The Detroit Lions’ terrible start to the season was always going to mean trouble for someone involved with the organisation. Well, the first axe has been wielded and it’s Joe Lombardi whose head was on the chopping block. The offensive coordinator has been fired from his role the franchise announced yesterday, with coach Jim Caldwell confirming that Jim Bob Cooter will take over the now-vacant role. The Lions have won just once in seven games this season and, while it’s unfair to dump all the blame on Lombardi, the general consensus is that getting rid was a good call. Across to the NBA, and league coaches are to wear lapel pins all season in honour of the late, great Flip Saunders. The Minnesota Timberwolves coach passed away after losing his battle with cancer - it’s safe to say most people associated with basketball will do their best to ensure his memory remains.