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Braves name ex-O's coach Hart president of baseball operations

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Veteran baseball executive John Hart, a former Orioles coach and minor league manager, has reversed course and accepted a three-year deal to become president of baseball operations with the Atlanta Braves, taking over Frank Wren's position after Wren, a former Orioles general manager, was fired Sept. 22. Hart, 66, who has been acting as interim general manager, said earlier this month that he preferred to remain with the team as its top adviser rather than committing to a job with such significant time demands. Hart was the first choice of Atlanta president John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox, the Braves' former manager now serving in a top adviser role, who first tried to persuade Hart to take the job after the firing of wren. Hart joined the Braves in November 2013. A two-time Major League Executive of the Year, he spent 2002-2005 as GM and 2006-2013 as senior adviser for the Texas Rangers. He spent 13 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, the last 10 as executive vice president and general manager.

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More baseball: The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-hander Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training next year. Stinson made the Orioles' 2014 Opening Day roster and appeared in seven games before he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 5-5 with a 5.48 ERA in 851/3 innings over 22 games (13 starts). ... The Washington Nationals will hold NatsFest on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event will feature games, activities, batting cages and question-and-answer periods with players and team officials. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the team's website and are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets for autograph sessions will be $25, and the proceeds will go to the Nationals' charitable wing, the Dream Foundation.

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Griffin still limited; Gruden likely staying with McCoy

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was limited in Thursday's practice as he works his way back from the ankle injury that has sidelined him the past five weeks. Coach Jay Gruden has not ruled Griffin out for Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, but he is proceeding with his plan to start Colt McCoy. Describing Griffin's health and level of activity, Gruden said: "Robert really hasn't changed. I'm not going to announce whether he's active or inactive until, what, 7:30 Monday night, probably." Also limited for Washington on Thursday were safety Ryan Clark (ankle), left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and cornerback Tracy Porter (hamstring).

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

More NFL: The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford to their practice squad.

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NHL: The Capitals were the last team in the NHL to suffer a regulation loss, as Nikita Nikitin of the Edmonton Oilers scored the game-winning goal to lift Edmonton to a 3-2 win over Washington on Wednesday night. John Carlson and Mike Green scored for Washington. Mike Green Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added goals for Edmonton. Ben Scrivens made 32 saves for the Oilers, and Braden Holtby stopped 17 shots for Washington.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit has signed Liverpool Ladies midfielder Amanda Da Costa. In two years with Liverpool, she helped the team to back-to-back championships and its first UEFA Champions League appearance.

Men's college lacrosse: Virginia announced that senior midfielder Ryan Tucker (Gilman) has been selected as one of four captains for the 2015 season. ... Air Force will join the Southern Conference as an associate member for the 2016 season, the conference has announced. The Falcons, formerly of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, will play in 2015 as an independent.

Women's college soccer: UMBC senior midfielder Jessy Brown scored her 10th-career game-winning goal to help the Retrievers (13-3-2, 4-1-2) earn a 1-0 victory over Albany (6-8-4, 3-2-2) and take over a share of first place in the America East with one game remaining in the regular season. ... Loyola Maryland (6-8-2, 2-3-2 Patriot League) used goals from junior Charlotte Miller and sophomore Maddie Boccio to earn a 2-0 victory over host American (3-13-0, 0-7-0) on Thursday. Senior Colleen Folan earned her eighth shutout of the season. ... Johns Hopkins (12-2-0) is ranked No. 2 in the first NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic poll of the season.

Men's college track and field: The Salisbury 4x800 relay team, made up of juniors Thomas Burke and George Martinez and sophomores Eric Wood and Ian Wood (Arundel), has been named the top relay team in Division III for this event. The team was recognized this week for their school record time of 7 minutes, 37.20 seconds in the 2014 Penn Relays.

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