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Magic Johnson announced his resignation as
Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Tuesday night at an impromptu news conference before the team’s regular-season finale.
He said team owner had not been told of his decision in advance.
Johnson, a Hall of Famer from his playing days with the Lakers, said he is resigning because he doesn’t enjoy the job.
“I was happier when I wasn’t the president (of the Lakers),” the 59-year-old said.
His announcement came on the heels of an ESPN report that he and coach have not spoken for weeks.
Walton’s future is in jeopardy after he failed to lead the Lakers to the postseason in the first season with
on the team. The Lakers entered the Tuesday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 37-44 record.
Walton, 39, is set to wrap up his third consecutive sub-.500 season with Los Angeles.
Wade scores 30 in final home game
Dwyane Wade, playing the final home game of his NBA career, scored 30 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 122-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
With his wife, actress sitting courtside, Wade made 10 of 23 shots, including 4 of 10 on attempts from beyond the arc. It was his secondhighest scoring game of the season.
But it was a bittersweet night for the Heat (39-42), who were eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the evening when the Detroit Pistons rallied from a 22-point deficit to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.
Wade, who is retiring at age 37, will end his career on Wednesday at the Brooklyn Nets.
U.S. women roll to quarterfinals
The United States women’s hockey team made short work of Russia in its final preliminary game of the IIHF World Championships Tuesday in Espoo, Finland, winning 10-0.
The Americans were perfect in prelim play, beating Finland, Canada, Switzerland and Russia by a combined 27-4, with the closest game being a 3-2 win over Canada. The U.S. now advances to the quarterfinals where it will face Japan Thursday.
and each scored twice for the U.S., which led 3-0 after one period and 7-0 after two. Also scoring for the U.S. were
(Williamsville) had an assist on Stecklein’s first goal and (Getzville, Nichols School) had a helper on Knight’s goal. Both are members of the Buffalo Beauts.
Cincinnati coach Cronin goes to UCLA
And on the 100th day, UCLA found its new basketball coach.
The Bruins hired Cincinnati’s on Tuesday, ending a lengthy search that started on the final day of December and concluded one day after the final game of the college basketball season. Cronin agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract that will nearly double his salary with the Bearcats.
Cronin could be considered UCLA’s Plan C after a messy sequence of events prevented the school from hiring Texas Christian’s or Tennessee’s
Meanwhile, stepped down as St. John’s head coach on Tuesday, with speculation falling on Arizona State and former UB coach as his replacement.
Mullin went 59-73 at his alma mater, taking the Red Storm to one NCAA Tournament – this season’s First Four, where they lost to Hurley’s Sun Devils. Hurley is “expected to be at the top of St. John’s list” of replacements, according to a Sunday report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
NFL, players to work on new CBA
The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that they will take part in regularly scheduled meetings to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.
The league and its players most recently agreed upon a collective bargaining agreement in 2011. The deal, which was reached after a player lockout, runs through the end of the 2020 season.
Both sides hope that starting negotiations early may help to avoid a work stoppage after the end of next season.
Rojas is NJCAA All-American
James Rojas, a Jamestown native who played for Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) this past season, has been named a First Team NJCAA All-American.
The 6-8 forward committed to play for the University at Buffalo before the departure of coach
Rojas is now trying to reopen his recruitment.