Bucks hire ex-Hawks coach

Tampa Bay Times - - Morning Briefing -

The Mil­wau­kee Bucks of­fi­cially an­nounced the hir­ing of Mike Bu­den­holzer, 48, as their new coach. Bu­den­holzer, a for­mer Hawks coach, re­places Joe Prunty, the for­mer as­sis­tant who went 21-16 in the reg­u­lar sea­son af­ter re­plac­ing the fired Ja­son Kidd in late Jan­uary. The Bucks lost to Bos­ton in seven games in the first round of the play­offs. Bu­den­holzer, who went 213197 in five sea­sons with At­lanta, was named the NBA coach of the year in 2015 when he led the Hawks to a fran­chise-record 60 wins and an ap­pear­ance in the East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals.

WNBA: The de­fend­ing champion Min­nesota Lynx be­gin the sea­son atop the pre­sea­son As­so­ci­ated Press poll — again. The Lynx re­ceived nine first-place votes from the 14-per­son na­tional me­dia panel. It’s the sec­ond time in the three sea­sons that the AP has been do­ing the poll that the Lynx were the pre­sea­son No. 1. Los Angeles was sec­ond, gar­ner­ing the other five first-place bal­lots. The Sparks and Lynx have faced off in the past two WNBA Fi­nals and could eas­ily meet for the ti­tle a third time this year.

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