Lin named on Select Team
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is one of 13 players who have been named to the US Select Team — the team that is to scrimmage with the US’ Olympic basketball team — US media reported on Monday. One report speculated that Lin’s inclusion was helped by the presence of Mike D’Antoni, Lin’s former coach with the Knicks, on the US Olympic basketball team’s coaching staff. Lin had said previously that it would be “cool” if he were named on the team. Others named to the team included the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, Kyrie Irving, and Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic, last season’s winner of the Most Improved Player award.
Miami’s Bosh ruled out
The Miami Heat’s hopes of capturing their first NBA title in six years were dealt a severe blow as All-Star forward Chris Bosh is out indefinitely with a strained abdominal muscle, the team said on Monday. Bosh, Miami’s top rebounder and third-leading scorer during the regular season, suffered the injury on a dunk in the Heat’s Game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday after he was fouled by center Roy Hibbert. An examination on Monday revealed the strain, the Heat said. Bosh, one of the Heat’s “Big Three” along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, averaged 18 points and 7.9 rebounds during the 66-game regular season. He missed nine games during the regular season in which the Heat went 4-5.
Villa sack Alex McLeish
Alex McLeish was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on Monday, fewer than 24 hours after the end of his first season in charge. In a statement, the Premier League club said McLeish’s contract had been “terminated with immediate effect.” The Scot was an unpopular appointment with many Villa fans after he oversaw local rivals Birmingham City’s relegation from the Premier League the previous season. He only narrowly avoided a similar fate with Villa this season, the club finishing just two points above the bottom three to stay in the top flight. “The club has been disappointed with this season’s results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans,” the Villa statement said. “The board wishes to assure supporters that we are conscious in every sense that Villa expects and deserves more, and we will strive to deliver this.”
Hodgson springs a surprise
New England manager Roy Hodgson made a surprise move on Monday by adding Gary Neville to his coaching team. The Football Association announced on Monday that former Manchester United and England defender Neville had been appointed on a four-year contract and that he would begin work under Hodgson in time for next month’s Euro 2012. However, while Neville, who only retired from competitive soccer in the 2010-2011 season, should help Hodgson forge links with the players, the decision to allow him to continue as a media pundit could lead to possible conflicts of interest.
Scholes signs new deal
Midfielder Paul Scholes signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United on Monday, manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed. The 37-year-old came out of retirement in January and put in some excellent performances to earn himself another year at the only club he has played for and for whom he made his first-team debut in 1993. “It has been done. He [Scholes] is staying,” Ferguson told MUTV.