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TOKYO -- The head of the international rowing federation wants to stick with his sports planned venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics rather than move to a site hundreds of miles (kilometers) outside the city. Carl Lawson Bengals Jersey .World Rowing president Jean-Christophe Rolland said Monday he was surprised and disappointed by a city government panels recommendation to relocate the venue to save money.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike ordered a review of venues and costs by a panel of independent experts. A preliminary report Friday warned of soaring costs and proposed using existing venues for rowing, swimming and volleyball instead of building new ones.I was very surprised ... to hear about a possible change, and not to say more, a little bit disappointed, Rolland told reporters in Tokyo, where he was on a scheduled visit. We made a full in-depth review of all the possibilities, and the outcome of this is that the Sea Forest is the best solution.Rolland said he visited the originally proposed venue, called Umi no Mori (Sea Forest), earlier Monday and felt confident that it remained the best site for the competition.For me, there is no doubt this is absolutely suitable for the sport of rowing, he said.Koike, who met with Rolland later Monday, said cost-cutting is key to Tokyos broader reforms and she planned to review the Olympic venues. She noted that the games were originally intended to help Japans northern region, including Fukushima, recover from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.Any further changes to the venues will require approval of the sports federations and the International Olympic Committee.What we know is that in general the costs for construction have been rising not only for Olympic projects, but for many different reasons, in particular because of the reconstruction which has to happen in Japan because of Fukushima, IOC President Thomas Bach said during a visit to Paris. So we will discuss this in a constructive way with the organizing committee.Tokyos report recommended an existing venue about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Tokyo as a cheaper option to the rowing site in Tokyo, where the latest cost estimate for renovations has risen to seven times its initial projections. While organizers hope to make the venue a future mecca of rowing, the report calls it groundless because of Japans small rowing communities and their lack of incentives to relocate to Tokyo.The alternative existing venues for the other two sports are in the Tokyo area.Organizing committee deputy director Yukihiko Nunomura reassured Rolland that the venue included in the initial bid is the one approved by all concerned parties.Nunomura said Japanese and IOC officials, including coordination commission chairman John Coates, had an emergency teleconference Friday to discuss Tokyos cost-cutting proposals. Coates raised concerns about relocating venues too far away from the athletes village, Kyodo News said.---AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin in Paris contributed.--Follow Mari Yamaguchi at her work also at Carl Lawson Jersey . World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. John Ross Jersey . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. .R. Smith realized how easily basketball can be taken from him, and he wasnt going to take his place in the NBA for granted anymore. MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns has watched his Minnesota Timberwolves give up so many leads this season that he had finally had enough.Once he made up his mind, the Phoenix Suns couldnt hold him down.Towns had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns 115-108 on Monday night.I was going to do everything in my power and my part to ensure we didnt come out of tonight with a loss, Towns said.Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio had 12 assists and Minnesota picked up its first win at home since Nov. 17.Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points for the Suns, who have lost three straight and four out of five. Brandon Knight had 21 points off the bench and Devin Booker scored 18 on 6-for-15 shooting for Phoenix.The game figured to be heavy on offense, with two young teams far more concerned with putting the ball in the basket than stopping anyone on the other end.The Suns came into the game second in the league in pace, second in fast-break points and third in points off turnovers. And the Wolves are the first team in history to have three 21-year-olds averaging at least 20 points per game.One thing we know we need to get better at is our toughness, Suns coach Earl Watson said. Thats not a stat. We have to become more feisty because we are small on the perimeter.The Wolves built a 14-point lead in the first half, but have given away double-digit leads all season long. They were coming off a particularly disheartening loss against Houston on Saturday night in which they blew a 12-point lead with two minutes to play before losing in overtime.Phoenix cut the deficit to two points several times in the fourth, but the Wolves had an answer each time.After Phoenix cut the Wolves lead to 105-103 with four minutes to play, Towns grabbed two offensive rebounds against Tyson Chandler, who ranks fifth in the NBA in rebounding, and scored on the second putback after getting fouled.Towns let out a yell and pounded his bicep, then swished thhe free throw for a five-point lead. Josh Malone Womens Jersey. The play ignited a 10-2 run that put away the game.Even missing the first one, I was determined to get that second one, Towns said. I wouldve gotten a foul running over someone to get it. Every single ounce of energy I had left to make sure I go up and get that ball.That kind of intensity is what Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been trying to instill from the start.Great, multiple-effort play, Thibodeau said. Thats will and determination and often times thats the difference right there between winning and losing.TIP-INSSuns: Knight made 8 of 13 shots, and his efficiency in the first half kept the game from getting away from the Suns while Booker and Bledsoe started 3 for 14. ... Jared Dudley scored 12 and Leandro Barbosa had 10 points for the Suns bench, which outscored Minnesotas 44-20. ... The Suns missed 10 free throws.Timberwolves: Rubio made two technical free throws to run his streak to 34 straight without a miss. Thats the longest active streak in the league after Stephen Currys ended at 44 in a row last week. ... The Wolves went 24 for 25 from the line.VOLATILE SUNSMarqueese Chriss and P.J. Tucker both picked up technical fouls for arguing with the officials, and the Suns had trouble keeping their composure for much of the night. Chriss was particularly erratic, barking at officials Monty McCutcheon, David Guthrie and Kane Fitzgerald and wrestling with Towns under the basket.Tucker voiced his displeasure often while guarding Wiggins, with officials not letting him play as physical as the burly forward likes to on that end.We let it get to us early as far as the refs and the other team, we let it get to us and we could never recuperate from it, Bledsoe said.UP NEXTSuns: Phoenix heads back home to face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.Timberwolves: Minnesota hits the road to play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. 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