Lake Perris aims to be Olympic venue for Los Angeles in 2024

Visitors enjoy the water at Lake Perris in this file photo from July 2015. Lake Perris has been chosen to host rowing and canoeing events for the 2024 Olympics, if Los Angeles should win its bid. Lake Perris water levels are low in this photo from July, but are expected to rebound once dam repairs are completed. The reservoir has been selected as a venue for Olympics canoeing and rowing events, should Los Angeles host the 2024 Olympic Games. Lake Perris State Recreation Area Sector Superintendent John Rowe stands Tuesday, Oct. 4, near one area at Lake Perris that may host canoeing and rowing events if the 2024 Olympics come to Los Angeles. A boater takes to the water at Lake Perris on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The lake may host canoeing and rowing events in the 2024 Olympics if Los Angeles were to win the games. Show Caption of Expand By David Downey | [email protected] | The Press-Enterprise October 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm Imagine a breathtaking canoe race or rowing competition featuring some of the world’s greatest athletes cutting a wake across Riverside County’s Lake Perris. It could happen. For real. Promoters of Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Olympics have reached an agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which oversees the Lake Perris State Recreation Area near Perris and Moreno Valley. Jeff Millman, a spokesman for the LA 2024 Exploratory Committee, said the group has selected the reservoir as its “proposed site” for those events. If Olympic events are held at the lake, it wouldn’t be the Games’ first appearance in the Inland area. In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, shooting events took place at the 44-acre Prado Olympic Shooting Park in Chino. Millman said no other Inland venues are under consideration for 2024 events. “LA 2024 is excited by the prospect of hosting canoe-sprint and rowing competitions at the beautiful Lake Perris, which is an ideal venue for Continue Reading

Paris 2024 Olympics nearly assured as Los Angeles agrees to 2028 Games

By Rory Carroll and Ingrid Melander LOS ANGELES/ PARIS (Reuters) - Paris moved within a hair's breadth on Monday of formally being chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympics after rival candidate city Los Angeles agreed to accept the consolation prize of the 2028 Games in a rare two-way contest between the cities. Both cities were competing for the 2024 Summer Games after several other contenders withdrew, and the stage was set for Paris to win its bid when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Los Angeles had officially embraced the later date of 2028. "The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement. The decision, subject to formal ratification by the IOC at a meeting in Peru in September, paves the way for Los Angeles and Paris to join London as the only cities ever to host the Games - summer or winter - three times since the modern Olympics began more than a century ago. The United States last hosted the Olympics for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Its first was the Summer Olympiad III, staged in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904, coinciding with the World's Fair held there that summer. "I am proud to announce that the Olympic Games are coming back to the United States of America," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a news conference at the StubHub Center sports complex in suburban Carson. U.S. President Donald Trump, beleaguered by recent staff shakeups and setbacks on Capitol Hill, hailed the news in a statement of congratulations from the White House. "I am confident that the Summer Games in Los Angeles will exemplify both the Olympic ideal and the American spirit, and we look forward to hosting them," he said. The United States has hosted the Olympics 9 times - 5 Summer Games and 4 Winter Games. France has hosted 6 times, three each in summer and winter. The IOC's unprecedented move of essentially awarding two Games in tandem Continue Reading

Details of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games agreement

Los Angeles is on its way to being an Olympic city again, this time in 2028. A tentative deal announced Monday gives LA the Summer Games after Paris emerged as the last city standing in the contest for the 2024 Games. Here's how things progressed to this point:WHY 2028 AND NOT 2024?Only a few months ago, Los Angeles leaders winced at the prospect of hosting the 2028 Games. The city "is only bidding for 2024," LA Olympic Committee leader Casey Wasserman said in May. But that stance softened after International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach pushed the idea of making revisions to bidding to avoid "too many losers," in other words, dividing the spoils for 2024 and 2028. LA embraced the second-place prize, 2028, after it became clear Paris was in line for 2024.THE COSTL.A.'s bid committee has projected it will cost about $5 billion to stage the Games. While recent Games have seen runaway costs, LA officials predict the plan will stay in the black, covering all expenditures through ticket sales, sponsorships and other revenue. Major savings will come from using existing venues, like the Coliseum and Pauley Pavilion, rather than buildings new ones.THE SWEETENERLA's agreement comes with a plump reward for the long wait: Under the 2028 contract, the IOC will advance funds to the LA committee to account for the longer planning period and to increase youth sports programs leading up to the Games. The IOC contribution would be $1.8 billion, with the potential to exceed $2 billion when taking into account the estimated value of renewed sponsor agreements and potential new marketing deals, according to the LA bid committee. There are other benefits: The LA committee would get $180 million from the IOC over the first five years of the deal to cover expenses and support youth sports, a shift since the IOC typically holds back most of its spending until the Games get closer. And the IOC would surrender its right to a 20 percent cut of any surplus after the Games end, Continue Reading

