The Wizards named longtime NBA exec ROD THORN Senior Advisor to GM TOMMY SHEPPARD. Thorn will "help Sheppard with free agency, the draft and other basketball operations matters" (AP, 10/1)....Real Salt Lake GM CRAIG WAIBEL is "out." The move to "part ways and terminate the remainder of his contract comes less than two weeks" after former coach MIKE PETKE sued the team (SOCCERAMERICA.com, 9/28)....SI Editor-in-Chief CHRIS STONE is "vacating the job after 15 years." Exec Editor STEVE CANELLA and Managing Editor RYAN HUNT will "become co-editors-in-chief of SI" in the meantime (N.Y. POST, 10/2)....Misfits Gaming named Fox VP/Global Solutions LAGEN NASH VP/Partnerships (Misfits)....The Astros promoted the following: Dir of Player Development PETE PUTILA to Assistant GM/Player Development; Assistant GM BRANDON TAUBMAN to Assistant GM/Player Evaluation; Dir of Sports Medicine & Performance BILL FIRKUS to Senior Dir of Baseball Strategy; Dir of Minor League Operations ARMANDO VELASCO to Senior Dir of Baseball Operations; and Manager of Amateur Scouting Analysis CHARLES COOK to Dir of Player Evaluation. Taubman also received a contract extension (Astros).
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