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The Kansas City Royals parted ways with manager Mike Matheny, the club announced Wednesday.

Pitching coach Cal Eldred will also not return in 2023.

Matheny, who had his 2023 option picked up in March, led the Royals to a disappointing 97-loss campaign in a weak American League Central division.

The 52-year-old skipper posted a 165-218 record with Kansas City over three seasons after joining the club prior to the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

Matheny was once viewed as one of the best up-and-coming managers in baseball following 591 wins over seven years with the St. Louis Cardinals, which included a trip to the 2013 World Series.

The Royals also fired longtime president of baseball operations Dayton Moore in late September.

The Ottawa Redblacks fired head coach Paul LaPolice on Saturday.

“I have enjoyed working with Paul and thank him for his contributions to this team over the past two seasons; today isn’t an easy day,” said general manager Shawn Burke. “In this business, sometimes a change is required to help move a team forward, and that’s what we’ve done here.”

Special teams coordinator Bob Dyce will serve as interim head coach.

“Although I am disappointed in what has happened, I understand that each year in pro sports, coaches are fired,” LaPolice said in a statement obtained by 3DownNation. “I am accountable for our record and we have not won enough games this season.”

Burke and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group CEO Mark Goudie are expected to hold a press conference Monday.

The Redblacks hired LaPolice as their head coach in 2019 after he served as the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He didn’t make his coaching debut until 2021 after the league canceled the 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LaPolice led Ottawa to a fourth-place finish in the East Division with a 3-11 record in his first year at the helm. The 52-year-old couldn’t change the franchise’s fortunes to start the 2022 season after a 0-6 start.

The Redblacks lost 34-19 to the BC Lions on Friday, dropping their record to 3-11 on the season. Ottawa compiled a 6-26 record during LaPolice’s tenure.

The Kansas City Royals have fired president of baseball operations Dayton Moore, the team announced Wednesday.

Owner John Sherman announced that general manager J.J. Picollo has been named head of baseball operations as the team’s executive vice-president and GM effective immediately, according to Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star.

Moore attended the press conference announcing the move and praised the organization during a farewell address.

Moore, who rose to prominence as a member of the Atlanta Braves front office in the 1990s, was first hired as Kansas City’s GM in June 2006 and promoted to president of baseball operations last year. Anchored by several stars he developed, including Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, and Lorenzo Cain, he rebuilt the Royals from a floundering franchise into a contender during the middle of the 2010s. The Royals broke their 29-year playoff drought in 2014 and won a World Series the following year.

Things have come crashing back down since that championship run, however. Kansas City hasn’t posted a winning record since 2015, a stretch that’s included consecutive 100-loss campaigns in 2018 and ’19. Though his teams won consecutive American League pennants, the Royals posted just three winning seasons during Moore’s nearly 16 years at the helm.

Sherman, who was effusive in his praise of Moore, noted that the change was something of a mutual decision.

“Today, I think the bottom line here is that it’s time for change. And Dayton actually agrees with that,” Sherman said, according to Jared Koller of KCTV-5. “This has been a difficult decision (with) lots of conversations, but Dayton actually agrees that this is an appropriate time for change.”

Picollo, 52, has worked hand-in-hand with Moore for most of his career and was instrumental in the last Royals rebuild. Originally a scout with the Braves, the George Mason alumnus followed Moore to Kansas City in 2006, originally as its director of player development and later working as Moore’s top assistant GM.

Picollo interviewed for several top executive jobs across the league in recent years before the Royals finally promoted him to GM last September.

Kansas City enters Tuesday with a 59-89 record, placing the team fourth in the AL Central. This latest losing season may be the impetus for even more changes in the organization.

“I think there will be,” Sherman said when asked if there’ll be more changes, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. “I’m not ready to go into it today.”

The Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward on Monday.

Third base coach Tony Beasley will manage the club on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

Texas owns a 51-63 record this season and sits 23 games behind the Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League West.

“We have had extensive discussions over the last several weeks, and while the team’s current performance is certainly a big part of this decision, we are also looking at the future,” Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said in a statement.

“As the Rangers continue to develop a winning culture and put the pieces together to compete for the postseason year in and year out, we felt a change in leadership was necessary at this time.”

