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Published April 27, 1995
The Pistons yesterday fired coach DON CHANEY and announced the resignation of team VP/Basketball Ops BILLY MCKINNEY. McKinney was not expected to be rehired after his contract expired in June, according to the DETROIT NEWS. McKinney claimed that internal leaks to the press led to his demise: "I felt like Rodney King. Every time I'd get up, I was getting kicked." Former Bulls Coach/TNT Broadcaster DOUG COLLINS is expected to be hired as coach and possibly GM (DETROIT NEWS, 4/27)....Sixers Coach JOHN LUCAS has relinquished ownership of the Miami Tropics USBL team (USA TODAY, 4/27)....ROSS GLATZER has resigned as President of Prodigy Services Co. He will be replaced by EDWARD BENNETT, former President of Viacom's VH-1 (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/27)....JOHN MCENROE will join the over-35 Champions Tour today in Moscow. JIMMY CONNORS has won 11 of the 12 events on the newly established tour (N.Y. TIMES, 4/27)....Bruin ADAM OATES was recently named "Sexiest Hockey Player" by the U.S. Television Fan Association. Oats will appear in the film "Cass" this summer with actor MARTIN SHEEN (Liz Smith, NEWSDAY, 4/26)....DALE MURPHY, JULIUS ERVING and ROBERTO CLEMENTE will be inducted in to the World Sports Humanitarian Hall-Of-Fame. Murphy, from "CBS This Morning": "Being able to get involved in some great charities and getting to know some great people has always been one of the highlights in my career" (CBS, 4/27). JAN BAGIN, Exec Director of the Czech Baseball Association, is seeking financial assistance to help build a National Baseball Centre in Prague (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/27).