Sports in brief around the world
By The Associated Press
A person with direct knowledge of the NHL’s decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the league ahead of its Board of Governors meeting on June 22 in Las Vegas. Quebec City was also considered for expansion.
A second person who had been briefed on the decision said Las Vegas was a “done deal” following the recommendation of the NHL’s executive committee.
The 2017-18 season would be the earliest the league would expand.
The franchise would be the NHL’s 31st team and the first major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas, the rapidly growing gambling center of the American West.
WACO, Texas – A Baylor spokeswoman says the school’s governing board did not take a vote on the future of former football coach Art Briles amid reports some prominent donors wanted to bring him back.
Briles was suspended “with intent to terminate” on May 26 when Baylor officials released a 13-page summary of an investigation into how the school mishandled sexual assault allegations, including several against football players.
The report said the football program operated like it was “above the rules,” and Briles was fired after eight seasons. Reports Monday said a group of prominent school donors wanted to bring him back in 2017.
Baylor spokesman Tonya Lewis said the board met Monday night to discuss a “variety of matters,” but there was no vote on Briles’ employment status.
IRVING, Texas – Darren McFadden fractured his right elbow trying to keep his new iPhone from hitting the ground and cracking.
The Dallas running back is likely to miss the start of training camp as a result, and fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott is that much closer to starting.
McFadden’s injury happened at home over Memorial Day weekend, and he missed the next voluntary practice that was open to reporters. But he returned to workouts last week, eventually telling trainers that the elbow was still bothering him.
The fracture showed up on X-rays as part of the physical before mandatory minicamp that started Tuesday, the same day of surgery for the owboys’ leading rusher in 2015.
Coach Jason Garrett said McFadden would miss “at least a couple of months,” and training camp in California starts in late July. The Cowboys hope to have him ready for the season opener.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Maria Sharapova appealed her two-year doping ban to the highest court in sports, and an expedited ruling will be issued next month ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Sharapova filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking to overturn or reduce the suspension imposed by the International Tennis Federation last week. The Russian tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, taking it before each match at that tournament even though the substance was banned at the start of 2016.
The court said both sides agreed to an “expedited procedure” that will allow the court to issue its ruling by July 18, at the latest. So if the suspension is thrown out, Sharapova would be eligible to compete at the Rio Games, which open Aug. 5.
CAS said it hasn’t decided whether to hold a hearing.
GENEVA – There is “a very low risk” that the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics will accelerate the spread of the Zika virus around the globe, the World Health Organization said.
After convening a meeting of its independent Zika experts, the U.N. health agency reaffirmed its previous advice that only pregnant women should skip the Aug. 5-21 games in Brazil, the epicenter of the ongoing outbreak.
The explosive spread of the Zika virus was declared a global emergency in February. The disease is largely spread by mosquitoes, but in rare cases can also be transmitted via sex. In most cases, Zika causes only mild symptoms like a fever and rash, but it is also responsible for severe birth defects including babies born with abnormally small heads and a rare neurological syndrome that can cause death or temporary paralysis.
SAO PAULO – Brazil’s football confederation fired national coach Dunga in the wake of the team’s elimination from the Copa America in the United States.
The confederation announced Dunga’s dismissal in a brief statement, adding that the search for a new coach has begun.
Gilmar Rinaldi, the team’s general manager, was also fired
Brazil failed to get past the group stage after drawing 0-0 with Ecuador, beating Haiti 7-1 and losing 1-0 to Peru on Sunday.
According to local media, the favorite to replace the 53-year-old Dunga is Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, known as Tite.
Tite is currently the coach of Brazilian league champion Corinthians.
Dunga was the captain of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning team, and previously coached the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was dismissed after Brazil lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.
SALT LAKE CITY – The city approved $22.7 million in tax incentives for the Utah Jazz’s planned $125 million arena upgrade.
The Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency board voted 6-0 for a proposal from the Larry H. Miller Group, which owns the Jazz.
The tax reimbursement is part of an established incentive program. The Jazz will only receive the money if the value of the arena and the property taxes increase as a result of the improvements. The money would be paid out through the year 2040.
The Jazz plan to pay for the upgrades at Vivint Smart Home Arena up front.
The arena was built in 1991 for $90 million, including $24 million in public money. It is the oldest arena in the NBA that has not undergone a major renovation.