State board allows new Wings arena
• A state board unanimously gave the go-ahead for a new Red Wings hockey arena in downtown Detroit to be paid for in part with tax dollars as the broke city works through bankruptcy proceedings.
Gov. Rick Snyder and others defended against potential criticism that the $650 million project should be entirely financed with private money because the city can’t provide basic services and its retirees are facing cuts in their pensions.
The arena is designed to be a catalyst for more development and to link downtown with underutilized nearby areas, officials said.
“This is part of investing in Detroit’s future,” Snyder said. “That’s the message we need to get across. ... As we stabilize the city government’s finances, as we address those issues and improve services, Detroit moves from a place where people might have had a negative impression — although there are great things already going on — to being a place that will be recognized across the world as a place of great value and a place to invest.”
• The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a one-year contract with forward Brad Winchester. He has 37 goals and 31 assists in 390 NHL games.
• James Patrick joined the Dallas Stars as an assistant coach, reuniting with former boss and coach Lindy Ruff. Patrick spent the past seven seasons on Ruff’s staff in Buffalo.
Red Bulls pick up English forward
• The New York Red Bulls signed English forward Bradley Wright-Phillips. The Major League Soccer team announced the signing of the former Manchester City player on Wednesday. Wright-Phillips’ career started in 2004, when he graduated from Manchester City’s academy and played for the Premiership side until 2006. The 28-year-old then moved to Southampton, where he scored 22 goals in 111 games. He has also played for Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and most recently at Brentford on loan, where he had five goals in 15 matches.
• A member of FIFA’s executive committee says awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a “blatant mistake” and that even moving it to avoid searing summer temperatures wouldn’t be ideal. Former German soccer federation President Theo Zwanziger tells SportBild that a suggestion by FIFA President Sepp Blatter to play the tournament in winter would seriously affect the European leagues and threaten the “unity of German football.” Blatter plans to ask the committee to consider the switch — going back on his previous position of insisting on a summer tournament in a country where the temperature regularly exceeds 100 degrees.
• The Italian soccer federation launched an investigation after AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant walked off the field following racist abuse during a friendly match. The incident took place Tuesday during a 2-1 friendly loss to home side Sassuolo in the Trofeo TIM tournament.
• Police say 12 people were injured and three were detained following clashes before a Champions League qualifying match between local club Vardar and Steaua Bucharest in Skopje, Macedonia. Authorities only announced the injuries Wednesday, a day after the clashes late Tuesday in the capital Skopje when several hundred local fans clashed with riot police while trying to force their way into the Filip II National Arena.
Miller set to return to play for Grizzlies
• Mike Miller is going back to a former home, agreeing to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. Miller confirmed the deal about a week after the Miami Heat designated him as their amnesty player. Miller spent parts of six seasons with the Grizzlies from 2003 through 2008.
• Creighton University says former men’s basketball coach John “Red” McManus died. A Creighton spokesman said that McManus passed away Tuesday in Omaha at the age of 88. McManus led the Bluejays to national prominence during his tenure, 1959-1969, and coached them in two NCAA Tournaments. His career record at Creighton was 138-118.
• Stanford forward Andy Brown’s basketball playing career is over after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee for the fourth time since 2009. Brown tore the ACL in his right knee during a team workout Tuesday.
Romashina earns third gold in Spain
• Svetlana Romashina of Russia won her third gold medal of the Barcelona world championships, winning the synchronized swimming solo in Barcelona. Romashina easily took the top spot with 97.340 points, increasing her career haul to 13 world championship golds dating to 2005. China’s Huang Xuechen won silver with 95.720, while Spain’s Ona Carbonell took bronze before the home crowd at the Palau Sant Jordi with 94.290.
• Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she will end her career after next month’s athletics world championships in Moscow. Isinbayeva has dominated the sport for a decade, setting 17 outdoor world records and 13 indoors.
— From wire reports