=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Friday, March 14th ===
=== Phil Jackson to become Knicks' president ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Hall of Fame head coach Phil Jackson has
agreed to become the new president of the New York Knicks, multiple reports
The Knicks issued a release Friday night stating that the team has called a
press conference for Tuesday regarding a "major announcement."
Speculation surrounding the Knicks and Jackson has been rampant for a few
days, with an ESPN report issued Wednesday citing a source close to the
negotiations saying only a few details needed to be ironed out.
Jackson retired from coaching in May 2011 after leading the Chicago Bulls and
Los Angeles Lakers to a combined 11 NBA titles. He guided the Bulls to six
championships and the Lakers to five, the last coming in 2010 with Los
At his retirement press conference three years ago, Jackson said his plans
didn't include coaching in the NBA in the future. He never said anything about
a front office position, a role he has never previously held.
With the Knicks, the 68-year-old would take over for Steve Mills, who was
given the position of president and general manager just this past September.
Jackson played for the Knicks from 1967 through 1978 and was an integral part
of the team's last NBA title in 1973. He missed the club's title run 1969-70
with a back injury.
The Knicks are in the midst of a disappointing season after reaching the
semifinals of the Eastern Conference Playoffs in 2012-13. Though the club is
currently riding a five-game win streak, it entered Friday's play 3 1/2 games
out of a playoff spot with a 26-40 record.
=== Bucks sign Wright to 10-day contract ===
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward
Chris Wright to a 10-day contract.
Wright was averaging 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds in 38 games for Maine of the
NBA Development League. He has 13 double-doubles this season, including six in
his last eight outings.
A two-time D-League All-Star, Wright played 24 games with Golden State during
the 2011-12 season and averaged 2.9 points with 1.9 rebounds.
=== 76ers sign Johnson-Odom to 10-day deal, waive Brown ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers signed guard
Darius Johnson-Odom to a 10-day contract on Friday and waived guard Lorenzo
The Sixers plucked Johnson-Odom from the NBA Development League, where he was
averaging 22.0 points, 6.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 27 games
for the Springfield Armor.
The Marquette product appeared in four games last season for the Los Angeles
Lakers without scoring a point. He was acquired by the Lakers in a trade with
the Dallas Mavericks, who selected Johnson-Odom in the second round of the
2012 NBA Draft.
Brown averaged 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26 games for the
Sixers this season.
=== Wizards' Beal leaves game with ankle injury ===
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal
was carried to the locker room with 1:06 left in overtime during Friday's
105-101 win against Orlando.
Beal went all out and came up with a huge block, which changed the momentum of
the extra session but he landed awkwardly as he hit the floor.
The initial diagnosis is a sprained right ankle.
=== Heat sign Hamilton, release Liggins ===
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat signed center Justin Hamilton
on Friday and released guard DeAndre Liggins.
Terms of Hamilton's deal were not disclosed.
Hamilton appeared in one game this season after he signed a 10-day contract on
March 4 with the Charlotte Bobcats. In his NBA debut he collected one steal in
3:44 of play during a 111-89 loss on March 8 to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The 7-foot Hamilton was averaging 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and two blocks in
37 games this season for the Heat NBA Development League affiliate Sioux Falls
Liggins had signed two 10-day contracts with the Heat.
=== Bengals give Lewis extension through 2015 ===
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin
Lewis has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season.
Lewis is entering his 12th season with the Bengals and is the longest-tenured
coach in club history. He is also currently the second-longest tenured coach
in the NFL. Only New England's Bill Belichick has been with his current team
"I'm blessed to continue to do a job I love here in Cincinnati, and with the
Bengals organization," Lewis said in a statement Friday. "I truly appreciate
the commitment by our management to continue to enable us to build an NFL
The Bengals were 11-5 in 2013 and captured the AFC North for the third time
under Lewis, who has a record of 90-85-1 in Cincinnati. The club has reached
the playoffs in each of the last three years and five times with Lewis at
"Marvin has earned this commitment for the job he is doing," said Bengals
president Mike Brown in Friday's release. "We are one of only five teams to
qualify for the playoffs the last three years, and our prospects are bright
looking ahead. Marvin is driven to achieve more, and we are happy to secure
his leadership of our team beyond the coming season."
Despite the regular-season success, the Bengals are 0-5 in the postseason
under Lewis. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game since the 1990 season.
=== Steve Smith joining Ravens ===
Owings Mills, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - After spending 13 years in one city,
Steve Smith didn't take long to find a new home.
The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver agreed to a three-year contract with the
Baltimore Ravens Friday, one day after being released by the Carolina
According to the Baltimore Sun, the deal is worth $11 million and contains a
$3.5 million signing bonus.
The 34-year-old surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in seven of his 13 campaigns
with the Panthers, most recently compiling 1,174 on 73 catches in 2012.
Smith's production declined this past year, however, as he put up 745 yards
and four touchdowns on 64 receptions over 15 regular-season games. His 11.6
yards per catch was his lowest average since 2007.
Smith still fills one of Baltimore's most glaring deficiencies during its
disappointing 8-8 season of 2013, a proven No. 2 receiver. After trading
veteran Anquan Boldin to San Francisco last year, no other Ravens wideout
other than Torrey Smith had more than 49 catches or 524 yards.
"We've added one of the top competitors in the NFL to the Ravens," said
Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome.
A third-round choice of the Panthers in the 2001 draft, Smith finished his
long tenure in Carolina as the franchise' all-time leader in receptions (836),
receiving yards (12,197) and touchdown catches (67). His 182 games played is
second only to former kicker John Kasay's 219 among Panthers' players.
=== Titans add Woodyard ===
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms
with linebacker Wesley Woodyard on a multi-year contract.
