Sports team management changes

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, South Florida's new football coach, Charlie Strong, smiles during a news conference in Tampa, Fla. A judge presiding over the first appearance of a South Florida football player accused of sexual battery not only had harsh words for the athlete in court, but challenged Strong's leadership of the program. Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor of Hillsborough County told defensive end LaDarrius Jackson during a hearing Wednesday, May 3, 2017, that she is a USF graduate who's ``embarrassed and ashamed'' in the wake of two separate arrests involving members of the team since March. (Andres Leiva/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)
May 03, 2017 - 8:00 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A judge presiding over the first appearance of a South Florida football player charged with sexual battery not only had harsh words for the athlete in court, but questioned whether new coach Charlie Strong is a good fit for the program. Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor of...
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Larry Bird speaks after resigning from his position as Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations during a news conference Monday, May 1, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
May 01, 2017 - 2:32 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird made the decision last year. After nearly 40 years in the NBA, he had started plotting an exit strategy. The 60-year-old Hall-of-Famer finally told the rest of the world Monday: He was stepping down as Indiana's president of basketball operations, turning the reins...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird watches the warm up for Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, in Washington. Bird is stepping down as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, a stunningly abrupt move even for an NBA legend known for making swift decisions. Bird made the call on Friday, April 28, 2017, and general manager Kevin Pritchard will be elevated to take his place, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 01, 2017 - 11:06 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird made it official Monday, resigning as the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations and saying simply that it was time to do something else. "I felt it was time to step away in a full-time capacity," Bird said in a statement released ahead of a news...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley reacts to a question about the future of the team during a news conference at the Ralph Wilson Media Center in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Buffalo Bills fired Whaley in a move that came a day after the NFL draft, and further solidifies rookie head coach Sean McDermott's control over the team. Team owner Terry Pegula announced the move Sunday, April 30, 2017, saying he reached the decision after a lengthy review of the team. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)
April 30, 2017 - 4:21 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Whether it was sitting together in a golf cart watching training camp or sharing dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant, Bills owner Terry Pegula and general manager Doug Whaley were nearly inseparable last summer. Some nine months later, their professional relationship...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley reacts to a question about the future of the team during a news conference at the Ralph Wilson Media Center in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Buffalo Bills fired Whaley in a move that came a day after the NFL draft, and further solidifies rookie head coach Sean McDermott's control over the team. Team owner Terry Pegula announced the move Sunday, April 30, 2017, saying he reached the decision after a lengthy review of the team. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)
April 30, 2017 - 12:33 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — First Rex Ryan, now Doug Whaley. Bills owner Terry Pegula completed an offseason front-office purge by firing Whaley, his general manager, and the team's entire scouting staff on Sunday, a day after completing the NFL draft. Though pleased with the collaborative effort...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley reacts to a question about the future of the team during a news conference at the Ralph Wilson Media Center in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Buffalo Bills fired Whaley in a move that came a day after the NFL draft, and further solidifies rookie head coach Sean McDermott's control over the team. Team owner Terry Pegula announced the move Sunday, April 30, 2017, saying he reached the decision after a lengthy review of the team. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)
April 30, 2017 - 9:07 am
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have fired general manager Doug Whaley one day after the end of the NFL draft, a move that further solidifies rookie head coach Sean McDermott's control over the team. Team owner Terry Pegula said Sunday he and his wife, Kim, reached the decision after a...
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April 25, 2017 - 3:31 am
UNC-NCAA-PUBLIC RECORDS Bill addressing UNC school records on athletic groups OK'd RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A measure affirming documents held by University of North Carolina system schools about their member athletic organizations — like the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference — are public records has...
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John Stevens, right, and Los Angeles Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake pose during Stevens' introduction as the Kings new head coach at a news conference at the NHL hockey club's home at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, April 24, 2017. Stevens has most recently served as the club's Associate Head Coach. He has been part of the Kings coaching staff the past seven seasons. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
April 24, 2017 - 8:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Stevens spent the past seven seasons as Darryl Sutter's assistant coach while the Los Angeles Kings rose to two Stanley Cup titles and then slipped to three straight disappointing seasons. Stevens is moving into the top job with no plans to upend the system in which he...
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April 24, 2017 - 5:47 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — College of Charleston men's basketball coach Earl Grant has signed a new five-year contract that ties him to the school through the 2022 season. The school's athletic director, Matt Roberts, announced the deal Monday. Grant has gone 51-48 in three seasons with the Cougars...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens stands behind his bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings will name Stevens their next head coach. Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as a Kings assistant and then associate coach for the past eight seasons, which included two Stanley Cups. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
April 23, 2017 - 12:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have promoted associated head coach John Stevens to become their next head coach. Kings spokesman Mike Altieri said the team will introduce Stevens at a news conference Monday. Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as an assistant to two Kings head...
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