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Owners committee vets Isiah

Isiah Thomas' partial ownership petition for the Liberty is being vetted by a committee of owners from the WNBA's board of governors, the league announced yesterday. Having a committee review this sort of application is common for the league's board of governors.

Thomas had an unsuccessful stint as coach and president of the Knicks from December 2003 to April 2008. He remained with the team in an unspecified role after being fired, even after a lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders cost Madison Square Garden $11.5 million in a settlement. She alleged she was sexually harassed by Thomas, who was not found personally liable. Thomas was announced as the Liberty's president last month and submitted his paperwork to be a partial owner a few weeks ago.


Devils pick coach

Devils general manager Ray Shero has picked the Devils' next head coach, a person with knowledge of the hiring said. John Hynes, 40, who will be introduced today, has coached the Penguins' AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm team for the past five seasons, making the playoffs each year. The Devils have missed the playoffs the last three seasons. -- AP


Jets sign receiver

The Jets signed undrafted free-agent receiver Jonathon Rumph, 23. The 6-4, 220-pounder was one of 24 players who tried out during the Jets' three-day rookie minicamp. Hampered by injuries in two seasons at Georgia, he caught 18 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown in nine games. COLLEGES

UAB brings back football

University of Alabama at Birmingham president Ray Watts is bringing back the football program six months after deciding to cut it because it was too costly. UAB donors have pledged to make up an estimated $17.2-million deficit over the next five years.-- APHofstra coach gets extension

Hofstra men's basketball coach Joe Mihalich has received a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. Mihalich signed a six-year deal in 2013. He coached Hofstra to a 20-14 record this past season and the Pride advanced to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament before losing to William & Mary in double overtime.-- -- STEVEN MARCUS


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