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iStock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The Winter Olympics may be making a return to Salt Lake City -- at least the U.S. Olympic Committee hopes so.

The USOC announced on Friday evening that they have chosen Utah's capital to pitch to the International Olympic Committee as a host for the 2030 Games. Salt Lake City was chosen over Denver. For now, the USOC is still referring to Salt Lake City as the U.S.'s choice for a "potential" 2030 bid.

"I'd like to thank Denver and Salt Lake City, and their respective leadership teams, for participating in this process and their commitment to make the Olympic and Paralympic movements stronger," USOC Chair Larry Probst said in a statement. "We're incredibly lucky to have multiple able and willing cities to choose from, but in the end, we believe Salt Lake City will give us the best chance to return the winter Games to the U.S."

It's not yet clear what international cities Salt Lake City will be competing against. The selection will not be made by the IOC until 2023.

Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games in 2002. It was the first U.S. city to host the Winter Olympics since Lake Placid, New York, in 1980 -- famously highlighted by the U.S. men's ice hockey's "Miracle on Ice" team.

The U.S. has hosted the Winter Games four times: 1932 (Lake Placid), 1960 (Squaw Valley, California), 1980 (Lake Placid) and 2002 (Salt Lake City). Denver, beaten out as this year's U.S. representative, was actually named as host for the 1976 Games by the IOC, before withdrawing four years beforehand.

The 2002 Games, less than six months after Sept. 11, went off without a hitch despite serious security concerns. Mitt Romney, the CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, was hailed worldwide for his effort in bringing the games to reality after rescuing them from a financial crisis. He used the goodwill as a launching point in his political career, serving as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, and running for president in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Romney just won a midterm election to be named senator from Utah. He hailed the selection of Salt Lake City for the USOC's candidate for the 2030 Games.

Beijing was named as host for the 2022 Winter Olympics, while the host for the 2026 Games has yet to be selected. The IOC will be choosing between Stockholm and Italy's two-city bid of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s  sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Boston 129, Atlanta 108
OT N.Y. Knicks 126, Charlotte 124
Milwaukee 114, Cleveland 102
Brooklyn 125, Washington 118
Indiana 113, Philadelphia 101
Miami 100, Memphis 97
Golden State 130, Sacramento 125
Denver 109, Oklahoma City 98
Portland 128, Toronto 122

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
OT New Jersey 5, Vegas 4
Pittsburgh 5, Boston 3
OT Arizona 4, N.Y. Rangers 3
Ottawa 4, Detroit 2
SO Washington 6, Carolina 5
OT St. Louis 4, Colorado 3
OT Winnipeg 4, Chicago 3
Edmonton 4, Philadelphia 1

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s  sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Boston 129, Atlanta 108
OT N.Y. Knicks 126, Charlotte 124
Milwaukee 114, Cleveland 102
Brooklyn 125, Washington 118
Indiana 113, Philadelphia 101
Miami 100, Memphis 97
Golden State 130, Sacramento 125
Denver 109, Oklahoma City 98
Portland 128, Toronto 122

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
OT New Jersey 5, Vegas 4
Pittsburgh 5, Boston 3
OT Arizona 4, N.Y. Rangers 3
Ottawa 4, Detroit 2
SO Washington 6, Carolina 5
OT St. Louis 4, Colorado 3
OT Winnipeg 4, Chicago 3
Edmonton 4, Philadelphia 1
 



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Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- After he set the NFL career passing yards record earlier this season, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set out to do something special to recognize all of the players who played a part in the record.

So, he surprised nearly 200 former teammates, coaches and mentors with commemorative footballs this week.

"I wanted to do something for everybody," Brees said. "You just start thinking about all the guys that had a hand in that."

Among the big names who received a football from Brees, former San Diego Chargers teammate LaDainian Tomlinson, ex-Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (now playing for the Los Angeles Chargers), and Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner (Turner's Panthers are the Saints' next opponent).

Brees credited Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, and members of the communications staff with putting together a list of teammates and tracking down addresses and other information. The 39-year-old initially wanted to honor every player who had ever caught a pass from him, but said he then thought about every offensive lineman who blocked for him and every coach he has had.

"It was actually a long list," Brees said. "But I just wanted to do that for them."

One other person who received the gift was Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery on Brees' shoulder in 2006.

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4kodiak/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The United States Olympic Committee has selected Salt Lake City to represent the U.S. in a potential bid for the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Salt Lake City and Denver were the two finalists to represent the U.S. after Reno/Tahoe, Nevada dropped out of the running. In a press release, USOC Chair Larry Probst said Salt Lake City was eventually chosen because "we believe Salt Lake City will give us the best chance to return the winter Games to the U.S."

The Utah capital hosted the 2002 Winter Games.

The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city for the 2030 Games. It is not yet clear when the IOC will make that decision.

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is likely done for the remainder of the season, head coach Doug Pederson admitted Friday, after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back.

