Auriemma to return as women’s coach
Geno Auriemma will return to coach the United States women’s basketball team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press. USA Basketball will discuss the move at a news conference Friday in Connecticut. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the appointment of the Connecticut coach has not been announced. Auriemma will be the team’s first repeat coach . . . Bid leaders from Tokyo, Madrid, and Istanbul made their best pitches before the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires in an especially close contest to land the 2020 Olympics. The host city will be selected Saturday. Tokyo is regarded as the favorite. All three cities present liabilities and IOC members may settle for the bid with the fewest problems . . . Antonio Castro, son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, argued before the IOC that baseball — now in partnership with softball — should be returned to the Olympic Games in 2020. IOC members will decide Sunday whether to include wrestling, squash or a joint offer of baseball and softball in the 2020 program. Only one will get through.
Larranaga gets extension from Miami
Miami men’s coach Jim Larranaga received a three-year extension and is now under contract for the next nine seasons. Larranaga led the Hurricanes to 29 wins last season, along with the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He also was The Associated Press’s coach of the year . . . CBS Sports struck a deal with Fox Sports to acquire the rights to televise Big East games from the 2013-14 season through 2018-19. In the first year of the deal, CBS will broadcast two games and CBS Sports Network will air 18. Beginning with the 2014-15 season, CBS Sports will have the right to televise up to 30 men’s basketball games per year, with up to five on CBS.
NBA to use motion-tracking cameras
The NBA will install motion-tracking cameras in every arena this season to provide coaches, players and fans reams of data aimed at pulling back the curtain on what it takes to succeed at the game’s highest level. The SportVU cameras can monitor every move a player makes on the court, gauge how tired he is, and can even keep an eye on the job referees are doing. The NBA is the first professional basketball league in the world, and the first sports league in the US, to use the technology . . . The Kings hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro . . . Caron Butler was introduced as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks at a hometown news conference at Racine (Wis.) Park High School, where he played. The Bucks acquired the 33-year-old small forward Aug. 29 in a trade with the Suns. Butler started last season for a Clippers team that won 56 games . . . The NBA Development League will tip off its 13th season with seven games on Nov. 22, including the Maine Red Claws against the Springfield Armor . . . The Lakers signed free agent guard Xavier Henry, who played for New Orleans last season. The 6-foot-6-inch swingman appeared in 50 games for the then-Hornets, averaging 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds . . . Goran Dragic, a guard for the Suns, scored 18 points to lead host Slovenia to a 78-69 upset victory over defending champion Spain in the European championship in Ljubljana, Slovenia. France got 17 points from Nicolas Batum and 16 from Tony Parker in crushing Britain, 88-65, to bounce back from an opening loss to Germany. Greece beat Russia, 80-71, to stay perfect after two games. Lithuania beat Serbia, 75-67. Turkey lost to Italy, 90-75, to drop its second straight.
Burke hired to help rebuild the Flames
The Calgary Flames hired Brian Burke as their new president of hockey operations. The Flames are in rebuilding mode after missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Burke was fired as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in January . . . The SURG Restaurant Group cut its ties with suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. The company will change the name of the 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. ‘‘Eight’’ is Braun’s jersey number, while ‘‘twelve’’ refers to the number worn by quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers. Major League Baseball suspended Braun for the rest of the season in July for doping. Restaurant group co-owner Michael Polaski said in a statement that he appreciated the restaurant’s relationship with Braun and wished the slugger success. Braun, in the same statement, said he supported the decision.