The Rangers hired Woodward as their manager in 2019, and he posted a 211-287 record over that time. The club signed Woodward to a contract extension last November that covered the 2023 season and had a club option for 2024.

Texas entered 2022 with elevated expectations after spending $500 million to bring in shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Marcus Semien. Despite the high-profile additions, the Rangers have struggled to produce at the plate, sitting 14th in MLB in runs scored and 17th in OPS.

Woodward failed to produce a winning record in his nearly four seasons at the helm in Texas. Although the club has been relatively competitive this year, the Rangers are just 6-24 in one-run games, which has been a big factor in their disappointing campaign.

The Rangers are the fourth team to fire their manager this season, joining the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, and Philadelphia Phillies.

John Laurinaitis was fired by WWE at some stage over the past week, reports PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.

The story describes the situation as a “quiet” dismissal. For “obvious reasons,” details on Laurinaitis’ termination have largely been kept to a small group of people.

Described by an inevitability by several outlets over the past few weeks, anybody following WWE’s current backstage upheaval would have seen Laurinaitis’ departure coming. The former ‘Johnny Ace’ was implicated in the Vince McMahon “hush money” scandal in June, with the Wall Street Journal’s first report stating, explicitly, that the former WWE employee McMahon is alleged to have paid off to silence allegations of sexual misconduct was passed to Laurinaitis “like a toy” once her relationship with Vince finished.

WWE announced that Laurinaitis had been placed on leave following this. A few weeks later, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque effectively took the 60-year-old’s job, when it was confirmed Levesque had been appointed Executive Vice President, Talent Relations.

Laurinaitis had served as WWE’s Head of Talent Relations since his re-appointment in March 2021. He had been with the company since March 2001, serving in a variety of roles, including his promotion to Director of Talent Relations in June 2001. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that Laurinaitis’ demotion from that role to a Head Producer’s position lined up with an alleged $1.5 million non-disclosure agreement he had signed to suppress allegations of misconduct made by a WWE employee.

The Detroit Tigers fired executive vice president and general manager Al Avila on Wednesday, the club announced.

“Once I decided to make a change, I sat down with Al and thanked him for his nearly 22 years of service to our organization,” Tigers chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a statement.

Avila held the roles since August 2015 after joining the organization in 2002 as the assistant general manager.

Vice president and assistant general manager Sam Menzin will act as the day-to-day point of contact for the club until a replacement is hired.

“I want to re-establish our momentum and progress toward building a winning team, and I am driven to find a talented executive to help us do that,” Ilitch said.

Detroit entered the 2022 season with high hopes after signing infielder Javier Baez and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to lucrative free-agent contracts. However, both players have struggled to find their footing this campaign, and the Tigers find themselves sitting in the basement of the AL Central standings with a 43-68 record.

Avila reflected fondly on his time with the organization and expressed regret for the disappointing on-field performance in 2022.

“To Tigers fans, you’re the best, and you deserve a winner,” Avila said. “I wish the results would have been better this season, but you know there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years.”

Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai has pledged his support of the coaching staff and front office after Kevin Durant reportedly demanded that the team trade him or fire head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks

Tsai took to Twitter on Monday, saying, “Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

Durant’s ultimatum is apparently a result of his lack of faith in the team’s direction, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported earlier Monday. The 33-year-old is firm in his stance, Charania adds.

The former MVP requested a trade at the end of June following a disappointing season that ended in a first-round exit. Little was known at the time about his reasons for the decision.

The Nets have reportedly had discussions with nearly every team in the league in hopes of getting a historic package of players and draft picks in return for Durant. Brooklyn reportedly proposed a trade with the Toronto Raptors involving Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes and talked about a deal with the Boston Celtics that would include star Jaylen Brown.

The Raptors, Celtics, and Miami Heat are seen as the most likely trade destinations for Durant, sources told Charania.

The Nets aim to take “every last asset” from their trade partner in any deal for Durant, according to Charania.

Nash, a Hall of Fame point guard, has been at the helm of the Nets for two seasons. It is his first job in professional coaching. Meanwhile, Marks has held the position of general manager since 2016 after being an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs.

Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme was disappointed to discover he wasn’t on the same page as the club’s new executives, and he says he wasn’t given an opportunity to provide his perspective.

