Coach K still not coming back to Team USA

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Duke Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski reiterated the fact that he won’t be back to coach Team USA this summer while speaking with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike Tuesday, and said the team is likely to hire his successor soon so the team can prepare for the 2014 World Championships in Madrid.

“I’ve loved, loved, loved, and it’s been an honor being with the USA Basketball team,” Krzyzewski said. “And to coach the team and work with [USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo] for seven years has been marvelous. And we’re in a good spot. We need to keep building.”

Coach K, as he’s affectionately known by those who can’t spell his name, was hired after the team finished an abysmal sixth at the 2002 Worlds and earned bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He coached the team to golds in Beijing and London, and led them to a World Championship in 2010.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Celtics coach Doc Rivers are the favorites to take over the team, but we still think they should stick with a college coach, and should hire Kansas’s Bill Self for the gig.

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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