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Montana Tech men's basketball signs six recruits 

The Montana Tech Orediggers men's basketball program announced the signing of six recruits Wednesday. There are five high school players and a junior college transfer who will join the 'Diggers next winter. 

Out of the six recruits, five of them are from Montana. They include forward Taylor England from Helena High School, forward Will Mytty from Sentinel High School, guard Drew Huse from Bozeman High School and guard Christian Jones from Laurel High School. The fifth player from Montana is Gavin McPherson, who is originally from Glendive and is transferring from Dawson Community College. 

Tech's sixth recruit is two-time Idaho All-State guard Nick Fitts. Fitts was named the Idaho Press Player of the Year and is from Caldwell. 

Butte Central winter athletes recognized for academics 

There were 32 Butte Central Maroons student athletes who were recognized as academic all-state winners on Wednesday. 

The awards are given to athletes and cheerleaders who earn a varsity letter and obtain a 3.5 or better grade point average during that sport. Out of the 32 students, 25 had a 4.0 GPA. 

AP source: Stars bring back Hitchcock as coach

A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Ken Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team hadn't announced the hire.

Hitchcock won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, coaching there for parts of seven seasons from 1995-96 through 2001-02. He has since coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.

The 65-year-old was fired as Blues coach in February and replaced by Mike Yeo. Even before that, St. Louis announced it was Hitchcock's final season there and that Yeo would take over.

Hitchcock replaces Lindy Ruff, who was fired Monday after four seasons in Dallas. The Stars missed the playoffs this year after winning the Central Division last season.

Turkey considering bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country is considering a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in the eastern provinces of Erzurum, Erzincan and Kars.

Erdogan made the announcement Wednesday during a campaign rally in Erzurum ahead of a referendum on strengthening the powers of the president.

Erdogan says "the Winter Games would suit Erzurum ... We are making preparations for such a bid for 2026."

Although Turkey has made several attempts to host the Summer Olympics, it would be the country's first bid for the Winter Games.

Erzurum previously hosted the World University Games in 2011.

In 2013, Istanbul lost to Tokyo in the vote for the 2020 Summer Olympics.


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