WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama staged an Olympic rally Wednesday at the White House, saying the country is rooting for his hometown of Chicago in its efforts to host the 2016 Summer Games.
"Chicago is ready. The American people are ready. We want these games," he said to applause from Olympians, Paralympians, and others attending.
The International Olympic Committee will choose a '16 host Oct.2 in Copenhagen. Obama will not attend, instead sending first lady Michelle Obama to lead the U.S. delegation. Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo are the other finalists.
Detroit starts its title defense with victory
Deanna Nolan scored 25 to lead host Detroit, which trailed by 13 in the third quarter, past Atlanta 94-89 in Game 1 of their best-of-three WNBA Eastern Conference first-round series.
OBITUARY:Melvin Simon, a shopping mall magnate who co-owned the NBA's Pacers with his brother Herbert, died Wednesday, his company said. He was 82. Mr. Simon also produced the raunchy teen comedy Porky's.
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: World champion Spain and Serbia clinched the final two quarterfinal spots in Poland.
AUTOS:Renault split with team principal Flavio Briatore and said it would not contest a charge that Nelson Piquet Jr. was ordered to crash during a Formula One last year. The crash brought out a safety car, helping teammate Fernando Alonso win.
soccer:In 2010, MLS will take two weeks off during the World Cup group phase for the first time.