Rockies dismiss 2 coaches: Dauer and Lansford let go
DENVER – The contracts of Colorado Rockies hitting instructor Carney Lansford and third-base coach Rich Dauer weren’t renewed in the wake of manager Jim Tracy’s unexpected resignation over the weekend.
Lansford served two seasons under Tracy, and the Rockies batted .274 this season, tops in the National League, but they hit just .241 on the road as they finished 64-98, worst in franchise history.
Dauer spent four years as the Rockies’ bench coach and seven seasons in the organization overall. He also served as Colorado’s infield coach and coordinator of all defensive positions.
Bill Geivett, director of major league operations, said he has no set timetable for hiring a replacement for Tracy, who forfeited the $1.4 million left on his contract for next season.
Goodell re-issues discipline for Saints’ bounty program
NEW ORLEANS – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith on Tuesday for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.
Vilma will sit out the entire season, and Smith’s punishment stands at four games.
Hargrove, a free agent defensive lineman, will face a two-game suspension once or if he signs with a team. He originally was hit with eight games, but that was reduced to seven with five games already served.
Fujita, who plays for Cleveland, now will miss only one game instead of three.
Only Smith and Fujita have played this season because an appeal panel created by the NFL’s labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds and informed Goodell that he needed to clarify the reasons for the punishment.
Vilma has been recovering from offseason knee surgery and hopes to return in two weeks when the Saints play at Tampa Bay.
USA will be without Donovan for critical Cup qualifiers
MIAMI – Landon Donovan will not play for the U.S. national team in a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches because of an injured left knee, adding to what will be a pressure-filled few days for the Americans.
U.S. Soccer said Tuesday that Donovan – who has more goals, assists and starts than any player in program history – likely will not be replaced on what was a 24-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, first Friday on the road against Antigua and Barbuda, then Oct. 16 against Guatemala in Kansas City.
Donovan was injured while playing Saturday for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was selected by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for these qualifiers anyway, and the team’s athletic trainers wanted him to be evaluated one more time before he started training.
Donovan scrapped plans for an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday because he thought his knee had improved. Both the national team and the Galaxy said Donovan was returning to Los Angeles for further evaluation.
No. 1 McIlroy, No. 2 Woods lose opening day in Turkey
BELEK, Turkey – The anticipated matchup between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods today may not count for much after both lost their opening matches at the eight-player World Golf Finals.
McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar by six shots, and Woods fell to Charl Schwartzel by one shot Tuesday in the $5.2-million event at the Sultan course in Antalya.
In the other group of the medal match-play format, Lee Westwood beat Webb Simpson by one shot, and Justin Rose defeated Hunter Mahan by four strokes.
McIlroy and Woods – ranked No. 1 and No. 2 – will face each other today in the last of their three group matches, but both already could be eliminated by then. The top two in each group will advance to the semifinals.
In today’s morning matches, McIlroy will face Schwartzel, and Woods will play Kuchar.