Oprah Winfrey hosts Olympians in Chicago (AP)

Thousands of spectators cheered Olympic medalists Michael Phelps, Dara Torres and Kobe Bryant on Wednesday as the city of Chicago got a high-profile boost to its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Oprah Winfrey was taping the season premiere for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at a downtown park, and she invited 150 U.S.

Favre needs his best improv skills to lift Jets

Brett Favre’s Straight Talk Express went off the rails this offseason. Can he get it back on track? Ian O’Connor doesn’t think so.

Lawyer: OJ ready for trial in Las Vegas (AP)

O.J. Simpson’s lawyer on Tuesday declared the former football star all set for jury selection to begin next week in his trial on allegations of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint almost a year ago. “Ready for trial, judge,” Simpson lawyer Gabriel Grasso said during the last scheduled pretrial hearing.

USC jumps 2 spots to top of poll (AP)

By staying away from the cupcakes, Southern California earned itself a slim new ranking. No. 1 always seems to fit USC. Southern California jumped two spots to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Tuesday, rewarded by voters for opening the season with a dominant performance on the road against a BCS conference opponent.

OSU’s Tressel: Wells ‘going to be fine’ (AP)

Coach Jim Tressel has some reassuring words for all those fretful Ohio State fans who have had trouble sleeping since tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells hit the deck with a right foot injury on Saturday. “Tell them to worry about Gustav and Rita and those kinds of things,” Tressel said Tuesday. “Beanie’s going to be fine.” Wells was in obvious pain in the moments after he fell to the turf in the third…

Ochoa calls English-only rule ‘drastic’ (AP)

Lorena Ochoa of Mexico says a new LPGA Tour policy requiring players to be effective in English starting in 2009 is a “little drastic.” Ochoa, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, says golfers are better judged by their performance. She was asked at a charity event in her hometown of Guadalajara on Tuesday if she thought the new policy discriminated against international players.

Phelps’ bonus to start swim foundation (AP)

Michael Phelps will put his $1 million bonus to good use, announcing plans to start a foundation promoting water safety and youth swimming. Joe Gromek, president and CEO of Warnaco, Speedo’s U.S. parent company, presented a check to Phelps on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday. The company, which has sponsored Phelps since he was 16, promised him a $1 million bonus if he tied or broke Mark Spitz’s record…

Woods’ wife expecting another child (AP)

Even with his golf done for the year, Tiger Woods found something to celebrate Tuesday: His wife is pregnant with their second child. Woods said on his Web site that Elin is expecting in late winter without being more specific on a due date. He has not played since his U.S. Open victory in June, and two weeks later had reconstructive surgery on his left knee that put him out for the year.