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Published September 11, 2013 7:31 am
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OLYMPICS • German lawyer Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, keeping the powerful sports body in European hands. Bach, 59, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years. Bach defeated five rival candidates in the secret balloting in Bueno Aires, Argentina. He received 49 votes in the second round to secure a winning majority. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico finished second with 29 votes.

In a twin boost for American influence, USOC chairman Larry Probst joined the IOC and Anita DeFrantz was elevated to the body's executive board. The elections reflected the improved standing of the U.S. in the IOC after years of strained relations, and gave further impetus to a potential American bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

Mavericks add trio for training camp

NBA • The Dallas Mavericks have added center Fab Melo, guard-forward D.J. Kennedy and guard Richard McConnell to their roster for training camp. Melo was a first-round pick by Boston last year and played six games for the Celtics. The 7-footer spent most of the season with Maine in the NBA Development League. He was traded to Memphis for Donte Green in August and waived by the Grizzlies two weeks later. Kennedy helped Rio Grande Valley win the D-League championship last season, and McConnell played in Italy.

• Herb Rudoy, the agent for Luol Deng, said that the two-time All-Star forward would "certainly visit free agency" next summer after being informed by the Bulls that contract extension talks will be tabled until after the 2013-14 season.

Bowyer says spin wasn't intentional

NASCAR • After first avoiding the question, Clint Bowyer denied Tuesday that he intentionally spun his car in an effort to keep Ryan Newman from winning at Richmond and making NASCAR's championship field. NASCAR officials said they could not prove Bowyer's spin was intentional in levying stiff sanctions against Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday. Newman replaced Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship field and MWR was fined $300,000 as part of the penalties.

From wire reports




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