New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, shown here arriving at a court hearing June 12, is back on the practice field, awaiting the outcome of efforts by a federal judge to mediate the dispute of the inflation of footballs. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
In this AP file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, right, one of the organizers of the college's football team union effort, speaks while College Athletes Players Association President Ramogi Huma, listens during a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, Portland Trail Blazers' Noah Vonleh, center, and Timberwolves’ Lorenzo Brown scramble for the ball during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
This time, U.S. Olympic leaders are looking to Los Angeles as a bidder for the 2024 Olympics — a city that actually wants to host the games.
Encouraged by 81 percent support in a recent poll and a supportive mayor who shows no signs of changing his mind, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday it is close to making L.A. its candidate to try to bring the games back to U.S. soil for the first time in a generation.
Michael Phelps talks to the media after he competed in the preliminary round of the men's 200-meter individual medley at the the U.S. swimming nationals, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Montreal Alouettes' Michael Sam (94) tries to disrupt the Ottawa Redblacks' offense during the first half of a Canadian Football League game in Ottawa, Ontario, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Residents celebrate after Beijing is announced as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics at the ski resort region of Chongli where the Nordic skiing, ski jumping, and other outdoor Olympic events will be held in northern China's Hebei province Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Greg Louganis speaks onstage during the "Back on Board: Greg Louganis" panel at the HBO 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, July 30. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, A Chinese girl waves the national flags, wearing the 2022 Olympic bid logo to show her support at the ski resort in Yanqing, a suburb of Beijing, where the Alpine skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge have been proposed to be held in the bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
Watchdog groups criticized the human rights records of China and Kazakhstan on Thursday, just over a week before the IOC decides on whether to award the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing or Almaty.
Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the IOC, which will vote in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 31, should ensure that the host city "fully respect" human rights commitments in both preparing for and hosting the Winter Games.