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News » after getting off to league-worst start, Thunder fires Carlesimo

after getting off to league-worst start, Thunder fires Carlesimo

after getting off to league-worst start, Thunder fires Carlesimo
OKLAHOMA CITY | With the relocated Oklahoma City Thunder off to an NBA-worst 1-12 start, P.J. Carlesimo was fired as coach Saturday and replaced on an interim basis by assistant Scott Brooks.

The firing - the first of an NBA coach this season - followed a 105-80 defeat to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night for the Thunder's 10th straight loss.

Brooks was to make his debut Saturday night in a rematch with the Hornets in New Orleans, and general manager Sam Presti said he would remain through the end of the season.

The Thunder also let go assistant Paul Westhead, who guided the Phoenix Mercury to the 2007 WNBA title and won an NBA title in 1980 with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Spain wins doubles for Davis cup lead

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina | Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco won their doubles match Saturday to give Spain a 2-1 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup tennis final.

Lopez and Verdasco defeated David Nalbandian and Agustin Calleri 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-3, boosting Spain's hopes of winning the best-of-five championship on the road despite the absence of an ailing Rafael Nadal.

Spain could be in good position for a third Davis Cup crown if Argentina's leading player, Juan Martin del Potro, cannot play reverse singles today because of a leg injury.

Today's schedule tentatively has del Potro meeting David Ferrer, then Nalbandian playing Lopez at Islas Malvinas Stadium.


Tennis great Jimmy Connors was arrested outside the campus arena where UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina were playing a Basketball game Friday night. The eight-time Grand Slam champion was taken into custody after refusing to comply with an order to leave an area near the entrance of the Thunderdome after a confrontation, police Sgt. Dan Massey said in a statement. Connors was booked and released.


Ailing creamer is hospitalized

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Paula Creamer has played well enough this week to have a chance of winning the LPGA Tour's money title.

That is, if she can get out of the hospital this morning.

Hours after becoming 1 of 8 qualifiers for the final round of the ADT Championship and its $1 million first-place prize Saturday, Creamer - who has been sick since Wednesday night - was admitted to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach because of severe abdominal distress.

"A decision as to whether or not she plays (today's) round will be made early (this) morning," said Jay Burton, the senior vice president of IMG, which represents Creamer.

Creamer said after her round Saturday that she was planning to play, but wanted to have a CT scan to rule out appendicitis, something many of her symptoms pointed to, according to the medical staff who evaluated her .


Oliver Wilson made six birdies and held off a charge from Bernhard Langer to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open.


Crew, Red Bulls seek 1st mls title

CARSON, Calif. | This much is clear at the MLS Cup: There will be a first-time league champion hoisting the trophy at the finish.

And count on Guillermo Barros Schelotto of the Columbus Crew and Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls making plays today that draw oohs and aahs from the crowd. Schelotto, the regular-season MVP, and the ever-dangerous Angel were once rivals in South America.

The Crew made an impressive turnaround this year, coming back from a 9-11-10 record in 2007 to finish with an MLS-best 17-7-6 mark. They advanced to the Cup showdown by beating Kansas City and Chicago.

The Red Bulls had a mediocre season, going 10-11-9 but getting the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference as a wildcard. They have gotten it together in the postseason, defeating two-time MLS defending champion Houston and Real Salt Lake.


Joubert, Kostner win in Moscow

MOSCOW | Brian Joubert's sensational short program gave him such a big lead that he won the Cup of Russia with a less-than-stellar free skate.

Carolina Kostner topped error-strewn Fumie Suguri with an elegant free skate to win the women's title Saturday, and China's Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao held on to win the pairs. In the ice dance, local favorites Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin maintained their narrow lead after the original dance.

Joubert finished fourth in Saturday's free skate, five points behind Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic. But Joubert had built such a commanding lead after the short program Friday that he easily won the title.

in other news

Formula One driver Mark Webber had surgery on his broken leg after being hit by a car during his charity multi-sports race Saturday.

The Tennessee Titans bolstered their injury-depleted secondary on Saturday, signing veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole and promoting Tuff Harris from their practice squad a day before hosting Brett Favre and the New York Jets. Cornerbacks Eric King and Reynaldo Hill were placed on injured reserve, ending their seasons. King, a backup, broke his left forearm in last week's win at Jacksonville .

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