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Thomas' Liberty ownership proposal suspended

The WNBA and the Liberty have agreed to suspend Isiah Thomas' ownership application indefinitely. "After further discussion and with the season underway, the WNBA and the New York Liberty have agreed to suspend consideration of Isiah Thomas' application for an ownership interest in the Liberty until further notice," the statement from the WNBA said yesterday. "The process will resume at a future time as determined by the Liberty." Thomas is still the president of the team, and he said at the start of the season that the two positions weren't directly connected.

In 2006, former Knicks president Thomas and the Garden were accused in a sexual harassment case filed by former Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders. In 2007, she was awarded $11.6 million. Thomas maintained his innocence and never was found personally liable.

Yesterday's announcement comes three weeks after the WNBA set up a six-member committee of the league's Board of Governors to evaluate Thomas' partial ownership application. -- APCOLLEGES

Vanderbilt wins College World Series opener

Carson Fulmer combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and Will Toffey's two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the sixth as Vanderbilt (51-19) opened the College World Series finals with a 5-1 victory over Virginia (42-24) in Omaha, Nebraska. The Commodores need a win today or tomorrow to become the seventh team to win back-to-back national titles.HOCKEY

Three Isles preseason games at Barclays

The Islanders kick off their first season in Brooklyn on Sept. 21 with a split-squad preseason game against the Flyers, the first of three preseason games at Barclays Center in an eight-game slate before the 2015-16 regular season begins. The Isles also play at Barclays Center on Sept. 23 against the Devils and Sept. 28 against the Capitals. All three games are 7 p.m. starts. SOCCER

Tweet: Maradona to seek FIFA presidency

A journalist close to Diego Maradona said the retired soccer star has told him he plans to run for president of FIFA. Journalist Victor Hugo Morales said on Twitter that the Argentine soccer legend has confirmed he's a candidate. FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced this month that he is stepping down -- four days after being elected for a fifth four-year presidential term -- amid a U.S. probe into $150 million in bribes allegedly paid to top soccer officials. Maradona's tumultuous personal life would seem to go against the image that soccer's world governing body will want to embrace as it digs out from its worst scandal.


Saratoga meet to open July 24

The $1.25-million Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds on Aug. 29 highlights the 147th meeting at Saratoga Race Course, which runs from Friday, July 24, through Labor Day, Sept. 7. The New York Racing Association hopes the Travers will attract Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, whose next race has not been determined.

The 40-day meet will offer 69 stakes worth $18.7 million in purses, including the $1.25-million Whitney on Aug. 8 and the $600,000 Woodward on closing day. Besides the 11/4-mile Midsummer Derby, the Travers card features five other Grade I stakes: the Sword Dancer, the Personal Ensign, the Forego, the Ballerina and the King's Bishop.

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