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Wed., June 18, 2014

Announced The Kansas basketball team has been chosen to represent the U.S. at the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea. The event in July 2015 will match the Jayhawks – ahem, Team USA – against nations from around the world, most of which will be putting together all-star teams for the tournament. That was the practice of the U.S. in the past. But after a disappointing showing last year and with some unique scheduling issues for next year’s event, the U.S. International University Sports Federation decided it would choose a single program to represent the country.

Hired The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Sam Mitchell as an assistant on coach Flip Saunders’ staff. Mitchell played for the Timberwolves in 10 NBA seasons, including seven years during Saunders’ first stint as coach of the team.

• Montana Tech men’s basketball coach Patrick O’Herron has named Chris Cline as an assistant coach. Cline comes to Tech from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, where he helped the team transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. Cline is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, and has been an assistant at the junior college and NCAA levels.

Resigned Penn State athletic director David Joyner will resign Aug. 1. Joyner was appointed acting athletic director in November 2011 after Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave. He steered the department through the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the death of former football coach Joe Paterno. Penn State will form a search committee and work with a consulting firm in looking for its next athletic director.

Out D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola is expected to miss six weeks with a right knee injury. The Argentine attacker has seven goals and eight assists this season.

Agreed The Monteal Canadiens have agreed to a two-year contract extension with forward Dale Weise. He reportedly will earn a total of $2 million over the next two NHL seasons.

Waived Two people familiar with the Buffalo Sabres’ decision have told the AP the team has placed under-performing forward Ville Leino on waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining three years of his contract. Leino was set to make $13.5 million over the final three years of a six-year, $27 million contract. Should Leino go unclaimed on 24-hour waivers, the Sabres would buy out Leino’s contract by paying him two-thirds of what he’s owed.


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