Terms were not disclosed.
Woodyard spent his first six NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos and had been
the club's middle linebacker for the past two years, starting 24 games. He led
the team in tackles in 2012 with 117 and last year finished second with 84
"Wesley is a player who has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 systems and
in our new scheme he fits as one of the inside linebackers," said Titans
general manager Ruston Webster on Friday. "He is smart and fast. He also
brings the leadership qualities and intangible that we look for in a player,
which makes him a good fit for us."
A six-time team captain, including special teams, Woodyard has started 40 of
the 87 games he has played since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
He has totaled 434 tackles with eight sacks, five interceptions and six forced
fumbles during his career.
=== Titans add Oher, delete Fitzpatrick ===
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tennessee Titans announced on Friday
the signing of offensive lineman Michael Oher to a multi-year contract and the
release of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Reports indicate that Oher was signed to a $20 million deal for the next four
"Michael is a big, strong, durable player," said Titans general manager Ruston
Webster. "Like we have said with a number of players we added this week, he
has versatility with experience playing both left and right tackle during his
NFL career. We are excited to have Michael as part of the Titans family."
Oher had spent his entire five-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, starting
all 80 games in which he participated with the franchise. During the Super
Bowl season of 2012, Oher helped the Ravens rack up a franchise-high 398
points along with 5,640 total yards from scrimmage.
Fitzpatrick was made expendable earlier in the week when the club signed
Charlie Whitehurst on Thursday as a backup to Jake Locker.
The Harvard product completed 217-of-350 passes for 2,454 yards, 14 touchdowns
and 12 interceptions over 11 games during his lone season in Tennessee last
year. He was also sacked 21 times.
=== Eagles give Sproles two-year extension ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Eagles didn't waste
any time making their latest acquisition happy, extending the contract of
running back Darren Sproles for two years through the 2016 season.
The Eagles acquired Sproles on Thursday from the New Orleans Saints in
exchange for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick.
Sproles played in 15 games last season for the Saints, rushing for 220 yards
and two touchdowns while hauling in 71 passes for 604 yards and two scores.
Over his nine-year career with the Saints and San Diego Chargers, Sproles has
been an effective threat on the ground and through the air. He has rushed for
2,221 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 378 passes for 3,381 yards and 27
=== Saints, LB Humber agree on one-year deal ===
Metairie, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms
on a one-year contract with linebacker Ramon Humber.
Signed by the Saints in December of 2010 after two years with Indianapolis,
Humber is entering his fifth season with the Saints.
The 5-foot-11 linebacker and special teams standout appeared in 16 games for
the first time in his career this past season, making 26 tackles and recording
=== Lions keep Pettigrew with four-year deal ===
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions and tight end Brandon
Pettigrew have agreed to a four-year contract.
According to the club's website, Pettigrew's four-year deal is worth $16
million and the Detroit Free Press said $8 million is guaranteed.
Pettigrew caught just 41 passes for 416 yards last year. He has 284 career
receptions for 2,828 yards with 16 touchdowns in five seasons with Detroit.
The Lions selected the Oklahoma State product with the 20th overall pick of
the 2009 NFL Draft. He had a career-high 83 receptions for 777 yards with five
scores in 2011.
=== Vikings re-sign Simpson ===
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings re-signed wide
receiver Jerome Simpson on Friday.
Simpson caught 48 passes for a career-high 726 yards and one touchdown in 16
games last season, his second with the Vikings.
In 57 career games with the Bengals and Vikings, Simpson has 145 receptions
for 2,004 yards and eight touchdowns.
=== Niners sign CB Cook ===
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed
cornerback Chris Cook to a one-year contract Friday.
Cook had spent his entire four-year career in Minnesota, where he racked up
120 tackles, 13 passes defensed and one sack in 34 games, including 29 starts
with the Vikings.
In 2013, the 27-year-old Virginia product posted a career-high 47 tackles
while appearing in 12 games, including 11 as a starter.
=== Ravens, Daryl Smith agree to four-year deal ===
Owings Mills, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Ravens re-signed
linebacker Daryl Smith to a four-year contract on Friday.
The deal is worth $16.1 million, according to reports.
Smith had a career year in 2013 with 123 tackles, five sacks, three
interceptions, two forced fumbles and 18 pass breakups. It was his first year
with the Ravens.
"There are a lot of smiles around the building today after we got a commitment
from Daryl Smith to stay a Raven," Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome
said. "He fills a need for us at a high level."
The 32-year-old Smith spent the first nine years of his career with the
Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected him in the second round of the 2004 draft.
Smith has 801 tackles, 26 1/2 sacks, 54 pass breakups, nine interceptions, 11
forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in 142 career games with the Jaguars
The Ravens also re-signed safety Jeromy Miles to a one-year contract. He spent
most of his time on special teams last years.
=== Cowboys' deal with LB Herring is off ===
Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Will
Herring is heading back to the free agent market.
Herring agreed to a contract to join the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, but the
deal fell apart by Friday before Herring had signed.
It was a mutual parting of the ways that had to do with the language of the
Herring will be entering his eighth NFL season and spent the last three with
the New Orleans Saints, primarily as a special-teams ace. The 30-year-old
previously played four years with the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him in
the fifth round of the 2007 draft, from 2007-10.
The Auburn product started six games for the Seahawks in 2009, compiling 46
tackles and one forced fumble that season.
=== Dolphins sign Shelley Smith ===
Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive
lineman Shelley Smith to a multi-year contract.
Smith joins Miami after spending the past two seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
"I would like to welcome Shelley Smith as the newest addition to the Miami
Dolphins," said Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey. "Shelley is a 26-year
old ascending player who will be a good fit for our offensive line."
