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Doug Wojcik Fired by Charleston

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — College of Charleston president Glenn McConnel fired men’s basketball coach Doug Wojcik on Tuesday.

Wojcik had been under investigation by the school after he was accused of verbally abusing players, coaches, and staffers.

“I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding while the college works to find the best path forward for the men’s basketball program. Effective immediately, athletic director Joe Hull is responsible for the men’s basketball program,” McConnel said in a statement.

Wojcik is owed $1.2 million for the final three seasons of his five-year contract, but the school is trying to avoid paying.

“Today’s action by the College of Charleston will not bring closure to the college, the basketball program, or the student-athletes and their families,” Wojcik’s attorney, Scott Tompsett said.

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Coach K: Derrick Rose Is Back to an ‘Elite Level’

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose continues to impress Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski as they determine the roster for 2015.

It’s been a long road back for Rose, who played just 10 games in the last two seasons after tearing an ACL in his left knee and a meniscus in his right knee.

Still, Krzyzewski said on Tuesday that he’s impressed and that Rose has a good chance of making the roster.

“It takes an exceptional person, which is why we’re talking about Derrick,” Krzyzewski said. “I think he’s exceptional in every way. He went right at it. The first defensive exchange in the camp, he was all over the ball handler, moving his feet, attacking him. There was a buzz right away because it was basically his saying, ‘Look, I’m not just back. I’m back at a level that’s elite.'”

“Derrick was sensational the whole week,” Krzyzewski continued. “He really did that every day, how fast and strong and decisive he was. He really created an air of excitement for the team because we all were anxious to see who he was right now. And who he is is very, very good. We’re ecstatic about it and so happy for him.”

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Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) — New York Jets veteran quarterback Michael Vick believes second-year quarterback Geno Smith will be “10 times” better than he was last year.

The Jets signed Vick to be the backup to the young Smith in the offseason and he’s taken it in stride.

“He’s going to be great,” Vick said Tuesday after practice. “He’s going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I’m looking forward to it.”

“You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon,” Vick continued.

Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I want to see some production,” head coach Rex Ryan said of Smith. “I think we’ll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let’s have the production, too.”.

Ryan, who is relying on the success of the team for another contract, believes that having Vick as a backup is a good thing for Smith.

“When you have a Mike Vick come in here, you’d better be at the top of your game,” Ryan said.

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Red Sox Place Newly Acquired Craig on DL

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Allen Craig only played one game for the Boston Red Sox before being sent to the disabled list.

The 30-year-old utility man, who the Red Sox just received in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, was placed on the disabled list with a left foot injury Tuesday.

The decision comes on the same day the Red Sox started a three-game series against the Cardinals.

Craig was injured in his Boston debut Friday while running to first base.

Craig also hurt his foot running the bases last season, and missed the final month of the regular season.

“He reached for the bag and turned his ankle,” Red Sox skipper John Farrell said when explaining how Craig was injured. “We want to get as much information as possible to be clear that there is no correlation between this injury and the old one. We are still in a fact-finding stage now.”

After making the All Star team in 2013, Craig has struggled in 2014.

In 98 games, Craig is hitting .237 with seven home runs, 44 RBIs, and a .291 on-base percentage.

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Brewers Send Garza to DL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — The Milwaukee Brewers sent starting pitcher Matt Garza to the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left oblique.

Garza suffered the injury in the seventh inning of the Brewers 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Garza felt the muscle grab and made only one more pitch before exiting the game.

Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke is unsure when the right-hander will return.

“We’ll look at it like it is just going to be the 15 days, but we’ll determine that as we go on,” Roenicke said. “He won’t pick up a ball or throw it for a while. He’ll do some stuff inside, some plyos inside and keep his arm active. These things are hard to tell. Obliques sometimes last longer than you think. He says he doesn’t think he did it bad. Hopefully that’s the case.”
Garza suffered a similar injury to this during last year’s Spring Training and was out until the third week of May, although he said last season’s injury was more severe.
The 30-year-old Garza has pitched 145 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 7-7 record, 3.58 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 43 walks and 104 strikeouts.

Milwaukee recalled reliever Rob Wooten from Triple-A Nashville to take Garza’s roster spot.

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Brandon Sutter Inks 2-Year Deal with Penguins

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Center Brandon Sutter signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday that is worth an average of $3.3 million per season.

“It’s nice to get it done with and over with,” Sutter told the team website. “It’s nice to get signed to a couple years and I’m obviously returning to a team that has a chance to win. I’m exited to be back and glad I can go through the changes that have happened with the coaching staff and new players. I’m just excited to get back (to Pittsburgh) and back to work.”
The 25-year-old Sutter has been with the Penguins since 2012, when he was acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sutter has played 129 games for Pittsburgh, scoring 24 goals while dishing out 21 assists.

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Bears Suspend Bennett for Training Camp Fight

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(BOURBANNAIS, Ill) — The Chicago Bears fined and suspended tight end Martellus Bennett for conduct detrimental to the team after getting in a fight with cornerback Kyle Fuller during practice Monday.

“Last night (Monday), we made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “This is a process that we’re working with Martellus. We are in contact with him. Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible. He’s a very loved and respected teammate. We want him back, but it’s a process we have to work through.”

The 27-year-old Bennett pushed and then body-slammed Fuller after Fuller tried stripping the ball from Bennett during Monday’s training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University.

Bennett had to be calmed down by teammates. The situation led to head coach Marc Trestman to end practice early.

“Everybody talks about friendships, but really we are all preparing to win a championship,” Bennett said. “If we make friends along the way, cool. But I’m just trying to help the Bears win a championship and do the job to the best of my ability.”

No details were released on the length of the suspension or the amount of the fine Bennett received.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Cincinnati Reds 9 (57-56) – Cleveland Indians 2 (57-56)

Miami Marlins 6 (55-57) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (59-53)

New York Mets 6 (54-59) – Washington Nationals 1 (60-51)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (64-48) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (60-54)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (62-51) – San Francisco Giants 3 (61-52)

Texas Rangers 16 (44-69) – Chicago White Sox 0 (55-59)

Minnesota Twins 3 (51-60) – San Diego Padres 1 (51-61)

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Spurs Hire Becky Hammon As Assistant Coach

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — The defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, the club announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hammon is currently playing in her 16th and final season in the WNBA with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She ranks seventh in points, fourth in assists and sixth in games played in league history.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in a statement. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

Hammon is the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history.

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Nationals Claim LHP Matt Thornton Off Waivers

iStockphoto(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Matt Thornton off waivers from the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

In 46 games with the Bronx Bombers this season, Thornton compiled a record of 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA. He has struck out 20 batters and walked just six in 24 2-3 innings of work.

During his 11-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Yankees, Thornton is 32-45 with 23 saves and a 3.49 ERA. His career batting average against left-handed batters is .233.

The Yankees promoted left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Thornton’s roster spot.

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