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Daily Jolt, June 2: Fisher to pursue 'calling' in front office

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Fisher's 'calling' is coaching, front office

The Thunder's season-ending Game 6 loss to the Spurs on Saturday night finally made veteran guard Derek Fisher available for the high-profile coaching vacancies he has been linked to as a leading candidate in recent weeks. During his emotional season-ending press conference, Fisher revealed his desire to be a coach and team president. Both the Knicks and the Lakers are expected to pursue Fisher this summer. The Lakers may want Fisher for the front office, and Fisher lives in Los Angeles and has four young children, while Knicks president Phil Jackson said Friday there were "a lot of unknowns" with Fisher's willingness to move his family to New York. (New York Post) Comment

Derek Jeter, future MLB owner?

It's hard to envision Derek Jeter being able to stomach the everyday media responsibilities of being a manager or GM once his playing days are over, but the Yankees shortstop may have his eye on another way to stay in baseball following his retirement at the end of the season. The longtime Yankees' captain would like to be an owner one day. "That's the next goal, buddy," he said at his 18th annual Turn 2 Foundation dinner in Midtown Manhattan Sunday night. "Calling the shots, not answering to someone, that's what interests me. I'd like to think I would be good one." When asked if he would be interested in owning the Yankees if the team was ever put up for sale, he joked, "You got some money for me?" (New York Post) Comment

Caps coach talks tough with Ovechkin

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin's show-stopping offensive skill may have to take a backseat to more conservative team play under Washington's new head coach Barry Trotz, who became the team's fourth coach in the past four years last month. Trotz was renowned for his defensive systems as head coach in Nashville, where the Predators played a disciplined, if sometimes dry, style of hockey that led to seven playoff appearances in eight seasons between 2004 and 2012. "I have yet to see one guy who's not out to win the Stanley Cup. There has to be some give-and-take, some buy in...that's a big part of it. Or it won't sit well with me," said Trotz. Despite those ominous words, Trotz noted that as the franchise cornerstone, Ovechkin receives too much blame or credit no matter the outcome on the ice on a particular night. (Edmonton Journal) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford kneels in defeat after giving up an overtime goal to Kings defenseman Alec Martinez in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Must-See Video

U.S. right back Fabian Johnson executes a brilliant give-and-go with midfielder Michael Bradley to open the scoring in the men's national team's 2-1 win over Turkey on Sunday.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1935 -- Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball as a player after 22 seasons split between Boston and New York.
  • 1985 -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpasses Jerry West as the all-time leading scorer in NBA playoff history as the Lakers beat Boston 136-111 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
  • 1987 -- The Seattle Mariners select Ken Griffey Jr. with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 amateur draft. Griffey also announced his retirement on this day in 2010.
  • 2008 -- Petr Sykora's triple-overtime goal lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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