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Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes announces retirement after 20 seasons in WNBA

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Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes announces retirement after 20 seasons in WNBA

Dan Hughes, one of the winningest coaches in WNBA history, announced Sunday that he was retiring as Seattle Storm head coach. 

Noelle Quinn will step in as the team’s new coach, the Storm announced in a press release. 

Hughes will continue coaching as an assistant with USA Basketball in the 2021 Summer Olympics.

Hughes said the Storm are in “amazing shape” after winning WNBA titles in 2018 and 2020 and making a strong playoff run in 2019. Seattle is 5-1 this season.

“After over 40 years of coaching basketball, I want to finish my career with the focus and determination with which I started,” he said. “I believe now is the right time because the team is performing well, but the rigors of being a head coach in the WNBA have taken their toll on me. I look forward to coaching with USA Basketball at the 2021 Olympics then leveraging my experience to give back to the game in other ways. Mary (Hughes’ wife) and I value the relationships we have formed in Seattle over the past four years and want to thank everyone for their ongoing support.”

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Hughes retires from the Storm having coached the second-most games in WNBA history (598) recorded the third-most wins (286).

His first WNBA coaching job was as an assistant with the Charlotte Sting in 1999. He took over as their head coach later that season. He coached the Cleveland Rockers from 2000-03 before spending two stints on the sideline with the San Antonio Stars between 2005-09 and 2011-16, separated by a stint as general manager in 2010. He was named WNBA Coach of the Year in 2001 with the Rockers and in 2007 with the then-Silver Stars.

Hughes, 66, coached the Storm in 2018 and led them to a WNBA title. He missed part of the 2019 season after surgery and treatment for a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract. He did not coach in the 2020 season because he was considered to be at high risk of severe illness related to the coronavirus. 

Quinn played 14 seasons in the WNBA, averaging 4.8 points, 2.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. She played under Hughes in 2018 before joining his staff as an assistant in 2019. 

She is the latest former player or coach under Hughes to become a WNBA head coach. James Wade (Chicago Sky), Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx), Sandy Brondello (Phoenix Mercury) and Vickie Johnson (Dallas Wings) all spent time playing or coaching under Hughes before taking head coaching jobs.

“I am excited to hand the reins to Noelle,” Hughes said. “She is well positioned to do this job and I am proud to have mentored her during my time here. I look forward to her and the team’s ongoing success.”

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Padres’ Manny Machado wore the perfect Father’s Day footwear

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Padres' Manny Machado wore the perfect Father's Day footwear

Manny Machado’s got heat on feet. Kind of.

While ostentatious, loud and colorful cleats are all the rage in baseball, the Padres’ star third baseman dialed it down on Father’s Day. Like, a lot down.

Machado took the field wearing a pair of Nike Air Monarch cleats — the preeminent, iconic dad shoe — during San Diego’s Dad Day matchup vs. the Reds.

The Monarchs have fostered a reputation for being an unforgettable dad-worn sneaker, making Machado’s footwear a tremendous salute to fathers (and grillmasters) around the country.

What makes the cleats even better is that they are in the classic white, silver and navy blue colorway, which is the only way to wear those bad boys. While these are Jordan Brand player-exclusive cleats, they’re dad-exclusive away from the field.

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Machado has worn all different makes of cleats throughout his career, usually flashy and gaudy types. The All-Star infielder has worn Jordan 11s, 12s, 4s and a bunch of others on the field.

Still, lacing up a pair of Grillmaster 5s on Father’s Day earned him plenty of praise from fans who understood the tribute:

You’ll probably be able to catch Machado after the game at a BBQ near you, likely cracking some bad puns and calling everyone “big guy.”

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Nets’ Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says

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Nets' Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says

Kevin Durant isn’t going to be taking much time off this summer.

In fact, he appears to be ready for more action despite playing all 53 minutes of the Nets’ Game 7 overtime loss to the Bucks and scoring a game-high 48 points. And he’s joining another super team that has title hopes.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Durant is expected to commit to Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Durant would become the sixth player to commit to Team USA, joining another player with Olympic experience, Draymond Green, and four first-time Olympians: Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.

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Durant competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He averaged 19.5 points at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and 19.4 points at the 2012 London Olympics.

In addition, Durant shot 54.6 percent from the shorter-range international 3-point line at the two tournaments and has compiled a 39-0 record in international play.

Team USA can now turn its attention to its remaining question marks with Durant’s commitment reportedly secured. Anthony Davis and LeBron James won’t be participating in this year’s Olympics, but Stephen Curry was “50-50” about competing in the event.

Either way, Team USA should be considered the top threat at the 2021 Summer Games with Durant in the fold.

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Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record

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Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record

If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then what’s a triple play?

The Yankees had already turned two triple plays this season before Sunday, including one that has literally never been seen before in MLB history. Then they pulled off one more, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

With the Yankees teetering on the brink of danger in the ninth inning, closer Aroldis Chapman got A’s catcher Sean Murphy to ground to third baseman Gio Urshela, who stepped on the bag and relayed to DJ LeMahieu, who then threw to Chris Gittens for the 5-4-3 game-ender.

It was a record-tying play by the Yankees: The high-water mark for triple plays turned in a season is three, with the feat most recently accomplished by the White Sox in 2016.

The Yankees’ second triple play of the year — a 1-3-6-2-5-6 triple killing vs. the Blue Jays on June 17 — had never accomplished in baseball history:

The around-the-horn game-ending triple play on Father’s Day secured a 2-1 victory over Oakland and gave New York the series win over a hot A’s team. New York moves to 38-33 and continues to right the ship in an up-and-down season.

But, hey, that’s a pretty cool gift for dads everywhere.

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