Wentz saw his rookie season end early last year, following a torn ACL. Backup quarterback Nick Foles took over for Wentz last year and led Philadelphia to a Super Bowl win. Foles is expected to take the reins in Wentz' absence.

Pederson says Wentz will travel with the team this weekend andis listed as doubtful to play.

The fracture in Wentz' back was discovered on a scan earlier this week, after the second-year quarterback was limited at practice due to back soreness. Pederson insists there will be no long-term issues for Wentz following his recovery, which should take about three weeks and will not require surgery.

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stevanovicigor/iStock(PHOENIX) -- One day after reports that he had threatened to move the the team elsewhere, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said Thursday he is fully committed to keeping the team in place.

"I am 100 percent all-in in keeping this team right here where we stand," Sarver said in a video message posted to Twitter. "And I want to make sure that message comes across crystal clear to every one of you."

Earlier in the week, the Phoenix City Council delayed a vote on more than $200 million in renovations to the team's stadium. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Sarver had recently contacted a member of the council threatening to move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if the renovation deal wasn't approved.

On Friday, Suns president Jason Rowley released a statement that indicated the team has had no discussions with any other city about potential relocation.

Sarver has said he is looking to build a "first-class" practice facility in addition to improving the arena. The vote on those renovations will now be held on January 23.

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33ft/iStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Former University of Maryland football coach D.J. Durkin has been working with the University of Alabama coaching staff this week, ahead of the Crimson Tide's College Football Playoff game.

Durkin was fired by the University of Maryland in October after two investigations into the program -- focusing on the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and the culture Durkin had created.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has invited a number of former head coaches to spend time with the Alabama staff in recent years, including Hugh Freeze, Chip Kelly, Lane Kiffin, Butch Jones, Steve Sarkisian and Rich Rodriguez. Freeze, Kelly and Kiffin all eventually received head coaching jobs elsewhere after working with Alabama, while Jones, Kiffin and Sarkisian each ended up on the Alabama coaching staff.

Sources told ESPN that Durkin has not been hired in any capacity, and was solely offering input ahead of Alabama's game against Oklahoma on December 29. ESPN also says Durkin has met with multiple NFL teams since his firing to "watch tape and offer input."

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ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sophia Floersch can't wait to get back on the track.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, the German Formula Three driver recounted the moment she lost control of her car during the Macau Grand Prix in November, sending it flying over the barriers and into the photographer's box at 170 mph.

"I wasn't really afraid because, for me, it was a normal crash," Floersch said. "When I saw the video, I was quite shocked as well, because it looks horrible and, all the flying parts, it feels different in the car."

Days shy of her 18th birthday, Floersch lost control of her car as she was trying to pass Jehan Daruvala. She spun out of control and catapulted into Lisboa Bend, smashing into Sho Tsuboi's car before flying into the photographer's pit.

Following the crash, doctors spent 11 hours surgically repairing Floersch's fractured spine and removing a bone splinter jammed dangerously close to her spinal cord, threatening paralysis.

Floersch admits the crash was the worst she's ever had, but she said she's not fazed by it. Actually, she added, it motivates her.

"It doesn't scare me at all because every race driver knows the risk," she said. "I have one big crash now and nothing really bad happened. So it doesn't scare me, no."

Floersch started her racing career karting when she was 4 years old, switching to race cars at 14. She admits she wasn't happy the first time she tried it.

"I was crying," she added. But she grew to love it and learned to push back and fight in a male-dominated sport.

"Most of the people think it's a man's world and a man's sport -- for sure, it's still a man's world, but it's not a man's sport," Floersch said, sending a message to aspiring female race drivers to "keep doing what you love and believe in yourself, because as a girl it's not always easiest, especially in karting. You need to learn to be self-confident and not believe in what everyone is saying."

Floersch already has secured her spot in the next F3 season. Depending on how quickly her back and neck bones heal, she hopes to begin training in February.

"It was never a thought to not continue racing," Floersch said. "I want to drive again."

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Houston 126, L.A. Lakers 111
San Antonio 125, L.A. Clippers 87
Orlando 97, Chicago 91
Phoenix 99, Dallas 89

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Buffalo 3, Arizona 1
Columbus 4, L.A. Kings 1
Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 1
Montreal 6, Carolina 4
OT Nashville 4, Vancouver 3
OT Winnipeg 5, Edmonton 4
Minnesota 5, Florida 1
San Jose 3, Dallas 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
L.A. Chargers 29, Kansas City 28

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(16) Wisconsin 101, Savannah St. 60

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zorandimzr/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Tennis broadcaster and former tennis pro Justin Gimelstob has been charged with assaulting a man he knew during a Halloween night altercation. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges Thursday morning.
 
Gimelstob, 41, is accused of attacking his former friend, Randall Kaplan, while trick-or-treating in West L.A. with his wife and son, the New York Times reports. He now faces one count of battery with serious bodily injury.

While Gimelstob confirmed there was a skirmish, he has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Jan. 31.

The former tennis pro, who currently coaches top-ranked John Isner and sits on the board for the Association of Tennis Professionals, could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

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