Scolari expected to be named new Brazil coach

Updated 28 November 2012
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Scolari expected to be named new Brazil coach

SAO PAULO: Luiz Felipe Scolari is expected to be named as the new Brazil coach, returning to the national team 10 years after leading the country to the 2002 World Cup title.
The official announcement is expected to be made by Brazilian federation president Jose Maria Marin today. The president said yesterday that a new coach has been selected, and sources close to Scolari and the Brazilian federation confirmed to local media that the outspoken Scolari was the one chosen to lead Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.
He would replace Mano Menezes, who was fired last week after Marin said he didn't like the coach's methods.
The likely announcement of Scolari will keep Brazil from being without a representative in Saturday's Confederations Cup draw, when the team will find out who it will play in the tournament's opener next June. Brazil will host the warm-up tournament and the World Cup with a team led by young promising stars such as Neymar, Oscar and Lucas.
Scolari has been without a job since leaving Brazilian club Palmeiras a few months ago. The former Chelsea and Portugal coach helped Palmeiras win the Brazilian Cup this year, but the team struggled under his command and was eventually relegated to the second division. Scolari had already been replaced, but admitted his part of responsibility for the demotion.
Scolari had recently turned down jobs with Russia's national team and Brazilian clubs Gremio and Cruzeiro.
Marin said that a new national team coordinator will also be announced today, replacing director Andres Sanchez, who publicly said he was against Menezes' dismissal. Carlos Alberto Parreira, the coach when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup, was touted for that job.
Parreira also coached Brazil in the 2006 World Cup, when the team was eliminated by France in the quarterfinals.
Mario Zagallo was Brazil's national team coordinator in 1994 and 2006, and Zico was in the position in 1998. The post was eliminated for the 2010 World Cup, when Dunga was the coach.
Sanchez, who had been the person directly in charge of the national team, had said discussions about the new coach would only begin after Christmas and the announcement wasn't expected until early January.
Marin said earlier this week that he likely wouldn't hire a foreign coach, ending speculation that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola could be a candidate. Marin said he respected Guardiola but there were many good coaches in Brazil.
Others reportedly in the running for the job were Corinthians coach Tite, former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo and Fluminense coach Abel Braga, who led his team to the Brazilian league title this year.

Santos coach Muricy Ramalho, who turned down the Brazil job because of club commitments in 2010, reportedly was also in the running.
There was also talk about Zico, the Brazil great who previously coached Japan. He is in Brazil and announced yesterday that he was resigning as coach of Iraq's national team of because of a contract breach.


LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a dunk by Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics during Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP)
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LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

  • In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
  • The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.

BOSTON: With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss. He would not sit out. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.
The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.
In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. The Rockets host the seventh game of the West finals on Monday night.
Jayson Tatum scored 24 for Boston, which was looking to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Al Horford scored 17 points and Marcus Morris added 14 with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who led 72-71 with six minutes remaining before the Cavaliers scored 15 of the next 17 points to pull away.
James and Horford embraced after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned NBA Finals hats and Eastern conference championship shirts before shuffling off the court to receive their trophy.
It’s not the one they want.
James had to do it without Kevin Love — Cleveland’s only other all-star — who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green. Making his first start since the first-round opener against Indiana, Green scored 19 points and added eight rebounds — the star of James’ starless supporting cast.
The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established itself as the team of the future in the East.
But the present still belongs to James.
And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.

TIP-INS
Cavaliers: Shot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half. They made three of their first 22 shots before James and Green connected on back-to-back attempts midway through the third quarter.
Celtics: Paul Pierce, whose number was retired by the Celtics this season, cheered the team on from courtside. ... Rapper 21 Savage was also at the game. ... Boston was 7 for 39 from 3-point range, with Terry Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.