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L.A. PITCH EMPHASIZES DIVERSITY

DOHA, Qatar — Los Angeles sought to allay concerns over Donald Trump's election, Paris played up its glamorous venues and Budapest set itself apart as a mid-sized alternative as the cities made their first public pitches Tuesday in the bid race for the 2024 Olympics.

Speaking to the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees, Allyson Felix, a Los Angeles-born African-American sprinter and six-time gold medalist, addressed concerns about Trump's bigotry and race-baiting.

"We just finished our presidential election, and some of you may question America's commitment to its founding principles," Felix said. "I have one message for you: Please don't doubt us. America's diversity is our greatest strength."

TENNIS

Founder of UM program dies

Gardnar Mulloy, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who won 129 U.S. national titles and played competitively into his 90s, died Monday. The longtime Miami resident was 102. Mr. Mulloy won five Grand Slam doubles titles, was ranked No. 1 in the United States in 1952 and started the University of Miami tennis program.

ATP FINALS: Novak Djokovic edged closer to the year-end No. 1 ranking, beating Milos Raonic 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) to qualify for the semifinals at the tournament in London.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Ron Dennis, the veteran head of McLaren Formula One, was forced out after a boardroom dispute, ending his 36-year stay.

GOLF: Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway was named the honorary chairman of the 39th U.S. Senior Open, which will be held at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs in 2018.

SOCCER: Qatar's World Cup sites will be inspected from next year by an international trade union which wants the deaths of all workers assessed by external coroners and for the causes to be published.

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