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TORONTO, Ontario -- Toronto FCs radical remake has cost Paul Mariner his job, while offering veteran defender Ryan Nelsen his first opportunity as head coach. The moves, confirmed by The Canadian Press, will be announced at a news conference Tuesday. Earlier Monday, the worst club in MLS announced that technical manager Bob de Klerk has left by mutual agreement. With Mariner joining him on the way out, Toronto FC has wiped out the remaining ties to the Aron Winter era. Mariner took over from Winter last June, becoming Torontos seventh coach in six years. The signing of Nelsen is a bold move by recently appointed Toronto president and GM Kevin Payne who has wasted little time tearing down the struggling MLS franchise since taking control on Nov. 28. Nelsen, a 35-year-old New Zealander, played for Payne at D.C. United. This season, Nelsen has been one of the few bright spots at Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League. QPR manager Harry Redknapp confirmed recently that his defender had been offered a coaching job in North America. "He has been fantastic," Redknapp told reporters. "I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn. Hes one of the best pros Ive ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer, a leader. "He is a massive part of your team (but) he wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club." Nelsen is wasting little time leaving the pitch for the sidelines. He played 71 minutes for QPR on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion in a third-round FA Cup match. The Kiwi is undoubtedly a leader, having captained D.C. United, Blackburn Rovers and New Zealand. A savvy, steady defender, he started his soccer career with Christchurch United in New Zealand before heading to the U.S. for stints at Greensboro College and Stanford University where he earned a bachelors degree in political science. Nelsen, then 24, signed with D.C. United in 2001 before moving to England in 2005 to join Blackburn Rovers, making more than 200 appearances for the Premier League club. He joined Tottenham last January, before moving on to QPR. Nelsen has won 49 caps for New Zealand, captaining the All Whites at the 2010 World Cup and two Olympics. If Mariner, who doubled as head coach and director of soccer operations, saw the writing on the wall when Payne was introduced as his new boss in Toronto, he hid it well. "I think its probably THE best signing that well make," Mariner said after watching the news conference introducing Payne from the front row. At that news conference, Payne confirmed Mariner as head coach, noting he had a year left on his contract. But with the 5-21-8 club under construction once again, it seemed a short-term endorsement. Change has been on the cards, with 10 players exiting the club in recent weeks. Toronto started the season with nine straight league losses and Winter stepped down with the team mired at 1-9-0. The team rebounded under Mariner, going 4-2-4 in all competition before injuries and lack of depth took their toll. The team finished with the season on a dismal 0-10-4 run in league play. Winter, de Klerk and Mariner were installed as a threesome in January 2011. As Winters top assistant, de Klerk was fire to Winters ice. He was a fervent advocate of the 4-3-3 system, relishing an attempt to demonstrate its advantages whenever a whiteboard was near. And while he had a ready smile under his bald dome, he could also exhibit volcanic emotions. His raised voice was commonplace on the practice field. With Toronto reeling from eight straight losses at the start of last season, the fiery Dutchman was shifted sideways in May when he was named technical manager. Jim Brennan, TFCs first signing and captain, moved up from the academy to become first assistant coach and Mariner, then the teams director of player development, was given more leeway to help coach the teams strikers. The shuffle was clearly an attempt to address the teams woeful start without firing Winter as manager -- although Winter insisted it was just a bid to better use his resources. Some also suspected it was also a way to distance de Klerk from the first team. The previous game had seen de Klerk having to be separated from then Montreal manager Jesse Marsch after an altercation at the end of a 2-0 Toronto win at BMO Field. No longer on the TFC sideline, de Klerks new responsibilities included advance and international scouting, as well as serving as the "technical conduit" between the first team and academy program. Winter said at the time the move would allow the team "to benefit more from his technical expertise and have him play a more active role in the day-to-day operations of the club off-the-pitch." De Klerk worked with Winter at Ajax where he was a coach in the Dutch clubs youth academy. De Klerk spent nine years at Ajax and also worked with Ajax Cape Town of the South African league. Before moving into coaching, de Klerk played for KSV Waregem in Belgium and De Graafschap in the Netherlands. Mariner was assisted by Brennan, Jason Bent and goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr last season. www.jerseysgiants.com/Jersey-Dan-Connor.htm . -- Tom Kite has set a USGA championship, nine-hole record with a 28 and finished at 5-under 65 to take the early first-round lead at the U. www.jerseysgiants.com/Jersey-Bear-Pascoe.htm . Vick broke his two lower ribs on the second play of the Eagles 21-17 loss to Arizona on Sunday. He didnt tell anyone he was hurt and played through the pain. Vince Young likely would start if Vick cant go. