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The United States Olympic Committee is likely to announce Thursday which city will be the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The finalists are Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. An announcement would follow a USOC board-of-directors meeting Thursday at Denver International Airport. The board decided at a Dec. 16 meeting that there would be a U.S. candidate city but wanted to further evaluate the four bids. Formal application papers do not need to be filed with the International Olympic Committee until Sept. 15. The executive board will, if necessary, trim the field to about four finalists in spring 2016, and IOC members will choose the winner at their September 2017 annual meeting in Lima, Peru. The U.S. city will face formidable opposition, some spurred by changes the IOC approved eight days ago to help lower the costs of both bidding for and staging the now-gargantuan Summer Games.

Philip Hersh, Tribune Newspapers

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Ravens-Steelers telecast nears record TV ratings

The Ravens' 30-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers drew the second-largest TV audience on a Saturday night in the past 20 years of AFC wild-card playoff football, according to Nielsen data provided by NBC Sports. The game was seen by 28 million viewers, second only in the past two decades to the 33.3 million who saw the New York Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts, 17-16, on Jan. 8, 2011. The audience for the Ravens-Steelers game hit its high point of 29.5 million viewers from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Baltimore had the second-largest audience with a 46.0 rating and 67 share. The 67 share means that two of every three TVs in use in Baltimore on Saturday night were tuned to the game; the 46 rating means that 46 percent of all TV homes in the Baltimore were tuned to the game.

David Zurawik

MLB: The Colorado Rockies officially announced a two-year deal with former Orioles catcher Nick Hundley, the team announced Monday. Hundley, 31, batted .233 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 50 games for the Orioles after he was acquired from the San Diego Padres in a May 24 trade for left-handed pitcher Troy Patton.

Men's college basketball: Coppin State senior guard Taariq Cephas was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Cephas totaled 29 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and eight steals over two games last week.

Women's college basketball: Maryland sophomore guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was named to the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week Honor Roll after she guided the No. 12 Terps to a win at No. 19 Nebraska with 24 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. … McDaniel junior Lindsey Nichols was honored as Centennial Conference Player of the Week.

Major League Lacrosse: The Boston Cannons and New York Lizards completed a trade that sends two-time MLL Most Valuable Player midfielder Paul Rabil and midfielder Mike Stone to New York in exchange for veteran midfielder Max Seibald, veteran defenseman Brian Karalunas and draft picks. Drafted as the first overall pick by the Cannons in 2008, the former Johns Hopkins star has appeared in 81 games and recorded 185 goals and 137 assists.

Men's college lacrosse: Bucknell senior defenseman Ben Kellar (Boys' Latin) was named a team captain for the 2015 season.

Women's college lacrosse: Defending national champion Maryland was voted No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20. The Terps return 11 starters from last year, when they tied a program record with 23 wins and won a sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship. North Carolina, Syracuse, Florida and Northwestern round out the top five, while Loyola Maryland and Johns Hopkins were ranked No. 9 and No. 14, respectively.

Men's college swimming: Navy freshman Young Tae Seo was named Patriot League Swimmer of the Week.

Memorial: A memorial service is scheduled in Alexandria, Va., on Saturday for Mack Alston, who died Dec. 24. He was 67. A standout two-way football player at what was then Maryland State College (now UMES), Alston played 11 years in the NFL, from 1970 to 1980.

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