Browns fire Kitchens after 1 sea­son as coach

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

The Browns fired coach Fred­die Kitchens after a dis­heart­en­ing sea­son that didn’t come close to meet­ing ex­pec­ta­tions.

Kitchens was let go Sun­day night, just hours after the Browns were beaten by the lowly Ben­gals (2-14) to fin­ish 6-10 and miss the play­offs for the 17th straight year.

Ear­lier, Kitchens held out hope he would be back for a sec­ond sea­son, say­ing after the 33-23 loss in Cincin­nati, “I’m go­ing to show up to­mor­row (Mon­day) and do my job.”

But own­ers Dee and Jimmy Haslam de­cided one sea­son was enough and parted ways with Kitchens, who was a sur­pris­ing hire a year ago be­cause he had no pre­vi­ous head coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. His suc­cess­ful eight-game stretch as the team’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor to end 2018 had sent his stock soar­ing.

Kitchens is the fifth coach fired since 2012 by the Haslams, who have shown lit­tle pa­tience in a failed at­tempt to res­ur­rect one of the league’s proud­est fran­chises.

The Browns haven’t had a win­ning record since 2007 and has gone through seven coaches in that 12-year span.

Base­ball: The Mar­lins and free-agent OF Corey Dick­er­son agreed to two-year, $17.5 mil­lion con­tract, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Dick­er­son, 30, hit .304 with 12 HRs and 59 RBIs last sea­son for the Pi­rates and Phillies, who ac­quired him on July 31.

Col­lege foot­ball: Ok­la­homa WR CeeDee Lamb will forego his se­nior sea­son and de­clare for the 2020 NFL draft. The con­sen­sus first-team All-Amer­i­can and Bilet­nikoff Award fi­nal­ist is con­sid­ered a strong first-round prospect by most draft ex­perts. Lamb caught 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 TDs this sea­son for the Big 12 cham­pion Soon­ers, who fell to top-ranked LSU in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off semi­fi­nals Satur­day.

Ski­ing: Mikaela Shiffrin beat ri­val Pe­tra Vl­hova of Slo­vakia by 0.61 sec­onds to win a World Cup slalom in Lienz, Aus­tria. It was the 24-year-old Shiffrin’s 43rd ca­reer vic­tory in the dis­ci­pline, match­ing Lind­sey Vonn for most Cup wins in a sin­gle dis­ci­pline. Vonn, who re­tired last sea­son, won 43 Cup down­hill races.

Soc­cer: Liver­pool ex­tended its un­beaten home run in the Premier League to 50 matches with a 1-0 win against Wolver­hamp­ton. First-place Liver­pool leads sec­ond­place Le­ices­ter by 13 points . ... West Ham hired David Moyes as its man­ager, one day after it fired Manuel Pel­le­grini. Moyes, 56, man­aged the club for six months dur­ing the 2017-18 sea­son.

Ten­nis: Three-time Grand Slam champ Andy Mur­ray of Scot­land with­drew from next month’s Aus­tralian Open and ATP Cup be­cause of a pelvic in­jury. Mur­ray, 32, had hip surgery in Jan­uary and re­turned to sin­gles ac­tion in Au­gust. He won the Euro­pean Open in Oc­to­ber.

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