DJOKOVIC, BOLT AND MESSI FOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
NOVAK Djokovic, Usain Bolt and Lionel Messi are among the six nominations for the 17th edition of the Laureus Awards in the category of Best Male Athlete of 2015, the foundation announced on Wednesday.
Tennis ace Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles; sprinter Bolt, who won three gold medals at the world athletics championships; and footballer Messi, who won the 2015 Ballon d'Or; are joined by Formula One's Lewis Hamilton, American basketballer Stephen Curry and golfer Jordan Spieth.
US tennis star Serena Williams, who came close to winning all four Grand Slam titles, is among the six nominations for the women's trophy.
BULLS FAIL TO FIND MAGIC AGAINST ORLANDO
THE Chicago Bulls lost badly for the second consecutive night, 102-89 to the Orlando Magic, and never seriously challenged after a woeful start in another poor defensive performance.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who recently returned from a hamstring injury, played only eight minutes in the second half and failed to score.
If the play-offs started today, the Bulls, who lost their fourth consecutive game, would be at home watching for the first time in eight seasons.
IOC APPROVES REFUGEE TEAM FOR RIO OLYMPICS
A TEAM of up to 10 refugees could take part in the Rio Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave the plan the green light on Wednesday.
So far, 43 high-performance athletes, who are also refugees, have been identified as possibly being eligible for the Games, which get under way in the Brazilian city on Aug 5.
IOC president Thomas Bach said the team would compete under the flag of the IOC.
"We have all been touched by the magnitude of this refugee crisis.
"By welcoming this team, we want to send a message of hope to all the refugees in the world."