Giants fire McAdoo, Reese

Believing the team was spiraling out of control, the New York Giants went out of character by making two major in-season moves, firing coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese.

With the team reeling at 2-10 in a season where most felt it was capable of challenging for a Super Bowl, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch reached the decision Monday morning. It came less than a day after the Giants lost in Oakland, with quarterback Eli Manning benched and the offensively inept team performing poorly again.

“We agreed that wholesale changes to this organization needed to be made to get us back to the team we expect it to be,” Mara said at a hastily called news conference. “We also agreed it was pointless to wait any longer to make these changes.”

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim coach for the final four games. He coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.

Mara did not know whether Manning will return as the starter this weekend against Dallas, saying the decision will be made by Spagnuolo.

Mara said neither McAdoo nor Reese was surprised by the decision, saying they were both professionals. He said his meeting with Reese was more emotional because the two had worked together since 1994.

Washington pleads guilty

Former NBA player Kermit Washington has pleaded guilty to spending thousands of dollars donated to an African charity he organized on jewelry, vacations and other personal items.

Washington, 66, of Las Vegas, played for several NBA teams in the 1970s and 1980s.

Washington was scheduled to go to trial in federal court Monday in Kansas City, Missouri, but instead pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of making a false statement in a tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors accused Washington of using his position as representative of the National Basketball Players Association to refer professional athletes to Ronald Jack Mix, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and San Diego lawyer who specialized in workers’ compensation cases. Mix filed workers’ compensation cases for the athletes and then donated about $155,000 to Washington’s charity, The Sixth Man Foundation.

In his plea, Washington admitted that he diverted that money to pay himself and for personal expenses. He also admitted that he didn’t report that income to the charity on Project Contact Africa’s IRS filings for several years.

Edwards hired as ASU coach

Herm Edwards talked about trains and conductors, Catholics and Devils, told stories and cracked jokes, his timbre rising and falling for emphasis during a nearly hour-long introductory news conference.

No doubt, the man can win over a room. Arizona State is hoping he can win a few games, too.

Edwards was introduced as the Sun Devils coach Monday, ushering in a new, unexpected era for the program with an impassioned news conference inside Sun Devil Stadium.

“I’m on the train. I’m on the train and I’m going to ride this train until it stops — it’s not going to stop,” Edwards said. “We’re going. We’re going with you. And if you want to board a little bit later, we’ve got a seat for you. Might not be comfortable, but you’ll have a seat.”

Arizona State wanted to move quickly following the firing of Todd Graham after six seasons.

— The Associated Press

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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