Toronto fire manager, coach
The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager David Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek, while Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan was also sacked, the National Hockey League teams said on Sunday. The Maple Leafs, rated as the most valuable franchise in the NHL, have suffered their worst season in 18 years with their 30-44-8 record with 68 points their worst 82-game season record since 1996-97. Three other members of the coaching staff were also being released, Toronto said. While the team searches for a new general manager, assistant general manager Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter will share the duties. Horachek was hired as an assistant coach in July last year and named interim head coach on Jan. 7. He had a 9-28-5 record. The Maple Leafs have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs nine times in the past 10 seasons. The Sabres were the worst team in the NHL this season, compiling a 23-51-8 record as they finished with just 161 goals in 82 games.
Klizan takes Hassan II title
Second-seeded Martin Klizan defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday to claim his third ATP tour title. Klizan made the most of his opponent’s nervous start to break immediately. The 41st-ranked Slovak then saved four break points in the fourth game and built a 5-1 lead. Gimeno-Traver, who played in his first final, dropped his serve in the third game of the second set and Klizan went up 5-2. He fended off three other break points to serve out the match. Klizan’s previous titles came in St Petersburg in 2012 and Munich last season.
Schmiedlova wins Katowice
Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova claimed her first WTA title and deprived Camila Giorgi her own milestone with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the Katowice Open final on Sunday. Italian Giorgi had upset home favorite and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals and was favorite for Sunday’s showpiece, but the third seed was unable to produce her best attacking tennis. Giorgi also fell at the final hurdle in the Polish city last year when she squandered a match point against France’s Alize Cornet. World No. 67 Schmiedlova recovered from an early break of serve to win four straight games, clinching the first set in 47 minutes. She also battled back from behind in the second set.
Erdogan meets team heads
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday held a hugely unusual meeting with the captains of all of Turkey’s top-flight soccer teams over the situation in the game a week after a gun attack on the Fenerbahce SK team bus. Erdogan hosted all 18 captains from the Super Lig, including Emre Belozoglu of Fenerbache and Selcuk Inan of Istanbul rivals Galatasaray SK, at the Ottoman-era Yildiz Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the presidency said in a statement. The Fenerbahce team bus last weekend was fired on in the Black Sea region, prompting the Turkish Super Lig to be suspended by one week. Fenerbahce have said they will not play again until the attack is cleared up and it is not clear when games will resume. Two men were arrested over that attack, but were released on Wednesday. It is not clear what stage the investigation is at now. Erdogan made no comment after the meeting, which was closed to the media. However, Belozoglu said Erdogan had said such meetings should be continued.
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner has welcomed Ferrari’s U-turn to support a Formula One engine freeze from 2022. The move gives Red Bull a chance to continue using Honda power after the Japanese supplier exits next year. Speaking ahead of yesterday’s final practice for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Horner said that Ferrari’s decision was encouraging for F1 and everyone involved in the business end of the sport. “It’s positive news,” he said. “I think all the manufacturers, all the CEOs of the automotive industry, they all recognize the investment and cost of these engines, particularly with the new technology coming for 2026,
Argentina’s Pablo Matera yesterday said that he was “deeply ashamed” as he was stripped of the captaincy and suspended along with two other players over messages he wrote on Twitter in 2011 to 2013. Just weeks after leading the Pumas to their first win over the All Blacks, the Argentina Rugby Union “revoked” Matera’s captaincy and suspended him, along with lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino. “The Argentina Rugby Union forcefully rejects the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Pumas squad on social media,” a statement read. In the tweets, since deleted, Matera spoke of “running over blacks” with
Taiwan Steel on Sunday celebrated with the Taiwan Football Premier League trophy, despite a 3-1 loss in their final match of the season, while Taipower claimed second place and Tatung’s Ange Samuel scored on a breakaway to claim the Golden Boot with 20 goals. Ahead of all four of Sunday’s matches players, coaches and fans observed a minute’s silence prior to kickoff in honor of Argentine great Diego Maradona, who died aged 60 on Wednesday last week, following a directive received from FIFA. Already assured the title, Taiwan Steel manager Lo Chi-chong fielded a second-string team against defending champions Tatung in Taoyuan. Lo
Argentine prosecutors on Friday were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Diego Maradona and whether it could have involved medical negligence, judicial sources said. “There are already irregularities,” a close family member told reporters. Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, had earlier called for an investigation into claims that ambulances took more than half an hour to reach the soccer star’s house in response to an emergency call on the day of his death. A preliminary autopsy report established that Maradona died in his sleep at noon on Wednesday of “acute lung edema and chronic heart failure.” The prosecutors’ office in Buenos Aires has opened