Celtics Hall of Famer McHale agrees to become new Houston Rockets coach

Kevin McHale has been hired to coach the Houston Rockets. The Rockets made it official Wednesday that McHale will take over for Rick Adelman, who left the team days after his fourth season in Houston.

The Hall of Famer and former Celtic spent 15 years with the Timberwolves in his native Minnesota.

Jay Triano will not return as Toronto Raptors coach next season. The Raptors announced they will not exercise their option on Triano’s contract. He will be retained as a consultant and a special assistant to president and general manager Bryan Colangelo.

Ricky Rubio is coming to Minnesota. The Spanish point guard has agreed to join the Timberwolves next season, ending a two-year negotiation with the team that had a few stops and starts.

Investor Tom Gores is now officially the owner of the Detroit Pistons. The team said the sale was formally completed, a day after NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league’s board of governors had approved Gores’ purchase of the franchise.


LEAGUE: Colin Campbell has dropped his duties as the NHL’s chief disciplinarian. The veteran executive has relinquished a key component of his job just before the start of the Stanley Cup finals involving his son Gregory, a member of the Boston Bruins.


LANCE ARMSTRONG: The director of the Swiss anti-doping laboratory informed federal authorities last fall that Lance Armstrong’s test results from the 2001 Tour de Suisse were “suspicious” and “consistent with EPO use,” The Associated Press has learned.


FIFA: Stung by allegations of mismanagement and corruption, Sepp Blatter held onto his spot as the leader of world soccer, winning a one-man election derided as a “coronation.” The 75-year-old who has headed the sport virtually unchallenged for 13 years struck a rare note of humility in a speech short on specifics that promised to reform an ethics committee and provide more transparency in decision-making.


FOOTBALL: The NCAA is interested in Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s cars. The state of Ohio said he shouldn’t be driving one. Pryor was seen driving a sports car to a team meeting Monday hours after Coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation, even though his Ohio driving privileges were suspended. Pryor’s driving privileges were suspended for 90 days because he failed to produce proof of insurance when he was pulled over for a stop-sign violation Feb. 19 in Columbus.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Bowdoin senior Ingrid Oelschlager was named a Division III first team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Colby’s Lexi Crook and Kate Pistel earned second-team honors, while Bowdoin’s Elizabeth Clegg and Katie Stewart made the third team.

— From staff and news services