Warriors replace Nelson with Smart

Golden State Warriors general manager Larry Riley officially named Keith Smart the team's coach yesterday and introduced him at a news conference. Smart takes over for Don Nelson, the NBA's all-time winningest coach.

Smart had been a Warriors assistant for the past seven years and served as an interim head coach for the Cavaliers in 2003, going 9-31. Nelson had the final year of his contract bought out. Nelson guided the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years in 2007, but they have not returned since.


U.S. women rout Canada

Lindsay Whalen scored 16 points to lead the United States to an 87-46 win over Canada in the second round of the women's basketball world championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Swin Cash and Asjha Jones each scored 10 for the Americans (4-0). Team USA will face Belarus Tuesday.


Blackhawks dump Huet

The Chicago Blackhawks have parted with goalie Cristobal Huet, assigning him to HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA of the Swiss National League A. Huet, who signed a four-year, $22.45-million contract in July 2008, lost his starting job last season to Antti Niemi, who signed with the San Jose Sharks in the offseason after Marty Turco signed with the Blackhawks.- AP

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