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Bucks hire Byington for play-by-play duties
Lisa Byington is making history as the Milwaukee Bucks’ new play-by-play voice on their television broadcasts.
The Bucks announced the hiring Wednesday and said Byington is the first woman to work as a full-time television play-by-play announcer for any major men’s professional sports team.
Byington replaces Jim Paschke, who retired after 35 seasons as the team’s main television play-by-play broadcaster.
“I understand the groundbreaking nature of this hire, and I appreciate the fact that during this process that aspect was addressed, but never made a primary focus,” Byington said in a statement. “In fact, I applaud the Bucks for taking the first steps toward making hires like this more of the norm in the NBA. Because it’s time.”
This year, Byington became the first female play-by-play broadcaster for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. She was a men’s and women’s soccer playby-play announcer for NBC Sports during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and also did play-by-play for the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Fox. . . .
The Memphis Grizzlies waived center Marc Gasol, days after acquiring his rights in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Grizzlies acquired Gasol from the Lakers along with a 2024 second-round draft pick and cash for the draft rights to center Wang Zhelin (57th overall in 2016) on Friday. The move saved the Lakers about
$10 million against the salary cap and the league’s luxury tax.
The 36-year-old center spent his first 11 NBA seasons with Memphis. He averaged a careerlow 5.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season with the Lakers.
Also, the Boston Celtics acquired forward Juancho Hernangómez from the Grizzlies in exchange for guards Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn.
As part of the transaction, Memphis will have the right to swap a 2026 second-round draft pick for Boston’s second-round pick that year. . . .
The Minnesota Timberwolves filled out their roster by resigning forward Jarred Vanderbilt and guard Jordan Mclaughlin, both of whom were restricted free agents.
The contracts were agreed to last week, with Vanderbilt getting a three-year, $18.3 million deal and Mclaughlin receiving a three-year deal worth about $6.5 million.
The 6-foot-9 Vanderbilt averaged 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 17.8 minutes in 64 games last season. Mclaughlin averaged 5.0 points, 3.8 assists and 18.4 minutes in 51 games. . . .
Former New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale joined his hometown Lakers as the lead assistant coach on Frank Vogel’s staff. Los Angeles also hired John Lucas III as an assistant coach.
The World Anti-doping Agency warned Russia not to interfere in drug testing in the country and asked that a year-old vacancy at the top of the national anti-doping body be filled.
WADA President Witold Banka met with Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin in Turkey for talks on the future of the stillsuspended Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA.
“The need for RUSADA to retain its independence is critical,” Banka said in a statement. “There must be no attempt by the Russian state or sporting authorities to interfere with any of its operations.”
RUSADA remains suspended because of past doping coverups and manipulation of evidence. Russia competed at the Tokyo Olympics without its flag or anthem, and it will do the same at next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.
RUSADA hasn’t had a permanent director general since
Yuri Ganus was fired in August 2020 because of financial irregularities. . . .
Kenya’s former sports minister was convicted of corruption and abuse of office relating to the misuse of more than $800,000 that was meant for the country’s 2016 Olympic team.
Hassan Wario and former Kenyan Olympic committee official Stephen Soi, the 2016 team’s chef de mission, were both found guilty after some of the money set aside to pay for flights and accommodations at the Rio de Janeiro Games and fund the team’s preparations was misappropriated.
Magistrate Elizabeth Juma scheduled a sentencing hearing for Wario and Soi for Thursday.
Homestead-miami Speedway in Florida will return to the playoff portion of the NASCAR season next year and St. Louis will have a Cup Series race in newly announced schedule changes.
Homestead hosted the season finale from 2002 through 2019 but was bumped to an earlyseason race date last year. Phoenix Raceway was awarded the finale in 2020 and is slated to host it for a third consecutive season next year.
Homestead was given an Oct. 23 date next year that makes it the middle race of the third round of the playoff.
In other schedule announcements, World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. — across the Mississippi River from St. Louis — will make its Cup Series debut June 5 and NASCAR will return to the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on April 17 for its first Easter Sunday race since 1989. . . .
Henrik Stenson of Sweden was selected for the Ryder Cup by European captain Padraig Harrington as the fifth and final vice captain for the event from Sept. 24 to 26 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. . . .
Center Tyler Bozak re-signed with the St. Louis Blues, inking a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $750,000.
Bozak, 35, was with the Blues in 2019 when they won the Stanley Cup for the first time. Injuries, including a concussion, limited him to 31 games during the 56-game 2021 season. . . .
Track coach Alberto Salazar received no relief from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld his four-year ban for doping-related violations, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press.
Salazar is the former marathon champion who, as coach of the Nike Oregon Project, trained a long list of championship distance runners. . . .
Olympic gold medalist and defending champion Carissa Moore won her fifth world title and Gabriel Medina claimed his third at the Rip Curl World Surf League Finals at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, Calif.