MIKE KRZYZEWSKI has decided to remain coach of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.
Krzyzewski will try to lead the Americans to a third straight gold medal, a person with knowledge of the decision said yesterday. Originally expected to step down, Krzyzewski will hold a news conference to confirm his return today at Duke, the person told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.
The Hall of Fame coach has led the Americans since 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship. His return was first reported by Sports Illustrated.
"I think it's great," said two-time gold medalist LeBron James, when told of the news last night before the Miami Heat faced Indiana. "What he means to USA Basketball is beyond just what we do on the court. It's what we stand for as Americans and being proud of the red, white and blue every time we step off the bus or practice or talk to the media or whatever the case may be. I think it's great."
Krzyzewski repeatedly said he planned to end his international coaching career following the Americans' victory last summer in London. Yet USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo preferred to hold off any discussion until after Coach K finished his season with the Blue Devils, and he got the answer he wanted.
Krzyzewski, 66, will lead the Americans next summer at the renamed World Cup of Basketball in Spain, where a victory would qualify them for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil. They are 62-1 over the last 7 years.
Former Temple running back Matt Brown has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Brown was the 2012 Big East special teams player of the year.
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Golfer Rickie Fowler, who played collegiately at Oklahoma State 2 years, said he will match the first $100,000 donated by fans at this week's Colonial tournament toward relief efforts after this week's deadly tornado in the Oklahoma City area.
* Seventh-ranked Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has pulled out of the French Open because of a respiratory virus. American players Brian Baker and Mardy Fish also pulled out. Baker has not recovered from a right knee operation and Fish is unfit because of heart problems.
* The British Horseracing Authority has banned Irish jockey Eddie Ahern for 10 years for violating corruption rules. Ahern, 35, was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to bets placed on five horses between September 2010 and February 2011. Ahern, who has ridden more than 1,000 winners in Britain, plans to appeal.