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Sports in brief: Storm hires new coach

Arena Football

Storm names former Portland coach to same post

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Storm named Ron James as head coach on Tuesday, team president Derrick Brooks announced.

James spent last season coaching the Portland Steel, which folded in recent weeks.

"Ron has over 30 years of coaching experience that he is bringing with him to Tampa Bay," Brooks, the Hall of Fame Bucs linebacker, said in a statement. "After spending time with him throughout this vetting process, we believe he best exemplified what we want to do, and where we want to go, as a team."

James, 52, has been a head coach for eight seasons in the Arena League including stops in Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Utah as well as Portland. His teams have been to the playoffs three times.

James replaces longtime former Storm player Lawrence Samuels, whose three-year tenure ended with a 2-14 season in 2016, the worst mark in franchise history.

"I am extremely humbled and excited to join one of the most storied franchises in the Arena Football League," James said in a statement. "It's a great feeling to be a part of a team that has such strong management and leadership."

James, a native of Albany, N.Y., played in college at Siena and began his coaching career there as an assistant in 1986.

Tennis

Kerber stays perfect at WTA Finals

Top seed Angelique Kerber stayed unbeaten at the WTA Finals in Singapore by topping Simona Halep 6-4, 6-2. Madison Keys stayed in semifinal contention by beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-4.

Swiss Indoors: Stan Wawrinka rallied to beat 119th-ranked Marco Chiudinelli 6-7 (1-6), 6-1, 6-4 in a meeting of Swiss players in Basel.

Soccer

Coach left on bus for defeat

Bayer Leverkusen, with coach Roger Schmidt watching from a bus, lost to third-division Sportfreunde Lotte 4-3 after penalty kicks in the second round of the German Cup. Schmidt was serving the first of his two-game ban for shouting an insult at Hoffenheim counterpart Julian Nagelsmann during a Bundesliga game on Saturday.

ET CETERA

Boxing: Two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields plans to make her professional debut Nov. 19 in Las Vegas. Shields will fight on the undercard of fellow Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward's bout with Sergey Kovalev.

Horses: Monarchos, whose Kentucky Derby-winning time in 2001 was second only to Secretariat, died Saturday in Midway, Ky. He was 18.

Surfing: With more than a month to go in the World Surf League tour, John John Florence clinched the world title in Peniche, Portugal.

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Sports in brief: Storm hires new coach 10/25/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:09pm]
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