Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Doping-Tennis to introduce biological passports
LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis will introduce biological passports for players and increase the number of blood tests done each year, the sport's anti-doping agency said on Thursday. A number of players, including 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer, had called for the sport to up its anti-doping measures in the wake of high-profile cases in other sports.
U.S. and Mexico to compete for FIFA executive spot
MIAMI (Reuters) - The United States and Mexico, who meet in a crucial World Cup qualifier later this month, are also going head-to-head in the election for a place on FIFA's powerful executive committee. CONCACAF, the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, said U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati and Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean will face off in an election on April 19 in Panama City.
Azarenka driven by new memories, not past glories
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - For a second successive year, Victoria Azarenka brings red-hot form to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open but the confident Belarusian has no desire to reflect on past glories. Rather than look for motivation in a perfect 14-0 record in 2013 as she prepares to defend her title at a venue where she feels extremely comfortable, Azarenka prefers to focus on the present in her bid to create even better memories.
Pro wrestling manager known as "Paul Bearer" dies in Alabama
MOBILE, Alabama (Reuters) - The professional wrestling community on Wednesday mourned the death of William Moody, a real-life undertaker who gained fame as a wrestling manager with the ring name Paul Bearer. Moody, 58, who managed the entertainment sport's champion The Undertaker and helped launch the careers of wrestlers Kane and Mankind, died Tuesday night at a hospital in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, according to a hospital employee. The hospital did not release a cause of death.
IOC "hugely impressed" by quality of Tokyo games bid
TOKYO (Reuters) - International Olympics officials said on Thursday that they were "hugely impressed" by Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympic games as well as strong government support from a country keen to show it has recovered from the devastating 2011 quake and tsunami. At stake are an estimated three trillion yen ($32 billion) in potential economic impact and the chance, Japanese officials say, to showcase the country's recovery from the disaster in the way the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games highlighted the nation's return after its World War Two defeat.
Contrite McIlroy hoping to find fun in the game again
MIAMI (Reuters) - If one thing was clear from Rory McIlroy's meeting with the media on Wednesday it was that five days of constant criticism and speculation have not embittered the 23-year-old Northern Irishman. McIlroy's appeal, alongside his outstanding talent on the golf course, has been his genuine and open approach and what admirers might call a boyish charm, or those less generous would term naivety.
Wozniacki backs beleaguered boyfriend McIlroy
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Having had her own fair share of knocks in recent months while struggling for form on the tennis court, Caroline Wozniacki sprang to the defense of her golfing boyfriend Rory McIlroy in his time of trouble on Wednesday. McIlroy, golf's world number one, told a news conference in Miami earlier in the day that he had been wrong to walk off mid-round at last week's Honda Classic and admitted his toothache was not bad enough to justify quitting the tournament.
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Detroit turns down invitation to bid on 2024 Olympics
DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on Wednesday turned down an invitation to bid on hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, citing "uncertainty" over the city's long-term financial stability. One of 35 U.S. cities to receive an invitation from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Detroit is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and would be an unlikely candidate to host the games.
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