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Monday Sports in Brief

by Ace Damon
Monday Sports in Brief


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants fired coach Pat Shurmur after the once-proud franchise stepped back by winning four games in a season marked by a run of nine games lost by the franchise.

Giants also announced on Monday that general manager Dave Gettleman will return, despite seeing the team win only nine games in their two seasons.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch informed Shurmur of the decision on Monday, less than a day after the Giants (4-12) failed to play the spoiler role and saw the Philadelphia Eagles defeat him 34-17. and beat NFC East.

Mara said owners share responsibility for the slide, which included a record 3-13 in 2017 and 5-11 in Shurmur's first season.

ASHBURN, Virginia (AP) – Washington Redskins team chairman Bruce Allen was fired on Monday after a tumultuous and lossy decade with the NFL team once trained by his father.

Owner Dan Snyder announced the change. Since the start of the 2010 season, Redskins has been 62-97-1, with Allen acting as owner Daniel Snyder's right-hand man, an excerpt that featured just two playoff appearances and zero playoff victory – plus many public relations disasters. .

Allen was hired as executive vice president and general manager of Washington in December 2009 and then promoted to president in May 2014.

Despite playing in the worst NFC East league, where all clubs have a losing record, Washington went 3-13 this season.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Miami Dolphins defender Xavier Howard was arrested on a home battery after a discussion with his fiancé about buying a purse, according to a police report.

Howard, who made the Pro Bowl in 2018 but lost much of this season with a knee injury, faces a possible suspension to start the 2020 season.

The Davie, Florida police report said the discussion on Sunday night became physical when Howard grabbed her fiancé's arm and pushed it against a mirrored glass in the bedroom corridor. He released her, dropping her to the floor of his right arm, which landed on his crutches, the report said.

Howard complained of pain due to his injury and was taken by Davie Fire Rescue to a hospital for treatment. He was later taken to prison.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State records chasing J.K. Dobbins is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.

Dobbins's decision was expected. He announced it in a Twitter post on Monday in which he thanked everyone at the university and said that "coming from Texas to Ohio was nothing short of a dream."

Dobbins became the first Ohio State player to run for 2,000 yards in one season. He finished 2,046 yards and could have had much more, but remained in the second half of most regular season games because they were the first blows. He was a 1,000-yard runner in each of his two seasons in the Buckeyes.

He ran for 174 yards and a touchdown in Ohio's College Football Playoff semi-final defeat of 29-23 to Clemson on Saturday, but also missed two passes that would likely be touchdowns in units that ended in field goals for the Buckeyes.


NEW YORK (AP) – Golden State Warriors striker Marquese Chriss has been fined $ 35,000 for pushing Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic to the ground, the NBA said on Monday.

Chriss pushed Doncic in the third quarter of Dallas's 141-121 win at Golden State on Saturday night.

The amount of the fine was based in part on Chriss's history of physical fighting in court, NBA Executive Vice President Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement.

Doncic fell back in the front row after Chriss pushed him. Doncic stood and attacked Chriss until the referees separated them. Chriss was assessed as a technical foul.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Brandon Robinson scored 20 career points and Roy Williams leveled his mentor on the all-time winning list when North Carolina beat Yale 70-67 on Monday night.

Justin Pierce added 14 points for Tar Heels (8-5) in his last non-conference regular season game.

Williams earned his 879th career victory as a coach, drawing Dean Smith for the fourth time in Division I men's basketball history. Williams worked as Smith's assistant in North Carolina for 10 seasons from 1978 to 1988.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – One day after Andy Murray put his return to Grand Slam on hold, Japanese Kei Nishikori became the latest top-level player to retire from the Australian Open next month, citing an injury to the Grand Slam. right elbow.

Tennis Australia issued a statement Monday saying Nishikori had withdrawn from the season's opening tournament at Melbourne Park and the ATP Cup, a new international men's team event that starts next week and will be played in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. .

World number 13, who has not played since the third round defeat against Australia's Alex de Minaur at the US Open, required minor elbow surgery during the off-season.

Murray, a three-time winner, announced on Sunday that he had suffered a "setback" in recovering from an injury and as a precaution would not arrive in Australia in January.


MIAMI (AP) – David Beckham's new MLS team finally has their first coach, with Inter Miami signing Diego Alonso.

The Uruguayan, who coached two different teams for the CONCACAF Champions League titles, officially took over Monday as the inaugural manager of the Beckham club. He was a striker as a player and prefers the same scoring style as a coach.

Alonso said that after going through the first interview with Inter Miami employees, he knew the job was right for him.


LOGAN, Utah (AP) – Former Utah State basketball coach and sporting director LaDell Andersen has died at age 90, the school said. He also trained at BYU.

Andersen, who lived in St. George, died on Sunday, the school said.

He trained the state of Utah for two Sweet 16s and an appearance on the Elite Eight.

Andersen, a former participant, wrote a letter to the Aggies of …


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