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Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

Astros, with 2nd worst record in AL, fire manager Bo Porter and cite need for 'united message'
Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."

Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Los Angeles Angels.

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith receives 9-game suspension from NFL
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period.

Now they know the exact timeframe: He is suspended for more than half the season.

The star linebacker received his nine-game penalty from the league Friday stemming from a series of off-field legal issues.

A statement from the NFL said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

Fallen star: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended by NFL for entire 2014 season for drug violation
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Josh Gordon's wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver's career is now in peril.

The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon's indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season.

Bucks acquire Jared Dudley from Clippers

Bucks acquire Jared Dudley from Clippers for Delfino, Raduljica
Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Small forward Jared Dudley is going to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The seven-year veteran was dealt by the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday in exchange for forward Carlos Delfino, backup centre Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second-round draft pick. The Bucks are also receiving a conditional 2017 first-round pick.

Dudley averaged 6.9 points last year in his only season with the Clippers. The former Boston College star is averaging 8.7 points a game in his career.

Oklahoma City trades C Thabeet to 76ers

Oklahoma City Thunder trades C Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia 76ers
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded centre Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception.

The deal was announced on Tuesday. The Thunder have a year to use the trade exception.

Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 defensive specialist from Tanzania, played in 66 games in 2012 and averaged nearly a block per contest. His playing time was reduced last season when first-round pick Steven Adams emerged as the backup centre.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Oakland Raiders fire first-year coach Jackson

New era in Oakland as GM McKenzie begins tenure with Raiders by firing Jackson
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Reggie McKenzie made clear on his first day as Raiders general manager that there's a new regime in Oakland.

Soon after officially signing his contract to be the first general manager since longtime owner Al Davis' death, McKenzie fired coach Hue Jackson in a bold first move as he looks to give the organization a fresh start.

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