Monday Sports In Brief


San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been named the NBA's executive of the year.

The NBA announced the award Monday. It's the second time Buford has received the honor. He previously won it in the 2013-14 season.

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Buford led the field with 77 total points in voting by fellow NBA executives. Portland's Neil Olshey finished in second place and Golden State's Bob Myers was third.

Buford helped the Spurs land LaMarcus Aldridge last summer, bringing the most coveted free agent on the market to San Antonio. He also added veteran forward David West and re-signed Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to big-money contracts to keep the Spurs rolling.

San Antonio finished with a franchise-best 67 wins, second in the Western Conference to the defending champion Warriors.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has had hernia surgery.

Team spokesman Cory Walton said the Hall of Fame coach underwent inguinal hernia repair surgery Monday at Duke University Hospital.

Krzyzewski says he will be in ''great physical condition'' when he coaches the U.S. national team in the Olympics this summer. The typical recovery time is four weeks.

It's the second procedure for the 69-year-old coach this offseason. He previously underwent left knee replacement surgery in early April.


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Finland handed the United States its second loss by 3-2 at the world ice hockey championship on Monday.

Finland's third win from three matches kept pace with Canada, which routed Belarus 8-0 with seven different players scoring, and led their group on goal difference. Canada has 20 goals in three games, and doesn't play Finland until the last round of group matches next week.

The U.S. is fourth with its only win against Belarus. The top four qualify for the quarterfinals.

Mikko Koivu and Antti Pihlstrom scored for Finland in the first period before Frank Vatrano made it 2-1 with a slapshot.

Connor Murphy leveled early in the third for the U.S., but Leo Komarov slid in the puck four minutes later for the game-winner.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco netted nearly $2 million from co-hosting the Super Bowl, with money coming largely from hotel taxes generated by visiting fans.

But the cost analysis released Monday by the controller's office did little to settle debate over the impact February's game had on the city.

About 1 million people attended Super Bowl-related events in San Francisco, including a week-long fan festival along the city's waterfront. The game itself was held in Santa Clara, California, some 50 miles to the south.

Mayor Ed Lee praised the numbers, saying that the game was a major boost for the city. ''Hosting Super Bowl 50 exceeded our expectations,'' Lee said in a statement.

But several supervisors disagreed, saying that the city barely broke even for a corporate party that clogged city streets and hurt small businesses.


NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Tirico will take part in NBC's Olympic coverage in Rio this summer after he joins the network July 1.

NBC formally announced Monday that Tirico was leaving ESPN after a quarter-century. NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood says details about Tirico's assignments won't be revealed until after he officially joins the network.

Flood will say that Tirico will be involved in NFL and golf coverage.

Tirico joined ESPN as a ''SportsCenter'' anchor in 1991 and became one of the most versatile commentators in sports, working studio shows and handling play-by-play for a wide variety of events. He was picked as the play-by-play announcer for ''Monday Night Football'' in 2006.

Tirico also hosted major tennis and golf coverage and called the NBA Finals for ESPN Radio and the ''Super Tuesday'' Big Ten college basketball games.