The Sacramento Kings fired head coach Dave Joerger on Thursday after three losing seasons.
Joerger had a 98-148 record since joining the Kings, but also helped the team reach its best record in 13 seasons this season with 39 wins. But it wasn’t enough to earn him a fourth season in hopes of ending the NBA’s longest active playoff drought. Sacramento last made the playoffs in 2006 in head coach Rick Adelman’s final season.
General manager Vlade Divac made the move official just hours after he was given an extension through the 2022-23 season by owner Vivek Ranadivé.
• The Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up that demoted general manager Chris Wallace to scout. Despite a 12-5 start, Memphis finished 33-49.
• The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Larry Drew agreed to part ways after a 19-win season.
• Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined at least four weeks because of partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle. Boston will begin a playoff series with Indiana on Sunday.
NFL: Former Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who ran for 188 yards and a touchdown in 13 games with the Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers last season, agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets.
Women’s hockey: Kendall Coyne Schofield scored a tournament-leading fifth goal to help the United States beat Japan 4-0 and advance to the semifinals of the world championships in Espoo, Finland.
College hockey: Billy Exell scored the go-ahead goal with 9:53 left and defending champion Minnesota-Duluth beat Providence 4-1 to advance to Saturday’s final at the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bulldogs will face UMass, which got by Denver 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Marc Del Gaizo.
College basketball: Nevada hired Steve Alford as its head coach, four days after Eric Musselman left for Arkansas. Alford was in his sixth season at UCLA when he was fired Dec. 31 after the Bruins fell to 7-6.
• Duke freshman forward Cam Reddish, who averaged 13.5 points per game this season, announced on Instagram that he is leaving school to enter the NBA draft.
• Texas freshman forward Jaxson Hayes, who averaged 10 points and five rebounds this season, will enter the NBA draft, the school announced.
Obituary: Scott Sanderson, the right-hander who helped the Chicago Cubs make two playoff appearances and was a member of four postseason teams during a 19-year career, died at 62.
The cause of death wasn’t provided, though the Chicago Sun-Times noted that Sanderson had been battling throat cancer. Sanderson made the World Series with the A’s in 1990 and spent one season (1993) with the Giants.
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