Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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Texas AD backs Brown after big loss to BYU

Texas men's athletic director DeLoss Dodds is expressing confidence in football coach Mack Brown, despite the 40-21 pasting at BYU on Saturday.

The loss led to a coaching staff shake-up, with Brown replacing defensive coordinator Manny Diaz with former assistant Greg Robinson.

In an interview Wednesday with the Austin American-Statesman, Dodds denied rumors of meeting with school President Bill Powers and Brown after loss. He also said no such meetings are being planned.

Adding to the team's problems, quarterback David Ash is still questionable for Saturday's game against No. 25 Mississippi and a decision whether he can play may not come until not long before kickoff. (AP)

Grambling fires Williams * Grambling State has fired head football coach Doug Williams after the team lost its first two games of the season. Running backs coach George Ragsdale is taking over as interim head coach.

Grambling had a 1-10 record in 2012 under the 58-year-old Williams, who led Washington to a Super Bowl victory in 1988. (AP)

Miami signs Beasley * Troubled forward Michael Beasley is back with the Miami Heat, signing a contract that will give him another chance to prove he belongs in the NBA.

He was bought out earlier this month by the Phoenix Suns, not long after the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft was arrested in Arizona on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. (AP)

Knicks sign two * The New York Knicks have signed guards Chris Smith and Toure' Murry. Smith is the younger brother of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. Chris Smith, who helped Louisville reach the 2012 Final Four, was on the Knicks' roster in the preseason last year.

Murry helped lead Rio Grande to the NBA Development League championship last season before playing on the Knicks' summer league entry in July. (AP)

Pitkanen out for season * Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss the upcoming season as he continues to recover from a broken left heel suffered late last season. …

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