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It was a surprising day of upheaval for the Minnesota Twins, but manager Paul Molitor is staying put despite the firing of general manager Terry Ryan. Blake Swihart Red Sox Jersey .Molitor said he was informed Sunday by team ownership that the Twins would like him to remain as manager for the 2017 season.Im grateful because I want to keep doing it, Molitor said before the Twins series opener against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. I want to be part of the solution of the team doing better.Molitor addressed the team Monday afternoon after news of Ryans dismissal broke. Molitor said he wanted to honor the longtime executive and take a moment to acknowledge his contributions to the organization, calling Ryans departure a personal loss.The Twins entered the day with the worst record in the American League at 33-58, 21 games out of first place in the AL Central Division. Only Atlanta (32-60) has a worse record in the majors.Assistant GM Rob Antony will replace Ryan on an interim basis. Owner and CEO Jim Pohlad referred to Ryans firing as difficult, painful and not obvious in a statement released earlier Monday by the team.Longtime Twins star Joe Mauer said it was a difficult day.Theres a lot of people hurting in here today, Mauer said. [Ryan has] had a hand in why everybody is in this room. Ive known him for a long time.Its a tough day, but we have a long way to go and we still have a lot of things to play for and prove and thats what were going to try to do moving forward.Molitor helped the Twins become one of the surprise teams of last year, keeping them in the playoff hunt into the final week of the season. But the Twins are on pace for 100 losses this year.Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over eighteen seasons, Pohlad said in a news release. It is impossible to overstate his contribution to our game, our team and the Upper Midwest baseball community. The decision to part ways with Terry was difficult, painful and not obvious.Ryan spent two stints as general manager of the Twins, helping the franchise emerge from a decade worth of futility to become one of the models for small-market success in the early 2000s. He helped build one of baseballs strongest farm systems and made several shrewd trades that turned the Twins into a team that won four AL Central championships in five seasons.Ryan stepped down in 2007 but returned in 2011 after hand-picked successor Bill Smith could not continue the teams success.The Twins are in the middle of their fifth losing season in the last six years. A 2015 season that saw them return to contention in the division proved not to be enough when the team sank to the bottom of the American League this summer.Ryan handed out big money to pitchers Ervin Santana, Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes in an effort to address the teams biggest weakness in the starting rotation, but all have been disappointments.The decisions to sign South Korean slugger Byung Ho Park, hold on to veteran third baseman Trevor Plouffe this offseason and move promising youngster Miguel Sano from third base to right field all proved to be ill-fated. Sano was injured while playing in the outfield and is back at third base, Plouffe is on the disabled list and his trade value has been diminished and Park has been sent to Triple-A to try to ease his transition from Korea to the United States.Despite the Twins massive struggles, the midseason firing is a highly uncharacteristic by the Pohlad family, long known in baseball circles for loyalty and continuity. Jim Pohlad has made no secret of his admiration for Ryan, saying as late as last year that the GM could hold his post for as long as he wanted.While disappointed we were unable to bring Minnesota a third World Championship, I leave the GM post with immense pride in being part of the Twins organization for the better part of three decades, Ryan said in the teams news release.Im grateful for the leadership opportunities provided by the Pohlad family; the collaboration and talents of my colleagues in the front office; the hard work and dedication of our manager, coaches and clubhouse personnel; the commitment and professionalism of our players; the passion and attention to detail of our minor league staff and scouts; and most importantly, the incredible support of our fans. Its been an honor to be part of the Twins organization and I wish everyone nothing but the best going forward.Antony is in his 29th season in the Twins organization and his ninth as an assistant GM.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Joe Kelly Red Sox Jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Bill Lee Red Sox Jersey . