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Coach Mike Brown (right) was fired today by Lakers.

Lakers fire head coach

LOS ANGELES – Mike Brown has been fired by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are off to a 1-4 start and will play Golden State tonight at the Staples Center.

The Lakers signed Brown as a replacement for the retired Phil Jackson in the summer of 2011, giving him a deal worth a guaranteed $18 million in the first three seasons with a team option in the fourth.

Jim Buss, the son of owner Jerry Buss and the Lakers’ lead executive these days, saw Brown as the sort of coach who could handle the star power that came with the Lakers.

Brown was 272-138 in his five seasons in Cleveland and had the Cavaliers as perennial contenders, but was fired not long before LeBron James signed with Miami in the summer of 2010.

But despite the fact that new center Dwight Howard was coming off back surgery that kept him out of most of the preseason, and that new point guard Steve Nash has missed the last three games with a non-displaced fracture in the head of his left fibula, the slow start clearly caused enough angst among Lakers management to warrant them cutting a cheque for approximately $11 million to have Brown removed.


Duminy injured

BRISBANE – JP Duminy, the South Africa batsman, has been ruled out of the rest of the Brisbane Test and faces three to six months out of the game after rupturing an Achilles tendon in his left heel during the post-play warmdown today. He will have surgery on Saturday.

Duminy had played no part in the on-field action during the day, but was doing drills with fitness trainer Rob Walter when he slipped. After going down, he was treated on the field by physiotherapist Brandon Jackson and had to be carried off by bowling coach Allan Donald and Jackson. He was taken for X-rays immediately afterwards, which revealed the injury.

“He was running in the shuttle sprints and heard a pop,” Mohammed Moosajee, the South African team manager, said.

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