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Days before camp begins, New York Knicks have a new GM

Steve Mills is returning to the New York Knicks as president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald in a front-office shake-up just days before the start of training camp.

Mills spent a decade as an executive at Madison Square Garden and before that worked at the NBA for 16 years.

Grunwald took over in 2011 and constructed much of the roster that helped the Knicks win a playoff series last season for the first time since 2000.

He will remain with the organization as an adviser, the Knicks said in a release Thursday. The surprising news came with the Knicks set to open training camp Tuesday coming off a 54-win season and their first Atlantic Division championship since 1994.

Grunwald tied for third in last season’s voting for executive of the year.

hockey

Denis Brodeur, the father of star goalie Martin Brodeur who enjoyed a lengthy career as one of Canada’s most successful sports photographers, died at the age of 82, the New Jersey Devils said.

He shot pictures of the Montreal Canadiens for several decades, first for a newspaper and then as the team’s official photographer.

Brodeur was one of two photographers to capture the iconic image of Paul Henderson celebrating the winning goal of the 1972 Canada-Soviet summit series. . . .

Vincent Viola grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from West Point, is a former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and after the Sept. 11 attacks founded a center devoted to combating terrorism.

He’s also the new owner of the Florida Panthers, said a person familiar with the situation.

Viola will be introduced in that role Friday after paying $250 million to buy the NHL franchise, the person said.

Completing the sale will have an immediate effect on the on-ice product, at least in one respect. The move cleared the way for the team to complete the signing of two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender who took last season off before deciding he wanted to return.

MISC.

The top-ranked Virginia women’s soccer team extended its win streak to 10 games, the program’s longest since 1990, with a 3-2, come-from-behind win at Duke. The Cavaliers (10-0, 4-0 ACC) rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to remain the nation’s only unbeaten and untied team.

Morgan Brian, Makenzy Doniak and Gloria Douglas scored for the Cavaliers.

The Blue Devils (4-5-1, 1-3-1 ACC) took the 2-0 halftime lead by scoring on both of their shots on goal. . . .

Eighth-ranked Georgetown tied visiting DePaul, 1-1, in the Big East opener for both teams. Mary Kroening scored for the Hoyas (8-0-2) on a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute to tie the game. The Hoyas failed to win despite a 25-5 advantage in shots against the Blue Demons (6-1-2). . . .

Maryland, ranked No. 21, fell to No. 3 Notre Dame, 5-0, in South Bend, Ind.

The Terrapins (6-4, 2-2 ACC) were outshot 15-5 against the Fighting Irish (8-1, 4-0). . . .

Down to his last chance to earn a PGA Tour card, Ashley Hall opened the Web.com Tour Championship with his second-best score of the year — even though he called a penalty on himself when he noticed his ball slightly move.

The 29-year-old Australian bounced back from that penalty shot to birdie two of his last three holes for a 7-under 63 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. That gave him a one-shot lead over Robert Karlsson of Sweden and Mark Anderson, who already is assured his PGA Tour card. Karlsson, a former Ryder Cup player, also needs a big week to get back his PGA Tour card.

— From news services

and staff reports

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