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Spurs' Popovich is the NBA Coach of the Year

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich was honored Tuesday as the NBA's Coach of the Year after leading the Spurs to 50 wins and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Popovich also won the award in 2003.

Popovich received 77 first-place votes. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau was second (27), Indiana coach Frank Vogel was third (7) and Memphis coach Lionel Hollins was fourth (6). Boston's Doc Rivers and Denver's George Karl each received a vote.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — An Indiana high school basketball standout who survived a Michigan plane crash last year that killed his father and stepmother after surviving a 2003 crash that killed his mother plans to play college basketball next year.

Austin Hatch, of Fort Wayne, made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Michigan before the June crash near the Charlevoix airport. He told the Detroit Free Press (http:on.freep.com/IGgqSt ) in an interview published Tuesday that he'll be on the court with the Wolverines in 2013.

Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report that the crash that killed Dr. Stephen Hatch and his wife, Kim, occurred after the single-engine plane stalled because of inadequate air speed. The report said Stephen Hatch failed to follow the proper protocol.

Stephen Hatch, who was an anesthesiologist and partner at Pain Management Associates, also was piloting a similar plane in September 2003 that crashed in Indiana. He saved Austin after that crash. But his other children — Lindsay, 11, and Ian, 5 — died along with his first wife, Julie, 38.

Following last year's crash en route to a summer home near Boyne Falls in northern Michigan, Austin Hatch was in a medically induced coma for weeks before returning to Fort Wayne.

Muamba to attend first EPL game since heart attack

BOLTON, England — Fabrice Muamba is set to attend his first Premier League soccer game since recovering from an on-field heart attack.

The Bolton Wanderers midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed as his team took on Tottenham in an FA Cup tie in March.

But after spending a month in the hospital and making a remarkable recovery, Muamba, 24, will be a spectator at tonight's game between the same two teams at Bolton's Reebok Stadium.

Quarterback Vince Young to work out for Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Veteran free agent quarterback Vince Young is traveling to Buffalo for a scheduled workout for the Bills today. It will be Young's first formal workout with a team this offseason since he was not re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after completing a one-year contract.

Young, who turns 29 later this month, has been biding his time to determine the next step of his career. He elected to wait until after the draft to start visiting teams to see which ones were still in need of quarterback help.

The Bills have a starter in place in Ryan Fitzpatrick. If signed by the Bills, Young would be expected to compete with returning veteran Tyler Thigpen for a backup job.

Compiled from wire reports