The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 1:00 am


76ers make former star Brand new GM

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The 76ers stayed in-house and hired Elton Brand as general manager on Thursday, according to a league source.

Brand replaces Bryan Colangelo, who resigned in June.

Brand had been the Sixers' vice president of basketball operations and general manager of their G-League team, the Delaware Blue Coats. He also had two playing stints with the Sixers. Brand most recently signed with the team in January 2016 to be a mentor to young players.

Brand retired from playing in October 2016, ending a 17-year career that started when the Chicago Bulls chose him with the first pick in the 1999 draft.

The 6-foot-8, 265-pound forward's previous stop before rejoining the Sixers was with the Atlanta Hawks for two seasons. Brand previously played four seasons for the Sixers before he was waived on July 12, 2012.


Calhoun starts D-III program

Jim Calhoun has officially been named the head coach at Division III University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. The Hall of Famer had already announced he would be taking the job and has been working for a year to establish a men's basketball program at the small Catholic university, which was an all-women's school until this school year. Calhoun also has continued to serve in an advisory role at UConn, where he served as coach for 26 seasons and led the Huskies to three of their four national titles before retiring in 2012. The 76-year-old will return to the sidelines with a career record of 873-380 when the Blue Jays open the season on Nov. 9 against William Paterson University.

Heat's Waiters still rehabbing

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will begin this season as he finished last season – unable to play. The team announced Waiters has not recovered sufficiently enough from left ankle surgery to be ready for the start of training camp next week. Heat President Pat Riley says it's unlikely that Waiters will be ready for the start of the regular season as well. Waiters was told when he had the procedure in mid-January that he could be sidelined for up to 10 months.

Timberwolves' center out again

Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Patton has had surgery for a broken foot for the second straight year and is out indefinitely. The team said Tuesday that Patton's operation on his right foot in New York went as planned. Patton suffered the same injury, a fractured fifth metatarsal, on his left foot last year after he was drafted 16th overall out of Creighton. He was acquired by the Timberwolves in the draft-night trade with Chicago for Jimmy Butler. He appeared in only one game as a rookie last season. He played 38 games for Minnesota's G-League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves.


Birthday win

Christian Pulisic celebrated his birthday by scoring on his return from injury to give Borussia Dortmund a late 1-0 win at Club Brugge in the Champions League. The 20-year-old American, who hadn't played since Aug. 26 due to muscular problems, came on with around 20 minutes remaining and scored in the 85th when Matej Mitrovic's attempted clearance rebounded off his shin and looped in over Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica. Pulisic had missed two Bundesliga games for Dortmund and the U.S. friendlies against Brazil and Mexico.


Ump suspended

The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match has been suspended for two tournaments by the ATP. A statement issued by the men's tour says Mohamed Lahyani will not officiate at his next two scheduled events, the China Open in Beijing, which starts on Oct. 1, and the Shanghai Masters the following week.

Del Potro out for Team World

U.S. Open runner-up Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from Team World at the Laver Cup this weekend and has been replaced by American Frances Tiafoe. Del Potro, from Argentina, lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the U.S. Open final. Djokovic will play for Team Europe at the Laver Cup, which begins Friday at the United Center. Each team has six players, including Roger Federer (Team Europe) and Kevin Anderson (Team World). The event features best-of-three set singles and doubles. The final is Sunday. Tiafoe played for Team World at the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague last year. He lost to Croatia's Borna Coric in a deciding five-set match in the Davis Cup semifinals last weekend.

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