Remember the “pivot to Asia”? The sports world is pivoting to America!

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TSX HEADLINES – for June 15, 2018: It was not too long ago that the U.S. was an also-ran as the Olympic world selected three Asian cities in a row – PyeongChang in Korea, Tokyo in Japan and Beijing in China – to host two Winter Games and the 2020 Olympic Games.

Now, with the selection of the United 2026 bid to host the FIFA World Cup eight years hence, the United States is on the cusp of making history, hosting soccer’s biggest event, the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and possibly the 2030 Winter Games, maybe in Salt Lake City.

Why is this happening so suddenly. There is a one-word reason – above all others – that the U.S. has become the go-to country to host the largest events in the world of sports. Indeed, the 21st Century’s “Roaring ‘20s” will mostly be celebrated in the U.S.!

What’s the word? The answer and all the details in our Lane One commentary, plus the kick-off of an enormous week of sport:

(1) THE TICKER: Sad news of the death of Olympic gold medal basketball star Anne Donovan, sensational long jumping at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet, the IOC cuts off Biathlon’s funding, more FIFA Congress news and strong swimming marks at the Mare Nostum Series in Europe!

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The United 2026 bid won, thanks in part to a near-perfect presentation during the FIFA Congress.

(3) WRESTLING: Three-time World Champion Adeline Gray wants a fourth, but must qualify for the U.S. team this weekend at Final X II in State College, Pennsylvania;

(4) CYCLING: A renaissance for American rider Coryn Rivera? She’s leading after two stages of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Great Britain!

(5) SHOOTING: Upsets at the U.S. National Championships and national titles for Michael McPhail and Lexi Lagan!

This issue includes ON DECK previews of Football ~ Athletics ~ Fencing ~ Karate ~ Swimming ~ Wrestling; SCOREBOARD reports on Cycling ~ Shooting ~ Volleyball, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!

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