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SportShorts for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013


Canes dodge ban, lose scholarships

Citing a lack of institutional control over the course of a decade, the NCAA stripped the University of Miami football program a total of nine scholarships and the basketball program a total of three scholarships during the next 3 years.

However, both teams will dodge further postseason bans.


Giants, Lincecum agree to 2-year deal

Tim Lincecum agreed to re-sign with the San Francisco Giants for 2 years at $35 million, although it’s not official until he passes his physical.

The contract reportedly includes a full no-trade clause. Lincecum was the losingest pitcher in the major leagues over the past 2 years. He went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 32 starts in 2013 after going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA in 33 starts the previous season.

Reds name pitching coach Price manager

The Cincinnati Reds named current pitching coach Bryan Price to be Dusty Baker’s replacement as skipper.

Price, 51, agreed to a 3-year contract through the 2016 season.

Last season, Reds pitchers led the National League in strikeouts. The 17 team shutouts were the most since 1973, and the starters’ ERA of 3.43 was the staff’s best since 1974.

Molitor named
coach with Twins

Paul Molitor was named a coach for the Minnesota Twins for the 2014 season.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said he will use Molitor to oversee baserunning, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, plus assist with in-game strategy from the dugout for the 2014 season.

A University of Minnesota product who played high school baseball in St. Paul, Minn., Molitor was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Dodgers fire two friends of Mattingly

Bench coach Trey Hillman and advance scout Wade Taylor – two of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly’s closest friends with the team – have been fired, sources said.

The firings came a day after Mattingly complained of managing as a lame duck because of his contract situation.


Vikings to stick with Freeman at QB

Minnesota will continue with Josh Freeman as its starting quarterback when the Vikings play Green Bay on Sunday night.

Freeman was 20-for-53 for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception during the 23-7 loss to the Giants on Monday.


Parent accuses Texas team of bullying

A parent of a student at Fort Worth Western Hills high school filed a bullying complaint after the football team was beaten 91-0 by Aledo last week.

A state law requires the principal at Aledo, which is 7-0 and averages 69.3 points per game, to investigate the complaint and file a report.

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