In Brief | Nation and World Nov. 14


Pele recovering from surgery in Brazil

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian hospital says Pele is in good condition after surgery.

The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not release details, but local media said Tuesday that the soccer great had a hip operation.

The hospital said it can only disclose additional information with the consent of Pele’s family.

Globo TV said he is expected to be released Wednesday. It wasn’t clear when he was admitted.

Pele, who won three World Cup titles with Brazil and scored nearly 1,300 career goals, turned 72 in October.

Big East will have East and West divisions

CHICAGO — The new Big East will have a West Division, and Temple, located in Philadelphia, will be part of it.

The conference revealed its divisional alignment Tuesday for the 2013 football season, when it becomes a 12-team league. The announcement came after the Big East presidents approved the plan at a meeting in Chicago.

The East will have Central Florida, South Florida, Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. The West will have Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple.

Navy will join the Big East for football only in 2015, and the conference plans to add another football member to reach 14.

Va. Beach mayor: Price to lure team unknown

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The mayor of Virginia Beach said Tuesday that he’s met with the owner of a professional sports team who is interested in moving a franchise to the city, but that the team hasn’t said how much public money it would take for that to happen.

Virginia Beach is considering building an arena near the oceanfront in hopes of attracting an NBA or NHL team. While no details have been completed, officials in the state’s largest city anticipate the arena would likely cost about $350 million and have 18,500 seats. If it could attract a franchise, it would the only major pro sports team in Virginia, which backers say would fill a major void in the region.

Stern estimates NBA revenue up 20 percent

NEW YORK — NBA Commissioner David Stern estimates revenue will be a record $5 billion in the current season, an increase of about 20 percent from the league’s last full season in 2010-11.

Speaking Tuesday at Beyond Sport United, a gathering of global team, league and industry executives at Yankee Stadium that focuses on social responsibility. Stern said NBA expansion to Europe is probably at least a decade away and that it likely would make sense to add several clubs there at once.

Bobcats trade G Carroll to Hornets for F Warrick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats acquired forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets for guard Matt Carroll on Tuesday.

In 499 games over eight NBA seasons with five teams, the 6-foot-9 Warrick has averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds with a .494 field goal percentage.

“We are very excited to add a player of Hakim’s ability and overall NBA experience,” Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said. “His athleticism allows him to play multiple positions, which will make for a smooth transition into our current roster and style of play under coach Mike Dunlap.”

Warrick played in only one game this season after being acquired by the Hornets in July.

Carroll, a nine-year NBA veteran, hasn’t been in Charlotte’s rotation.

Vonn being tested for ‘severe intestinal pain’

Lindsey Vonn remained hospitalized in Colorado on Tuesday with “severe intestinal pain” that has been affecting her for the past two weeks.

Vonn’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email that the four-time overall World Cup champion was “awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain.”

Vonn’s ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, told The Associated Press that this isn’t the first time the racer has gone to the hospital in Vail.

AP Interview: Tennis mulls anti-doping step

PARIS — Tennis is considering whether to adopt blood-testing measures used by cycling and track to catch drug cheats.

Biological passport programs in cycling and in track and field monitor athletes’ blood readings over time for possible tell-tale indications of doping. The federations for those sports, the UCI and the IAAF, have used evidence of doping gathered from these programs to ban athletes and target others for more testing.

Stuart Miller told The Associated Press in a phone interview, “it would be nice” if tennis can establish such a system in 2013.

By wire sources