NEW YORK -- Isiah Thomas was fired as coach of the New York Knicks on Friday after a season of listless and dreadful basketball, a tawdry lawsuit and unending chants from fans demanding Thomas' dismissal.
Thomas, the coach for two seasons, will remain with the organization reporting directly to new president Donnie Walsh, a rapid fall for Thomas who also was team president a little more than two weeks ago.
Walsh took over Thomas' role as team president April 2, and his first big decision was to change coaches as he begins the process of turning around a team that never won a playoff game in Thomas' tenure.
• Memphis All-American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts will enter the NBA draft, joining teammate Derrick Rose as an early entry to the pros, the school announced.
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• NBA owners approved Seattle's move to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season, provided the team can settle its lawsuit with the city.
The Sonics could begin playing in owner Clay Bennett's hometown as early as next season if they can get out of the remaining two years of their lease at KeyArena.
• MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- Rookie third baseman Evan Longoria and Tampa Bay Rays to a $17.5 million, six-year contract, a deal that could be worth up to $44.5 million over nine seasons.
Taken third overall in the 2006 amateur draft, Longoria appeared in just six major league game before agreeing to the deal. If he isn't sent down to the minors again, he would be guaranteed $19 million.
• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- At Columbia, James Darnell hit his second grand slam of the season and Mike Cisco allowed just one run as No. 14 South Carolina defeated Ole Miss 6-2.
Cisco limited the Rebels from scoring on Friday until the sixth inning, improving to 5-1 on the year. Cisco allowed just one run on eight hits, striking out three and walking two batters.
Lance Lynn suffered the loss for Ole Miss (24-14, 9-7 SEC) and is now 5-1. He allowed six runs on 10 hits in seven innings.
Justin Smoak's four hits led the way for the Gamecocks (28-10, 10-6), with Darnell and Whit Merrifield finishing with two apiece.
• CLEMSON 7, DUKE 4 -- At Durham, N.C., Clemson totaled 14 hits in and snapped its school-record 11-game losing streak. The Tigers improved to 19-19, 7-12 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 26-13, 5-13.
Sophomore Mike Freeman and freshman Jeff Schaus, the No. 1 and No. 2 batters, each totaled three hits.