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US President Donald Trump has repeatedly backed the LA 2024 campaign, even while Los Angeles's Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured) has criticized his immigration policies

Trump Immigration Storm Buffets LA 2024 Olympics Bid

Los Angeles (AFP) – Donald Trump may have given his unequivocal support to Los Angeles’s bid for the 2024 Olympics but the tumultuous first few weeks of his presidency have dealt a blow to the city’s hopes of staging the games, analysts say.

Seattle Seahawks' Michael Benett said he would skip a trip to Israel because he wished "not only to see Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives"

Bennett, Forsett Skip Israel Trip to Avoid Favoritism

Washington (AFP) – Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and Denver Broncos running back Justin Forsett will skip a trip of NFL players to Israel next week to avoid showing favoritism over Palestinians.

Australia's top-ranked Jason Day fired back-to-back birdies in finishing an eight-under-par 64 second round to grab a share of the lead at the PGA Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on February 11, 2017

Spieth, Day Share Lead at Weather-Hit Pebble Beach

San Francisco (AFP) – Australia’s top-ranked Jason Day fired back-to-back birdies Saturday in finishing an eight-under-par 64 second round to grab a share of the lead at the PGA Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Brady Would Call it Quits if Gisele Had Her Way

New York (AFP) – New England Patriots star Tom Brady, the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles, says his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, pleaded with him to retire after Sunday’s championship victory.

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons scooped the NFL's MVP award with 25 votes, while his Super Bowl opposite number, the Patriots' Tom Brady, finished with 10 votes

Falcons’ Ryan Named NFL Season MVP

Houston (AFP) – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player, 24 hours before he attempts to crown a superb season with Super Bowl glory.

Jon Rahm of Spain plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California

Closing Eagle Lifts Rahm to First USPGA Tour Title

La Jolla (United States) (AFP) – Spain’s Jon Rahm claimed his first US PGA Tour title in style Sunday, rolling in an eagle putt from the fringe at the final hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Royals Pitcher Ventura Dies in Car Accident

Los Angeles (AFP) – Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died Sunday after a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team confirmed in a statement.

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Falcons, Patriots to Clash in Super Bowl Showpiece

Los Angeles (AFP) – Tom Brady led the New England Patriots into the seventh Super Bowl of his career with a clinical 36-17 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers after the Atlanta Falcons routed the Green Bay Packers to reach the NFL showpiece.

Serena Williams is in fighting mood ahead of the 2017 Australian Open despite being bundled out in the second round of her only warm-up tournament, the Auckland Classic

Kerber Lurks in Melbourne as Serena Chases Record Slam

Melbourne (AFP) – Serena Williams has vowed to make life difficult for top seed Angelique Kerber and a host of dangerous players out to derail her at the Australian Open, warning she is in Melbourne to win.

Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers runs from the pocket during the first half of a game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California

San Diego Chargers Confirm Move to Los Angeles

Los Angeles (AFP) – The San Diego Chargers confirmed Thursday the franchise will make a controversial move to Los Angeles next season after failing to reach a deal on a new stadium at their existing home.

Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks gets ready to run a play against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game

Seahawks, Texans Advance in Playoff Openers

Washington (AFP) – Russell Wilson tossed two touchdown passes to power Seattle over Detroit 26-6 while Brock Osweiler threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Houston beat Oakland 27-14 in Saturday’s NFL playoff openers.

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NFL Jaguars sack head coach Bradley

Houston (AFP) – Gus Bradley was fired on Sunday as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who dropped their ninth straight game with a 21-20 loss to the Houston Texans.

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Veteran NBA TV Reporter Sager Dies at 65

Los Angeles (AFP) – Craig Sager, the popular broadcaster whose NBA sideline reports were an integral part of the game for a legion of basketball fans, has died at the age of 65, Turner Sports network said Thursday.

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Foreign Planes Combat Fires In Israel

Haifa (Israel) (AFP) – Foreign firefighting planes on Friday helped Israel tackle a wave of wildfires that have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, as police announced a dozen related arrests.

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Francona, Roberts Named Managers of the Year

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and the Cleveland Indians’s Terry Francona were named the American League and National League managers of the year, respectively, Major League Baseball said Tuesday.

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits New Zealand

Massive New Zealand Quake Triggers Tsunami, Residents Flee

CHRISTCHURCH – Residents in coastal areas of New Zealand fled through the night Monday after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck just after midnight, triggering a potentially “destructive” tsunami. The earthquake, centered north of Christchurch on the South Island, was felt