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Coach K says he’s finished; USA Basketball is mum

NEW YORK – Mike Krzyzewski again said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to return as the United States’ men’s basketball head coach after leading the Americans to two Olympic gold medals.

Saying “my stance hasn’t changed,” Krzyzewski told ESPN Radio he expects USA Basketball to name a new coach this summer.

The Hall of Fame Duke coach said during and after last summer’s Olympics that he wasn’t planning to return to the position he’s held with the national team since 2005. However, he still hasn’t confirmed that decision with USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, who has said they will talk after the college season.

Krzyzewski led the Americans to Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012 and a world basketball championship in 2010. The Americans also won bronze in the 2006 worlds, their first tournament under his guidance, and haven’t lost a game since.

NHL

Canadiens, Stars swap stars: Michael Ryder for Erik Cole

PHILADELPHIA – Less than 24 hours after picking up a career-best three assists in a loss at Nashville, the Dallas Stars dealt right wing Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Erik Cole in a swap of veteran forwards.

The 32-year-old Ryder has six goals and eight assists in 19 games this year for the Stars.

Ryder returns to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round of the 1998 draft.

The 24-year-old Cole has three goals and three assists in 19 games for the Canadiens.

Cole won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and has 222 goals and 235 assists in 721 career games.

Kings trade Simon Gagne back to Philadelphia

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings traded Simon Gagne back to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick, sending the struggling left wing back to the city where he had his greatest NHL success.

Gagne spent his first 10 NHL seasons with the Flyers but won his first Stanley Cup title last season in Los Angeles after a late-playoff return from a concussion. He hasn’t scored a goal in 11 games this season for the Kings, who decided the veteran didn’t fit in coach Darryl Sutter’s system.

Gagne had 259 goals and 524 points in his decade with the Flyers, who traded him to Tampa Bay in July 2010. The Kings signed him a year later, but Gagne has scored just 24 goals in 108 games since leaving Philadelphia.

Associated Press