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Chiefs use pick on forward

Hockey: The Spokane Chiefs selected Marek Kalus of the Czech Republic in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound forward turns 17 on July 22.

The Chiefs had the 49th draft pick.

Kalus joins 18-year-old forward Dominik Uher, also from the Czech Republic, as one of Spokane’s two import players, the maximum allowed on a CHL roster

In 46 games this past season with HC Trinec in the Czech Republic, Kalus scored 20 goals and 41 points. He also appeared in five games for the Czech club at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in January.

Marek is the younger brother of Petr Kalus, a former Regina Pat and second-round pick of the Boston Bruins in 2005.

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Soccer: Under a barrage of criticism over poor officiating at the World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologized to England and Mexico for the refereeing errors that helped to eliminate them from the World Cup and said FIFA would reopen the debate on introducing video technology.

That reverses a long-held FIFA position – restated just a day earlier – that the use of video technology was not open to debate.

Blatter said FIFA will “reopen the file” on video technology at a meeting of its rule-making panel in Wales next month. He added that it would be “a nonsense” not to consider changes.

Los Angeles Times

WAC to hold off on expansion

Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson says the league plans to operate with eight members in the 2011-12 season after Boise State departs.

Boise State has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West after this season.

Benson said in a release that the WAC will delay adding to its membership until at least July 1, 2012.

The WAC’s remaining members are Idaho, Fresno State, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State.

Associated Press