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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New Jersey Nets fired coach Lawrence Frank on Sunday after losing their first 16 games during one of the worst starts in NBA history.

Assistant Tom Barrise coached the team Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The Nets said a permanent replacement for Frank hasn't been determined.

Frank was in his sixth full season, the longest-tenured coach in the Eastern Conference and the winningest coach in the Nets' NBA history. But none of those victories came this season, and the team dismissed him with a 225-241 record.

Frank, from nearby Teaneck, N.J., began his career with a 13-game winning streak, the best coaching start in league history. But he couldn't overcome a losing streak that was even longer, just a game shy of the 17-game skids set by the 1988-89 Miami Heat and the 1999 Los Angeles Clippers.

NEW YORK — The NBA fined Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire and Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyson Chandler $7,500 each Sunday for posting to their Twitter accounts during games in violation of league rules.

Stoudemire's Twitter feed was updated during the Suns' 126-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, and Chandler tweeted a message the same night while the Bobcats were on their way to a 116-81 win over Toronto.

The league also fined Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace $30,000 for publicly criticizing officials following Boston's 116-103 victory over Toronto on Friday night.


NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly will expand restrictions on returning to games for players who sustain head trauma.

Fox Sports reported Sunday that Goodell will issue a memo this week to all 32 teams expanding grounds for the removal of a player with a head injury or concussion.

Currently, a player can return to the game after being diagnosed with a concussion if he is asymptomatic at rest and under exertion, and is cleared by the team doctor. The lone exception is if the medical staff determines the player lost consciousness, in which case he is ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The report said that if a player is "woozy, has general dementia or memory loss," Goodell wants him barred from returning to a game.

College football

NEW YORK — After a weekend when all the national championship contenders stayed undefeated, the BCS standings were unchanged.

Florida was first, Alabama second and Texas third Sunday.

The Gators will play in the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday for one spot in the BCS national title game. The Longhorns can earn the other spot with a victory against Nebraska in the Big 12 title game.

The BCS bids go out Sunday, Dec. 6.

Hoping for a Texas loss are fourth-place TCU, which finished its regular-season 12-0, and fifth-place Cincinnati (12-0), which can boost it's ranking by beating Pittsburgh for the Big East championship.

Sixth-place Boise State (12-0) will be rooting for Texas. The Broncos play New Mexico State and likely need the Longhorns to win to ensure themselves an at-large BCS berth

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia fired Al Groh after nine seasons as football coach at his alma mater Sunday, ending a tenure marked by his inability to beat rival Virginia Tech.

Groh's dismissal came less than 24 hours after the Cavaliers (3-9, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost 42-13 at home to the No. 11 Hokies, finishing their worst season since they were 2-9 in 1982. It also was their eighth loss to the Hokies in Groh's nine tries.

Groh, 65, had two years remaining on his contract and will receive a buyout of approximately $4.33 million.

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Eastern Illinois assistant football coach Jeff Hoover was killed in a car crash as he returned home from a playoff game against Southern Illinois. He was 41.

Hoover and his family were riding with strength coach Eric Cash and his family late Saturday when their Chevrolet Suburban swerved to miss a deer and rolled over just south of Effingham, athletic department spokesman Rich Moser said Sunday.

Two children also in the vehicle have been released from the hospital, while a third child is being held for observation, Moser said. Cash, wife Sherri and Hoover's wife, Penny, are in stable condition at Carle Hospital in Champaign, he said.


LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis won the season-opening super-giant slalom Sunday for his second career World Cup victory.

Osborne-Paradis, from Invermere, British Columbia, finished in 1 minute, 32.93 seconds. He also won a downhill event last season in Norway.

Austria's Benjamin Raich finished second, 0.24 seconds behind Osborne-Paradis. Austria's Michael Walchhofer was third.

Ted Ligety was the top American, finishing eighth in 1:33.87. Andrew Weibrecht was 12th, and Marco Sullivan finished 15th. Canada's John Kucera broke his left leg in a crash and was airlifted off the course. Alpine Canada said he would undergo surgery.

ASPEN, Colo. — An icy slalom course that gave Lindsey Vonn and every other American so much trouble Sunday suited Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic just fine.

Vonn skied off-course about a quarter of the way into the opening run, joining all six of her U.S. teammates on the sideline. The U.S. Ski Team said it was the first time since January 2008 that American women entered a World Cup slalom and none reached the second round.


LONDON — Nikolay Davydenko won the first big tournament of his career Sunday, running down just about every ball and using a consistent serve to beat U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour Finals.

Davydenko was coming off his semifinal victory over top-ranked Roger Federer and dominated his service games against Del Potro, losing only five points on serve in the first set and eight in the second.

— The Associated Press

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