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Indiana Pacers Won’t Renew Contract of Head Coach Frank Vogel

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Pacers, fresh off their first-round playoff loss to the Toronto Raptors, announced Thursday that they would not retain head coach Frank Vogel.

“I’ve decided that it’s time for a new voice around here,” team President Larry Bird said at a Thursday press conference. He called the decision to let Vogel go “one of the toughest things I’ve done.”

Bird did make clear that Vogel was not fired. “His contract is up and I just made the decision not to renew it.”

Vogel put together a 250-181 record in five-plus seasons as the Pacers’ coach. His teams made the postseason in five of six years, including two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Rockets Interview Mike D’Antoni for Head Coaching Opening, Bickerstaff Pulls Out of Consideration

Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Former veteran head coach Mike D’Antoni is in the running for the Houston Rockets head coaching job, ESPN reports, while interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has pulled himself out of consideration.

D’Antoni, notable for his up-tempo offenses with the Phoenix Suns, most recently served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. He had previously headed up unsuccessful teams with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Bickerstaff took over the Rockets early this season following the firing of Kevin McHale. He posted a 37-34 record and got the Rockets into the postseason, but saw his team look lackluster in a first-round loss to the Golden State Warriors.

ESPN says that former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy and current Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel will be among the Rockets’ targets. They have already spoken to Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell and their own assistant coach Chris Finch. Sources tell ESPN that TNT Analyst Kenny Smith could also receive an interview for the job.

Smith and Cassell are both former Rockets players.

ESPN says Bickerstaff withdrew his name from consideration for the permanent job “when it became apparent that the Rockets were going in a different direction.” The Rockets may, however, be interested in retaining Bickerstaff in another role.

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Jimmie Johnson Loses Practice Time Following Talladega Violation

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Jimmie Johnson’s team has been penalized in connection with a violation incurred during last weekend’s events at Talladega Superspeedway.

The six-time Sprint Cup champ has been penalized 15 minutes of practice time this week at Kansas Speedway after his team failed template inspection three times during pre-race inspection for last Sunday’s race, NASCAR.com reports.

Brian Scott and Cole Whitt’s teams were issued written warnings for two failed pre-race inspections.

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Former NFL QB Johnny Manziel in Court in Domestic Violence Case

Highland Park Department of Public Safety(HIGHLAND PARK, Texas) — Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel turned himself in for booking on Wednesday and posted bond Wednesday, and appeared in court Thursday in a domestic violence case.

Manziel, 23, was charged with family violence assault by a grand jury last week. He had previously been accused of accosting and striking an ex-girlfriend in a January incident. He faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The 23-year-old is appeared before a Dallas judge Thursday morning.

Manziel’s attorney Jim Darnell said in a statement that the grand jury heard only part of the case, “what the [District Attorney] chooses to share with them.” Darnell added that Manziel plans to plead “not guilty,” and that the legal team believes evidence will support his plea.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, given to college football’s most outstanding player, in 2012. He was later drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and released earlier this year.

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Former NFL QB Johnny Manziel Booked in Domestic Violence Case

Highland Park Department of Public Safety(HIGHLAND PARK, Texas) — Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel turned himself in for booking on Wednesday and posted bond one day before his first scheduled court hearing in a domestic violence case.

Manziel, 23, was charged with family violence assault by a grand jury last week. He had previously been accused of accosting and striking an ex-girlfriend in a January incident. He faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The 23-year-old is expected to appear before a Dallas judge Thursday morning.

Manziel’s attorney Jim Darnell said in a statement that the grand jury heard only part of the case, “what the [District Attorney] chooses to share with them.” Darnell added that Manziel plans to plead “not guilty,” and that the legal team believes evidence will support his plea.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, given to college football’s most outstanding player, in 2012. He was later drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and released earlier this year.

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Chris Bosh Won’t Return This Season, Miami Heat Say in Statement

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat announced Wednesday that forward Chris Bosh would officially sit out the remainder of their postseason run, citing the same medical situation that has seen Bosh sit since February.