Trump supports 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, bid leaders say

CARSON, Calif. — Now it’s official: President Trump didn’t inadvertently sink Los Angeles’ bid for the Olympics.The announcement on Monday that the International Olympic Committee and Los Angeles have reached an agreement for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games takes Trump off the hot seat as a potential bid ban now in effect for six predominantly Muslim countries. RELATED:“People asked us a lot of questions,’’ Garcetti told USA TODAY Sports after a news conference held at the StubHub Center. “I think once (the White House) laid to rest that people would be able to come into the country, that was kind of off the table.“I am confident the Summer Games of Los Angeles will exemplify both the Olympic ideal and the American spirit,’’ Trump said in a statement, “and we look forward to hosting them.’’  Continue Reading

Los Angeles reaches deal to host 2028 Olympics

Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics after the city reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee. The deal will allow Paris to host the 2024 Games, which had been expected. In waiting four years to host the Games, the Los Angeles Organizing Committee will receive funds from the IOC "in view of the longer planning period" and to support youth sports programs in the city, according to a news release.The IOC will contribute $1.8 billion for planning and organizing the Games with the potential to exceed $2 billion because of existing sponsor agreements and potential new marketing deals.In August the Los Angeles city council and U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors will meet to consider approving the agreement. If it's approved, LA and Paris will enter a tripartite agreement that clears the way for IOC members to confirm both Olympic host cities at meetings in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 13. "This is an historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States and for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements around the world," Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. "Today, we take a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation and begin a new chapter in Los Angeles’ timeless Olympic story."A news conference with Garcetti and city council president Herb Wesson was scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific on Monday. The IOC paved the way for the historic dual award with a unanimous vote earlier this month to try to reach a deal with the two cities. Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo celebrated by bursting onto the stage after the vote and thanking IOC President Thomas Bach, giving an immediate indicator that the parties were interested in working something out.Bach called the IOC’s decision “a golden opportunity” then, and the agreement allows the IOC to secure the future of the Summer Olympics for more than a decade while giving each of the cities an event Continue Reading

Los Angeles Coliseum used for porn film in 2001: report

USC football players aren’t the only ones to score at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The hallowed site of the 1984 Olympics was used as a set in a 2001 porn film, “The Gangbang Girl #32,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. “I was just in awe we were at the Coliseum,” one of the film’s actors told the newspaper. “I’ve made movies for about 20 years and I’ve done a lot of things, but that one really stands out ... I mean who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?” The film, according to the report, shot scenes in the Trojans’ locker room and also on the field. According to the movie’s credits, it was reportedly shot on Sept. 16th, which is during the football season. The actor interviewed by the newspaper remembered it was on a Sunday evening. The football team played in the Coliseum the weekend before and would return two weeks later. The 2001 Trojans team included future pro players including Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel and Matt Leinart. There is no evidence the players or team knew anything about the X-rated production. In fact, according to the article, it’s unclear who knew about the film -- or gave them permission to use the stadium. Officials told the newspaper it took permission from top Coliseum managers -- though it was not clear who signed off on the deal. The revelation is the latest in a series of embarrassing disclosures about the Coliseum in the early part of the decade. Six people, including the stadium’s former events manager, former technical manager, music and event promoters and janitorial contractor have been indicted in embezzlment and bribery cases involving the stadium during that time. According to a story by KTLA-TV last month, a 70-page report on the mass corruption at the Coliseum during that time called the management “a dysfunctional and risk-prone culture void of essential formal policies, Continue Reading

Pete Sampras’ tennis trophies, memorabilia stolen from Los Angeles storage facility