The 6-foot-4, 312-pound Smith played in 25 games with eight starts over the
past two seasons with the Rams.
Smith was selected by Houston in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In
2011, he spent the season on injured reserve following an injury suffered
during training camp.
=== Raiders ink DL Smith, CB Brown ===
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders signed defensive lineman
Antonio Smith and cornerback Tarell Brown on Friday.
Smith had spent the last five seasons in Houston, where he racked up 27 sacks
and 10 passes defensed while starting 78 of the 79 games he appeared in at
The 32-year-old Smith, who was selected to his first and only Pro Bowl in
2011, has played in 140 career games (117 starts) while totaling 324 tackles,
41 1/2 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries and nine passes
Brown comes to Oakland after spending his first seven seasons with San
Since becoming a full-time starter at cornerback for the 49ers in 2011, Brown
has appeared in 45 games (42 starts) and recorded 143 tackles, six
interceptions, 40 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.
The 29-year-old Texas product has posted 213 tackles, 11 interceptions, 56
passes defensed and two fumble recoveries in 100 career games, including 47
=== Cam Thomas signs with Steelers ===
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers signed defensive
tackle Cam Thomas to a two-year contract on Friday.
Thomas spent the first four years of his career with the San Diego Chargers,
who selected him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.
He started 10 of the 16 games he appeared in during the 2013 season, recording
23 tackles and one interception.
In four seasons with the Chargers, Thomas posted 70 tackles.
=== Bucs agree to terms with Dietrich-Smith ===
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms
with former Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Dietrich-Smith started all 16 games last season for the Packers. He started 25
of the 61 games he played in over five seasons with Green Bay.
The Bucs believe Dietrich-Smith could start at guard or center.
=== Rams retain Jo-Lonn Dunbar ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams signed linebacker Jo-
Lonn Dunbar to a two-year contract on Friday.
Dunbar had 39 tackles in 12 games last season, his second with the Rams. His
2013 season started with a four-game suspension.
The Boston College product had 115 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and two interceptions
In 81 career games with the Saints and Rams, Dunbar has 313 tackles, 6 1/2
sacks and two interceptions.
=== Panthers bring back QB Anderson ===
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers re-signed
quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year deal on Friday.
Anderson will serve his fourth year as Cam Newton's backup. He appeared in
four games last season, but did not attempt a pass.
The nine-year veteran was initially drafted by Baltimore in 2005. Anderson's
best season came in 2007 with the Cleveland Browns, when he completed 298-
of-527 passes for 3,787 yards, 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions to earn his
lone Pro Bowl appearance. He spent a season with the Arizona Cardinals in
2010 before first signing with Carolina.
The Panthers also signed free agent tight end Mike McNeill to a two-year deal.
The three-year pro appeared in 28 games over the past two seasons with St.
Louis, where he recorded five catches for 36 yards.
=== Dolphins bring in Finnegan ===
Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins signed free agent
cornerback Cortland Finnegan on Friday.
The move to bolster the secondary came just three days after Finnegan was
released by the Rams as a salary-cap casualty. He'll be expected to complement
Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.
"It just felt right. I'd like to compete for the starting job," Finnegan said
of coming to south Florida. "I play with an edge, and I've learned to control
that over the years."
The Samford product, who signed a deal with St. Louis for five years at
approximately $50 million in March of 2012, recorded only 27 tackles and one
interception in seven games (five starts) last year. He picked up 101 tackles,
three picks and one sack in 16 games two seasons ago in his first campaign
with the Rams.
Over his eight-year NFL career with the Titans and Rams, Finnegan has totaled
601 tackles, 18 interceptions (four returned for TDs) and seven sacks.
=== Bears sign Tillman to one-year deal ===
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms
with cornerback Charles Tillman on a one-year contract.
The 33-year-old Tillman had 41 tackles, three interceptions and six passes
defensed in eight games last season, his 11th with the Bears. He ended the
2013 season on injured reserve with a torn triceps.
"Charles is one of the NFL's great players and a true leader on and off the
field and we're happy he will be staying in Chicago," Bears general manager
Phil Emery said. "He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and
always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also
has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and we're
excited for that to continue."
A two-time Pro Bowler, Tillman is third in team history with 36 interceptions
and is the franchise leader in defensive return touchdowns (nine),
interception return touchdowns (eight) and interception return yards (675).
Originally selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2003 draft,
Tillman has 848 tackles, 42 forced fumbles and three sacks in 154 career
=== Redskins sign former Cowboys DT Hatcher ===
Loudoun County, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have signed
former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and released center Will
Terms of Hatcher's deal, which was one of several signing announced Friday by
the Redskins, were not disclosed. However, several reports said it was for
four years and $27.5 million.
The Redskins cut ties with Montgomery, who was with the team since 2008 and
had started every game in the last three seasons. They also signed
unrestricted free-agent linebacker Darryl Sharpton and free-agent kicker Jake
Hatcher played his first eight seasons for Dallas and had a career-high 11
sacks with 41 tackles in 15 games, all starts, this past season. He started
all 16 games in the 2012 season and recorded four sacks and 51 tackles.
Sharpton comes to the Redskins after playing his first four seasons for the
Houston Texans. He collected 87 tackles in 2013.
=== Giants to add LB McClain; re-sign Hynoski ===
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Giants have reportedly
agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Jameel McClain, while the team
officially announced the signings of a pair of holdovers in linebacker Jon
Beason and fullback Henry Hynoski.
The Giants have yet to confirm the addition of McClain, a six-year veteran who
started 54 games for the Baltimore Ravens over the last four seasons. The 28-
year-old revealed that he was headed to New York on a message posted on his
"To the city of Baltimore and its great fans -- even though I'm moving on to
the big Apple, my community work is something that will carry on here -- as I
will continue my commitment to change and to improve the lives of others!!,"
McClain wrote. "thank you for your support and encouragement ... you have made
me a better person."
