The quest to bring a World Cup to Kansas City secured the alignment of prominent local sports and government figures.,Kansas City is one of 17 finalist cities in the United States to host 2026 World Cup matches.,The 11-person executive bid committee is Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt; Sporting KC principal owner Cliff Illig; Doug Bach, Unified Government and Kansas City, Kanas county administrator; Lynn Berling-Manuel, United Soccer Coaches CEO; Jason Fulvi, VisitKC president and CEO; Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director; Matt Kenny, Chiefs vice president of stadium services and events; Donna Maize, Kansas City, Missouri assistant city manager; Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation president and CEO; Joe Reardon, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; and Jake Reid, Sporting KC president and CEO.,Ficklin spent 11 years as vice president of development for Sporting Kansas City, placed in charge of the construction of Children’s Mercy Park and Pinnacle, the club’s new training facility that opened last year.,“The Kansas City metropolitan area has built over $400 million in soccer facilities over the past decade, but more importantly, we have really been the thought leaders in innovative ways to grow the game of soccer,” Ficklin said in a news release.

UPDATE (Friday, 1:48 p.m.): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Patriots owner Robert Kraft is “not the biggest name involved" in the Jupiter, Fla. sex sting.,New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with “soliciting prostitution” as part of “sex sting operation” in Florida.,According to Treasure Coast Newspapers (via USA Today), Kraft is facing two counts for “paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa” in Jupiter, Fla.,Kraft also has been a regular visitor to Trump National Golf Club Mar-a-Lago, which is about 30 minutes from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla.,The 77-year-old Kraft is less than one month removed from celebrating his sixth Super Bowl title.

Beasley did just that, keeping his finals opponent — Norwell senior Kade Zadylak — raised off the mat often enough to take away some of his scoring chances on the way to an 11-5 victory and a berth in the first round of the State Finals Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.,Lone defeated Fort Wayne Snider senior Vertis Hawkins by 18-3 technical fall, Mississinewa junior Kyler Funk 8-5 and Garrett senior Austin Leech by 13-0 major decision before losing 3-2 to Jay County junior Mason Winner in the finals.,Senior Adam Hooley (145) and sophomore Ibrahim Khaoucha (195) of Northridge, junior Rasheek Bonds (120) of Goshen, seniors Brandon Bergman (182) and Brian Bergman (285) of Lakeland and senior Isaac Weimer (113) and junior Kyler Brown (126) of West Noble all lost in the second round.,Bowing out in the first round were freshman Jasper Graber (106), sophomore Justin Puckett (113) and junior Caid Lacey of Northridge, freshman Nick Olson (106), seniors Christian Santos (132) and Braxton Rodriguez (138) and junior Kaleb Kilmer (220) and Jose Rosales (285) of Goshen, freshman Ben Miller (113) of Lakeland and junior Shayne Tierney (145) of West Noble.,FORT WAYNE SEMISTATE Team scores: Jimtown 64.5, Huntington North 64, Yorktown 47, Central Noble 44, Oak Hill 41, Fort Wayne Carroll 36, Bellmont 35, Adams Central 32, Western 32, Rochester 31.5, Garrett 28, Norwell 28, Leo 26, Jay County 25, Wabash 24, Prairie Heights 21.5, Homestead 21, Northridge 21, Fairfield 16, NorthWood 15, Columbia City 11, Madison-Grant 11, Manchester 11, Fort Wayne Snider 10, Bluffton 9, Churubusco 8, Eastern 8, Monroe Central 7, Angola 6, Delta 6, East Noble 4, Southern Wells 4.

Former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is on a mission to make an NFL roster, and he's hoping the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football will help him get there.,Other league venues will be Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) for the Legends, Legion Field for the Iron, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the Express, Spectrum Stadium (University of Central Florida) for the Apollos, Rice-Eccles Stadium (University of Utah) for the Stallions, the Alamodome (University Texas-San Antonio) for the Commanders and SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium) for the Fleet.,The AAF features several well-known coaches, including Steve Spurrier (Orlando), Mike Singletary (Memphis), Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake), Mike Riley (San Antonio) and Mike Martz (San Diego), in addition to Neuheisel.,Despite an impressive showing at the NFL Combine two years ago � where he finished first among quarterbacks in the vertical jump (35.5 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and the 40-yard dash (4.54 seconds) � Knight was not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.,In addition to local stations, TNT will broadcast two games per season (one regular season and a playoff game) and the NFL Network will air two weekly games.

