Former Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie hired by Dolphins as senior personnel executive

Published 6:29 pm PST, Sunday, February 17, 2019

Former Raiders general manager and NFL executive of the year Reggie McKenzie has been hired by the Miami Dolphins as a senior personnel executive under general manager Chris Grier.

The move was the latest change in football operations for the Dolphins following a 7-9 season. Grier was given more authority last month, and Brian Flores was hired as coach to replace the fired Adam Gase.

McKenzie won the 2016 NFL executive of the year award for his rebuilding job with the Oakland Raiders after the death of owner Al Davis in 2011. But McKenzie clashed with new Raiders coach Jon Gruden and was fired in December shortly before the end of a 4-12 season.

Oakland backslid following a 12-win season in 2016, and McKenzie’s two most recent drafts failed to produce many impact players.


Soccer team plays

7-on-11, loses 20-0

A third-tier Italian soccer team had a day to forget when it lost 20-0 after being able to field only seven players, all of them teenagers.

Pro Piacenza, which has financial problems, had already forfeited three matches and not playing a fourth on Sunday would have seen it thrown out of Serie C.

“What happened at Cuneo with Pro Piacenza is an insult to the sport and its founding principles,” Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina said.

The team turned up at Cuneo with just seven players, the minimum number required. They were all between 16 and 19 with captain Nicola Cirigliano listed as the coach.

Cuneo led 16-0 at halftime.

“Our responsibility is to protect the fans … and the credibility of our championships,” Gravina said, adding that the game “which we just witnessed, against our will, will be the last farce.”

• After winning five in a row to cut Barcelona’s lead in La Liga to six points, Real Madrid was stunned 2-1 at home by relegation-threatened Girona and is now nine points behind its rival in third. Girona, which hadn’t won in 13 matches in all competitions and was coming off six straight losses, scored two second-half goals to reverse a 1-0 halftime deficit.

The Catalan club hadn’t won in the league since November and had entered the weekend one point above the relegation zone. Its last win had been on Dec. 5 against Alaves in the Copa del Rey.

• Kylian Mbappe displayed his match-winning abilities once again Sunday, scoring off balance with a superb volley as Paris Saint-Germain beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 to move 12 points clear at the top of the French league.

• Wolverhampton held on to beat Championship side Bristol City 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in London. Premier League champion Manchester City, Watford, Brighton and Millwall advanced Saturday.

Tennis: Reilly Opelka won his first ATP Tour title, beating qualifier Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7) in the New York Open in Uniondale. The 6-foot-11 Opelka hit 43 aces for the second straight match, the final one to end it after an overturned call had helped him set up match point.

• Three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka lost his first final since his comeback a year ago from left knee surgeries, falling 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to Gael Monfils of France at the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Unseeded Wawrinka reached the final by beating top-seeded Kei Nishikori in three sets Saturday. But the Swiss ran out of steam in the final set.

“In the third set I was a little bit more aggressive and I go a bit more for my shots, I served bigger and that helped me a lot,” Monfils said.

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