Wednesday's Sports in Brief


LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas.

The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors met on a 109-degree day and unanimously voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert's gambling mecca.

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Foley will pay $500 million to the NHL's other owners as an expansion fee. The new team will play in T-Mobile Arena, the $375 million building that opened just off the Las Vegas Strip in April.

Bettman also announced that an expansion bid from Quebec City was ''deferred'' indefinitely, allowing Las Vegas to enter the league alone in the Pacific Division. The league's alignment and playoff format won't change.


NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, hoping the former NBA MVP can be their answer at point guard.

The Knicks sent center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Bulls in the deal. New York also received guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick, and waived point guard Tony Wroten.

New coach Jeff Hornacek said recently the Knicks needed a point guard and Rose was one of the NBA's best before multiple knee injuries slowed the former No. 1 pick's career. He played in 66 games last season, his most in five years, and averaged 16.4 points.

After missing the playoffs in a disappointing first season under Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls decided to move on without the hometown kid they selected with the top pick in the 2008 draft.


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus face one-year suspensions from international weightlifting competition following the retesting of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, which may prevent lifters from those countries competing at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

The International Weightlifting Federation said the final decisions on the possible bans will be made after the International Olympic Committee makes a definitive ruling on the retests. The three countries are facing bans because three or more positive cases from each were discovered during the retests.

So far, 20 weightlifting cases have been found among the 55 positives in retesting of samples from all sports which the IOC has reported, including 32 from Beijing and 23 from London. Four Olympic gold medalists from Kazakhstan and medalists from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have already been provisionally suspended by the IWF.

Separately, the IWF also withdrew 11 quota places for 2016 from Russia and five other countries for multiple doping violations at the 2015 world championships in Houston, part of the Olympic qualifying process.


GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota unveiled the logo for its new Fighting Hawks nickname and called on its popular football coach to help promote the change from the school's controversial Fighting Sioux moniker.

The new logo depicts a white hawk head with black shading and a black eye, atop the angular letters ''ND'' in green. The school also released a ''North Dakota Fighting Hawks'' wordmark, or descriptive name, in an effort to enhance the new graphic identity.

Head football coach Bubba Schweigert, a North Dakota native, told several hundred people who politely applauded the unveiling that he and his players would embrace the logo.

The NCAA in 2005 placed UND on a list of schools with American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots that it found objectionable. UND was the last holdout on the list, not retiring its nickname until 2012 after the school failed to win approval to keep it from the state's two Sioux tribes.

UNDATED - The Big 12 is asking Baylor for a full accounting of the investigation into how sexual assault allegations were handled at the school, including information that has not been released publicly.

The conference released a statement saying Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had sent a letter to Baylor interim President David Garland ''once again'' requesting all documents associated with the investigation by the law firm of Pepper Hamilton.

The Big 12 is requesting written materials as well as any information that was conveyed orally to Baylor leadership and its board of regents along with pertinent internal documents.

Baylor, through spokeswoman Tonya Lewis, said it was reviewing the Big 12's request and that Garland will seek an opportunity to meet with Bowlsby to discuss the investigation.

UNDATED - The World Anti-Doping Agency sided against international Olympic officials in a statement supporting track and field's decision to bar Russian athletes from competing under their own flag at the upcoming Summer Games.

The statement, delivered by WADA president Craig Reedie, who is also an IOC member, further scrambled the positions of the world's foremost sports organizations on an issue that track's federation, the IAAF, initially portrayed as having support from all sides.

Last Friday, IAAF barred the Russian track team from competing at the Rio Games. It changed its rules to clear the way for a small number of Russian athletes to participate under an independent flag, providing they could show they had been subject to doping controls outside their home country.

ATLANTA (AP) - A 6-year-old Georgia girl has found the main portion of a 1992 Olympic gold medal that was stolen from an American canoeist's car earlier this month.

Wayne Smith tells news outlets that his daughter found the medal on the side of a road last week near their Atlanta home. Initially mistaking it for trash, Smith took a closer look at the disc and realized it belonged to Joe Jacobi.

Smith says he had heard about Jacobi's two-man canoe slalom medal being stolen from inside the Olympian's car in an Atlanta restaurant parking lot June 6.

Jacobi gave the girl a $500 reward and her father some Olympic memorabilia to thank her for finding the medal. Jacobi is still missing the medal's silver metallic base and the ribbon it was attached to.