UNDATED (AP) – The Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals have hired new head coaches. Brian Flores takes over the Dolphins after serving as the New England Patriots’ linebackers coach. Zac Taylor had been the Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks coach before accepting a head coaching offer with the Bengals.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants have released veteran linebacker Connor Barwin, who finished with just one sack and 12 tackles in 15 games last season. Barwin signed a two-year contract with the Giants last July after playing for Houston, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Rams. Barwin’s release creates a $365,000 hit against New York’s 2019 salary cap.
DALLAS (AP) – Kristaps Porzingis won’t play for the Dallas Mavericks this season as he continues his recovery from a knee injury suffered last February. The Mavs acquired the 2018 All-Star in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks last week. The 7-foot-3 Latvian can become a restricted free agent after this season, but Dallas owner Mark Cuban says he envisions Porzingis forming a Euro star pairing with 19-year-old rookie Luka Doncic for years to come.
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Portland Trail Blazers have added front-court depth by getting Rodney Hood from Cleveland. The Cavaliers receive guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin, along with a second-round pick in 2021 and 2023. Hood is averaging 12.2 points in 45 games this season, his fifth in the NBA. He signed a one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer last summer after helping Cleveland reach the 2018 NBA Finals.
UNDATED (AP) – Tennessee remains at No. 1 for the third straight week and the top four are unchanged in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Volunteers received 48 of 64 first-place votes, second-ranked Duke claimed 12 and No. 3 Virginia four. Gonzaga and Kentucky round out the top five and are followed by Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan State and Marquette. Iowa is back in the poll this week ranked 20th. Iowa State is ranked 17th and Wisconsin is 19th.