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FOOTBALL

Colorado unveils $170M plan to upgrade facilities

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Colorado presented a $170 million proposal to upgrade the Buffaloes' football facilities to the board of regents at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

The university would rely on $50 million in private money to finance the multi-year initiative.

Athletic director Mike Bohn told the board the proposal would "position us to attract the best student-athletes in the nation" improve their performance on the field and in the classroom and enhance fans' experience at games in Boulder. The project, unveiled by Bohn, Chancellor Phil DiStefano and new football coach Mike MacIntyre, includes a new academic center and expansion of the Dal Ward Center along with a new indoor practice facility and upgrades to Folsom Field.


BASEBALL

Famed speedster Kurys of women's pro league dies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sophie Kurys, who stole 201 bases in 1946 while playing in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died. She was 87.

The AAGPBL Players Association said Wednesday that Kurys (kur'-reez) died Sunday after complications from surgery.

Nicknamed the "Flint Flash," Kurys starred for the Racine Belles in the league featured in the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own."

Kurys' mark of 201 steals — in 203 attempts — was recognized in a recent exhibit by the Hall of Fame. Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton set the minor league mark last year with 155. Rickey Henderson holds the modern major league record with 130.


HOCKEY

Sabres fire Ruff; Rolston is the interim coach

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lindy Ruff is out as coach in Buffalo, meaning the slow-starting, inconsistent and sometimes lethargic Sabres have now become Ron Rolston's mess to clean up.

Rolston was promoted from the Sabres' minor-league affiliate, AHL Rochester, to finish out the season as Buffalo's interim head coach Wednesday.

The move was made hours after Ruff was fired amid growing criticism for the team's early season struggles.

And it came less than a week after Ruff had defiantly said he wasn't done trying to "clean up this mess."

The turnaround never came for Ruff and the Sabres (6-10-1), who are in the midst of a 4-10-1 slump.


WRESTLING

Wrestlers to protest Olympic ruling to drop sport

TEHRAN, Iran — Wrestlers from the world's top wrestling nations plan to lie on their mats today in Tehran in a unique show of unity to protest a decision by the International Olympic Committee to drop wrestling from the 2020 games.

Csaba Hegedus, a senior official with the international wrestling federation, announced the decision at a meeting attended by officials from the world's top wrestling countries late Wednesday in Tehran.

Iran's Wrestling Federation says members of wrestling teams attending the World Cup Tournament in Iran also will observe a minute of silence to demonstrate their opposition to the decision. The fight to keep wrestling in the Olympics has brought Iran and the U.S. into a rare alliance, a remarkable display of common cause despite political hostility between them.

Compiled from wire reports


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