Press Box: Bobcats hire Ewing as associate head coach

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Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing moved a step closer to an NBA head coaching job Tuesday when he joined the Charlotte Bobcats as a member of Steve Clifford's staff, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Ewing will serve as the "associate head coach" under Clifford. The two have a strong professional and personal history together.

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan hasn't been willing to hire his longtime friend as a head coach, and passed over him for Mike Dunlap in 2012..

Clifford replaced Mike Dunlap in late May, after Dunlap was fired after one season for a team that went 21-61 in 2012-'13.

---The Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves will play at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Oct. 20 as part of the NBA's second annual NBA Canada Series.

The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks played in last season's game in Montreal, while the Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons played in Winnipeg. The series is designed to develop the game in Canada. A second potential game during the 2013-14 season has not been announced.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Seeking to give their bowl-eligible teams chances to play, college football's smaller conferences are exploring avenues to create additional bowl games next season, according to an ESPN.com report.

The impetus comes from the Power Five conferences preferance to play each other in bowl games, leaving the smaller conferences shut out.

Up to nine locations are being considered to begin bowl games in 2014, sources told ESPN.com: Miami, Orlando, Little Rock, Ark.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Los Angeles; Ireland; Dubai and either Toronto or Nassau, Bahamas.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins is passing up a chance to play for Team Canada so he can prepare for his Jayhawks career, Canada Basketball announced on its official website.

Wiggins played for the Canadian junior team in 2010 and 2012. The U19 tournament, which Wiggins won't participate in, is scheduled to takes place in the Czech Republic at the end of June.

OTHER

Henry Cecil, British horse racing's most successful trainers with 25 classic winners, died Tuesday at 70 after a long fight with cancer. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2006.

Cecil trained champions in Britain 10 times, including one of racing's greatest horses, Frankel, who retired last year with wins in all 14 of his races. Cecil was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011.
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