McClain, who had spent his entire NFL tenure in Baltimore and was a key member
of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII championship in 2012, missed the first six
games of last season while recovering from a career-threatening neck injury.
He returned to start the club's final 10 contests, logging 52 tackles and one
He'll join a New York linebacker corps that also brings back Beason, who
solidified the middle after being acquired from the Carolina Panthers last
October. The three-time Pro Bowl selection tallied 93 tackles and one
interception while starting 11 of the Giants' final 12 games.
The New York Daily News reported Thursday that Beason agreed to a three-year
deal worth $19 million.
Hynoski played in just three games in 2013 before undergoing season-ending
surgeries to his knee and shoulder. The blocking specialist will be entering
his fourth season with the Giants after originally making the roster as an
undrafted free agent in 2011.
Over 30 career games, Hynoski has recorded 24 catches totaling 138 yards with
=== Vikings ink CB Cox ===
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings have added their
second free agent cornerback in as many days, signing former San Diego Charger
Derek Cox to a reported one-year contract Friday.
The move comes on the heels of the team reaching a three-year deal with ex-
Carolina Panthers corner Captain Munnerlyn on Thursday worth $15 million,
according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Cox has started 53 games over five NFL seasons, the first four of which were
spent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 2009 third-round pick signed a four-
year, $20 million contract with the Chargers last March, but lost his starting
job in midseason and was released by the club earlier this month.
The 27-year-old finished with 34 tackles, one interception and seven passes
defensed in 16 games (11 starts) with San Diego. Cox garnered four picks in 12
games with the Jaguars the previous season and has recorded 13 interceptions
over 63 career contests.
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed
linebacker Frank Zombo and signed defensive lineman Vance Walker on Friday.
Zombo played in all 16 games with five starts for the Chiefs last season and
totaled 23 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.
Over 41 career games, including 14 starts, with Kansas City and Green Bay,
Zombo has racked up 76 tackles, seven sacks, one interception and three forced
Walker started 15 games for the Raiders in 2013 and recorded 40 tackles and
The 26-year-old Georgia Tech product has registered 119 tackles, eight sacks,
two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 73 games (26 starts) over five
seasons with Oakland and Atlanta.
"We're pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with both Frank and
Vance," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "Frank was a key member of
our defense and special teams units last season, and we are looking forward to
having him back. Vance is a big, physical player that we believe can come in
and contribute for us up front."
=== Colts sign WR Nicks ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Indianapolis Colts have signed
former New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
The one-year deal is worth $3.5 million plus incentives, according to the
"Hakeem is a big, tough, and highly competitive wide receiver who knows what
it takes to win," said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. "His big-play
potential requires attention from the defense every time he's out on the
field. He adds another highly talented playmaker to our offense and we are
happy to announce he is now an Indianapolis Colt."
Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards with no touchdowns in 15 games last
season, his fifth with the Giants.
The North Carolina product had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and
2011, but dealt with injuries in 2012.
Originally selected by the Giants in the first round of the 2009 draft, Nicks
has caught 311 passes for 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns in 70 career games. He
won a Super Bowl with New York following the 2011 season.
=== Canucks' Kesler sidelined with sprained knee ===
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler has
a sprained knee and is expected to be sidelined for a couple of weeks.
Canucks coach John Tortorella made the announcement Friday during the club's
morning skate prior to a game against the Washington Capitals.
"Nothing we can do about that, upside is that it gives others an opportunity,"
Kesler was hurt during the second period of Wednesday's game against Winnipeg
when he took a knee-on-knee hit from the Jets' Jim Slater.
The subject of numerous trade rumors prior to last week's deadline, Kesler is
Vancouver's leading goal scorer with 22 and his 40 points trail only Henrik
Sedin's 41 for the team lead.
=== Pens' Neal has concussion ===
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal is
sidelined indefinitely because of a concussion.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma made the announcement Friday after practice.
"You don't know if you're talking about 1-2 days or much longer," said Bylsma
on Friday. "You hope the symptoms subside and it's shorter than longer."
Neal missed practice Thursday and was evaluated by team doctors.
The 26-year-old veteran has 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points in 44 games
=== Avs give Mitchell 3-year extension, ink Berra to 3-year pact ===
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche announced a pair of
signings on Friday.
Forward John Mitchell was inked to a three-year contract extension and
goaltender Reto Berra was kept in the fold with a three-year deal.
Mitchell has registered seven goals and 23 points in 65 games this season for
the Avalanche. The 29-year-old signed with Colorado in July of 2012 and
tallied 10 goals and 20 points last season.
"John is a proven NHL player who has been a very good addition to our team the
past two seasons," said Avalanche executive vice president of hockey
operations Joe Sakic. "He can play in different situations and we feel his
presence and his versatility will continue to strongly benefit our team moving
A fifth-round draft pick of Toronto in 2003, Mitchell spent parts of three
seasons with the Maple Leafs and one season with the Rangers before joining
Berra was acquired from Calgary on Mar. 5 in exchange for a second-round pick
in this year's draft. The Swiss native posted a 9-17-2 record in his
first NHL season for the Flames.
"As I mentioned when we acquired Reto, we strongly believe in his abilities,"
said Sakic. "He has size and skill and will help solidify our goaltending
position for years to come."
The 27-year-old was taken by St. Louis in the 2006 draft, but spent his
entire professional career in Switzerland prior to this year.
Berra's contract likely means that current backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere will
either retire or catch on with another club next season.
