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WSU fires ex-Beavers assistant Lees — Washington State has fired baseball coach Marty Lees after four disappointing seasons. Athletic director Pat Chun said Tuesday that Washington State needs to find someone to return the program to a place of prominence. In his four years guiding the Cougars, Lees compiled a 70-137-2 record, including 32-83-2 in Pac-12 play. Earlier in his coaching career, Lees was a longtime assistant at Oregon State, a stint that included the Beavers’ 2006 and 2007 College World Series championships. A national search for a new baseball coach at Washington State will begin immediately. Associate head coach Dan Spencer will lead the team for this weekend’s series against Arizona.

CYCLING

French rider wins Giro’s 10th stage — Arnaud Demare of France sprinted to victory after a crash affected the end of the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, while Italian cyclist Valerio Conti kept the overall lead. Demare, who rides for Groupama-FDJ, edged out Elia Viviani and Rudiger Selig in a bunch sprint at the end of the entirely flat 90-mile route from Ravenna to Modena. A crash inside the final kilometer ended Pascal Ackermann’s chances of claiming a third stage win at this year’s Giro. The German cyclist finished the stage with his shorts and jersey in tatters. Ackermann appeared to touch wheels with the rider in front of him, causing him to go down and taking out a number of other cyclists. Wednesday’s 11th stage is also entirely flat along the 137-mile route from Carpi to Novi Ligure. The Giro finishes in Verona on June 2.

— From wire reports

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