Goucher to be in town, as spectator; Anchorage hires coach; Crunch season ends

Duluthian Kara Goucher has a busy week, running the 10,000-meter event Thursday at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, and then driving to Duluth to watch Saturday’s Grandma’s Marathon and USA Half Marathon Championships. A News Tribune update is here.

Alaska Anchorage hired Matt Thomas on Tuesday with the hopes of ending 20 straight losing seasons. Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has stories here and here and here.

And there’s an update on Anchorage’s athletic director search here.

The Syracuse Crunch and J.T. Brown ended their season Tuesday night, losing to Grand Rapids (Mich.) 5-2 in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series in Syracuse, N.Y. Grand Rapids won the series 4-2. The Syracuse Post-Standard has stories here and here.