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September 21, 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have fired manager Jeff Banister before the end of what will be the team’s first consecutive losing seasons in 10 years. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the season, starting with Friday night’s game against Seattle that starts the final home series of the season. The Rangers announced Bannister’s dismissal earlier in the day.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been placed on administrative leave following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Major League Baseball announced Russell’s leave in accordance with the MLB-MLB Players Association domestic violence policy. The Cubs said they supported the decision and would cooperate so any “appropriate action” can be taken.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles won’t have running backs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis and Corey Clement is questionable. Ajayi missed practice all week because of a back injury suffered in last week’s 27-21 loss at Tampa Bay. Sproles already missed one game with a hamstring injury. Clement appeared on the injury report for the first time today with a quadriceps injury.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to “officially” make Baker Mayfield his starting quarterback -- even if everyone else already has. Jackson said today that he’ll wait until talking to his players before publicly announcing a decision that seems inevitable after Mayfield replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor last night and led Cleveland to its first win since 2016. Taylor is in concussion protocol.

UNDATED (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions. And he’s urging them to abide by some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as a way of improving working conditions within their own organizations. Silver, in a memo sent to all teams today, also asked teams to thoroughly review the report that was released earlier this week about the Mavericks.

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