PHOENIX -- Terry Porter will be the Phoenix Suns' next coach, ending the club's monthlong search for a successor to Mike D'Antoni.
Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr said Saturday he had agreed to terms with Porter, who was an assistant with the Detroit Pistons.
The 45-year-old Porter played in the NBA for 17 seasons and teamed with Kerr in San Antonio.
"He's got a great combination of leadership skills," Kerr said in a telephone interview. "He's a great communicator. And his coaching experience, two years as a head coach, is important to me. The fact that he's sat in that chair, that was a key factor. He's very tough-minded."
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Porter is expected to sign a three-year deal worth about $7 million, and he likely will be introduced at a news conference early next week. His hiring was first reported by ESPN.
Porter emerged from an extensive list of candidates interviewed by the Suns. Last week, Kerr said the list had been pared to four -- Porter and assistants Elston Turner of Houston, Tyrone Corbin of Utah and Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry have pledged $1 million to the university for scholarships.
The scholarships are designed specifically for first-generation college students. The Sabans have already funded scholarships for six such students through the $100,000 gift they made last January.
• PRO FOOTBALL -- Cedric Benson's rocky relationship with the Chicago Bears got murkier Saturday after the running back's arrest on a drunken driving charge in Austin, Texas, his second arrest in little more than a month.
Bears officials said they would treat the matter seriously. Benson's attorney said the former Texas star had a few drinks with dinner but didn't think he was intoxicated, and cooperated with police.
• SOFTBALL -- Crystl Bustos hit a three-run home run and Andrea Duran had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to help the United States beat Canada 9-5 in its first exhibition game against an Olympic opponent this year.
The U.S. had trailed only four times in 39 games before pulling out a 10-8 victory against a team of pro softball All-Stars the previous night, and the Canadians became the first team to hold two separate leads against the three-time Olympic gold medalists.
• BOXING -- Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield denies that his home will be foreclosed, saying "Everything is all right with the house now."
A legal notice in a small local newspaper Wednesday said Holyfield's estate will be auctioned to the highest bidder for cash on July 1. The 54,000-square-foot home has 109 rooms, including 17 bathrooms, three kitchens and a bowling alley.