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Longtime Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle resigns

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(DALLAS) -- Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has informed owner Mark Cuban that he will not be returning to coach the team next season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Carlisle had spent 13 years as the head coach of the Mavericks, coaching them to an NBA title in 2011 against the Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Carlisle had 2 years left on his contract.

Carlisle held the Mavericks' record for most wins by a head coach with 555.

"Rick informed me today [Thursday] about his decision to step down as head coach," said Cuban in a statement. "On top of being a tremendous basketball coach, he was also a friend and a confidant."

"Rick helped us bring the O'Brien Trophy to Dallas and those are memories I will always cherish," he added. "I want to thank Rick for all he gave this franchise and this city. We wish him all the best."

It's the second high-profile departure in recent days for the Mavericks, after General Manager Donnie Nelson was fired earlier this week. That came after sources told ESPN that there Nelson was unhappy with the growing role in the front office of the team's director of quantitative research and development Haralabos Voulgaris.

Nelson had worked 24 seasons with the team and was credited with scouting two of the best players in franchise history: Dirk Nowitzki and current star player, Luka Doncic.

Doncic spoke about Nelson's departure during a media availability for the Slovenian national team Wednesday.

"It was kind of tough to me," Doncic said. "I really like Donnie. I know him since I was a kid and he was the on that drafted me."

"It was tough for me seeing that, but I'm not the one making decisions here," Doncic added.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/16/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Boston 10, Atlanta 8

Detroit 6, Kansas City 5
Chi White Sox 8, Tampa Bay 7
Oakland 8, LA Angels 4
NY Yankees 3, Toronto 2
Cleveland 8, Baltimore 7
Houston 8, Texas 4
Minnesota 7, Seattle 2

St. Louis 1, Miami 0
Cincinnati 2, Milwaukee 1
Colorado 8, San Diego 7
Washington 3, Pittsburgh 1
NY Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 3
San Francisco 13, Arizona 7
Philadelphia 2, LA Dodgers

Atlanta 109, Philadelphia 106 (Atlanta leads series 3-2)
LA Clippers 119, Utah 111 (LA leads series 3-2)

Montreal 3, Vegas 2 (Series tied 1-1)

Los Angeles 85 Phoenix 80

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NBA Star LeBron James tweet's he saw injuries coming


(LOS ANGELES) -- In a tweet thread Wednesday afternoon, Lakers star LeBron James said he knew what was going to happen to players following a shortened off-season. 

The thread comes after news that Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will miss Wednesday's game and possibly more after sustaining a right knee injury during game four. Leonard will become the eighth All-Star this year to miss a playoff game, which is a record according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Simone Biles poses with mom, sister for Athleta 'Power of We' campaign


(NEW YORK) -- Athleta debuted its first major campaign with Simone Biles on Wednesday, and it's centered around those nearest and dearest to her.

The retailer's latest "The Power of We" launch, shot in Biles' hometown of Spring, Texas, captures portraits of the gymnast alongside her mother, sister, teammates and coaches.

It also serves and is symbolic of Athleta's "Power of She" mission to ignite a community of active, healthy and confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential.

Athleta announced Biles as one of its newest ambassadors in April with plans to expand the mission of fostering community, igniting activity and inspiring the next generation to be the best version of themselves.

"I am where I am today because my community has supported me to be my best, most confident self on and off the mat," Biles shared in a statement. "Athleta shares that value of community, and we had so much fun creating this campaign that celebrates the importance of connection and support."

Throughout the campaign images, Biles is seen wearing a cropped Athleta tank and lilac-toned leggings.

The activewear brand tapped some of Biles' community to find out more about the star gymnast, and everyone from her mother to coach had inspiring things to say.

"She has grown to become an amazing young independent lady who still relies on her people," Biles' coach Cecile Landi said in a statement. "She isn't afraid of speaking up, telling her truth and sticking to it to make changes for the better for women all around the world. She is a true role model and inspiration. She is using her power for greater things."

When her mom was asked to share an "insider Simone tip," she revealed that Biles would journal and write down her goals for the rest of the year (long- and short-term) at the beginning of each year when she was younger.

The new "Power of We" campaign starring Biles and her tribe was developed in partnership with creative agency YARD and will appear across Athleta's retail, print, digital and social media platforms.

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NY Rangers hire Gallant as head coach

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(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers have hired Gerrard Gallant as its next head coach. 

"We are excited to announce that Gerard will be the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers," New York Rangers President and General Manager said in a statement. "His vast experience and success behind the bench at several levels make him the ideal choice to lead our team on the ice."

The Rangers fired David Quinn last month after a disappointing year as they finished fifth in the Eastern Division with a 27-23-6 record. 

The Rangers were Quinn's first NHL head coaching job. Before joining New York, he was the head coach at Boston University. Quinn led a rebuilding Ranger team for three years and finished with a 96-87-25 record.

Gallant becomes the 36th head coach in franchise history.

