Coach K returning to U.S. men's Olympic hoops team
Mike Krzyzewski will try to lead the United States men's basketball team to a third straight gold medal, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. 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.
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.
The 66-year-old Krzyzewski 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 seven years.
Del Potro, Baker, Fish pull out of French Open
PARIS — Seventh-ranked Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has pulled out of the upcoming French Open because of a respiratory virus.
Del Potro said in a statement Wednesday that he has not fully recovered and not fit to play.
American players Brian Baker and Mardy Fish have also pulled out. Baker has not recovered from a right knee operation and Fish is unfit because of heart problems. They will be replaced in Friday's draw by Joao Sousa of Portugal and Guido Pella of Argentina.
U.S. Open champion Andy Murray pulled out Tuesday because of a chronic back injury and will be replaced by a lucky loser.
Timbers sign defender Rauwshan McKenzie
PORTLAND — The Portland Timbers signed defender Rauwshan McKenzie on Wednesday and waived defender Ryan Kawulok.
The 26-year-old McKenzie had one assist in 20 appearances for Chivas USA last season. Drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in 2008, he also played for Real Salt Lake.
The 23-year-old Kawulok was the eighth overall pick last year in the supplemental draft. He played in 14 matches for the Timbers' reserves.
Jose Canseco accused of sexual assault in Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco Jr. has been accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas, in an investigation that the former baseball slugger made public with postings on a social media website claiming that a woman falsely accused him of rape.
No arrest was made and police said no charges were immediately filed against the 48-year-old former Oakland Athletics rookie of the year who played for six other teams from 1985 to 2001 and later wrote a tell-all book admitting that he used performance-enhancing steroids.
Compiled from wire reports