HOCKEY

Quebec City, Las Vegas proceed toward expansion

Las Vegas and Quebec City have advanced to the second of three phases in their bids to land NHL expansion franchises.

Phase 2 will feature bidders providing the NHL additional information regarding their respective markets and arena plans.

There is a third phase to the process, though it’s unclear when that will begin. Bids must also be approved by the NHL Board of Governors.

The league isn’t expected to expand until 2017-18. Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed a $500 million fee.

SOCCER

U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION: Jill Ellis has been rewarded for leading the U.S. women to the World Cup title with a multi-year contract extension. Next challenge: the Olympics.

U.S. women have won three straight Olympic gold medals, with Ellis as an assistant coach for the last two.

TENNIS

GENERALI OPEN: Top-seeded Dominic Thiem extended his streak to nine matches by defeating fellow Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the second round in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

CITI OPEN: Feliciano Lopez ended Lleyton Hewitt’s last appearance in the Washington tournament with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 second-round victory over the two-time major champion.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: The draft lottery will be changed to consider records over two years and the team with the worst record will be guaranteed at least the third pick. The drawing will still be held among the four teams that didn’t make the playoffs.

SWIMMING

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: USA’s Katie Ledecky won her third individual title, beating what she correctly called a “star-studded field” in the 200-meter freestyle in Kazan, Russia.

DIVING

DIVER MISSING: Spain called off its underwater search for missing free-diving great Natalia Molchanova after spending more than two days looking for her off the Balearic Islands.

Molchanova ranks among the greatest free divers, having set 41 world records, and earning 22 gold medals.

BASKETBALL

NBA: Donald Sterling filed for divorce in Los Angeles, almost a year after a contentious legal fight with his wife, Shelly, led to the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

BASEBALL

NCBL: The host Old Orchard Beach Surge fell 4-3 to the Newburg Newts in opener of the North Country Baseball League first-round playoffs.

The Surge took a 1-0 lead when Tyler Krobetzky drove in Bryan White with a single in the first inning.

Down 4-1, Old Orchard got back a run with Carlos Valdez scoring on a fielder’s choice in the sixth.

Sam DiMatteo hit a solo blast in the seventh got the Surge to within a run.

The Surge play in an elimination game on Thursday at the Ballpark, with Game 3 Friday, if necessary.

TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Alex Manning blasted a two-run homer in the sixth to give Edge Academy the lead for good in a 4-3 win over Aero Heating and Ventilating 4-3 in a playoff game at Deering Oaks.

Andrew Stacey had a double and a single for Edge, while Jensen Orewiler added a pair of singles.

The Edge will face The Lenders Network for the league title in a best-of-three series at Deering Oaks Park starting Friday.

– From staff and news services