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New Jersey Devils hire Lindy Ruff as coach

New coach Lindy Ruff is tasked with rebuilding the New Jersey Devils along with GM Tom Fitzgerald.
New coach Lindy Ruff is tasked with rebuilding the New Jersey Devils along with GM Tom Fitzgerald.LM Otero/Associated Press

Lindy Ruff impressed the New Jersey Devils with his experience from decades of coaching. Tom Fitzgerald wowed ownership with his moves in a few short months as general manager. The Devils on Thursday hired Ruff as coach and removed Fitzgerald’s interim tag to give him the full-time GM job. Ruff, who coached the Sabres from 1997-2013 and took Buffalo to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999, got the job over interim coach Alain Nasreddine and fellow veteran coaches Gerard Gallant, Peter Laviolette and John Stevens. Fitzgerald and Ruff are now in charge of guiding one of the NHL’s youngest teams that includes recent No. 1 picks Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes and plenty of emerging talent. New Jersey has made the playoffs just once in eight years, though a plethora of salary cap space and a seasoned coach could speed up the rebuilding process.

NBA

Williamson’s family accused of taking $400K

In court filings in North Carolina, attorneys for Gina Ford, president of a marketing company suing NBA rookie star Zion Williamson and his new agents for breach of contract, included a sworn affidavit from a California man who said the head of Canadian-based firm Maximum Management Group told him he paid Williamson’s family $400,000 for his commitment to sign with the company once he left Duke for the NBA. The documents include a marketing agreement signed by Williamson from May 2019, a December 2019 “letter of declaration” signed by Williamson and his stepfather agreeing to pay $500,000 to MMG president Slavko Duric for “repayment of a loan” from October 2018, and a copy of Williamson’s South Carolina driver’s license. In a statement to the Associated Press, Williamson attorney, Jeffrey S. Klein, said those documents were “fraudulent.”… The Brooklyn Nets filled one of the openings on their roster by signing veteran Michael Beasley as a substitute player for the remainder of the season. The Nets will resume play without Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan after they tested positive for the coronavirus. Wilson Chandler also chose not to play, and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving aren’t returning from their injuries.

Soccer

Union holds off NYCFC

Alejandro Bedoya scored in the 63rd minute and the Philadelphia Union defeated NYCFC , 1-0, in the MLS is Back tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson dove and got a hand on the ball but couldn’t keep Bedoya’s left-footed strike out of the net after a scoreless first half. The teams met on the second day of the monthlong tournament played without fans in attendance at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Goalkeeper Andre Blake preserved Philadelphia’s first win of the season in the 86th minute when he dove to push away Brazilian forward Heber’s shot from the left side of the box. Teams are divided into six groups for the opening stage of the World Cup-style tournament, with results counting toward the regular season … Danny Ings kept himself in the running to win the Golden Boot with his 19th Premier League goal of the season for Southampton, although the visitors had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Everton … Bournemouth had a 90th-minute goal ruled out for handball and had to settle for a 0-0 draw against a lackluster Tottenham, which failed to have a shot on target against the Premier League’s worst defense since the restart.

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Colleges

Ex-OSU official cited for failure to report misconduct

A former Ohio State student health director is facing potential discipline from the state medical board for knowing but failing to report at least three sexual misconduct complaints in the mid-1990s about Richard Strauss, the late team doctor now accused of abusing young men at the university for two decades. The citation makes former director Ted Grace the first individual to face such action in the wake of allegations that Ohio State officials turned a blind eye to Strauss’ behavior for years. Grace can request a hearing before the board decides whether to take action against his license. He didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the matter … Texas Tech signed 7-foot-1 Russian basketball center Vladislav Goldin. Goldin played last season at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. He also played for Russia’s U18 and U19 national teams, and for three seasons with CSKA Moscow’s Junior Team … A man accused of fatally shooting a University of Toledo football player following a fight at a city pizza restaurant this week was charged with murder, authorities said. Michael Mitchell Jr., 24, of Toledo, was taken into custody Wednesday and was expected to make his initial court appearance on Thursday. Mitchell shot Jahneil Douglas, 22, a defensive lineman, around 11 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The restaurant’s general manager told The Toledo Blade that Douglas and another person began arguing just outside the entrance and a fight ensued, although it’s not clear if Mitchell was the other person involved …The long-time track and field coach at a historically Black college in North Carolina is one of four people suing the school, alleging wrongful termination. The plaintiffs claim they were retaliated against by officials at St. Augustine’s University for raising concerns about how the school was being run, WRAL, a television station in Raleigh, N.C., reported. School officials could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. Last week, the attorney for coach George Williams said his client was made to choose between taking a 50 percent pay cut and becoming athletic director emeritus or leaving the university where he won 39 national track championships. Williams also said he experienced age discrimination and attempts to damage his reputation.

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Miscellany

Champion cyclist Froome changing teams

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will join fast-growing cycling team Israel Start-Up Nation for the start of next season after losing his status as the leader of Team Ineos. Froome’s contract with Ineos expires in December and the team has decided not to renew it, ending their decade-long association … A horse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci won his first race at Keeneland. The 2-year-old colt won by 1 length as the heavy favorite against 11 rivals in the $70,000 race. Fauci ran 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in 58.65 seconds under jockey Tyler Gaffalione and paid $4.20 to win.

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