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OLYMPICS

IOC inspects Rio’s readiness

Organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 hope they have turned a corner in preparations, spurred on by Brazil’s better-than-expected FIFA World Cup and the role of International Olympic Committee (IOC)-appointed troubleshooter Gilbert Felli. Organizers will learn where they stand after committee inspectors complete a three-day visit that began yesterday, checking venues and gauging tight deadlines with South America’s first Games less than two years away. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Felli have acknowledged that the World Cup should boost confidence and help shield Rio’s Olympics from the type of harsh criticism World Cup preparations received. Paes said last week that some of Rio’s problems were related to its Latin image. “It is harder ... when you have a bad reputation. You have to prove yourself several times to show that you are doing things right,” he said.

MOTOGP

Rossi checks out of hospital

Valentino Rossi has checked himself out of hospital in defiance of doctor’s advice to continue his recovery from concussion in his motorhome. The 35-year-old Yamaha rider — a nine-time a world champion in all categories — was taken to hospital after falling heavily early in Sunday’s race at the Motorland Aragon circuit won by Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi tweeted a picture of himself saying he was fine apart from the “headache.” “Valentino is progressing very well. In Alcaniz the CT scan was negative and although the local doctor wanted to keep him at the hospital overnight, Valentino discharged himself,” MotoGP medical director Michele Zasa said in a statement issued by his Yamaha team. “Now he’s in his motorhome relaxing, and in any case the Clinica Mobile is keeping him under observation for the whole night.”

RUGBY

Coles, Crotty back for NZ

Hooker Dane Coles and center Ryan Crotty will rejoin the All Blacks squad for their final match in the Rugby Championship against South Africa on Saturday. Coles missed New Zealand’s Test against Argentina on Saturday last week after returning home for the birth of his first child. The All Blacks beat Argentina 34-13 to clinch the Championship title with one round remaining. Crotty has recovered from a broken cheekbone suffered in New Zealand’s 51-20 win over Australia earlier in the tournament and played last weekend for his Canterbury Province. Star flyhalf Dan Carter also turned out for Canterbury in his first match since he suffered a broken leg. He kicked three penalties and a conversion, but played only the first half in Canterbury’s 28-26 loss to Southland.

GOLF

Cook wins at Pebble Beach

John Cook on Sunday won the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach for his 10th Champions Tour title, closing with a three-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Tom Byrum. The 56-year-old Cook birdied the par-four 13th and parred the final five holes to finish at 11-under 204. He won the 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach for the first of his 11 PGA Tour titles and also the 1975 California State Amateur at the course. Byrum also shot a 69. Winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning once on the PGA Tour, he bogeyed the par-five 14th and par-three 17th. Skip Kendall, playing his second Champions Tour event, tied for third with England’s Roger Chapman. Kendall shot 70 and Chapman a 65. Davis Love III, a 20-time PGA Tour winner also making his second Champions Tour start, had a 74 to drop into a share of 24th at three-under.

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