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Pistons interview Sampson about vacant head coaching spot

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Basketball: A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have given the Detroit Pistons permission to interview assistant Kelvin Sampson for their vacant head coaching job.

The person requested anonymity because of the confidential nature of the Pistons’ search.

Sampson has been an assistant to Bucks head coach Scott Skiles since May 2008. Sampson joined Skiles’ staff after his tenure as the head coach at Indiana University ended in scandal. Prior to that he coached at Oklahoma and started his Division I head coaching career at Washington State.

Detroit fired coach John Kuester on Sunday.

Stangel Idaho player of year

Softball: Lake City High School sophomore Casey Stangel is the Gatorade Idaho Softball Player of the Year. 

The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.

The 5-foot-10 sophomore left-handed pitcher finished 25-0 with a 0.33 ERA this past season, leading the Timberwolves (26-0) to the State 5A championship.

The two-time Inland Empire League 5A Most Valuable Player, Stangel recorded 283 strikeouts against 31 walks in 149 innings, compiling 17 shutouts and two no-hitters. She batted .590 along with 52 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 16 doubles and 11 home runs.

It’s Rain and Shine at Albi

Soccer: The Spokane Shine women’s team will open their home season with a pair of Women’s Premier Soccer League Northwest Division matches against the Portland Rain (4-0) at Joe Albi Stadium.

The Shine, who split their first two games of the season last weekend against the Oregon Rush in Bend, play at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or through TicketsWest.

The team, which has several players with area ties on its roster, is playing a 12-game schedule.

One team will qualify for the playoffs out of the four-team Northwest Division.

The WPSL is a 62-team national league sanctioned by the U.S. Adult Soccer Association as an affiliate of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

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