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NIXON FIRED BY BRAVES

The Atlanta Braves fired manager Russ Nixon today and replaced him with general manager Bobby Cox.

Nixon, 55, confirmed the moves. The Braves called a news conference for 2 p.m. EDT at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to make the announcement.Nixon said Cox called him this morning to inform him that he was being dismissed and that Cox would take over as manager while continuing his general manager duties.

In a telephone interview from his Covington home, Nixon also said pitching coach Bruce Dal Canton had been fired and replaced by Leo Mazzone, pitching coach with Atlanta's International League farm club in Richmond, Va.

"Bobby called about 10 a.m. and told me," said Nixon. "Heck, I've been expecting it. It's been evident the last two weeks. One of the bullets was going to get me."