American among IOC candidates
olympics • The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee was nominated for membership of the IOC on Tuesday, a big boost for U.S. efforts to regain influence on the international Olympic stage. In the latest sign of improved ties between the two bodies, USOC President Larry Probst was among nine candidates put forward for election to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. The nominees for IOC membership will be up for election usually a formality at the full general assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept. 10. The USOC is currently considering a bid for the 2024 Summer Games. The U.S. last hosted a Summer Games in 1996 in Atlanta, and the Winter Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Klitschko to face Povetkin in October
Boxing • Wladmir Klitschko will defend his multiple heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in a highly anticipated showdown on Oct. 5 in Moscow. Klitschko's management says the fight, long in the making, will take place in the Olympic Arena. Klitschko holds the IBF and IBO belts and is also the WBO and WBA "super champion." Povetkin, 33, is WBA's "regular champion." Klitschko's older brother Vitali is the WBC champion. Russia's Povetkin has a 26-0 record, with 18 KOs. Klitschko is 60-3. His last fight was a sixth-round TKO over Francesco Pianeta in May.
From wire reports