Notre Dame to play two games in Orlando

Notre Dame will play football games at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., in 2011 and 2014.

No opponent has been announced for the games. Notre Dame previously announced it planned to schedule a football game each season at neutral sites starting in 2009. It is an attempt to return the school to its independent roots.

Athletic director Kevin White has said the goal is to travel to different parts of the country and ensure that the school remains a nationwide program.

Also: Individual tickets for five of UNLV’s six home football games go on sale Monday, and season tickets also can be purchased.

If available, individual tickets for UNLV’s home season opener against Wisconsin on Sept. 8 will go on sale at a later date.

Tickets can be purchased at any UNLVtickets outlet, at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, by calling 739-FANS or at

The Iowa State basketball team dismissed suspended guard Mike Taylor, the Cyclones’ leading scorer last season, after a series of legal troubles.


Islanders to bring back Arbour for one game

Al Arbour has one more milestone to reach behind the New York Islanders bench.

Already with 739 Islanders wins — the most for a coach with one team in NHL history — and four straight Stanley Cup championships from 1980 to 1983, Arbour will return to Long Island for one night to lead the club for a record 1,500th time.

The Islanders announced that Arbour will coach the team Nov. 3 — two days after his 75th birthday — at home against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With permission from the NHL, Arbour will sign a one-day contract on Nov. 2 — taking over from current coach Ted Nolan — and extend his mark for the most games coached with one team.

Also: The San Jose Sharks signed first-round draft pick Logan Couture.

Couture was the ninth overall selection in last month’s draft, and the Sharks traded three picks to St. Louis so they could move up to take the high-scoring center from the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s.

The Phoenix Coyotes signed goalie David Aebischer to a one-year contract.

Aebischer, entering his seventh NHL season, has a 106-73-12 record with a 2.51 goals-against average in 213 career games with Colorado and Montreal. In the 2003-04 season with Colorado, he went 32-19-9 with a 2.09 GAA.


Hobbled Nadal earns win in Mercedes Cup

Rafael Nadal overcame a right knee injury to win his 90th match in his last 91 attempts on clay, beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the Mercedes Cup quarterfinals in Stuttgart, Germany.

The second-ranked Spaniard played with a taped knee and leg and was treated courtside after the 37th-ranked German won the first game.

Nadal is playing his first tournament since losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer in five sets July 8.

Also: James Blake held on for a 6-0, 1-6, 7-5 win over Paul Goldstein in the second round of the ATP Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles.

The No. 2 seed, and the favorite following top seed Fernando Gonzalez’s loss Tuesday, Blake will face Vincent Spadea in the quarterfinals today. Spadea celebrated his 33rd birthday by beating fifth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3.

Serena Williams, still hampered by a thumb injury, withdrew from next week’s Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.

Williams has withdrawn from three tournaments since injuring her left thumb and calf at Wimbledon. The event at Stanford begins Monday and will feature 20 of the top 50 players.

Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense gave every indication he’s raring to race again after a blazing workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

With regular rider Calvin Borel aboard, Street Sense covered five furlongs in 57.40 seconds, an unusually fast time for a workout. The time was three seconds faster than any of the 14 other horses who worked the same distance.

While it’s clear Street Sense is in top shape, trainer Carl Nafzger has yet to declare whether his 3-year-old colt will run next in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the Haskell Invitational on Aug. 5 at Monmouth Park.

Peru’s World Cup committee fired coach Julio Cesar Uribe after the national soccer team lost in the quarterfinals of the Copa America championship.

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