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SPORTS BRIEFS

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ICE HOCKEY

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.

TENNIS

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.

TENNIS

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.

SOCCER

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.

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