Update on the latest sports:
Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start
CINCINNATI (AP) – The Reds have fired Bryan Price after a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season.
Price was in his fifth season leading the rebuilding team. The Reds have lost at least 94 games in each of the last three seasons while finishing last in the NL Central.
Bench coach Jim Riggleman will manage the team on an interim basis.
Price was given the job of leading the Reds during a massive overhaul. They were 279-387 under Price, who got the job when Dusty Baker was fired after the 2013 season.
The Reds got off to their worst start since the Great Depression. Price was fired after back-to-back shutouts in Milwaukee.
Mets try to stay unbeaten on the road
UNDATED (AP) – The Mets are the only big league club still unbeaten on the road this season, and they’ll try to stay that way as they begin a 10-game road trip in Atlanta. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) powered New York past Washington on Wednesday night, hitting a grand slam during a nine-run eighth inning rally that helped the Mets improve to an NL East-leading 13-4.
Matt Harvey will start the opener against the Braves, still seeking his first win of the season.
Atlanta is hoping for good news on star slugger Freddie Freeman after he was hit by a pitch in Wednesday night’s win over Philadelphia. Phillies lefty Holby Milner hit Freeman’s left wrist with a fastball in nearly the same spot where Freeman had a fracture from a plunking last season. Freeman was on an MVP pace in 2017 before the injury cost him nearly two months.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Giancarlo Stanton looks to make an impact in pinstripes when New York opens a series against Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Stanton is 3 for 35 with 20 strikeouts in the Bronx this season, and he has been regularly booed by the home fans. Manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday he’d consider sliding Stanton slightly down in the batting order to get the 2017 NL MVP rolling.
– Emerging Pirates ace Jameson Taillon takes a 15-inning scoreless streak into a start against Philadelphia. The 26-year-old threw a one-hit shutout against Cincinnati on April 8, and then followed that with six sharp innings against Miami in a 1-0 win last time out. He’ll take on 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta.
– Two days after exiting a start with a blister on his pitching hand, Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) will be available to DH for the Angels against the Red Sox, though Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia wouldn’t commit to batting the two-way Japanese sensation. Scioscia says Ohtani’s inclusion will depend on lineup considerations, and the lefty-hitting Ohtani may not be Scioscia’s preferred matchup against Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Ohtani is batting .367 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in eight games.
Embiid remains listed as doubtful by 76ers
UNDATED (AP) – Joel Embiid remains listed as doubtful by Philadelphia for Game 3 of the 76ers’ Eastern Conference playoff series at Miami on Thursday night. Embiid was on the floor with the 76ers for their morning shootaround practice, but coach Brett Brown says there’s no change in the All-Star center’s status.
Embiid has missed Philadelphia’s last 10 games while recovering from a concussion and surgery that repaired a fractural orbital bone around his left eye. He’s no longer in the NBA’s concussion protocol. He took to social media after the 76ers lost Game 2 of this series to the Heat, saying he’s tired of being “babied.”
In Thursday night’s other two Game 3s, the Spurs return to San Antonio after a pair of double-digit losses at defending champion Golden State, and the sixth-seeded Pelicans take a 2-0 lead over the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers into their game in New Orleans.
Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.
The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details.
The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.
Gregg Popovich has coached San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday.
2 Game 4s on tap
UNDATED (AP) – The first round of the NHL playoffs continues with two Game 4s on Thursday night. Boston takes a 2-1 series lead into Toronto, and Columbus has a 2-1 series over visiting Washington in a series in which all three games have been decided in overtime.
NFL confirms times and dates for this year’s London games
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has confirmed the times and dates for the three regular-season games to be played in London this year.
The Tennessee Titans will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 21, and the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Jacksonville Jaguars a week later. Both games will be at Wembley Stadium.
The first game, between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders, was already set to be played on Oct. 14 at Tottenham’s new stadium in north London.
The Seahawks-Raiders game will be at 1 p.m. Eastern time, while the other games will be at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.
In other NFL news:
– The NFL has hired Dr. Nicholas Theodore as chairman of the Head, Neck and Spine Committee, which plays a major role in the league’s health and safety initiatives. Theodore is a professor of neurosurgery, orthopedics and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as director of the Hopkins Neurosurgical Spine Center. He has also served as team neurosurgeon for the Arizona Cardinals and as a consultant to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Coyotes. Theodore’s research focuses on trauma, brain and spinal cord injuries, minimally invasive surgery and robotics.
Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal worth at least $900,000
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer has signed a contract that runs through 2021 and increases his annual pay to at least $900,000.
Fulmer’s contract says he’ll receive $300,000 in annual base compensation plus $600,000 in supplemental pay for personal appearances and media services. He also gets a $100,000 retention bonus each year the contract remains in effect through the end of the deal.
The 67-year-old Fulmer was paid $575,000 by the school when he took over as Tennessee’s athletic director Dec. 1 during a tumultuous football coaching search. Fulmer hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as football coach six days later.
Fulmer replaced John Currie, who has since reached a $2.5 million settlement with the school.
Michigan State names 2 faculty athletic reps after 1 quit
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University has named two faculty athletic representatives, replacing one who resigned over the school’s handling of a sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.
The university announced Thursday Bonnie Knutson and Michael Kaplowitz will serve as senior advisers to school officials. They also are representatives to the NCAA and Big Ten.
Knutson is a School of Hospitality Business professor. Kaplowitz teaches environmental policy and is an adjunct professor in the law school.
Roughly 200 athletes described being abused by Nassar, who is imprisoned for molesting athletes at the school and on the U.S. gymnastics team.