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Lakers fire Kupchak, put Magic in charge

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise's front office.

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss also removed her brother, Jim, from his job as the Lakers' executive vice president of basketball operations Tuesday.

Jeanie Buss then promoted Johnson, the Hall of Fame point guard who returned to the franchise earlier this year in an executive role.

Wieters, Nationals agree on contract

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Free-agent catcher Matt Wieters and the Washington Nationals have an agreement in principle on a contract, pending a physical, according to two people familiar with the deal.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because nothing had been announced yet. (MORE)

Cousins trade may signal deadline frenzy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jahlil Okafor viewed New Orleans during All-Star weekend with a different lens than usual, since he thought there was a chance it may have been his next home.

That's life in the rumor mill. (MORE)

Tide hire Pats' Daboll to run offense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has hired New England Patriots assistant Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, reuniting him with his former boss Nick Saban.

Saban announced Monday that Daboll will replace Steve Sarkisian, who ran the offense in the national championship game before leaving for the same job with the Atlanta Falcons . (MORE)

WVU wins after Huggins' scary moment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a scary moment just before halftime.

West Virginia players picked up their coach, got him to the bench and made his job easier by maintaining a comfortable lead the rest of the way Monday night. (MORE)

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