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#SportsReport: Phil Jackson Set To Leave Knicks

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The New York Knicks will announce later today that team president Phil Jackson and the franchise will part ways. ESPN reports the 71-year-old Jackson felt it was best that the Knicks let go forward Carmelo Anthony who refused to waive his no-trade clause. But conversations fast-tracked this week when owner James Dolan decided it would not buy out the forward who has two years left on his contract, a deal worth over $54 million.

Miles Simon has joined the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach. Lakers coach Luke Walton announced the hire of his fellow former University of Arizona star Tuesday. Simon recently worked for USA Basketball, serving as head coach for the junior select national team. He spent three seasons as Lute Olson's assistant at Arizona from 2005-08. Simon also has worked as a player development coach, the director of the Nike Basketball Academy and a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He was the NCAA tournament's most outstanding player in 1997 while leading the Wildcats to the national title.


New York Mets:

Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning to put Miami ahead, Christian Yelich had three hits and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 6-3. Suzuki poked a pitch to the opposite field against Jerry Blevins for a 4-3 lead. The 43-year-old Suzuki leads the majors with 12 pinch-hits. Yelich added a two-run single in the seventh, his third hit. Dan Straily allowed two runs in five innings, and A.J. Ramos pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 13th save.

Boston Red Sox:

Chris Young hit a three-run homer, Christian Vazquez went deep for the first time in more than a year and the Red Sox beat the Twins 9-2 in a game delayed twice by stormy weather. Drew Pomeranz (7-4) pitched five effective innings for Boston, which won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and scored twice. The Red Sox capitalized on three errors by the Twins and took over first place in the AL East, moving a half-game ahead of the slumping Yankees. Hector Santiago (4-7) returned for the Twins after a stint on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. He allowed two runs and one hit in two innings.

New York Yankees:

Jose Abreu hit a game-ending, two-run single off Dellin Betances, and the Chicago White Sox stopped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees last night. Abreu also had an RBI double in the third. Dan Jennings pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. The Yankees have dropped three of four and 11 of 14 overall.

The New York Yankees placed Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list yesterday with a strained right hamstring. Castro was injured running out a ground ball in the third inning of New York's 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. The second baseman is batting .313 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 73 games.Max Scherzer allowed one run and two hits as the Washington Nationals knocked Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta out in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night in a showdown of the past two NL Cy Young Award winners.


Kevin Gausman won for the first time in four starts, Mark Trumbo hit an RBI double and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1. The Orioles won their third straight and improved to 8-2 against the Blue Jays this season. Toronto lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Manager Joe Maddon and some of the Chicago Cubs will visit the White House on Wednesday, though it's not an official visit with President Donald Trump. Maddon said Tuesday that he was going out of respect for the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs and donated to Trump's campaign. Maddon said it was voluntary for players and not an official trip. The Cubs are in Washington to play the Nationals.

The White House visit is so unofficial that Maddon said it's only "a possibility" that he and the Cubs will see Trump. The team visited President Barack Obama at the White House as World Series champions in January before the end of his term. Amid questions about whether the NBA champion Golden State Warriors will visit Trump, Maddon said he isn't making a political statement by going.

Tim Tebow's next chapter of minor league life with the New York Mets has arrived. He was going to be in the lineup for his debut with the St. Lucie Mets, batting eighth and playing left field, before the game was rained out. Tebow says being in Port St. Lucie is just another opportunity.

Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees has tied Pete Rose's obscure record for reaching base the most times in a career on catcher's interference. Ellsbury did it for the 29th time when his bat tipped the mitt of Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith on a swing in the ninth inning and he was awarded first base.

A plan to build a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox could bring Rhode Island legislators back to the State House for a special fall session. Legislation was introduced Tuesday by Senate Finance Chairman William Conley, an East Providence Democrat whose district includes parts of Pawtucket. The Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate team is seeking a $23 million state investment to help finance the estimated $83 million project in downtown Pawtucket.

Two former National League Cy Young winners hooked up at Washington's Nationals Stadium and Max Scherzer won the battle, outdueling Chicago's Jake Arrieta 6-1. The Nationals had seven stolen bases in the win, and Scherzer chipped in with two hits. Washington is leading the NL's East Division with a comfortable margin, while the Cubs, the World Series champions last season, are struggling to return to that winning form.

