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Sports briefs: NBA plans games in London, Mexico City

Published June 25, 2013 5:31 pm

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NBA • The league says regular-season games will be played next season in London and Mexico City. The San Antonio Spurs are set to play the Minnesota Timberwolves at Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4, and the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will meet at The O2 in London next Jan. 16.

The NBA said Tuesday it's the first time regular-season games in two countries outside of the United States and Canada will be played in the same season. In March, the league announced eight preseason games would be played in several countries from Oct. 5-18.

Clippers complete deal for Rivers

NBA • Doc Rivers is the Los Angeles Clippers' new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations. The Clippers finalized the coach's move from the Boston Celtics on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and reversals. Boston will get a future first-round pick from the Clippers for Rivers. The 51-year-old Rivers replaces Vinny Del Negro, who wasn't re-signed after the Clippers won a franchise-record 56 games and their first Pacific Division title last season.

Anchorage weighs 2026 Olympic bid

OLYMPICS • The city of Anchorage, Alaska, has formed an exploratory committee to help determine whether it should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The 23-member committee, which includes four Alaska Olympians, held its organizational meeting on Tuesday.

Vancouver hires Tortorella as coach

NHL • The Vancouver Canucks hired John Tortorella to be their new coach on Tuesday. Tortorella was recently fired by the New York Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs in five games. The 55-year-old Tortorella replaces former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who took over for him as the Rangers coach last week.

The Associated Press