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The Detroit Pistons fired coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday after less than a year as coach. The Pistons are languishing well below .500 (21-29) despite offseason moves aimed at putting the struggling franchise back in contention. A person with knowledge of Detroit’s plans said assistant John Loyer will take over as interim coach. Cheeks became the first coach to leave or be fired after 50 games or fewer with an NBA team since Bob Weiss, who coached only 30 games for Seattle in 2005-06, according to STATS.
In college basketball, Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart was suspended three games by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech Saturday night.