From FIFA to field hockey, Weil takes on new event challenge

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Launching a new global competition into a packed sports calendar, field hockey's governing body hired the former top salesman at FIFA to oversee it.

On Saturday, Thierry Weil will be in Valencia as the International Hockey Federation CEO to see Spain host top-ranked world champion Belgium in the first men's game of the FIH Pro League.

Over six months, nine national teams in each of the men's and women's leagues will play home-and-away fixtures to qualify for finals tournaments in the Netherlands. The women start on Jan. 26 when Argentina hosts Belgium.

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):

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Coyotes win 6-3 to stop Sharks' 7-game streak

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona has lost its No. 1 goalie for the season and several regulars to significant injuries. But the Coyotes have not lost their fight.

Christian Fischer had a goal and an assist, Richard Panik scored Arizona's 12th short-handed goal of the season and the Coyotes snapped San Jose's seven-game winning streak Wednesday night with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks. (MORE)

Chiasson scores in shootout, Oilers outlast Canucks 3-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Ken Hitchcock wants Oilers fans to brace for a wild ride.

Edmonton's coach thinks games will get tighter throughout the second half of the season and look more like his team's 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout Wednesday night. (MORE)

Coyotes win 6-3 to stop Sharks' 7-game streak

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona has lost its No. 1 goalie for the season and several regulars to significant injuries. But the Coyotes have not lost their fight.

Christian Fischer had a goal and an assist, Richard Panik scored Arizona's 12th short-handed goal of the season and the Coyotes snapped San Jose's seven-game winning streak Wednesday night with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks. (MORE)

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