NBA: Even with a lockout firmly in place across the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have still managed to land one of the biggest free agents on the market.
The team announced Tuesday that it has an agreement in principle with Rick Adelman to make one of the game’s great offensive minds its next head coach. An introductory news conference will be held once the contract is signed, but scheduling conflicts mean that is unlikely to happen this week.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but there is no doubt that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor had to dig deep into his billionaire pocketbook to land a coach who is eighth on the career victories list. Adelman, 65, is 945-616 in 20 seasons as coach of the Trail Blazers, Kings, Warriors and Rockets. Adelman and the Rockets parted ways in April after his contract expired.
Adelman led the Blazers to the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992 and has gained a reputation over two decades in the league as a coach who gets the most out of the roster he’s given.
He replaces Kurt Rambis, who was given just two years as president of basketball operations David Kahn’s first coaching hire. Rambis’ teams went 32-132.
• No progress in labor talks: The long looks on players’ faces and the anger in Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver’s voice made it obvious: There was no progress in talks to end the NBA lockout.
And with less than three weeks until training camps, the latest setback may be a tough one.
“I think coming out of today, obviously because of the calendar, we can’t come out of here feeling as though training camps and the season is going to start on time at this point,” players’ association president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers said.
Still divided over the salary cap structure, owners and players decided to pass on talking again today, and no further meetings are scheduled.
“Well, we did not have a great day, I think it’s fair to say that,” Commissioner David Stern said.
Training camps have been expected to open Oct. 3 and the regular season’s opening night is scheduled for Nov. 1.
NCAA reinstates three Buckeyes
College football: The NCAA reinstated three Ohio State players who were suspended for accepting $200 in cash in an envelope from a university booster while attending a charity event earlier this year.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the reinstatement to the Associated Press.
Tailback Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, tabbed as starters for the Buckeyes in the preseason. along with backup safety Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, had been suspended two games for violating NCAA rules by taking the improper benefits at an event in suburban Cleveland in February.
The 17th-ranked Buckeyes play at Miami against the Hurricanes on Saturday.
The NCAA cleared the players for the game against the Hurricanes as soon as they pay $200 to another charity.
Brothers to face off at Senior Amateur
Golf: Brothers Stanford and Louis Lee each won two matches and will face off in the quarterfinals of the USGA Senior Amateur Championship in Manakin-Sabot, Va.
This morning’s match will be the first between brothers in the history of the USGA Senior Amateur.
Defending champion Paul Simson and Chip Lutz also advanced at the 6,829-yard, par-72 Kinloch Golf Club.
• Defending champ Hardin advances: Defending champion Mina Hardin won two matches to advance to the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinals in Ooltewah, Tenn. Anna Schultz, Susan Rheney, Nancy Smith and Lisa Schlesinger also advanced.
Bolt runs season-best in 100 at Zagreb
Track and field: Usain Bolt made a cautious start in his first 100 meters since his disqualification at the world championships, and still won in a season-best 9.85 seconds at the Zagreb World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia.
Bolt, who false-started in South Korea last month to end his hopes of retaining his world title, shaved 0.03 seconds off his previous fastest time this year – 9.88 at Monaco in June – on a warm, still night.
The appearance of local favorite Blanka Vlasic in the women’s high jump delighted the home crowd, although she eventually succumbed to world champion Anna Chicherova. Both cleared 6 feet, 63/4 inches, with Chicherova declared the winner after Vlasic – who had a leg injury – missed on the first attempt.
In the men’s 110 hurdles, Cuba’s world-record holder Dayron Robles beat world champion Jason Richardson.
American Carmelita Jeter took the women’s 100 in 11.00.
Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica won the 200 with a personal-best 22.55.
In the women’s 100 hurdles, world champion Sally Pearson claimed the gold in 12.67.
LaShawn Merritt of the United States won the men’s 400 in 45.20 seconds.
Jamaica’s Novlene Williams Mills set a meet record of 50.31 seconds to capture the women’s 400.