Baird Leaving Red Sox Position for the Mets
Former Kansas City general manager Allard Baird is joining the New York Mets as vice president and assistant general manager of scouting and player development.
The 57-year-old Baird was the Royals’ general manager from June 2000 to May 2006.
Baird had spent the past 12 years with Boston, first as assistant to the general manager. He became vice president of player personnel and professional scouting in 2011 and since January 2015 had been senior vice president of player personnel.
J.P. Ricciardi, who had been a Mets special assistant for eight years, left after Brodie Van Wagenen succeeded Sandy Alderson as general manager.
Brohm staying at Purdue
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm told athletic director Mike Bobinski he intends to keep his job with the Boilermakers rather than take the head coaching job at his alma mater, Louisville.
Since Louisville fired Bobby Petrino 21/2 weeks ago, speculation ran rampant about Brohm returning to his hometown. Instead, he turned down the job.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray are among the five finalists named for the Walter Camp national player of the award.
Joining the two Heisman Trophy contenders as finalists are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen. ... Bowling Green hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as its new head coach, tapping the Ohio native and longtime quarterback coach to restore the lagging Mid-American Conference program. ... Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is retiring. The 61-year-old Johnson coached the Yellow Jackets for 11 seasons, compiling a career record of 82-59 that includes eight bowl appearances and three trips to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Miller to miss five weeks
Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss approximately five weeks after being injured in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
While X-rays on his throat were negative, a CT scan revealed the defenseman suffered cartilage damage in his larynx.
Miller returned after missing over a month with a hand injury, but lasted just four games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade veteran forward Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz.
Korver, one of the best long-distance shooters in NBA history, is going to the Jazz in exchange for guard Alec Burks and two future second-round draft picks. The 37-year-old Korver is going back to Utah, where he played from 2007-10. He became expendable this season in Cleveland as the Cavs are in rebuilding mode after losing LeBron James as a free agent and are acquiring assets.