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NFL Pro Bowlers to face Olympic champions at curling event

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Retired NFL Pro Bowlers Jared Allen and Marc Bulger are one half of a team entered in a World Curling Tour event in Minnesota this weekend.

Their first opponents on Friday? A team of PyeongChang Olympic champions John ShusterMatt Hamilton and John Landsteiner, plus 2010 Olympian Chris Plys.

The event will stream here, according to Allen’s social media.

Allen was first linked to serious curling in February via U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Lou Nanne on a Minnesota ESPN radio show. Nanne said Allen told him at a dinner.

“[Allen} says, I’m giving myself four years to make the Olympic curling team,” said Nanne, a 1968 U.S. Olympian.

Allen and Bulger are on a team with 2010 Olympian John Benton and fellow veteran curler Hunter Clawson.

Allen, 36, retired in 2016 after a 12-year NFL career as a defensive end that included five Pro Bowls. Bulger, 41, retired in 2011 after a 10-year career, making two Pro Bowls with the Rams.

Another Pro Bowler has a prominent curling connection. Tight end Vernon Davis attended the last three Winter Games as USA Curling’s honorary team captain.

Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker is the only athlete with NFL regular-season experience to compete in the Winter Olympics. He finished seventh in two-man bobsled at Albertville 1992.

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Los Angeles Rams stadium could be used in LA 2024 Olympic bid

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The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid could include the to-be-constructed NFL stadium in nearby Inglewood.

“The wealth of existing and planned infrastructure in the City of Angels means LA 2024 has the luxury of selecting the best choices for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, not building them from scratch,” LA 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman said in a statement Wednesday. “And the new NFL stadium represents an opportunity to add to the array of high-quality venues we already have in our Games Plan.”

An NFL vote Tuesday authorized the St. Louis Rams’ move back to Los Angeles, starting next season.

The L.A. Memorial Coliseum, which was the 1984 Olympic Stadium, is the likely venue for the Rams until their Inglewood stadium is ready for the 2019 NFL season, according to ProFootballTalk.

An L.A. 2024 bid book published in August proposed Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Coliseum and soccer at the Rose Bowl.

International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in September 2017. The candidates are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome.

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