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L.A. mayor, French president woo Olympic voters
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has told IOC leaders it "has been and could be again the ideal Olympic city."
Garcetti led an L.A. delegation visiting the Olympic Museum on Monday two hours ahead of the visit by France's President, Emmanuel Macron, with a Paris bid team.
Both cities should be assured of hosting the Summer Games in 2024 or 2028 when the full International Olympic Committee membership votes on Tuesday on making a double award in September.
A future deal on which city hosts first in 2024 could be brokered by IOC President Thomas Bach and his executive board, whom Garcetti addressed at the museum.
Mayor Garcetti invited them to "share the soul of LA, to get the taste of the city that has been reborn."
L.A.'s previous hosting duties, in 1932 and 1984, were also "games-changers" for the Olympics, Garcetti said.
"At this crazy moment in the world when so much is unsure, let's bring what we know to be true and good, and that is the Olympic movement," the mayor said.
Still, Paris is widely viewed as favorite for 2024. It would also be Paris' third hosting and mark exactly 100 years since the previous edition there.
France's charismatic new president is adding his star quality to a campaign event that typically does not lure heads of state.
On Tuesday, both candidate cities will explain their hosting plans in videos and on-stage presentations to up to 95 IOC members. They will ultimately vote to confirm the hosts on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.
However, their choice could be limited to signing off on a consensus deal involving two cities which were the last standing after others dropped out due to public opposition.
The IOC likes to call such a three-party agreement a "win-win-win."
contender Gegard Mousasi moves
LOS ANGELES -- Dutch middleweight Gegard Mousasi has signed with Bellator after four years in the UFC.
Bellator announced its latest high-profile free agent signing Monday.
Mousasi (42-6-2) is the fourth-ranked middleweight in the UFC rankings after winning his last five bouts, including a second-round stoppage of former champion Chris Weidman in April.
But the Iranian-born Mousasi had grown disenchanted with the UFC, and he was at the back of a logjam for a shot at champion Michael Bisping in its crowded middleweight division.
Robert Whittaker won the UFC's interim 185-pound title on Saturday with a decision over Yoel Romero, and former champion Luke Rockhold also sits above Mousasi in the rankings.
Mousasi is following several former UFC stars in recently moving to Bellator, including Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin and Ryan Bader.
L.A. Kings hire NHL veteran Turgeon
as assistant coach
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings have hired Pierre Turgeon for his first job as an assistant coach.
Kings head coach John Stevens completed his staff Monday.
The 47-year-old Turgeon will focus on improving the Kings' offensive play, general manager Rob Blake says. Los Angeles finished 24th in the NHL last season with 199 goals.
Turgeon was a dependable scorer during 19 NHL seasons with six franchises, recording 1,327 points in 1,294 games before retiring in 2007. The center ranks 38th in league history with 515 goals.
Turgeon joins Dave Lowry, Don Nachbaur and goaltending coach Bill Ranford on Stevens' staff. Stevens was promoted to replace Darryl Sutter in April after Los Angeles missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons since winning its second Stanley Cup title in 2014.
Wild re-sign Gabriel, Michalek
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have re-signed right wing Kurtis Gabriel and goalie Steve Michalek to one-year, two-way contracts.
The deals with the restricted free agents were done Monday. Many of the moves by the Wild this summer have been made to bolster organizational depth for in-season call-ups and injury insurance. Both players will get $715,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL.
Gabriel was a third-round draft pick in 2013. He played 40 games for AHL Iowa last season, with eight goals, two assists and 68 penalty minutes. Gabriel has played in 20 career games for the Wild, four in the playoffs.