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Two days after new coach Laurent Blanc saw Les Bleus blanked 1--0 by Belarus in a Euro qualifier, France cut ties to previous leader Raymond Domenech, who had been retained as an adviser despite the team's flameout in South Africa. And France's hoops squad fell to Turkey by 18 to exit the FIBA world championship.
The Nats' Nyjer Morgan got an eight-game suspension after inciting an all-out brawl against the Marlins. But there were more unlikely tussles: Fisticuffs broke out—and went viral online—in the U.S. Open stands and at an Oregon--Oklahoma State women's soccer game.
San Diego, NL West leaders nearly all year long, had lost 10 in a row through Sunday, a skid matched by only one other first-place team, the '32 Pirates. Said manager Bud Black, whose pitchers, defense and batters share blame, "We have to turn around. It's in us because I've seen it."
GONZO BIG EAST
Time to rethink college football's kookiest conference? The three teams (Pitt, Cincinnati, UConn) that SI picked to finish 1-2-3 lost to unranked opponents by a combined 37 points, while putative cellar dwellers Syracuse and South Florida rolled by 71.