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BASKETBALL

Turkey to sign Sefolosha

Oklahoma City Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha is working on a deal to play with Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker while the NBA lockout is in place. Sefolosha’s agent, Guy Zucker, said a contract with the Turkish team could be finalized as early as yesterday. Zucker says any deal would include an exit clause that would bring Sefolosha back to the Thunder once the lockout is resolved. The NBA has already canceled the first two weeks of the regular season. Sefolosha, who is from Switzerland, started 79 games in the regular season and then all 17 playoff games for the Thunder last season as they made it to the Western Conference finals. He averaged 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.

ICE HOCKEY

Peverley signs extension

Rich Peverley has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep the center with the Boston Bruins through the 2014-2015 NHL season, the team said on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I like his speed and I like his grit,” Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters. “I like the way his speed backs up the [defense], and I think he’s made us a faster team.” Peverley, acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers in February, had four goals and 12 points during Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup. The 29-year-old leads the team in goals this season with two after three games.

FOOTBALL

Giants’ Kennedy suspended

The NFL has suspended New York Giants defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy for four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. No other details were provided in the NFL statement posted on the Giants’ Web site on Tuesday. Kennedy would be eligible to return to the Giants’ roster following the team’s Nov. 13 game against the San Francisco Giants. The 31-year-old Kennedy has been used as a reserve and has just four tackles this season, his first with the Giants after stints with Minnesota, Jacksonville, Chicago and St Louis in his nine-year career.

FOOTBALL

Phoenix gets Super Bowl

The 2015 Super Bowl will be played in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, NFL owners decided on Tuesday. The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, where the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals play their home games, will host the championship game, owners said at a meeting in Houston, Texas. Two previous Super Bowls have been played in the Phoenix area, most recently in 2008 when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Glendale. Tempe, Arizona, hosted the game in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Indianapolis will host the Super Bowl next year, followed by New Orleans in 2013 and the New York/New Jersey area in 2014.

FOOTBALL

NFL to keep playing in UK

NFL owners voted to keep playing regular-season games in the UK through the 2016 season, with the possibility of more than one contest each year, the league said on Tuesday. The resolution passed by team owners at a Houston, Texas, meeting allows teams to volunteer to play at least one regular-season game per year as a home team in the UK and enables the league to schedule more than one game there a year. The NFL has played one regular season game in Britain each year since 2007. This year’s contest will match the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 23 in London’s Wembley Stadium.

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