Cavaliers sack Chris Grant
Not much has gone right for the Cleveland Cavaliers since their favorite son, LeBron James, left in 2010 to join the Miami Heat and on Thursday general manager Chris Grant was fired following the team’s poor start to the season. The Cavaliers have stumbled to a 16-33 record, after six straight losses and there have been rumblings of dissent among the players. Cleveland’s most recent defeat was their most embarrassing, going down 119-108 on Wednesday at home to the injury-hit Los Angeles Lakers, who had arrived in Cleveland on a seven-game losing streak and had only enough players to finish the game when Robert Sacre was permitted to play under a little-used NBA rule after fouling out. David Griffin, Cleveland’s vice president of basketball operations, has been appointed acting general manager.
Sedin to miss Olympics
NHL star Henrik Sedin pulled out of the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, saying he is physically unable to play for Sweden. “I’m disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games,” Sedin said in a statement. “This is a difficult decision, but ultimately the best decision for me personally, Team Sweden and the Vancouver Canucks. I wish my teammates the best and look forward to returning to play.” Earlier, Canucks coach John Tortorella said he was shutting down Sedin for Vancouver’s final two games before the Olympic break. Sedin has played two games after missing six because of bruised ribs. He has nine goals and 40 points in 52 NHL games this season.
Canada call up St Louis
Canada have picked a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning forward to replace an injured one. Hockey Canada announced on Thursday that Martin St Louis is on the roster for the Sochi Games to replace Steven Stamkos. Doctors ruled out Stamkos on Wednesday because he has not recovered sufficiently from a broken right leg suffered in a Nov. 11 NHL game. Stamkos has been practicing and hoped to play for the Lightning today against Detroit in their final game before the Olympic break. He had 14 goals and nine assists in 17 games this season.
Scotland drop their skipper
Scotland have dropped captain Kelly Brown for today’s Six Nations match against England, replacing the Saracens flanker with debutant Chris Fusaro. Brown had a disappointing performance in Scotland’s hefty 28-6 loss in Ireland in their tournament opener last weekend. Vice captain Greig Laidlaw is to lead Scotland out at Murrayfield, while Fusaro wins his first cap. Brown’s omission is one of three changes to the starting lineup. Edinburgh center Matt Scott replaces Duncan Taylor and Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour comes in for Sean Maitland.
Donachie quits Magpies
Newcastle United reserve team manager Willie Donachie resigned on Thursday after the Premier League club launched an investigation into an allegation that he hit one of his players. The accusation surrounds an incident involving former Scotland international Donachie and 19-year-old defender Remie Streete after Monday’s 2-0 under-21s defeat at Sunderland. Just hours after news of the alleged incident, Newcastle confirmed the 62-year-old had stepped down.