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Sports briefs for Oct. 4, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Toys for Tots on hand at Speedway 95

HERMON, Maine — Toys for Tots, an organization that provides toys to underprivileged children, will have a truck on hand to collect toys at Hermon’s Speedway 95 this weekend.

Anyone donating a toy will be admitted to Saturday’s racing for half price. Racing gets underway at 4. In addition, raffle tickets will be on sale for the right to drive a demolition derby car donated by Rowland’s Recyling in Steuben. Tickets will be $10 apiece and three for $20.

The truck for toys will also be there for Sunday’s racing which starts at 2 p.m.

Baker out as Reds manager

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty announced Friday that Dusty Baker was removed as the team’s manager after six seasons.

Jocketty gave Baker a vote of confidence following the Reds’ loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild-card game on Tuesday. But club ownership was not pleased with the manner in which the club finished the season, losing six straight games after being favored to win a second straight NL Central title.

Baker has one year and $3 million remaining on his contract, but said he wants to manage somewhere next season.

“I’m not retiring. I’m not taking a year off unless I’m forced to,” Baker said, according to

Baker went 509-463 in his six seasons as Reds skipper.

Browns QB Hoyer tears ACL; Weeden regains job

BEREA, Ohio — Injury has forced Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski to make another quarterback change, and this could be a long one provided Brandon Weeden can stay healthy this time.

Brian Hoyer, who started two games and won both while Weeden was on the sideline with a sprained thumb, did not make it out of the first quarter Thursday night. He suffered a torn right ACL on an 11-yard run on the second series of the Browns’ 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. On Friday, Chudzinski confirmed Hoyer will miss the rest of the season and undergo surgery.

Weeden replaced Hoyer with the Browns trailing, 7-0. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked five times, which is an issue the Browns will have to clean up.

The Browns have won three straight.

Giants acquire Beason; place Snee on IR

EditorsNote: Update 1: changes headline; team places Snee on IR, includes quote from Snee Giants acquire Beason; place Snee on IR

The New York Giants acquired three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

Beason will replace guard Chris Snee on the active roster. Snee was placed on injured reserve and will likely have season-ending hip surgery.

Beason was benched before the Panthers’ 38-0 win over the Giants on Sept. 22. Chase Blackburn, a former Giant, replaced Beason in the lineup.

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