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Krzyzewski is preparing to pursue a 3rd gold medal

Mike Krzyzewski thought he was done with USA Basketball. Coach K said he was done, too.

After helping Team USA win two straight Olympic gold medals, there appeared little left for him to accomplish. After the team won in London last summer, Krzyzewski prepared to walk away.

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But a couple of weeks after the London Games, Jerry Colangelo, managing director for USA Basketball, talked with Krzyzewski, perhaps best known as Duke University’s coach.

“He was having withdrawal already,” Colangelo said. “He started talking about the future.”

During the college season, Krzyzewski recalled, he didn’t think he would extend his stay with Team USA. “I just felt that that wasn’t going to happen,” he said.

Krzyzewski, 66, made his return official in May and is running a four-day camp that began Monday in Las Vegas. The long-term goal is the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

College basketball

Charges against Hairston of N. Carolina are dismissed

Authorities have dismissed charges against North Carolina swingman P.J. Hairston, the team’s leading scorer last season as a sophomore, that resulted from a June 5 traffic stop in Durham, N.C..

Hairston was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license. Prosecutors dismissed those charges after Hairston produced proof he had a driver’s license and had completed a drug-assessment program, said Elizabeth Tapley of the Durham County clerk of court’s office.

Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback said, “I instructed my staff not to treat this case any differently than anybody else.”

College athletics

Firm issues Rutgers report

A report commissioned by Rutgers after a scandal led to the ousting of basketball coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti finds breakdowns in communication as university officials learned about Rice’s physical and verbal abuse of players.

The report calls for the university’s board and central administration to take tighter control of the finances and communications of the athletic department at New Jersey’s flagship state university.

The law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom was hired in May to examine details of problems that blew up a month earlier, when video was made public of Rice berating players with anti-gay slurs, kicking them and throwing basketballs at them during practices over a span of three years.


Babcock to seek encore

Mike Babcock will return as coach of Canada’s Olympic team, which won the gold medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, B.C.

The coach of the NHL Detroit Red Wings will have the St. Louis Blues’ Ken Hitchcock, Dallas Stars’ Lindy Ruff and Boston Bruins’ Claude Julien as assistants at next year’s Sochi Games in Russia.


Silver to move to ESPN

Nate Silver, a statistician/blogger whose profile rose considerably during the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, is leaving The New York Times for a job at ESPN that will return him, in part, to his sports roots.

Silver’s blog, FiveThirtyEight, is moving to ESPN from the newspaper, which has been his outlet since 2010. Silver, who got his start analyzing baseball statistics, will build a team to cover sports and politics, as well as topics such as economics, culture, science and technology.

The site will exist independently of ESPN’s official site and will have its own voice, much like ESPN’s more literary-toned website Grantland, company officials said. The ESPN deal will let Silver expand FiveThirtyEight into a full-fledged online publication modeled after Grantland, which is run by Bill Simmons. ESPN will own the property.

“This is kind of a dream job for me, and the more we talked about it the more excited I became,” Silver said on a conference call. “It’s not just going to be a politics site or a sports site.”


• FIFA has lifted Cameroon’s suspension from international soccer, allowing the African country to host a key World Cup qualifier against Libya on Sept. 6.

FIFA imposed the ban July 4, citing government interference at the Cameroon Football Association after disputed elections last month.

• A fight broke out between two former badminton doubles partners from Thailand at the Canada Open in Vancouver, B.C., over the weekend, prompting the Badminton World Federation to launch an investigation.

During a change of ends Sunday in the doubles final, Bodin Issara lunged at Maneepong Jongjit, chasing him onto a neighboring court before punching him several times. Issara, who needed two stitches, said Jongjit hit him with a racket.

Jongit and partner Nipitphon Puangpuapech, also from Thailand, were awarded the victory after Issara was shown a black card.

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