By Sam Page
April 13, 2016

NBA history tonight

Just a reminder: If you're allowed to stay up and watch it, the Golden State Warriors are going for a record 73rd win against the Memphis Grizzlies at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Grizz nearly beat the Warriors this past Saturday, so this game is anything but a sure thing. Also, on ESPN2 at the same time, Kobe Bryant's Lakers will be playing the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center in the future Hall of Famer's final NBA game.

Get pumped by watching win #72

Carlos Gomez fights the wall

The Royals may have won the game 3–2, but Gomez defeated a much tougher opponent:

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The NHL released their list of the best selling jerseys from the regular season. Cracking the list at #10 is rookie Connor McDavid.

Puig's cool slide

He's taking the loss very hard

Today's Peanuts

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The Sacramento Kings will not retain George Karl as head coach, the team announced Thursday.

The Sacramento Bee initially reported Wednesday that Karl was expected to be fired.

“After evaluating the team’s performance this season, I determined it was necessary to move forward with a new voice from the head coaching position,” general manager Vlade Divac said. “I have a great deal of respect and admiration for George and his accomplishments throughout his nearly 30 years in the NBA. On behalf of everyone in the Kings organization, I thank him for the contributions made during his time in Sacramento and wish him good fortune in the future.”

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Karl also commented on the decision on Thursday.

“While I would have loved to continue on this journey, I am very proud of our work and I want to thank Kings management for the opportunity to have coached this exciting team with such a bright future,” Karl said. “It’s my heartfelt feeling that the magnificent new arena will be hosting many Playoff runs and an eventual Championship, which the Sacramento fans, some of the most loyal and supportive people I've ever known in my many years in the NBA, very much deserve. With a profound humility, moving forward, I wish nothing but the best for this franchise and its players.”

Karl took over the Kings’ coaching job from Tyrone Corbin last February, finishing last season with an 11–19 record. Sacramento fell 116–81 to the Rockets on Wednesday. The team missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year.

Karl has been the subject of numerous firing rumors since he took over for Corbin, as he often clashed with team star DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento didn’t live up to its front office’s expectations after a busy off-season which saw the additions of Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos. 

Karl is the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history. He has a career record of 1,175-824 across stints with the Cavaliers, Warriors, Sonics, Bucks and Nuggets.

Sacramento’s next head coach will be their ninth since the 2006–07 season, the most in the NBA in that timeframe.

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NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann has been named the athletic director at USC, the school announced Wednesday. 

After a national search, USC president C.L. Max Nikias made the decision to hire a former USC football player for the position for the third consecutive time.

“To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan,” Nikias said in a statement. “He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence.”

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He replaces Pat Haden, who stepped down from the position in February.

Swann played receiver for the Trojans from 1971–1973, being named an All-American in 1973. He won four Super Bowls and was named to three Pro Bowl teams during a nine-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. 

“I am excited about coming back to USC -- its growth and success under President Nikias has been phenomenal and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of that," said Swann. "As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience.”

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