Montana Tech football opens season with Thursday night game 

The Montana Tech Orediggers will open the 2017 football season at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 against the Carroll College Saints at Alumni Coliseum in the Copper Game. 

Tech's last last night game was the 2014 home opener against Montana State Northern. It is the first Thursday night home opener for the Orediggers since 2010. 

Since the beginning of 2015, the 'Diggers are 12-0 at home. Coach Chuck Morrell has guided Montana Tech to a 23-12 record. 

NFL salary cap for 2017 season is $167 million, up $12 million

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL salary cap for the upcoming season will be $167 million per team, up more than $12 million over last year.

The league and the NFL Players Association compile the cap from specific revenues, and it has risen annually. It was $143.28 million two years ago.

This is the fourth consecutive year the cap has risen at least $10 million.

Player benefits also are included under the 10-year labor agreement reached to end the 2011 lockout. That comes to $37 million per team, bringing the players' total compensation package to over $200 million per club for the first time.

Since 2011, the cap has increased by $47 million.

Also, 2017 is the first year of a four-season minimum spending period of 89 percent per club and 95 percent leaguewide.

Budapest assembly passes motion to withdraw 2024 Olympic bid

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budapest's assembly has approved a motion to withdraw the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Wednesday's decision leaves Los Angeles and Paris as the only remaining candidates. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September.

Budapest's decision to withdraw came after a new political group appeared to have successfully gathered enough signatures to force a city-wide referendum on the bid. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government said the change of heart by opposition politicians who earlier supported the bid had shattered consensus on the issue.

Political analysts said holding the referendum and keeping the issue on the agenda for months did not favor Orban's plans to seek a fourth term in elections scheduled for April 2018.

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