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  • Lakers head coach D'Antoni steps down
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  • Lakers head coach D'Antoni steps down
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons on the job.
    Team spokesman John Black confirmed D'Antoni's resignation, ending the brief tenure of the Lakers' fourth head coach in less than three years.
    D'Antoni went 67-87 after taking over the Lakers early in the 2012-13 season. He replaced the fired Mike Brown, who lasted just 71 games after replacing 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson in 2011.
    The injury-plagued Lakers were 27-55 this season, their worst campaign in more than 50 years and the second-worst winning percentage in franchise history.
    With Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol sitting out large chunks of the season while the Lakers lost an NBA-worst 319 man-games to injuries, the 16-time NBA champion franchise missed the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and only the third time in 38 years.
    The 62-year-old D'Antoni had one year left on his contract, but wanted the Lakers to pick up his option year for 2015-16 to have any chance of success. The Lakers apparently refused, leading to D'Antoni's resignation.
    LOS ANGELES — Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will be named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career, a league official with knowledge of the award said.
    The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the league hasn't announced the award.
    Crawford was the Clippers' third-leading scorer and the NBA's top-scoring reserve with 18.6 points per game. He added 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game for the two-time Pacific Division champions.
    While starting just 24 of his 69 games this season, the shifty veteran guard had his highest scoring average since the 2009-10 season with Atlanta, where he won his first Sixth Man award.
    Crawford is the Clippers' top perimeter threat, setting a franchise record with 161 3-pointers while making at least one 3-pointer in 63 games.
    FSU suspends Winston for shoplifting crab legs
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State star dual-sport athlete Jameis Winston was tripped up by off-the-field issues again Wednesday.
    Winston was suspended from the FSU baseball team after the Heisman Trophy winner was cited Tuesday night for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix grocery store
    Leon County Sheriff's Office representatives said during a press conference they were dispatched to a Publix grocery store after a person left without paying for $32.72 worth of crab legs.
    Last year, Winston was the subject of a high-profile rape investigation. A former FSU student accused Winston of sexually assaulting her, while Winston and his attorney asserted their interaction was consensual. After admonishing Tallahassee police for its delayed investigation that hampered the collection of key interviews and evidence, the state attorney's office opted not to press charges against Winston.
    The Associated Press also reported Winston was among a group of players questioned about their involvement in a BB gun battle and Tallahassee Burger King employees complained Winston was among players stealing soft drinks and making a mess in the store.
    Compiled from wire reports
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