Sports News Roundup: Flyers hire NHL veteran Fletcher as GM; Chargers overtake Steelers; Red Wings' Bertuzzi suspended two games
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NBA roundup: Jordan lifts Mavs over Clippers
DeAndre Jordan torched his former team for 16 points and a season-high 23 rebounds Sunday, and Dennis Smith Jr., who had a front tooth knocked out in the third quarter, came up with a game-saving block to allow host Dallas Mavericks to earn their seventh consecutive home victory, 114-110 over the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan was pivotal in the victory, scoring on a late tip-in and then tipping and stealing a Lou Williams pass attempt with 19 seconds to go and Dallas trying to hold onto a 111-110 lead.
Flyers hire NHL veteran Fletcher as GM
The Philadelphia Flyers hired Chuck Fletcher as their executive vice president and general manager on Monday. He replaces Ron Hextall, who was fired Nov. 26.
NHL roundup: Ducks rally from 4 down, edge Caps
Pontus Aberg scored the tiebreaker with 5:05 remaining and finished with two goals and one assist as the Anaheim Ducks rallied from a four-goal, second-period deficit and stunned the host Washington Capitals 6-5 on Sunday. Aberg scored his second goal of the game after a pass from Ryan Getzlaf (one goal, two assists). With Washington goalie Braden Holtby pulled away from the net, Aberg scored easily from the left side and completed the Ducks' comeback from a 5-1 deficit.
NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers
Rookie Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal with no time left Sunday night to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the game's end, Badgley missed a 39-yard attempt and had a 34-yard try blocked, both with no time left, but the Steelers were offside both times.
NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search
Team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed the firing of Mike McCarthy on Monday, saying the move was made to get a head start on the coaching search. "Knowing we were going to make the change, it was better to do it now rather than make it in the offseason," Murphy said.
NHL notebook: Red Wings' Bertuzzi suspended two games
Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi was suspended two games by the NHL for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct, the league's Department of Player Safety announced Monday. Bertuzzi delivered a punch to the face of Colorado forward Matt Calvert when the latter was tangled up near the Detroit bench during Sunday's game between the Avalanche and Red Wings.
Red Sox accept invitation to White House
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox will go to the White House -- even if not everyone on the team sees eye to eye with the president. Red Sox president Sam Kennedy announced Monday night that the team had accepted an invitation to the nation's capital to celebrate its World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A date for the visit has not yet been scheduled.
NBA notebook: Bulls fire Hoiberg, promote Boylen
The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted Jim Boylen to lead the team. "Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time," Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said in a statement. "After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future. I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team."
Olympics: Canadian weightlifter Girard gets gold medal at last
It took more than six years hut Christine Girard was finally awarded her 2012 London Games weightlifting gold medal on Monday to become Canada's first Olympic champion in the sport. At a ceremony held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Girard, who has now retired but competed in the 63kg class, also received a bronze from the 2008 Beijing Games, making her the first Canadian to win two Olympic medals in weightlifting.
NFL: Packers end era of playing it safe with McCarthy firing
When the Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthyon Sunday they ended an era that many believed kept them stuck in an outdated brand of football. While the likes of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs represent the future of the National Football League, with their young gunslinger quarterbacks and imaginative offenses, the Packers had plateaued in recent years under the conservative play-calling of their coach.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)