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#SportsReport: Phil Jackson Is Out After Three Seasons

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Phil Jackson is out after just three full seasons as president of the New York Knicks, a stretch that included no playoff berths and just 80 victories. The Knicks issued a statement saying the two sides mutually agreed to part company with two years remaining on a $60 million contract. The team announced the move days after Jackson reiterated his desire to move Carmelo Anthony and said he would listen to deals for Kristaps Porzingis.

The Houston Rockets' starting backcourt now has Chris Paul after he was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers received Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a protected first-round pick next year and cash considerations for the nine-time All-Star. Paul has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year NBA career.

Former NBA point guard Jason Williams will miss six to eight months after suffering a knee injury in the opening game of the Big3. Corey Maggette had surgery for a leg injury and there's no timetable for his return. He also was injured in the opening week of Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league of former NBA players. Cube says he expects Allen Iverson to play more in the next game, which is Sunday in Charlotte.

In other NBA news:

— The Toronto Raptors have promoted Bobby Webster to general manager, making the 32-year-old assistant the youngest GM in the NBA. He replaces Jeff Weltman, who left Toronto in May to become president of the Orlando Magic.


Miguel Andujar had three hits and four RBIs in his major league debut, Aaron Judge added his major league-leading 27th homer and the struggling New York Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 last night. Masahiro Tanaka went six innings for his first win since May 8th. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits after going 0-6 in his previous eight starts.

The New York Yankees have placed designated hitter Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list because of a viral infection. Holliday joins teammates Starlin Castro, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird on the DL. The 37-year-old Holliday is batting .262 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 68 games in his first season with the Yanks.

Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1. Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Steven Matz pitched seven innings and two relievers completed a seven-hitter to help the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 8-0. Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson each hit a two-run homer in support of Matz, who allowed six hits, all singles, and one walk to lower his ERA to 2.67.

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has been designated for assignment following a rough start to the season and his public criticism of a teammate. The move comes one day after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals in Washington. Montero has thrown out just one of 31 potential base-stealers this season while driving in only eight runs in 44 games.

Tim Tebow got his first Florida State League hit in his second at-bat with the St. Lucie Mets. Facing right-hander Connor Jones and batting eighth as the designated hitter, the former NFL quarterback chopped a clean single over Jones and into center field leading off the bottom of the fifth inning with the Mets trailing 5-2 yesterday.


Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has indefinitely suspended the three Commodores football players who were involved in an incident that resulted in two of them getting shot. Nashville police say defensive back Tae Daley suffered a noncritical gunshot wound to his leg and defensive back Frank Coppet received noncritical birdshot wounds to his arms Monday night. Police call the shootings the result of an "ill-conceived plan" to recover wide receiver Donaven Tennyson's stolen cellphone.


The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Mike Condon to a three-year contract extension worth an average $2.4 million per season. He backed up starter Craig Anderson, who periodically took time off to be with his wife as she fought cancer. Condon appeared in 40 games for the Senators in 2016-17, posting a 19-14-6 record with a 2.48 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and five shutouts.

Blues center Patrik Berglund is expected to be out until December after having surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. The Blues say Berglund was injured during an offseason conditioning program. The 29-year-old Berglund scored a career-high 23 goals and finished with 34 points last season.


Former swimsuit model Kurt Van Hees recovered from a near-death experience to make it to the U.S. Senior Open. The 51-year-old Californian is in the field for this year's tournament at the 7,024-yard, par-72 Donald Ross-designed Salem Country Club.


Goalkeeper Luis Robles has signed a new long-term contract with the New York Red Bulls. Robles is the franchise's leader in career shutouts, goals-against average, wins, games played and minutes played. The 33-year-old Robles signed with the Red Bulls in 2012.

High School Basketball:

A New Jersey Catholic school that was ordered to rescind two sisters' expulsions amid the older sister's legal battle to play on a boys' basketball team won't allow them to return next year. NJ.com reports St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth rejected applications for next school year from 13-year-old Sydney Phillips and her younger sister, Kaitlyn Phillips, saying it's not required to accept anyone's enrollment. The girls' father says he'll fight the decision in court.


Tom Corcoran, an Olympic skier who founded the Waterville Valley ski resort in New Hampshire has died. He was 85. Former assistant Jan Stearns said Corcoran died Tuesday at his home in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, following a brief illness.

Golden Spike Meet:

Usain Bolt has started the European leg of his final season before retirement with a victory in the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet. Bolt reeled in the rest of the field after a trademark slow start to cross the finish line in 10.06 seconds. The time fell short of his season best of 10.03, clocked in the world record holder's final race at his native Jamaica on June 11.


The "Big 4" of men's tennis were given the four highest seedings for Wimbledon, which begins next week. Top-ranked and defending champion Andy Murray is the No. 1 seed, followed by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Nadal and Djokovic are also in the top four of the ATP rankings, but Federer is No. 5. Stan Wawrinka is the fifth seed despite his No. 3 ranking. Angelique Kerber is No. 1 on the women's side, followed by Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, and Elina Svitolina.

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