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NHL-NEWS

Red Wings fire coach Jeff Blashill after 7 seasons

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have fired coach Jeff Blashill after seven seasons behind the bench. Detroit missed the playoffs in each of the past six seasons.

General manager Steve Yzerman (EYE’-zur-muhn) said the team was not renewing the contracts of Blashill, assistant Doug Houda and goaltending coach Jeff Salajko.

The Red Wings have not made the playoffs since Blashill’s first season in 2015-16 when they lost in the first round. Blashill had been with the organization for 11 years with a stint in the minors and an assistant on Mike Babcock’s staff. He had been tabbed by Detroit’s previous regime to guide the storied organization through a rebuild.

NFL-RAMS-TRADE

Rams reacquire CB Troy Hill in trade with Cleveland

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have reacquired Troy Hill. They sent a fifth-round pick in 2023 to the Cleveland Browns Saturday in a trade for the versatile defensive back.

Hill spent five seasons with the Rams and became a key component of their secondary as their top slot defender and nickel back. He started 39 games and made seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He left the Rams as a free agent in March 2021 for a two-year, $9 million contract with Cleveland.

Hill was a solid presence on an inconsistent Browns defense, making 49 tackles and two sacks in 12 games.

NFL-DRAFT

Kickers and running backs a focus of Round 4

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kickers and running backs were a focus in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Two punters and a placekicker went as the final day of selections began, before any more quarterbacks were taken. LSU placekicker Cade York went to Cleveland at No. 124 overall, followed by Penn State punter Jordan Stout six spots later to Baltimore. At No. 133 Tampa Bay took punter Jake Camarda of Georgia. Four spots later New England claimed the fifth quarterback to be taken in the draft, Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe.

Several highly accomplished ball carriers were taken in Round 4. After Tampa Bay made tight end Cade Otton of Washington the leadoff pick. Houston grabbed RB Dameon Pierce of Florida. From there, the likes of Zamir White of Georgia, Isaiah Spiller of Texas A&M, Pierre Strong, a standout from South Dakota State of the FCS and Hassan Haskins of Michigan went off the board.

Of the 38 fourth-rounders, including compensatory choices, 20 were on offense, 15 on defense, and the three special-teamers.

The fifth round, however, got started with Washington grabbing North Carolina QB Sam Howell, who was projected as a much higher selection just a year ago, but didn’t have an outstanding final season for the Tar Heels.

MLB-BAUER SUSPENSION

Bauer fights two-season suspension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trevor Bauer is fighting to protect his pitching career, reputation and earning power in the face of the unpaid, two-season suspension he’s been handed by Major League Baseball. The unprecedented punishment was meted out Friday over sexual abuse allegations that Bauer denies.

Now, it will be an arbitrator’s turn to decide whether he ever plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers or any other MLB team again.

If the arbitrator sides with MLB, the 31-year-old pitcher’s full suspension of 324 games without pay would be upheld and Bauer would lose just over $60 million from a $102 million, three-year contract he signed last year. By that time, his contract with the team will have expired.

If Bauer wins, the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner faces the prospect of rebuilding his reputation, as well as potential public backlash and mending fences with MLB and his team.

A San Diego woman alleged Bauer beat and sexually abused her in 2021. She later sought but was denied a restraining order. Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. Bauer repeatedly has said that everything that happened between the two was consensual. He vehemently denied that he abused the woman. He was put on administrative leave by MLB in July.

NASCAR-DOVER-QUALIFYING

RFK Racing driver Buescher surprises at Dover with pole

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chris Buescher is the surprise pole winner at Dover Motor Speedway. The RFK Racing driver turned a lap of 160.149 mph Saturday, earning his first career pole in the No. 17 Ford and the first for RFK Racing.

Buescher will be joined on the front row by Denny Hamlin. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott start third and fourth in Chevrolets. Ryan Blaney rounds out the top five for Sunday’s race on the one-mile concrete track.

Hamlin was ordered this week by NASCAR to begin sensitivity training after he posted an anti-Asian meme. He said Saturday that he respects NASCAR’s decision.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-STRINGER RETIRES

Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer retires after 50 years

UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer has announced her retirement after 50 years in women’s college basketball.

Stringer finished with 1,055 wins, fourth all-time among Division I women’s basketball coaches. She had four Final Four appearances and 28 NCAA Tournament appearances while leading Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers.

Stringer coached at Rutgers since 1995, winning 535 games there. She led the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA title game in 2007 when they lost to Tennessee. The school’s other appearance in 2000 made Stringer the first men’s or women’s coach to guide three different programs to the Final Four. She led Cheyney State to the first NCAA title game in 1982 and Iowa to the national semifinals in 1993.

The 74-year-old coach had been on leave this past season because of COVID-19 concerns. She signed a five-year extension before going on leave last April. Her retirement becomes effective on Sept. 1, and she agreed to an $872,988 retirement buyout.

Rutgers will name its basketball court in her honor next season.

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