LeBron could be out a while longer...Murray’s career could end with Australian Open
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James’ strained groin is turning out to be perhaps the most significant injury of the durable superstar’s 16-year NBA career. The Lakers say James likely will miss at least three more games after being cleared to increase his on-court activity in his comeback from the injury. The team says the four-time NBA MVP will participate in more functional basketball activities during the upcoming week. The next update is expected on Jan. 16.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he’s only committing to the Australian Open. In an emotional news conference, Murray said he’d play his first-round match at the Australian Open next week but wasn’t sure how much longer he could continue beyond that. Murray had surgery on his right hip last January but played only 12 matches last year.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s Olympic Committee says it has filed a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, with the luge competitions to be held in Latvia across the Baltic Sea. A spokesman for the Swedish bid says the Alpine disciplines will be in Are, the ski jump in Falun, the luge competitions in the Latvian town of Sigulda, and the remaining events in Stockholm. The other candidate for the 2026 Olympics is a combined Italian bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
PARIS (AP) — France’s financial crimes office says a member of the International Olympic Committee is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (Tsunekazu Takeda) was placed under formal investigation for “active corruption” last month. The office gave no other details, citing a French law that requires investigation details to remain secret.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian curler stripped of a bronze medal for doping at last year’s Winter Olympics has dropped plans to appeal his four-year ban. His agent says Alexander Krushelnitsky has decided to abandon the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He had been appealing for donations to fund the appeal, but the Russian Curling Federation told Russian media the move was almost certain to fail.