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The New Orleans Pelicans have parted ways with general manager Dell Demps.

“As difficult as these decisions are, my responsibility is to provide the leadership and resources necessary to deliver a winning team to our fans and community,” Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said in a statement. “I take that responsibility seriously and would like to assure our fans that I am prepared to provide any, and all, resources required to compete for championships. My expectations, and the expectations of our fans, are that this team will compete at a high level for the remainder of the season.”

Danny Ferry will take over as the team’s interim general manager.

“We will immediately begin the process of restructuring our basketball operations department,” Benson said. “This will include a comprehensive, but confidential, search aided by outside consultants to identify a new leader of our basketball operations, directly reporting to me.”

Ownership was reportedly angered when Anthony Davis left the arena after sustaining an injury during Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Head coach Alvin Gentry doesn’t appear to be in danger of losing his job as ownership and senior management are reportedly satisfied with him and his staff.

New Orleans hired Demps following the 2010 draft. He drafted Davis two years later with the No. 1 pick in 2012. The team made three playoff appearances during his tenure, advancing past the first round just once.

Ferry previously served as a GM for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-10 and the Atlanta Hawks from 2012-14.



The Anaheim Ducks will wait until the offseason to name a new head coach, but general manager Bob Murray already has a potential replacement in mind.

Dallas Eakins, the coach of the AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls, will be a “definite candidate,” Murray said Sunday, according to Eric Stephens of The Athletic.

The 51-year-old has coached the Gulls since their inception ahead of the 2015-16 season and has amassed a record of 143-86-20. The team holds a 25-15-5 record this year, good for third place in the Pacific Division.

Prior to his time with the Gulls, Eakins served as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers from 2013 to 2014. He was fired midway through his second season with the team after it started 7-19-5.

In his other AHL coaching stint, Eakins amassed a record of 157-114-41 over four seasons with the Toronto Marlies, which was highlighted by an appearance in the Calder Cup Final in 2012.

The Ducks dismissed head coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday with the team enduring a stretch during which it has lost 19 of the last 21 contests.


The Anaheim Ducks fired head coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday, the team announced. General manager Bob Murray will take over on an interim basis.

Anaheim has lost 19 of its last 21 contests and was handed a seventh consecutive defeat Saturday.

“We thank Randy for everything he has done for the organization,” Murray said. “Leading the team to a Stanley Cup and three conference final appearances, he has accomplished so much in Anaheim. Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable. We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that.”

Carlyle had two stints as Ducks head coach, the first stretching from 2005-12 and highlighted by a championship in 2007. After four-plus years in Toronto, he landed back in Anaheim in 2016-17 and made the playoffs in each of his first two campaigns before the wheels came off this season.

Anaheim currently sits in 28th place with 51 points through 56 games but owns the league’s worst goal differential by a wide margin at negative-55. The Ducks also rank dead last in shots per game (27.5) and 29th in shots against per game (34.3) while owning the 29th-ranked power play at 14.9 percent.

Murray has never coached at the NHL level, but he’ll guide the Ducks down the stretch until the club begins its search for a full-time replacement in the offseason.


Curt Schilling wants everyone to know he isn’t a racist.

Three days after being snubbed by Hall of Fame voters for the seventh time – falling short of the 75 percent threshold for enshrinement – the retired pitcher, who’s a noted right-winger – discussed his exclusion and specifically addressed being penalized for his controversial political views.

“The baseball writers (who vote), I know them,” Schilling said on “The Mut & Callahan Show” when asked to respond to Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy’s comments on why he stopped voting for Schilling in 2017 after selecting him on four previous occasions.

“We’re at a point in time now where the left has managed to marginalize me in the media. It’s weird. People dismiss me out of hand as a racist. I’ve never said anything racist in my life. Ever.”

Earlier this week, Shaughnessy explained his choice to leave Schilling off his ballot, saying, “It’s not political with him. It’s his menace to society part of his character which is troubling. Advocating lynching journalists. Calling Adam Jones a liar when he says someone dropped the n-word on him in Fenway.”

Schilling’s controversial past includes him tweeting an image in 2015 that compared Muslims to Nazis, which led to him being suspended from his job as an ESPN analyst.

The following year, he was fired by ESPN after sharing a Facebook post that many considered transphobic.

“That certainly has played a part in all this, and the only reason I say that is because people have said as much, voters,” Schilling added of his political beliefs affecting his Hall of Fame chances. “It is what it is.”

The former pitcher has three more years left on the HOF ballot. He saw a 9.7 percent increase in voter support this year while being selected on 60.9 percent of ballots.


Among the many revelations from the report by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham on the division within the ranks of the Cleveland Browns is an account of a colorful exchange between upper management and former head coach Hue Jackson.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager John Dorsey walked into Jackson’s office to fire him on Oct. 29, sources told Wickersham. When Jackson asked why he was being let go, Dorsey told him the team had quit on him.

“Get the f— out of my office,” Jackson responded, according to Wickersham.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams replaced Jackson on an interim basis before interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens was promoted to the full-time job in January.


The Edmonton Oilers fired general manager and president of hockey operations Peter Chiarelli, the club announced Wednesday.

Bob Nicholson, the team’s CEO, will oversee hockey operations in the interim.

Assistant GM Keith Gretzky will take on more responsibility until a new GM is hired, according to The Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno.

The shakeup comes hours after the club stumbled into the All-Star break with a third consecutive defeat on home ice. It’s the second major change in Oilers leadership this season, following the November move to fire Todd McLellan as head coach and hire Ken Hitchcock as his replacement.

The decision to dismiss Chiarelli was made before the Oilers’ loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, and the move itself was carried out before the game’s conclusion.

Chiarelli exits after three plus-seasons with Edmonton. He joined the organization in 2015, two months before the Oilers won the chance to draft Connor McDavid first overall.

Since then, Edmonton’s inability to capitalize on landing a generational talent – qualifying for the playoffs just once in McDavid’s first three seasons and currently standing at risk of missing out once again – has largely been attributed to roster decisions made by Chiarelli.

Most notable among those franchise-altering moves were the separate trades of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, which landed the club only Adam Larsson and Ryan Strome in return, as well as the free-agent signing of Milan Lucic on a seven-year, $42-million deal in 2016.

Edmonton also raised eyebrows with another move one day prior to Chiarelli’s dismissal, giving goaltender Mikko Koskinen a three-year, $13.5-million extension after just 27 games with the team.

The Oilers currently sit below all but three teams in the Western Conference standings, owning a 23-24-3 record and 49 points.


Rose has had a close affiliation with Thibodeau for much of his professional career. Prior to his tenure in Minnesota, Thibodeau coached the Chicago Bulls from 2010-15, a period during which homegrown superstar Rose blossomed into the youngest MVP in league history during the 2010-11 season.

A litany of significant injuries sapped his once-exceptional athletic abilities to the point where Rose was nearly out of the league before Thibodeau signed him to a veteran’s minimum contract in March. Rose has largely outperformed expectations, averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists per game, primarily in a reserve capacity.

Rose’s phrasing is in stark contrast to the league’s increased focus on mental health. In the past year, star players like the San Antonio SpursDeMar DeRozan (then with the Toronto Raptors) and the Cleveland CavaliersKevin Love have given heartfelt testimonies about their personal struggles with anxiety and depression. Last May, the National Basketball Players Association announced the creation of their Mental Health and Wellness Program, naming former player and mental health advocate Keyon Dooling as its director.