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Sources: Saunders to return to bench to coach Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS – With the Minnesota Timberwolves organization shrouded in uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of star forward Kevin Love, Flip Saunders is returning to the bench to try revive a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in 10 years.
With the team’s coaching search complicated by Love’s status, the Timberwolves decided the best course of action was to have Saunders, who was hired last season as president of basketball operations, step in for a second stint as coach until the situation stabilized, two people with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press yesterday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the move. A news conference was scheduled for today.
Saunders previously coached the Timberwolves from 1995-2005. He won 411 games in 10½ seasons in Minnesota and guided the Wolves to the only eight playoff appearances in franchise history, including the Western Conference finals in 2004. He has a career record of 638-526 in 16 seasons as an NBA head coach, a career that also includes stops in Detroit and Washington.
Elway’s son pleads not guilty to assaulting woman in Denver
DENVER – Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway, pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and pulled her from a car by her hair.
Court records show 24-year-old John Albert Elway entered the plea on Wednesday. He was charged with assault and disturbing the peace after the Saturday incident near a college campus in downtown Denver.
Police reports show Elway’s girlfriend told officers he shoved her to the ground when she tried to get back into the car, causing scrapes.
The plice say Elway then fled the scene. He is free after posting $550 bond.
A trial is scheduled for August.
Colts owner Irsay’s license suspended for refusing test
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – A court suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s driver’s license for one year following his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
The Indianapolis Star reported that recently released documents in Hamilton County confirm the license suspension effective starting May 27. The police and prosecutors have declined to discuss the case.
Irsay refused a blood test after his March 16 arrest in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. Indiana law requires a one-year license suspension for refusing such a test. The police later obtained a warrant ordering Irsay to submit to a blood draw.
Irsay faces a June 19 initial hearing on two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving. A probable cause affidavit said Irsay was driving under the influence of powerful painkillers.
Astros draft California high school lefty Aiken at No. 1
SECAUCUS, N.J. – The Houston Astros selected California high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
The fireballing left-hander from San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School is just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall, joining fellow lefties Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees) and David Clyde (1973, Rangers).
Aiken is also the first high school lefty to be drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002.
With the 26th and 33rd picks, the Red Sox selected infielder Michael Chavis out of Sprayberry High in Marietta, Ga., and right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech out of Mount Pleasant High in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
The draft, which is held over three days and 40 rounds, started last night with the first two rounds at MLB Network Studio.
Lyles goes on disabled list with fractured left hand
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Jordan Lyles on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand.
Lyles broke a bone just below the knuckle of his middle finger when he tried to tag out Martin Prado at home after a wild pitch in the first inning Wednesday night. Lyles stayed in the game, but had to use two hands to catch the ball when it was thrown back to him. He finally left after the fourth inning.
The 23-year-old Lyles is 5-1 this season with a 3.52 ERA.
Kentucky gives Coach Calipari seven-year, $52.5 million deal
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky gave Coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons.
Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and is coming off his third Final Four appearance, a 60-54 title-game loss to Connecticut in April. He has often been rumored as a potential coaching candidate for NBA coaching openings, most recently this spring with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Crane shoots 7-under 63 for lead at suspended St. Jude
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ben Crane shot a 7-under 63 yesterday at TPC at Southwind to take the lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.
Crane took advantage of a 3 1/2-hour delay that left nearly perfect scoring conditions with no wind and rain-softened greens. He had five of his seven birdies on his final nine, the last a few minutes before play was suspended because of darkness.
Sixty players were unable to finish the round.
Peter Malnati shot a 65, and Billy Horschel also was 5 under with two holes left to play.
Retief Goosen and Joe Durant each had a 66, and Phil Mickelson opened with a 67.
Wie, defending champ Park share LPGA lead at 6-under 65
WATERLOO, Ontario – Michelle Wie and defending champion Hee Young Park shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65 yesterday in the Manulife Financial Classic at windswept Grey Silo.
Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, birdied three of the last four holes in her morning round. She’s seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Park had a bogey-free round in the afternoon. Last year, the South Korean player beat Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole after they finished at 26-under 258 to match the tour record for lowest total score.
China’s Shanshan Feng was a stroke back, and countrywoman Xi Yu Lin matched Cristie Kerr with a 67.
Gee, Lundberg share 1-stroke lead at Lyoness Open
ATZENBRUGG, Austria – England’s Adam Gee and Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg shot 5-under 67 to share a one-stroke lead on a windy and cloudy opening day of the Lyoness Open yesterday.
Starting on the back nine, Gee eagled the par-4 14th hole but bogeyed the 18th before carding three birdies on the front nine.
Lundberg hit six birdies and lost a stroke on the par-3 second. The Swede, who came through the European Tour Qualifying School for a third straight year, is looking for his first title since winning the Russian Open for a second time in 2008.
The pair led a group of four that finished at 4 under, including Wales’s Rhys Davies, England’s Richard Finch and Mattew Baldwin, and American Berry Henson.