MIAMI -- On the night of his last game as an NBA head coach, Pat Riley heard the final buzzer, looked straight ahead and briskly walked away.
Deep down, he knew it was over.
"I didn't have to look back," Riley said. "I know that's behind me."
And now, after spending several days plotting the Miami Heat's next course, Riley's past becomes Erik Spoelstra's future.
The Hall of Fame coach resigned Monday, although he'll remain team president. His first act as Miami's former coach was to choose its new one, and hired Spoelstra, a 37-year-old who started in the Heat video room in 1995 and now becomes the NBA's youngest coach.
• In Orlando, Fla., Hedo Turkoglu, whose 19 points, five rebounds and five assists per game helped the Orlando Magic win their first division title in 12 years, was selected as the NBA's most improved player.
Turkoglu's numbers marked career highs in each category, and dramatic improvements from 13 points, four rebounds and three assists last season. He earned back-to-back Eastern Conference player of the week awards in late January and early February and was named player of the month for April.
• In New Orleans, Hornets coach Byron Scott, who led the Hornets to their first playoff appearance in four years this season, has been chosen as the NBA coach of the year, The Associated Press has learned.
A person with knowledge of the award spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity because the league had not yet announced it.
New Orleans sent a media advisory Monday afternoon, saying it planned a "major announcement" at 10 a.m. Tuesday following the Hornets' gameday shootaround.
Scott is expected to receive the award Tuesday before the Hornets host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. New Orleans leads 3-1.
• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- In Greensboro, N.C., after helping their respective teams complete a series sweep in conference play over the weekend, Clemson's Kyle Parker was tabbed ACC Player of the Week, while Miami's Chris Hernandez collected ACC Pitcher of the Week honors. The league recognition is a career first for both freshmen.
Parker went 5-for-10 with five runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and three walks to help lead Clemson to a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech last weekend. The Jacksonville, Fla., product also posted a 1.600 slugging percentage and a .615 on-base percentage in the series against the Hokies. In Saturday's 8-7 win, he went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers and five RBI, including the game-winning three-run homer in the eighth inning. Parker is the first Tiger to garner player of the week accolades this season.
• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Cliff Hammonds, who helped lead Clemson to its best basketball season in years, has been selected as the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame's Athlete of the Year presented by Piggly Wiggly.
The senior guard from Cairo, Ga., averaged 11. 4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.94 steals per game and sparked the Tigers to a 24-10 record and a No. 22 ranking in the final AP poll.