Detroit’s Dumars expects to be fired
According to reports, Pistons general manager Joe Dumars expects to be fired. Bleacher Report said reports dismiss the possibility of Detroit supplanting Dumars with his former teammate, Isiah Thomas, but sources do not expect Dumars to stay in the position much longer — either he’ll step down or owner Tom Gores will go in a new direction. Dumars is reportedly weary of the criticism he has received in trying to rebuild the Pistons after constructing a franchise that went to the Eastern Conference Finals six years in a row (2003-2008). The criticism, a source said, fails to account for a dismal Detroit economy and restraints placed on Dumars while the franchise was up for sale and ultimately changed ownership hands. Dumars could not be reached for comment. Detroit is 24-37 after Wednesday night’s loss to Chicago, 3½ games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference . . . Despite the losses, the distractions, and the disappointments, Knicks coach Mike Woodson is steadfast in his belief that he’s the man to lead New York out of the abyss. ‘‘My thought process will never change in terms of me being the coach here,’’ Woodson said Wednesday. ‘‘I still think I was the guy for the job. I still think I am the guy for the job and I'm going to continue to work in that area.’’ The Knicks have lost seven straight games to fall to 21-40, a slide that has buried them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference . . . Jason Collins’s second stint with the Nets will last at least 10 more days after the team signed him to a second 10-day contract. Collins, who became the NBA’s first openly gay player when he signed his first deal Feb. 23, has appeared in five games, with three points and five rebounds in 36 minutes.
NCAA withdraws 10-second proposal
The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock. After a conference call, the committee decided not to send the so-called 10-second rule to the playing rules oversight panel for approval Thursday. NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said the NCAA received 324 comments during the feedback period after the proposal passed and 75 percent opposed the change; 16 percent supported the proposal. The rest were uncertain. Redding also said a new proposal was passed by the committee to expand roughing the passer to include ‘‘forcible’’ hits to the knees or below . . . Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas, averaging 18.7 points and 10.8 rebounds, won her third straight Atlantic Coast Conference basketball player of the year award. Thomas is the only player in ACC history with four triple-doubles in a season and is one shy of matching the NCAA career record of seven. Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year and North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields rookie of the year.
Russia ousts Olympic hockey coach
Russian hockey coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is leaving his job after the home team’s disappointing quarterfinals exit at the Sochi Olympics last month. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Russian hockey federation officials agreed to Bilyaletdinov’s departure after meeting with him Wednesday and are looking for a new coach before the world championship in May in Belarus. Russia lost, 3-1, to Finland to miss out on an Olympic medal which was among the nation’s top priorities at the Sochi Games. As a player for the Soviet Union, Bilyaletdinov won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and silver in 1980 at Lake Placid . . . Three days after he withdrew in the middle of the final round at the Honda Classic with lower back pain, Tiger Woods returned to work at the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla. by saying he feels better after a few days of constant treatment, and that he felt good enough to try to defend his title . . . Aya Miyama scored in the 83rd minute to give Japan a 1-1 tie against the defending champion United States in the opener at the Algarve Cup women’s soccer tournament in Parchal, Portugal. Sydney Leroux scored in the 59th minute for the US, which extended its unbeaten streak to 43 games (36-0-7) since a March 2012 loss to Japan at the Algarve Cup. The US plays Sweden, and former American coach Pia Sundhage, on Friday . . . Striker Robbie Keane, who has 34 goals and 21 assists in just 55 Major League Soccer games while helping Los Angeles win back-to-back league championships in 2011 and 2012, agreed to a multiyear extension with the Galaxy . . . D.C. United defender Chris Korb is expected to miss two to three weeks after having surgery on his left knee . . . Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 5-1 World Cup warmup win over Cameroon in Leiria, Portgual to become Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, overtaking Pauleta, who scored 47 goals in 88 games.