Jacque Vaughn to coach Orlando Magic | NBA
The Orlando Magic announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn, 37, as its next coach.
Vaughn to coach Magic
The Orlando Magic's makeover continues to have a youthful feel.
Orlando announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn, 37, as its next coach Saturday, bringing the latest 30-something member to a basketball-operations department after the hiring of 30-year-old general manager Rob Hennigan last month.
Vaughn becomes the 10th coach in Magic history and replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was fired May 21 despite compiling a 259-135 regular-season record and a franchise-best .657 winning percentage.
"As we navigated through our coaching search, we quickly saw that Jacque's spirit and leadership strengths made him the clear choice," Hennigan said in a statement. "We are confident that his diligence, attention to detail and communication style will help establish the bedrock of our culture moving forward."
Vaughn played guard in the league for five teams over 12 seasons, averaging 4.5 points and 2.5 assists per game. His last game was in 2009 with San Antonio; he spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Spurs.
Center Dwight Howard has told Hennigan he has no desire to return to Orlando next season for the final year of his contract.
Erickson says Penn St.
is covered for lawsuits
Penn State is adequately covered to handle lawsuits stemming from the sexual-abuse scandal that has enveloped the campus, its president said, repeating the university hopes to settle many of them "as quickly as possible" even though its insurer has sought to limit claims.
Rodney Erickson told CBS's "Face the Nation" program in an interview taped for broadcast Sunday the university has general-liability coverage like any institution of its size.
"We believe that we are adequately covered," he said. "In addition to that, we hope to be able to settle as many of these cases as quickly as possible. We don't want to, if at all possible, drag victims through another round of court cases and litigation."
Retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted last month of abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
Penn State's general-liability insurer sought last week to deny or limit coverage for Sandusky-related claims. Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance argued Penn State withheld key information needed to assess risk.
In a memo filed in court in Philadelphia, the company argued Penn State failed to disclose it had information about Sandusky that "was material to the insurable risk assumed by PMA."
USC defensive end
to have surgery
Devon Kennard, a senior defensive end for USC, will have surgery Monday to repair a torn right pectoral muscle, a situation that will test a unit already lacking depth.
"It fell at a really unfortunate time, the worst possible time," said Kennard, who hurt himself while lifting weights Thursday. "But it's not something that's going to kill me. I'll rehab and get back out as soon as I can and hopefully play the middle to the end of the season."
Kennard had been scheduled to start opposite senior Wes Horton, giving the Trojans a formidable, experienced duo on the edge.
• Favorites won $600,000 races for Thoroughbreds at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Alpha led all the way in the Grade II Jim Dandy for 3-year-olds and 4-year-old filly Winter Memories took the Grade I Diana.
Alpha, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Ramon Dominguez, beat Neck 'n Neck by 2 lengths. The colt ran 1-1/8 miles on a sloppy dirt track in 1 minute, 50.47 seconds and returned $5.60 on a $2 win bet.
Winter Memories, trained by James Toner and ridden by Javier Castellano, covered 1-1/8 miles on an inner-turf course rated good in 1:48.50 and beat Dream Peace by 1 ½ lengths. Winter Memories paid $5.50 to win.
• Two-time champion Sam Querrey of the United States and Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania won semifinal matches and advanced to Sunday's final of the Farmers Classic tennis tournament in Los Angeles.
• Team roper Broc Cresta, who competed in the National Finals Rodeo the last two years, was found dead in his living-quarters trailer at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. He was 25.
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association officials said the Petaluma, Calif., resident's cause of death wasn't known.
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