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Lions fire offensive coordinator

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.

Mallet lucky not to have been sacked

Meanwhile, it would appear that Ryan Mallett can count himself fortunate to still be a member of the Houston Texans after almost being cut for missing a flight.

The quarterback finds himself in the bad books of Texans coach Bill O’Brien after missing a team flight to Florida before his side took on the Miami Dolphins.

The latest is that he was extremely close to being fired by the franchise. To add insult to injury, his teammates lost said fixture 44-26.

Lapels to honor Saunders

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.

World Peace handed Lakers spot

Lastly, the Los Angeles Lakers handed Metta World Peace the final spot on their 15-man roster yesterday, but there might be more to the decision than meets the eye.

It’s claimed the franchise have plans for the two-time NBA champion down the line and see him as an ideal coach in the future.

To be more specific, they are aiming to turn him into an assistant coach, but we’ll have to wait to see how well that one plays out.

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