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toronto» If the NHL needs a com­pelling rea­son to com­pete in the next Win­ter Olympics, Bill Daly said the league hasn’t found one yet.

And the NHL deputy com­mis­sioner added Fri­day that he’s not go­ing spec­u­late on what it might take to con­vince a ma­jor­ity of the NHL’s board of gover­nors that the world’s best play­ers should take the ice in South Korea in lit­tle more than a year.

“From our board’s per­spec­tive, there has to be a com­pelling rea­son for us to go the Olympics,” Daly said. “And at this point, as I stand here now, we’re search­ing for that rea­son.”

Asked who or what might sway the league, Daly called it a “fair ques­tion.”

Pioneers tie with Fri­ars in hockey.

Jarid Luko­se­vi­cius’ third-pe­riod goal brought Den­ver back even with Prov­i­dence and the Pioneers skated to a 2-2 tie with the Fri­ars in over­time.

Jake Wal­man gave Prov­i­dence a 1-0 first-pe­riod lead, but Den­ver’s Matt Marcinew knot­ted the score with 1:33 re­main­ing off a pass from Evan Janssen. The Fri­ars took a 2-1 lead with seven sec­onds left in the sec­ond.

Ten Go­phers won’t face charges

B min­neapo­lis» Ten sus­pended Min­nesota foot­ball play­ers will not face charges in con­nec­tion with an al­leged sex­ual as­sault near cam­pus, pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced after tak­ing a sec­ond look at the case.

It’s the sec­ond time the Hen­nepin County at­tor­ney’s of­fice has weighed in on the Septem­ber in­ci­dent that trig­gered sus­pen­sions, pos­si­ble ex­pul­sions, talk of a bowl game boy­cott and ques­tions of whether coach Tracy Claeys should con­tinue with the Go­pher foot­ball pro­gram. County At­tor­ney Mike Freeman de­clined to press charges in Oc­to­ber, cit­ing a lack of ev­i­dence.

After re­view­ing the trou­bling de­tails of the school’s own in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Freeman said it didn’t add enough in­for­ma­tion to war­rant crim­i­nal charges.

Coach con­firms two play­ers shot

B or­lando, fla.» Louisville coach Bobby Petrino con­firmed that it was two Car­di­nals foot­ball play­ers who were shot ear­lier this month dur­ing an off-cam­pus in­ci­dent and that the team is “for­tu­nate that we are not at a funeral right now.”

Petrino did not iden­tify the play­ers dur­ing a news con­fer­ence pre­view­ing the No. 15 Car­di­nals’ Citrus Bowl game against No. 19 LSU. The school has pre­vi­ously con­firmed that two male stu­dents were shot on Dec. 11 at an off-cam­pus apart­ment com­plex but has of­fered no other de­tails. A fe­male non-stu­dent was also in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

Utah foot­ball fires play caller

B salt lake city» Utah co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Aaron Rod­er­ick has been fired and run­ning backs coach Den­nis Erick­son is re­tir­ing.

Utah fin­ished 9-4 after de­feat­ing In­di­ana 26-24 in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wed­nes­day.

Rod­er­ick has been on coach Kyle Whit­ting­ham’s staff for 12 years and has been co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and chief play caller the last two sea­sons.

Fed­erer hopes for more years

B perth, aus­tralia» Roger Fed­erer said he hopes to play for at least an­other two to three years and that his “mind-set is for the long term” in as­sess­ing his tennis fu­ture.

Fed­erer, who has not played since rein­jur­ing his sur­gi­cally re­paired left knee at Wim­ble­don in July, will make his tour­na­ment re­turn in the Jan. 1-7 Hop­man Cup team event at Perth, rep­re­sent­ing Switzer­land.

Tour de France champ dies at 97

B lon­don» Ferdy Kue­bler, who came back from in­jury and the in­ter­rup­tion of World War II to win the 1950 Tour de France, has died. He was 97.

The Swiss man won an epic bat­tle with French rider Loui­son Bo­bet in the 1950 race and be­came world cham­pion the fol­low­ing year.

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