CHICAGO - President Barack Obama has some fans in the International Olympic Committee.
Obama's absence at next month's vote to award the 2016 Summer Olympics would be noticed, IOC member Dick Pound said Monday. But he's not sure how it would affect Chicago's chances to land the Games.
"I don't think there's an IOC member on the planet that wouldn't love to meet your president. He's a transformational figure in the world today," Pound, of Canada, said at a symposium on the '16 Games. "If he can be persuaded to go, I think it makes a huge difference."
Chicago is in a tight contest with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo. World leaders have been instrumental in the most recent votes.
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Teens suing over stadium ejection
Three teenagers who say they were tossed from a ballpark over their refusal to stand during God Bless America are suing the minor-league Newark Bears. Bryce Gadye and Nilkumar Patel, both 17, and junior Shaan Mohammad Khan, both 16, argue that their constitutional rights were violated when team president and co-owner Thomas Cetnar asked them to leave Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J., on June 29. Cetnar acknowledged the boys were asked to leave but declined to say why.
MAYWEATHER SUED: A Las Vegas bank is suing boxer Floyd Mayweather for more than $167,000 unpaid on a loan for a half-million-dollar luxury car. JP Morgan Chase claims the former five-division champion bought a Mercedes Maybach 57S in February 2007 and stopped making monthly payments of more than $9,000 a year later.
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BASKETBALL: Pau Gasol scored 19 to lead Spain over Lithuania 84-70 in the European Championships in Poland.
HORSES: A filly out of 2002 horse of the year Azeri sold for $800,000, the early high price on the first day of Keeneland's September yearling sale.