- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015


CHICAGO (AP) - The Bulls plan to introduce Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago.

The Bulls said in a release they would make a major announcement on Tuesday.

Hoiberg went 115-56 with the Cyclones, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. He had open-heart surgery in April.

Before flying to Chicago to speak with the Bulls, Hoiberg acknowledged that several NBA teams had approached him about their vacancies in recent years.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Kyrie Irving is resigned to not being 100 percent for the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

The All-Star guard has been kept out of portions of practice in the past few days as he continues to recover from tendinitis in his left knee, a condition that flared up earlier in the postseason and sidelined him from two games in the Eastern Conference finals.

Irving said he’s continued to receive treatment during the break before Game 1, but he sounded less enthused about his progress than last week when he insisted there were “no ifs and or buts” whether he would play.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is one step away from being cleared to play in the NBA Finals.

Thompson returned to practice, a major step in the All-Star shooting guard’s recovery. Thompson said he feels great and is just waiting on final clearance from doctors under the NBA’s concussion protocol to play in Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

So long as Thompson remains symptom free, the team said he will be cleared to play in the finals.

Thompson suffered a concussion after getting kneed in the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza in Golden State’s Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night. Team doctors initially cleared Thompson to return to the game. He ended up not playing, and the team said he started developing symptoms after the game.

MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is going back to the NBA Finals - as an analyst.

The three-time NBA champion will join ABC for pregame and halftime shows during Games 2 and 3 of the Cleveland-Golden State series. Wade also will have the same arrangement for Games 6 and 7 if those games are played.

Wade has played in five NBA Finals, winning titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He and the Heat were in each of the last four title series, and Wade has remained close friends with former Miami teammate LeBron James - who has led the Cavaliers to this year’s finals.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - UAB President Ray Watts said he is bringing the football program back as early as 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive.

Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students and the city as reasons for the change of heart.

He said donors have pledged to make up the projected $17.2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored,. Watts told The Associated Press he decided in the morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend.

In addition to reinstating football, Watts said he was also bringing back bowling and rifle. New athletic director Mark Ingram stopped short of guaranteeing 2016, saying only that the goal is to bring football back as soon as possible.


LONDON (AP) - In the House of Commons, they’re calling for Sepp Blatter’s head. And even inside the FIFA president’s own executive committee, there is the threat of resignation.

A new week has brought new turmoil for soccer’s embattled 79-year-old president and his scandal-tainted governing body, which is in the midst of the worst corruption case in its 111-year history.

While the newly re-elected Blatter seems to be going nowhere despite the arrests and indictments of several soccer officials last week in Zurich, others are calling it quits or threatening to do so.

FIFA medical chief Michel D’Hooghe, the longest-serving member on the executive committee, said he would leave unless there were rapid reforms.

ZURICH (AP) - A report says the high-ranking FIFA official who allegedly made a $10-million payment central to a U.S. probe into soccer corruption is believed to be Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man, Jerome Valcke.

The New York Times reported late Monday that American law enforcement officials believe Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general, transferred the money in 2008 to accounts controlled by Jack Warner, the former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president who faces corruption charges in the U.S. The report cited unidentified law enforcement officials.

American investigators believe the money was paid as a bribe in exchange for Warner and others voting to give the 2010 World Cup to South Africa.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - CONCACAF’s acting general secretary said the organization is cooperating with the U.S. Justice Department while it investigates allegations of corruption in FIFA.

U.S. authorities indicted nine soccer officials on corruption charges last week, including the current and past presidents of the regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Seven men were arrested by Swiss authorities at a luxury hotel in Zurich.

Ted Howard, who became the acting general secretary for CONCACAF on Thursday, said the organization continues to work with the U.S. government.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey general manager Ray Shero has reached into his ties with the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick the Devils’ next head coach, John Hynes, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night.

Shero has chosen the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach to run the once-proud team that has failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

The team plans to introduce the new coach at a news conference Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Hynes has coached the Penguins’ AHL farm team for the past five seasons, making the playoffs each year. He was the AHL’s coach of the year in 2010-11.

New Jersey went 32-36-14 for 78 points this past season, missing the playoffs by 20 points.

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