Dimitrov bets on coach Agassi for Grand Slam breakthrough

Roping in former world number one Andre Agassi was an obvious decision for Grigor Dimitrov as he chases his maiden grand slam and the Bulgarian says he can already feel the benefits of the partnership.


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Barack Obama Got an Emphatic Endorsement to Be the New UCLA Basketball Coach

President Obama’s most recent mention came from a less than likely place: ESPN.

ESPN analyst Bill Walton—who played for the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics throughout his career—told ESPN’s Dave Pasch that President Obama was the best option to coach the UCLA Bruins. Walton knows a little something about the Bruins’ expectations, considering the basketball legend led the team to two national championship wins in the 1970s.

“What type of characteristics should UCLA look for in the next coach?” Pasch asked the retired NBA player. “Barack Obama,” Walton replied.

Pasch seemed skeptical about the suggestion, saying, “I don’t think he’s gonna coach.” But Walton, who was inducted into the Basketball of Fame in 1993, did not back down, characterizing Pasch’s hesitation as “negative.”

“I’m sticking with Barack Obama until he says no,” Walton asserted.

President Obama has always loved the sport, and even had the White House’s tennis court converted to be used as a full basketball court, too. His brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, who is Michelle Obama‘s older brother, has coached professionally since 1999.

It’s not Walton’s first time bringing politics to the court. He made headlines in the ’70s when he played for Portland while using his celebrity for political and social advocacy, speaking out in opposition of nuclear power plants and raising money for Native Americans.

The permanent UCLA head coach position is yet to be filled.

Watch the full video of Walton’s Obama endorsement, and see some reactions, below.

 

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Source: Orioles to name Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde next manager

The Baltimore Orioles will name Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde their next manager, ESPN has confirmed. The Athletic first reported the news. Hyde, 45, replaces Buck Showalter, 62, who was let go after the Orioles finished a franchise-worst 47-115. Hyde previously had served as the Cubs’ director of player development and also was their first-base coach, before becoming manager Joe Maddon’s bench coach last season. His responsibilities under Maddon included running spring training over the past several years. Hyde also served as the Cubs’ bench coach in 2014 when Rick Renteria was manager. Hyde interviewed for managerial openings this winter with the Rangers, Twins, Angels and Blue Jays before landing the Orioles job. Baltimore cleaned house in the offseason, parting with executive vice president Dan Duquette and Showalter. Mike Elias was hired as the team’s new executive vice president and general manager, and he initiated the…
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Classy gesture: Fired Packers coach Mike McCarthy takes out full-page ad to give thanks

McCarthy, who was fired after a loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, took out a full-page ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette and other Gannett papers. In it, McCarthy talked about the good times. The ad was titled, simply, “Thank you, Green Bay.” McCarthy had been coach of the Packers since 2006.

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Coach Lights Up Shanghai

SHANGHAI — As far as bygone New York City eras go, the Seventies with its disco balls and grungy graffiti-splattered walls is one of the most fondly remembered — and it was this slice of life that Coach re-created at the West Bund Art Center, parking vintage Mustang replicas beside the runway and blaring police sirens and hip-hop beats.
Actress and Coach campaign face Chloë Grace Moretz came to hang out, as well as Ji Soo and Rosé, band members from the K-pop group Blackpink. Hannah Quinlivan, the model and wife to Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou, also came to view the dual-gender collection, which featured varying handkerchief hemlines and a more colorful palette than seen in the past two seasons. The show contained only small bags, perfect for the wallet-less China WeChat generation.
With so much tense talk between U.S. and China over trade the past few months — the two sides only last week came to a temporary tariffs truce — a Shanghai show from a New York house acted, if only in its own small way, as counterpoint.
For Coach, the motivation to hold the show was its 15th anniversary in China, a country which now figures as its second-largest market after North America.

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Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer Retiring After Season of Scandal and Victories

Urban Meyer, the head coach of Ohio State University’s football team, will reportedly announce his retirement this afternoon at a press conference in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch’s Buckeye Extra blog reported Tuesday morning that Meyer’s decision was believed to be due to “health reasons.”

His final game for Ohio State will be the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl vs. Washington. This past weekend, he led the Buckeyes to their 37th Big Ten title. The team is 12-1 and is ranked No. 6 in college football’s rankings.

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Urban Meyer retiring as coach of Ohio State

The Rose Bowl will be Urban Meyer’s final game as coach of Ohio State. The school announced on Tuesday morning that Meyer would step away from the program and hand the reins to offensive coordinator Ryan Day. Meyer’s seventh season with Ohio State has been a controversial one that started with a three-game suspension for…
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The list of candidates should include pro coordinators like Josh McDaniels, Pete Carmichael Jr., John DeFilippo and a college coach like Lincoln Riley.
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NBA coach, reportedly: ‘You can’t have a hot woman [coaching] in the NBA. Guys will be trying to f— her every day’

Many want to get a woman – namely Spurs assistant Becky Hammon – hired as an NBA head coach. Instead, the focus should be on removing barriers that have nothing to do with coaching. Women, racial minorities and gay people have a harder time advancing in coaching because of those identities, not their coaching ability.

