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LONDON---They ve won Olympic
gold medals, set multiple world
records, and collected world titles.
Now, two track-and-field greats
will compete against each other
for the top job in the sport.
Former pole vault star Sergei
Bubka of Ukraine declared his bid
yesterday for the presidency of the
International Association of Ath-
letics Federations in a high-profile
race against Sebastian Coe of
Britain, the former middle-distance
champion who announced his can-
didacy in November.
Bubka and Coe are campaigning
to succeed Senegal's Lamine Diack,
who steps down this year after
serving as president since 1999.
The election will be on August 18
at the IAAF congress in Beijing on
the eve of the world champi-
The campaign comes against a
backdrop of drug scandals casting
a shadow over the sport, including
allegations of organised doping in
Russia, and cheating among
Kenya's acclaimed distance and
This is Bubka's second bid for
the leadership of a powerful inter-
national body. He was one of six
candidates for the presidency of
the International Olympic Com-
mittee in 2013, finishing fifth with
four votes in the final round of the
election won by Thomas Bach.
Bubka set 35 world records---
indoors and out---and won six con-
secutive world titles during his
career. He won gold at the 1988
Seoul Olympics. His outdoor record
stood for 21 years until last Feb-
ruary, when French vaulter Renaud
Lavillenie cleared 6.16 meters (20
feet, 2 ½ inches) in the Ukrainian's
home city of Donetsk.
DUBAI---The familiar environs of the
Emirates Golf Club is where Rory
McIlroy hopes this week to end a
streak of three straight second-place
finishes on the European Tour.
The Desert Dubai Classic is the tour-
nament McIlroy has played the most
often, including twice as an amateur.
It is also where he notched his first
win as a pro in 2009, and finished in
the top-10 every year since.
"I am disappointed if I don't win,
to be honest," he said yesterday, the
day before the classic starts. "You're
not here to try to finish in the top five.
"I'd definitely like to break the run-
ners-up duck the right way than the
wrong way. We'll see. But I'm com-
fortable on this golf course, and I have
good memories here, and I seem to
play the course very well."
McIlroy was runner-up in the World
Tour Championship in November, the
Alfred Dunhill Championship in
December, and the Abu Dhabi Cham-
pionship two weeks ago in his first
start of the year.
To finish the tour's desert swing a
winner again, he will have to beat the
likes of world No 2 Henrik Stenson,
No 5 Sergio Garcia, No 12 Martin
Kaymer, and two-time defending
champion Stephen Gallacher, who is
a remarkable 55-under par in his last
three tournaments on the Majlis course
Then he has a date in a Dublin court
next week, as his legal battle with Hori-
zon Sports, his former management
company, inches toward a final judge-
McIlroy said he was trying not to
think of the court case until after the
"To be honest, I've been concen-
trating on my golf and practice, and
that stuff is much more important to
me than what's going to happen next
week," he said.
"I will be relieved when this (case)
is over. It's not something that I would
want anyone to go through. I'm going
to be heading to the States regardless,
with it off my mind and not having
to deal with it or think about it any-
CHANDLER---Tom Brady is dealing
with a cold four days before the Super
Bowl but says he ll be OK.
The New England Patriots quarter-
back sounded under the weather during
his session with the media yesterday.
He rubbed the back of his right hand
under his nose at one point.
He says he's been fighting a cold but
"I'll be good."
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard
Sherman laughed when told the news
and said, "his arm doesn't have a cold."
Brady sounded healthier on Tuesday
when he was one of the most popular
interview subjects during Super Bowl
The defending champion Seahawks
meet the three-time champion Patriots
on Sunday in Glendale.
Bubka launches IAAF presidential bid
Brady fighting cold, not worried
about health for Super Bowl
McIlroy tired of
OAKLAND---Chicago s Derrick Rose
hit a step-back jumper with seven
seconds remaining in overtime to
give the Bulls a thrilling 113-111 win
against Golden State on Tuesday,
ending the Warriors franchise-
record 19-game home winning
The Bulls maintained a 3-1/2 game
lead atop the Central Division, while
two other divisional leaders---Memphis
and Toronto---had more comfortable
Rose dribbled to his left and created
space to get the shot off over Klay
Thompson, skipping around the court
in delight after the Warriors called
timeout. Rose finished with 30 points,
and his final basket overshadowed a
night when he committed a career-
worst 11 turnovers and made just 13
of 33 shots.
Thompson misfired on a running
bank shot as time expired to finish
off Golden State's first loss at Oracle
Arena in more than two months.
The Warriors had forced overtime
on Draymond Green's tying tip-in
with 1.4 seconds left in regulation.
Dallas suffered a third-straight
defeat for the first time this season,
beaten 109-90 by Memphis.
Zach Randolph had 22 points and
10 rebounds, while Marc Gasol added
15 points and a game-high six assists
for the Grizzlies, who won have won
eight of nine to move two games clear
atop the Southwest Division.
Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis
scored 19 apiece to lead the Mavericks,
who failed for the third time to get
coach Rick Carlisle his 600th career
Toronto set a new franchise record
for wins before the All-Star break,
notching their 30th victory with a
104-91 win at Indiana.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points
and Kyle Lowry added 19 for the Rap-
tors, who pushed their giant lead in
the Atlantic Division to 11-1/2 games.
Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points
for the Pacers, who have lost eight of
Cleveland's Kyrie Irving matched
his season high with 38 points as the
Cavaliers won their seventh straight,
beating Detroit 103-95.
Rose gives Bulls victory,
ends Warriors streak
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