Sports team management changes

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
September 24, 2020 - 2:16 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. Things sure changed in a hurry. “I wasn’t looking at anything," Donovan said. "It was five great years in Oklahoma City. I think it’s always emotional...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
September 22, 2020 - 5:00 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Donovan wasn't on the market for long — hardly a shocker given he's won everywhere he's coached. That he's headed to Chicago might be a surprise, only because big and bold moves have been few and far between for the team. Then again, these aren't the same old Bulls. Chicago...
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FILE - Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a news conference Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FIle)
September 15, 2020 - 10:41 am
Peter Laviolette was hired Tuesday as coach of the Washington Capitals, who hope to harness his ability to quickly take a team to the Stanley Cup Final in what could be the final few years of their championship window. Laviolette is the first Cup-winning coach hired in the franchise's 46-year...
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Houston Rockets' P.J. Tucker, left, and Russell Westbrook sit on the bench in the closing minutes of a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 14, 2020 - 2:04 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets believed the addition of Russell Westbrook and their unorthodox small lineup would be what they needed to win their first title in 25 years. Instead, they suffered another early playoff exit and must find a coach after Mike D’Antoni told them he...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
September 09, 2020 - 4:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Nash was a leader, a guy who loved to get the best out of his teammates on the court and build relationships with them off it. Those qualities helped him become a Hall of Fame player. Now he thinks they can make him a successful coach. Nash was introduced Wednesday by the...
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September 09, 2020 - 4:05 pm
A Hall of Famer with three national championships and a familiar face at the Final Four, it would seem Roy Williams was destined for big things in basketball. The way the North Carolina coach tells it, a lot of credit goes to a future baseball leader who really went to bat for him. Williams paid...
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FILE - Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey celebrates the team's win over the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in Los Angeles. Jalen Ramsey will become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Rams. The extension announced Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back, according to Ramsey's agent, David Mulugheta.(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
September 09, 2020 - 3:33 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey showed up at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp last year in an armored bank truck. A year later on the opposite coast, he's going to need that ride. Ramsey will become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
September 03, 2020 - 3:40 pm
Steve Nash was one of the NBA's most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball. Now the Brooklyn Nets want to see what he can do as a coach. The Nets hired Nash on Thursday, putting the Hall of Famer in charge of the team that hopes...
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File-Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente. The Pittsburgh Pirates will honor Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente when they wear No. 21 against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The team believes this is an important step into having Clemente's number retired by Major League Baseball(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, File)/
September 02, 2020 - 3:45 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Roberto Clemente's legacy in Pittsburgh and his native Puerto Rico is secure. The club the Hall of Fame outfielder spent two decades playing for is trying to ensure that legacy — both on and off the field — is acknowledged regularly by the masses. The team announced Tuesday that...
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Ice crews work at the NHL playoffs venue in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hopes players and fans take a step back to pause and reflect on racial justice issues as the NHL takes a second day off from second-round series action on Friday, before games resume on Saturday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 02, 2020 - 7:03 am
The Florida Panthers spent three weeks searching for a general manager, and it didn’t take long for them to suspect that Bill Zito was the best candidate. The more they searched, the more convinced they got. Zito was announced Tuesday as the new Panthers’ general manager, coming to Florida after...
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