Pelicans deal for Mirotic
The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Nikola Mirotic and a second-round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for center Omer Asik, guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen and a first-round pick, a person familiar with the deal said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither team has announced the trade.
The trade comes less than a week after New Orleans lost All-Star DeMarcus Cousins for the season because of left Achilles tear.
Mirotic has averaged 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds since missing the first 23 games this season because of two broken bones in his face.
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic was selected Thursday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as an injury replacement for the Feb. 18 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Dragic will replace Cleveland forward Kevin Love, who broke his left hand.
Dragic will play for Team LeBron, the squad drafted by LeBron James.
Missouri AD drops subject
Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk says he is done talking about what happened to the Tigers’ women’s basketball team at South Carolina.
Sterk had charged that Missouri players were spit on and heard racial slurs during the Tigers’ 64-54 loss at No. 7 South Carolina last Sunday. He also said Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley fostered the hostile environment. Staley said Sterk’s comments were “serious and false.”
On Thursday, Sterk told 101 ESPN in St. Louis that he and the school had moved on. Sterk says he has said his piece and that is all he has to say.
South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner thought Sterk needed to retract his comments about Staley.
Board wants some answers
After expressing stern concerns to Atlanta Falcons officials about several aspects of the operation of Mercedes-Benz Stadium at a meeting Tuesday, some Georgia World Congress Center Authority board members held an additional, unpublicized meeting about the subject Wednesday. The meeting was not recorded and no action was taken, officials say.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is owned by the state, and the GWCCA, a state agency subject to open-meetings and open-records laws, has an oversight role. The Falcons organization operates the stadium.
Coach subject of criticism
In Charlotte, Mich., the young athletes who confronted Larry Nassar about molesting them at an elite Michigan gymnastics club saved some of their harshest words for a person who was not in the courtroom: an Olympic coach who for years sent teenage girls to see the now-disgraced doctor.
John Geddert operated the Twistars club, where Nassar offered treatments on Monday nights. His victims complained that the coach created an ultra-competitive atmosphere, was indifferent to injuries and rarely offered gymnasts any choice to see a different doctor.
Geddert, 60, has been suspended by USA Gymnastics and has announced his retirement.