Hiroshima, Nagasaki to Bid

Monday, October 12, 2009

Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- sites of atomic bombings in World War II -- are teaming up to make a bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics that will emphasize world peace.

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue announced on Sunday that they will form a joint bid committee. The mayors are founding members of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign, which advocates for a global ban on nuclear arms.

"The Olympics symbolize the abolition of nuclear arms and world peace, and we want to work to realize our plan to host the games," Akiba said.

Taue added, "It will be a new challenge for the atomic-bombed cities."

The announcement comes a little more than a week after Tokyo lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics. Tokyo organizers have not indicated whether they will bid again.


Ronaldo Will Miss Time

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out for up to four weeks because of an ankle injury.

The Spanish club said Sunday that scans confirmed Ronaldo had severely sprained his right ankle while playing for Portugal in World Cup qualifying on Saturday. Portugal, with 16 points, leads third-place Sweden by one point. Portugal has a World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday against Malta.

Madrid lost its first match of the season last week to Sevilla with Ronaldo missing the match because of injury.

The 24-year-old Ronaldo was the world player of the year last year and cost Madrid a record $136 million from Manchester United in the offseason.


Two Cardinals Arrested

Two projected starters for Louisville's basketball team were released from jail Sunday after being arrested Saturday night on misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement in southern Indiana.

University of Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein confirmed that sophomore forward Terrence Jennings and senior guard Jerry Smith were arrested on the misdemeanor charges Saturday night in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Klein said Coach Rick Pitino is aware of the arrests and the issue will be handled inside the program.


D. Sedin Breaks Foot

The NHL's Vancouver Canucks will be without top forward Daniel Sedin for four to six weeks because of a broken foot. Sedin, who averaged more than 30 goals for the Canucks over the past three seasons, was hit in the foot by a shot from teammate Alex Edler in a 7-1 win over Montreal on Wednesday. He finished the game and recorded three assists, but X-rays on Friday revealed a fracture. . . .

There might be one less favorite for the men's title at the world gymnastics championships in London. Fabian Hambuechen, the silver medalist at the 2007 worlds, left the gym on crutches after injuring his ankle during training. The German team scheduled a news conference Monday morning to discuss Hambuechen's condition. . . .

Angel McCoughtry scored 20 points to lead the U.S. women's basketball team past UMMC Ekaterinburg, 78-63, to win the Ekaterinburg (Russia) Invitational. . . .

Ross McGowan of England has captured his first European Tour title, winning the Madrid Masters by three strokes over Mikko Ilonen of Finland. McGowan shot a 1-under-par 71 in the final round to finish at 25-under 263 at the Centro Nacional golf course. . . .

Justin Lofton came all the way from the back of the field to finish third, good enough to hold off Parker Kligerman by five points to win the ARCA championship in the season finale at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. . . .

Donna Mae Mims, the first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America national championship in 1963, died Tuesday in Bridgeville, Pa. She was 82.

-- From News Services

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