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Padres fire General Manager Josh Byrnes

The struggling San Diego Padres have fired general manager Josh Byrnes.

The team announced the dismissal in a release Sunday, just minutes before the Padres were to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Padres are 32-43 and 12 1/2 games out of first in the NL West. They finished 76-86 in each of Byrnes' first two seasons in the position.

Ownership has expressed a desire to have a more competitive team year in and year out. 

"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play," said Padres President and CEO Mike Dee. "Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today."

"The search for a new General Manager begins immediately," Dee said. "We are looking for someone who can define, direct and lead this franchise's baseball philosophy for years to come."

For now Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations Omar Minaya and Assistant General Managers AJ Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. will man the general manager's position until the Padres find a replacement.

I don't think this will make a difference in the team's performance for the rest of the season as I suspect manager Bud Black will be the next to go and some of the team's high priced veterans will be traded.

Elijah Holyfield offered football scholarship by Michigan

Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has built quite a reputation on the  football field.

Elijah, who is a running back in Atlanta is  big time recruit and has been offered by a number of big time programs such as Wisconsin, Ohio State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Holyfield, who plays for the Woodward Academy in Atlanta, has been offered a scholarship in the 2016 class by the Michigan Wolverines.

The Wolverines are trying to get their program back to a championship level are hoping that Holyfield's championship pedigree can rub off on the rest of the team. I'm sure Brady Hoke is hoping that Holyfield is the real deal like his father once was. 

Sheldon Richardson wants the Jets to give Muhammad Wilkerson a new contract

Sheldon Richardson isn't afraid to speak his mind. Whether it be about an opponent or his ability Richardson will let his opinion be known. In this case it's about keeping a teammate around.

 Muhammad Wilkerson earned a base salary of $1.2 million this season along with $975,000 in bonuses. The Jets picked up a fifth-year option on Wilkerson for 2015, when he will make $6.9 million. In Richardson's mind that has to change. He wants the Jets to give Wilkerson a nice contract extension.

"Hopefully, they do the right thing and pay the man," Richardson said. "That's coming from me. That's somebody I want around. But it's just business. You have no control over it."He's due for a paycheck, though. Believe that, he's due for a paycheck."

It is not likely to influence the leaders and Richardson doesn't call any shots in the organization, but Wilkerson will be glad to know that he has the support of his teammates.