Sports briefs 2-7-14: Cleveland Cavaliers fire GM Grant

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CLEVELAND -- The flailing Cleveland Cavaliers have fired general manager Chris Grant.

With the Cavs sliding further toward the bottom in another disappointing season, owner Dan Gilbert decided to make the move a day after Cleveland was beaten Wednesday night by an injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers team that finished the game with just five players.

Grant's tenure will be known for not being able to rebuild the Cavs fast enough despite having a slew of first-round draft picks, including two No. 1 overall selections.

Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is the acting general manager.

Gilbert promised the Cavs would not return to the NBA lottery and would make the playoffs after a three-year absence, but Cleveland is 16-33 and has dropped six in a row -- matching its longest losing streak of the season. The Cavs are 51⁄2 games out of the final playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference and their only win in the last nine games came over Milwaukee, which has the league's worst record.

• Basketball

Oakland loses: Charlie Lee scored a career-high 31 points and Cleveland State made 14 3-pointers to overcome record-setting long-range shooter Travis Bader and Oakland's 15 3-pointers for a 92-85 win.

Lee made 6 of 8 3-point attempts and all 11 of his free throws while Bader hit 10 of 13 3-point tries en route to 35 points.

Continue streak: Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 points, and Justin Jackson led a second-half surge as Cincinnati won its 15th straight, 63-58 over UConn.

The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) trailed most of the game in front of a crowd of 12,432 -- their biggest of the season.

• Hockey

Jackets make trade: The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Paul Thompson from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Spencer Machacek on Thursday in a swap of 25-year-old minor-league forwards.

Thompson has 35 goals and 29 assists in 170 career AHL games.

Machacek has nine goals and 10 assists in 34 games with Springfield this season.

Wings win: Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, helping lift the Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Panthers.

Brian Lashoff and Daniel Alfredsson also scored and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves as the Red Wings ended a four-game road losing streak.

Columbus falls: Jonathan Quick beat fellow Olympic goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with 24 saves, Jake Muzzin scored the tying goal early in the third period and Robyn Regehr got the winner 2:33 into overtime to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.

• Baseball

Kiner passes away: Ralph Kiner, who slugged his way into the baseball Hall of Fame and enjoyed a half-century career as a popular broadcaster, died Thursday. He was 91.

Kiner hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rodney to Seattle: The Seattle Mariners reached agreement on a $14 million, two-year deal with reliever Fernando Rodney, according to a person familiar with the deal.

• Elsewhere

Released from obligation: D.J. Law, the high school football prospect from Florida who submitted signed national letters of intent to Utah and Mississippi, has been released from his obligation to Ole Miss.

Rebels coach Hugh Freeze says the school's compliance department is cooperating with the national letter of intent office and is "completely certain no wrongdoing occurred by our coaching or compliance staff."

Naming rights to Toyota: Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday became the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway.

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