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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.

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