Mayor John Tory of Toronto said Canada’s largest city will make a decision ‘‘very quickly’’ whether to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Tory did nothing to quash speculation that Toronto will bid and use the ongoing Pan American Games as a springboard, in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday. Canada has spent about $2.5 billion Canadian ($2 billion) to organize the Pan Am Games — the most expensive in history — and has several Olympic-style venues in place. Toronto is facing a tight deadline. Candidates — Boston among them — must make an official bid with the International Olympic Committee by Sept. 15. The city has failed twice with recent Olympic bids, losing out to Atlanta for the 1996 Games and Beijing for 2008.
Panama outraged over officiating
The Panamanian Football Federation demanded the removal of CONCACAF’s referee selection panel after describing the officiating in Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal loss to Mexico as ‘‘insulting and embarrassing.’’ The FPF also accused match officials of favoring Mexico ‘‘in a vulgar and shameless way.’’ . . . UEFA deducted one point from Croatia in its European Championship qualifying group and fined the country’s football federation 100,000 euros ($110,000) after a swastika was painted on the field in Split before a match against Italy on June 22. UEFA ordered Croatia to play its next two home qualifiers in an empty stadium.
Kings sign veteran forward Butler
The Sacramento Kings signed veteran forward and former Connecticut star Caron Butler to a two-year deal worth $3 million, with a player option in the second season . . . The Cleveland Cavaliers traded second-round pick Rakeem Christmas to the Indiana Pacers for a second-round selection in 2019 . . . WNBA owners unanimously approved a plan to move the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth area next season. The Shock will finish the current season in Tulsa. They will play next year at the University of Texas at Arlington . . . Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale headlines the 2016 women’s basketball Hall of Fame induction class, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. She is joined by former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, Olympic gold medalist Natalie Williams, longtime official June Courteau, Texas girls high school coach Joe Lombard, and the late AAU girls basketball official Bill Tipps. The 1996 US women’s Olympic team will receive the trailblazer award.
Woody, Brzezinski among BC honorees
Former Patriots offensive lineman Damien Woody and former Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Doug Brzezinski are two of eight ex-Boston College athletes who will be inducted into the BC-Varsity Club Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 9 at Conte Forum. The other inductees are Chris Georgules (track and field), Mary Guarino (soccer), Paul Keegan (soccer), Mike Mottau (hockey), Alissa Murphy Richardson (basketball), and Kelly McManus Souza (hockey) . . . Braxton Miller plans to drop out of Ohio State’s quarterback competition and focus on playing wide receiver. But coach Urban Meyer said no final decisions have been made. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here,“ Meyer said. “Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it. We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”
Baffert: ‘Pharoah’ on course for Haskell
Trainer Bob Baffert says American Pharoah is ‘‘right on course’’ for his first race since winning horse racing’s Triple Crown after a longer-than-expected run in California. Baffert thinks the 3-year-old colt is ‘‘getting faster’’ after working 6 furlongs in 1:11.00 at Del Mar. American Pharoah is set to return to racing Aug. 2 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park . . . NASCAR star Jeff Gordon was honored by his hometown of Pittsboro, Ind., with a parade, the state’s highest civilian award, and honorary membership in the police department.