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Giants fire Shurmur…Redskins dump Allen…White Sox, Keuchel finalize deal

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have fired coach Pat Shurmur and elected to keep general manager Dave Gettleman despite the two combining for nine wins over the past two seasons. Shurmur’s departure comes one day after the Giants completed a 4-12 season with a 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Co-owner John Mara says the decision to keep the 68-year-old Gettleman was based on giving him the chance to finish a major overall of the roster and the scouting system.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen has been fired after 10 seasons. The Redskins went 62-97-1 with Allen serving as Snyder’s right-hand man, a stretch that featured only two playoff appearances and zero postseason victories. Washington never won more than 10 games under Allen and just concluded a 3-13 campaign. News of Allen dismissal came as Ron Rivera visited the Redskins about their head coaching vacancy.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel have finalized a three-year, $55.5 million contract. Keuchel will earn $18 million in salary each of the next three seasons. The White Sox hold a $20 million option for 2023 with a $1.5 million buyout. The 31-year-old left-hander won the Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros in 2015. He went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA for the Atlanta Braves this year.

UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga has stayed atop The Associated Press men’s basketball poll after picking up 63 of 65 first-place votes. Second-ranked Duke and No. 3 Kansas each had one first-place vote, with Oregon and Ohio State rounding out the top five. Sixth-ranked Baylor is followed by Louisville, Auburn, Memphis and Villanova. Iowa is ranked 23rd this week.

NEW YORK (AP) — Captain Alex Pietrangelo , goaltender Jordan Binnington and playoff MVP Ryan O’Reilly will represent the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues for All-Star festivities in St. Louis next month. St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames was also chosen as an All-Star. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin  was voted in by fans but opted to skip All-Star to rest his body for the stretch drive and playoffs. Capitals teammates John Carlson and Braden Holtby will go instead.

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