Moscow picked to host 2014 3×3 basketball world championships

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We’re all getting a little closer to the dream of seeing 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics – possibly as soon as Rio in 2016 – so the sport’s governing body, FIBA, announced Tuesday that they’ve picked Moscow to host the 2014 world championships.

“We support FIBA’s efforts to make 3×3 an Olympic discipline,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said regarding the announcement.

Moscow was apparently picked due to the country’s rich basketball tradition according to FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann, who forgot the sport was created in the States (admittedly by a Canadian with a losing career record) and that the NBA is kind of a big deal here. Maybe Rucker Park was unavailable.

The half-court event will be a five-day tournament next June, when FIBA will bring in 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams from around the world. Serbia won the men’s championship last year in Athens, the U.S. took home the women’s gold, and France earned the title in the mixed team event.

Here’s a highlight of the men’s 2012 gold medal game:

USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. Neither side has said when its next scheduled meeting will take place.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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