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle), wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and offensive lineman King Dunlap (concussion) also missed Thursdays practice. http://www.jerseysgiants.com/Jersey-Jon-Beason.htm. -- Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett knew it only was a matter of time before Steve Sullivan scored again. www.jerseysgiants.com/Jersey-Spencer-Paysinger.htm . Duncan passed an MRI test Tuesday with no signs of structural damage in his sprained left ankle. The Spurs wont know how long the 34-year-old might be out until later this week, but Duncan will miss at least the next three games as the NBAs winningest team tries to clinch the Wests No. www.jerseysgiants.com/Jersey-Will-Beatty.htm . Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jake Odum scored 13 points to lead the third- seeded Indiana State Sycamores to a 52-50 victory over the sixth-seeded Evansville Purple Aces in quarterfinal round action of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at the Scottrade Center.DETROIT -- Alex Avilas drive sailed to deep right field, barely clearing both an outfielder and a wall. An exhilarating opening series at Comerica Park was finally over, and the Detroit catcher could look forward to some much-needed rest. "Im too tired right now," Avila said. "Im glad we have an off day (Monday). This weekend has been crazy." Avilas two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Tigers a stunning 13-12 victory over Boston on Sunday, leaving the Red Sox winless in three games under new manager Bobby Valentine. Detroit swept the season-opening series, scoring 26 runs and winning twice in its final at-bat. The Tigers trailed 10-7 on Sunday when Miguel Cabrera tied the game with a three-run shot off Alfredo Aceves in the ninth. Boston then scored twice in the 11th, but Mark Melancon (0-2) couldnt hold the lead. Cabrera and Prince Fielder singled with one out before a wild pitch sent Cabrera to third and Delmon Youngs sacrifice fly cut the margin in half. Avila followed with a drive to right and Cody Ross tried to make a leaping catch, but the ball appeared to hit a restraining gate just above the wall before caroming back onto the field. Avila paused near second before being waved around the bases by the umpires. The play was not reviewed. Valentine said he asked and was assured by umpires that the ball had clearly hit the railing above the fence. "You dont see those kinds of games at this level very often," Avila said. "Theres really no rhyme or reason or explanation for it." Its certainly rare for the Red Sox: They lost for the first time when scoring 12 runs or more since a 22-13 loss to the Chicago White Sox on May 31, 1970, according to STATS LLC. Duane Below (2-0) got one out for the win -- even though Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he wouldnt be available -- in a game that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes. Cabrera had five RBIs. The Red Sox and New York Yankees are both off to 0-3 starts -- the first time thats happened since 1966, according to STATS LLC. Boston is without newly acquired closer Andrew Bailey, who had surgery on his right thumb. Melancon and Aceves are the primary candidates to close in Baileys absence, and both blew saves on Sunday. "This is a work in progress," Valentine said. "Were three days in after losiing our closer, and were still trying to figure it out.dddddddddddd" Nick Punto and Dustin Pedroia hit RBI singles in the 11th to give Boston the lead, but it didnt hold up. Adrian Gonzalez homered earlier for the Red Sox. "Our guys played a hell of a game," Valentine said. "We had a walk-off loss on opening day, then got beat 10-0 and were down 4-0 in the first inning today -- but we fought back and took them 11 innings." Detroit beat the Red Sox 3-2 in Thursdays opener on a ninth-inning hit by Austin Jackson, then cruised to a blowout Saturday. The Tigers seemed on their way to another easy win when Jhonny Peraltas three-run double in the first inning gave them a 4-0 lead, but starter Max Scherzer couldnt hold it. Scherzer allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 2-3 innings, but Bostons Clay Buchholz wasnt much better. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in four innings in what was his first start since June because of a stress fracture in his back. Buchholz had gone 42 consecutive starts since the beginning of 2010 without allowing more than five earned runs. Detroit reliever Daniel Schlereth allowed a two-run homer to Gonzalez on the first pitch he threw after coming on in the sixth. That gave Boston a 9-7 lead, and Vicente Padilla pitched four scoreless innings of relief for the Red Sox after replacing Buchholz. The 34-year-old Padilla kept the powerful Detroit lineup off balance, at one point lobbing consecutive pitches of 54 and 52 mph on the stadium gun to Fielder in the seventh. Punto made it 10-7 with an RBI infield single in the ninth, but Jackson and Brennan Boesch led off the bottom of the inning with singles, and Cabrera tied it. "Weve got to get this straight: Its not about Prince and me," Cabrera said. "Weve got 25 guys, its about the Detroit Tigers, its about everybody here. We feel comfortable about everybody here so lets play ball and play hard." NOTES: The Tigers placed RHP Doug Fister (strained left side) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled RHP Brayan Villarreal from Triple-A Toledo, moves they announced after Saturdays game. ... Valentine went out onto the field after Gonzalez was hit by a pitch from Phil Coke in the eighth. The umpires then warned both benches, which appeared to annoy the Boston manager even more. ' ' '
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