Sports team management changes

February 06, 2020 - 3:12 pm
USA Curling has hired Jeff Plush to be its new CEO, going outside the sport to put the former commissioner of the National Women's Soccer League in charge of growing the game at both the elite and grassroots level. “I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to lead USA Curling as we chart a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. While Newton remains optimistic about his chances of playing for the Panthers next season, the team is remaining mostly silent on the quarterback's future. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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February 06, 2020 - 10:41 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While Cam Newton remains optimistic about his chances of playing for the Carolina Panthers next season, the team is remaining mostly silent on the quarterback's future. “He's rehabbing, that's all I can say,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told The Associated Press in...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after his team scored during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against LSU in New Orleans. The Tigers have locked up the best recruiting class of the Dabo Swinney era, which already includes two national titles and five playoff appearances. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
February 05, 2020 - 7:47 pm
McKinnley Jackson, a huge and talented defensive tackle from Mississippi, was one of the few five-star recruits whose college choice was a mystery coming into signing day. “I'll keep this short, simple and sweet,” Jackson said during a news conference Wednesday at George County High School in...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens walks on the field during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. Recently fired Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has been hired as the New York Giants tight end coach on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
February 05, 2020 - 1:09 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Recently fired Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has been hired as the New York Giants tight end coach. New coach Joe Judge announced his 20-member staff on Wednesday, retaining six men from Pat Shurmur's staff and filling out other spots with veteran NFL coaches...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2012, file photo, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, right, runs out on to the Michigan Stadium field alongside the school mascot, Sparty, before an NCAA college football game with Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dantonio announced his retirement Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, ending a 13-year run in which he guided the Spartans to heights they hadn't reached in decades. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)
February 04, 2020 - 8:03 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — From “pride comes before the fall” to Little Giants, Mark Dantonio leaves Michigan State fans with an abundance of fond memories after bringing the Spartans to heights they hadn't reached in decades. Dantonio announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 13-year run in which...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, New York Knicks' general manager Scott Perry, right, and president Steve Mills listen during an NBA basketball news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. The Knicks fired Mills on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Perry will take over control of the basketball operations, according to the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 04, 2020 - 5:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks made a big move before the trade deadline — by getting rid of the guy who would have been making their deals. They fired President Steve Mills on Tuesday, shaking up the front office at a most unusual time. General manager Scott Perry will take over control of...
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James Click, the newly-hired Houston Astros general manager, talks during a baseball press conference Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 3:36 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Click knows Houston's sign-stealing scandal has tarnished the franchise's reputation. Instead of looking back at the turmoil, the new general manager hopes he can help the Astros make a fresh start. “We're focused on the future," he said. “Obviously, there's been some things in...
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In this Nov. 2, 2018 photo, Hammond Skyhawks Jordan Burch (5) watches during the a high school football playoff game against Wilson Hall in Columbia, S.C. The-6-foot-5, 275-pound Burch is a potential immediate-impact player out for the Gamecocks. When the early signing period opened in December he announced he would stay close to home. But he didn't actually sign, leaving open the possibility LSU could be his final destination. (Jeff Blake/The State via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 1:09 pm
The February signing period in college football is now about tying up loose ends. Most of the scholarships throughout the Bowl Subdivision are accounted for. Almost all the blue-chip players are off the board and the super-power programs have few openings left in their classes. But there are still...
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February 03, 2020 - 8:06 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros hired James Click as their new general manager Monday, taking the Tampa Bay Rays executive and putting him in charge of the scandal-ridden team a week before the start of spring training. Click succeeds Jeff Luhnow, who along with manager AJ Hinch was suspended by...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2008, file photo, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, left, watches a baseball game against the Houston Astros in the dugout with son Darren in Cincinnati. Darren Baker considers his father the perfect person to take over the Houston Astros, and the college second baseman insists that's from a baseball player perspective not just as a proud son. "I think it's a perfect fit," Darren said. "Who else to steer a ship or right a ship than my dad? I don't just say that because it's my dad, I genuinely believe it. Too much integrity, he's the greatest man I've ever met, on and off the field. I think it's a match made in heaven, I think it's fate. Seeing him in an Astros jersey, it's going to be a crazy experience." (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
January 31, 2020 - 2:42 am
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Darren Baker doesn't see anyone better to lead the Houston Astros back to respectability than his dad. A college second baseman at the University of California, he insists that comes from a baseball player's perspective and not just as a proud son. Dusty Baker was formally...
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