Around the Nation (April 21): Binghamton, Longwood to join Mid-American Conference in secondary sports

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COLLEGE

Binghamton, Longwood to join Mid-American Conference

The Mid-American Conference announced Monday the addition of Binghamton University as an affiliate member in men's tennis and Longwood University as an affiliate member in field hockey. Both programs will join the MAC beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.

The addition of Binghamton will increase MAC men's tennis membership to six members, joining Ball State, Buffalo, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.

The addition of Longwood will increase MAC women's field hockey membership to seven members, joining Ball State, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami and Ohio.

FOOTBALL

Raiders trade Pryor to Seattle for pick

The Oakland Raiders traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round draft pick on Monday.

Pryor, 24, passed for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games for the Raiders last season.

Pryor was expecgted to be released by Oakland by Tuesday if a trade was not arranged.

Pryor joins a Seahawks team that already has three QBs on the roster in starter Russell Wilson, veteran backup Tarvaris Jackson and second-year player B.J. Daniels.

BASKETBALL

Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks have fired Mike Woodson after falling from division champions to out of the playoffs in one season.

New team president Phil Jackson made the decision Monday, saying in a statement "the time has come for change throughout the franchise." This is the first big move for Jackson since his appointment in March.

The dismissal comes shortly after the Knicks completed a 37-45 season that began with them believing they were a serious contender.

Instead, they started poorly, making Woodson's job security practically a season-long distraction. A late surge wasn't good enough for a postseason spot or another year for Woodson.

Jackson has won an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach. He has repeatedly said he's not interested in returning to the bench, so he will have to hire someone before he turns his attention to the roster.

Wolves' Adelman retires after 23 years

MINNEAPOLIS -- A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons.

Adelman was expected to announce his decision Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the retirement.

Adelman's career includes 1,042 victories, eighth on the NBA's career list. He coached in Portland and Sacramento and also had stops in Golden State and Houston.

Adelman just completed the third season of a four-year deal with Minnesota. There was a mutual option for the final year of the deal.

After missing the playoffs for the third straight season, and with a wife who is being treated for seizure disorders, Adelman decided it was time to go.

Noah named NBA's Defensive Player of the Year

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Monday in front of friends and family.

"This is very humbling to be in this situation right now," Noah said at a news conference where his family was in the front row.

Noah joins Michael Jordan in 1988 as the only Bulls players to win the award.

The recognition comes after he helped Chicago win 48 games and capture home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs despite losing Derrick Rose to a season-ending knee injury and trading away Luol Deng. It also comes at a time when he's getting about as much praise for his ability on offense after being known primarily for his defense and rebounding.

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