Monday's Sports In Brief
PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale as their next manager on Monday.
The 49-year-old Hale will replace Kirk Gibson, who was fired with three games left in a disappointing 2014 season in which Arizona finished with the worst record in baseball.
Hale managed in Arizona's minor league system for six seasons and was the Diamondbacks' third base coach from 2007-09. He spent two seasons as the New York Mets' third base coach before serving as Bob Melvin's bench coach in Oakland the past three years.
Hale spent parts of seven seasons with Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers during a 12-year playing career.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley granted the agent for wide receiver Mike Williams permission to seek a trade.
Whaley said Monday that Williams' agent, Hadley Englehard, asked to gauge interest from other teams in a possible trade. But Whaley says the Bills aren't actively pursuing a trade.
Williams was inactive for Sunday's 37-22 loss to the New England Patriots. Williams started the Bills' first four games, but coach Doug Marrone said Sunday's game plan called for the Bills to activate a third tight end in place of one of the team's wide receivers.
The Bills acquired Williams in April for a seventh-round draft choice in a trade with Tampa Bay. He has eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in five games this season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo will host the NHL draft in 2016, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Monday.
Bettman was joined by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Sabres executives in making the announcement before the team's home game against Anaheim.
It will mark the third time Buffalo will be home to the NHL's annual draft, which is traditionally held on the final weekend of June. The Sabres hosted the event in 1991 and 1998.
Aside from Montreal, which was home to the draft from 1963-'84, Buffalo will become the NHL's first market to hold the event more than twice. Next year's draft will be held in Sunrise, Florida.
The draft in Buffalo coincides with the final year of the Sabres' two-year agreement to host the league's annual rookie scouting combine.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State has suspended seven players - including two starters - for this week's game against Louisville after what the school says was a BB gun incident.
Coach Dave Doeren announced the suspensions Monday and said the players were playing a game with the BB guns at an off-campus residence.
Among the suspended players are linebacker Jerod Fernandez and safety Josh Jones - both of whom started the 30-14 home loss to Boston College on Saturday.
The other suspended players were receivers Johnathan Alston and Jumichael Ramos, defensive linemen Justin Jones and Pharoah McKever and cornerback Mike Stevens.
Additionally, five freshmen who are redshirting this season - Tyler Jones, Kalen McCain, Deyshawn Middleton, Terronne Prescod and Maurice Trowell - have been placed on team probation.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo has fired coach Jeff Quinn two days after the Bulls lost to Eastern Michigan. Athletic director Danny White announced the decision in a statement Monday.
Quinn, 52, was in his fifth season with the Bulls, who are 3-4 with two victories against FCS teams. He was 20-36 overall.
The Bulls had their best season under Quinn last year, going 8-5 with a bowl trip to Idaho. Linebacker Khalil Mack went on to be the fifth-overall pick in the NFL draft.
The Bulls lost 37-27 to Eastern Michigan on Saturday. It was the Eagles' first win of the season against an FBS team.
Before being hired by Buffalo to replace Turner Gill, Quinn spent 21 years as an assistant under Brian Kelly at Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Coach Katie Meier is now under contract to lead Miami's women's basketball program through 2021, with an extension being announced Monday by the school.
Financial terms of the deal weren't released. Meier, however, revealed that she donated $75,000 to support women's sports at the school, a pledge that has already gotten several longtime Hurricane supporters to follow suit.
Meier has been at Miami since 2005, with a record of 163-121.
She was The Associated Press' national coach of the year in 2011, sharing the award with Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer. Meier also was a co-winner of USA Basketball's coach of the year award after leading the Americans to a gold medal at last year's Under-19 women's world championships.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks is in a Las Vegas hospital after a second operation for abdominal problems.
The 61-year-old boxer who catapulted to fame by beating Muhammad Ali in 1978 had the second surgery in recent days after complications from the first emergency surgery.
His wife updated The Associated Press on her husband's condition, saying ''it's going to be a long road ahead, but he's strong and he's starting to recover.'' Brenda Spinks does not know how long he will be hospitalized but the family is optimistic.
Spinks won an Olympic gold medal in 1976. After just seven pro fights he defeated Ali in a 15-round decision in Las Vegas, only to lose the title in a rematch seven months later in New Orleans.
MOSCOW (AP) - Fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain beat local favorite Andrei Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4 Monday to reach the second round of the Kremlin Cup.
Bautista-Agut, who won in 1 hour, 17 minutes, took the last three games of the first set. He then had two match points saved while leading 5-2 in the second.
Also, eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi advanced by beating Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-4.
In the women's draw, fifth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced into the second round when Czech opponent Klara Koukalova retired with a viral illness after losing the first set 6-1.
Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova also advanced, beating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-2, 6-2.
LUXEMBOURG (AP) - Sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy reached the second round at the Luxembourg Open with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic on Monday.
Struggling with her first serve, the 2010 champion was broken twice but converted six of 11 break points against her 84th-ranked opponent.
Vinci was joined in the next round by eighth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated Germany's Antonia Lottner 6-2, 6-2.
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Finland's Jarkko Nieminen and Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia advanced to the second round of the Stockholm Open with straight-set wins on Monday.
Nieminen beat Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4, and Gabashvili defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-2, 6-4.
Nieminen put constant pressure on his opponent's serve but only converted three of 11 break points. Gabashvili broke Falla six times - three in each set - but lost his serve three times.
VIENNA (AP) - Carlos Berlocq of Argentina came back from a break down in the second set to defeat Gerald Melzer of Austria 6-3, 7-6 (2) on Monday at the Erste Bank Open.
The 153rd-ranked Melzer led 5-3 but failed to serve out the set in the only main-draw match of the day.
Berlocq, who is ranked 64th, next plays fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who had a bye in the opening round.
BEIJING (AP) - Dan Martin of Ireland won the 97-mile fourth stage of Tour of Beijing on Monday, while Belgium's Philippe Gilbert retained the overall lead.
Martin clocked 4 hours, 12 minutes, 14 seconds on the mountain-top finish at Mentougou Miaofeng, just 2 seconds ahead of the charging trio of Gilbert, Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio of Colombia and Rui Alberto Faria da Costa of Portugal.
Gilbert will take a 3-second advantage over Martin going into Tuesday's final stage, with Chaves Rubio a further 6 seconds back.
The final stage starts from Tiananmen Square before 12 laps around the Bird's Nest.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan won't run in the upcoming Breeders' Cup because of an ankle injury.
Owner Morton Fink said Monday the injury to Wise Dan's right front fetlock likely occurred during his victory in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 4.
Wise Dan had been preparing to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Fink says trainer Charlie LoPresti noticed swelling in Wise Dan's ankle and an X-ray showed a fracture in the 7-year-old horse.
Fink said the injury can't be helped with surgery and he's been advised to wait 30 days to see if the horse heals. He won't decide on whether Wise Dan will return to training until then.
Wise Dan is 4-0 this year after his season was interrupted by colic surgery. He won two Grade 1 races in April and May before the emergency surgery. He won his comeback race at Saratoga in August and then won the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile earlier this month.
Wise Dan has 23 wins in 31 career starts, including 11 Grade 1 wins, and over $7.5 million in earnings.