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The hosts for Super Bowl L and LI were announced Tuesday at the NFL Spring
Meeting in Boston. As expected, San Francisco and Houston were named the host
cities for Super Bowl 50 in February 2016 and Super Bowl 51 in February 2017,
respectively. The Super Bowl will return to the Bay Area thanks to the 49ers'
future Santa Clara home, recently named Levi's Stadium. The new $1.2 billion
stadium is set to open in 2014. The Bay Area hosted one previous Super Bowl.
In 1985, Stanford Stadium was the site of the big game between San Francisco
and Miami. The 49ers and Joe Montana pulled out a 38-16 victory over Dan
Marino's Dolphins. Reliant Stadium will be the site of a Super Bowl for the
second time. The stadium served as the host facility for Super Bowl XXXVIII in
2004. Miami, which is tied with New Orleans for most times as Super Bowl host
at 10, placed bids on both games, but a lack of public funding for proposed
renovations to Sun Life Stadium most likely prevented the big game from
returning to South Florida.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to miss the team's offseason
training activities as he continues to recover from back surgery performed
last month. According to the Cowboys' website, Romo had a cyst removed from
his back last month. The team expects him to be ready for training camp in
July. Romo inked a six-year contract extension in late March, a deal reported
to be worth $108 million with $55 million guaranteed.
The United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club have
announced a rule change prohibiting anchored strokes. In essence, players will
not be allowed to place the shaft of long putters against their bodies while
making a stroke. The two governing bodies in golf said the new rule, first
proposed in November 2012, will take effect as of January 2016 in accordance
with the regular four-year cycle for changes to the rule book. Long putters
can still be used, but they must be swung without the aid of anchoring, which
provides a hinge effect.
NBA playoff action continues tonight after a day off Monday with Game 2 of the
Western Conference finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.
The Spurs won the best-of-seven opener on Sunday, 105-83, behind 20 points and
nine assists from Tony Parker. The East finals between Miami and Indiana will
The Los Angeles Clippers have decided to part ways with head coach Vinny Del
Negro after three seasons. The Clippers announced Tuesday that they will not
offer a new contract to Del Negro. A search for a new coach will begin
immediately. The Clippers were 56-26 this past season and won the Pacific
Division for the first time in franchise history, then were ousted in the
first round of the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies. Del Negro's teams
improved during each of his three seasons at the helm. They were 32-50 in his
first year and 40-26 during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. Los
Angeles reached the second round of the playoffs last spring, beating Memphis
in the first round before a sweep at the hands of San Antonio. Overall, Del
Negro posted a mark of 128-102 with the Clippers.
The NBA Draft lottery is on tap for tonight and will determine the order of
the first 14 teams for selecting players. The Orlando Magic, who finished with
the worst record at 20-62, have a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick.
Charlotte, at 19.9 percent, has the second-best chance, followed by Cleveland,
Phoenix and New Orleans. Unlike years past, there is no clear prize for the
No. 1 pick, although Kentucky center Nerlens Noel and Kansas shooting guard
Ben McLemore appear to be two of the top choices.
Before the lottery takes place, the Charlotte Bobcats will hold a news
conference, at which time the team is expected to detail a name change to the
Hornets. The name change could come as soon as the 2014-15 season. The Hornets
nickname again became available when New Orleans vacated it and officially
became the Pelicans following the conclusion of the 2012-13 regular season.
The original Hornets played in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before moving to New
Orleans. The Bobcats started play as an expansion team in the 2004-05 season.
The Toronto Raptors have decided to make changes in the front office and will
create a new position of general manager while Bryan Colangelo will
concentrate on his duties as club president. Colangelo had held the dual
roles, but will instead work with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
president and CEO Tim Leiweke on the business side of the franchise while
continuing to advise on basketball-related matters. Leiweke said a new GM is
expected to be in place within the next 30 days. Colangelo has been with the
Raptors since March 1, 2006 and was named the NBA's top executive for the
2006-07 season when the team won the Atlantic Division.
A pair of games are on tonight's NHL playoff docket. The Boston Bruins will
try to put the New York Rangers in a 3-0 hole in the Eastern Conference
semifinals, while the San Jose Sharks attempt to even their Western Conference
semifinal against the defending champion Los Angeles Kings. The Bruins opened
their series with two wins in Boston, but the Rangers trailed 0-2 against the
Capitals in the last round before rallying to win the series in seven games.
The Sharks hope to build off their overtime win in Game 3 after dropping the
first two games in LA.
Patrick Roy is in line to become the next head coach of the Colorado
Avalanche. On Tuesday, Roy's younger brother Stephane confirmed to a Denver
newspaper that the Hall of Fame goaltender will eventually be tabbed to take
the reins of the club which he helped lead to a pair of Stanley Cup titles
after his arrival in a blockbuster trade with Montreal in December of 1995.
He will fill the vacancy left when the club fired Joe Sacco upon the end of
the regular season on April 28.
As expected, the San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Ryan Vogelsong on
the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Vogelsong fractured two bones and sustained
a dislocated joint in the pinkie finger of his right hand while swinging at a
pitch in the Giants' 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday.
The 35-year-old veteran was unable to finish the at-bat, as pinch-hitter Nick
Noonan replaced him and grounded out to end the fifth inning. He was scheduled
to undergo surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Vogelsong is 2-4 with a 7.19 ERA in nine starts this season. The club also
placed right-hander Santiago Casilla on the DL due to a painful cyst in his
right knee, which has limited him to just two appearances since May 8.
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