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    A top aide to a powerful North Carolina state legislator has been named chief executive officer of the parent company of the Carolina Hurricanes. Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon announced on Thursday the hiring of Brian Fork, who has worked as state Senate leader Phil Berger's chief of staff since late 2020. A news release says Fork will oversee all business units of Hurricanes Holdings LLC. That includes the team, PNC Arena and the mixed-use real estate development plans surrounding the venue. Fork’s hiring comes a few days after Dundon named Doug Warf as Hurricanes Holdings president.

    Argentine authorities have transferred two French rugby players under police guard from Buenos Aires to the western city of Mendoza, where they are expected to appear in court on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault. The rugby players, Oscar Jegou and Hugo Auradou, arrived in Mendoza after a 1,000-kilometer trip via police van from the capital as prosecutors confirmed the case against the two men would be progressing to court on Friday. The men stand accused of “sexual abuse with carnal excess” in a grisly case that has shaken the French rugby world. Earlier this week, French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra said that, if proven true, the incident represents “an unspeakable atrocity."

      The NBA might not be happy with the NFL making Christmas Day a regular part of its schedule. However, its new set of media rights deals nearly puts them in the same economic arena. The NBA’s 11-year, $76 billion contract package will begin with the 2025-26 season. It is the same number of years as the NFL’s most recent deal, which began with the 2023 season. The deals with ESPN/ABC, NBC and Amazon Prime Video will average $6.9 billion per season. The NFL averages $10 billion per year, but that is with five networks.

        Rory McIlroy is getting back to work and trying to move past his collapse last month that cost him the U.S. Open. He's off to the right start. McIlroy chipped in for eagle and opened with a 65 in the Scottish Open. That puts him in the mix for the title he won a year ago. Among the early starters, McIlroy was one shot behind. Maximilian Kieffer of Germany and Haotong Li of China were each at 64. They played in the same group together and combined for 15 birdies on a day for low scoring at The Renaissance Club.

          Colorado coach Deion Sanders took some time at the start of his first Big 12 media days appearance to give props to some of the other coaches in the league. Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders, the coach’s son, was recruited by Gus Malzahn when the current UCF coach was still at Auburn. The younger Sanders played in high school for current Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire. Deion Sanders said Wednesday that he was highlighting some coaches that have been so kind and considerate to him. Colorado is returning to the Big 12 after the past 13 seasons in the Pac-12.

            They compete under the same flag but speak different languages and come from different parts of the world. After fleeing war and persecution, 36 athletes from 11 countries will compete in the Paris Games as part of the Refugee Olympic Team. They take the stage at a time of record global migration, with hundreds of millions working to reinvent themselves as these athletes have. They’ll compete in a host country where the anti-immigration far-right party saw a surge of voter support in parliamentary elections, but was beaten back by a coalition of the French left and failed to win a majority. The refugee athletes will compete in 12 sports. For many, the journey to Paris is already a victory in itself.

            LOS ANGELES — UCLA is dropping two college football heavyweights from its future football schedules in favor of far more familiar foes. Gone will be Georgia and Auburn, titans of the Southeastern Conference. Arriving will be Utah and California, former Pac-12 Conference rivals who joined the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast conferences, respectively, in the wake of UCLA's departure for the Big Ten. ...

            Deion Sanders didn’t bring an entourage with him to Big 12 Media Days, but it sure looked that way as a mob of reporters and cameramen followed his every footstep on Wednesday inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Never before, not even when Oklahoma and Texas were still around, has there been a bigger personality or celebrity associated with this conference. “Coach Prime” might as well be ...

            FORT WORTH, Texas — Fort Worth’s ability to grow exponentially while few notice remains one its greatest strengths and fatal flaws. There remains a loyal sector of the population who love Fort Worth and would prefer it not be listed on a map, and blocked to GPS. There are those who love Fort Worth and would prefer it take the “Austin” or “Nashville” track to growth. According to the latest ...

            DALLAS — Arch Manning is in the game. After being one of college football’s most notable names to not opt in to the upcoming EA Sports College Football 25 video game, the Texas quarterback announced via social media on Tuesday that he will, in fact, be a part of the highly-anticipated release. The announcement featured Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner and Arch’s uncle, calling plays ...

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            AP photographers were present at Wimbledon for Estonia's Mark Lajal rally over defending champion Carlos Alcaraz. They were also at the European Championship for the quarterfinal celebrations of England's Jude Bellingham and France's Antoine Griezmann. The Tour de France also moved into its …

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