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Man. U. lands lucrative sponsorship

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

Soccer: Manchester United landed the richest uniform deal in soccer, a $1.3 billion, 10-year agreement with Adidas that replaces its Nike sponsorship.

The contract, worth an average of $128 million a year beginning in 2015, was announced after Nike decided against tripling the cost of its existing 13-year agreement.

United could make far more from the German sportswear firm than the $1.3 billion, which is described as a “minimum guarantee.”

Nike has one more season as the team’s uniform maker. It recently unveiled jerseys featuring a gold Chevrolet logo for the start of the American automaker’s $559 million, seven-year jersey sponsorship deal with the team.

Holm joins UFC

Mixed Martial Arts: Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White tweeted last week that Albuquerque fighter Holly Holm, The world’s former No. 1-rated female boxer, has signed with the UFC.

Fans hope Holm’s signing means an eventual fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Chicago hires Dineen

NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks hired Kevin Dineen as an assistant coach.

Dineen, 50, coached Canada’s women’s hockey team to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. He was the head coach for the Florida Panthers for two-plus seasons before being fired last fall.

Dineen replaces Jamie Kompon, who became general manager and coach of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.

Gatlin adds to streak

Track and Field: Justin Gatlin stretched his season’s unbeaten streak in the 100 meters to 10 races by trashing the 20-year-old best mark of the Gugl Games in Linz, Austria.

Gatlin finished in 9.82 seconds, scraping 0.12 off the meeting record set by Davidson Ezinwa of Nigeria in 1994.

Second-placed Mike Rodgers timed 9.92 while Ryan Bailey took third in 10.12 for an American sweep of the podium. Jamaican Nesta Carter trailed by another 0.01 in fourth.

• Coachman Davis dies: The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died at age 90 in south Georgia.

Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

• Jamaicans reinstated: The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced 18-month doping bans for Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson to just six months, which they have already served.

Powell, a former world record holder in the 100 meters, and three-time Olympic medalist Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at national trials last year.

NCAA finances released

Miscellany: NCAA President Mark Emmert received $1.707 million in compensation in 2012-13, a year in which the governing body turned a $32 million profit.

During that fiscal year, the NCAA generated $874 million in revenue and had $842 million in expenses.



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