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Slumping Lions fire GM Mayhew, team president

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The one-win Lions, looking nothing like the team that reached the playoffs last season, fired team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew on Thursday and promised to bring in new leadership to put a consistent winner on the field.

"We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far and believe a change in leadership was necessary," said owner Martha Firestone Ford, reading from a prepared statement. She did not take questions.

Mayhew, a former Bucs and FSU cornerback, became general manager early in the 2008 season when Matt Millen was fired.

The Lions are an NFC-worst 1-7 under second-year coach Jim Caldwell, whose staff was not affected by the changes a week after he replaced some assistants, including offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Sheldon White, vice president of pro personnel and a 19-year veteran of the organization, will be acting general manager. Allison Maki, chief financial officer, will oversee business operations.

"We are beginning a national search for the best leadership to manage our team going forward," Ford said. "I want to assure our fans that we intend to identify and hire the very best leadership."

BENGALS TOPPLE BROWNS: The host Bengals beat Johnny Manziel and the Browns 31-10, outscoring Cleveland 17-0 in the second half to improve to 8-0. Manziel, who started, was 15-for-33 for 168 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked three times. Andy Dalton was 21-for-27 for 234 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for Cincinnati.

BEARS: Running back Matt Forte (right knee) did not practice. His status is unclear for Monday's game at the Chargers.

JAGUARS: The city of Jacksonville and owner Shad Khan have $90 million in upgrades planned for EverBank Field. The city still needs to get funding approved for its half of the project.

JETS: Center Nick Mangold participated in team drills for the first time since injuring his neck Oct. 25. He said he plans on starting Sunday against the Jaguars.

SEAHAWKS: Receiver Ricardo Lockette was released from a Dallas hospital after surgery to stabilize ligaments in his neck.

Steelers: The team signed receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones, 31, who was released by the Chargers this week. In 2013 Jones was returning a kick down the Pittsburgh sideline for the Ravens when coach Mike Tomlin almost tripped him and was fined $100,000 by the league.

HOUSTON keeps SUPER BOWL: The NFL said it will not move the Super Bowl out of Houston in 2017 based on the repeal this week by the city's voters of a broad antidiscrimination ordinance in what was depicted as a battle over gay and transgender rights. The league plans to work to make the event inclusive.

EX-RAIDER CONVICTED: Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith was found guilty by a Los Angeles County jury of murdering three men after his 1998 retirement from the NFL. Smith, 48, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole

Slumping Lions fire GM Mayhew, team president 11/05/15 [Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2015 11:30pm]
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