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Beijing celebrates winning the 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing celebrates win of 2022 Winter Olympics, 1st to host both summer and winter games
Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - Lion dancers swayed and confetti canons erupted Friday as news came that Beijing would become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics.

Local residents praised their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations were far more muted than 14 years ago when Beijing exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games.

Beijing celebrates winning the 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing celebrates win of 2022 Winter Olympics, 1st to host both summer and winter games
The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - Beijing residents have expressed happiness and pride at their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations are more muted than 14 years ago when the city exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games.

News that Beijing would become the first city to host both summer and winter Olympics was greeted with lion dancers and confetti canons Friday evening at a staged government pep rally at the iconic Bird's Nest stadium, attended by about 500 preselected participants.

Louganis contemplates his, fellow Olympian Jenner's journeys

Diving great Greg Louganis says he appreciates fellow Olympian Jenner's journey
Lynn Elber, The Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Greg Louganis said he was unaware of fellow Olympian Bruce Jenner's gender identity struggle when their paths crossed at the Summer 1976 Games and in later years.

The diving great, among the first prominent athletes to come out as gay, said Thursday he has yet to speak with the now-Caitlyn Jenner but can appreciate what she's going through.

Thursday's Scoreboard

Thursday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Thursday's Games

CFL

Winnipeg 23 B.C. 13

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MLB

American League

Detroit 9 Baltimore 8

Toronto 5 Kansas City 2

Boston 8 Chicago White Sox 2

Texas 7 N.Y. Yankees 6

Houston 3 L.A. Angels 0

Minnesota 9 Seattle 5

Cleveland 3 Oakland 1

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National League

San Diego 8 N.Y. Mets 7

Washington 1 Miami 0

Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 1

Cincinnati 15 Pittsburgh 5

St. Louis 9 Colorado 8

Chicago Cubs 5 Milwaukee 2

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Jenner Olympic Torch fetches $24,000 at auction

1984 Olympic Torch carried by Bruce Jenner fetches $24,000 at sports memorabilia auction
Ula Ilnytzky, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, sold for just under $24,000 at an auction of sports memorabilia Thursday.

The 24-inch Olympic torch was the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner. It had a presale estimate of $20,000.

Blue Jays use long ball to get past Royals

Blue Jays hit three home runs to down American League best Royals
Melissa Couto, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Marco Estrada wasn't at all distracted by the Blue Jays' acquisition of David Price when he took the mound on Thursday night.

He didn't even know about it until he got to the park that afternoon.

"I don't really read anything the day I pitch, I just kind of relax at home so I had no idea until I got here," Estrada said after pitching 5 2/3 effective innings to help Toronto to a 5-2 victory over the American League best Kansas City Royals.

Habs sign Galchenyuk to two-year deal

Canadiens sign restricted-free-agent Alex Galchenyuk to two-year deal
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with forward Alex Galchenyuk.

Galchenyuk will count US$2.8 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons, according to multiple reports.

The 21-year-old set career highs with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last year.

He has 42 goals and 62 assists in 193 regular-season games and four goals and six assists in 22 playoff games.

Galchenyuk was the Canadiens' last restricted free agent.

Drogba antsy to get started with Impact

Drogba gets superstar treatment, dons No. 11, at first Montreal Impact event
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - There's no question that Montreal soccer fans count Didier Drogba as a superstar.

The former Chelsea striker was met with chants and long applause at a news conference attended by media and hundreds of the Major League Soccer club's most loyal fans at Saputo Stadium on Thursday night.

He donned the No. 11 shirt, which was given up by midfielder Dilly Duka for the team's new marquee player.

Trump lands, Kim leads at Women's British Open

Donald Trump's grand arrival at Women's British Open upstages strong start by Hyo-Joo Kim
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

TURNBERRY, Scotland - Donald Trump's show-stealing arrival at the Women's British Open on Thursday upstaged another strong start to a major by South Korea's Hyo-Joo Kim.

Kim was midway through compiling a 7-under 65 in the first round when Trump, the American presidential candidate, landed in a private helicopter to begin a two-day visit at the tournament at his Turnberry resort in western Scotland.

Blue Jays add another all-star in Price

Fantasy baseball: Jays roster looking like all-star team after acquiring Price
Melissa Couto, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Josh Donaldson can hardly believe the moves the Toronto Blue Jays were able to pull off this week.

After trading for all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos was at it again Thursday, adding former Cy Young winner David Price from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for a trio of prospects.

Speaking to media before Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals, Donaldson gushed about the new-look roster.

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