Coyotes plan legal actions in response to pulled lease

The Arizona Coyotes on Thursday began mapping out their response to the Glendale City Council’s decision to dissolve an arena lease agreement with the team. It will include a variety of legal maneuvers, but no immediate plans to relocate the team and certainly no renegotiation of the existing agreement.

Co-owner Anthony LeBlanc said the Coyotes have started working on seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the city from ending the deal and a lawsuit that lawyer Nick Wood said would reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

 Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been cleared to return to full-contact workouts after missing most of the 2014-15 season because of blood clots.


NECBL: Ben Ruta went 3 for 4 with two RBI to pace the Mystic Schooners (4-1) to a 5-2 win over the Sanford Mainers (2-2) at Mystic, Connecticut.

NCBL: Ryan Sabalaskey hit a solo home run in the sixth to help the Watertown Bucks (8-4) earn a 3-1 win over the Old Orchard Beach Surge (3-7) to complete a three-game sweep at The Ballpark.


FIFA SCANDAL: FIFA’s top spokesman left his job Thursday, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament.

Communications director Walter De Gregorio, closely tied to the FIFA president since 2011, abruptly exited three days after telling a joke about the governing body’s legal troubles on a German TV talk show.

Earlier Thursday, lawmakers from 28 European nations voted on a resolution calling for Blatter to speed up his announced resignation.

FIFA responded by announcing that its executive committee will meet July 20 in Zurich to decide when from December to February the election to decide Blatter’s successor should be held.

UNDER-20 WORLD CUP: Thursday’s Round of 16 matches at Wellington, New Zealand, began with another upset when Uzbekistan beat Austria 2-0, but order was restored when European champion Germany beat Nigeria 1-0, two-time champion Portugal ousted New Zealand 2-1 and five-time champion Brazil overcame Uruguay 5-4 on penalties.


LPGA: South Korean Jenny Shin shot a bogey-free 7-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson after the first round at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second major of the season, at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot four birdies on the final five holes to tie a course record with a 6-under-par 65 in the first round of the Senior Players Championship at Belmont, Massachusetts.

PGA: Ryan Palmer shot a bogey-free afternoon round of 6-under 64 to join Brooks Koepka and Greg Owen atop the leaderboard after one round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Gregory Bourdy of France carded a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead on a warm and sunny first day of the Lyoness Open at Atzenbrugg, Austria.


MERCEDES CUP: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his grass-court season with a hard-earned, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-2 win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at Stuttgart, Germany.

Nadal’s quarterfinal opponent will be fifth-seeded Bernard Tomic, who beat Tommy Haas, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

– From staff and news services