Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Three U.S. Cities Up for 2024 Games

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Three U.S. Cities Up for 2024 Games

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U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston's candidacy will be "ancient history" by the time the host city is selected in 2017.

USOC Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst tells The Associated Press that a decision will be made by the end of August on which of three cities should replace Boston as the American contender in a race that already features four European cities.

Probst says "we've got to reconnect with the three cities that were part of the group of finalists."

He says the feedback will be considered by the USOC board, adding "we will have resolved this by the end of the month." (AP)

Nadal reaches final * Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognini.

The fourth-seeded Fogini beat qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3) after saving a set point in the second set.

Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay court title every year since 2004. The former No. 1 has dropped to 10th in the rankings and is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon. He won in Hamburg in 2008, the last time he played in the clay-court event.

Nadal served a double-fault at match point in the seventh game before breaking serve in the next to win.

He holds a 4-2 career edge over Fognini, the 2013 Hamburg champion. (AP)

STLFC plays at New York * Coming off its first back-to-back shutouts, St. Louis FC (5-7-7) will work to improve on its 4-2-3 United Soccer League road mark Sunday when it takes on the New York Red Bulls II in Harrison, N.J. Game time is 4 p.m.

The Red Bulls (8-7-4) are 2-0-2 in their last four outings. On June 27, New York pulled away late in a 4-1 win at Soccer Park in Fenton. …

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