bill Murray

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Michael Phelps’ angry #PhelpsFace went viral this summer, but he will likely smile when he plays golf with comedian Bill Murray and other personalities at the Celebrity Match for the 2016 Ryder Cup on Tuesday.

The 9-hole scramble will take place at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. Other celebrities set to participate include chef Todd English, singer Huey Lewis and comedian Rob Riggle.

Other Olympians on the start list include Martina Navratilova, who represented the U.S. in tennis in 2004, two-time Olympic track and field medalist John Regis of Great Britain and NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick, who won a silver ice hockey medal in 2002. Surfer Kelly Slater, who could compete at the 2020 Olympics, and actor Kurt Russell, who portrayed U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in the 2004 film Miracle, will also tee off.

Phelps has had an up-and-down golf career.

In 2012, he sunk a 159-foot putt for eagle on the par 4 sixth hole at Kingbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews, Scotland (VIDEO).

A year later, he finished 84th out of 85 celebrity golfers at the American Century Championship, just ahead of Larry the Cable Guy.

He appeared on the “Tonight Show” earlier this month and told Jimmy Fallon that golfing was a now priority in his schedule, along with traveling, coaching and getting married later this year.

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Reno-Tahoe drops 2030 Winter Olympic bid

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If the U.S. bids for the 2030 Winter Olympics, it will not be with Reno-Tahoe.

The Nevada/California region ended its pursuit of becoming a U.S. bid city, at least for an Olympics in the near future. The U.S. is expected to bid for 2030, and the U.S. Olympic Committee last year named Reno-Tahoe, Denver and Salt Lake City as cities that expressed interest.

“We have maintained from the start that a Reno-Tahoe bid would have to make sense economically, environmentally and socially,” Brian Krolicki, chairman of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, said in a press release. “Given the parameters and conditions presented, we cannot make the numbers pass muster. To continue, at this point, would be untenable and unwise.”

The coalition noted the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Games having exclusive Olympic marketing rights from 2019 through its Closing Ceremony as an obstacle.

The region hosted the 1960 Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. Since, the U.S. has hosted two Winter Olympics — in Lake Placid in 1980 and Salt Lake City in 2002. It hasn’t hosted a Summer or Winter Games since, its longest drought since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

The International Olympic Committee vote in 2019 to choose the 2026 Winter Olympic host city could impact a potential U.S. 2030 bid. The remaining 2026 bidders are Calgary, Stockholm and an Italian bid with Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Calgary’s bid hinges on a public vote Tuesday. North America has never hosted back-to-back Winter Olympics.

Olympic host cities are traditionally chosen seven years beforehand.

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Shaun White eyes his longest break from snowboard contests

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Shaun White said he has no plans to compete in snowboarding this season, which would mark the first time he goes a full year without entering a contest.

“I normally take every season after the Olympics off to clear my head,” White said in a statement via his team. “This time around I’ll be filling my time with skateboarding.”

White said in July that he would lighten his snowboard schedule as he returns to skateboarding competition. The triple Olympic halfpipe champion is considering a Tokyo 2020 run in the new Summer Olympic sport.

White entered his first skateboard contest in years in September and called his performance “pretty terrible,” but not surprising given it was his first-ever bowl event.

White earned five X Games skateboard medals between 2005 and 2011, but all of those came in vert, which is not on the Olympic program.

“Honestly, I am here to see how things go,” White said at the September event in Marseille, according to Agence France-Presse. “I haven’t made a decision either way [on 2020], I just figured, want to have some fun, skateboard, come to France and then hopefully make a decision come new year if I’m really going to go for it or not.”

As for snowboarding, White has typically eased off in post-Olympic years. In 2010-11 and 2014-15, his only contest was the Winter X Games, according to World Snowboarding, whose results show that White’s longest break from contests was 11 months.

White has said he would like to go for a fifth Winter Games in Beijing in 2022. He would be 35, older than any previous Olympic snowboarding champion. He’s already the oldest halfpipe medalist.

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