Stan Van Gundy is headed to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he will take over a promising team that includes 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson and reigning Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram.

Van Gundy agreed to a four-year contract.

The coach said Wednesday that he was "excited to join a talented New Orleans Pelicans team" and thanked team owner Gayle Benson and others for the opportunity.

"It will be an honor to work with our players and to work for Mrs. Benson and David Griffin, Trajan Langdon, their staff and the great people of New Orleans," Van Gundy wrote. "I can't wait to talk to our players and get the process started."

Van Gundy, 61, spent parts of 12 seasons coaching Miami, Orlando and Detroit, winning 58% of his games and going to the playoffs eight times. He also served as the coach at Wisconsin for one season.

In New Orleans, Van Gundy is replacing Alvin Gentry, who was let go after the Pelicans missed the playoffs last season.


U.S. wrestling team won't go to worlds

The United States won't send a team to the world wrestling championships because of health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The executive committee of USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling, unanimously approved the proposal not to send a team to Belgrade, Serbia, for the Dec. 12-20 event.

United World Wrestling, the international federation for wrestling, announced Monday that its executive committee approved existing plans to host the event.

• Marquette paused all men's and women's basketball team activities for 14 days after each program received one positive COVID-19 test.

• Toledo's men's basketball team has halted all activities after six players tested positive this week.

• Maria Torres withdrew from the LPGA Tour event in Georgia this week because her caddie tested positive for the coronavirus. Torres says she has no symptoms but is self-isolating because of their contact.

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LSU bans Beckham

LSU banned Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from team facilities for two years, according to a report by

Beckham received criticism for handing out $2,000 in cash during the celebration after the Tigers' 42-25 victory over Clemson in the national championship game last January.

Beckham's actions were among the lesser infractions the school acknowledged.

In addition to the Beckham infraction, the school admitted to payments from a booster of embezzled funds and a 2019 recruiting contact violation by coach Ed Orgeron.

The move comes as part of the university athletics department's self-imposed penalties ahead of potentially harsher NCAA sanctions.

LSU is also giving up eight football scholarships over two years and has agreed to decreased its recruiting activities.


Tennis: Former Wimbledon semifinalist Julia Goerges announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 31.

The German reached her highest ranking of ninth in the world in 2018 and was ranked 45th at her retirement.

Goerges finished with a 7-10 record in singles finals.

Colleges: Merritt Norvell Jr., the first Black athletic director at Michigan State, has died. He was 79.

Norvell was appointed to Michigan State's AD spot in 1995 and served until 1999.