Car­lyle fired as Ducks coach

Houston Chronicle - - FOR THE RECORD | ETC. - From wire re­ports

The Ana­heim Ducks fired coach Randy Car­lyle amid a seven-game los­ing streak and free-fall into last place in the Western Con­fer­ence. The NHL team said gen­eral man­ager Bob Mur­ray would take over as in­terim coach for the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Car­lyle, 62, the win­ningest coach in Ducks his­tory, was in his se­cond stint with Ana­heim. He led the team to the Stan­ley Cup in 2007 and three ap­pear­ances in the Western Con­fer­ence Fi­nal (2006, 2007, 2017). Ana­heim was se­cond in the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion on Dec. 18 af­ter win­ning 11 of 13 but they have gone 2-15-4 since. … Madi­son Chock and Evan Bates of the United States won the icedanc­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Four Con­ti­nents Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ana­heim, Calif. Chock and Bates, who were se­cond at the U.S. Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships two weeks ago, scored 126.25 points dur­ing their free dance, which was to a med­ley of Elvis Pres­ley tunes. They fin­ished with 207.42 points to edge Cana­di­ans Kait­lyn

Weaver and An­drew Poje, who to­taled 203.93 points. … About eight hours be­fore their sched­uled fight at UFC 234 in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia's UFC mid­dleweight cham­pion Robert Whit­taker with­drew from his cham­pi­onship de­fense against Kelvin Gastelum be­cause of a se­ri­ous ab­dom­i­nal in­jury and sub­se­quent emer­gency surgery due to a per­fo­rated her­nia. That moved up the highly an­tic­i­pated No. 1 con­tender match be­tween ris­ing New Zea­land star Is­rael Ade­sayna and Brazil­ian veteran

An­der­son Silva to the main event on the sold-out Rod Laver Arena card. In an evenly matched fight over the first two rounds, Ade­sayna, now 16-0, dom­i­nated the third for a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

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