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Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 10:56 AM
— The next Cleveland Browns reset began Thursday with the firing of executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown.
ESPN was first to report the end for Brown, who was hired in January 2016 as part of a new front office group that has seen the team go 1-27.
The Browns are 0-12 this season with four games left.
Browns fired executive VP Sashi Brown, the man who headed Cleveland’s personnel department the past two years, league sources told @diannaESPN and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 7, 2017
Brown was hired from the Jacksonville Jaguars front office, where his responsibilities included contract negotiation, employment matters, insurance and risk management, intellectual property and licensing issues and litigation management according to the team’s website.
This move led to immediate speculation about the job security of Paul DePodesta, the chief strategy officer who previously had worked in baseball, and head coach Hue Jackson.
While confirming reports Brown had been fired, team owner Jimmy Haslam said Jackson will remain the team’s coach for 2018.
Statement from Owner Jimmy Haslam: pic.twitter.com/xi571AaajE— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 7, 2017
Jackson was the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator before taking his current job in Cleveland.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:36 AM
— NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion Saturday after she was hit by a car while jogging in Novato, California, according to a news release from Venturini Racing.
Venturini, 39, was in California to cover Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup race in Sonoma. She will remain in the hospital for several days, the news release said.
“She’s completely coherent and conversational, and I have talked to her on two occasions today," said Doug Rice, president and general manager of Performance Racing Network. "They told her she would have a really good headache for a couple of days.”
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:09 PM
DAYTON — The three newest members of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team — Ella Skeens, Amari Davidson and Kyla Whitehead — arrived on campus this weekend. The University of Dayton’s second summer session begins Monday and ends with exams Aug. 3-4.
“Very excited to finally have these three on campus!!” Dayton coach Shauna Green wrote on Twitter. “Can not wait to see what the future holds for them.”
» STAFF NEWS: Dayton hires new assistant coach
“Excited to have Ella, Amari and Kyla on campus!” assistant coach Calamity McEntire wrote on Twitter. “They have a sign hanging in their apartment that says, ‘Don’t wish for it, work for it.’ I loved it!!”
Here’s a quick glance at the three Dayton freshmen:
• Skeens, 5-foot-11 wing: She finished her career with 2,283 points. She’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of Chillicothe Southeastern High School, Ross Country and the Scioto Valley Conference. Skeens committed to Dayton on June 4, 2017.
• Davidson, 6-2 forward: The Avon High School graduate committed to Dayton on Aug. 17, 2017. She’ll be the third member of her family to play college basketball. Sierra Davison, a 6-0 forward, played in six games last season as a junior at Cleveland State. Shay Davidson, a 5-11 forward, played in 18 games last season as a freshman at Notre Dame College.
• Whitehead, 6-2 forward: She helped lead Pickerington Central to the Division I state championship in March. She had nine points and five rebounds in a 49-45 victory against Solon in the title game. Whitehead committed to Dayton on Sept. 26, 2017.
Guess who is finally in town?!? Our Flyer Family is excited to welcome our three incoming freshmen to campus...@skeensella @DavidsonAmari @kyywhite5 #OneWay #Family #ClassOf2018 pic.twitter.com/3dWMZAeJcm— Dayton WBB Team (@DaytonWeAreOne) June 23, 2018
Dropped Amari off today ..... Sad goodbye with her #1 pup Hennessy ..... We laughed and joked the ride down to Dayton ...... and then she walked off to her next chapter ..... and the WE CELEBRATED !!!!! Three College Athletes ! Now EMPTY NESTERS !!!!— Sue Davidson (@othaswife) June 24, 2018
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:05 PM
CINCINNATI — About six weeks ago, Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman talked to his club about setting short-term goals.
“Let's go catch that fourth-place club,” Riggleman said. “Then after that, let's go get that third-place club.”
The Reds seemed destined to spend all season in the National League Central Division basement at the time, and that still seemed the case earlier this month. The Reds were 21 games under .500 on June 9.
» BAD NEWS: Top prospect out for season
However, after winning nine of their last 11 games, including six in a row entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Reds (31-45) have moved within five games of fourth-place Pittsburgh.
Riggleman hasn’t given any motivational speeches to get the team going. He gave those speeches more often in the first month on the job. Now he talks to the team after each game and reviews the game while looking ahead to the next one. He’s more selective about when he makes big speeches.
With the Reds playing almost every day, Riggleman can’t approach the job as a football coach would.
The @daytondailynews coverage from April 12, 1983, of the last four-game sweep by the #Reds of the #Cubs in Cincinnati. Reds began a series in Atlanta after sweep and also travel to Atlanta after this series. pic.twitter.com/mGyZVG5WTg— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) June 24, 2018
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
— The Kansas City Royals are considering signing Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who pleaded guilty as a 15-year-old to molesting his 6-year-old niece, The Kansas City Star reported.
“We continue to seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.
In 2012, Heimlich pleaded guilty to child molestation in Washington, Sports Illustrated reported.
Heimlich and his Oregon State teammates advanced to the College World Series championship series on Saturday, beating Mississippi State 5-2.
For the second straight year, Heimlich was not selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Even though Heimlich is a two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year, activist Brenda Tracy told the Star the 22-year-old should not be signed.
“I’m sorry, but Luke does not deserve to be on that platform and pedestal, (potentially) looked up to and adored by millions of people, including young kids,” Tracy, a survivor of a gang rape in Corvallis, Oregon, said Saturday. “We should never normalize, we should never minimize (what Heimlich pleaded guilty to). If the Royals bring him on their team, they are complicit in normalizing and minimizing.”
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Heimlich denied touching his niece despite his guilty plea.