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.