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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. . -- A Knoxville police officer who called Tennessee Volunteers coach Butch Jones during a rape investigation in which his players were involved will no longer serve as the police departments liaison to the football team.Knoxville police chief David Rausch said Wednesday that Sam Brown was removed from that assignment as a result of the reported concerns about the relationship between the football program and the police department.Rausch said Brown had served as the departments liaison to the Tennessee football program for the past 19 years and that his role included providing security for the head coach, team and staff.In order for the program to move on and avoid further undue scrutiny, it was agreed that we should make the transition at this time, Rausch said in a statement.Knoxville radio station WNML first reported the decision.Rausch emphasized this move is not the result of anything that Officer Brown has done or not done.He is a man of great integrity and has been a dedicated public servant to the Knoxville community, Rausch said.Phone records released in March show that Jones received calls from Brown and Rausch ton he morning of Nov. 16, 2014, hours after a woman said she was raped.Jones spoke to A.J. Johnson, a linebacker on his team at the time, a few minutes after receiving the initial call from Brown.Johnson and defensive back Michael Williams?were suspended from the team Nov. 17, 2014, and identified as suspects the following day. They were indicted on aggravated rape charges in February 2015, and their cases are still pending.Knoxville police announced in April they were ending their practice of making courtesy calls to Tennessee coaches about incidents involving their players in the interest of transparency and to alleviate any appearance of conflict of interest. They said that going forward, in any incident involving a student at the university, police would make formal notification only to the schools law enforcement officials.Rausch said Wednesday that Brown has been on the citys two-year delayed-retirement program since February 2015 and has a final service date effective Jan. 31.He has been a mentor and guide to the young men in the program and has provided excellent professional service to those involved in the program, Rausch said.Rausch said Knoxville police would continue to provide support and serve the safety and security needs for the football program in partnership with the University of Tennessee police department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. . Once again, DeLaet finished tied for second at a PGA Tour stop on the weekend, this time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The pride of Weyburn, Sask. . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. . Rob Manfred, baseballs chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players union to overturn Rodriguezs 211-game suspension. A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasnt concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLBs interest was his relationship with players under investigation.DENVER -- Josh Kroenke will now be keeping just as close a watch on power plays as power forwards. Already in charge of the Denver Nuggets, Kroenke was announced Friday as the new president of the Colorado Avalanche. He will take over for Pierre Lacroix, whos stepping down after 18 seasons and two Stanley Cup titles. Lacroix will stay with the team as an adviser. Former team captain Joe Sakic also received a promotion as the Avs overhauled their front office. Hes now the executive vice-president of hockey operations and will have a big say on just about everything, including the next coach after Joe Sacco was fired last month. Greg Sherman will remain the teams general manager as the Avalanche try to get back on track after finishing last in the Western Conference and missing the playoffs for a third straight season. "I like challenges. Ive never been one to back down from a challenge in my entire life," Kroenke said. "I dont sleep a lot, because Im constantly thinking about teams. Im always paying attention and watching. Im looking forward to taking these things to new heights." By many, Kroenke is viewed as primarily a basketball guy, especially since he played at Missouri. The Nuggets won a franchise-record 57 games this season before bowing out to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. In the meantime, the Avalanche languished in Kroenkes three seasons as the teams governor. Hes constantly heard the criticism that neglect is the reason for the Avalanches recent slide. He just shakes his head. "I dont like losing. Im a very competitive person," said Kroenke, whose father, Stan, owns the Nuggets, Avalanche, St. Louis Rams and a majority of the English football club Arsenal. "The hard part about team building is staying patient. If we can continue to add and draft well, we will be in a good position in a few years." If Sakic didnt believe that, he wouldnt have signed on. Kroenke had to sell Sakic on taking a larger role with the team after spending the last two seasons serving as the teams executive adviser/alternate governor, with somewhat undefined responsibilities. "Were not that far away," Sakic insisted. "But we still have to add pieces for sure." Priority No. 1 is finding a coach. Sakic said he wants a leader with a nurturing nature. After all, the Avs have a young nucleus in place with Matt Duchene, Ryan OReilly and captain Gabriel Landeskog all under 23. "We need that winning attitude down in the dressing room," Sakic said. Over his career with the organization, Lacroix supervised the relocation of the team from Quebec to Denver and was the architect behind the championship teams in 1996 and 2001. He assembled a talent-rich lineup led by Sakic that captured nine straight division titles a decade ago. Lately, Colorado has fallen on some lean seasons. "There are cycles to every team," Kroenke said. &quuot;There are teams playing very well in the playoffs right now that were not in a position far off from where we are several years ago. " By promoting Sakic, the Avs are borrowing a page from the Denver Broncos, who brought in Hall of Famer John Elway to take over as executive vice-president and help revive the team. Elway has flourished in his front office role, just like he once did on the field. Its a model that Kroenke has carefully monitored. "Having somebody that has the experience both as a player and as an executive, such as John or Joe, is very valuable to an organization," Kroenke said. "John has only proved that the last few years with the Broncos." Sakic was the face of the franchise since the day the team arrived in the Mile High City before the 1995-96 season. He wore the captains "C" for 17 seasons and guided the Avalanche to championship titles in 1996 and 2001. He also won league MVP honours in 2001 and was a 13-time All-Star. For all of that, the team retired No. 19 in his honour and a commemorative banner hangs from the Pepsi Center rafters. "Theres pressure coming with this title," Sakic said. "Im ready for it." Things got so bad for the Avalanche toward the end of this season that veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere questioned the teams heart, enraged that some of the players were more concerned with post-season vacation plans in Las Vegas than their play on the ice. That ignited them, too, as the Avs went 3-2-2 down the stretch against teams that had already clinched or were looking to sew up playoff berths. Soon after the season, Sacco was fired and Lacroixs son, Eric, left his position of vice-president of hockey relations. Colorado owns the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, with defenceman Seth Jones largely considered the top prospect. Jones was drawn to the game in part because of Sakics influence when Jones father, Popeye, once suited up for the Nuggets. "(Popeye) was a little upset his son wanted to play hockey and didnt want to play basketball," Sakic said, smiling. "I think it paid off." Asked if hockey will now be on the same footing as hoops given his new role, Kroenke said: "Were committed to all of our teams equally. "Assuming the presidency title of the Avalanche answers that question very clearly," he continued. "As far as any kind of perceptions out there -- Greg and Joe can both tell you behind the scenes how passionate I am, how much sleep I lose." Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri can vouch for that as well. Ujiri, who was named the NBAs executive of the year on Thursday, frequently receives texts from Kroenke at all hours of the night. "Hes an absolute gem," said Ujiri, who showed up at the news conference to support Kroenke. 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