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Oilers fire coach...Smith leaving Cavs...Beltre retires

November 20, 2018

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have fired coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock with the team languishing in sixth place in the NHL’s Pacific Division. McLellan was in his fourth season behind the Oilers’ bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster. The Oilers are just 9-10-1 entering their game tonight at San Jose.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Disgruntled Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith has gotten his wish: He is parting ways with Cleveland. The Cavaliers announced today that Smith “will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future.” Smith requested a trade earlier this season. The 33-year-old has been dismayed with his role and the team’s direction in the first season since LeBron James left for the second time as a free agent.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers is retiring after 21 seasons and 3,166 hits. The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers. The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner says his decision came after “careful consideration and many sleepless nights.” Beltre made his big league debut at 19 with the Dodgers in 1998.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police conducting an investigation of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. Simon, who stepped down earlier this year over the scandal, was charged today with two felonies and two misdemeanors. She is now the fourth person other than Nassar to face criminal charges related to his serial molestation of young female athletes under the guise of treatment. Numerous other people have lost their jobs or been sued.

NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been released by the New York Mets after serving three drug suspensions. The 29-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic was told in July by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that he could return to the big leagues in 2019. Mejia was suspended for life on Feb. 12, 2016, after his third positive test for a banned steroid.

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