Gregg Popovich Unsure if He Will Coach the San Antonio Spurs Next Season

DALLAS — Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs will soon become the fourth 70-year-old coach in N.B.A. history, but he remains undecided about coaching the Spurs beyond this season. Popovich, who turns 70 on Jan. 28, is in the last season of a five-year contract extension he signed after the Spurs won their most recent championship in 2014. “I don’t know the answer,” Popovich said when asked about his plans for next season in an interview Wednesday night after the Spurs’ 105-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Popovich said…

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Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone encouraged by meeting with RB Leonard Fournette

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said the clear-the-air meeting he had last week with running back Leonard Fournette was productive and he feels good about the first-round pick’s mindset heading into the 2019 offseason. “We had a good meeting,” Marrone said Wednesday. “I’m not going to speak for Leonard, but when he left that meeting I think he’s in a really good place. “So, that’s encouraging, and I’m excited about that.” John DeFilippo, who was fired after 13 games with the Vikings last season and served as…

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A Male Tennis Pro, a Female Coach and Shrugs for Anyone Who Thinks It Won’t Work

MELBOURNE, Australia — Lucas Pouille, the brightest young star in men’s tennis in France, was flickering. Pouille, 24, reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 in March, but did not win more than two matches consecutively after that, finishing the year with a 14-17 run. Playing without inspiration or belief, he slipped to No. 32 by the end of the season. “I lost confidence, and then I was not enjoying so much being on court, being on tour,” he said. “I didn’t really want to play tennis.” He had to…

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Ashley Westwood? Albert Roca? David Moyes? Five possible Stephen Constantine replacements to coach India

If you had a magic lamp, and you could pick any coach in the world to be India’s next, who would it be and why? Here are five potential candidates who could replace Stephen Constantine, with the possible pros of cons. Ashley Westwood Positives: With an I-League title, a runner-up finish and a Federation Cup in two years at Bengaluru FC – his debut season in India — Westwood is a winner, understands the complexities of Indian football, brings knowledge from faraway lands, and can get the best out of his…

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Shane Burger named Scotland coach

Shane Burger, the 36-year-old former South African domestic allrounder, has been named Scotland head coach. Burger has been coaching KwaZulu-Natal Inland since 2015 and has won CSA’s coach of the year award twice in the last three years. Toby Bailey had been serving as Scotland interim coach since Grant Bradburn’s departure in September. Bailey will continue through next month’s tour of Oman which includes a T20I quadrangular series against Oman, Ireland and Netherlands before three 50-over matches against Oman. Burger will officially take over in March. “I am both delighted…

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Daniel Vallverdu & Grigor Dimitrov: How To Convince Andre Agassi To Be Your Coach | ATP Tour

“Grigor, our problem is more mental than tennis-related. We’ve been together almost two years. Tennis-wise, you’ve improved and mentally as well, but now we are in a difficult moment mentally. We should take some time to see what might help. I’ve spent a lot of time with ex-players and I think they can help us in a few areas. Let me speak to a few and see who would be the best option for you.” — Daniel Vallverdu Throughout 2018, Daniel Vallverdu sat down with Grigor Dimitrov to try to…

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Former Yankees pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre dies at 77

Mel Stottlemyre, who pitched for the New York Yankees for 11 seasons and won five World Series titles as a pitching coach for the Yankees and the Mets, died Sunday in Seattle after battling cancer for almost 20 years. He was 77. Stottlemyre’s wife, Jean, told the New York Times that he died as a result of complications of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Enshrined in Monument Park by the Yankees on Old Timers Day in 2015, Stottlemyre had a career record of 164-139 with a 2.97 ERA…

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Paddy Upton appointed Rajasthan Royals coach

Paddy Upton has been appointed as head coach of the Rajasthan Royals for the 2019 season, which begins in March. This is Upton’s second stint as head coach of the franchise, having previously held the position between 2013 and 2015. Shane Warne, who was head coach in 2018, will likely assume a brand ambassadorial role, as earlier reported by ESPNcricinfo. Upton was at the helm in 2013 when Rajasthan Royals turned their fortunes around after a bad start and made it to the semi-finals. In that season, Royals were also…

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic an All-Star

DALLAS — The Golden State Warriors believe that Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is not only an All-Star caliber player — he’s a superstar in the making. Even on a night in which Stephen Curry scored 48 points and hit 11 three-pointers in a 119-114 win over the Mavericks, it was Doncic’s promise that was a large topic of postgame conversation for the back-to-back NBA champions. “He’s unbelievable,” Curry said of Doncic. “You can tell he’s just experienced in terms of playing high level basketball. A guy that’s always at…

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Coach Randy Carlyle’s job safe with Anaheim Ducks

11:06 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Anaheim Ducks are winless in their past 11 games, losing to the Winnipeg Jets in overtime on Sunday. In theory, coach Randy Carlyle’s seat couldn’t be hotter. But his general manager said Carlyle’s job is safe — for now. “While it’s not my preference to make comments on this topic during the season, our recent play has led to many questions. Our fans are frustrated, rightfully so, and deserve a response from me,” Anaheim GM Bob Murray said in a statement Sunday after the…

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