Update on the latest in sports:
Panel OKs firing of Pitino
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s athletic board has authorized interim President Greg Postel to proceed with firing men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in the wake of a federal bribery investigation involving the program.
The school’s Athletics Association, a separate body of officials that oversees Louisville’s sports program, unanimously approved a resolution to fire Pitino after meeting for more than two hours on Monday.
Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave last week after law enforcement officials announced the probe and the school acknowledged its inclusion in the investigation. Though Pitino is not named in court complaints, Postel says the allegations violated his contract and provided just cause to be placed on unpaid leave.
Athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on administrative leave and Postel says he plans to announce an interim replacement Tuesday.
Marlins sale is complete
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter’s group has closed on its purchase of the Miami Marlins.
Major league owners last week unanimously approved the $1.2 billion sale of the franchise by Jeffrey Loria to the investment group led by Jeter and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman. The closing Monday came a day after the Marlins concluded their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors.
Among issues to be addressed by the new owners will be the future of major league home run and RBI champion Giancarlo Stanton, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million, which could make him unaffordable for the revenue-challenged franchise.
Also in question are the status of manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill.
Jeter and Bruce Sherman will speak publicly for the first time about the deal at a news conference Tuesday.
Braves GM out after investigation involving international players
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves say John Coppolella has resigned as general manager after it was learned that he was the target of a Major League Baseball investigation into a violation of rules in the international player market.
Braves president John Hart will take over GM duties while the team searches for a new one.
In a statement Monday, the Braves said, “the resignation comes as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market.” Hart said the Braves will give MLB their full cooperation during the probe.
An MLB spokesman would not provide details on an ongoing investigation.
The Braves, who finished 72-90 this year, have been very active in the international market in recent years.
Coppolella was promoted to GM after the 2015 season.
Elsewhere in baseball:
— The day after the regular season ends can be a jittery one for managers, but three teams have gotten a jump on the offseason by dumping their skippers already. The Phillies announced that Pete Mackanin will not return as manager in 2018, though he will stay in the organization. Brad Ausmus won’t be back as manager of the Tigers, who are already interviewing candidates to replace him. And Terry Collins resigned as manager of the Mets to take a job in the team’s front office. One last-place skipper who won’t have to worry is Oakland’s Bob Melvin, whose contract was extended through 2019. Baltimore’s Buck Showalter is also considered safe despite a poor September that dropped the Orioles to their first last-place finish since 2011, Showalter’s first full season with the team.
— Bryce Harper isn’t the only Nationals player who goes into the playoffs with questions about how effective he can be. Harper, who came off the disabled list last Tuesday after missing six weeks with a knee injury, went 2 for 4 on Sunday. He was 1 for 14 in his first four games after being activated. Meanwhile, Washington’s vaunted starting rotation is suddenly looking more vulnerable. Gio Gonzalez, the likely starter for Game 3 of the NL Division Series, closed out the season with two rough outings, allowing nine runs in 9 1/3 innings. And Max Scherzer left his last pre-playoffs start in the fourth inning with discomfort in his right hamstring. Scherzer said Sunday that he only “tweaked” the muscle.
— The Brewers ended 2017 with the best record among teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Milwaukee finished 86-76, one game behind Colorado for the second NL wild card and six games back of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central. Still, the Brewers did a lot of things well in a season that saw them hold at least a share of first place for 65 days. Milwaukee improved by 13 games over the previous season.
Bears rookie to get chance to start
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try.
The team says the No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games.
It’s hardly a surprise that the Bears (1-3) will go with Trubisky considering how badly Glennon has struggled. He has five interceptions and three lost fumbles. He got picked off twice, lost a fumble on a sack and had another snap ricochet off his knee for a lost fumble in Thursday’s 35-14 loss at Green Bay.
Vikings rookie running back out for the season
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings say running back Dalvin Cook will miss the remainder of his rookie season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.
Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis on Monday. Cook was injured trying to cut for more yards near the end of a run in the third quarter of Minnesota’s loss to Detroit on Sunday. Cook lost a fumble on the play and needed help off the field. He was on crutches, wearing a bulky brace afterward.
With 354 yards, Cook is third in the NFL in rushing. He has two touchdowns, plus 11 receptions for 90 yards.
Latavius Murray will take over as the lead running back for the Vikings (2-2), who play at Chicago next Monday.