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OLYMPICS

BOSTON (AP) Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.

Next, it might be time to see if there is more Olympic love in Los Angeles.

After the USOC and Boston cut ties, CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation still wants to try to host the 2024 Games. The USOC has until Sept. 15 to officially name its candidate. Several Olympic leaders have quietly been pushing Los Angeles - the city that invented the modern-day template for the Olympics when it played host in 1984 - as the best possible substitute.

BOSTON (AP) - Opponents are cheering the unceremonious demise of Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but some are wistfully wondering what might have been.

The U.S. Olympic Committee officially severed ties with Boston, saying it was exploring other options amid lackluster public support and concerns from elected leaders and organized opposition about the impact to taxpayers.

For some supporters, the announcement dashed hopes for billions of dollars in new investments that would have dramatically remade New England's largest city and further tarnished Boston's image as a city of cynics and curmudgeons with a ''can't do'' spirit.

BASEBALL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Alex Rodriguez had quite a 40th birthday bash.

A-Rod became the fourth player in major league history to homer as a teen and in his 40s, marking his birthday by lining an opposite-field shot to right against his former team to help the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2.

Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield are the only other players to homer before turning 20 and then at age 40 or after, according to STATS.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and more than $3.8 million from the Boston Red Sox for infielder Josh Rutledge.

The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a two-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner. He has spent the past three years in Boston, batting .245 in just 33 games this season with two stints on the disabled list.

Overall, Victorino has hit .276 with 108 home runs, 486 RBIs and 229 stolen bases in 12 major league seasons, including stints with San Diego, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Red Sox.

NEW YORK (AP) - The active New York Mets acquired first-rate reliever Tyler Clippard from Oakland for a minor league pitcher, completing their second trade in four days and sending another signal they're serious about contending this year.

The suddenly aggressive Mets shipped Casey Meisner to the Athletics in a swap of right-handers that increases New York's payroll by a little more than $2 million.

The 30-year-old Clippard, eligible for free agency after this season, is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances.

BOSTON (AP) - Pedro Martinez's Hall of Fame career took off in the late 1990s in a ballpark usually know for offensive numbers.

From Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski to Jim Rice, the Boston Red Sox have retired numbers - placing them along the facade of the right-field roof deck in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.

The seven retired Red Sox numbers are all of everyday players.

That all changes Tuesday night when the club will place the first number of a pitcher along with the other Red Sox greats - retiring Martinez's number 45 in a pregame ceremony before Boston faces the Chicago White Sox.

Martinez was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio.

NFL

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs.

Two people familiar with the league's plans told The Associated Press that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy. But those people, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league has not released information on the new policy, say no instructions have been sent out yet.

The first preseason game is Aug. 9, the Hall of Fame game between Minnesota and Pittsburgh in Canton, Ohio.

Among the details being considered for the new policy: having game officials appointed by the referee inspect the 48 footballs for each game more than two hours before kickoff. In the past, the referee inspected the footballs.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason.

The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to hold a non-kicking position for a men's professional sports league.

Welter coached linebackers and special teams for the Revolution last season, becoming the first woman to coach in a men's pro football league. Her general manager with the Revolution was 2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown.

Welter played linebacker for more than 14 seasons in the Women's Football Alliance, mostly with the Dallas Diamonds, where she helped the team win four championships.

NBA

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money.

The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring $10.5 million contract for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland.

The Blazers are expected to cut Haywood, who barely played for Cleveland last season. Miller was signed last summer, bringing playoff experience and 3-point shooting to the Cavs, but he was hardly used in the playoffs.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have completed the trade sending two-time All-Star forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb.

They agreed to the trade July 7, but Boston needed time to sort out other moves in free agency before acquiring Lee.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Matthew Dellavedova has hustled his way back to the Cavaliers.

Dellavedova, who emerged as an unlikely postseason hero when All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was injured, signed a $1.2 million contract for next season.

He had been a restricted free agent, and although the Cavs signed Mo Williams this summer to be Irving's primary backup, the team wanted to keep Dellavedova because of the energy he brings off the bench.

Dellavedova accepted the Cavs' qualifying offer and he can be an unrestricted free agent next summer when the league's salary cap will expand. He made $816,000 last season.

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