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Olympics

Baku, Doha don’t make the short list for 2020 Games

QUEBEC CITY – The IOC eliminated Doha and Baku from the list of candidates to host the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul made the cut as the IOC executive board trimmed the five-city field to a short list of three finalists.

Doha, the Qatari capital, and Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, were rejected for a second time in a row after failing to make the final list for the 2016 Games.

Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul now advance to the final phase, a 17-month race that will end with the IOC vote Sept. 7, 2014, in Buenos Aires.

auto racing

Rusty Wallace a no-brainer for NASCAR’s Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace heads the group of five picked for the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Owner Leonard Wood and drivers Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas and Buck Baker joined Wallace in the hall’s fourth class.

The five men will be inducted in ceremonies at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in February.

Baker was tied with Fireball Roberts for the fifth spot after voting, so a second vote was held to determine the final position. NASCAR Chairman Brian France said it was the first time since the hall began the panel had to break a tie.

Wallace, who was picked his first time as a finalist, won 55 Sprint Cup races in 706 starts and won the 1989 championship.

NBA

The MVP headlines coaches’ NBA all-defensive team

NEW YORK – NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the league’s all-defensive team.

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Magic center Dwight Howard joined the Heat star on the first team announced Wednesday.

James totaled 53 points, including 24 first-team votes. He averaged 1.9 steals and 7.9 rebounds as Miami ranked fourth in the league in opponent scoring.

The NBA’s 30 head coaches vote on the all-defensive team by position, and they’re not allowed to pick their own players.

Soccer

Webb named new president; Blazer out with a bang?

BUDAPEST, Hungary – A list of financial mismanagement allegations against former CONCACAF leaders Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer was outlined to 40 football nations Wednesday, just minutes after they elected Jeffrey Webb as their new president.

Officials from across Central American and the Caribbean turned on their former general secretary Blazer, the most senior American official in world soccer, and voted to seek his removal from FIFA’s executive committee after 16 years.

FIFA must decide how to deal with the issue at its full Congress of 208 countries Friday.

Tennis

Czech Republic sweeps USA at the Team World Cup

DUESSELDORF, Germany – The Czech Republic closed out a 3-0 victory over the United States as Frantisek Cermak and Radek Stepanek defeated Andy Roddick and Ryan Harrison 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-8 in doubles play at the Team World Cup on Wednesday.

Defending champion Germany and Argentina improved their records to 2-0.

Cycling

Spain’s Rodriguez dynamite in the Stage 17 Dolomites

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Joaquin Rodriguez won the tough 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday to keep his grip on the overall lead.

The Spaniard led a group of Giro favorites over the line in 5 hours, 24 minutes, 41 seconds – his second stage victory of this year’s race – after four tough climbs along the 115.58-mile route through the Dolomites.

Associated Press