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Newsmakers: Mavericks’ Parsons likely done for season after right knee surgery

A person with knowledge of the situation says Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons, center, will have arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee but might not be finished for the season. (LM Otero / Associated Press)
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Sidelined Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is likely done for the rest of the season after surgery on his right knee. The team said Parsons had arthroscopic surgery Friday to address an injury to his right medial meniscus. It is the second year in a row that Parsons’ season has ended prematurely because of right knee surgery. The latest injury isn’t considered as serious as the one that knocked Parsons out of the first round of the playoffs last season. He had a long rehabilitation after that surgery that carried over into training camp and limited his playing time early this season.

Fired Georgia Tech fired men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory less than 48 hours after another disappointing season ended in the NIT. The move wa announced by athletic director Mike Bobinski, who had said a year ago the Yellow Jackets would need to show significant signs of improvement for Gregory to keep his job. Gregory was dismissed after posting an overall record of 76-86, which included a dismal 27-61 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hired Drexel has hired Army’s Zach Spiker as coach of its struggling basketball team. Spiker was 102-112 in seven seasons at Army and joins a Drexel team that has not made the NCAA Tournament since 1996. The Dragons fired coach Bruiser Flint this month after 15 seasons. Army was 19-14 this season and 9-9 in the Patriot League.

Optioned The Texas Rangers optioned Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A Round Rock, one day after he allowed one hit in five scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds. The Rangers also assigned right-hander Nick Tepesch to minor league camp.

Approved The authority that operates Coliseum has approved a new lease extension for the Oakland Raiders that more than triples the team’s rent to use the stadium and their training facility in nearby Alameda. The Oakland Tribune reported that the team will now shell out $3.5 million in rent, up from $925,000 it paid last season.

Banned Russian race walking coach Viktor Chegin has been banned for life for his involvement in doping. The Russian anti-doping agency said Chegin was found guilty of two charges related to helping athletes to dope, following an investigation lasting more than 18 months.

Fined The NHL has fined Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson $2,487 for making an inappropriate gesture at Toronto forward Nazem Kadri. Manson was fined a day after the Ducks’ 6-5 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. The fine was the maximum amount allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Manson was assessed a game misconduct for his actions in the third period.

Agreed The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered their linebacker corps by agreeing to terms with Courtney Upshaw. The signing could signal that the Falcons are moving on from O’Brien Schofield, a defensive leader in 2015 who has yet to agree on a new contract and plays the same position as Upshaw.