=== Twins sign Perkins to extension through 2017 ===
Fort Myers, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Twins signed closer Glen
Perkins to a four-year contract extension, covering the 2014-17 seasons.
Perkins, who was under contract through 2015, will earn $4.025 million in
2014, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million
in 2017. The deal also includes a $6.5 million club option for the 2018
Perkins went 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 36 saves in 61 appearances last season.
He was named to his first All-Star Game in 2013.
Originally selected by the Twins in the first round of the 2004 First-Year
Player Draft out of the University of Minnesota, Perkins has a career record
of 28-17 with a 3.89 ERA and 54 saves in 276 games with the Twins.
=== Canizares remains on top in Morocco ===
Agadir, Morocco (SportsNetwork.com) - Alejandro Canizares carded a 4-under 68
on Friday to maintain his 1-stroke lead at the Trophee Hassan II.
Canizares, whose lone victory on the European Tour came at the 2006 Russian
Open, finished 36 holes at Golf du Palais Royal at 14-under-par 130.
"I feel great. My game is definitely there so I just need to get in the groove
again," said Canizares. "If I don't overthink things and just let them happen,
hopefully I will enjoy the weekend."
Seve Benson also shot a 68 to remain a shot off the pace at 13-under, while
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (67) is alone in third at minus-9.
David Horsey fired the low round of the day with an 8-under 64 to vault into a
share of fourth with Magnus A. Carlsson (71) and Conner Arendell (71) at 8-
Canizares opened his day with a birdie at the first, but tripped to a bogey at
the second to fall back to 10-under. He would par his next seven holes to
remain there before doing all of his scoring on the back nine.
He started with three straight birdies from the 10th to race to 13-under, but
gave a shot back with a bogey at the 13th.
Canizares then reeled off another hat trick of gains from the 14th to reach
15-under before again snapping the streak with a bogey at the 17th. He parred
the last to end at 14-under.
"In some cases, my putter was a little cold today, but I kept it going on the
back nine," Canizares said. "It was a pity I bogeyed the 17th because that is
a birdie hole, but overall I am very happy to be leading at the moment and
very excited for the weekend."
Benson followed a trio of opening pars with back-to-back birdies at the fourth
A bogey at the eighth dropped him to 10-under at the turn, but he got that
shot back with a birdie at the 12th.
After parring his next three holes, the Englishman recorded consecutive
birdies at the 16th and 17th to reach 13-under. He also parred the last to
remain within a shot of the lead entering the weekend.
Cabrera-Bello started on the back nine and eagled the 10th to jump to 6-under.
He later rolled in three straight birdies from the 13th before closing an
outward 30 with a birdie at the 18th.
Another gain at the third moved him to 11-under, but he would bogey the fifth
and seventh to fall back to 9-under.
NOTES: Canizares' win came in just his third start as an affiliate member on
tour ... Benson is searching for his first win on the European Tour ... Graeme
Storm recorded a hole-in-one at the 16th. It was the second ace of the
tournament after Alexander Levy had a hole-in-one on the second Thursday.
=== South Florida fires Heath ===
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of South Florida relieved head
men's basketball coach Stan Heath of his duties Friday following a 12-20
finish to the 2013-14 season.
The Bulls reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament under Heath's
direction in 2011-12, but have gone 24-39 in two seasons since. South Florida
reached the NCAAs just one time in the 49-year-old's seven seasons leading the
South Florida also placed last in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-15
league record in 2013-14, while posting an identical mark in the Big East the
previous season. The Bulls were ousted by Rutgers in Wednesday's opening round
of the AAC Tournament.
Heath, who took Kent State to the Elite 8 in 2001-02 and led Arkansas to a
pair of NCAA trips in 2006 and 2007, compiled a 97-130 overall record with the
Bulls and has gone 209-207 over 13 seasons as a Division I head coach.
=== Herrion resigns as Marshall hoops coach ===
Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Herrion has resigned as men's head
basketball coach at Marshall, ending a four-year tenure.
Herrion was 67-67 during his stint with the Thundering Herd, including 11-22
this past season. The Herd's campaign came to a close on Wednesday in a 73-58
loss to Old Dominion in the Conference USA Tournament.
"I have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties that I resign
my position as head basketball coach at Marshall University," said Herrion in
a statement Friday. "I greatly appreciate the opportunity that was given to me
and will cherish the last four years and the many great people I have met and
the memorable moments we achieved."
Marshall earned bids to the 2011 CIT and the 2012 NIT, the first postseason
berths for the Herd since 1988.
"I want to thank Tom for his loyalty and dedication to our university and
men's basketball program," said athletic director Mike Hamrick. "We will begin
a national search immediately to identify the right person to help this
program achieve greater success."
Herrion also served as head coach at the College of Charleston for four years,
posting an 80-38 mark. He owns a career coaching record of 147-105.
=== Djokovic eases into IW semis ===
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time champion Novak Djokovic was
an easy quarterfinal winner Friday at the BNP Paribas Open, the first ATP
Masters 1000 event of the year.
The former world No. 1 humbled unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-3
in 68 minutes on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Djokovic
tallied four breaks while holding his serve throughout on Day 9.
The second-seeded Djokovic is now 6-1 lifetime against Benneteau, including a
2-1 record at Indian Wells, where the Frenchman captured their first-ever ATP
meeting eight years ago.
The Serbian stalwart, who titled in the California desert in 2008 and 2011,
will next face American favorite John Isner in a semifinal rematch of this
event from two years ago. The 12th-seeded Isner upset Djokovic in that match
en route to a runner-up finish.
Isner advanced by winning a pair of tiebreakers to claim a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6
(7-3) decision over 20th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
Saturday's other semifinal will pit seventh-seeded Roger Federer against 28th
seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. The former world No. 1 great Federer is a record
four-time Indian Wells champ, including three straight titles from 2004-06.
