February 8, 2014 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Contracted Michigan’s football team will receive a $6 million participation fee for its 2017 season opener against Florida in Arlington, Texas. Michigan released its contract for the Cowboys Classic on Friday. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 and will be played at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Sidelined Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu decided his surgically repaired right ankle has not healed enough to allow him to play for Finland in the Olympics. Koivu, a two-time Olympian, was one of the most experienced players and a possible captain for Finland, which won the bronze medal in the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

Replaced Sweden put Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson in Henrik Sedin’s spot for the Sochi Games. Sedin was taken off the Olympic team Thursday because he has bruised ribs. Johansson has represented the Swedes previously in international competition, but he is set to make his first appearance at the Olympics.

Died The mother of tennis great Billie Jean King and former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt, Betty Moffitt, has died in Prescott, Ariz. She was 91. King’s publicist says she died at home with her children by her side. King announced Wednesday that she would not attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics with the U.S. delegation because of her mother’s failing health.

Hired Arizona State hired former West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson to serve as defensive coordinator, linebackers and defensive special teams coach. He will share the coordinator duties at ASU with Chris Ball.

• The Kansas City Royals added former first baseman Mike Sweeney to their front office, giving him the title of special assistant to baseball operations. Sweeney was a five-time All-Star for the Royals.

• Former U.S. captain Thomas Dooley was hired as head coach of the Philippines national soccer team. The 52-year-old Dooley was selected ahead of four unidentified European candidates on the shortlist.

Disqualified Eight-time winner and defending champion Karrie Webb was disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters golf event in Gold Coast, Australia for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round. Webb notified officials at the Ladies European Tour event she had made an error, signing for par on the 12th when she had made bogey.

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