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Why to upgrade from coach to first class

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Unless you’re living the (literal) high life and have the money to spend on first class tickets every time you fly, you’re gonna have to settle for coach. Yep, you’re going to have to continue watching the first class boarders saunter on past you as they embark with their ‘speedy boarding’ passes, and you’re going to have to wonder what the first class passengers are eating while you chomp on your stale bread roll, all while you knock knees with the person next to you. But what if you could get bumped up to first class without paying extra?

Fly regularly

If you’re the kind of person who flies with the same airline regularly, you have a better chance of being upgraded from coach to business or first class. Many people who travel for business or frequently use the airline to go on vacation rack up their air miles and the airlines keep track of these numbers. Many airlines all across the world reserve first class seats for frequent flyers who travel around 25,000 miles each year as a way to say thank you! This decision works for both parties. You’re getting an awesome seat upgrade, and the airline is getting a satisfied customer who will be more likely to return and tell their friends about their experience.

Damage control

Airlines are just like the rest of us in that they all make mistakes – and when it comes to air travel, there is bound to be something that goes wrong. Whether the airline’s internal system breaks or the plane is delayed, or the airline loses your luggage, these are all things you haven’t paid for. This means the airline will need to do damage control. If any of these things happen to you, your natural instinct is to complain. Because the airline does not want to lose a valued customer, they (should) do all they can to rectify the situation or at least make your situation better. This could involve being bumped up to first class! During your complaint, ask for an upgrade in a polite manner, and they may just give it to you.

Have a lucky day

It’s common knowledge that airlines often overbook their flights. Although this allows for no-shows, they often get caught out by all of their passengers arriving, rendering some people seatless. And if you’re that person who loses their seat, that’s pretty unlucky, right? Well, not necessarily. Re-booking a passenger on a flight is an incredibly annoying and costly process for the airline, so they would rather fill up the plane in front of them – meaning those without a coach seat may have to take a trip to first class. Although this doesn’t always happen, it may just be your lucky day.

Ask for it!

Your parents have probably told you that “If you don’t ask, you don’t get” and this is very true! If you’re traveling for a special occasion, like your wedding, honeymoon, birthday or anniversary, you will probably want a bit of extra special treatment. So why not ask? If the agent rejects your request, you will literally lose nothing, because you still have your seat. But if you ask and they say yes, you’ve bagged yourself a pretty nifty freebie.

Buy it

Okay, okay, we get it. Most people don’t have the money to buy first class tickets. We know. However, sometimes you don’t need extra cash to buy yourself up a class. Throughout the year, many airlines sell their first class tickets for the same prices as their coach seats. These price drops normally happen around Christmas and New Year, so keep your eyes peeled!

So if you’re ready to book your next flight, why not see if you can get yourself upgraded? It would be pretty awesome to see how the other half live, even just for one day.

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How Did We Get Here? Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Was Reportedly in Talks to Coach the Cleveland Browns, Says She’s Not Ready

The Cleveland Browns were reportedly mulling over interviewing George W. Bush’s former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, for a head coaching job — but it’s not happening.

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ESPN reported Sunday that the Browns’ front office was interested in possibly bringing Condi for an interview to replace recently-fired head coach Hue Jackson. She’s a huge Browns fan, and met with some of the owners during a game earlier this year.

Aside from that though … it’s unclear what, if any, professional experience she’d bring to the table … when it comes to football, that is. She’s got a pretty decent resume, otherwise.

The Browns’ general manager, John Dorsey, issued a statement shortly after the news spread like wildfire, saying in part … “Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan.” 

He fully shot down the speculation, though, by adding … “Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.” 

As for Ms. Rice … she offered her own statement on the rumor, saying “I love my Browns — and I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.”

After going on to advocate for the hiring of more women in coaching positions, she seemed to shut down the notion of a head coaching gig by saying … “BTW — I’m not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a “prevent defense.”

Condoleezza coaching in the NFL? Just put the whole 2018 in rice.

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The ex-Giants coach who knows what Todd Bowles is going through

It ends in different ways, for different reasons, but it almost always ends, because you are hired to be fired — especially in the NFL, where winning isn’t everything but it’s the only thing, and there are no medals for trying. It has undoubtedly become painfully obvious for Todd Bowles that he is Dead Coach…
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Selena Gomez Gets Animated in Latest Coach Campaign

Coach is showcasing a lighter side of Selena Gomez, its women’s ambassador, for its holiday campaign.
In the latest interaction, the actress is joined by a cast of animated animals as they audition to be featured in the Coach holiday windows.
The campaign, entitled: “Lights, Camera, Holiday,” breaks today and includes both print and video components.
There will be a series of short animated films written and directed by Henry and Rel of Supermarché, that will post on Coach’s social media channels. The films were shot in a raw, irreverent style and reveal the audition tapes of Gomez and her animal friends as they compete for a role to star in the windows.
The print component was shot in New York City and features Gomez stepping out of a vintage car holding the Parker bag in metallic leather.
The brand will also bring the campaign to life in its stores in North America through the use of augmented reality technology from CameraIQ while its Japanese customers will be able to play a party animals game in that country.
The campaign was created by photographer Steven Meisel, art director Fabien Baron, makeup artist Pat McGrath and hair stylist Guido Palau.

