Sports briefs 4-14-14: Dumars out as Detroit's team president

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have decided not to renew Joe Dumars' contract as president of basketball operations, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday.

Dumars was named the 2003 executive of the year, and the Pistons won the title the following season, adding the 2004 crown to the two they won when Dumars was a player. But Detroit hasn't made the playoffs since 2009, and the retooled Pistons flopped badly this season.

Detroit has one of the game's top young big men in Andre Drummond, but he's one of the franchise's few bright spots at the moment.

Dumars began running the Pistons in 2000, and he made one shrewd move after another at first, acquiring Ben Wallace in a trade for Grant Hill and sending Jerry Stackhouse to Washington for Richard Hamilton.

He brought Rasheed Wallace to Detroit in another trade and signed Chauncey Billups as a free agent. Even a draft-day blunder in 2003 -- picking Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony with the No. 2 pick -- seemed like an aberration when the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals the following year.

That title, however, is well in the past.

• Baseball

League Park restored: Cleveland's League Park, where the Indians played in the early 1900s, should be ready for baseball again this summer.

Work on restoring and renovating what's left of the old ballpark on Cleveland's east side should be done by mid-July. The city is putting $6.3 million into the project that will include an artificial turf baseball field where Babe Ruth and Cy Young once played.

Nearly all of League Park was torn down in 1951. But the first baseline grandstand wall and a ticket house that still stand are being renovated.

Latos has strain: Reds starter Mat Latos was diagnosed with a strained right forearm on Sunday and won't be allowed to throw for 10-14 days.

Cincinnati's No. 2 starter has been trying to come back from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on Feb. 14. He was getting close and made one rehab start in the minors.

• Elsewhere

Harvick wins: Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.

On Saturday night in the Sprint Cup race, Harvick took advantage of four new tires to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end to win the longest race in the track's 65-year NASCAR history. The grippier rubber let Harvick race the high line while others slipped or spun tires trying to get going.

Raptors beat Detroit: DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors tied a franchise record for victories with a 116-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Andre Drummond had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons in the final home game of their dismal season. Detroit's Josh Smith missed a fourth straight game with tendinitis in his left knee.

Wings top Blues: Backup goalie Petr Mrazek kept the injury-riddled St. Louis Blues down heading into the playoffs with his second career shutout in a 3-0 victory for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Justin Abdelkader scored twice, Riley Sheahan added a goal and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists for the Red Wings, who are locked into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Smith arrested: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process.

Pacquiao takes rematch: Nearly two years later, Manny Pacquiao finally got the decision most people thought he deserved the first time against Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao won a unanimous decision in his rematch with Bradley on Saturday night, avenging his 2012 loss and claiming the WBO welterweight title.

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