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CHARLOTTE, N. Cheap Adidas Superstar .C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats have hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford to become their new coach. Two people familiar with the situation said Monday that Clifford had agreed to a three-year contact. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public. Clifford replaces Mike Dunlap, who was fired after going 21-61 in his only season as coach. Clifford has worked as an assistant in New York, Houston, Orlando and Los Angeles, but has never been a head coach at the NBA level. He has worked under both Jeff and Stan Van Gundy. He becomes the sixth coach of the Bobcats since 2006-07. The Bobcats made the move to hire Clifford on Monday, one day before he was slated for a second interview with the Milwaukee Bucks for their coaching vacancy. Clifford came to Los Angeles with Dwight Howard from the Magic and was retained for the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach. However, the Lakers granted him permission to interview with other teams. Prior to joining the Lakers, Clifford spent five seasons with Orlando, working alongside Stan Van Gundy. During that five-year span, the Magic were 259-135 (.657) and reached the NBA Finals in 2009. Clifford also spent four seasons as an assistant with the Rockets under Jeff Van Gundy and three with the Knicks. Jeff Van Gundy, now an NBA broadcaster, said hes known Clifford since they coached together at the Jim Boeheim camp in 1985 in Syracuse, N.Y., and called him "a person with impeccable integrity." He also thinks hes going to be a pretty good NBA head coach because of the relationships he builds with players and fellow coaches. "Hes a brilliant basketball coach who relates to all kinds of people well and I think he will do an absolutely fantastic job with the talent at hand," Jeff Van Gundy said. "Im so happy for one of the good guys in the league to get this opportunity." Clifford has worked in North Carolina briefly before as an assistant coach for one year at East Carolina. The Bobcats fired Dunlap in April after just one season. Dunlap struggled with the transition from the college game to the NBA and game management. He often butted heads with his veteran players, which is likely one of the reasons the Bobcats decided to go after an experienced NBA assistant like Clifford. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in mid-April he and general manager Rich Cho met with the players and Dunlap before approaching owner Michael Jordan and asking him to make a coaching change. "The change was allowed," Higgins said in April. Higgins said at the time player input was "a part of the process, but not the only indicator." Higgins was asked in April what he wanted in a new coach. "We want to hire a great leader, (and) the player development aspect is still vitally important to us because of our youth," Higgins said. "Obviously you want a fantastic X-and-O coach. Someone who can make our players better, and help us win games." The Bobcats seemed to place an emphasis on finding a defensive-minded coach after finishing near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories last season. Along with the Clifford, the Bobcats interviewed at least five other known candidates for the position. They spoke early on in the process to former Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry, Suns assistant Elston Turner, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts and Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson. The Bobcats again considered former Lakers assistant Quin Snyder, now a head coach of a professional team in Russia. Snyder and Jerry Sloan were among the three finalists for the job last year that was given to Dunlap. Adidas Superstar Australia .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. Adidas Superstar Shoes Australia . Oaklands loss to Seattle clinched the ALs best record for the Red Sox with one day to spare in the regular season. "I think everybody was kind of watching," catcher David Ross said. "Demp (Ryan Dempster) came out before he went to the bullpen and was just yelling that they lost. . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. OTTAWA -- The offensively challenged Buffalo Sabres are expected to get a boost with the return of center Jack Eichel to the lineup when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday.The 20-year old star missed the teams first 21 games with a high ankle sprain suffered the day before the season opener.You just want to get back to playing, Eichel told The Buffalo News after practice Monday. Thats what you trained for all summer. You prepared for it, and its tough that the season starts a little bit later for me. Im just excited for it.The Sabres (7-9-5) have lost their last two games while continuing to have troubles putting the puck in the net, averaging a league-low 1.81 goals per game. Eichel, who scored 24 times and added 32 assists as a rookie last season, will likely take a regular shift between wingers Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart.The Senators (14-7-1) are not exactly what the doctor orders for teams will scoring deficiencies these days. Theyre coming off a 2-0 victory in New York against a Rangers team that leads the league with 3.70 goals per game. It was Ottawas fourth win in a row, all with goalie Craig Anderson working between the pipes.Anderson allowed just five goals in the four games to capture the NHLs first star of the week honors for the second time this month.There is a strong chance hell miss Tuesdays game to be with his wife Nicholle, who is battling throat cancer. That would mean Mike Condon would likely get the start against Buffalo.You use (playinng) as a moment in time to do something positive with your teammates, Anderson told reporters at Madison Square Garden after Sundays shutout, the 36th of his career. Adidas Superstar Australia Cheap. Hockey is one of those things where its the same as if a (person) is feeling frustrated and they go to the gym to get a hard workout in. This is my way to vent and take all my energy and use it to do something good. Its staying in the moment. At that moment time stops and worry about life and other stuff after.Former Senators goalie Robin Lehner is expected to get the start in goal for Buffalo. In five games against his old team, Lehner has a 2-0-2 record with a .956 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against average.This will be the teams third meeting this month. The Sabres defeated the Senators 2-1 in Ottawa on November 5, when wingers Kyle Okposo and Reinhart scored third period goals.The Senators won 2-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 9 when winger Bobby Ryan scored the decisive goal in a shootout.Along with Andersons sterling play, the Senators have shown a new dedication to playing defense this season. As of Monday, they were third in the league in blocked shots, a stat that pleases coach Guy Boucher to no end.When youve got Erik Karlsson, who is the best offensive defenseman in the world, being No. 1 in shot-blocking in the NHL, you know your team is going in the right direction, said Boucher. ' ' '

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