Timeline: Los Angeles’ path to 2028 Olympics

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A timeline of Los Angeles’ path to becoming an Olympic host city for the third time in 2028:

Dec. 16, 2014: The USOC announces it will bid for the 2024 Olympics. It names four finalists to be its bid city — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Jan. 8, 2015: The USOC announces it has chosen Boston to be its 2024 Olympic bid city.

July 27, 2015: Boston drops its 2024 Olympic bid after mayor Marty Walsh refuses to sign a document that could put taxpayers at risk if there are cost overruns. The USOC says it would like to bid for 2024 with a different city, but it has less than two months to submit a bid to the IOC.

Sept. 1, 2015: The LA 2024 Olympic bid becomes official, two weeks before the IOC deadline. It joins Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome as bidders.

Nov. 29, 2015: Hamburg drops its 2024 Olympic bid after a majority of its voting residents opposed the bid.

Feb. 16, 2016: LA 2024 unveils its new bid logo and slogan — “Follow the Sun.”

Oct. 11, 2016: Rome suspends its 2024 Olympic bid after staunch opposition from the city’s new mayor. The bid is never revived.

Dec. 8, 2016: IOC president Thomas Bach doesn’t rule out awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in 2017, saying the current bidding process produces “too many losers.”

Feb. 22, 2017: Budapest 2024 says it will withdraw its bid, leaving LA and Paris as the only bidders for the 2024 Games set to be awarded in September.

February-March, 2017: Paris 2024 co-bid chief Tony Estanguet is quoted in reports issuing an ultimatum that Paris will accept the 2024 Olympics or nothing. LA bid officials issue no such ultimatum.

May 4, 2017: LA 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman reportedly says the city will not renew its Olympic bid for a future Games if it comes away empty-handed in host city voting this summer.

June 9, 2017: The IOC executive board discusses and recommends both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to be awarded this summer — one to Paris, the other to Los Angeles, in some order. IOC membership is set to vote to approve the measure in early July.

July 11, 2017: The IOC approves awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics this summer — one to Paris, the other to Los Angeles. Paris is seen as the 2024 favorite, but the move all but ensures the U.S. gets its first Olympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996). LA, Paris and the IOC will negotiate to try and agree to which city gets 2024 and which gets 2028. If they can’t agree, a scheduled IOC members vote of the 2024 host city will still take place in September.

July 31, 2017: It is announced that LA has reached an agreement to host the 2028 Olympics.

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Geraint Thomas attacks, takes Tour de France lead ahead of Chris Froome

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British Olympic track cycling champion Geraint Thomas grabbed the Tour de France lead, attacking with three and a half miles to win a summit finish on Stage 11 on Wednesday.

Thomas now leads a Team Sky one-two in the overall standings, 85 seconds ahead of four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, as the three-week Grand Tour passed the halfway mark.

“Froome is the [Team Sky] leader here, so there’s no pressure on me,” Thomas said Tuesday, according to Cyclingnews.com. “It’s a bonus for me to be up there, and hopefully I can be there for as long as possible.”

The Tour continues Thursday with stage 12 to Alpe d’Huez, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (full broadcast schedule here).

The 109-mile stage features three beyond-category climbs — Col de la Madeleine, Croix-de-Fer and the iconic Alpe d’Huez finish after 21 switchbacks to close out the Tour’s three days in the Alps. The overall standings are sure to change.

Greg Van Avermaet, the Rio Olympic road race champion, went into stage 11 with a 2:22 lead, which he had tripled on the first mountain day Tuesday.

But Van Avermaet, who predicted he would lose the yellow jersey before stages Tuesday and Wednesday, cracked on the second of three major climbs Wednesday. He finished in a group 22 minutes after Thomas.

Van Avermaet is a super one-day racer but not a strong climber.

Thomas showed his climbing prowess, finishing 20 seconds ahead of 2017 Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin and Froome.

Thomas dons the yellow jersey for a second straight Tour. The 2008 and 2012 Olympic track cycling gold medalist won the opening stage in 2017 and wore the maillot jaune four days before Froome took over en route to his fourth title in Paris.

There was talk before and during this year’s Tour that Thomas could challenge Froome as Sky’s team leader, even though Froome has won the last three Grand Tours and is going for record-tying fifth Tour de France crown.

But Thomas and Sky have played that down.

Dumoulin moved into third overall, 1:44 behind Thomas and 19 seconds back of Froome.

The other top contenders — 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet — finished 59 seconds behind Thomas on Wednesday.

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U.S. Olympic, USA Gymnastics leaders set for another Senate hearing

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Recently replaced U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry and Michigan State interim president John Engler are scheduled witnesses for a Senate subcommittee hearing next Tuesday on reforms following the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.

The hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” and will stream live at https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

“The hearing will focus on changes made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse,” according to the subcommittee’s website. “It will examine recent reforms to provide safe environments for athletes and how these reforms are being implemented.”

The subcommittee held hearings April 18 and June 5 with testimonies from gymnasts and other athletes who were abused, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics Rhonda Faehn. Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny also attended the June 5 hearing but refused to answer questions.

Lyons and Perry were questioned at a House subcommittee hearing May 23.

The USOC last Thursday named Sarah Hirshland its new CEO, replacing Lyons, who had been in the role on an interim basis since Scott Blackmun resigned in February. Blackmun, who had been CEO since January 2010, left citing prostate cancer and the USOC’s need to immediately address the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal.

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