League to look at Las Vegas plans
— At Boca Raton, Fla., commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the Board of Governors had no objection to billionaire businessman William Foley exploring the level of interest in an expansion team coming to the city of Las Vegas. Bettman explained at the owners’ meeting that the interest from Foley and Las Vegas raised questions about the viability of that market being able to support a team, which is why Foley wants to conduct a season ticket drive and see what kind of numbers are achieved. There are already 30 NHL teams, and expansion interest has also come from groups in Quebec City and Seattle.
Lander coach takes new job
— At Greenwood, Lander men’s coach Van Taylor has announced that, after 30 years on the Bearcat sidelines, he is stepping down to become the school’s director of development. He is 390-163-34 with nine NCAA tournament appearances, two Southeast region titles, seven Peach Belt regular-season titles, four PBC tournament trophies, one NAIA Final Four and four NAIA District 6 championships. He played 10 professional seasons in the U.S., and was the first-round draft choice of the New York Cosmos in 1975.
Navratilova to coach
— Add Martina Navratilova to the growing list of past tennis greats signing up to coach today’s top players. Navratilova will be working with Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up and No. 6 in this season’s final WTA rankings. Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles as a player, wrote she is excited to work with Radwanska “and her team” and that it “should be a fun ride.”