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Chiefs pro­mote Veach to GM

It only took Brett Veach a decade to go from work­ing as an as­sis­tant to Andy Reid in Philadel­phia to stand­ing along­side the Kansas City Chiefs’ coach as their gen­eral man­ager. The Chiefs an­nounced Mon­day they had pro­moted their co- di­rec­tor of player per­son­nel to the top job in the front of­fice. Veach takes over for John Dorsey, who was let go af­ter four years de­spite tak­ing the once-down­trod­den fran­chise from two wins prior to his ar­rival to an AFC West ti­tle last sea­son. Veach was an in­stru­men­tal part of that rise, though, help­ing Dorsey to iden­tify and ac­quire the kind of tal­ent that has pro­duced three play­off ap­pear­ances in four years. “Brett has a sharp foot­ball mind, a tremen­dous work ethic and a keen eye for find­ing tal­ent,” Chiefs chair­man Clark Hunt said in a state­ment. The Chiefs will in­tro­duce Veach dur­ing a news con­fer­ence July 24, the same day rook­ies and se­lect vet­er­ans be­gin to re­port to Mis­souri Western for the start of train­ing camp.

Lawyers: Suit ‘money grab’

Lawyers for Ten­nessee Ti­tans wide re­ceiver Ta­jae Sharpe and of­fen­sive line­man Se­bas­tian Tre­tola (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) said a law­suit filed against their clients is a “bla­tant money grab.” Dante Sat­ter­field said in a law­suit filed ear­lier this year that Sharpe as­saulted him in an al­ley be­hind a bar the first night of the NFL draft while Tre­tola acted as a look­out. In a re­sponse filed Fri­day, lawyers for Sharpe and Tre­tola say that Sat­ter­field was “fol­low­ing, ha­rass­ing and pick­ing a fight” with them “and then cry­ing foul when they have no choice but to de­fend them­selves.” In his com­plaint, Sat­ter­field said he suf­fered a con­cus­sion, bro­ken bones in his face and a per­fo­rated eardrum. Sharpe and Tre­tola want the com­plaint to be dis­missed with prej­u­dice.


Re­view con­firms scor­ing

An in­de­pen­dent re­view of the scor­ing in Manny Pac­quiao’s con­tentious WBO wel­ter­weight world ti­tle loss to Jeff Horn has con­firmed the out­come in fa­vor of the Aus­tralian for­mer schoolteacher. A Philip­pines gov­ern­ment de­part­ment asked the WBO to re­view the ref­er­ee­ing and the judg­ing of the so-called “Bat­tle of Bris­bane” in Aus­tralia on July 2 af­ter Horn, fight­ing for his first world ti­tle, won a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion against Pac­quiao, an 11-time world cham­pion. In a state­ment late Mon­day, the WBO said three of the five in­de­pen­dent judges who re­viewed the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pac­quiao and one scored a draw. WBO Pres­i­dent Francisco Val­car­cel asked the judges, who came from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and re­mained anony­mous, to as­sign their own scores to rounds, say­ing the re­sults would be tab­u­lated to as­cer­tain which rounds each fighter won us­ing an av­er­age scale based on 100, 80 and 60 per­cent. Based on the anal­y­sis, the WBO said Pac­quiao won the 3rd, 8th and 9th round by 100 per­cent, the 5th round by 80 per­cent and the 11th by 60 per­cent. Horn was given the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 per­cent, the 2nd, 4th and 7th by 80 per­cent and the 10th by 60 per­cent. Pac­quiao had a re­match clause in his rich con­tract for the fight, and spec­u­lat­ing is mount­ing about an­other show­down in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber.


Kings sign Carter

The Sacra­mento Kings have signed guard Vince Carter, the team an­nounced Mon­day. Carter, who en­tered the league with the Toronto Rap­tors in 1998, is join­ing his sev­enth team. He played the last three sea­sons in Mem­phis, where he av­er­aged 8 points and 1.8 as­sists per game last sea­son. Carter, 40, ranks 27th all-time in points scored (24,555), fifth in three-point­ers (2,049) and 13th in games played (1,347). Carter set records for a player 40 and over last sea­son, pass­ing Michael Jor­dan as the old­est to score 20 points off the bench at 39 years and 287 days against Den­ver on Nov. 8, only to sur­pass the mark six days later with 20 points at Utah.