Indians manager Terry Francona missed Tuesday night's game against Texas after his second trip to the hospital this month. The Indians said doctors for now have ruled out major health issues and Francona will be monitored the next several weeks. The 58-year-old Francona left Monday night's game because he wasn't feeling well. He spent several hours at Cleveland Clinic and underwent a series of tests. Francona was released from the hospital on Tuesday and spent the rest of the day at home. He was expected to return to the dugout Wednesday when the Indians host the Rangers. Bench coach Brad Mills is running the team in Francona's absence.


Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball. The Gators (52-19) posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013. LSU (52-20) lost for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.

Freshman Tyler Dyson (4-0) limited the Tigers to three hits in six innings in only his second start, and the Gators capitalized on LSU errors in the first and second innings to go up 2-0 against Jared Poche' (12-4). Down 2-1 in the seventh, LSU had what would have been the tying run sent back to third base because of a runner interference call at second on a double-play ball. In the eighth, the Tigers failed to push across a run after having runners on the corners with no outs.


Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 87-79. Candace Parker added 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the Sparks, who have won six straight.

It was a busy week off the court for many WNBA teams with a relatively light schedule of games. The Liberty became the first professional sports team to have a float in the New York pride parade. The Wings went to the Dallas Zoo after winning all three of their games this week. Dallas moved up to sixth in The Associated Press WNBA power poll.

Sports Betting:

The Supreme Court will take up New Jersey's bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks. The justices say Tuesday they will review a lower court ruling against the state. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and supporters in the state Legislature have tried for years to legalize sports gambling to bolster the state's casino and horse racing industries. The casino industry, after a period of job losses and closings, has lately been doing better. The court jumped into the case even after the Trump administration urged the justices not to get involved. The case will be argued in the fall.


Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian qualified for the American world championship team Tuesday night with each winning signature events at the U.S. National Championships. Ledecky easily claimed the women's 800-meter freestyle title in a time of 8:11.50. The defending Olympic and world champion won by 8.96 seconds over Leah Smith.


Andy Murray has withdrawn from an exhibition match in London because of a sore hip, less than a week before the start of Wimbledon. Murray's management company said the decision was made as a precaution. The top-ranked Murray had been scheduled to play two matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic exhibition event at Hurlingham Club this week following his first-round loss at the Queen's grass-court tournament last week. Murray, who won the Wimbledon title last year, is still planning to play the second exhibition match Friday. Wimbledon starts Monday.

Russian Doping:

Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva (is-in-by-AY'-vah) has been replaced as chair of the embattled Russian Anti-Doping Agency. Alexander Ivlev, who heads a Russian financial services firm, was elected today. The appointment of Isinbayeva in December angered the World Anti-Doping Agency because of her persistent criticism of the agency's probes into Russian doping. Russia's doping agency has been suspended since 2015 after being implicated in a doping cover-up.


A former federal prosecutor says USA Gymnastics needs a "complete cultural change" to better protect athletes from sexual abuse. The review released Tuesday by Deborah Daniels recommends that all USA Gymnastics members be required to immediately report suspected sexual misconduct to legal authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Daniels also suggested that USA Gymnastics prohibit adults from being alone with minor gymnasts "at all times." She says unrelated adults should not share or be alone in a sleeping room with gymnasts. She also recommended preventing adult members from having "out of program" contact with gymnasts through email, text or social media.

USA Gymnastics ordered the review last fall following a series of civil lawsuits filed against the organization and a former team doctor by a pair of gymnasts who claim the physician sexually abused them during their time on the U.S. national team. Daniels says USA Gymnastics "inadvertently suppressed" reporting of abuse because of several factors, including that athletes are taught to follow instructions and obey coaches and trainers.


Former New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young, who set a major league record with 27 straight losses, has died. He was 51. The Mets say Young died yesterday in Houston after a long illness. He had told former teammates this spring that he had a brain tumor. Young's streak of losses began in 1992 with the Mets and stretched into the next season. In all, the drought spanned 74 appearances.

America’s Cup:

After Emirates Team New Zealand reclaimed the America's Cup with a 7-1 victory over Oracle Team USA, it's now on the Kiwis' shoulders to help shape the future of sailing's marquee regatta. Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton promises they will "do the right thing" when coming up with rules for the next edition of the oldest competition in international sports. The 36th America's Cup will be held in Auckland, perhaps in 2021.

Doug Peterson, who helped designed two yachts that won the America's Cup, has died after a long illness. He was 71. Peterson will be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, Rhode Island, in October.

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