Los Angeles vows privately financed Olympics in 2024 bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With 97 percent of the venues in existence or already planned by private investors, organizers of Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympics are promising a prudent and responsible approach to running the games that would be entirely privately financed.

  • Written by BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

Blake Griffin apologizes for punching Clippers staff member

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin apologized Tuesday for punching a Los Angeles Clippers staff member last month, saying he wishes he could take back the incident that left him with a broken right hand and the employee with facial injuries.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Russian club faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt

ISTANBUL (AP) — European soccer's governing body charged Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and one of its players with improper conduct Wednesday for revealing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his t-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Franz Beckenbauer fined, warned by FIFA ethics judges

GENEVA (AP) — Franz Beckenbauer has been fined and warned by FIFA's ethics committee for refusing to cooperate with Michael Garcia's investigation of World Cup bidding.

  • Written by GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer