New Orleans is among nine cities and regions bidding to host College Football Playoff championship games.

Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Detroit, Minneapolis, South Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Bay Area in California also are vying to host the 2018, '19 and '20 title games. All those sites had been previously reported as intending to bid. New Orleans was the last to jump into the mix.

Minneapolis' bid was submitted Wednesday, after Gov. Mark Dayton announced earlier this month that the state would be competing for the game.

The bid committee will be led by a coalition of local business and community leaders, including Land O'Lakes chief executive Chris Policinksi and Willis of Minnesota CEO Scot Housh.

Former Viking Randall McDaniel and Gophers coach Jerry Kill will also be on the committee.


Former director Byers dies

Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization, died. He was 93.

Byers died Tuesday at his home in Emmett, Kansas, when a urinary tract infection spread into his bloodstream.

A main part of Byers' job when he started as NCAA executive director in 1951 was to help the schools maintain strict control of all revenues the athletes generated.


Sharks will hire DeBoer

The San Jose Sharks will hire former New Jersey and Florida coach Peter DeBoer to replace the departed Todd McLellan. The decision to hire DeBoer ends a lengthy search that started April 20 when the team and McLellan announced that he would not be back for an eighth season in San Jose.

The departure was announced as a mutual agreement and McLellan was later hired as coach in Edmonton.

… Former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's interview for the Sabres' vacancy extended into Wednesday night, though a deal had not been reached.


McDonald arrested again

NFL lineman Ray McDonald was arrested for the second time this week. The Santa Clara Police Department said the former San Francisco 49ers defensive end was arrested Wednesday for violating a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara.

The restraining order was issued after a domestic violence incident Monday in Santa Clara in which the 6-3, 290-pound McDonald allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his former fiancée and their infant.

McDonald was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, but was free on bail. The Chicago Bears released the lineman hours after that arrest.

… The Redskins released guard Chris Chester and cornerback Tracy Porter. The move clears about $6.3 million from their salary cap.

John Siegal, an end who helped the Bears win three NFL titles in the 1940s and was their oldest former player, died. He was 97.


College basketball: Tim Miles received a 21-percent raise that makes him the first Nebraska basketball coach to be paid $2 million a year. Miles was paid $1.65 million last year.

Golf: Mariah Stackhouse rallied to beat Hayley Davis in 19 holes to give Stanford its first NCAA women's golf title, 3-2 over Baylor.

NBA: The New Orleans Pelicans reportedly have interviewed Jeff Van Gundy for the club's vacant head coaching job.

Auto racing: IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was released from the hospital Wednesday, nine days after his wreck during Indy 500 practice left him with a life-threatening leg injury.