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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.

In this Sunday, July 19, 2015, photo, Tulsa Shock fans cheer during a game against the Minnesota Lynx in Tulsa, Okla. (Timothy Tai/Tulsa World via AP)

Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning the men's singles final against Roger Federer of Switzerland at Wimbledon, Sunday July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Serena Williams of the United States holds the trophy after winning the women's singles final at Wimbledon, Saturday July 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In this June 21, 2015 photo, Schuyler Bailar lifts weights in McLean, Va. Recruited as a woman to swim for Harvard, he will now swim for the men's team after transitioning from a female to a male in the last year. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via AP)

(AP) — Cameron Payne can't wait to challenge Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder selected Payne with the No. 14 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. The Murray State point guard will get to test himself in practice against Westbrook, the reigning NBA scoring champion and one of the league's best athletes.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York this Tuesday. AP photo by Mark Lennihan.

Oakland, Calif. (AP) — Glenn Burke's sister had a tough time even coming to the Oakland Coliseum for Athletics Pride Night. Her brother's death remains painful 20 years later, though Carol Williams knows how much it would have meant to Burke to be honored in his former ballpark as baseball's first openly gay player.

Openly gay football player Michael Sam when he signed with the Alouettes three weeks ago. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Oklahoma State Representative Emily Virgin is the 2015 Equality Run Grand Marshal. (Official photo)

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association passed several policy changes at its Tuesday meeting, including a policy governing transgender athletes.

Openly gay football player Michael Sam. (AP Photo/LG Patterson)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson listens as head coach Mike Zimmer talked about his return during a news conference at the team's NFL football Winter Park headquarters, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he will resign during a press conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Zurich (AP) — Invigorated by his FIFA election win, Sepp Blatter dismissed any suggestion Saturday that the American investigation into soccer corruption could yet lead to his door.

Blatter insisted he had nothing to fear from a U.S. federal case which alleged a $150 million bribe scheme in international football. Several senior FIFA officials have been arrested already, but Blatter shrugged of the notion that he could be next.

Sepp Blatter was reelected to be president of scandal plagued FIFA on Friday, May 29. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

New York (AP) — Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer appears to have provided key information that has been central to the Justice Department's soccer corruption investigation, linking other officials in the Americas to a series of schemes.

Newly signed Montreal Alouettes defensive end Michael Sam listens at a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Newly signed Montreal Alouettes defensive end Michael Sam tosses a ball while posing at a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)