News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, September 22|
Braves fire Wren; John Hart named interim GM
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have fired general
manager Frank Wren.
Braves president John Schuerholz announced the decision Monday, a day after
the club was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
The Braves were tied for first place at the All-Star break and still in the
hunt for a wild card berth heading into the final month, but a 4-14 mark in
September has dropped the team to 76-79 entering Monday's action.
"It was a cumulative effect," said Schuerholz about the reason for his
decision at a Monday news conference. "Over time, we just felt for the well-
being of our organization and the well-being of our major league team that the
time had come for us to change directions with our baseball operations
John Hart has been named the interim GM. Hart, who joined the Braves in
November 2013 as a senior advisor, was a highly successful general manager for
the Indians and Rangers. He also currently serves as an analyst for the MLB
Schuerholz, Hart and former manager Bobby Cox will lead the search for a full-
time general manager.
The future of Braves manager Fred Gonzalez has not yet been discussed.
"I have not spoken to (Gonzalez) about that particular matter," Schuerholz
added. "The goal of our transition team is to take our time and evaluate the
organization from top to bottom. When we get to the point where decisions are
made and we need to communicate with people, we'll do that then, but we
have not begun that process."
Wren had been the club's general manager since October 2007, taking over the
baseball operations when Schuerholz moved into the role of president. The
Braves reached the playoffs three times under Wren, including an NL East
championship last year.
However, Atlanta lost in the division series in 2010 as a wild card and again
last year, while also losing in the NL wild card game in 2012.
The Braves enjoyed tremendous success under Schuerholz from 1991-2007, winning
14 division titles, five National League championships and the 1995 World
Wren was in his 15th season with the Braves, first serving as Schuerholz's
assistant from 2000-07.
Double Checked: Tulloch suffers torn ACL
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Tests on Monday revealed that Detroit
Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Sunday
and will be lost for the season.
Tulloch was injured when celebrating a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron
Rodgers. The linebacker jumped, did the popular "Discount Double Check" motion
across his belt and suffered the injury while landing.
"You're passionate about the game and you want to get up and celebrate and
people do it many times," said Tulloch after the game. "It's unfortunate that
it happened to me."
Tulloch had 20 tackles and two sacks in three games this season.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he doesn't plan on squashing post-play
celebrations in the wake of the injury.
"It's not going to happen," said Caldwell on Monday when announcing the
injury. "This is an emotional game ... we want enthusiasm."
Mavs sign Doron Lamb
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks signed guard Doron Lamb
Lamb, 22, averaged 3.6 points in 53 games as a reserve for Orlando last
Selected by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Kentucky,
Lamb has averaged 3.5 points and 1.0 rebound in 100 career games with the
Bucks and Magic.
Luiten jumps to 36 in world; Furyk, Stenson swap spots
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joost Luiten emerged from a crowded top
of the leaderboard at the Wales Open on Sunday to win by one shot, and that
victory propelled him up 12 spots to No. 36 in this week's world rankings.
Luiten shot an even-par 71 on Sunday and finished one shot ahead of Tommy
Fleetwood and Shane Lowry at 14-under 270. Luiten was previously No. 48 in the
With the PGA Tour not in action last week, there was not much change to the
world's top players. This year's Open champion and PGA Championship winner
Rory McIlroy remained the No. 1 player in the world followed by Adam Scott and
The only change within the top 20 was Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson swapping
spots. Furyk jumped one to No. 4, while Stenson fell back to No. 5. Justin
Rose, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler rounded out the
top 10 from No. 6.
Nos. 11 through 20 remained the same as well, with Phil Mickelson, Martin
Kaymer, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Dustin
Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama holding firm.
Hur up to No. 65 in the world with win
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mi Jung Hur set a 72-hole scoring
record at last week's Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic to earn a 4-shot victory, and
that win propelled her up 29 spots to No. 65 in this week's world rankings.
Three of Hur's four rounds were in the 60s, including a final-round, 6-under
66. She finished the week at 21-under-par 267 and it was her second victory on
the LPGA Tour.
Stacy Lewis remained the top player in the world and the rest of the top nine
- Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen, Karrie Webb, So Yeon Ryu, Michelle
Wie, Lexi Thompson and Shanshan Feng - all stayed put as well.
Anna Nordqvist jumped one spot and into the top 10 at No. 10, while Hyo-Joo
Kim fell one to No. 11. Cristie Kerr, Na Yeong Choi and Paula Creamer remained
Nos. 12-14, while Azahara Munoz and Ha Na Jang swapped spots, with Munoz up to
Lizette Salas, Angela Stanford, Amy Yang and Sun Ju Ahn also stayed the same
as they rounded out the top 20. They are 17-20, respectively.
Golf Hall of Fame moves ceremony locations for '15, '19
St. Augustine, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The induction ceremony for the World
Golf Hall of Fame will rotate to new places for two of the next three
ceremonies the hall announced on Monday.
The 2015 ceremony will be the first one outside of the United States. It will
take place at the University of St. Andrews, which is blocks from the Old
Course at St. Andrews. The ceremony will take place on July 13, the Monday of
Open Championship week.
"I am absolutely delighted that the first induction ceremony to be staged
internationally is coming to St. Andrews," said Peter Dawson, chief executive
of The Royal & Ancient. "The Class of 2015 will have a truly special
experience in being recognized in the place where golf began. There will be
many thousands of visitors to St. Andrews during the Open Championship and the
induction ceremony will start the week with real fanfare."
In 2017, the ceremony will return to the World Golf Village in Florida.
