Sports briefs: Tour of Utah expanding from five stages to seven
Cycling • The Tour of Utah announced Thursday that the cycling event will expand to a seven-day stage race in 2014.
The Union Cycliste International (UCI) has approved expansion. Earlier Thursday the UCI released its 2014 events calendar for all sanctioned road races on its five global circuits. The 10th edition of the Tour of Utah next year will remain a 2.1-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour.
The 2013 Tour of Utah expanded to Southern Utah for the first time, showcasing the iconic red rock scenery of the region. An estimated 260,000 spectators watched the race in person along the 586-mile route,
The 2014 tour will begin Aug. 4 and finish Aug. 10.
Panthers sold to N.Y. businessman
NHL • A person familiar with the situation says the Florida Panthers have been sold to New York businessman Vincent Viola.
The person says Viola will be introduced Friday and is paying $250 million to buy the NHL franchise. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms have not been made public.
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