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UFC President Dana White yesterday said that a victory by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre on Nov. 17 over interim titleholder Carlos Condit “could set up a superfight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva at Cowboys Stadium.” White said, "We've been talking to (Cowboys Stadium officials) for a while. They're pumped and ready whenever we can bring an event there. They're ready for it.” ESPN.com’s Franklin McNeil noted White has “two other options if a Cowboys Stadium deal can't be finalized,” as he is “looking at Toronto, where Rogers Centre is located, or a soccer stadium in Brazil.” White did not discuss a date for the potential bout (ESPN.com, 11/7).

DEVIL IN THE DETAILS: Duke Univ. football coach David Cutcliffe yesterday said that recently announced renovations to Wallace Wade Stadium will "begin at the end of the 2013 season and be completed before the start of the 2014 season.” Cutcliffe: “We’ll do what Stanford did, and as soon as we finish the last ball game, construction will start. It will require a day and night operation to get it up and running.” In Raleigh, Laura Keeley notes by the time the ‘14 football season starts, the “track will be gone, the field will be lowered, and the façade of the stadium will be bricked in a style that matches the rest of the campus” (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/8).

LIFE'S A BEACH: In Virginia, Aaron Applegate reports the proposal to build a $350M arena near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to attract an NBA team is "moving forward with behind-the-scenes meetings.” Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms said that he “plans to update the City Council on Tuesday.” Virginia Beach Economic Development Dir Warren Harris said that a “representative of an NBA team eyeing a move to Virginia Beach has had meetings in Richmond with Gov. Bob McDonnell and the city.” But Harris “declined to say which team” (Hampton Roads DAILY PRESS, 11/8).
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