Olympic organizers promised Tuesday to introduce viral testing in the polluted waters in Rio de Janeiro, where about 1,400 athletes will compete in next year's games.
The IOC and Brazilian organizers had repeatedly insisted that only bacterial testing was required despite an independent five-month analysis showing dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues.
Acknowledging that viral water testing was now necessary, local organizing committee head Carlos Arthur Nuzman told the AP that his team was still studying how best to carry out the analysis and what pathogens to search for.
"The viral tests, we will do and we will repeat this because the most important [thing] for us is the health of the athletes," Nuzman said in an interview in London. "We are working with our medical department and looking for this."
Los Angeles is 2024 candidate
The U.S. Olympic Committee named Los Angeles as its candidate for the 2024 Games, replacing Boston's soured bid and marking a comeback for LA's dream of becoming a three-time Olympic host.
The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in September 2017, and Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, are also in pursuit of the 2024 Games.
U's nonleague schedule out
The Gophers men's basketball team will play eight nonconference games at Williams Arena before the Big Ten play starts.
Minnesota will open the regular season with home games against Missouri-Kansas City on Nov. 13 and Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 15. Next the Gophers will return to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, playing three games in four days beginning with the Temple Owls on Nov. 19 in San Juan. See the schedule in scoreboard on C11.
•Alonzo Harris hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to lead the St. Paul Saints to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Gary SouthShore RailCats. Reyes Dorado got the victory in his second start for the Saints, giving up two runs and four hits in five-plus innings.
•Three former U.S. Olympians will be inducted into the Minnesota State High School League's Hall of Fame on Oct. 25. They are Neal Broten (hockey), Briana Scurry (soccer) and Carrie Tollefson (running).
• Julie Carmichael of Plainfield, Ind., shot a 1-over 73 for medalist honors at the 2015 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship qualifying at Edina Country Club. Paige Broman (75) of Minneapolis, Leigh Klasse (78) of Woodbury, Olivia Herrick (80) of Roseville and Kathryn Hauff (80) of Fargo, N.D., also advanced to the national tournament Oct. 3-8 in Choudrant, La.
•Senior cross-county runners Aaron Bartnik and Adam Zutz of the Gophers finished 1-2 in the Bob Timmons Dual Classic in Lawrence, Kan., finishing the 6K race just one-tenth of a second apart. Bartnik's time was 19 minutes, 8.7 seconds. Minnesota also won the team title with four runners in the top 10.
around the horn
Wrestling: Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend more than three decades ago.
NBA: Former Georgetown basketball player Patrick Ewing Jr. has returned to the school as director of basketball operations. … The Hawks will retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season, about two months after he is enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
WNBA: Sugar Rodgers made five three-pointers and tied a career high with 23 points to help New York beat Atlanta 80-75 in overtime. … Tamika Catchings had 13 points, and Indiana beat Connecticut 81-51.