Bucks hire ex-Hawks coach
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.