2020 Games host to berevealed Saturday
In the final day of campaigning to host the 2020 Olympics, Madrid promoted its bid Friday as one based on a “responsible budget” that can become the model for future games.
Madrid began the final push by the three cities leading to today’s vote by International Olympic Committee members in Buenos Aires.
Tokyo, fending off questions about the radioactive leak in the Fukushima nuclear plant, and Istanbul, dealing with concerns about the civil war in neighboring Syria, spoke later in the evening and remain in the running.
Knicks’ J.R. Smith suspended 5 games
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended without pay for five regular-season games by the NBA on Friday for violating the anti-drug program.
Smith, coming off offseason surgery on his left knee, will sit out the first five games for which he is eligible and physically able to play. Smith had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy that will keep him from joining the Knicks when they open training camp late this month.
Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season and helped shoot the Knicks into the playoffs before struggling in the postseason. He averaged 18.1 points during the regular season.
Noteworthy: The Timberwolves hired ex-Wizards executive Milt Newton as general manager.
Bolt closes season with victory in 100
Usain Bolt closed out the season Friday with another win in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.80 seconds in the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels.
The time, sluggish by his stellar, world-record standards, confirmed what Bolt himself acknowledges: 2013 hasn’t been a vintage year for the world and Olympic champion.
The 27-year-old Jamaican said he is now looking forward to some rest and recreation, family time and soccer matches with friends, before deciding on his goals for 2014, a season with no major championships.
“I’ve been smiling ever since I got to the stadium, because I know it’s the last one,” Bolt said about his final race of the year.
Noteworthy: Anti-doping authorities in Jamaica say backup doping tests have come back positive for former 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell and four other island athletes. All face suspensions of up to two years.
ODDS & ENDS
Golf: Dick Mast took the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship, shooting a 3-under 69. ... Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the lead with Thomas Bjorn at 10-under 132 after the second round of the European Masters in Switzerland.
Tennis: A court in Madrid found John Tomic, father of Australian player Bernard Tomic, guilty of head-butting Thomas Drouet, his son’s former training partner. Tomic got an eight-month sentence, but he will not have to go to prison because he has no criminal record. He must also keep 500 feet away from Drouet.
NHL: The Canucks will retire Pavel Bure’s No. 10on Nov. 2 at Rogers Arena. It will be the fourth number retired in franchise history.