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Panthers fire Fox

The Carolina Panthers announced that coach John Fox won't return next season, ending a nine-year run in which he led the franchise to its only Super Bowl. His departure has been no secret, and Fox said after his final full practice Friday that he'd been preparing for it for two years. Fox is 78-73 in nine seasons in Carolina.

Vikes' Webb fined

Vikings quarterback Joe Webb has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for a "major" facemask penalty he committed during a run in Minnesota's last game against Philadelphia. The NFL also reduced the fines for Atlanta's Dunta Robinson and New England's Brandon Meriweather, both cited for flagrant hits against defenseless receivers. Robinson's fine has been reduced from $50,000 to $25,000 and Meriweather's from $50,000 to $40,000.

NBABulls topple NetsCarlos Boozer scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the host Chicago Bulls won for the 12th time in 14 games, pulling away late to beat the Nets, 90-81 . . . Trevor Ariza made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 1:34 to play, helping the visiting New Orleans Hornets pull out an 83-81 win over injury-riddled Boston.

NHLLemaire gets first win

Johan Hedberg made 28 saves and the Devils beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-1, to snap a six-game losing streak and give Jacques Lemaire his first victory since replacing John MacLean.


Orioles sign LeeThe Baltimore Orioles and free agent first baseman Derrek Lee have reached an oral agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The 35-year-old Lee split time with the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves last season with 19 homers and 80 RBIs in 148 games.

COLLEGE HOOPSHarris nets 16 in loss

Tobias Harris of Dix Hills scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Tennessee's 91-78 home loss to College of Charleston.

SBU women loseAutumn Lau hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 34 seconds left to give host St. Francis a 57-54 victory over Stony Brook. - AP

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