USOC OK's L.A. bid for 2024 Games...Federer, Murray advance...Packers receive good news


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says his city is "the world's greatest stage" as it prepares to compete for the 2024 Summer Olympics, calling it "a quest that Los Angeles was made for." The U.S. Olympic Committee announced that L.A. will be its bid city in an attempt to secure the Summer Games for the first time since it was in Atlanta 19 years ago. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.

NEW YORK (AP) — Second seed Roger Federer and No. 3 Andy Murray were among the winners during Day 2 at the U.S. Open. Second seed Simona Halep (HA'-lehp) advanced on the women's side, as did fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) and No. 5 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIT'-oh-vuh). Yesterday's first-round losers included women's sixth seed Lucie Safarova and men's No. 11 Gilles Simon (see-MOHN').

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have some good news about their injury-stricken receiving corps. Packers receiver Randall Cobb hopes to be back for the season opener on Sept. 13 against the Chicago Bears after spraining his shoulder in a preseason game last week against Philadelphia. Green Bay wideout Jared Abbrederis returned to practice after being cleared from a concussion from the first day of camp in late July.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have released punter Brandon Fields and will go with Matt Darr, an undrafted rookie from Tennessee. Fields made the Pro Bowl in 2013, and his career average of 46.8 yards is the fourth-highest in NFL history. He averaged 46.3 yards last season, but his net average of 38.6 ranked only 25th in the league.

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas City Royals All-Star pitcher Kelvin Herrera and right fielder Alex Rios have been diagnosed with chickenpox and will likely miss a couple of weeks. Both players were sent home from Tampa Bay after experiencing symptoms over the weekend. The Royals have reached out to players, coaches and their families to determine whether anyone else has had chickenpox or may be at risk.

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