Sports in Brief: A chance for Collins to get Olympic gold?

Posted: August 15, 2012

76ers head coach Doug Collins received the endorsement of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers to lead U.S. basketball to gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to Comcast Sportsnet.

Rivers said Collins would be best suited for the job in part because Collins was on the 1972 team that lost gold to the Soviet Union at the Olympics in Munich.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Rivers are front runners to replace Duke's Mike Krzyzewski at the Olympic helm. Rivers said that if he is given the opportunity, he will make sure Collins is on the team as an assistant.

The Los Angeles Lakers added former Sixer Jodie Meeks and re-signed forward Devin Ebanks on Monday. Meeks, a three-year veteran, averaging 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 24.9 minutes for the 76ers last season.

SOCCER: Major League Soccer could soon be adding a New York City-based team as the league works to finalize plans for a $300 million stadium in Queens for a yet-unnamed team. The MLS ownership group is sponsoring the project and would fund it entirely. The stadium will seat 25,000 and would be situated next to the New York Mets' Citi Field.

BOXING: Former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Michael Dokes has died. He was 54. The Rhoden Memorial Home in Akron, Ohio, said Dokes died Saturday. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that the boxer died in an Akron hospice from liver cancer. Known as "Dynamite" Dokes because he packed a powerful punch, the fighter won the WBA title in 1982 by defeating Mike Weaver. He lost the title a year later when he was beaten by Gerrie Coetzee. Dokes had a career record of 53-6-2.

GOLF:Clayton Rotz of Chambersburg, Pa., shot a 6-under 66 to grab a share of the first-round lead in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin Woodlands near Pittsburgh. He'll head into Tuesday's second round tied with Saxonburg's Joe Boros and Washington's John Popeck. Michael Brown of Cheltenham and Tucker Koch of Malvern were six strokes back, tied for 21st.

After the first day of stroke-play qualifying, Bobby Wyatt, 20, of Mobile, Ala., was in the lead at the U.S. Amateur after shooting a 7-under 64 at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Aurora, Colo. Among the 10 contestants from the area, Jeff Osberg of Philadelphia fared best. He was tied for 19th, 5 strokes behind.

COLLEGES: Penn State reserve left offensive tackle Luke Graham, a sophomore, has been removed from the Penn State football roster. Graham is the 10th scholarship player to leave the Nittany Lions since NCAA sanctions were announced.

Brian Clarhaut, a soccer assistant at Connecticut last season, will join Temple as head coach David MacWilliams' top assistant coach. Clarhaut was a member of the 2003 state champion Shawnee High team.

Eastern baseball coach Matt Midkiff is leaving to take over the program at Swarthmore. He came to Eastern four years ago after serving as an assistant for the Garnet.

Stockton will host the South Jersey Soccer Festival Saturday featuring a match between 2011 NCAA tournament teams Northwestern and Rutgers at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 12.

BOWLING: In York, Pa., Sam Maccarone of Glassboro defeated Ross McDonald of Clarksville, Md., 243-166, to win the PBA East Region Senior Open at Colony Park Lanes. It is his 14th career senior regional title.

- Staff and wire reports

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