- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

Maryland at California

A win over the Golden Bears in College Park last year jump-started the Terps’ season. A win in Berkeley would garner some national attention.

U.S. Open

The final Grand Slam finishes up its first week of play. Roger Federer and Serena Williams have had it easy so far.

Deutsche Bank Championship

It’s the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, with Tiger Woods still in a position to claim the $10 million prize. As a cool twist, they should have Tiger pay $10 million if he loses.

TWT FIVE ” REASONS CHICAGO MAY NOT LAND THE 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS

This week the International Olympic Committee issued technical evaluations of cities bidding for the 2016 Summer Games. The IOC will announce its choice Oct. 2.

1. Temporary venues - Chicago’s Olympic Stadium would not be a permanent structure, and in fact many of the venues would be temporary. While this could save money, IOC officials said this creates an “element of risk.”

2. Cost guarantees - The city and state have guaranteed up to $750 million in case of a funding shortfall. Other cities, including Tokyo, have promised a full guarantee backed by the federal government.

3. USOC dysfunction - The U.S. Olympic Committee went through an untimely leadership change in the past year and then angered the IOC by announcing plans for its own cable network.

4. Local support - Excitement over having the games in Chicago is tepid compared with other cities, particularly Madrid. Only 47 percent of Chicagoans support the bid, according to a recent poll.

5. Time for change - The United States hosted the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta and 2002 in Salt Lake City. The 2010 Winter Games will be in Vancouver. All things being equal, the IOC may be reluctant to have another North American Games.

HE SAID WHAT?

“The more than 20 percent hike they are seeking for what is basically a paid programming and infomercial channel with occasional sporting events of interest is simply piggish.” - DirecTV in a statement explaining why it dropped Versus from its channel lineup

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