Sports shorts: Suns hire GM from Celtics front office

2013-05-08T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Suns hire GM from Celtics front officeStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns have hired Boston Celtics executive Ryan McDonough as their next general manager.

McDonough, 33, replaced Lance Blanks, who was fired April 22 after failing to take the Suns to the playoffs in three seasons.

"Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position," Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said Tuesday. "His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years. We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization."

McDonough worked his way up from a 23-year-old special assistant to basketball operations in Boston to becoming assistant general manager the past three years.

McDonough's father, the late Will McDonough, was a long-time columnist for the Boston Globe. His brother, Sean, is an announcer for ESPN and another brother, Terry, is the former director of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

• Scottsdale police are investigating Suns forward Michael Beasley in connection with an alleged sexual assault. Police spokesman officer David Pubins said police are interviewing those involved and processing physical evidence to determine if criminal charges are appropriate.

Pima College

4 Aztecs win at Region I track & field meet

The Pima College track and field teams produced four region champions on the third day of the Region I Championships on Tuesday at Mesa Community College.

In women's competition, Brianna Rodriguez won the region championship in the long jump with a jump of 5.71 meters.

In men's competition, Deante Gaines took first place in the long jump with a jump of 7.16 meters. In the high jump event, Eddie Wilcox took top honors with a jump of 2.08 meters. Aaron Orduno won the hammer throw event with a throw of 49.05 meters.

The Region I Championships will conclude Thursday at Mesa Community College starting at 5 p.m.

• The Aztecs women's tennis team lost its final two matches of the NJCAA national tournament Tuesday at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center and will finish with a team score of 18 points. The standings after Tuesday had the Aztecs tied for 11th place. Their final placement in the standings will be determined Thursday.

Amy Beeston and Julienne Cananea lost in their quarterfinal matches. Beeston lost 6-0, 6-0 to Kylie Reynaud of Tyler (Texas) Junior College. Cananea lost to Kirsten Pierce from Tyler 6-2, 6-3.

Includes material from a news release

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