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Sports briefs for Sept. 27, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Red Claws name Nored assistant coach

PORTLAND — The Maine Red Claws announced Friday that Ronald Nored has been named an assistant coach with the team. Nored will join second-year head coach Mike Taylor and second- year assistant coach Tunde Adekola.

Nored was a four year letter-winner on the men’s basketball team at Butler University, where he played under new Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

“Having Ronald on the coaching staff in Maine will be a tremendous asset to our club,” said Taylor. “His experience playing under Coach Stevens in college will be invaluable during our transition to a new philosophy this year.”

Cardinals’ Craig out for NLDS

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has been out since Sept. 4 with a foot injury and he won’t be back in time to play in the National League Division Series next week, general manager John Mozeliak said Friday afternoon, according to HardballTalk.com.

Craig has a Lisfranc injury involving a metatarsal bone, according to Mozeliak, and the team fears it will get worse if he tries to play through it.

Craig’s status for the remainder of the postseason, should the Cardinals advance, remains unclear.

Suh won’t be fined for Week 2 hit

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won’t be fined by the NFL for hitting Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback in the helmet with his elbow during Week 2, ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday.

According to the report, the league determined the blow was a violation of NFL rules, and there has been no explanation why it decided not to fine Suh.

The issue may have involved the timing of the NFL’s detection of the hit.

According to the ProFootballTalk.com report, the fact that the NFL did not notice the possible infraction while issuing its fines following Week 2 games made it difficult to levy penalties after Week 3.

Kings’ Cousins agrees to $62 million extension

The Sacramento Kings agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract extension with center DeMarcus Cousins, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Cousins had one year left on his deal. If the Kings and Cousins did not agree on an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline, they still would have been able to make him a restricted free agent, meaning they could match any offer for Cousins at the end of the season.

Cousins averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 0.7 blocks last season.

Marlins fire team president Beinfest

The Miami Marlins fired team president Larry Beinfest on Friday and are expected to replace him with the team’s assistant general manager, Dan Jennings, multiple media outlets reported.

Beinfest had been with the Marlins’ front office for 12 years, as the team built up its roster and tore it apart several times.

Most recently the team spent money to acquire free agent Jose Reyes before their new ballpark opened in 2012. Reyes and Mark Buehrle were among the high-priced acquisitions that spent just one season in Miami before they were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays last November.

Beinfest was Miami’s general manager when the Marlins won the 2003 World Series for their second title.

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