Pete Sampras just got served. The retired tennis star says thieves took off with most of his trophies and other memorabilia that were in a public storage facility in Los Angeles. Sampras, 39, still has 13 of his 14 Grand Slam trophies, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday night. But the bandits stole most of the tennis legend’s hardware from 64 tournament victories, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for finishing first in the year-end rankings from 1993 to 1998. "Losing this stuff is like having the history of my tennis life taken away," he told the newspaper. "I'm not one to gloat about trophies, or show them off. I've never been like that. I just want them for my kids to see," the father of two added. "They didn't see me play, but I would like them to see these things." The theft occurred three weeks ago and also included an autographed piano bench from Elton John and a signed guitar from Carlos Santana. Sampras said none of the items were insured because there was no way to place monetary value on them. He said he’s getting the word out now in hopes someone has a tip for the cops. "I know this is a long shot, but I would regret it if I didn't at least try," Sampras said. "Maybe somebody knows something." With News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Olli Jokinen, New York Rangers’ offense fails in 2-1 loss to Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES - Olli Jokinen had been a Ranger for a few scant hours yesterday when he spoke about how little time he and Marian Gaborik have to adjust to one another."It can't be long. There's six games before the Olympic break - we don't have time here to wait 20 games to get used to it," Jokinen said Tuesday. "We have to start getting used to each other tonight. That's the way it goes."Okay, Thursday night. With Jokinen playing his first game as a Ranger after being acquired from Calgary on Monday, it was a power-play miscue between the centerman and his wing that led to the go-ahead second-period goal in the Rangers' 2-1 loss to the Kings in their road-trip finale and sixth loss in the last seven."It's definitely disappointing we didn't win," Jokinen said. "A few minutes left in the second period and we get a power play, you've got to capitalize on those chances. One goal is going to be enough (to beat you).... Can't let that happen."After playing for the Flames in a 3-0 loss to the Flyers to end his short Calgary stint on Monday, Jokinen sped to L.A. Tuesday to begin a Ranger tenure that in all likelihood will be even shorter. Jokinen - who hits unrestricted free agency at season's end - debuted for his fourth team in three seasons Tuesday night, a day after Glen Sather sent castaway winger Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins to Calgary for Jokinen and rugged winger Brandon Prust - who certainly made an entrance with 19 minutes in penalties last night."The last couple days were long, but I'm happy to be a Ranger now and move on, you know?" Jokinen said, adding: "It's definitely been a weird feeling. I spoke to Sutter (either Flames coach Brent or GM Darryl) after the game (Monday) night and we both agree: the media cost two points to the Flames for reporting that trade. Because it was definitely distracting. It was distracting for me, it was distracting for my teammates over there. I was a hot topic for the last couple of days."Last night it was Gaborik's pass Continue Reading

At World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, U.S. team skates by

LOS ANGELES - The World Figure Skating Championships ended Saturday night with a crackling, record-smashing performance by Kim Yu-Na of Korea and a last-gasp comeback attempt by the American women that at least made everyone feel a bit better about themselves. Kim followed her electrifying short program with a flashy free skate to "Sheherazade." She was head and ice skates above the competition, a very good bet for an Olympic title next February, barring injury or a boyfriend. She became the first woman in the short history of the new scoring to crack the 200-point barrier, at 207.71. She outpointed the silver medalist, Joannie Rochette of Canada, by more than 16 points. "I don't think about points," Kim said. "The world championship was my dream." Kim floated ethereally about the ice while effortlessly sticking five soaring triples. She popped her last jump, a triple salchow, an error that will only give her something to improve on for Vancouver. Kim and Mao Asada of Japan, both 18, are considered the cream of this fresh women's crop. They both skate at a very different velocity than their competitors. Asada dared to attempt two triple axels, stumbling on her second. That mistake dropped her to fourth, behind Rochette and Japanese teammate Miki Ando. It was a degree of revenge for the L.A.-based Koreans, after the World Baseball Classic defeat to Japan. The Americans were considerably less thrilling. Alissa Czisny, 21, who fell all over the ice on Friday in her short program to begin the day in 14th place, held it together last night for a more respectable score of 106.50 in her free skate. Her routine was not particularly ambitious, despite a standing ovation that seemed more about relief than awe. Czisny was credited for only three of the four triples she attempted. It was enough to encourage her to think about the Olympics next year - a trip she is unlikely to make, considering an erratic history. "That's the ultimate goal for Continue Reading

Los Angeles Coliseum exhibition sets attendance record

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers used a five-man infield against the Boston Red Sox. Too bad they weren't allowed to put a player or two in the Los Angeles Coliseum stands.Kevin Cash and Kevin Youkilis hit cheap homers off Esteban Loaiza to account for five runs in the first three innings, and the Red Sox beat the Dodgers, 7-4, Saturday night before an announced crowd of 115,300 - largest ever to watch a baseball game. The previous record of about 114,000 attended an exhibition between the Australian national team and an American services team during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. This exhibition game was part of the Dodgers' 50th anniversary celebration of their move west from Brooklyn in 1958. They played at the Coliseum for four years before making Dodger Stadium their permanent home in 1962. In the last baseball game played at the Coliseum, on Sept. 20, 1961, Sandy Koufax pitched all 13 innings in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs before a crowd of 12,068. Routine fly balls, even popups, soared over a 42-foot high screen in left field, where the distance from home plate to the foul pole was just 251 feet. Meanwhile, drives to right and center of more than 400 feet were easy outs. NATIONALS: Former Yankees first baseman Nick Johnson was picked by manager Manny Acta to start for Washington in tonight's opener against Atlanta. Johnson had been competing with Dmitri Young during spring training for the first base job. Johnson missed the 2007 season with a broken leg suffered in a collision at Shea Stadium. DIAMONDBACKS: Trot Nixon accepted a minor league assignment from Arizona after he lost out to outfielder Alex Romero for a spot on the Opening Day roster. ASTROS: Woody Williams was put on unconditional release waivers by the Houston Astros, who owe the pitcher $6.5 million. ROYALS: A groin strain has put Hideo Nomo's comeback bid with Kansas City on hold. The righthander is headed back to Arizona for physical therapy on the right groin muscle he injured earlier this Continue Reading