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Ahead of UFC 230, Daniel Cormier discusses how he balances life as a world-famous fighter and a high school wrestling coach. 

 

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Maryland’s Firing of Football Coach DJ Durkin Marks a Watershed Moment for Athlete Activism

Once the players protested, the coach had no chance.

The University of Maryland’s board of regents tried to pull a fast one on campus on Tuesday, and boy, did that decision backfire. More than four months after offensive lineman Jordan McNair, 19, died after suffering heatstroke at a football practice, and after an explosive ESPN report unveiled signs of a toxic football coaching environment, Maryland’s leadership concluded that head coach DJ Durkin could return to the sidelines.

An investigative report released in September found that the football team’s trainers and medical staff failed to follow proper protocol in treating McNair; Maryland president Wallace Loh said the school accepts “legal and moral responsibility” for McNair’s death. Another report found that Durkin, in an attempt to motivate his players, showed his players “disturbing” videos that included footage of “serial killers, drills entering eyeballs, bloody scenes with animals eating animals, [and] rams and bucks running at each other at full speed.” The report concluded that Durkin, who has a career 10-15 record at the school and was placed on administrative leave in August, also shared responsibility for failing to supervise a strength and conditioning coach accused of verbal abuse.

Still, Maryland gave Durkin his job back. But some players didn’t welcome his return with open arms. By Wednesday evening, a day after Durkin returned, the University reversed course and let him go.

After the board decided to keep Durkin, Maryland offensive lineman Ellis McKennie—who also played with McNair in high school—was reportedly one of three Terps who walked out of a team meeting. He took to Twitter to criticize his school.

“Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate,” McKennie wrote. “Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right.”

A few other Terps chimed in, including offensive tackle Tyran Hunt. “At the end of the day, a YOUNG life was lost,” Hunt wrote. “My brother, teammate. And to boil it down to even horrific matters, a paycheck was chosen over that life. Through whatever and forever, I live for Jordan Martin McNair.”

Such a public callout of a college football coach, by his own players, is practically unprecedented. So often, college athletes are taught to conform to the rules. Get paid, lose your spot. Don’t talk to the press without permission. Respect your coach, or suffer the consequences. Stunt your expression.
These tweets revealed a rupture within the Maryland locker room. It was nearly impossible to picture Durkin coaching players who felt his presence dishonored their deceased friend. Durkin could no longer work in College Park.
“Pressure busts pipes, doesn’t it?” Hunt tweeted. “Don’t let anybody tell you your voice doesn’t matter,” McKinnie responded.
In announcing his decision to fire Dunkin, Loh cited other stakeholders who influenced his thinking: students organizations, as well as faculty and deans who objected to the original decision to retain Durkin. The reaction of McNair’s father, Martin, was also haunting.
“I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach, and somebody spit in my face,” he said.
But don’t discount the power of the players. We’ve entered a golden age of athlete activism, where players taking a knee during the national anthem can shape the country’s political discourse, where calls for athletes to “shut up and dribble” spark an even more fervent response to injustice. Sure, these college students aren’t protesting politics. Instead, they are fighting for a fallen teammate and friend. And their words have power. Staying quiet never seemed so quaint.

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Say What Now? Iowa Basketball Coach Admits to Sexually Exploiting and Abusing Over 400 Boys

An Iowa boys basketball coach is facing up to 180 years behind bars after admitting to sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 underage boys.

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Greg Stephen pleaded guilty Oct. 18 to five counts of sexual exploitation of minors, one count of transporting child pornography and another of possessing child pornography.

The 42-year-old coach was arrested in March after his ex-brother-in-law found a recording device in Stephen’s house the previous month. He then handed it over to authorities after discovering it contained videos of showering boys. Investigators then searched Stephen’s other homes and found a hard drive and other devices with numerous photos and videos of boys in graphic sexual situations, reported CBS News.

Stephen confessed that he possessed a hard drive containing explicit media regarding 400 different minor males.

In some cases, he posed as a teen girl on social media to trick unsuspecting boys into creating explicit images, offering to trade nude pictures and videos while telling the males what to do. In his possession were images of boys bathing and in various states of undress in hotels. In one of his homes, recording devices were cloaked as a smoke detector and a towel hook.

Even more disturbing, Stephen took videos and photos of sleeping boys with their pants pulled down — and in some instances, recorded himself touching their genitals.

While it’s possible he could spend the rest of his life in prison if his appeals fail, he will face a minimum 15-year lockup term at his upcoming sentencing, which has not been set.

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