Sports Briefs: 02-25-21

Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien gestures to a referee during the third period of an NHL hockey game against against the Boston Bruins in Montreal, in this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo. The struggling Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in the midst of a three-game skid. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme was appointed interim coach. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Canadiens fire coach Claude Julien amid losing stretch