Kar­manos sells Hur­ri­canes

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Dal­las bil­lion­aire Tom Dun­don has signed a pur­chase agree­ment to buy a ma­jor­ity stake in the Carolina Hur­ri­canes from long­time owner Peter Kar­manos (Detroit).

The team an­nounced the agree­ment Thurs­day, and NHL com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman said the team would not move.

The move marks the lat­est step toward the end of Kar­manos’ lengthy at­tempt to sell the team he moved from Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut, to North Carolina two decades ago. Kar­manos will re­tain an eq­uity stake in the fran­chise.

Dun­don is the 46-year-old former CEO of San­tander Con­sumer USA, a Dal­las-based lend­ing firm.

He’s also an in­vestor in the Top Golf chain of golf and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties and a key fi­nancier of a new golf course in Dal­las.

MORE HOCKEY: NHL com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of gov­er­nors has agreed to con­sider an ex­pan­sion ap­pli­ca­tion from Seat­tle.

Bettman said the ex­pan­sion fee has been set at $650 mil­lion for Seat­tle, which would be­come the league’s 32nd team, if ap­proved. He made the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day af­ter the first day of the board of gov­er­nors meet­ing.

Bill Fo­ley paid a $500 mil­lion ex­pan­sion fee for the Ve­gas Golden Knights. Seat­tle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020.

BASE­BALL: The Cubs took their first ma­jor step toward ad­dress­ing their start­ing pitch­ing Thurs­day by sign­ing free agent Tyler Chat­wood to a three-year con­tract worth $38 mil­lion.

Chat­wood is 40-46 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA with the An­gels and Rock­ies.

BAS­KET­BALL: LaVar Ball says his younger sons LiAn­gelo and LaMelo have signed with an agent, en­sur­ing nei­ther will play in the col­lege ranks.

Old­est son Lonzo is the only Ball brother to have played in col­lege, com­plet­ing one sea­son at UCLA be­fore be­ing taken by the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

SOC­CER: Real Madrid for­ward Cris­tiano Ron­aldo has won the Bal­lon d’Or award as soc­cer’s best player of the year for a record-equal­ing fifth time, mov­ing him level with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

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