Federer and fellow Swiss star Stan Wawrinka were semifinal doubles losers on
Friday, as they gave way to a second-seeded tandem of Austrian Alexander Peya
and Brazilian Bruno Soares, 6-4, 6-1.
Sunday's singles titlist will collect $1 million, while the runner-up will
settle for $500,000.
=== Pennetta upends Li to reach Indian Wells final ===
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Italian Flavia Pennetta upended top-
seeded Li Na in straight sets Friday to reach the title match at the $5.9
million BNP Paribas Open tennis event.
The 32-year-old Li was off to a brilliant 17-1 start this year and seeking a
third title in four tournaments, but the Chinese star stumbled to nine double
faults on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Pennetta, the 20th seed this week, took full advantage of Li's mistakes and
notched a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 triumph to secure a spot in her first final of 2014.
Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska awaits Pennetta in Sunday's final after the
25-year-old Pole claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Simona Halep, who
had won nine of her last 10 matches, including a recent title in Doha.
Radwanska, who also booked her first trip to a final this year, is 4-2 all-
time against Pennetta. The Italian did take the last meeting between the two
just under a month ago in Dubai, claiming a 6-4, 6-1 win in the round of 16.
Pennetta will be looking to pick up her 10th career WTA title, while Radwanska
will be seeking her 14th career crown.
Sunday's champion will enjoy a windfall of $1 million.
=== Garrigus leads by 3 at Valspar Championship ===
Palm Harbor, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Robert Garrigus fired a 5-under 66 on
Friday and moved three strokes clear of the field after 36 holes of the
Garrigus, who has one PGA Tour win, finished two rounds at 7-under-par 135 on
the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook.
Kevin Na posted a 3-under 68 to move into second place a minus-4.
Pat Perez and Matt Every, who were two of the four first-round co-leaders,
managed even-par 71s. They dipped into a share of third place at 3-under 139
and were joined there by reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (68) and
Matteo Manassero (70).
Greg Chalmers, another first-round leader, stumbled to a 1-over 72. He fell
into a tie for seventh at minus-2. He stands alongside 2010 winner Jim Furyk
(69), John Merrick (70), Scott Langley (69) and Luke Guthrie (70).
Danny Lee, the final first-round co-leader, struggled to an 8-over 79 and
missed the cut by two strokes at 5-over 147.
Garrigus, who lost in a playoff here in 2012, chipped to 10 feet on the par-5
first and drained that putt for an opening birdie. After three pars in a row,
he dropped his third to seven feet on the par-5 fifth and converted that for
his second birdie of the day.
The 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic winner drained a 17-footer for
birdie on No. 9 and was the first player to reach 5-under par for the event.
Around the turn, Garrigus found rough off the 10th tee and missed the green
with his second. He chipped to 10 feet, but 2-putted for bogey to slip back to
Garrigus erased that mistake with a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 11th. He got up
and down for birdie on the par-5 14th. He made it two in a row as he drained a
27-foot birdie effort at the 15th. Garrigus closed with three pars in a row.
"Very solid putting the first two days. I hit it a little better yesterday in
the wind. I hate to say it's a better round, it was 2-under to 5-under, but it
was definitely a better ball striking round," said Garrigus. "Today, I had
some great up and downs, made a lot of good putts and you have to do that on a
golf course like this as difficult as it is."
Na played the back nine first in round two. He parred four in a row to start,
then sank a 4-footer for birdie on the 14th to move to minus-2. Na parred the
next four as well.
On the front nine, he just missed the green with his second, but nearly holed
his third as his eagle attempt stopped within two feet of the hole. Na kicked
that in for birdie.
Na ran off seven straight pars from the second to remain close to the lead. He
grabbed second place by himself with a chip-in birdie on the ninth to close
out a bogey-free round.
"I played very solidly today. Yesterday was tough conditions. Was much easier
today. I drove it well off the tee and my misses were playable just like
around the green on like nine," Na said. "You know, I made a lot of good par
putts. I think the longest putt I made in two days was a 9-footer, my second
NOTES: Garrigus is 8-under par through two rounds on the par-5s ... This is
the third time Garrigus has had the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour, He failed to
hold the first two ... Na also has one PGA Tour win at the 2011 Shriners
Hospitals for Children Open ... John Daly struggled to a 90 in round two, and
that included a 12 on the par-4 16th ... Defending champion Kevin Streelman
carded a 2-under 69 and is tied for 22nd at even-par 142 ... The cut fell at
3-over 145 with 84 players making in to the weekend. There will be a secondary
cut to the low 70 and ties after Saturday's round ... Former major champions
Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Lucas Glover, Geoff Ogilvy, Louis Oosthuizen and
Stewart Cink were among those that missed the cut.
=== Curran 5 clear at suspended Brasil Champions ===
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Curran carded a 7-under 64 on
Friday to move five strokes clear of the field with the second round of the
Brasil Champions suspended due to inclement weather.
Curran, who led by three when the first round wrapped up earlier Friday,
finished 36 holes at 17-under-par 125.
Andres Echavarria fired an 8-under 63 to move into second place at minus-12,
while Oscar Fraustro (64) and Alex Cejka (66) are one shot back at 11-under-
par 131 at Sao Paulo Golf Club.
Ronaldo Francisco posted his second straight 66 to move into a share of fifth
at minus-10. He was joined there by Daniel Berger, who finished just eight
holes of his second round.
The first round was completed earlier Friday after lightning in the area
stopped play on Thursday. The second round is slated to resume on Saturday at
6 a.m. ET with the third round scheduled to run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. off split
tees and players in threesomes.
