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Spain will host Women’s World Cup basketball in 2018

From Staff And Wire Reports

Announced FIBA said Spain will host the 2018 Women’s Basketball World Cup. Spain has one of the best women’s teams in the world. It won the European championship in 2013, and was runner-up in this year’s world championship.

• TCU football coach Gary Patterson has a new contract after leading the Horned Frogs to their first Big 12 title. Athletic director Chris Del Conte said that Patterson is under contract “through the end of the decade” and that the coach is “well taken care of” financially. Patterson is TCU’s winningest coach, with a 131-45 record in 14 seasons. TCU is 11-1 this season.

Rory McIlroy has been chosen as the European Tour player of the year, capping a season in which he won two majors, the Ryder Cup, and topped the golf money lists in Europe and the United States. At the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September, McIlroy won three points as Europe successfully defended the title.

• A panel headed by former World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound will investigate allegations of systematic doping in Russia. WADA announced that Pound and veteran sports arbitrator Richard McLaren will investigate the accusations of widespread doping, corruption and cover-ups in Russia made by the German television network ARD.

Alexi Lalas is following the World Cup from ESPN to Fox. Fox said the former U.S. defender is joining the network as a studio and game commentator. Lalas was ESPN’s lead studio analyst for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups. Fox won the rights to future World Cups starting with next year’s women’s tournament.

Ending Sprint has informed NASCAR it will not extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. The company is citing “a need to focus more directly on its core business priorities,” in ending its relationship with NASCAR.

Hired Former Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has been hired to be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown. The 47-year-old Pelini is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in the northeast Ohio city of Youngstown. He played defensive back for Ohio State from 1986-89. Pelini replaces Eric Wolford, who was fired last month after going 31-26 (18-22 in Missouri Valley Conference games) over five years. Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is now the school president at Youngstown State.

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