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Mercury promote ex-Westhead assistant Gaines to coach

Updated: November 7, 2007, 6:15 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury promoted assistant coach Corey Gaines to head coach Wednesday.

Gaines replaces Paul Westhead, who recommended him for the job after leaving to join the Seattle SuperSonics in September.

"We are of the opinion that stability wins championships," Mercury general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale said. "Hiring Corey is another step toward the long-term success of this franchise."

The 42-year-old Gaines has been a disciple of Westhead's run-and-gun ...

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