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  |   Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM
McGinley named 2014 Ryder Cup captain

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Ireland's Paul McGinley Tuesday was named captain of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team by a unanimous decision of members in Abu Dhabi.

McGinley has served as Ryder Cup vice-captain twice, including last year when the Europeans pulled off a major comeback for an improbable victory at the Medinah course near Chicago.

"I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted to have this honor; to lead the European team, arguably the strongest in depth that we've had for the history of the European Tour," the 46-year-old McGinley said. "To be leading the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honor."

The 2014 Ryder Cup is set for Sept. 26-28, 2014, at Gleneagles in Scotland.


Original Sharks co-owner George Gund dies

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- George Gund III, an original co-owner of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, died Tuesday at age 75, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The cause of death was not released, the California newspaper said.

Current Sharks co-owner and former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery praised Gund's devotion to the game of hockey and his decision to take a chance on the Bay Area with the Sharks' expansion franchise in 1991.

"He was both a gentle person and yet extremely passionate and aggressive about things such as hockey and personal relationships," McEnery said. "That's a very difficult combination."

George Gund and his brother Gordon, natives of Cleveland, originally held an ownership stake in the ill-fated California Golden Seals expansion team in the 1970s, which they moved to Cleveland in 1976, where they became the Barons.

After also faltering there, the team was allowed by the NHL to merge with the similarly struggling Minnesota North Stars in 1978.

The Gunds sought to move the North Stars to the Bay Area in the late 1980s, but were blocked by the league.

Instead, they sold the Stars and were awarded an expansion franchise -- the Sharks -- for the 1991-92 season. The Stars wound up in Dallas in 1993.

The Irishman has participated for Europe in each of the last three Ryder Cups and is a four-time European Tour winner.


T-Wolves' Love has hand surgery

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Minnesota Timberwolves all-star forward Kevin Love had surgery to repair his broken right hand, the team said Tuesday.

Love -- the T-Wolves' leading scorer and rebounder -- will miss 8-10 weeks after the procedure to repair the third and fourth metacarpal bones in the hand.

Love also missed the first three weeks of the season with the same problem.

The player said he originally injured his hand while doing knuckle pushups during a pre-season workout. After sitting out until Nov. 21, he returned to play in 18 games, but re-fractured the hand in a Jan. 3 contest against Denver.

Love averaged 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per contest during his time in the lineup.


McGinley named 2014 Ryder Cup captain

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Ireland's Paul McGinley Tuesday was named captain of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team by a unanimous decision of members in Abu Dhabi.

McGinley has served as Ryder Cup vice-captain twice, including last year when the Europeans pulled off a major comeback for an improbable victory at the Medinah course near Chicago.

"I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted to have this honor; to lead the European team, arguably the strongest in depth that we've had for the history of the European Tour," the 46-year-old McGinley said. "To be leading the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honor."

The 2014 Ryder Cup is set for Sept. 26-28, 2014, at Gleneagles in Scotland.

The Irishman has participated for Europe in each of the last three Ryder Cups and is a four-time European Tour winner.


Lopez, Williams lead Brooklyn to seventh straight win

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Brook Lopez and Deron Williams combined for 43 points Tuesday and the streaking Brooklyn Nets took a seventh straight win, 113-106 over Toronto.

Lopez netted 22 points and hauled down nine rebounds while Williams contributed 21 points and seven assists for the Nets, who remained undefeated in 2013.

Joe Johnson also supplied 21 points for Brooklyn, which improved to 9-1 under interim head Coach P.J. Carlesimo.

The Raptors got 21 points from Kyle Lowry in the loss before he left in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain.

Jose Calderon and Amir Johnson contributed 15 apiece for Toronto.

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