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Tim Lewis to coach Birmingham’s AAF team

The upstart Alliance of American Football is continuing to assemble coaching staffs as it builds toward an inaugural season that will start in eight months.

Tim Lewis, a former Packers player and longtime NFL defensive coach, has been hired as the head coach of Birmingham’s team, according to AL.com.

Lewis is the first AAF head coach who hasn’t previously served as a head coach. The AAF has previously hired Brad Childress in Atlanta, Mike Singletary in Memphis, Steve Spurrier in Orlando, Rick Neuheisel in Tempe, Dennis Erickson in Salt Lake City and Mike Martz in San Diego.

Merrill never developed with the Devils, playing four injury-plagued seasons there. The Knights liked his size on defense (6-foot-3) and felt that, at 25 years old, he could still develop. Merrill was a frequent healthy scratch this season and in the playoffs, yet McPhee gave him a two-year contract extension. OK, then.

Perhaps most damning: The sportsbooks in Vegas listed their new home team with 250-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup in its inaugural season, the highest of any club. (Oh, and our Power Rankings? Here ya go.)

The unprecedented success of Vegas in Year One has caused a truly bizarre ret-conning of the expansion draft, as if the Knights were simply gifted a Western Conference championship team. There was no certainty for greatness. For every home run, there was something foul. Looking back at the formula, it was equal parts shrewd scouting, players exceeding expectations and a hearty helping of leverage.

Yes, the rules were set up so that Vegas would be better than expansion teams in the past. But the Knights certainly weren’t expected to be this good right off the bat. Here’s how the Golden Knights were made:

Durant scored 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Golden State Warriors defeated James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years.

No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.

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