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America's coach let go

Manuel Lapuente, who led America to its first Mexican title in 13 years last season, has been fired for failing to get the club into the playoffs this season. Lapuente, who was Mexico's national team coach at the 1998 World Cup in France, "completed his cycle with the team," said team president Javier Perez, according to a story posted on the team's official Web site Monday. Perez told the Televisa network, which owns the club, that Lapuente's style of play "was not congenial with what the administration wanted," and complained of a "divorce between the team and fans." America, Mexico's most popular team, was knocked out of playoff contention on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to the Tigres of the University of Nuevo Leon.


Fails family files lawsuit

The family of Texas A&M football player Brandon Fails filed a lawsuit Monday against the university, claiming his death last year could have been prevented if he had received proper treatment after knee surgery. Fails, 18, died Nov. 25 after collapsing in his dorm room. An autopsy showed the freshman defensive lineman died of a blood clot that formed as a result of a leg injury and eventually traveled to his lungs. The death certificate cited natural causes. The wrongful death suit, filed in state district court by Charles and Valerie Fails, names the university and a number of officials, including doctors, members of the athletic department management team and the athletic training staff. It claims the defendants were negligent in the treatment and care of Fails after he injured his knee during football practice. The suit claims Fails was wrongly diagnosed and treated for a pulmonary infection when he had a pulmonary embolism following the surgery.


Packers coach faces tragedy

The 14-year-old son of Green Bay Packers assistant coach Ray Sherman died of a gunshot wound to his head after finding the weapon in the family garage. It was not immediately clear whether it was an accident or suicide, Lieutenant Jim Arts said Monday. Ray Sherman Jr. was helping his family move from a rented home Sunday afternoon when he found the gun, which belongs to his father. "He was in the garage by himself, but there were other family members in the home," Arts said. His father found him 10 minutes after the gun went off and called 911, Arts said. The boy's father, his mother, two younger sisters, 5 and 11, and a grandmother were home at the time but didn't hear the shot, Arts said. The coach told police the gun and ammunition were usually kept in separate places, Arts said.


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