Sports briefs: Jazz hire Justin Zanik as assistant GM
NBA • Justin Zanik was officially hired Tuesday by the Utah Jazz as assistant general manager.
A player agent since 2003, Zanik is known for expertise on the collective bargaining agreement and European game.
Zanik, who served as vice president of ASM Sports since 2004 and represented players including Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, will officially join the Jazz on Sept. 1. Assistant GM is a new position in the Jazz front office.
"He is a high-character individual with a strong work ethic," GM Dennis Lindsey said in a statement, "and will be a tremendous addition to the Jazz basketball operations staff."
Morton takeslead in Colorado
cycling • Mathias Frank of Switzerland rode to a three-second win in the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge, while Lachlan Morton of Australia finished second to assume the overall lead. Frank (BMC), who claimed his third stage win this season, completed the 126.1-mile ride from Aspen, Colo., to Breckenridge in 5 hours, 5 minutes and 19 seconds. Morton, who rides for the U.S.-based Garmin-Sharp team, began the stage in 16th place in the same time as opening stage winner and former race leader Peter Sagan of Slovakia. Sagan (Cannondale), a four-time Tour de France stage winner, finished third in the stage is also third overall, trailing by 11 seconds.
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