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Sports briefs for May 8, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

‘Friday Night Lights’ school in Texas embroiled in sex scandals

DALLAS — The school behind the book, movie and TV series “Friday Night Lights” has become mired in scandal with five staff members investigated for suspected sexual relations with students, including a teacher who died this week, a likely suicide.

Mark Lampman, 47, resigned as a government teacher on Tuesday from Permian High School in Odessa after the school in western Texas received an anonymous tip about an improper relationship between him and a student, school officials said.

“When they questioned him, that’s when he turned in his resignation and left,” district spokesman Mike Adkins said.

He was found dead on Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, the Ector County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lampman is the fifth staff member to be accused in the last year of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. One of those employees was later cleared of wrongdoing, school officials said.

Carlyle to return as Maple Leafs coach

EditorsNote: Updates with team confirmation Carlyle to return as Maple Leafs coach

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle received a two-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Carlyle’s job status had been in question since a late-season collapse by the Maple Leafs and the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as their new president. The Maple Leafs missed the playoffs after losing 12 of their final 14 games.

“In Randy we know we have a leader who has enjoyed a high level of success as both a player and a coach, including a Stanley Cup championship,” general manager David Nonis said in a statement. “It was important that the positives Randy brings to our team were not overshadowed by a finish to the season that we all must take responsibility for.”

Assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin, a former University of Maine interim head coach, will not be returning to the team.

UNC’s Williams makes it clear: ‘I’m a college coach’

North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who was mentioned for the job opening of the Los Angeles Lakers, did his best to squash those rumors, reiterating his position that “I’m a college coach.”

Williams’ name came up after Mike D’Antoni resigned as the Lakers coach last week. The Lakers finished the 2013-14 season 27-55, the worst 82-game record in team history.

The 63-year-old Williams has spent his entire career in the collegiate ranks.

“I’ve always felt like that I’m a college coach and that’s where I belong,” Williams said on FOX Sports Radio on Wednesday.

New stadium key to Bills staying in Buffalo

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would like see the Bills remain in Buffalo but conceded the team’s future could hinge on the construction of a new stadium.

The death of longtime Bills owner Ralph Wilson in March sparked speculation that the team could be sold and relocated with Toronto, where the team has played a series of regular season games, and Los Angeles floated as possible locations.

But in an article by the Buffalo News, Goodell remained optimistic that the team will remain in Western New York.

“I’ve had a lot of discussions with prospective owners,” Goodell was quoted as saying in the report. “But I’ve also had discussions with public officials.

“We all want to focus and get that stadium and do it the right way and get the right ownership in there to make sure they continue to be successful in western New York.”


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