With the 2019 U.S. Open Championship slated for Pebble Beach, the induction
ceremony will head to the west coast and will be staged Monday of championship
"This expanded schedule is an important step for the World Golf Hall of Fame
as it continues to grow and cultivate audiences in the U.S. and abroad," said
Tim Finchem, PGA Tour commissioner and chairman of the World Golf Foundation
Board of Directors. "The Board of Directors believes this is an excellent
opportunity to raise the profile of the induction ceremony."
Sharapova moves on; Radwanska, Ivanovic exit Wuhan
Wuhan, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Fourth seed Maria Sharapova was a come-
from-behind second-round winner, while her fellow top-10 stars Agnieszka
Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic came up losers at the $2.44 million inaugural Wuhan
The former world No. 1 and reigning French Open champion Sharapova overcame
two-time Grand Slam titlist and fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-2,
6-2, while another second-rounder saw France's Caroline Garcia follow up
her first-round victory over Venus Williams by toppling the fifth-seeded
Radwanska 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7) on the hardcourts at the Optics Valley
International Tennis Center.
Meanwhile, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was leading the ninth-seeded
former No. 1 Ivanovic 7-5, 6-5 when the Serb retired on Day 2. A weary
Ivanovic was fresh off her title in Tokyo on Sunday.
In other opening-round action involving seeds, No. 10 and former world No. 1
Jelena Jankovic beat American Christina McHale 6-4, 6-4; No. 11 Sara Errani
doused Brit Heather Watson 7-5, 6-4; American Madison Keys was leading No. 12
Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 4-6, 6-3 when the 2014 Australian Open runner-up
retired; German Sabine Lisicki dismissed No. 14 Czech Lucie Safarova 7-5, 2-6,
6-3; and Aussie qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova drove out No. 15 Flavia Pennetta
Last week's Guangzhou, China, runner-up Alize Cornet whipped Swiss Romina
Oprandi 6-2, 6-1, while last week's Seoul champion Karolina Pliskova of the
Czech Republic erased former U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-4 in the
Other opening-round wins came for American Coco Vandeweghe, German Mona
Barthel, Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, Aussie Casey Dellacqua, and Spaniards Carla
Suarez Navarro and Garbine Muguruza.
Several stars will take to the courts for second-round action on Tuesday,
including current world No. 1 Serena Williams, French Open runner-up Simona
Halep, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard,
and former top-ranked star and last week's Tokyo runner-up Caroline Wozniacki.
The U.S. Open champ Serena will take on Cornet, while Halep will meet
Muguruza, Kvitova will battle Italian qualifier Karin Knapp, Bouchard will be
opposed by Barthel, and Wozniacki will tangle with Suarez Navarro.
Serena is currently riding a 12-match winning streak, capturing titles at
her last two events at the U.S. Open and in Cincinnati.
Also on Tuesday, Jankovic will face Vandeweghe and Errani will encounter
American Alison Riske.
Almost all the WTA's top-20 players are in Wuhan, with the notable exception
of hometown favorite Li Na, who announced her retirement last Friday.
The first-ever Wuhan champion will pocket $441,000.
Monaco, Bolelli advance in China
Shenzhen, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Former top-10 star Juan Monaco and
Italian Simone Bolelli were a pair of first-round winners Monday at the
inaugural Shenzhen Open tennis event.
Monaco handled fellow Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-5, while Bolelli
erased Aussie Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at Shenzhen Longgang
Also on Day 1, Indian Somdev Devvarman got past Chinese wild card Xin Gao 6-3,
This week's top seeds are former French Open runner-up David Ferrer and two-
time major champion Andy Murray, who will meet Devvarman in the round of 16.
The first-ever Shenzhen titlist will earn $106,970.
Cuevas wins Kuala Lumpur opener
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Fifth seed Pablo Cuevas was among
Monday's first-round winners at the Malaysian Open tennis event.
The Uruguayan Cuevas handled veteran Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer 6-4,
7-6 (7-1) on the hardcourts at Putra Indoor Stadium.
Also on Day 1, Croat Ivan Dodig topped Japan's Hiroki Moriya 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
and Serbian wild card Filip Krajinovic drilled Japanese wild card Taro Daniel
Last year, Portuguese Joao Sousa beat Frenchman and two-time runner-up Julien
Benneteau in the Kuala Lumpur final. Sousa is seeded sixth this week, while a
fourth-seeded Benneteau will meet Krajinovic in the second round.
The top seeds here are Japan's Kei Nishikori and Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
Nishikori was this month's surprise U.S. Open runner-up.
The 2014 Kuala Lumpur champ will claim $165,000.
Arena Football League names Butera new commissioner
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arena Football League has selected Scott
Butera as its new commissioner.
Butera will leave his post as CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino to become the
seventh commissioner in Arena history.
"I am extremely excited to be joining the Arena Football League as its next
commissioner," said Butera in a statement Monday. "The AFL has a rich history
and it provides fans with a high quality, highly entertaining brand of
football at prices fans can afford. With a strong core product and owners who
are truly committed to the long-term success of the league, I am convinced
that we can leverage our media contracts to produce increased exposure for the
league and the sponsor revenue opportunities that go along with it."
Butera has spent most of his career in top management positions with
nationally recognized entertainment brands such as Foxwoods and Tropicana
Entertainment. At Foxwoods, he secured sports partnerships with professional
teams in Boston (Red Sox) and New York (Yankees, Rangers, Knicks, Nets,
Madison Square Garden).
Jerry Kurz had been the AFL's commissioner since 2010 and will remain as the
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