BASKETBALL

Hornets make a change, fire general manager

The struggling Charlotte Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing General Manager Rich Cho on Tuesday.

Charlotte is 24-33 and on the verge of failing to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.

Owner Michael Jordan’s college teammate, Buzz Peterson, was hired last year as the team’s assistant general manager and is a potential replacement. Former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak could be another candidate to join Peterson in the front office in some capacity.

Cho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014.

FOOTBALL

NFL: The Jacksonville Jaguars exercised club options on tight end Marcedes Lewis and backup offensive linemen Tyler Shatley and Josh Wells.

The Houston Texans released veteran linebacker Brian Cushing.

Cushing, who was a first-round pick in 2009, is the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles with 664, but his career has been marked by two suspensions for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers.

Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who may look for a replacement in free agency.

Former receiver Reggie Wayne will become the 15th member of the Indianapolis Colts’ Ring of Honor next season.

Receiver Jarvis Landry has been given a nonexclusive franchise tag by the Miami Dolphins after leading the NFL with 112 catches in 2017.

The value of the tag is expected to be about $16 million.

The Philadelphia Eagles will promote Mike Groh from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Running backs coach Duce Staley, who also interviewed for the offensive coordinator job, will add assistant head coach to his title. Press Taylor will replace John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach.

The Chicago Bears are parting with veteran guard Josh Sitton and linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

SOCCER

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice as Bayern Munich defeated 10-man Besiktas 5-0 to all but secure progress to the quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.

Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea in his ninth attempt to salvage a 1-1 draw for Barcelona.

PREMIER LEAGUE: The English Football Association has charged West Ham with a breach of anti-doping rules.

The governing body says West Ham failed to ensure that the necessary whereabouts information for the Premier League team was kept accurate on three separate occasions within a year.

West Ham has until next Tuesday to respond to the charge.

A breach of the same FA rule saw Manchester City fined 35,000 pounds (about $50,000) last year.

TENNIS

DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber needed less than an hour to beat Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.

Fifth-seeded Caroline Garcia also advanced, beating Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5.

Kerber was broken in the opening game but had no trouble the rest of the way against the 2016 runner-up.

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