The Kings hired Don Nachbaur as an assistant coach Thursday to fill out the behind-the-bench staff under first-year head coach John Stevens. Nachbaur was coach of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League for the last seven seasons and has coached in the WHL or American Hockey League for 20 years. He was an assistant under Stevens with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2000-02. “He’s obviously understood the assistant coaching role,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. “He’s been able to do it at different levels and put a game plan in place. There’s some familiarity with John and understanding with what he would need on the bench, alongside Dave Lowry. We thought that was a fit going forward.
Bruce Bochy had none of what Cubs manager Joe Maddon was dishing on catcher collisions. The Giants manager dismissed Maddon’s comments about a recent, controversial slide by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and the origin of the rule preventing runners from crashing into catchers. In particular, Bochy rejected Maddon’s hot take on how Major League Baseball created the rule because of Buster Posey’s stardom at the time of his 2011 injury due to a collision. “I don’t really care to visit it. I don’t,” Bochy said. “Anybody who goes into that, they don’t know what they’re talking about where Buster was at on that play.” Six years ago, Posey’s season was ended when Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins
Days after losing McDonald’s as a major sponsor, Olympic leaders have signed a deal that will provide an influx of cash and perhaps nudge the Games into a new era of virtual reality and drones hovering over stadiums. The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Intel, adding the microprocessor giant to a list of high-level partners that include Coca-Cola, Toyota, Visa and Panasonic. Intel said it will produce a virtual-reality broadcast from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “Through this close collaboration with the Olympic family, we will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world’s largest athletic stage,” Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said in a statement.