Approved The Minneapolis City Council has approved an agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx to renovate the Target Center, one of the NBA’s oldest venues. The $97 million renovation of the 23-year-old, city-owned Target Center includes a redesign of the outdated exterior, additional clubs and gathering spaces, as well as improved traffic flow. The Timberwolves and Lynx will pay $43 million toward the project. The city will contribute $48.5 million and building manager Anschutz Entertainment Group Facilities will pay $5.5 million.
Announced Atlanta’s mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new baseball stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed said that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field in Cobb County. Reed says the land will be used to create a development for middle-class people.
• The Texas Rangers have completed their baseball coaching staff by hiring Bengie Molina as first base coach and catching instructor. The Rangers also said Triple-A manager Bobby Jones will be the assistant hitting coach.
• NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis. He does not expect the diagnosis to impact his racing career. Bayne, 22, became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history when he won the race as a 20-year-old in 2011.
Revealed Multnomah County records show that former Portland Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace owes more than $150,000 in property taxes on a 9,000-square-foot house he owns in southwest Portland, Ore. Wallace is now an assistant basketball coach with the Detroit Pistons who were at the Moda Center Monday night and lost to Portland 109-103. Wallace had no comment.
Recovering Tampa Bay Lightning hockey star Steven Stamkos underwent what the team called “successful surgery” in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia. The high-scoring center is expected to return to Tampa on Thursday to begin rehabilitation. A timetable has not yet been set for his return.
Dealing Baseball slugger Marlon Byrd is closing in on an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies after rebounding to hit a career-high 24 homers this year for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh. A person familiar with the negotiations said that if the deal is completed it probably will be for two years and $16 million. The 36-year-old outfielder had a base salary of $700,000 with the Mets and Pirates.