New 76er...Villanova, Michigan again...Pens extend GM, swap forwards with Kings...Champs in Winnipeg
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler is expected to make his debut with the Philadelphia 76ers tonight in Orlando, where they’ll play the Magic. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Butler suggested he’ll make a smooth transition to a team already loaded with offensive talent, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Markelle Fultz. Butler says he’s “great at sharing the ball” and “moving without the ball,” adding that if he feels he needs the ball, he’ll “go steal it” or “go get an offensive rebound.”
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — The headline matchup in college basketball this week is tonight, when No. 8 Villanova hosts No. 18 Michigan. It’s a re-match (of sorts) of last year’s national championship game. That one turned out to be the final stop in the Wildcats’ romp through the postseason, ending with a second NCAA title in three seasons.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have extended general manager Jim Rutherford’s contract through the 2021-22 season. Shortly after the team made that announcement, Rutherford set about reshaping the Penguins roster, trading forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Tanner Pearson. The 30-year-old Hagelin played a pivotal role in Pittsburgh’s run to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, but is off to a sluggish start for Pittsburgh this season, with just one goal and two assists in 16 games. The 26-year-old Pearson has had an even slower start, with just one assist in 17 games for Los Angeles.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Washington Capitals have had an up and down start to their season. But after starting a four-game road trip with a win in Minnesota last night, the Stanley Cup champs will get right back on the ice tonight looking to get on a roll. They’ll take on the Jets in Winnipeg.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns general manager John Dorsey says interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed to be the team’s next coach. Williams took over when Hue Jackson was fired last month. The Browns have split their two games under Williams, and Dorsey says he has been impressed with how the team has been focused and disciplined the past two weeks.