Around the Nation (June 30): Manny Ramirez joins Triple-A Iowa as player/coach

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BASEBALL

Manny Ramirez joins Triple-A Iowa as player/coach

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Manny Ramirez has been called everything from a World Series MVP to a cheater.

The disgraced slugger is hoping to add "mentor" to his resume.

The 42-year-old Ramirez, a two-time champion with Boston and a two-time offender of Major League Baseball's rules against performance-enhancing drugs, joined the Triple-A Iowa Cubs as a player/coach on Thursday after signing with Chicago in late May.

Ramirez is expected to play one or two times a week for the organization's top affiliate in Des Moines. But Ramirez's biggest responsibility will be to work with the Cubs' most promising prospects.

Astros respond after hackers get trade information

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros say they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.

General manager Jeff Luhnow says "it was an illegal activity and we're going to pursue it and try and find out who did it and prosecute."

He says they learned of the breach about a month ago. The team responded on Monday after the web site Deadspin.com published a story about the breach.

Among the items involved talks with Miami to trade 2012 top overall pick Carlos Correa and rookie George Springer for Marlins star slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Luhnow says some of the information was accurate and some was not, but he wouldn't discuss what portions fell into which category.

BASKETBALL

Source: Jason Kidd to coach Bucks after Nets OK deal

NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the details says the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal allowing Jason Kidd to become Milwaukee's coach. The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 and 2019.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied. The Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams about a job.

Milwaukee still has coach Larry Drew under contract.

Magic waive guards Nelson, Lamb

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic have waived veteran guard Jameer Nelson and second-year guard Doron Lamb.

The moves, announced on Monday, ends the run of the Magic's longest-tenured player at 10 seasons in Nelson.

Nelson was selected by Denver 20th overall in the first round of the 2004 draft, but was acquired by Orlando in exchange for a future first round pick on draft night.

He played in 651 regular season games in Orlando with 556 starts, averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 assists, and posting one All-Star season in 2009.

Nelson was entering the final year of a three-year contract, but had only $2 million of the $8 million remaining guaranteed. By waiving Nelson before July 16 the Magic are saving valued salary cap space.

He could re-sign with the Magic, but he's expected to garner free agency interest.

Lamb just completed his second NBA season, playing 53 games last season with the Magic and averaging 3.6 points in 13.1 minutes per game of action.

Lamb was original selected by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Kentucky. He was acquired by Orlando, along with Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih in 2013 in a trade that sent J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to the Milwaukee.

Lamb has appeared in 100 career regular-season games with the Bucks and Magic.

Mourning becomes Laureus ambassador

MIAMI -- Former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning has been chosen as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Mourning was inducted at the Overtown Youth Center in Miami that he helped found in 2004. He says he is joining Laureus "to bring the success we've seen in sport for development in Miami to other communities around the globe."

Mourning won the award for the NBA's top defensive player twice in his 15-year career and made a comeback after a kidney transplant.

He also is involved with a kidney-disease charity, Zo's Fund for Life.

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