Around the Nation (June 10: Pistons to hire Cheeks as new coach

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AP source: Pistons hire Cheeks as new coach

DETROIT -- A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Pistons have hired Maurice Cheeks as their new coach.

The person spoke Monday on the condition of anonymity because the move has not yet been announced by the team.

The Pistons fired Lawrence Frank in April, a day after they finished 29-53. Frank was 54-94 in two seasons with the Pistons.

Cheeks is the franchise's fourth coach in six seasons and his job will be to end its four-year postseason drought.

Quin Snyder hired as Hawks assistant

ATLANTA -- Quin Snyder, a former assistant coach with the Lakers and 76ers and former coach at Missouri, has been hired to join new Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer's staff as an assistant.

Snyder returns to the NBA with the Hawks after spending last season as an assistant with CSKA Moscow.

From 2007-10, Snyder had a 94-56 record as coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League and was the 2008-09 D-League coach of the year.

Snyder was 128-96 with four NCAA tournament appearances in seven seasons at Missouri. He also is a former assistant at Duke, where he played from 1985-89.

Budenholzer was named the Hawks' coach on May 29. He is continuing as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs through the NBA Finals.

Sacramento hires Chris Jent as assistant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings have hired Chris Jent as an assistant on new coach Mike Malone's staff.

Malone announced the move Monday, citing Jent's experience as both a college and pro assistant.

The 43-year-old Jent joins the Kings from Ohio State. Jent had been an assistant at his alma mater since 2011 and helped lead the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 2012.

He also served as an assistant with Philadelphia and Orlando and coached the final 18 games for the Magic in 2005 after head coach Johnny Davis was let go. Jent was also the director of player development for Cleveland from November 2006 to 2009, before being promoted to assistant coach.

Malone's father, Brendan, will also be an assistant on the staff.

Thibodeau, Williams join Olympic men's staff

Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams will join the returning Jim Boeheim as assistant coaches for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.

USA Basketball announced Monday that Thibodeau and Williams will work the next three years under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The Chicago Bulls' Thibodeau and the New Orleans Pelicans' Williams will replace Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan.

Krzyzewski calls Thibodeau "one of the best defensive coaches." He says of Williams: "Players love playing for him."

Boeheim, D'Antoni and McMillan all worked under Krzyzewski since 2005, helping the Americans win two Olympic gold medals. The Syracuse coach is close friends with Krzyzewski and decided to remain for the next cycle, which starts with the 2014 World Cup of Basketball.

NJ auctioneer: Pact struck, six Kobe Bryant items on sale

NEWARK, N.J. -- The parents of NBA star Kobe Bryant have issued an apology after the settlement of a lawsuit over a memorabilia sale.

Bryant had a dispute with his mother over whether she was authorized to give New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions about 100 items to sell.

Bryant and the auction company exchanged lawsuits, and a trial was set to begin next week.

Under the settlement, Goldin can auction six items including two of Bryant's high school uniforms. Bryant jumped straight from Lower Merion High School outside Philadelphia to the NBA in 1996.

In an emailed statement Monday, Joseph and Pamela Bryant say they are sorry for any misunderstanding and thanked their son for his financial support over the years.

BASEBALL

Jeter takes next step in rehab, takes grounders

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has slightly increased his baseball activities by fielding grounders hit directly at him.

Jeter and injured teammate Eduardo Nunez took grounders on the outfield grass Monday at the Yankees' minor league complex. Jeter also continued playing catch.

The 13-time All-Star hasn't played this season after breaking his left ankle in the playoffs last year and having surgery. Jeter sustained another fracture during his rehabilitation, and isn't expected back until after the All-Star break in mid-July.

Nunez, who had been filling in at shortstop for the injured Jeter, is out with a strained muscle on his left side.

Outfielder Curtis Granderson, sidelined by a broken left hand, threw, but did not catch. He also ran in the outfield.

FOOTBALL

Ex-NFL star Johnson gets 30 days in jail for violating probation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former NFL star Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case involving his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

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Johnson gets jail time after angering judge

A plea deal that called for no jail time fell apart Monday. Broward Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the behind in court. McHugh says Johnson wasn't taking things seriously enough, even after he apologized. McHugh also extended Johnson's probation for three months.

The 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco pleaded no contest to head-butting Lozada during an argument in August. The "Basketball Wives" star immediately filed for divorce after barely a month of marriage.

Johnson was subsequently released by the Miami Dolphins. He previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.

Jets hire former Cards GM Rod Graves

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have hired former Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves as the team's senior director of football administration.

The team announced several moves Monday for new GM John Idzik's front office, including promoting Matt Bazirgan from personnel scout to assistant director of pro personnel.

Graves was with the Cardinals for 16 years and served as GM since 2007 before being fired in January a day after the season ended. Idzik and Graves have previously worked together, when Idzik was Arizona's director of football operations from 2004-07.

COLLEGE

Penn State explores idea of outdoor hockey

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The earliest the puck could drop on a potential outdoor hockey game at Penn State's Beaver Stadium would be after the 2014 football season.

Athletic director Dave Joyner said Monday that he's informally discussed the possibility of hosting a game at the home of Nittany Lions with a top official from the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers. He described the talk as exploratory and high level.

Joyner said in a phone interview the very earliest any game would happen would be 2014.

He said the school is interested and is looking into logistical issues like contingency plans if grass parking lots around Beaver Stadium are left unusable by a last-minute snowstorm.

The stadium has a capacity of more than 106,000, the second largest in the country behind Michigan Stadium.

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