- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2011


Bulls’ Thibodeau is named NBA’s coach of the year

DEERFIELD, ILL. | Tom Thibodeau waited about two decades to become an NBA head coach. It didn’t take him long to be recognized as one of the best once he got the chance.

Thibodeau is the NBA’s Coach of the Year after leading the Chicago Bulls to 62 wins in his first season to tie a league record set by Paul Westphal.

The Chicago Tribune first reported Thibodeau’s selection, which was no surprise the way the Bulls dominated during the regular season.

Thibodeau received 475 points and 76 first-place votes from a media panel. Philadelphia’s Doug Collins got 18 first-place votes and 210 points, and Gregg Popovich of San Antonio finished third.

An NBA assistant for about two decades, Thibodeau finally got his chance to lead a team after spending three seasons working for Doc Rivers in Boston.

He replaced the fired Vinny Del Negro in June, and with a rebuilt roster and an emphasis on defense, the Bulls breezed to a 62-20 mark that matched their best record since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen completed their second championship three-peat at the end of the 1997-98 season.


Astros OF Lee carted off field after collision with teammate

HOUSTON | Houston Astros left fielder Carlos Lee has been carted off the field after he was injured in a collision with shortstop Angel Sanchez.

Lee was taken to a hospital for X-rays on the left side of his ribcage.

Both players were chasing Mark Kotsay’s pop-fly double in the seventh inning Sunday against Milwaukee when Sanchez crashed into Lee, sliding knee-first into his abdomen.

Lee, who remained on the ground for several minutes while trainers attended to him, hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning. The Astros won 5-0.


Braves coach McDowell suspended for two weeks

ATLANTA | Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended for two weeks without pay Sunday by Major League Baseball for inappropriate comments and gestures he made toward fans before a game in San Francisco. The suspension is retroactive to Friday, when McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Braves.

McDowell, who also was fined an undisclosed amount for the April 23 incident, will be required to complete sensitivity training and will have to apologize directly to the fans involved.


May-Treaonor injured in Chinese tournament

SANYA, CHINA | Two-time Olympic champion Misty May-Treanor was injured during an international tournament in China on Saturday, forcing her and teammate Kerri Walsh to withdraw.

Walsh told Xinhua News that May-Treanor injured her left knee. May-Treanor’s agent, Thomas McCarthy, said she was flying home Sunday and would be checked out by doctors in California on Monday.

In 2008, May-Treanor tore her left Achilles’ tendon while rehearsing for “Dancing with the Stars” after the Beijing Olympics.

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