“The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs,” a statement from the team read. “The Heat, Chris, the doctors and the medical team have been working together thoughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible.”

MIAMI HEAT STATEMENT ON CHRIS BOSH pic.twitter.com/ZX3gj6f3xg

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 4, 2016

Bosh and his wife Adrienne had used social media to generate attention for his desire to return to the court. The team’s announcement that he would not came on the same day that the National Basketball Players Association asked for a meeting with the Heat over that dispute.

Bosh sat out the final months of last season with blood clots in his leg. In March, Bosh released his own statement saying that that condition had not resurfaced and that he would return this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/4/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

L.A. Angels 7, Milwaukee 3
Washington 13, Kansas City 2
Tampa Bay 8, L.A. Dodgers 5
Seattle 9, Oakland 8
Cleveland 4, Detroit 0
N-Y Yankees 7, Baltimore 0
Toronto 4, Texas 3
Houston 16, Minnesota 4
Boston 5, Chi White Sox 2
Chi Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 2
Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 4
N-Y Mets 8, Atlanta 0
Colorado 2, San Diego 0
Miami 4, Arizona 3
St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 123, Atlanta 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2

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Russell Wilson Takes to Twitter After Vote Stalls NBA Arena Plans

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(SEATTLE) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took to Twitter to stand up for another home team on Tuesday night.

Russell expressed his frustrations over Seattle’s failure to bring a National Basketball Team back to the city, according to ESPN. This comes after the City Council voted against giving part of Occidental Avenue South to an entrepreneur who wants to build an arena.

Wilson urged his Twitter followers to take a stand and start a petition.

Seattle, Lets stand up & fight to get our team back! The stadium would sell out every game!

Let’s start a petition Seattle! @NBA#WhyNotUs

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 4, 2016

Baffling this amazing city doesn’t have the #SuperSonics Bring them back! Seattle Loves Basketball!

Seattle deserves a @NBA team

🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 4, 2016

Among the issues factoring into the vote were traffic issues and conflicts with Port of Seattle and union workers, ESPN reports.

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Abby Wambach, World Cup and Olympic Champion Joins ESPN

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Retired soccer star Abby Wambach has agreed to a multi-year deal to join ESPN as an analyst and contributor.

Wambach, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, will cover UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ESPN announced.

Additionally, she will contribute to ESPN Films projects and feature reports, as well as ESPN’s award-winning news programs E:60 and Outside the Lines where she will expand her profile reporting on topical issues in sports, according to ESPN. Wambach will also launch a bi-weekly ESPN Audio podcast.

“My soccer career has provided me with a lot of different experiences that brings more than Xs and Os to the table,” said Wambach. “I’m excited to join ESPN and to have the opportunity to tell stories that transcend soccer.”

Wambach retired from professional soccer after a 14-year career playing with the national team.

Disney is the parent compnay of ESPN and ABC News.

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NFL Warns Players Too Much Meat Abroad May Lead To Positive Drug Test

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The National Football League is warning its players about consumption of meat in foreign countries. The organization issued a warning to players saying meats in certain countries like China and Mexico contain clenbuterol, which is banned under the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

Clenbuterol is a muscle-building and weight-loss stimulant, according to ESPN.

The drug-testing program’s administrator sent a memo to players, saying “consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those particular countries may result in a positive test.”

“Players are warned to be aware of this issue when traveling to Mexico and China,” the memo read. “Please take caution if you decide to consume meat, and understand that you do so at your own risk.”

Several players, including Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson, took to Twitter after he recieved the memo.

This can’t be real life! #SMH #GottaGoVeganOnVacation 🤕 pic.twitter.com/HmWNpi4cAj

— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) May 3, 2016

The substance has reportedly caused positive tests before. Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown tested positive for clenbuterol last season after a trip to Mexico, sources told ESPN.

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