“That’s the side of it that hurts, or that’s most disappointing to me, is not having the chance to sit down with them to tell them how I saw hockey,” Ducharme told The Athletic’s Marc Antoine Godin.

“If the plan was to lose (as many) games (as) we could and to play the young players, I would have liked to have known because I would have had a different approach with them,” Ducharme said. “I was trying to squeeze as much as I could everywhere to try and get some results. I saw teams that had games canceled because five of their players had COVID. We had 10 and another eight who were injured, and we still played …”

Ducharme led the Canadiens to an unexpected Stanley Cup Final berth in 2021 after taking over that February following Claude Julien’s firing. But it didn’t take long for the aforementioned injuries and the team’s lackluster play to send the Habs spiraling toward the bottom of the league standings in the following season.

As a result, Montreal fired general manager Marc Bergevin in November and immediately named Jeff Gorton executive vice president of hockey operations. The Canadiens hired player agent Kent Hughes as their new GM in January. The new brass then fired Ducharme in February, replacing him with Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis, who had no previous pro coaching experience.

Though they still finished last in the NHL, the Habs were re-energized under St. Louis, and no one benefited more from the coaching change than rookie Cole Caufield. The Calder Trophy favorite entering the campaign produced only one goal and seven assists in 30 games under Ducharme but erupted for 22 tallies and 13 helpers over 37 contests after the move.

Ducharme isn’t happy to be repeatedly told he cost Caufield the Calder, saying, “hearing that sucks.”

He also didn’t appreciate the double standard he felt existed in terms of his tenure compared to when the club hired St. Louis.

“We were always seen as the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final, and that couldn’t win,” he said. “The coaching change sent a message to the fans and the players that ‘we’re rebuilding, we’re going to put our faith in the young players.’ The result was no longer important; Martin could talk about moral victories. Me, if I talked about moral victories, I would get ripped.”

The Canadiens went 23-46-14 in two partial seasons with Ducharme at the helm. He took over from Julien after serving as a Habs assistant beginning in 2018.

The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday.

“The Toronto Blue Jays have today relieved Charlie Montoyo of his duties as manager,” a statement read. “Bench coach John Schneider has been named interim manager through the end of the 2022 season. Casey Candaele has been appointed interim bench coach for the club.”

Candaele previously served as manager of Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said he “wanted to make it work with” Montoyo but admitted he was “extremely disappointed” with where the team was under the skipper.

“I just want to start by saying how difficult a decision this has been. … This is a collective setback, and ultimately, this starts with me,” Atkins said Wednesday, according to Sportsnet’s Blake Murphy.

Atkins added Montoyo’s firing had been in the works for a while, according to the Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley.

Montoyo was in his fourth season with the Blue Jays, amassing a 236-236 record since 2018. His best campaign came in 2021 when the Blue Jays finished 91-71. Toronto also went to the postseason under Montoyo in 2020, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild-card series during the expanded playoffs.

Schneider has never managed at the big-league level but has a proven track record as a minor-league manager for the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays entered Wednesday fourth in the American League East with a 46-42 record.

They ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday but have dropped nine of their last 11 games.

Montoyo is the third manager fired this season, joining Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon, who were relieved of their duties by the Phillies and Los Angeles Angels, respectively.

The Montreal Alouettes fired head coach Khari Jones and defensive coordinator Barron Miles, the team announced Wednesday.

“This kind of decision is always difficult to make, but we felt that we needed to make it early in the season while there is still time,” general manager Danny Maciocia said in a statement. The Alouettes are off to a 1-3 start.

Maciocia will replace Jones as head coach until the end of the season, while longtime CFL assistant coach Noel Thorpe will take over for Miles as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

The 55-year-old Maciocia, who joined Montreal as GM in 2020, has a lot of coaching experience. He was Edmonton’s head coach from 2005-08, posting a 33-38-1 record and helping the team win the Grey Cup in 2005. He also won the Grey Cup as offensive coordinator in Edmonton in 2003.

Maciocia coached the Universite de Montreal Carabins from 2011-19 before joining the Alouettes.

Montreal lost 41-20 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday. The Alouettes have allowed 104 points in 2022, the third-most in the league behind the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (118) and the Edmonton Elks (140).