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Hot Button: Fenton fired … Callahan traded … Le’Veon’s apology

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MCAFEE TO ESPN 

Tuesday, 4:56 p.m.: Look, as both a West Virginia University graduate and a lover of absurd things and big personalities, Pat McAfee is sort of my guy. He can do no wrong in these eyes, so the recent news that he'll serve as a color commentator for Thursday Night Football and Get Up on ESPN this season and beyond has me jazzed. Let's go. -- Hunter 

ELLIS LEAVES USWNT

Tuesday, 4:07 p.m.: Fresh off winning the World Cup, Jill Ellis has decided to step down as coach of the U.S. women's national team. One year remains before the next Olympics, a new GM is on the way, and a new coach will be chosen by that GM. -- DK

FENTON FIRED

Tuesday, 2:35 p.m.: Wild GM Paul Fenton has been fired after just one year on the job. In a statement released by the team, owner Craig Leopold said he decided to replace Fenton because he was "not the right fit for our organization." Assistant GM Tom Kurvers will take over for Fenton until a permanent replacement is chosen. Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald, who held a similar post with the Penguins before accepting a position with New Jersey, were among the candidates for the job that eventually went to Fenton. Both conceivably could get consideration for the job again, although a source said that, as of mid-afternoon, Guerin had not heard from the Wild. Former Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall is expected to be a serious contender. -- Molinari

CALLAHAN TRADED

Tuesday, 10:55 a.m.: The Senators and Lightning made a trade:

Callahan has a degenerative back disease that is likely career-ending. The trade prevents the Lightning from having to use long-term injured reserve, which should always be avoided if possible. -- Taylor

STEADY EDDY COMEBACK?

Tuesday, 8:10 a.m.: Pirates fans will no doubt remember Edinson Volquez,who was a key piece of the 2014 club. Since his one-year stint with the PBC, Volquez pitched for the Royals for two seasons -- winning a World Series -- before joining the Marlins in 2017, a season in which he tore his UCL. He underwent Tommy John surgery, and signed a two-year deal with the Rangers in early 2018. The idea was to rehab for a full year and then join the Texas rotation, but now Volquez has decided to retire ......after he makes one last push to pitch again this season. It's an interesting viewpoint from someone who has clearly dedicated so much to his craft. The full batch of quotes are well worth the read. - Rollison

PHILLIES GET VARGAS

Monday, 11:45 p.m.: Maybe the Phillies were impressed that Jason Vargas had just beaten the Pirates on Sunday in New York -- OK, maybe not -- but they picked him up tonight in a trade with the Mets. Who can't seem to figure out whether they're buying or selling or whatever. -- DK

LE'VEON APOLOGIZES FOR ... ?

Monday, 11:05 p.m.: Takes a big man to apologize ... for letting down football fantasy owners. But that's what Le'Veon Bell did today:

LOUISIANA SUMMONS NFL

Monday, 10:40 p.m.: Insane but true: A Louisiana judge ordered that Roger Goodell and three NFL on-field officials from the NFC Championship Game in January be questioned under oath in September over the infamous no-call that helped the Rams beat the Saints. -- DK

VASILEVSKIY EXTENDED

Monday, 9:15 p.m.: Lightning goaltender Andre Vasilevskiy signed a huge eight-year contract extension, according to a tweet from his agent. Elliotte Friedman reports that the contract carries an average annual value of $9.5 million and nearly $45 million in bonuses. -- Taylor

BAUER THROWS TANTRUM

Sunday, 10:20 p.m: Polarizing Indians hurler Trevor Bauer is at it again, this time throwing a certified hissy fit at being removed from his start today after allowing a home run as part of a disastrous five-run fifth inning. He decided to take out his frustrations by throwing a ball into the outfield stands as manager Terry Francona came to remove him for a reliever. - Rollison

 

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