He inherits a young roster with nine players under the age of 24 who played at least 30 games this past season, including the number one overall pick in the 2020 draft, Alexis Lafreniere, and the number two overall pick in 2019, Kappo Kakko.

He has been a head coach for Columbus, Florida, and Vegas and has a 270-216-4-51 record in nine years behind the bench. 

Gallant was the first-ever head coach for Vegas and led them to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural 2017-2018 season. The Golden Knights lost 4-1 to the Capitals. 

He was fired by the team in January 2020.

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Hornets Ball Named NBA Rookie of the Year

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(NEW YORK) -- Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has been named the NBA's Rookie of the Year, sources told ESPN.

Ball averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds this season. He missed 21 games because of a broken wrist. 

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards and Sacramento Kings forward Tyrese Haliburton were also finalists, according to ESPN.

The Hornets finished in tenth place in the Eastern Conference and lost to Indiana in the NBA Playoff Play-In Tournament.  

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Wizards head coach Scott Brooks out after contract negotiations failed

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(WASHINGTON) -- Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is out after the two sides could not come to a new contract agreement, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Brooks's contract expired at the end of the season.

The Wizards finished with a 34-38 record and made the playoffs through the NBA Play-In Tournament but lost to Philadelphia in the first round. 

Brooks led the team for five years and finished with a 183-207 record. 

After Washington lost in the first round, general manager Tommy Shepard praised Brooks for navigating the year.

"Scotty did a hell of a job keeping this team together," Shepard said. "This is some of the most difficult dark moments probably in franchise history."

According to ESPN, Washington was shut down for nine days in January and went 13 days between games after seven players entered the NBA's health and safety protocols. 

Washington is the sixth head coaching opening in the NBA and the second on Wednesday. New Orleans head coach Stan Van Gundy was also out of a job. Boston, Indiana, Orlando, and Portland are also looking for new head coaches.

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Clippers Star Kawhi Leonard out for Wednesday's game, could miss more

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz with a knee injury and could miss the rest of the series, according to ESPN.

Leonard sustained the injury late in Monday night's game. He grabbed a defensive rebound and started a fast break up the court, before driving the lane and coming on hobbling after planting his right knee at the foul line. He then jogged a few steps, then bent over grabbed the knee.

He stayed in for a little while but did not finish the game. 

"I'm good," Leonard responded when asked after the game about the knee. "Next question."

Leonard has dealt with a knee injury in the past, most notably a torn right quad in 2017 that forced him to miss all but nine games with the San Antonio Spurs. 

Source's told ESPN, Leonard informed teammates he'd miss Wednesday's game on Tuesday. 

The Clippers and Jazz are tied at two in the Western Conference Semi-Final. 

Leonard has averaged 27.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the series.

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Phoenix Star Chris Paul placed in NBA health and safety protocols

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(PHOENIX) -- Suns guard Chris Paul has been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols and is out indefinitely, sources confirmed to ESPN's Malika Andrews. 

Paul could miss some or all of the NBA Western Conference Finals against either the Clippers or Jazz, which are scheduled to start next week.

Phoenix swept Denver in the semifinals with Paul leading the way in Game Four, scoring 37 points in the 125-118 win. 

According to ESPN, if Paul is vaccinated, he could face a shorter absence than if unvaccinated. 

The Athletic first reported the news.

The health and safety protocols were put into place by the NBA to handle all-matter involving the coronavirus. In March, the league relaxed some protocols once players and coaches started receiving the vaccine, according to ESPN.


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Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy out after one year

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(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy is out after one year with the team, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pelicans finished with a 31-41 record and missed the NBA Playoff Play-In tournament by two games.

According to Wojnarowski, Van Gundy and Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffin have talked consistently since the end of the season.

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Jokic, Antetokounmpo, Curry among players selected for All-NBA First Team


(NEW YORK) -- The 2020-21 All-NBA teams were announced by the league Tuesday night.

Among the five players who were named to the first team were Denver Nuggets Center Nikola Jokić, the league’s MVP, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who led the NBA in scoring this season, and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo was the only player to receive first team votes on all 100 ballots, while Jokić received 99 first team votes and Curry got 98 votes.

The selection marked Antetokounmpo’s third straight first team selection, while Jokić made the team for the second time in the last three seasons and Curry made it for the fourth time in his career.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard round out the rest of the first team. Dončić received the honor for the second season in a row, while Leonard was voted to the first team for the third time.

