HOCKEY

Greg Moore, a Lisbon native and former UMaine and NHL player, has been named head coach of the Chicago Steel in the United States Hockey League.

Moore, 34, retired as a player in 2015 and has spent the last three years as an assistant coach with USA Hockey’s National Development Program. He also helped lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2017 U18 world championships.

As a player, Moore was on gold-medal winning teams at the U18 and U20 world championships and played on two Frozen Four teams at Maine. He played briefly in the NHL for the Rangers and Blue Jackets.

NHL: The Minnesota Wild hired Dean Evason as an assistant coach.

Evason, 53, spent the last six seasons as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL.

SOCCER

U.S. MEN: Three-time World Cup veteran Earnie Stewart has been hired as general manager of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, a new position created after the Americans failed to qualify for this year’s tournament.

Stewart, 49, will start work Aug. 1.

WORLD CUP: The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar over Argentina’s abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warm-up match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country’s leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism.

Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out international friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world’s best players. Argentina is one of the most popular national teams among Israelis and fans had been scrambling to get a chance to see Messi in person.

But after a fierce Palestinian campaign, which included images of Argentina’s white and sky-blue striped jersey stained with red paint resembling blood and threats to burn Messi posters, Argentina’s football federation announced it was skipping the event.

Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, apologized for cancelling the match.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: The Minnesota Lynx, the WNBA champions, are in Washington for a game, and they will not be visiting the White House. Instead, they’ll do community work at an elementary school in the city.

The Lynx, who won the title in October, made other plans when they received no invitation to celebrate their fourth championship in seven seasons at the White House.

SWIMMING

MARE NOSTRUM MEETS: Five-time Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin is planning to return from double shoulder surgery at upcoming meets in France and Spain.

It will mark the first time that the American competes since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Franklin is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke and the 100 and 200 free for Mare Nostrum meets in Canet, France, this weekend and Barcelona next week.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Franklin won two individual golds, two relay golds and a relay bronze.

At the 2016 Rio Games, she won one relay gold.

COLLEGES

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Coach John Beilein is staying at Michigan after exploring the possibility of coaching the Detroit Pistons.

Beilein, 65, has coached at Michigan for 11 seasons with a 248-143 record.


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