After four unsuccessful Olympic bids, Istanbul will enter the race to host the 2020 Summer Games.
Turkish government sports official Mehmet Atalay said Tuesday the country has decided to launch another Olympic bid and believes the city's chances are much stronger this time.
Istanbul mounted failed bids for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. It sat out the race for the 2016 Games, which were awarded last month to Rio de Janeiro.
Cities in Japan and Italy have expressed interest in the 2020 ames, and Dubai and Qatar are also considering bids.
Bid submissions to the IOC are due in 2011. The IOC will select the 2020 host city in 2013.
Calling Bill Russell, callling Bill Russell?
Damn, if any number in the NBA is going to be retired forever, it has to be #6 and then #13 (for Wilt Chamberlain). MJ would be a close third, for sure. See Lebron's take via CBS Sportsline and AP:
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James wants NBA players to give up their No. 23s to honor of Michael Jordan.
The Cavaliers superstar, who has worn 23 since he was a high school sophomore, says players should pay tribute to Jordan for the Hall of Famer's long-lasting impact on the game.
"I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized in some way -- soon," James said. "There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade -- you name all the best players in the league right now and the last 10 years, there would be none of us without Michael Jordan."
James made the comments following the Cavs' win in Miami on Thursday night. The news was first reported by the Plain Dealer.
James said he has been considering the change for some time. He's willing to switch next season to No. 6 -- his U.S. Olympic team number -- and wants to start a petition to get every player in the league wearing 23 to give up the number.
"It's time," James said. "He's the best basketball player we've ever seen. Mike does it on the court and off the court. If you see 23, you think about Michael Jordan. You see guys flying through the air, you think about Michael Jordan. You see game-winning shots, you think about Michael Jordan. You see fly kicks, you think about Michael Jordan. He did so much, it has to be recognized, and not just by putting him in the Hall of Fame."
Jordan sat courtside on Thursday when James scored 34 points to lead the Cavs to their sixth win in seven games.
"He can't get the logo, and if he can't, something has to be done," James said, referring to the NBA logo that's modeled on a silhouette of Jerry West. "I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. Nobody. If I'm not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it."
The reigning MVP frequently wears No. 6 as a practice jersey with the Cavaliers. He wears that number because his second-favorite player is Julius "Dr. J" Erving and it holds other special meaning.
"I wore 32 back in high school because Dr. J wore it at first," he said. "My first child was born on Oct. 6, my second child was born in June. If I'm not going to wear 23, I'm going to wear 6.
Notes on Internet use and the over use of Social networking sites are a little scary. Check this out: