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Flip Saunders returns to coach Minnesota Timberwolves.


Saunders back on T'wolves bench

The Minnesota Timberwolves' best days came with Flip Saunders on the sideline. Now that the organization is shrouded in uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of star forward Kevin Love, Saunders is returning to the bench to try revive a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in 10 years. With the team's coaching search complicated by Love's status, the Timberwolves decided the best course of action was to have Saunders, who was hired last season as president of basketball operations, step in for a second stint as coach until the situation stabilized, two people with knowledge of the situation told The AP Thursday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. A news conference was scheduled for today.


Weather gives Crane advantage

Ben Crane shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday at TPC at Southwind to take the lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. Crane took advantage of a 31/2-hour delay that left nearly perfect scoring conditions with no wind and rain-softened greens. He had five of his seven birdies on his final nine, the last a few minutes before play was suspended because of darkness. Sixty players were unable to finish the round. Peter Malnati shot a 65, and Billy Horschel also was 5 under with two holes left to play.

Michelle Wie and defending champion Hee Young Park shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65 in the LPGA's Manulife Financial Classic at windswept Grey Silo in Waterloo, Ontario. Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, birdied three of the last four holes in her morning round. She's seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Park had a bogey-free round in the afternoon. China's Shanshan Feng was a stroke back, and countrywoman Xi Yu Lin matched Cristie Kerr with a 67.

Miguel Angel Jimenez overcame three bogeys on the first eight holes to card a 2-under 70 and sit one stroke off the clubhouse lead on a windy and cloudy opening day of the European Tour's Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria. The 50-year-old Spaniard is seeking his third win of the season. Starting on the back nine, he bogeyed the par-4 11th and 17th and the par-3 14th but recovered with four birdies. Four players shared the early lead after shooting 69 -- Scotland's Henry Scott, Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, France's Victor Riu and England's Richard Bland.


Spain goes to Brazil as No. 1

Defending World Cup champion Spain will travel to Brazil as the No. 1 team in the FIFA rankings, and the host nation will kick off as No. 3. Spain and Germany remain 1-2 in FIFA's monthly standings, while Brazil leapfrogs No. 4 Portugal. Argentina and Switzerland both climb two places to Nos. 5 and 6. Colombia drops three to No. 8. Group D rivals Uruguay, Italy and England are also all in the top 10. The United States at No. 13 leads CONCACAF nations.

The New York Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to potential free agent defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional pick in next year's draft. The 37-year-old Boyle can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Sharks will receive a fifth-round pick from New York, but that will become a fourth-round selection if Boyle signs with the Islanders before next season.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 6, 2014
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