Sports in Brief: Magic name Vaughn coach

Posted: July 29, 2012

The Orlando Magic's latest makeover continues to have a youthful feel. The team on Saturday announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn, 37, as its next head coach. Last month, the team hired 30-year-old Rob Hennigan as general manager.

Vaughn replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was fired May 21 despite compiling a 259-135 regular-season record, franchise-best .657 winning percentage, and a 31-28 playoff record.

A 12-year NBA player before retiring in 2009 with San Antonio, Vaughn's career included 80 games for the Magic in 2002-03. The former Kansas Jayhawks standout has never been an NBA head coach, but he has spent the last two seasons as a Spurs assistant.

HORSE RACING: Great Lookinblonde came from off the pace to win the $75,000 Power By Far Stakes for older fillies and mares at Parx Racing while John Trippi and William Thayer's Traffic Light jumped to an early lead and was never headed in winning the $75,000 Crowd Pleaser Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Great Lookinblonde, trained by Ed Lehman, went off as second choice at 3-1 and paid $8.80 to win. Traffic Light, trained by Freddy Velazquez, was a 7-5 favorite and returned $4.80. The final time over a rainy, sloppy track was 1 minute, 41.92 seconds.

Alpha started quickly and finished strong to cruise to a two-length, wire-to-wire win in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Sent off as the 9-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds, Alpha enjoyed the sloppy track and went straight to the front with jockey Ramon Dominguez aboard for his first victory in nearly six months.

SOCCER: On a hot and humid day, Liverpool and Tottenham played to a scoreless draw in a friendly before 42,723 fans at the home stadium of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel preserved his side's clean sheet with a leaping catch of a shot by Martin Skrtel in the 54th minute.

The Ravens play on artificial turf, but the field consisted entirely of natural grass laid in place on top of the carpet. Workers installed more than 500 rolls of grass to cover the field for the match between the English Premier League sides.

Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko retired from football to begin a career in Ukrainian politics. Shevchenko, 35, who began and ended his career with Dynamo Kiev, said on the club website: "This time I'm certain. My future won't be tied with football. My future now is with politics."

He helped Dynamo win five successive Ukrainian titles in the 1990s, scoring 60 goals. He joined Milan in 1999, winning a series of trophies with the Serie A club and being awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2004.

- Wire and staff reports

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