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Published Jul. 29, 2015

NBA

BUCKS ARENA APPROVED

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Bucks, a deal that Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city. No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team owner Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with lawmakers and members of the public.

SOCCER

Mexico coach fired

Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired after a television reporter's claim that man known as "El Piojo" punched him. The ouster came two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Decio de Maria, who on Saturday becomes president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, said the incident was not in keeping with "the spirit of fair and respectful competition" the organization espouses.

FIFA: FIFA vice president Michel Platini will announce this week his bid to succeed outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

NHL

Penguins add forwards

The Penguins traded versatile C Brandon Sutter, 26, to the Canucks for F Nick Bonino and D Alex Clendening. The teams also swapped 2016 draft picks, with Pittsburgh getting Vancouver's second-round selection and the Canucks receiving a third-rounder. Pittsburgh also signed veteran F Eric Fehr to a three-year deal.

MAPLE LEAFS: F Mitch Marner, 18, the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, signed a three-year entry-level contract.

ET CETERA

HORSES: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed a half-mile workout at Del Mar (Calif.) in his last formal exercise before the Haskell Invitational.

OLYMPICS: The U.S. Olympic Committee has contacted Los Angeles about the possibility of stepping in as a replacement bidder for the 2024 Summer Games. USOC officials were expected to make a call in the wake of Boston dropping its troubled bid.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open.

Times wires

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