Hired Four days after Larry Drew was replaced in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Bucks have swooped in to scoop him up. The Bucks announced Friday that they have reached an agreement to hire Drew as their new head coach. Drew was 128-102 in Atlanta, and the Hawks reached the postseason in each of his three seasons. But general manager Danny Ferry, who inherited Drew when he took over last year, opted to let the coach go after the season as he continues his overhaul of the Hawks. Ferry has hired San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer to replace Drew.
• The Toronto Raptors have hired Masai Ujiri away from Denver to be their executive vice president of basketball operations. The 42-year-old Ujiri has been hailed as one of the rising stars among NBA executives thanks to his deft handling of the Carmelo Anthony trade to New York and his ability to assemble a relatively starless roster that still managed to be a formidable contender in the Western Conference. Ujiri was the assistant GM for the Raptors for three seasons before leaving for the Nuggets in 2010.
Injured Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was on life support at a hospital in Jonesboro, Ga., after his SUV crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a van in suburban Atlanta, police said. By Friday evening, Blaylock’s condition had improved and he was removed from life support. He remained in guarded, but critical condition. Blaylock has been under treatment for seizures, a family member told police. Monica Murphy, a passenger in the second vehicle, was bleeding internally and underwent surgery. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that she died later in the evening. The 46-year-old Blaylock played for the Atlanta Hawks between 1992 and 1999, appeared in the 1994 NBA All-Star game and had his best season in 1996-97, averaging 17.4 points and 5.9 assists.
Milestone Jockey Victor Espinoza earned his 3,000th career victory aboard Flashy Delight in the fourth race at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. Espinoza reached the milestone nearly 21 years after he won his first race at Hipodromo De Las Americas in his hometown of Mexico City.
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