Fired The New York Knicks fired coach Mike Woodson on Monday after his team fell from division champions to out of the playoffs in one season. Phil Jackson, in his first big move since becoming team president in March, said in a statement “the time has come for change throughout the franchise.” The dismissal comes shortly after the Knicks completed a 37-45 season that began with their belief they were a serious contender. Instead, they started poorly, making Woodson’s job security practically a season-long distraction. A late surge wasn’t good enough for a postseason spot or another year for Woodson.
Arrested The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said former NFL and Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson has been arrested after a report of a domestic dispute. A statement said deputies responded to a residence in Calabasas at 12:48 a.m. Monday and determined the resident and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute, and the resident was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery. The department subsequently identified the resident as Johnson, who posted bond at 9:15 a.m. and was released.
Ended Head coach Tyrone Corbin won’t be returning for another season with the Utah Jazz. The team announced it won’t be offering Corbin a new contract. Corbin ends his stint with the Jazz with a 112-146 record. He guided the team to a winning record in two of his three full seasons and a playoff appearance in 2012. But the Jazz were dismal this season, going 25-57.
Exercised The Cincinnati Bengals exercised a 2015 contract option for receiver A.J. Green. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was entering the final season of his deal. The collective bargaining agreement allows teams to exercise a fifth-year option on players drafted in the top 10. The Bengals will have to pay him the average of the top 10 receivers in the NFL.
Signed Quarterback Josh Freeman signed with the New York Giants to be a backup quarterback to Eli Manning. Freeman was released by Tampa Bay early last season and spent the rest of 2013 with Minnesota.
Chosen New York City FC will play home soccer games at Yankee Stadium during its first season in 2015. Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said he anticipated the upper deck would be closed off, leaving capacity at 33,444, down from the ballpark’s baseball capacity of 49,642. Trost said it will take three days to convert the field from baseball to soccer.