National Sports Briefs: McHale out as Timberwolves coach
MINNEAPOLIS ó Kevin McHale is out as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
New president of basketball operations David Kahn announced the move on Wednesday. The move ends McHale’s 15-year stint with the Timberwolves.
McHale is a northern Minnesota native and Hall of Fame player who won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s. He met several times with Kahn before the decision was made.
– MIAMI ó Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appears to have lost in a matchup with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning.
The Miami-Dade School Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday whether to name a new high school after Reno or Mourning and his wife.
A committee charged with that decision has recommended approving the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School Biscayne Bay Campus as the school’s name.
Mourning was a star when he played for the Miami Heat.
Reno was the longtime Miami-Dade state attorney before becoming the country’s first female attorney general.
GREENSBOROó The Atlantic Coast Conference’s football championship game is moving back to prime-time television.
The ACC said Wednesday this year’s game will kickoff at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. ESPN will broadcast the game.
It’s the first prime-time kickoff for the ACC title game since the inaugural contest in 2005. The game has started at 1 p.m. in each of the past three seasons. ABC televised the first four title games.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ó The University of Alabama plans to appeal a ruling by the NCAA Committee on Infractions that forced the football program to vacate 21 wins.
Alabama’s football program and 15 other sports were placed on three years probation after 201 athletes were found to have used their scholarships to get free textbooks for other students.
CANYON, Texas ó Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is in custody in Washington on drug and burglary charges out of Texas after being arrested by customs agents as he returned to the United States from Canada.
– ALAMEDA, Calif. ó The Oakland Raiders expect to get more out of new defensive end Greg Ellis than just the pass-rush specialist he was in 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Ellis, who signed with the Raiders on Monday after being released by the Cowboys earlier this month, recorded 201/2 sacks in a part-time role the past two seasons. Oakland envisions the 33-year-old Ellis as the every-down player he was earlier in his career.
SAN DIEGO ó Michael Phelps has picked up a new endorsement since his three-month suspension ended.
The 14-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer has a multiyear deal with H2O Audio, a San Diego-based maker of waterproof headphones and accessories.
Phelps says music has been a huge part of his life and training. He always listens to music through ear buds as he walks on the pool deck for races.