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Report: Magic Fire Jacque Vaughn

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- The Orlando Magic have fired head coach Jacque Vaughn on Thursday, ESPN reports.

Vaughn had a 58-158 record through two-and-a-half seasons in Orlando, and the team has just lost 10 straight games.

Vaughn's .269 win percentage is the second lowest in NBA history for someone that's coached over 200 games.

Orlando has now fired the last two coaches. Prior to Vaughn, Stan Van Gundy was in charge.

The Magic will most likely promote one of their assistant coaches to be an interim coach for the rest of the season, ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard reports.

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Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another drug test and will now face a one-year suspension, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Gordon tested positive for alcohol, a source said, confirming a report by Pro Football Talk. 

Gordon was suspended at the end of the season for violating team rules after missing the first 10 games of the season, to go along with being arrested for driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina during the summer.

Prior to that arrest, he was suspended the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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NBA Analyst Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA analyst Greg Anthony has been suspended from his duties with CBS after being arrested Friday night.

Both Turner Sports and CBS announced after the arrest that Anthony will not appear on-air for an indefinite period of time. CBS released a statement: "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season."

Anthony was arrested in Washington, DC and charged with soliciting a prostitute according to police records. He was arrested in a DoubleTree Hotel as part of an undercover sting targeting prostitution.

"I made a mistake,'' Anthony said. "With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself. I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.''

 Anthony played 11 seasons, with six teams, amassing 5,497 points and 2,997 steals. 

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ESPN "SportsCenter" Anchor Stuart Scott Dies from Cancer 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(BRISTOL, Conn.) -- Longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott passed away on Sunday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49.

Scott was first diagnosed in November 2007 after doctors noticed a tumor during emergency appendectomy surgery. In 2011, he underwent chemotherapy again after the disease reappeared.

“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper in a statement. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments?  Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”

Scott came to ESPN in 1993, working as an anchor on their flagship program SportsCenter, where during highlights he would use the phrases “Boo-ya!” or “as cool as the other side of the pillow”.

Scott would go on to anchor the network’s coverage of the NBA and NFL as well as cover several major sporting events, including the NBA Finals, World Series and Super Bowl.

At the ESPYS in July 2014, he was given the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. During his speech, he told the audience: “When you die, that does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner which you live.”

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ESPN Poll: Coaches Favor 8-Team Playoff

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- According to a poll conducted by ESPN, FBS coaches rather have an eight-team playoff rather than the current four-team format.

The poll, which 103 of the 128 FBS coaches voted in, showed 44 percent prefer an eight-team playoff, 29 percent are happy with the current four-team playoff and 17 percent want a 16-team playoff.

Most off the coaches who voted for an eight-team playoff think that system should be comprised of the conference champions from each of the Power 5 conferences as well as either the top-ranked team from the Power 5 and the two-highest ranked at-large teams, or just the three-highest ranked at-large teams.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said earlier in the week that an eight-team playoff would probably be ideal.

"You have four teams that get a chance to play for the national championship, which is twice as many as before," Swofford said. "But whoever's fifth or sixth is not going to be happy. There will be some (Power 5) conferences that won't have a team in the playoff."

There was one coach who voted fo a 64-team playoff.


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NBA Announces New TV Deal with ESPN and TNT

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The NBA proved on Monday just how popular the sport is and how popular they think it will be going forward as it announced a new TV deal with ESPN and TNT.

The league announced a new nine-year deal worth $9 billion, or $2.5 billion per year, which is more than triple the value of the current deal.

The new deal will go into effect starting the 2016-2017 season.

"The NBA has never been more popular and it continues to grow under Adam's leadership," ESPN president John Skipper said Monday in a statement. "By acquiring significantly more NBA content for both existing and yet-to-be created platforms, we will establish a vibrant, year-round NBA presence for fans. For ESPN, this agreement continues our fruitful, longstanding relationship with the NBA and bolsters what is already the sports industry's most impressive and impactful collection of media rights."

Games will continue to air on ESPN and TNT through the 2024-25 season.

As part of the deal, ESPN will increase its NBA-centered programming with 750 new hours of NBA content on linear and digital platforms.

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Sabres Owners Closing In on Buying Bills

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula are close to buying the Buffalo Bills, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

The Pegulas have a tentative deal in place and plan on keeping the Bills in Buffalo, but are awaiting an approval from the NFL, Schefter reports.

The Pegulas purchased the Sabres in 2011 and have been the front-runners all along to capture ownership of the Bills.

The approval cannot happen until next month when the 31 owners meet.  They'll need three-quarters to approve their bid.

The Bills last made the playoffs in 1999, which is the longest drought in the NFL.

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Cavs Trade Jarrett Jack to Nets in Three-Team Deal

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Jarrett Jack to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in a three-team deal with the Boston Celtics, reports ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein.

The Nets will also receive Sergey Karasev in the deal.  The Celtics land Marcus Thorton from Brooklyn to go along with Cleveland's Tyler Zeller and a future first-round pick from the Cavaliers.

The move helps Cleveland's pursuit of free agent and Akron native LeBron James.

ESPN's Tom Penn reports that the trade clears up $21.7 million in cap space for Cleveland.

James is meeting with Heat president Pat Riley in Las Vegas Wednesday.

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Mark Jackson Returning to ESPN

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A constant name in the NBA coaching rumor mill, Mark Jackson has landed a new gig. The former Golden State Warrior head man will be returning to his old post as part of ESPN's NBA coverage.

Jackson reached a multiyear deal on Saturday to return to a place he spent five years. The 17-time All-Star will be reunited with former broadcast partners Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy beginning on Sunday when the trio calls Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Indiana and Miami.

After being fired by Golden State earlier this month, Jackson was rumored to be a candidate for the vacant New York Knicks position. Jackson was 121-109 in three season with the Warriors and led the team to a 51-31 mark this year, the best since the 1991-92 campaign.

Golden State was bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors hired Steve Kerr as head coach on May 14.

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Pistons Hire Stan Van Gundy 

NBA via Orlando Magic (NEW YORK) --  The Detroit Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy as their new head coach and president of basketball operations on Wednesday.

The deal is reportedly for five years and $35 million.

"Stan is a proven winner in our league. He instills his teams with passion, purpose and toughness," Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. "He is a great teacher who will help our players grow and develop.

"Stan is more than just a great coach, he's a great leader. What I'm most excited about is how Stan can help us shape the franchise and instill what it means to be the best. He's also a great communicator. My time with Stan has me convinced that he will bring our players, team and community to a very proud place."

The Golden State Warriors were believed to be showing interest in Van Gundy, who spent eight years as head coach of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. The opportunity to make personnel decisions on top of coaching may have been too good for Van Gundy to pass up.

The Pistons have been searching for a new president of basketball operations since Joe Dumars resigned from the position last month. 

Van Gundy takes over a Pistons team that went 29-53 this past season.  They may have struggled to win games, but the team boasts one of the more talented front courts in the NBA with big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

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