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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers made a big change with another season falling apart, firing general manager Chris Grant on Thursday. Cam Robinson Womens Jersey . Grant was fired a day after the Cavs dropped their sixth straight game, an embarrassing home loss to a Los Angeles Lakers team that started with eight players and finished with five. Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin will serve as acting general manager. Owner Dan Gilbert made it clear hes unhappy with what has transpired in a season that began with hopes the Cavs would make the playoffs after a three-year absence. "This has been a very difficult period for the franchise," Gilbert said in a statement. "We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group." Gilbert also met with reporters at the teams training facility following the announcement. He expressed confidence that the Cavs can show improvement under coach Mike Brown over the final 33 games. Grant was instrumental in the rehiring of Brown, who was fired during his first stint with the team in 2010. Gilbert was asked if Browns job was safe for the rest of this season. "Were going to see Mike Brown succeed this year because I think that hell be able to do good things and I think this team will be able to do good things," Gilbert said. "I think theyre going to look at each other and theyre going to look in the mirror and theyre going to rally." Gilbert also was asked why he decided to change his general manager but not his coach. "Coach Brown has only been here over half a season," he said. "Chris Grant has been here 8 1/2 years. Hes been the general manager almost four years. Theres a lot of talent on this team. I think everybody knows that." Gilbert promised last spring the Cavs would not return to the NBA lottery, but Cleveland is 16-33 and has dropped six in a row -- matching its longest losing streak of the season. The Cavs are 5 1/2 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 leagues worst record. "Accountability starts with me," Gilbert said. "I take responsibility for where were at." Grants 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. Grant addressed the teams poor play last week, saying everyone in the organization was accountable, including himself. Grant took Anthony Bennett with the first pick last June and then signed free-agent centre Andrew Bynum during the summer when no other team would offer the 7-footer a contract. Grant was able to unload Bynum in a trade with Chicago for Luol Deng, but the forwards arrival has done little to invigorate the Cavs. Cleveland has been under .500 since the fifth game of the season and the players have been slow to pick up Browns system on both ends of the floor. In a season thats already had too many low moments, the Cavs hit rock bottom Wednesday. Not only did they fall behind by 29 points to Los Angeles, the Lakers played the final few minutes with five healthy players, including one who was allowed to remain in the game after committing his sixth foul because coach Mike DAntoni was out of bodies. The Cavs were booed throughout the game and Brown, who has been unable to come up with any answers to stop his teams skid, benched All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and three other starters in the fourth quarter as Cleveland got back in the game before losing 119-108. The acquisition of Deng last month brought hope the season could be salvaged, but that proved to be temporary. The Cavs went 3-2 on a West Coast trip, but followed that with a 1-4 record on its longest homestand of the season. Cleveland then lost three consecutive road games, including a 31-point rout by the Knicks on national television. Grant joined the organization in 2005 as vice-president of basketball operations/assistant general manager. He was hired as general manager on June 4, 2010. Griffin was hired later that year after spending 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, the last three as the clubs senior vice-president of basketball operations. Dawuane Smoot Jaguars Jersey . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Dawuane Smoot Womens Jersey . Coming off a 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal endured another demoralizing result after rallying for a 2-1 lead -- only to concede a fluke equalizer.A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers:___Schedule:(All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Los Angeles (6:37 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Los Angeles (9:37 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 4, Tuesday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 5, Thursday, at Los Angeles (TBD). (All games on FS1 or MLB Network)x-if necessary.___Season Series: Dodgers won 4-3.___Projected Lineups:Cardinals: 3B Matt Carpenter (.272, 8 HR 59 RBIs), CF Jon Jay (.303, 3, 46), LF Matt Holliday (.272, 20, 90), SS Jhonny Peralta (.263, 21, 75), 1B Matt Adams (.288, 15, 68), C Yadier Molina (.282, 7, 38), 2B Kolten Wong (.249, 12, 41, 20 SBs), RF Randal Grichuk (.245, 3, 8).Dodgers: 2B Dee Gordon (.289, 2, 31, MLB-leading 64 stolen bases), CF Yasiel Puig (.296, 16, 69), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.276, 27, MLB-leading 116), RF Matt Kemp (.287, 25, 89), LF Carl Crawford (.300, 8, 46), SS Hanley Ramirez (.83, 13, 71), 3B Juan Uribe (.311, 9, 54), C A.J. Ellis (.191, 3, 25).___Projected Rotations:Cardinals: RH Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38, 3 shutouts, 5 complete games), RH Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74), RH John Lackey (14-10, 3.82 with Red Sox, Cardinals), RH Shelby Miller (10-9, 3.74).Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (21-3, major league-best 1.77 ERA), RH Zack Greinke (17-8, 2.71), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7, 3.38), RH Dan Haren (13-11, 4.02).___Relievers:Cardinals: RH Trevor Rosenthal (2-6, 3.20, 45/51 saves), RH Pat Neshek (7-2, 1.87, 6 saves), RH Seth Maness (6-4, 2.91, 3 saves) LH Sam Freeman (2-0, 2.61), RH Carlos Martinez (2-4, 4.03, 1 save), LH Randy Choate (2-2, 4.50), RH Michael Wacha (5-6, 3.20).Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (2-3, 2.76, 44/49 saves), RH Brandon League (2-3, 2.57), LH Paco Rodriguez (1-0, 3.86), LH J.P. Howell (3-3, 2.39), RH Chris Perez (1-3, 4.27), RH Jamey Wright (5-4, 4.35).___Matchups:A rematch of last years league championship series won by the Cardinals in six games behind NLCS MVP Wacha, who beat Kershaw twice. This will be the teams fifth meeting in post-season, and third in the last six years. Cardinals are 3-1 ... The Dodgers took three of four in Los Angeles in June, and the Cardinals took two of three in St. Louis in July. ... The Dodgers outscored the Cardinals 17-4 in four home games, while each of the three games in St. Louis were decided by two runs or less. ... The Dodgers are a healthier team heading into the playoffs compared to last year, when they were missing Kemp, Andre Ethier was slowed by a bad ankle and Ramirez broke a left rib after getting hit by a pitch in Game 1 of the NLCS and wasnt the same for the remaining games. ... Kershaw is favourite to win third Cy Young and dominated in winning both starts against St. Louis this season, allowing three runs and striking out 21 in 14 innings. ... Carpenter is 3 for 6 against Kershaw this season, 9 for 35 (.257) with 10 BBs and 10 Ks overall. ... Peter Bourjos is the only Cardinals player to homer off Kershaw this year. ... Ethier has most success against Wainwright for Dodgers. Hes 10 for 39 (.256) with three homers and seven RBIs. ... Puig led NL outfielders with 15 assists. ... Will Molina be able to slow Gordon? The Cardinals catcher threw out nearly half the potential base stealers (21 of 44 runner) against him. Gordan led the majors with 64 steals but was thrown out 19 times.___Big Picture:Cardinals: St. Louis finished 90-772, two games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central. Cam Robinson Jaguars Jersey. Wainwright is among majors elite starters and was a no-doubt MVP for team that was on and off offensively, but he might have to beat Kershaw twice for Cardinals to advance. Wainwright will be well-rested, scratched from his start in the regular-season finale after the Pirates lost and St. Louis clinched its second straight Central crown. ... Pitching staff is deep enough that Wacha likely wont be in rotation given struggles to regain form after a lengthy DL stay from a shoulder injury. The 35-year-old Lackey has come on strong his last few starts and has big game bonafides, beating the Cardinals twice in World Series last fall with Boston. ... The franchise is in the post-season for 10th time in 14 seasons. ... In first full season as closer, Rosenthal was among majors best, giving hitters more to worry about than just a fastball that tickles triple digits. ... Molinas return for final month from torn thumb ligament was a plus, even though he wasnt that productive at the plate. ... Peralta is among majors best-hitting shortstops and had a big second half. ... Cardinals were so-so on road, going 39-42.Dodgers: Los Angeles (94-68) won the NL West by six games over San Francisco and begins the playoffs on a five-game winning streak. ... The Dodgers have been one of baseballs best hitting clubs in September, leading the majors with 156 runs scored. Powering the offence have been Crawford, Kemp and Gonzalez, who ended the regular season with 116 RBIs, three short of his career high set in 2008. ... Manager Don Mattingly guided the Dodgers to a second consecutive division title. He is 354-293 in the regular season during the last four years. ... The Dodgers win total has been up every year since hes been at the helm. ... Los Angeles swept St. Louis in the 2009 division series.___Watch For:a€” Ryus Shoulder. The Dodgers left-hander continues progressing after leaving a game on Sept. 12 with shoulder irritation. He missed nearly a month earlier in the season with the same problem. In his first game back on May 21 against the Mets, Ryu pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out nine.a€” Hot Hitters: With four days off before Game 1, the Dodgers might wonder whether their hot-hitting lineup can stay that way. Kemp has been tearing it up since the All-Star break after starting the season slowly. Gonzalez also struggled early, but has been a consistent run producer since the break.a€” Deep Outfield. Grichuk was considered an afterthought in an off-season trade for outfielder Bourjos that sent 2011 post-season star David Freese to the Angels. The rookie has done well enough in his second stint to earn at least a platoon role with fellow rookie Oscar Taveras, considered the teams top prospect. Jay was supposed to be the fourth outfielder and got a one-year deal, a wakeup call thats prompted his strongest overall season. Hes stepped up particularly on defence.a€” Closing it Out: Manager Mike Matheny had a push-button approach to the late innings, with Rosenthal leading staff with 73 appearances, Maness with 72 and Neshek with 71. Late in the year, all of them needed rest. The side-arming Neshek was a first-time All-Star and was nearly untouchable much of the year with ERA below 1.00 until late August, but had a loss and blown save his last two outings. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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