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SPORTS BRIEFS

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OLYMPICS

Dumped medals unclaimed

Olympic medals dumped in a pile of rubbish outside a house in Melbourne, Australia, remain unclaimed five months after they were handed in to police, Australian media reported. A bronze medal from the 1952 Helsinki Games and a participation medal from the 1948 London Olympics were handed in to police in June after they were found in trash outside a house in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Police had been unable to link them to any burglaries and no one had come forward to claim them. “Whether they were handed down from one generation to another, or they belong to another athlete from another country, we don’t know,” Senior Constable Damien Bowman told the Australian Associated Press. “I wouldn’t limit it to Australian athletes at this stage. We’d just like to get them back to the owner safe and sound.”

FOOTBALL

Lions fire GM, president

Detroit Lions owner and chairman of the board Martha Firestone Ford fired general manager (GM) Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand on Thursday. “We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far and believe a change was necessary,” Ford said. “I have informed coach [Jim] Caldwell of our decisions, although no changes have been made to our coaching staff.” Ford said Sheldon White would be the acting general manager. White, who is in his 19th season with the franchise, was vice president of pro personnel. Allison Maki, the team’s chief financial officer, will be the team’s interim chief operating officer. Detroit have a 41-63 record and two playoff appearances since Mayhew was hired six years ago.

FOOTBALL

Smith convicted of murder

Former Oakland Raiders star Anthony Smith is set to spend the rest of his life in jail after being convicted of murdering three men on Thursday. The former NFL defensive end, a first-round draft pick in 1990, was found guilty of shooting two brothers to death in 1999 and stabbing a third man to death in 2001. All three men had been tortured before their deaths, according to earlier testimony. A Los Angeles County Court jury was unable to reach a verdict on a fourth killing Smith had been accused of carrying out in 2008. Smith faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Dec. 21. Prosecutors had already stated they would not seek the death penalty in the case. A lawyer for Smith said the former Raiders player would appeal against the convictions.

BASEBALL

Mariners trade six players

The Seattle Mariners continued their revamp by completing a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The Mariners sent infielder-outfielder Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and pitcher Danny Farquhar to Tampa Bay in exchange for pitchers Nathan Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell. Miller and Morrison were core players for Seattle last season, but the team is moving in a new direction under general manager Jerry Dipoto, hired in September to replace Jack Zduriencik. Last month, the Mariners fired manager Lloyd McClendon, who went 76-86 in his second season with the team, and replaced him with Scott Servais. With the trade, Seattle have added a new weapon to their starting rotation in Karns, as well as a reliever and young prospect.

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