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. (STATS) -- Mark Elder and his Eastern Kentucky players cant wait to face Purdue this weekend.Making his head coaching debut Saturday against the Boilermakers, Elder expects big things right off the bat.We feel we have a very hungry team, said Elder, who spent the previous three seasons as special teams and tight ends coach at Tennessee.Were not heading to West Lafayette for a participation trophy, I can tell you that much. Were going there to compete. Were going there to win the game. Im not the kind of guy to predict wins and upsets, those types of things. But I know our guys are certainly excited about the opportunity.It would not be a major surprise for the Colonels to pull off the upset. EKU beat Miami, Ohio 17-10 in 2014.Despite last seasons disappointing 6-5 finish that cost longtime coach Dean Hood his job, EKU averaged 30.3 points, lost at Kentucky in overtime and comes back this year with 10 FBS players on its roster. Purdue, meanwhile, has gone 6-30 the past three seasons.The most intriguing question surrounding Elders debut is who will start at quarterback. There is no guarantee its Maty Mauk, who went 17-5 as a starter in three seasons at Missouri where he was suspended three times in four months before being dismissed early in 2016.Though Mauk has reportedly seen the error of his past ways and is poised to mature, senior Bennie Coney ranked 12th nationally with 23 passing touchdowns and threw for a career-high 2,471 yards in 2015. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Swafford is also in the mix.Weve got three guys that we are comfortable with, three guys that have battled all through camp, Elder said. We feel we can win many ballgames with any of those three.We might have more than one quarterback play (Saturday). Were not in a position to where we want to talk about that at this point.Elder is one of three new coaches in the Ohio Valley Conference. Marcus Satterfield comes over from assisting at Temples to replace the legendary Watson Brown at Tennessee Tech and Will Healy takes over at Austin Peay.At age 31, Healy is the second-youngest head coach in both the FCS and FBS. He inherits a program that is 1-34 over the past three seasons and has dropped 37 straight on the road.The chips are stacked against us, said Healy, who spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant at FCS power Chattanooga. Every week for us is a test. Were going to have to create some success early.ELDER STATESMANWhile that new coaching trio prepares to get its feet wet, UT Martins Jason Simpson begins his 11th season -- by far the longest tenure among league coaches.The first two weeks present an interesting challenge for the Skyhawks, who visit Cincinnati on Saturday then travel to Hawaii on Sept. 10.Its very unique, said Simpson, whose squad also plays FBS team Georgia State on Oct. 22. We play three FBS scchools. Jimmie Foxx Red Sox Jersey. . Its probably the toughest schedule in school history.DO YOU HAVE A PEN?Murray State coach Mitch Stewart embarks on his second season guiding the Racers, but admits hell be in awe Saturday when he looks across the field to see Lovie Smith standing on the Illinois sideline.Smith, the former Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach, looks to revive a sagging Illini program. Regardless how that turns out, he has a fan in Stewart.When we meet at midfield for the handshake I hope he doesnt think its unprofessional for me to ask for his autograph, Stewart joked. I watched him coach in Super Bowls. Hes great.ALL ALONEChecking in at No. 3, reigning national runner-up Jacksonville State is the lone OVC team ranked in the STATS FCS Poll.All that matters is who is in that No. 1 spot at the end, coach John Grass said.The Gamecocks shouldnt have much trouble handling Division II North Alabama on Thursday, but things heat up with fifth-ranked LSU and Coastal Carolina awaiting the following two weeks. After that, Jacksonville State visits Liberty before league play begins.We dont schedule wins around here, Grass said. We schedule games that are going to be good for us.MARQUEE MATCHUPPerhaps the most intriguing opening contest among OVC teams comes Thursday when Eastern Illinois host No. 20 Western Illinois.The Panthers also opened last season against the Leathernecks, but are aiming for a better outcome after committing five turnovers in the 33-5 defeat. EIU managed to bounce back from that loss and ultimately earned an at-large playoff berth.All-OVC selection Devin Church returns from rushing for 743 yards while linebacker Seth McDonald leads the defense after he finished second in the league with 109 tackles.LOCAL KNOWLEDGESoutheast Missouri boasts seven players from Memphis, the city in which it opens Saturday against the Tigers at the Liberty Bowl.Less than 200 miles from SEMOs campus in Cape Girardeau, Memphis has become a favorable recruiting ground since coach Tom Matukewicz took over in 2014. Whether those hometown products get the opportunity to play a role in this contest remains to be seen, but Matukewicz might resort to anything to help the school improve on its 1-20 record against FBS opponents.HONORING TRADITIONTennessee State looks to improve to 13-5 in the annual John Merritt Classic on Saturday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The game is played at the home of the Tennessee Titans and a spirited way for the Tigers to open the season.Tennessee State started 4-1 in 2014 and 3-1 last season, but failed to make the playoffs both times.Weve got to be able to sustain our momentum, coach Rod Reed said. We want to start fast and finish strong. 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