Griz­zlies, Evans agree

The Mem­phis Griz­zlies have signed guard Tyreke Evans. The Griz­zlies an­nounced the sign­ing Mon­day. Terms of the deal weren’t dis­closed. Evans, who played col­le­giately at Mem­phis, split last sea­son be­tween the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans and Sacra­mento Kings. The 6-foot6 guard av­er­aged 10.3 points, 3.4 re­bounds and 3.1 as­sists in 40 games. Evans, 27, has av­er­aged 16.1 points. 4.8 re­bounds and 5.1 as­sists over his eight-year NBA ca­reer. He was named the 2009-2010 NBA rookie of the year. Griz­zlies Gen­eral Man­ager Chris Wal­lace said in a news re­lease that “Tyreke has proven his tal­ent through­out his NBA ca­reer as both a scorer and play­maker, and we are pleased to add a player of his ver­sa­til­ity to the Griz­zlies.”

AAC Tour­na­ment in Mem­phis

The Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence will hold its 2019 men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at Mem­phis’ FedEx Fo­rum. The FedEx Fo­rum is the home floor for the Uni­ver­sity of Mem­phis and the NBA’s Mem­phis Griz­zlies. The FedEx Fo­rum was the site of the Amer­i­can’s in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment in 2014. ESPN will pro­vide tele­vi­sion and dig­i­tal cov­er­age of the tour­na­ment. The 2018 tour­na­ment will take place March 8-11 at the Amway Cen­ter in Or­lando, Fla.


Rangers name Ruff as­sis­tant

The New York Rangers have hired long­time NHL head coach Lindy Ruff as an as­sis­tant to Alain Vigneault. The Rangers an­nounced the hire Mon­day. Ruff, 57, was a head coach for al­most 19 sea­sons, com­pil­ing a record of 736-55478-125. He ranks fourth among head coaches in reg­u­lar-sea­son games coached, trail­ing Scotty Bow­man, Al Ar­bour and Joel Quen­neville. Ruff coached the Buf­falo Sabres for parts of 15 sea­sons (1997-1998 to 2012-2013). He led the Sabres to the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal in 1998-1999 and won the Jack Adams Award in 2005-2006. Ruff also coached the Dal­las Stars for four sea­sons (20132014 to 2016-2017).

Tur­geon added to Kings’ staff

The Los An­ge­les Kings have hired Pierre Tur­geon for his first job as an as­sis­tant coach. Kings Coach John Stevens com­pleted his staff Mon­day. Tur­geon, 47, will fo­cus on im­prov­ing the Kings’ of­fen­sive play, Gen­eral Man­ager Rob Blake said. Los An­ge­les fin­ished 24th in the NHL last sea­son with 199 goals. Tur­geon was a de­pend­able scorer dur­ing 19 NHL sea­sons with six fran­chises, record­ing 1,327 points in 1,294 games be­fore re­tir­ing in 2007. The cen­ter ranks 38th in league his­tory with 515 goals. Tur­geon joins Dave Lowry, Don Nach­baur and goal­tend­ing coach Bill Ran­ford on Stevens’ staff. Stevens was pro­moted to re­place Darryl Sut­ter in April af­ter Los An­ge­les missed the play­offs for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons since win­ning its sec­ond Stan­ley Cup ti­tle in 2014.


Miller re­turn­ing in 2018

Tele­vi­sion view­ers haven’t heard the last of Johnny Miller just yet. Miller said he thought this might be his fi­nal year in the broad­cast booth for NBC Sports so he could spend more time with his 23 grand­chil­dren. But in a tele­phone in­ter­view Mon­day, he said he will stick around for at least an­other year. This is his 28th year work­ing for NBC. Miller, 70, will be the lead an­a­lyst next week for the Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale, where he won the claret jug in 1976 with a six-shot vic­tory over 19-year-old Seve Balles­teros and Jack Nick­laus. Miller signed a three-year ex­ten­sion through 2017, though he had an op­tion for next year. He was bit­terly dis­ap­pointed when the USGA de­clined to re­new its con­tract with NBC, in­stead sign­ing a lu­cra­tive deal with Fox Sports. That void quickly was filled, how­ever, when NBC and Golf Chan­nel took over the rights to broad­cast the Bri­tish Open start­ing last year at Royal Troon.

John­son leads Se­nior LPGA

Tr­ish John­son of Eng­land shot a 5-un­der 67 in windy con­di­tions Mon­day in French Lick, Ind., to take a four-stroke lead in the Se­nior LPGA Cham­pi­onship, the first ma­jor cham­pi­onship for se­nior women. She birdied all four par-5 holes and had seven birdies and a dou­ble bo­gey in wind gust­ing to 33 mph at French Lick Re­sort’s Pete Dye Course. John­son, 51, won the Le­gends Tour Cham­pi­onship last year at French Lick, beat­ing Juli Inkster on the sixth hole of a play­off. The eight-time European Sol­heim Cup player won three times on the LPGA Tour and 19 times on the Ladies European Tour. Carolyn Hill was sec­ond (71) while Mar­i­lyn Lo­van­der was an­other stroke back at 72.

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