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Nuggets fire Shaw after 1 1/2 seasons

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DENVER (AP) The Nuggets fired coach Brian Shaw after 1 1/2 seasons on Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and on a six-game losing streak. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will be the interim coach.

The timing of the dismissal was somewhat surprising given that just last week general manager Tim Connelly signaled Shaw's job was safe at least through the end of the season.

"You won't find a better guy than Brian, and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I've ever been around," Connelly said in a statement Tuesday. "Unfortunately things didn't go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him."

Westbrook back this week, not Durant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant will be out at least another week for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Russell Westbrook could return Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks made the announcements Tuesday at practice. (MORE)

Winston meets with Bucs, who pick No. 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston is meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are considering the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the first pick in the NFL draft.

The team confirmed the former Florida State star was in town Tuesday to sit down with club officials who will be involved in deciding whether to draft Winston. Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman winner from Oregon, also is under consideration. (MORE)

Cavs' Irving questionable vs. Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is questionable against Boston after missing two games with a strained left shoulder.

Irving participated in the team's shoot-around Tuesday and his status will be updated prior to the game. Irving injured his shoulder in the second half of last week's home win over Golden State. An MRI confirmed the strain and he did not travel to road games at Indiana and Houston to get treatment. (MORE)

'Nervous' A-Rod set to play Wednesday

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Since Alex Rodriguez last stepped into a batter's box during a game, Boston and San Francisco have won World Series titles, the New York Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive years and a new commissioner has taken office.

He has served a one-year drug suspension, filed and withdrawn multiple lawsuits, gone through more attorneys than most people retain in a lifetime and filled more back-page headlines than players who actually appeared in games. (MORE)

 Maid: Hernandez messed with security cam

 Eagles release starting CB Williams

 NCAA eyes new academic misconduct rules

 Cespedes has grand slam in Tigers debut

 Divac rejoins Kings in front-office role


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