Pelicans exec fined...Coyotes, Jackets dump coaches
May 10, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined New Orleans Pelicans executive David Griffin $50,000 for publicly criticizing officiating and making comments the league considered detrimental. The Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations spoke out strongly about his concerns over the amount of contact NBA referees allow New Orleans forward Zion Williamson to endure. Williamson is out indefinitely with a broken left index finger.
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets will have new head coaches next season. The Coyotes parted ways with Rick Tocchet and the Blue Jackets did the same with John Tortorella. The Coyotes have made the Stanley Cup playoffs just once in eight seasons, while the Jackets just ended a four-run postseason run.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a failed postrace drug test. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert called a news conference to announce that Medina Spirit tested positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone that is sometimes used to treat pain and inflammation in horses. Churchill Downs immediately suspended Baffert and said Medina Spirit would be disqualified if the drug findings were upheld.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. powered his way around Darlington Raceway, sweeping both stages and leading the final 105 laps in Sunday’s victory. Kyle Larson cut into Truex’s often large lead over the final 30 laps and came as close as two car-lengths down the stretch. Truex is the only multi-race winner on the Cup circuit this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rory McIlroy is a winner again after 18 long months. McIlroy closed with a 68 for a one-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship, his third win at Quail Hollow. He closed with a bogey that was good enough to beat Abraham Ancer (AN’-sur), who shot a final-round 66.