Curran started on the back nine and ran off three straight birdies from the
10th. After a trio of pars, Curran birdied the par-4 16th and made it two in a
row at 17.
The 27-year-old stumbled to a bogey on the 18th to drop to minus-14. He
quickly atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the first.
Curran carded three birdies in a 4-hole span from the third to jump to 18-
under. He tripped to a bogey on the par-5 eighth before making par at the
"It's probably the best I've ever played or putted or scored for 36 holes. I
wasn't sure what was going on. It was ridiculous. I just wondered what the
heck was going on," stated Curran, who birdied six of the seven holes from
round one that he completed earlier Friday.
"It sounds cliche, but I wasn't doing anything special. I was making a lot of
putts. I was hitting a lot of quality iron shots and putting it in the
fairway. I was giving myself a lot of chances to hit it close and I felt
pretty confident with the putter."
Echavarria got off to a fast start with back-to-back birdies from the first.
After four pars in a row, he birdied the seventh and ninth to make the turn at
The Colombian started the back nine with three pars in a row. He then poured
in four birdies in the next five holes to soar into second place. Echavarria
parred the last to end five back.
NOTES: Cejka won in Colombia one month ago, and of the top four players on the
leaderboard, he is the only one with a Web.com Tour victory ... Curran's
opening total of 125 matched the second-best total in tour history.
=== Langer opens 2-shot lead in California ===
Newport Beach, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bernhard Langer fired an 8-under 63 on
Friday and grabbed a 2-stroke lead after the first round of the Toshiba
Langer won this title in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2012.
Fred Couples, the 2010 champion, carded a 6-under 65 and is tied for second
place at Newport Beach Country Club with Chien Soon Lu and Jeff Hart.
Kenny Perry, Scott Simpson, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf and Michael Allen
share fifth place at minus-5.
Langer burst out of the gate with birdies on one and two, from 10 and 15
respectively. He cooled off with four pars in a row. He birdied the seventh
and ninth to make the turn at minus-4.
The 19-time winner on the Champions Tour followed his birdie on the ninth with
another on No. 10. He reeled off four straight pars from the 11th.
Langer broke free from the pack as he birdied three of the last four holes to
grab the first-round lead.
"I played really solid today, really solid throughout the whole back. I drove
it great, I hit some good iron shots, hit pretty much every green or most
greens in regulation and putted pretty solid, too," Langer said. "Poa annua
greens are not easy to putt, so I was real happy with just about every club in
my bag. Didn't make any major hiccups, rolled a couple of whatever, 15-footers
in and missed a couple, too, but that's the norm out here."
Couples converted birdie chances at two and three. He came back with birdies
at six and nine to turn in minus-4.
The 2010 winner again had back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 to move into a
share of the lead. Couples tripped to a bogey on No. 16, but 2-putted for
birdie on the 18th to get back within two of Langer's lead.
Lu started on the back nine and opened with birdies on the 11th and 12th. He
came back with birdies on 15 and 18. On the front nine, Lu grabbed a share of
the lead as he birdied the third and fourth. He closed with five pars in a row
to finish two back.
Hart quickly moved to 3-under as he birdied three of the first five holes. He
posted six consecutive pars from the sixth to remain there.
He jumped to minus-6 with three birdies in a 4-hole span from the 12th. After
stumbling to a bogey on the 16th, Hart birdied the 17th from 12 feet out to
gain a piece of second place.
"I haven't played this course in two years and it was many years before that
that I played it. I played years ago when they had a tournament here called
the Taco Bell tournament. I always played well and I always thought it was a
good course for me because it's kind of short and tricky and tight, which are
the kind of courses I generally do well on," Hart said. "I don't hit the ball
very far, so I've always thought this would be a good course for me, but I
didn't have a good tournament here two years ago, blamed it on the weather."
NOTES: Langer has broken par in all 10 of his rounds this year, and 19 of his
last 20 dating to last season ... This is the 18th time Langer has had the
first-round lead on the Champions Tour ... Hart's 65 was his best start in 45
career tour events ... Defending champion David Frost posted a 1-over 72 and
is tied for 61st.
=== Hamlin edges Keselowski for Bristol pole ===
Bristol, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Food City
500 after beating Brad Keselowski by 0.003 seconds in Friday's qualifying at
Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hamlin, the driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, set a new track
qualifying record at Bristol with a lap at 129.991 mph. He surpassed the
previous record of 129.535 mph, set by his JGR teammate, Kyle Busch, one year
ago. Hamlin claimed his 18th career pole in the Sprint Cup Series. He won the
pole for the night race at Bristol last August.
This was the first time NASCAR's new knockout-style of qualifying was used on
a short track. It was also the first for the new rules package with the cars.
Earlier this week, NASCAR tweaked the qualifying format due to recent safety
concerns and issues with teams cooling down their engines. Teams were allowed
to use a cool-down unit to lower engine temperatures. NASCAR also banned cool-
down laps during qualifying.
"It's faster than I've ever imagined going around this track," Hamlin said.
"Every new rules changes that we have makes these cars go a little bit faster.
[Crew chief] Darian [Grubb] made an excellent call with our adjustments."
Hamlin made only lap during the first 30-minute round in qualifying and then
just two laps during the final 10-minute round.
"We were pretty strategic in how we executed that qualifying session," he
said. "Keselowski, with some laps on his tires, put one down there. We thought
that it was going to be one and done for us. We felt like one good effort
would do it in that final round. Luckily, we didn't have to go back out there.
We're not sure if we would have made it on time."
Keselowski turned a lap at 129.965 mph to grab a front row starting position
for the third consecutive race. The Team Penske driver won the pole two weeks
ago at Phoenix and the qualified second to teammate Joey Logano last week at
Las Vegas. Keselowski went on to win the race at Las Vegas.