Seminole officials announced this week that the county last year saw revenues from its hotel bed tax jump by nearly 10 percent — to $5.8 million — from 2017.,The facility, off East Lake Mary Boulevard, hosted 64 tournaments last year that brought in about 146,000 visitors — including athletes, coaches and spectators — and generated 17,000 hotel room night stays and $21 million for the local economy, according to county data.,This weekend, for example, more than 5,000 visitors from out of state are expected to come into Seminole for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association tournament at the county’s sports complex.,Before the sports complex was built, most people staying at Seminole’s major hotels along the International Parkway and Lake Mary areas were business travelers, county officials said.,Mary Sue Weinaug, owner of Wekiva Island, estimates that more than half the people that visit her attraction in west Seminole County come from outside the area and are looking to explore a different side of Florida than the theme parks.

Anthony Lynn often said that the Los Angeles Chargers winning six of their final seven games in 2017 helped serve as a springboard to this season's success, which resulted in the team's first postseason berth in five years.,Lynn is hoping Sunday's 41-28 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round can serve the same purpose for next season's group.,After starting 1-2 this season — which included losses to the Chiefs and Rams — Los Angeles won 10 of 11, which included second-half rallies on the road against Pittsburgh and Kansas City.,The loss Sunday to the Patriots marked the first time all season the Chargers lost a road game outside of Los Angeles.,Here are some things to watch as the Chargers begin their offseason:

ONE MORE GAME: Lynn and his staff still have one more game to coach this season. read more

The Professional Disc Golf Association recently announced the 2020 amateur world championships — a five-day competition — will be held at nine courses in Orlando, Clermont and DeBary.,Landing the event is a payoff for investments Orange and Lake counties and other jurisdictions have made to add tournament-caliber courses in parks used for the increasingly popular sport, in which Frisbee-like discs are flung into chain-link baskets.,Champions Pointe is part of the Lake County Disc Golf Trail — six courses with locations in Mount Dora and upcoming sites in Eustis, Umatilla and Leesburg.,Orlando Disc Golf organized the bid with local officials and is hosting the international championship event — a feat that has been in the works for over a decade, according to president Mark Janssen.,The other event sites — Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake in Orlando and River City Nature Park in DeBary — will be spruced up in time before the estimated 800 amateur players arrive for the tournaments.

The Professional Disc Golf Association recently announced the 2020 amateur world championships — a five-day competition — will be held at nine courses in Orlando, Clermont and DeBary.,Landing the event is a payoff for investments Orange and Lake counties and other jurisdictions have made to add tournament-caliber courses in parks used for the increasingly popular sport, in which Frisbee-like discs are flung into chain-link baskets.,Champions Pointe is part of the Lake County Disc Golf Trail — six courses with locations in Mount Dora and upcoming sites in Eustis, Umatilla and Leesburg.,Orlando Disc Golf organized the bid with local officials and is hosting the international championship event — a feat that has been in the works for over a decade, according to president Mark Janssen.,The other event sites — Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake in Orlando and River City Nature Park in DeBary — will be spruced up in time before the estimated 800 amateur players arrive for the tournaments.

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 of his 28 points in the first half, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves take charge from the opening tipoff and breeze by the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers for a 108-86 victory on Sunday, the last game for coach Tom Thibodeau.,RAPTORS 121, PACERS 105

TORONTO (AP) — Norman Powell scored a season-high 23 points, Pascal Siakam had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto snapped Indiana's six-game winning streak.,NETS 117, BULLS 100 read more

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 of his 28 points in the first half, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves take charge from the opening tipoff and breeze by the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers for a 108-86 victory on Sunday, the last game for coach Tom Thibodeau.,RAPTORS 121, PACERS 105

TORONTO (AP) — Norman Powell scored a season-high 23 points, Pascal Siakam had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto snapped Indiana's six-game winning streak.,NETS 117, BULLS 100 read more