• KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 31: China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, delivers a speech during Beijing's 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid presentation at the 128th IOC session on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Vincent Thian - Pool/Getty Images)KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 31: China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, delivers a speech during Beijing's 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid presentation at the 128th IOC session on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Vincent Thian - Pool/Getty Images)Beijing, China has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a vote over Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, and becomes the first city to host both Summer and Winter Games. China's representative city defeated Kazakhstan's by a 44-40 vote.

    “Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic family has put its faith in Beijing again to deliver the athlete-centred, sustainable and economical Games we have promised,” Beijing Olympic officials said in a statement. “This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall for the whole Olympic family, the athletes and the spectators that will further enhance the tremendous potential to grow winter sports in our country, in Asia and around the world.”

    Both Almaty and Beijing made a final pitch to the International Olympic Committee on Friday morning. Almaty representatives emphasized their more winter-friendly location and compacted clustering of event venues. Beijing, which sits at approximately

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  • ONE Championship has six shows booked in six different cities between now and the end of the year, meaning that a title or two is likely to change hands while new champions could conceivably be crowned in divisions where the belt has yet to be introduced.

    The aim for every fighter is to work their way into contention for a shot at the ONE World Championship titles, but for some, this goal is already within touching distance after a series of strong performances inside the cage. 

    Here are 5 fighters who could be challenging for a belt before the end of the year:

    1) Brandon Vera

    Brandon Vera (13-7) is a hero in the Philippines and a perennial fan favourite who received an incredible ovation from the crowd when he fought in Manila for the first time at ONE: WARRIOR’S WAY. The Filipino-American heavyweight got his ONE Championship career off to the best possible start with a first-round TKO win over Ukraine’s Igor Subora.

    ONE Championship’s heavyweight division is still in its infancy, but

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Through four holes, it was looking like another reprisal of the Passion of Tiger. Snap-hook and a bogey on the first hole. A short-side miss from the fairway leading to a second bogey at the third. Another dropped shot at the fourth.

    At 3 over through four holes, it seemed Woods was a few more bad ones away from indifference, the subsequent reemergence of the chipping yips and then a post-round head-hanging explanation of what went wrong -- again.

    That's not what happened.

    Instead, Woods somewhat surprisingly rallied to shoot a 3-under 68 that has him in the top third of the field at the Quicken Loans National.

    The 14-time major winner began the comeback with routine-looking birdies on the two par 5s on the front nine at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, completing the opening half with a par at the ninth.

    It was on the 10th tee where Woods started his rally. He his four consecutive approach shots inside 12 feet, making all four birdies putts to turn a 1-over round into

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  • Entering its fifth year on Aug. 3, the World's Largest Golf Outing has become a day of gratitude, charity and patriotism.

    The brainchild of Billy Casper Golf, WLGO is a one-day, nationwide event which brings together four-player teams to enjoy a day of golf and raise money in support of Wounded Warrior Project. Some 140 courses, owned and operated by BCG, Troon Golf and Toll Golf, participate, offering a 9- or 18-hole round, cart, lunch and prizes, and includes a $10 per player donation to WWP. 

    Players do not need a USGA handicap to participate and can sign up as a single or part of a group of two or four. Over 8,100 players have signed up so far, with 500 wounded warriors among the entrants. In 2014, over 10,000 players participated.

    All players are entered into a drawing to win a trip for four to the Nike headquarters in Oregon for custom club fitting. The highest fundraising team wins a trip for four to Kiawah Island, S.C., to play the Ocean Course at the resort which hosted the

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Cheers, Rickie.

    Rickie Fowler ended his first round at the Quicken Loans National on Thursday with a hole-in-one at the par-3 ninth at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Fowler used a 7-iron on the 200-yard downhill hole to make his second career PGA Tour ace and first since his pro debut at the Frys.com Open in 2009.

    "We had 176 was the adjusted number," Fowler said of the shot that finished off a 4-under 67. "Spun to the right. I was trying to cut it. Rolled in with perfect speed."