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/15/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


Boston 10, Atlanta 8

Cleveland 7, Baltimore 2
NY Yankees 6, Toronto 5
Chi White Sox 3, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit 4, Kansas City 3
Houston 6, Texas 3
Oakland 6, LA Angels 4
Seattle 10, Minnesota 0

Final Washington 8 Pittsburgh 1
NY Mets 3, Chi Cubs 2
St. Louis 2, Miami 1
Cincinnati 2, Milwaukee 1
Colorado 8, San Diego 4
San Francisco 9, Arizona 8
LA Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 3

Brooklyn 114, Milwaukee 108 (Brooklyn leads series 3-2)

Final Tampa Bay 4, NY Islanders 2 (Series tied 1-1)

Seattle 87, Indiana 70
Chicago 105, Minnesota 89
Las Vegas 100, New York 78

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American women's 1500 meter track record holder, Shelby Houlihan, banned over pork

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(NEW YORK) -- Just days before the U.S. Olympic track and field trials begin, Shelby Houlihan, the American record holder in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs, announced on Instagram that she has been banned for four years because of a positive test for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

In the post, the 2016 Olympian said she was notified on Jan. 14 from the Athletics Integrity Unit, an independent body created by World Athletics that manages integrity issues in the sport, that a sample she provided on Dec. 15, 2020, came back as an "adverse analytical finding" for the steroid and she was subject to an immediate provisional suspension.


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Houlihan said she had never heard of the drug and subsequently found out from the World Anti-Doping Agency that eating pork can lead to a false positive since certain types of pigs have a naturally high level of nandrolone, which a study published in Drug Testing and Analysis last year confirmed.

"In the following 5 days after being notified, I put together a food log of everything that I consumed the week of that December 15th test," she wrote. "We concluded that the most likely explanation was a burrito purchased and consumed approximately 10 hours before that drug test from an authentic Mexican food truck that serves pig offal near my house in Beaverton, Oregon."

She said despite studies showing her levels were consistent with subjects who tested positive in the same time frame and WADA guidelines requiring the lab to consider it, the lab that was used never considered the possibility.

Houlihan detailed that she spoke with experts, took a polygraph test and sent in a hair sample to a top toxicologist to prove her innocence.

"WADA agreed that test proved that there was no build-up of this substance in my body, which there would have been if I were taking it regularly," she wrote.

Houlihan appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), citing her evidence, but on June 11, she said, her explanation was not accepted and she was suspended for four years.

"I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed by the very sport that I’ve loved and poured myself into just to see how good I was," she wrote.

In a press release announcing Houlihan's "anti-doping rule violation," the CAS said she failed to establish the origin of the nandrolone, specifically 19-norandrosterone (19NA) and therefore is subject to a four-year period of ineligibility starting Jan. 14, 2021.

"The CAS Panel unanimously determined that Shelby Houlihan had failed, on the balance of probability, to establish the source of the prohibited substance," according to the release.

Jerry Schumacher, Houlihan's coach at Bowerman Track Club, defended her in a statement.

"Shelby was treated unfairly at every step of this process," he wrote. "The AIU refused to charge her for months, despite no additional evidence being presented, opting to leave her in a provisionally suspended state until they were forced by Shelby’s legal team to charge her and agree to a hearing before the CAS so that Shelby could compete at the Olympic Trials. I believe if this had been USADA handling her case it would have been handled differently. At the very least, I’m confident she would have been treated fairly."

Shalane Flanagan -- former 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist and Houlihan's coach and former teammate -- said cheating is not who Houlihan is.

"With every fiber of my being I know Shelby did not cheat and would never," Flanagan said in a statement. "All Shelby has ever wanted to find out in every workout, every race is: How good can she be? We are living a nightmare that we can’t seem to wake up from and my concern is that if this tragedy can happen to us then it can happen to you: coaches and athletes.”

number of teammates have also backed Houlihan. 

"I respect and support the fight to catch athletes who are cheating and doping, but taking down innocent athletes in the process is not a system I can stand for," long distance runner Karissa Schweizer wrote.

Houlihan would have been ranked first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:54.99, and 11th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:02.55, according to Flotrack, heading into the United States Olympic Track trials, which begin on Friday.

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Report: MLB to crack down on foreign substances


(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball players have reportedly been briefed on a new policy change. The league is expected to announce Tuesday that any player caught with any foreign substance will be suspended for 10 days with pay, ESPN reports.

This is an effort to minimize the widespread use of grip enhancers by pitchers throughout the sport, sources familiar with the plans told ESPN. 

The foreign substances in question range from a sunscreen-and-rosin combination to Spider Tack, an industrial glue that helps pitchers generate more spin on the ball.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/14/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Boston 2, Toronto 1
Cleveland 4, Baltimore 3
Tampa Bay 5, Chi White Sox 2
Detroit 10, Kansas City 3
Oakland 8, LA Angels 5
Seattle 4, Minnesota 3

Washington 3, Pittsburgh 2
NY Mets 5, Chi Cubs 2
Colorado 3, San Diego 2
St. Louis, 4 Miami 2
Cincinnati 10, Milwaukee 2
San Francisco 5, Arizona 2
LA Dodgers 3, Philadelphia 1

Atlanta 103, Philadelphia 100 (Series tied 2-2)
LA Clippers 118, Utah 104 (Series tied 2-2)

Vegas 4, Montreal 1 (Vegas leads series 1-0)

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