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Los Angeles Clippers to hire Tyronn Lue as new head coach

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Oct. 15 (UPI) — Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to a multiyear contract to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

League sources told ESPN and The Athletic that Lue is signing a five-year deal with the Clippers. According to the outlets, the Clips and Lue’s representative in the contract discussions — Andy Miller — completed negotiations on a deal Thursday afternoon.

Lue is replacing veteran coach Doc Rivers, who parted ways with the Clippers last month before becoming the Philadelphia 76ers’ next head coach. The 43-year-old Lue — who has received significant support from key Clippers players throughout the search process — served as an assistant under Rivers last season.

Former NBA champion and five-time All-Star selection Chauncey Billups and veteran coach Larry Drew are expected to join Lue’s coaching staff, according to The Athletic. Billups is still a possible candidate in the Indiana Pacers‘ search for a head coach.

Lue won a championship in 2016 as coach of the Cavaliers and reached the NBA Finals in three consecutive seasons. As a head coach, he holds a 128-83 overall record.

Lue also won two NBA titles as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers.

This past postseason, the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals, losing in seven games to the Denver Nuggets. The team posted a 49-23 record in the regular season — the fourth-best mark in franchise history.



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Cowboys’ Randy Gregory removed from commissioner’s exempt list

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Oct. 20 (UPI) — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been removed from the commissioner’s exempt list and will be available to play Sunday against the Washington Football Team.

The Cowboys announced Tuesday that Gregory was moved to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s matchup. As part of his conditional reinstatement to the league, he has been able to take part in meetings and workouts over the past two weeks.

Gregory, who had been on the commissioner’s exempt list since being reinstated by the NFL last month, hasn’t played in a game since the Cowboys’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 divisional round because of an indefinite suspension.

A number of violations of the league’s substance abuse policy led to multiple suspensions for Gregory, who has appeared in only 28 of a possible 86 career games. After his reinstatement, the Cowboys signed him to a one-year extension through 2021.

In 28 career games with Dallas, Gregory — a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Nebraska — has recorded 41 total tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. His best season came in 2018, when he notched 25 tackles and six sacks over 14 regular-season contests.

Also Tuesday, the Cowboys waived defensive back Saivion Smith. Wide receiver Ventell Bryant, who had been battling a knee injury, was waived off injured reserve.

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Tom Brady leads Tampa Bay Buccaneers to 38 straight points to beat Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Oct. 19 (UPI) — Tom Brady prevailed in a matchup between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored 38 unanswered points to beat the Green Bay Packers by four touchdowns to move to 4-2 on the season.

Brady completed 17 of 27 passes and threw two touchdowns in the 38-10 win on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 35 passes and threw two interceptions.

Green Bay led Tampa Bay 10-0 in the first quarter before the Buccaneers scored the rest of the game’s points, ignited by a 32-yard interception return by Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean in the second quarter.

“Jamel made a hell of a play,” Brady said. “He did that to us in training camp a few times, so that was huge play. It sparked us. Then we got another turnover, got the ball in, had [another] decent drive and got the ball in [again].

“I think not turning the ball over helped a lot. I think not being behind on down and distance helped a lot. But certainly [there are] better things that we can do and do things better than what we did today. We’re going to keep working at it.”

Brady is now 2-1 in head-to-head matchups with Rodgers during their decorated NFL tenures.

Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones had 113 yards and two scores on 23 carries in the victory. Tampa Bay sacked Rodgers five times and outgained Green Bay 324 to 201 in total yards.

The Packers opened the game with a 10-play, 54-yard drive that ended with a 39-yard Mason Crosby field goal to give Green Bay a 3-0 lead. The Packers defense then forced a 3-and-out from the Bucs before Rodgers led an 11-play, 90-yard scoring drive.

Rodgers threw the interception to Dean on the Packers next drive to make the score 10-7, and momentum swung to the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay defensive back Mike Edwards intercepted Rodgers again on the Packers’ next drive and returned it 37 yards to the Green Bay two-yard line. Jones ran for a short touchdown on the next play to give the Bucs a 14-10 edge four minutes into the second quarter.

Tampa Bay then forced a three-and-out from the Packers before Brady threw a seven-yard touchdown toss to Tyler Johnson. Brady connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski for another touchdown just before halftime to push the Buccaneers lead to 28-10 at the break.

Tampa kicker Ryan Succop made a 50-yard field goal on the first drive of the second half and Ronald Jones ran for a one-yard touchdown with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter for the final points of the game.

The Buccaneers held Packers running back Aaron Jones to just 15 yards on 10 carries. Packers wide receiver Davante Adams had six catches for 61 yards in the loss.

Bucs linebackers Jason Pierre-Paul and Lavonte David each had 1.5 sacks and Pierre-Paul forced a fumble in the win. Devin White and Ndamukong Suh also logged sacks for Tampa Bay.

“They deserve credit,” Rodgers said. “They got inside of our rhythm. They stopped the run early. I missed a few throws I usually hit. Those are frustrating plays.”

The Buccaneers (4-2) next face Las Vegas at 8:20 p.m. EDT on Sunday at the Raiders’ new Allegiant Stadium; the Packers (4-1) travel to face the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. EDT at NRG Stadium.

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College football: Florida coach Mullen, Purdue coach Brohm test positive for COVID-19

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Oct. 19 (UPI) — Florida’s Dan Mullen and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm became the latest coaches to test positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, as the pandemic continues to infiltrate the top college football programs in the United States.

Purdue announced Brohm’s presumed positive test on Sunday. Mullen announced Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19. Both coaches are in self-isolation inside their respective homes.

“I’m continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy, and am following all the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and our public health officials,” Mullen tweeted Saturday.

“I am proud of how our players, staff and campus community have navigated this unprecedented time and hope all continue to be safe.”

Last week, Florida paused all football activities and postponed Saturday’s scheduled game against LSU due to a coronavirus outbreak within the program.

Purdue is scheduled to start their 2020 schedule with a game against Iowa at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers’ abbreviated schedule features eight games against only Big Ten conference opponents.

Brohm is expected to speak with reporters at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday on a Zoom conference call.

Alabama’s Nick Saban, Kansas’ Les Miles, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson, UCLA’s Chip Kelly, Toledo’s Jason Candle and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin are among the other college football coaches this season to test positive for COVID-19.

Saban tested positive on Wednesday before he tested negative on three subsequent tests. He went into a brief isolation period before he returned to the sideline to coach the Crimson Tide to a win over Georgia in front of nearly 20,000 fans on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“It was very emotional for me,” Saban told reporters Saturday. “I think I gained a lot of respect thinking that I had this, even through we’ve done everything we can to set a good example with social distancing, wearing a mask and washing hands.

“I think everyone should have proper respect [for COVID-19]. When they tell you that you tested positive, it’s not a good feeling.”



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