    Fowler could have walked off then and there, leaving playing partners Ben Crane and James Hahn to finish out, but the 2015 Players winner stuck around to shake hands and wrap everything up formally. 

    However, the celebration continued for Fowler after the round, as he sent a bucket of beer to the media tent. 

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  • You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Sacramento Kings, a team that has lived in five different cities while having to deal with a whole litany of bad step-dads.

    C: Vlade

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  • A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

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    C: Bleacher Report. Ethan Skolnick talks to Luol Deng about the leadership role he's taken in the NBA's efforts in Africa and how it's helping the Miami Heat forward prepare for what will come next: "I really believe that my involvement in this world, or in this life, is yet to come [...]I just believe that my purpose in life is to really make it a better world."

    PF: Posting and Toasting. While many New York Knicks fans have lamented the organization's obtuse and opaque decision-making processes throughout the James Dolan era, Seth Rosenthal wonders whether Phil Jackson's as-advertised transparency — particularly as manifested in Charley Rosen's "The Phil Files" series, in which Jackson has offered many

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  • You know how you have spent your entire life waiting for NBA center Chris Kaman to become the host of his own cable reality television series? Well, good news, sad friend: This is finally your day in the sun!

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    "Exploring Kaman," the six-episode web series that the veteran 7-footer debuted last fall, will be coming soon to a TV near you, thanks to AXS TV, the cable network owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

    Thanks to the new deal, you can no longer watch all six episodes for free online. You can, however, revisit the trailer for the series, which offers a quick overview of the series' focus on firearms, fireworks, fires, friendship and fishing, focusing on the pursuit of a 1,000-pound blue marlin, which seems like a very difficult fish to catch, on account of weighing half a ton:

    Evidently, such rich content was just too flavorful for Cubes and company to pass up. Well, either that, or Cuban — whose

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  • Michael Sweetney takes a free throw during The Tournament. (Screencap via @Pa7290)Michael Sweetney takes a free throw during The Tournament. (Screencap via @Pa7290)The second edition of The Basketball Tournament — a five-on-five summer hoops extravaganza in which fan-vote-determined teams battle in a winner-take-all single-elimination tournament for a big cash prize — is set to conclude this weekend. Over the past three weeks, a whopping 97 teams featuring more than 500 players with pro experience — including a reported 125 players who've logged NBA or D-League time — have been whittled down to just four, who will battle it out in New York on Saturday in a pair of semifinal matchups for the right to face off in Sunday's final for the championship, the bragging rights and the grand prize of $1 million.

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    All four semifinalists feature players whose names might ring bells with die-hard fans. Overseas Elite boasts NCAA notables like ex-Texas point man Myck Kabongo, former St. John's guard D.J. Kennedy and all-time Division I 3-point record-holder Travis Bader. Antz Alumni, which

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  • Heavyweight Justin Wren has ended a five-year absence from mixed martial arts and will return to competition on Aug. 28 when he takes on Josh Burns at Bellator 141 in Temecula, Calif.

    Wren, a cast member on Season 10 of the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter," is perhaps best known for his work with the Mbuti Pygmies in the Congo. Many of them were enslaved and lived in squalor, with few benefits of the modern world. 

    Justin Wren poses with Jippee, an Mbuti Pygmy in the Congo. (Special to Yahoo Sports)Justin Wren poses with Jippee, an Mbuti Pygmy in the Congo. (Special to Yahoo Sports)Wren has written a book on his experience with the Pygmies, "Fight for the Forgotten: How a Mixed Martial Artist Stopped Fighting for Himself and Started Fighting for Others." The book, co-authored by veteran MMA journalist Loretta Hunt, will be released on Sept. 15.

    He will be fighting for the first time since July 17, 2010, when he submitted Josh Robertson in Biloxi, Miss.

    "Returning after five years seems like it will be a big obstacle and a big challenge, but I've been in the gym for several months and I've really seen myself improve," Wren told Yahoo Sports. "I believe it's

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