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Press Box: Anchors away with ban on putting stroke

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Golf's governing body officially approved a rules change that will outlaw the use of putters anchored to the body beginning in 2016.

The hotly-debated issue has divided the golf community for the past few years, especially with four of the past six major championship winners using long putters that were anchored to their bodies -- effectively creating a hinge.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) said Rule 14-1b would take effect in 2016. It wouldn't ban long putters commonly referred to as "belly putters," but would prevent golfers from anchoring them to their belly or chest.

"We recognize this has been a divisive issue, but after thorough consideration, we remain convinced that this is the right decision for golf," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said.

AUTO RACING

Charlotte Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith is considering moving the October race from Charlotte to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, according to multiple reports.

Because he's chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Smith can ask NASCAR to move a race from one of his tracks to another one of his tracks.

Smith said "there is a 70 percent chance" that he'll request to move the October race in to Las Vegas. SMI owns eight tracks that have Sprint Cup points races -- Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas.

---Three teams entered in the Indianapolis 500 were penalized by IndyCar following qualification technical inspections.

Ryan Briscoe's car was fined $5,000 for an improper height with the mainplane trailing edge, Graham Rahal's entry was fined $10,000 for not complying with a rule regarding cooling forms outside of the assigned garage and Michel Jourdain Jr.'s entry was fined $1,000 for a bodywork infraction involving underwing parts.

NHL

Patrick Roy is close to becoming the next coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his younger brother told the Denver Post.

"They're discussing the final details of an arrangement," Stephane Roy told the paper. "Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge.

Roy, 47, has coached the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since 2005, compiling a 307-128-32 record.

Former NHL defenseman Phil Housley was named an assistant coach by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday,

Housley's coaching experience includes serving as an assistant for the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships.

Housley, 49, ranks fourth in NHL history in points by a defenseman with 1,232 (338 goals, 894 assists) and sixth in games played by a blue liner (1,495) during his 21 seasons (1982-2003). He also was a member of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

OTHER

The New York Yankees are investing in a Major League Soccer expansion team set to begin play in New York starting in 2015.

The club will be controlled by the Manchester City Football Club.

The 20th team in the league will be called New York City Football Club, and a search is under way to locate a site for a soccer-specific stadium, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Yankees President Randy Levine and Manchester City Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano told reporters during a conference call.
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