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Sports news briefs — July 16

Compiled from wire reports

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hockey

Red Wings, Smith set on 2-year deal

• The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman Brendan Smith. The 24-year-old Smith, a former first-round draft pick, played in 34 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13. In 48 career games, he has a goal and 14 assists, along with 49 penalty minutes. Smith also appeared in all 14 postseason games for Detroit this season, scoring two goals with three assists. Smith spent parts of the last three seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. In 152 career AHL games, he has 27 goals and 59 assists.

• The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks, who beat the Kings in the Western Conference finals on their way to the Stanley Cup title, received a conditional selection in the 2015 draft.

• The Carolina Hurricanes signed Jared Staal to a one-year, two-way contract. The team announced the signing of the youngest of the four Staal brothers. The right winger will make $550,000 on the NHL level or $60,000 in the minor leagues this season.

college sports

Northern Illinois hires Frazier as AD

• Northern Illinois hired Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier to be its new athletic director. Frazier replaces Jeff Compher, who left to take the athletic director’s job at East Carolina. Frazier, who has been at Wisconsin since 2007, was also a finalist to become Rutgers athletic director before the school hired Julie Hermann.

• Louisiana Tech hired Tommy McClelland of McNeese State as athletic director. McClelland, a Louisiana native, has been the AD at McNeese State since March 2008, after serving as interim athletic director and assistant athletic director of internal affairs. Louisiana Tech is entering its first season as a member of Conference USA.

• Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says she recently approached Connecticut about the possibility of playing each other again. That doesn’t mean the two women’s college basketball powers will renew their rivalry right away. Warlick said she mentioned the idea to Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma last month during the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend, but she added that the talks haven’t progressed since then.

college basketball

Colorado QB Dillon to switch sports

• Colorado quarterback Shane Dillon plans to transfer to another school to play basketball. Dillon is a redshirt freshman and is listed as a backup on the Buffaloes’ depth chart behind junior Connor Wood. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Dillon was recruited as a basketball player out of Christian High School in El Cajon, Calif. He went through spring practice with Colorado and was 19-for-39 for 185 yards and two touchdowns in four scrimmages.

• UCLA forward Wanaah Bail is expected to miss four months as he recovers from knee surgery, although the freshman’s eligibility with the Bruins for the upcoming basketball season is unknown. The school said that Bail had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on June 28. The 6-foot-9 forward from Houston signed a financial aid agreement in June declaring his intent to attend UCLA. He had been attending summer classes while working with new Bruins coach Steve Alford to prepare for the season. UCLA says it continues to work through the process to determine Bail’s eligibility for the season.

tennis

Hingis in doubles event in WTA stop

• Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Hingis plans to come out of retirement and play doubles at the Southern California Open. Hingis will play with Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. The 32-year-old Hingis will be making her first WTA tournament appearance since September 2007.

• Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the Swedish Open by beating Sesil Karatancheva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-2 in Bastad, Sweden. Williams broke the 131st-ranked Karatancheva’s serve five times to advance at the clay-court tournament on Sweden’s west coast. She will next face 104th-ranked Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, who beat 16-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

other SPORTS

Rudisha set to skip worlds due to knee

• Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha of Kenya pulled out of the 800 meters at next month’s world championships because of a knee injury, his coach said. His withdrawal robs the year’s top track meet of another star attraction, with sprinter Tyson Gay already skipping the event after a positive doping test. Rudisha’s coach, Colm O’Connell, told the Associated Press that the world-record holder missed six weeks of training and received treatment in Germany.

• NASCAR reinstated former Sprint Cup crew member Jackson L. Dodson II after he completed its “Road to Recovery” policy. Dodson was a mechanic on Clint Bowyer’s car when he was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on May 9 for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. Michael Waltrip Racing fired Dodson upon learning he’d failed a drug test.

• Swimming’s governing body is preparing to set a maximum water temperature of 87.8 degrees for open water events. Previously there had been only a suggested limit of 86 degrees, which came under scrutiny after American swimmer Fran Crippen died during a sweltering 10-kilometer race in the United Arab Emirates in October 2010.

— From wire reports


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