BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ESPN fired network analyst and former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people.
The network released a statement saying, ''ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.''
On Monday, Schilling, 49, reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women's clothing. It included the phrase: ''Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!''
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Schilling added his own comments, saying, ''A man is a man no matter what they call themselves'' and ''Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.''
Schilling was apparently referring to laws in several states that restrict bathroom access to transgender people.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations.
Thibodeau was the most coveted coach on the market, and he's bringing his unparalleled intensity and hard-driving approach to a franchise that has not made the playoffs since 2004. He won nearly 65 percent of his games in five seasons with the Bulls, but was fired after last season amid speculation of a rift with general manager Gar Forman.
Landing such a big-name coach was a startling development for a Wolves franchise that has the longest-running playoff drought in the NBA and has routinely had to settle for second, third or fourth choices when jobs opened up. But team owner Glen Taylor, armed with one of the most promising young rosters in the league, turned 75 on Wednesday and doesn't want to wait around any longer for the team to become a winner.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Dwayne ''Pearl'' Washington, who went from New York City playground wonder to Big East star for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse, has died. He was 52.
Washington died Wednesday of cancer, the university said.
Washington was not particularly fast, nor could he jump particularly high. Neither mattered - he simply excited fans with his amazing ball-handling skills, an uncanny court sense, elusiveness, and the ability to pull off unbelievable plays at the right time.
His signature move was the crossover dribble - the ''shake-and-bake'' - that froze defenders, then a drive to the hoop for an easy layup past the defense's big men. His play was instrumental in helping create the aura of greatness the Big East Conference had during its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s.
He had been coping with medical problems since a brain tumor was first diagnosed in 1995 and recently required around-the-clock medical coverage and a wheelchair to move around.
Washington had surgery last August to address the recurrence of a brain tumor. The first tumor was benign.
CHICAGO (AP) - The NHL suspended Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw for one game for yelling an anti-gay slur from the penalty box and fined him $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture toward the officials during Chicago's Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.
Shaw will miss Game 5 in St. Louis on Thursday, and he will be required to undergo sensitivity training, according to the NHL announcement that came only hours after he quietly apologized for his outburst the previous night.
Speaking moments before the team left for St. Louis, Shaw said he couldn't sleep after the game and watching video of his behavior was difficult. It was video of the incident that went viral on social media, prompting sharp criticism and an NHL investigation.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Eagles have acquired the No. 2 overall pick in next week's draft from Cleveland in exchange for five picks.
The Browns are getting Philadelphia's first-round pick this year (No. 8), a third-round pick (No. 77) and fourth-rounder (No. 100), plus a first-rounder in 2017 and a fourth-rounder in 2018.
Cleveland also sends a fourth-round pick in 2017 to the Eagles.
The trade presumably allows Philadelphia to select one of the top quarterback prospects, Carson Wentz of North Dakota State or Jared Goff of California at No. 2. The Los Angeles Rams already acquired the top overall pick from Tennessee for a slew of picks and have indicated they will take a quarterback.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Josh Norman, one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, is now an unrestricted free agent after the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded their non-exclusive franchise tag offer to the All-Pro.
Norman did not sign the franchise tag offer from the Panthers which would have paid him $13.9 million in 2016.
Now he can sign with any team.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a release that ''after a number of conversations with Josh's agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable'' and that the organization wishes him well.
A former fifth-round draft pick, Norman had a career-high four interceptions and helped the NFC champion Panthers lead the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39), points off turnovers (148) last season. He also had 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Cesar Cielo, Brazil's most successful and best-known swimmer, has failed to automatically qualify for an individual event at this year's Rio Olympics.
The 29-year-old could still yet compete at his home Olympics in the relays, if picked by the Brazilian selectors, but missed out on his favorite event, the 50-meter freestyle, for which he holds the world record.
Cielo, the only Brazilian swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal after his victory in the 50 at Beijing in 2008, needed to set one of the top two times in either of his country's two official qualifying events, the Brazil Open, held last December, and the Maria Lenk Championship, which ended on Wednesday.
He skipped the Open and could only manage third, behind Bruno Fratus and Italo Duarte, in the Maria Lenk Championships.