The prospect of a U.S. bid for the Winter Olympics is less a matter of "if" and more a matter of "when."
The U.S. Olympic Committee board is moving forward with discussions about bringing the Winter Games to America for either 2026 or 2030.
Because Los Angeles was recently awarded the 2028 Summer Games, a bid for 2030 would make more sense, Chairman Larry Probst said Friday after the USOC board's quarterly meeting.
But the USOC needs more information about the International Olympic Committee's process for awarding the next Olympics. The 2026 Games are set to be awarded in 2019, but the IOC could decide to award the 2030 Games then, as well, mirroring this year's dual award of the 2024 Games to Paris and 2028 to LA.
If the IOC considers that possibility, Probst said, "we'd want to be in that conversation."
The USOC has until next March to pick a city. Those expressing interest are Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno, Nev. Because the IOC is emphasizing using facilities already in place, Salt Lake City might have an advantage. It is the last American city to host an Olympics, the 2002 Winter Games, and many of the venues built for those Olympics have been maintained and are still in use.
Laimbeer to coach new team
Bill Laimbeer will be the coach and general manager of the San Antonio Stars when the team is relocated, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
Laimbeer coached the New York Liberty the past five seasons, and they had the best record in the Eastern Conference the past three years.
The Stars announced Thursday that the team is in negotiations to be bought and moved. The buyer is based in Las Vegas.
Rivalry to resume, for charity
Kansas and Missouri will set aside the bitterness and revive one of college basketball's greatest rivalries Oct. 22 — for charity. The schools have received permission from the NCAA to play an exhibition game in Kansas City, Mo., to benefit hurricane relief.
The schools, which first met in 1906 and have played each other 266 times as members of the Big Eight and Big 12, have not played each other since 2012, when the Tigers bolted the Big 12 for the SEC.
AROUND THE HORN
Men's golf: Pat Perez made four birdies in a row, shot a 7-under-par 65 and led halfway through the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. … Matt Parziale, a firefighter from Brockton, Mass., won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Atlanta, routing Josh Nichols of Kernersville, N.C., 8 and 6 in the 36-hole final. … Jerry Smith, David McKenzie and Gibby Gilbert III shared the first-round lead at 5-under 67 in the PGA Tour Champions' SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
Women's golf: Angel Yin shot a 7-under 65 and took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour's KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
Figure skating: Two-time U.S. champion Gracie Gold withdrew from the Grand Prix series, saying she was being treated for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder.
Tennis: Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Shanghai Masters semifinals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Viktor Troicki, but del Potro injured his left wrist and was wearing a splint after the match. He's set to face Roger Federer, who beat Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinals. The other semifinalists are Rafael Nadal, who beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3, and Marin Cilic, who beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4.