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Rivers officially a clipper

LOS ANGELES — After weeks of negotiations and intrigue, Doc Rivers has officially left the Celtics for the Clippers.

Rivers will be introduced as Los Angeles' coach and senior vice president of basketball operations at a news conference today at its Playa Vista training complex, capping a lengthy process by completing a rare trade involving a championship-winning coach.

The Clippers and Celtics finalized the move Tuesday when the league approved the deal. Boston will get an unprotected first-round pick in 2015 from the Clippers for Rivers, who went 416-305 and won the 2008 NBA title during nine seasons with the Celtics.

Boston's front office mostly had warm words for Rivers, 51, who was not eager to stick around for the aging Celtics' rebuilding process. "We don't have a championship without Doc Rivers coaching," said Danny Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations.

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SHAW INTRODUCED: After a dozen interviews over the years that ended the same way — teams going in a different direction — longtime assistant Brian Shaw finally landed his first head coaching job with the Nuggets. "At times, it got frustrating," Shaw, 47, said at his introductory news conference. "At the same time, I just looked at it as it allowed me more time to learn and to get better."

DIVERSITY: The UCF Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the NBA an A in a report on racial and gender hiring practices, with an A+ in the race category.

OVERSEAS: The NBA will play games next season in London and Mexico City. The Spurs and Timberwolves will meet at Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4, and the Hawks and Nets will play at the O2 in London on Jan. 16.

HEAT: James Jones and Rashard Lewis exercised their player options.

KINGS: New coach Mike Malone officially hired his father, Brendan, as an assistant. … The club extended a qualifying offer to G Tyreke Evans, making him a restricted free agent.

KNICKS: Sixth man of the year J.R. Smith will decline his option and become a free agent.

WNBA: Brittney Griner had 26 points, seven rebounds and five blocks as Phoenix beat host San Antonio 83-77. … Erika De Souza scored 17 to lead host Atlanta to its fourth straight win, 76-60 over Indiana.

NFL

Court seals documents

A Massachusetts court said it has sealed documents related to the killing of a semipro football player found a mile from the home of Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez. No charges have been filed in the death of Odin Lloyd.

COWBOYS: First-round pick Travis Frederick, a center from Wisconsin, signed a four-year deal.

JAGUARS: RB Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged in connection with an alleged bar fight in St. Augustine on Memorial Day weekend.

GOLF

Top amateur dies

Frank Stranahan, the premier amateur of his era who contended for majors and was the first notable golfer to make fitness a regimen, died Sunday in West Palm Beach. He was 90. Mr. Stranahan was regarded as the best amateur since Bobby Jones.

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AUTOS: Bobby Labonte is not entered in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, ending his streak at 704 starts, the second-longest active streak to Jeff Gordon's 705.

OLYMPICS: Three-time volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings asked London silver medalist April Ross to be her partner for 2016 to replace the retired Misty May-Treanor.

Soccer: Carlo Ancelotti was hired as Real Madrid's coach, succeeding Jose Mourinho after weeks of speculation. He received a three-year contract and will be introduced today. … Mexico is near an early exit from the Under-20 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Paraguay. Newcomer El Salvador stunned Australia 2-1.

Swimming: St. Petersburg's Megan Romano finished fourth in the 100 free in 53.90, a personal best, at the U.S. championships in Indianapolis. She made the U.S. team for next month's FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Missy Franklin won in a personal-best and championship record time of 53.43 seconds. In the men's 100 free, former Gator Ryan Lochte finished fourth.

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