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IOC head quizzed about water shortages in Rio, golf course

IOC head quizzed about water shortages in Rio, and reason for golf course and canoeing venues
Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - IOC President Thomas Bach was pressed Wednesday about the severe water shortages in Brazil by a group of 100 university students during a town hall meeting.

Bach was asked repeatedly to justify building a golf course and a canoeing venue for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Southeastern Brazil, which includes Rio, is going through the worst drought in 80 years.

UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final date in Qatar

UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final in Qatar to protect dates for its own qualifiers
The Associated Press

NYON, Switzerland - UEFA supports playing the 2022 World Cup final on Dec. 23 to help protect international qualifying matches in its own competitions.

Earlier Wednesday, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke revealed UEFA made the final date proposal which has angered British football officials, who feel it threatens their traditional Christmas holiday program.

Ireland wins 2nd win in a row at Cricket World Cup

Ireland wins 2nd in a row at Cricket World Cup in close tussle with United Arab Emirates
Dennis Passa, The Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia - A four-wicket victory over a more-fancied West Indies to open its Cricket World Cup campaign seemed relatively easy after Ireland's tight two-wicket win over a team it was expected to beat on Wednesday.

Gary Wilson struck 80 from 69 balls in a late-innings burst to help the Irish edge the United Arab Emirates by two wickets with four balls to spare.

NCAA president supports 4-team football playoff

NCAA President Emmert says he would back 4-team BCS football playoff
Michael Marot, The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA President Mark Emmert would support a four-team playoff in college football — as long as the field doesn't grow.

After giving his annual state of the association speech Thursday in Indianapolis, Emmert acknowledged he would back a small playoff if that's what Bowl Championship Series officials decide to adopt.

Djokovic drawn opposite of Rafa and Roger

Djokovic on opposite side of Australian Open draw to Nadal, Federer
John Pye, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time since 2005, meaning defending champion and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic won't have to play either of his biggest rivals unless he reaches the Australian Open final.

No. 23-seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face unseeded Filippo Volandri of Italy.

Wozniacki to play Rodionova in 1st round

Caroline Wozniacki to play Rodionova in 1st round at Australian Open
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Kim Clijsters and losing finalist Li Na could meet in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open after being drawn in the same quarter of the draw Friday.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play Australian Anastasia Rodionova in her first-round match and is in the same half as Clijsters and Li, last year's French Open champion.

On the other half of the draw, five-time champion Serena Williams is in the same section of No. 3 Vera Zvonereva and former Grand Slam champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova.

Djokovic plays Lorenzi, Nadal a qualifer

Djokovic plays Lorenzi in 1st round, could meet Murray in Australian Open semis
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Novak Djokovic could meet Andy Murray, the man he beat in last year's Australian Open final, in the semifinals and Roger Federer could play Rafael Nadal at the same stage after the draw was held Friday at Melbourne Park.

Top-seeded Djokovic will play Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the first round and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal has drawn a qualifier.

NBA Roundup: Bryant leads Lakers over Suns

NBA Roundup: Kobe Bryant scores 48 points, Lakers beat Suns 99-83
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Kobe Bryant scored 48 points — his fifth straight game with 25 or more — and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-83 Tuesday night to win their seventh straight at home and third in a row overall.

Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, topped the 40-point mark for the first time this season, the first in the league to do so. He was 18 of 31 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws. Pau Gasol added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Canadian freestyle skier Burke in coma

Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke injured on superpipe, in coma
The Canadian Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in a coma after suffering a serious injury while training on a superpipe Tuesday.

Burke, a halfpipe pioneer who lobbied tirelessly to get her sport included in the Winter Olympics, was airlifted from Park City, Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital after crashing at the end of a training run.

Canadian freestyle skier Burke in coma

Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke injured on superpipe, in coma
The Canadian Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in a coma after suffering a serious injury while training on a superpipe Tuesday.

Burke, a halfpipe pioneer who lobbied tirelessly to get her sport included in the Winter Olympics, was airlifted from Park City, Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital after crashing at the end of a training run.

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