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Around the Nation (June 16): Ellis, Bullock suspended five games under NBA drug policy

Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Bullock of the Detroit Pistons have been suspended five

Associated Press Published: June 17, 2017 4:00 AM

BASKETBALL

NBA suspends Ellis, Bullock for violating drug policy

Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Bullock of the Detroit Pistons have been suspended five games under the NBA's anti-drug program.

The league announced the suspensions Friday without disclosing details of the violations.

The 31-year-old Ellis averaged 8.5 points a game for Indiana last season. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said the suspension was a "very serious matter" and would be dealt with.

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The 26-year-old Bullock averaged 4.5 points in 2016-17. A spokesman for the Pistons said the organization was aware of the suspension, but declined further comment.

AP Source: Bucks to hire Horst as new GM

The Milwaukee Bucks are staying in-house to fill their general manager vacancy.

A league source with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the team plans to name director of basketball operations Jon Horst as its next GM.

Horst would replace John Hammond, who left to take the Orlando Magic job last month. The decision was first reported by ESPN.com.

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Horst will take over a young, promising roster led by All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks finished above. 500 for the first time since 2009-10, losing to the Toronto Raptors in the first round in six games.

The franchise is also moving into a new downtown arena next year.

Horst was hired by the Bucks as basketball operations director in 2008.

SOCCER

Prosecutors confirm 25 investigations linked to FIFA

BERN, Switzerland -- The office of Switzerland's attorney general says it is leading 25 separate investigations of suspected corruption linked to FIFA and World Cup bidding.

The office of Michael Lauber confirmed the scale of "football-related cases" after securing a first conviction since its FIFA probes began in 2014.

Cases were not specified, but criminal proceedings are open against former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke, and some 2006 World Cup organizers, including Franz Beckenbauer.

Swiss and American prosecutors worked together on a guilty plea this week from Jorge Arzuaga, a former employee of Swiss private banks from Argentina. Arzuaga admitted conspiring with former FIFA finance chairman Julio Grondona and others in a money-laundering conspiracy linked to bribes.

Lauber's office says Arzuaga forfeited $650,000 in "unlawfully obtained" bonuses to the Swiss treasury.

ICE HOCKEY

Coyotes restructure front office under owner Barroway

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have made changes to their front office under owner Andrew Barroway.

President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc and president of hockey operations Gary Drummond stepped down from their duties on Friday, with general counsel Ahron Cohen named as the new COO.

The Coyotes will search for a new chief executive officer.

Arizona also announced that Cohen and general manager John Chayka will serve as alternate governors who will report directly to Barroway.

Barroway bought out the Coyotes' minority owners on Monday in a deal the NHL hopes will help keep the team in Arizona long-term.

LeBlanc and Drummond were part of IceArizona, which purchased the Coyotes from the NHL in 2013.

FOOTBALL

Vikings' Floyd denies reports of flagged alcohol tests

MINNEAPOLIS -- Police say Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd has been flagged for failed alcohol tests that are part of his monitoring for house arrest in Minnesota.

Police records obtained by the Star Tribune show that Floyd flagged his alcohol monitoring three times and missed another test. Floyd told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the reports are "totally false." He allegedly blamed the results on consuming kombucha tea, which is fermented.

The 27-year-old Floyd pleaded guilty on Feb. 12 in Scottsdale, Arizona, to extreme drunken driving. Police say they found Floyd passed out behind the wheel on Dec. 12. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.217, more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit in Arizona.

Messages left for Scottsdale law enforcement and Floyd's agent, Brian Murphy, were not immediately returned.

BASEBALL

Stanford hires Esquer to replace Marquess as coach

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford has hired coach David Esquer away from rival California to replace the retired Mark Marquess as head of the baseball program.

Athletic director Bernard Muir announced Friday that Esquer will return to the Cardinal, where he played and coached under Marquess. Esquer played on Stanford's 1987 championship team and was an assistant from 1991-96.

Esquer has spent the past 18 years as head coach at Cal, winning 525 games and taking the Golden Bears to the College World Series in 2011 when he was named coach of the year. He has coached 81 major league draft picks, including five first-rounders.

Marquess retired after 41 seasons at Stanford. He won two national titles and went to the College World Series 15 times.


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