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MICHELLE OBAMA TO LOBBY IOC ON CHICAGO'S BEHALF

Olympics

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama will travel to Denmark before the Oct. 2 vote to lobby for Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, the White House announced Friday.

President Barack Obama called International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge to tell him that his priority has to be the fight to reform the health care system, but he will continue to work on behalf of his adopted hometown.

Chicago is in a tight contest with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo, and the presence of world leaders has been instrumental in the most recent votes.

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Basketball

Bobcats owner dies

North Carolina businessman William Beck, a co-owner of the NBA's Bobcats, died in a single-engine plane crash Friday near Rock Hill, S.C. He was 49.

The York County coroner and the Federal Aviation Administration say Beck was the only person aboard the Cirrus SR22. Witnesses say the plane returned shortly after takeoff at an airport just over the state line from Charlotte, but crashed as it tried to land and caught fire.

More NBA: The Clippers re-signed restricted free-agent forward Steve Novak, who shot 42 percent from 3-point range. ... The Timberwolves signed guard Ramon Sessions after the Bucks declined to match their $16 million, four-year offer.

WNBA: Host Atlanta clinched a playoff berth with an 88-64 win over Connecticut.

European Championships: France stayed unbeaten after an 83-57 victory over Macedonia in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Russia beat Croatia 62-59, and Greece topped Germany 84-76.

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ET CETERA

Boxing: Light welterweight Frankie Gomez edged Hungary's Gyula Kate 8-7 at the world championships in Milan, Italy, sending the only remaining American into the gold-medal match.

Soccer: Wary after some players said distractions sank England's World Cup bid in 2006, coach Fabio Capello said he will allow the players' wives and girlfriends to visit only on the days after games.

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