NHL to Seattle...Meyer explains decision to retire...Tigers sign Moore
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The National Hockey League is expanding to Seattle. The NHL Board of Governors today unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise. Play will begin in 2021 to allow enough time for arena renovations. The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City’s first major winter sports team since the NBA’s SuperSonics left town in 2008.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says it was a series of factors that led to his decision to step down as coach after the Rose Bowl. He says his headaches have become a persistent problem. He also says he is not sure he is able to coach at the intense, demanding level he has used for more than 30 years. Meyer was suspended for three games at the start of this season for his role in handling domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant coach. He says the investigation also played a role in his decision.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and left-hander Matt Moore have agreed to a one-year contract. Detroit gets a 29-year-old pitcher with a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation in 2019. Moore was 3-8 last season with a 6.79 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 12 starts and a career-high 39 appearances. His career record is 54-56 over eight seasons with Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Texas.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed 33-year-old forward Joakim Noah, a former All-Star attempting a comeback. The team signed the 6-foot-11 Noah for the remainder of the season. Noah made consecutive All-Star appearances in 2013 and 2014. But he hasn’t been much of a factor in recent years as injuries curtailed his production. Noah appeared in just seven games with the New York Knicks last season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball at a fan during a game in Dallas. The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 114-110 loss to the Mavericks on Sunday. Beverley and Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. wrestled on the floor for a loose ball. After Beverley got up holding the ball, he threw a bounce pass to a Mavericks’ fan sitting courtside, which the fan caught. That drew a technical foul and an ejection. He said after the game that the fan uttered an expletive about his mother.