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Philadelphia 76ers President Billy King announced on Friday that the team has named Randy Ayers as its new head coach. Ayers, 47, becomes the 18th head coach in the history of the 76ers franchise. A six-year veteran of the Philadelphia coaching staff, he joined the team as the physical conditioning coach in June 1997 before earning a spot as an assistant coach in July 1998. As Larry Browns top assistant, Ayers helped guide the 76ers to five-straight NBA Playoff appearances including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001.


      (New York-AP) -- There's still no word on funeral arrangements for major league hall of famer Larry Doby (DOH'-bee). The man who was both the second black man to play in the major leagues and the second black to manage a big-league team has died. He passed away Wednesday. He was believed to be 79 and had been ill for a while. Though he went through the same kinds of abuse, discrimination and hostility that Jackie Robinson faced as he broke the color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, Doby didn't often get the same kind of credit as a ballplayer. Even after his retirement, Doby chose not dwell on the mistreatment he endured. He told the New York Post he had learned to forgive and forget. But he added: "Well, you might forgive. But boy, it is tough to forget."
      Funeral arrangements are still pending. His son says services would be held no earlier than tomorrow.


      (New York-AP) -- He's going from being the admiral -- to the ambassador. David Robinson has been hired to work with Sports Illustrated. He has been named S-I's 50th Anniversary Ambassador of Sports. The magazine is launching a campaign that will begin next month and will run through July of next year. Robinson says while he has been honored to be on the cover of the sports magazine several times as an athlete, he feels "truly privileged" to be asked to be a part of the anniversary program.

'Til We Meet Again?
The Spurs are the 2003 NBA champions, but, with an aging lineup and David Robinson retiring, can they return to form next year? The Nets are looking at a bigger problem, with their best player testing the free-agent waters. takes a look at what both teams face this offseason if they want to meet again in next year's Finals.


      (Washington-AP) -- A little over a month after firing Michael Jordan, the Washington Wizards have hired another Jordan. The N-B-A team has signed Eddie Jordan to be the team's new coach. He has been an assistant with the New Jersey Nets -- who have made it to the N-B-A Finals the past two seasons. Jordan will be the Wizards' seventh coach in six seasons. He replaces Doug Collins, who had been hand-picked by Michael Jordan -- and like M-J, was shown the door at the end of the season. So far, no replacement has been named for Michael Jordan


Texas Showdown
The Silver Stars won the fight for Texas on Friday night, defeating the Comets 76-69 in San Antonio. Marie Ferdinand led the Silver Stars with 20        points,while Tina Thompson paced Houston with 17 points.
 Swin Cash scored 15 second-half points
       as Detroit topped New York.
Shock Keep Rolling
The Shock edged the Liberty 88-83 on Friday night, solidifying their hold on first place in the East. Deanna Nolan and Ruth Riley had 18 points apiece for Detroit.

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