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League OKs deal for Rivers to become coach of Clippers

It took almost two weeks of wrangling, but the Los Angeles Clippers finally got their man when the NBA on Tuesday approved a deal for coach Doc Rivers to come to Los Angeles from the Boston Celtics.

Once the details and language of Rivers’ contract were worked out between his representatives and the Clippers, the paperwork was sent to the NBA office so the deal could be finalized. The Clippers will send the Celtics an unprotected first-round draft pick in 2015 as part of the deal.

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The Clippers and Rivers, 51, will have a news conference Wednesday to announce him as the new coach to replace the fired Vinny Del Negro.

Rivers, who will have a say in all personnel matters along with Gary Sacks, the team’s vice president of basketball operations, is also the Clippers’ senior vice president of basketball operations.

The Clippers assumed the last three years Rivers had on his contract with the Celtics for $21 million.

In nine seasons in Boston, Rivers went 416-305 and won the 2008 league title.

Boston’s front office mostly had warm words for Rivers, who apparently was not eager to stick around for the aging Celtics’ rebuilding process.

“We don’t have a championship without Doc Rivers coaching,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s’ president of basketball operations. “He did an unbelievable job.”

Report: Assistant Joerger to coach Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis assistant coach Dave Joerger will be promoted to Grizzlies’ coach, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported. Joerger, 39, has a four-year deal worth about $1.5 million the first season, according to the newspaper.

The Grizzlies did not renew the contract of coach Lionel Hollins despite a 56-26 record and an appearance in the Western Conference finals this season.


Adrian wins national title

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. championships in Indianapolis.

Adrian, the 2012 Olympic champion in the event, prevailed in 48.10 seconds.

“Under 48 would have been nice, but it wasn’t there tonight,” the 24-year-old Adrian said. “So I’ll go back, regroup and get ready for the rest of the week.”

Missy Franklin, who won four gold medals at the London Olympics, took the women’s 100 free in a meet-record 53.43.

Each event winner gets an automatic berth on the U.S. team that will compete at the world championships that start July 28 in Barcelona, Spain.


Court seals documents

A Massachusetts court said it has sealed documents related to the killing of a semipro player found dead about a mile from the home of New England tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Attleboro District Court officials said documents related to the case, including search warrants, have been impounded, meaning the public can’t see them. No charges have been filed.

State police have searched in and around the 23-year-old Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass., several times.

Odin Lloyd, who played for the semipro Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. The 27-year-old’s relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee and that the two men were friends.

Jaguar won’t be charged

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars will not be charged in connection with an alleged bar fight last month.

The State Attorney’s Office said “based on the facts and the law, the state cannot establish the charge beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt.”

Jones-Drew, 28, had been accused of punching bouncer Kasim Howard at a restaurant/bar May 26 in St. Augustine, Fla. Howard’s attorney, Patrick Canan, said his client plans to file a civil suit against Jones-Drew.

Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing in 2011.


Erika De Souza scored 17 points and Angel McCoughtry added 16 to lead the host Atlanta Dream to a 76-60 WNBA victory over the defending champion Indiana Fever.

Atlanta leads the league with a franchise-best 8-1 record. The Fever, weakened by injuries, is a league-worst 1-7.

In another WNBA game, Brittney Griner scored 26 points to lift the visiting Phoenix Mercury to an 83-77 victory over San Antonio.

Val Ackerman, 53, has agreed to become commissioner of the Big East Conference, adding to a basketball-heavy résumé that includes being the first president of the WNBA, a person with direct knowledge of the hiring said.

Bobby Labonte is not entered to drive in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, which will end his consecutive-starts streak at 704 Cup races.

Jeff Gordon, at 705, has the longest active starts streak in NASCAR. Ricky Rudd set the NASCAR record of 788 consecutive starts.

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