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BASKETBALL

Thibodeau top coachTom Thibodeau waited about two decades to become an NBA head coach. It didn't take him long to be recognized as one of the best.

Thibodeau is the NBA's Coach of the Year after leading the Chicago Bulls to 62 wins in his first season to tie a league record set by Paul Westphal.

The Chicago Tribune first reported Thibodeau's selection, which was no surprise the way the Bulls dominated during the regular season. An NBA assistant for about two decades, Thibodeau finally got his chance to lead a team after spending three seasons working for Doc Rivers in Boston.

FIGURE SKATING

Ando wins gold

Japan's Miki Ando was skating for a world title. In her heart, she was skating for those in her homeland.

She defeated Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea at the world championships in Moscow, originally scheduled for Japan before it was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March.

"I was skating for Japan and I never cared about the result," said Ando, who also won at the 2007 worlds.

Alissa Czisny finished fifth for the U.S.

TENNIS

Djokovic streak intact

Novak Djokovic defeated Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (4), 6-2, to win the Serbia Open for his fifth title and 27th straight victory this season. Djokovic, the Australian Open champion, was not always at his best and had six double faults in a match often played in rain . . . Nikolay Davydenko won his second BMW Open title by beating Florian Mayer of Germany, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The seventh-seeded Russian also won the Munich tournament in 2004.

-- AP

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