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Champions League final, Bayern Munich v Inter Milan — live

Join us for tonight's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in Madrid. Will it be Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho who wins the competition for the second time? Either way, we're expecting a belting final at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Champions League live blog — Bayern Munich v Olympiqye Lyon

Bayern Munich take on Olympique Lyon in the first leg of the second Champions League semi-final and we'll be following the match between these two stylish teams live from 1845 GMT, 2045 in central Europe.

Will the game be able to match Inter Milan's crackling 3-1 victory over Barcelona? We'll be here from around an hour before kick-off with on-the-spot detail from our reporter in the stadium, Karolos Grohmann and plenty of other contributors. Please join us for the fun.

Chicago bid boss says regional voting, IOC-USOC friction costly

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ryan1A family feud and voters backing the city in their region in the first round led to Chicago’s early exit in last week’s voting to determine the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the head of that city’s bid said.

“Don’t for a moment believe that Chicago finished fourth,” Patrick Ryan told hundreds of executives at a breakfast meeting in downtown Chicago.

Olympics 2016 decision day: live blog

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Join us for our live blog on the day of the decision for the 2016 Olympic Games, with Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo the four candidate cities.
Comments are open, so please give us your views and predictions, and we have a poll running, so give us your vote as well! poll by twiigs.com

Kevin Fylan, Copenhagen

When Owen met Oprah

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On the subject of the 2016 Olympics (see a couple of posts below, or click here) this is what happened when Owen Wyatt met Oprah Winfrey late on Wednesday.

She was certainly struck by Owen’s accent…

Will the Obama effect win the 2016 Games for Chicago?

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Michelle Obama arrived in Copenhagen on Wednesday to begin a significant lobbying effort for Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, with her husband expected to join her on the day of Friday’s vote.

The presence of the U.S. president and first lady will give a massive boost to Chicago in its efforts to see off Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro in a secret ballot of International Olympic Committee members in the Danish capital on Friday.

from Raw Japan:

Countdown to 2016 Gold

DENMARK/The delegations and heads of state are gathering in Copenhagen with less than one week to go until the International Olympic Committee's decision on which city will host the 2016 Games.

Billions of dollars in investment and national pride are at stake. Oddsmakers are pegging a close race ahead of the Oct. 2 vote, and we are adding a new question to our poll on candidate cities (included below).

from Raw Japan:

The 2016 Gold

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Less than a month until the International Olympic Committee's selection of the winning city in the 2016 Olympic bid campaign, and the IOC in a report Wednesday has the candidates in a dead heat.

All bid cities -- Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo -- will make a push before the Oct. 2 decision in Copenhagen, with billions of dollars in investment and national prestige at stake. 

Boyz II Men risk a Barack-ing over Tokyo Olympic support

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boyzAsk not what you can do for your country … ask its direct competitor if it wants any help with its Olympic bid.

Tokyo’s 2016 campaign has been short on glamour backers and is struggling to match Chicago’s trump card, American President Barack Obama - until now.

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