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Dell Curry steps down as Bobcats assistant coach

CHARLOTTE -- Former Milwaukee Bucks assistant Mike Sanders was hired Tuesday to replace Dell Curry, who stepped down as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Curry changed his mind three months after accepting the position, saying he was concerned about the time commitment of the job. Instead, Curry will work in community relations for the team and have more time to attend the basketball games of his two sons.

"After having time to fully grasp the commitment of being an assistant coach, I realized I could not give up the necessary time away from my family," Curry said. "However, I am pleased that I can still contribute to the organization and the players."

Curry, who spent 10 of his 16 seasons in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets, had served as the Bobcats' director of player development. In June, new coach Sam Vincent hired Curry as one of his assistants.

• The chairman of Madison Square Garden testified that he fired a top executive after learning she tried to get subordinates to help build a sexual harassment case against New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas.

James Dolan told a jury in U.S. District Court that another company executive told him that MSG vice president Anucha Browne Sanders tampered with an internal investigation of her discrimination claims by meeting with her employees and trying to persuade them to support her.

He said he was also told before the January 2006 firing that she was demanding $6 million not to lodge a harassment complaint.

Dolan said he had spared Browne Sanders from being fired six months earlier when a company executive demanded she be let go because she was unable to take command of her department's finances.

Dolan said he recommended that Browne Sanders undergo additional training to learn how to handle new management responsibilities. He said she had offered her resignation in late November 2005 and was supposed to be looking for a new job when he was told she had interfered with the investigation.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- The president of the university system that oversees both North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central says he is leaving the discipline up to the schools after their latest football meeting ended with a brawl that police broke up with pepper spray.

Erskine Bowles, who leads the University of North Carolina system, spoke with the colleges' chancellors about the fight that took place Saturday night after N.C. Central's 27-22 win.

"We are all in complete agreement that this sort of unsportsmanlike behavior was just plain wrong, and that it will not be condoned or tolerated within our university," Bowles said in a statement released by his office."

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The 16U Carolina Bonecrushers of Rock Hill won the USSSA Fall State Baseball Championship this past weekend, running their fall record to 11-1-1.

Jesse Brewer pitched a complete game and struck out nine as the Bonecrushers defeated the Carolina Twisters 3-0 in the finals.

Shane Waldrop hit a two-run homer followed by a solo shot from Mark Carelock. The defense was led by Stephen Trotter and Alex Tomasovich.

• LOCAL GOLF -- The 17th annual Adams Cup matches will be played this weekend at Rock Hill Country Club.

The Ryder Cup-style format features teams from Rock Hill and Spring Lake country clubs. Rock Hill leads the all-time series 8-7-1.

Saturday's four-ball matches at 9 a.m. have Chris Corn-Scott Hendrix (RH) vs. Henry Owen-Joe Hourihan; Rich Rebholz--Chad Thomasson (RH) vs. Spencer Bybee-Brian Curtis; Mike Forrest-Mike Kent (RH) vs. Bobo Sexton-Jay Young; Randy Adams-Kevin Tindol (RH) vs. Brian Benfield-Trent Gardner; Chris Bailey-David Rector (RH) vs. Mike Condon-T.J. Harris; Mark Golightly-Roland Myers (RH) vs. Shane Bybee-Michael Hourihan; Paul Rekhow-Kedar Brown (RH) vs. Paul Pratt-Buzz Johnsey; and Kevin Melton-Kevin Sutton (RH) vs. Mike Manning-Brian Bentzel.

Saturday's alternate shot matches begin at 2 p.m. with Robholz-Thomasson vs. Owen-Sexton; Corn-Will Stephenson vs. J. Hourihan-Pratt; Adams-Tindol vs. Spencer Bybee- Curtis; Forrest-Kent vs. Harris-Condon; Golightly-Myers vs. Benfield-Young; Bailey-Rector vs. Shane Bybee-M. Hourihan; Melton-Sutton vs. Johnsey-Manning; and Rekhow-Brown vs. Gardner-Bentzel.

Sunday's singles matches begin at 10 a.m.

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