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Sports briefs for July 14, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Blackhawks hire Dineen as assistant coach

The Chicago Blackhawks hired Kevin Dineen, who coached Canada’s women’s national team to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics, as an assistant coach, the team announced Monday.

Dineen was teammates with Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville from 1984 to 1990 when both were members of the Hartford Whalers.

“Kevin brings proven leadership qualities, having served as an alternate captain and captain for several of his teams during his 19-year NHL career,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement.

Dineen, 50, most recently led the Canadian women’s national team in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to his work with Team Canada, he served as the head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2011 to 2013, helping the club to their first-ever Southeast Division championship in 2011-12. Dineen also served as head coach for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates from 2005 to 2011, winning the AHL’s Coach of the Year award in 2005-06.

Andrews to replace Oliver on Fox’s top NFL team

Fox Sports shifted Erin Andrews into the top NFL sideline reporting spot with the network’s No. 1 broadcast team that includes Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, a move that pushes Pam Oliver into a new role.

Oliver, 53, will join Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch, Fox’s No. 2 broadcast team, in what is her final season as a sideline reporter. Oliver will move into a long-form feature and producing role, according to an interview she did with media critic Richard Deitsch.

Oliver also works as a reporter for Showtime’s “60 Minute Sports.”

Andrews joined FOX from ESPN last year and hosted Fox Sports 1’s college football pregame show while also working the sideline for Sunday NFL broadcasts.

Andrews, 36, is popular in part because of her crossover work on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Team USA hoops roster set

USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo confirmed the 19-player roster for the national team, headlined by 2012 gold medalists Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis.

The roster for the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected from the group and reports to training camp in Las Vegas July 28. DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) and Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks) were added to the roster this week.

The full roster assembled by Colangelo, who has a 62-1 record since taking over the national team in 2005, includes: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

Mike Krzyzewski returns as national team head coach with Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams serving as assistants.

Heat sign three

Miami Heat president Pat Riley continues to move on with life after LeBron James, announcing three signings on Monday.

The Heat officially re-signed guard Mario Chalmers and signed free agent forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

The signings come one day after forward Luol Deng signed a two-year deal with the Heat worth $10 million per season.

The Heat plan to team Deng with the freshly re-signed Chris Bosh and also hope to re-sign free agent Dwyane Wade in the wake of James’ decision to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Saints’ Graham appeals, close to new deal

New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham appealed the league’s arbitration decision that he is a tight end for franchise tag purposes as he closed in on a new long-term deal, according to reports Monday.

ESPN.com reported the two sides are nearing a deal that will make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.

Graham has argued that he should be considered a wide receiver.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled earlier this month that Graham is a tight end. Under the franchise tag for the position, Graham would make $7.053 million in 2014, compared to $12.3 million for receivers.

Tuesday at 4 p.m. is the deadline for the sides to reach agreement.

A three-person appeal panel would hear the appeal. Graham set a career high with 16 touchdowns last season. Through four NFL seasons, he has 301 catches for 3,863 yards and 41 touchdowns, averaging 12.8 yards per reception.


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