"Denny did a good job of getting his lap in early and putting the least amount
of time on his tires," Keselowski said. "My team did a great job and got me
another front row start. That's always good at Bristol, because track position
Matt Kenseth, who is Hamlin's teammate, qualified third, while Logano took the
fourth spot. Marcos Ambrose placed fifth. Kenseth won last year's night race
Finishing sixth through 12th were: Jeff Gordon, Busch, Greg Biffle, Ryan
Newman, Kasey Kahne, who won last year's spring race at Bristol, Jimmie
Johnson, the six-time and defending Sprint Cup champion, and Carl Edwards.
Kurt Busch missed advancing into the second and final round of qualifying at
this 0.533-mile short track by only 0.001 seconds. Busch will start 13th in
Sunday's 500-lap race at Bristol.
"When you're measuring things in the thousands-of-a-second, it's so tight,"
Kurt Busch said. "We made a mistake when we went out too early in that run.
But this is leaps and bounds ahead of where we were at Phoenix and Las Vegas,
with our front splitter control."
Dale Earnhardt Jr., the current points leader and Daytona 500 winner, was
Danica Patrick qualified 36th, while her team owner, Tony Stewart, placed 38th
and had to take a provisional. Patrick was one of several drivers who crashed
during practice earlier in the day and had to switch to a backup car.
David Reutimann and Dave Blaney failed to qualify.
=== Verizon named as title sponsor of IndyCar Series ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The IndyCar Series will now be known as
the Verizon IndyCar Series.
On Friday, IndyCar announced a multi-year entitlement agreement with Verizon
Wireless. The new title sponsorship comes nearly six months after IZOD
announced it was ending its title sponsorship agreement with IndyCar at the
conclusion of the 2013 season. IZOD had served as title sponsor for the sport
The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series begins on March 30 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
This year's schedule includes 12 races on road and street courses, including
three sets of doubleheaders (Detroit, Houston and Toronto), and six races on
ovals, including the May 25 Indianapolis 500.
"It's a huge day for IndyCar," said Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Co., the parent
of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I think of this day as a game-
changer for IndyCar, for the series, for our fans, the teams, our drivers. In
a real sense, I think it represents a kind of confirmation of the strategies
we've put into place and where we intend to take the sport and is the
beginning of the next phase of IndyCar's growth."
Verizon has been an official partner of IndyCar the past four years and the
primary sponsor of the No. 12 Team Penske car, driven by Will Power. The
telecommunications company will also serve as primary sponsor for Penske's No.
2 car, with Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel, in at least eight races this
season. Verizon will continue its sponsorship of the pole winner award for
each IndyCar race.
IndyCar and Verizon will engage in a multi-dimensional partnership linking
sports, entertainment and technology beginning with the St. Petersburg race.
The collaboration includes significant network coverage upgrades to
Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of its 'Project 100,' short-and-long-term
technology enhancements to IndyCar Race Control, the addition of pit lane
monitors and enhancing connectivity for spectators at each racetrack.
"Internally, we have been evolving our brand and our position in the
marketplace from a mobile-and-wireless-centric company into more of this
technology company, and when you think about the role that technology plays in
IndyCar, it just seemed like a great match," Verizon Wireless vice president
of marketing Brian Angiolet said. "And now with this agreement, and when you
look at the roadmap that we have both in the agreement and from a product
standpoint, I think we feel that we now have a platform really here to
demonstrate what all of our technology can bring to the fan base, inside and
outside the venue. So it's a perfect match at a perfect time."
Verizon plans to deploy its LTE Multicast solution at racetracks in the
future, complementing the Verizon INDYCAR 14 app and indycar.com, the series'
=== Nicklas Backstrom to receive silver medal ===
Lausanne, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicklas Backstrom's suspension for
the gold medal hockey game at the Sochi Olympics was justified but the Swedish
star will still receive a silver medal, the International Olympic Committee
The IOC disciplinary commission said Backstrom's provisional suspension for a
banned substance found in allergy medication was "fully justified" because he
had an excess presence of pseudoephedrine in his urine sample and conceded at
a hearing before the game against Canada that he had taken the medication that
But the commission said there was no indication Backstrom was trying to cheat
by taking a banned substance. It said it took into account his cooperation,
that he had disclosed the medicine on a doping control form and that he had
been told by the Swedish team doctor that it was OK to take.
"Based upon these mitigating circumstances, the IOC DC considered that the
athlete should be entitled to receive the silver medal and diploma awarded for
men's ice hockey," the commission said in a news release.
News of Backstrom's suspension rocked the Swedish team just hours before the
Feb. 23 game, which Canada won 3-0.
Backstrom, who plays for the Washington Capitals, did not face discipline from
the NHL. The Capitals said Backstrom has taken the medicine for seven years to
combat severe allergies.
=== Five cities apply to host 2022 Olympics ===
Lausanne, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Olympic cities Oslo and
Beijing have formally submitted applications to host the 2022 Winter Games.
Joining Oslo and Beijing as official applicant cities were Krakow, Poland;
Almaty, Kazakhstan and Lviv, Ukraine. The five cities faced a March 14
deadline with the International Olympic Committee.
Oslo hosted the 1952 Winter Games and fellow Norwegian town Lillehammer was
the site for the 1994 Winter Olympics. Beijing held the 2008 Summer Games and
is trying to become the first city to host the Summer and Winter Olympics.
The application files give the IOC an overview of each city's concept for the
Games. An IOC group will review the applications and submit a report to the
IOC's executive board, which will decide in July which of the five will become
Those official candidates will then be evaluated by the IOC before an election
of the host city takes place on July 31, 2015.
Only three cities made bids for the next Winter Olympics in 2018, which were
awarded to PyeongChang, South Korea.
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