Suns Fire Head Coach Watson – The Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson, league sources tell ESPN. Earlier Sunday, Suns guard Eric Bledsoe vented his frustration with the struggling team on social media Sunday, tweeting: “I Dont wanna be here.” The Suns dropped to 0-3 on Saturday night with a 130-88 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers, their second blowout loss of the season. On Wednesday night at home, they lost 124-76 to the Portland Trail Blazers, the most one-sided season-opening loss in NBA history and the most one-sided loss in team history. Long the subject of trade rumors, the 27-year-old Bledsoe is averaging 15.7 points and 3.0 assists this season, his fifth with the Suns.
Red Sox Tab Cora 47th Manager in Club History – For the majority of his four seasons as a utility infielder with the Red Sox, Alex Cora wore No. 23. Nearly a decade later, the most relevant number associated with him will be 47. Cora was hired Sunday as the 47th manager in Red Sox history, the team announced Sunday. After one season as the Houston Astros’ bench coach, he will take the reins of a young Red Sox team that won 93 games and the division title in back-to-back seasons under deposed manager John Farrell. Cora received a three-year contract with a club option for 2021, a source told ESPN.
Palmer Has Broken Arm, Could Miss Season – Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer left Sunday’s 33-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams late in the second quarter with a broken left arm and will have surgery when the team returns to Arizona, coach Bruce Arians said. Arians expects Palmer to miss anywhere between eight weeks and the rest of the season. Palmer was hit by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald as he threw with 5:48 left in the first half. The pass was intercepted by Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner.
Cutler Injures Chest, Moore Rallies Fins to Win – Dolphins starting quarterback Jay Cutler was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with a chest injury but backup Matt Moore rallied Miami to a 31-28 victory. Cutler took a shot from Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins early in the third quarter and was helped to the sidelines. Cutler was taken into the locker room soon after for further evaluation. Miami backup quarterback Matt Moore entered the game for Cutler.
Chicago Bears 17 – Carolina Panthers 3
Highlights: Rookie safety Eddie Jackson became the first NFL player to score multiple defensive touchdowns of 75 yards or more in a game, leading the Chicago Bears to a 17-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Jackson ran back a fumble recovery 75 yards on the game’s opening possession and returned an interception of Cam Newton 76 yards for a score early in the second quarter to give Chicago a 14-0 lead. He became the first Bears player since Fred Evans in 1948, and the first NFL player since Tennessee’s Zach Brown in 2012, with two defensive TDs in a game. Chicago also sacked Newton five times and intercepted him twice. Newton completed 21 of 34 passes. Newton completed 21 of 34 passes for 211 yards and ran for a team-high 50. But the Panthers dropped their second straight game. Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky was 4 of 7 for 107 yards in his third NFL start. The No. 2 overall pick threw a 70-yard pass to Tarik Cohen, but did little else. Carolina’s Graham Gano kicked a field goal late in the half.
Callaway to be New Manger of Mets – The New York Mets will name Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager, a source confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. The news was first reported by the New York Post. Callaway will replace Terry Collins, who stepped down as manager to take a position in the team’s front office after the Mets fell to a 70-92 record this season. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, Mariners third-base coach Manny Acta and Astros bench coach Alex Cora also reportedly had interviewed for the job.
Irving Fined $25K for Language Toward Fan – Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using inappropriate language toward a fan, the NBA announced Sunday. Irving took responsibility for a profane outburst directed at a fan in Philadelphia who yelled at him and referenced LeBron James during Friday’s game against the 76ers. In a video that circulated on social media after Friday’s game, a fan is heard shouting, “Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” as Celtics players walked down their tunnel to the visitors’ locker room at halftime. Irving appears to look up toward the fan before offering a profane response. Irving said he talked to the league office about his outburst on Saturday but was waiting to hear if he would be fined. Asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Irving was emphatic he did not.
Durant, Curry Ejected Late in Warriors’ Defeat – Golden State Warriors superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were ejected late in Saturday night’s 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. With under a minute to go and his team trailing considerably for most of the contest, Curry drove in for a layup. The former MVP took some contact, but there was no call. An irate Curry threw his mouthpiece on the court in the direction of official Scott Wall and was immediately tossed from the game. Durant then rushed over to Wall and had some words before also being ejected. When asked if he intended to throw his mouthpiece at the official, Curry quickly refuted that narrative. “I didn’t throw my mouthpiece at the ref,” Curry told ESPN. “I got better aim than that. I threw it out of frustration.” Added Durant: “I felt Steph got fouled on that drive, and I let [Wall] know about it, and he threw me out.”
Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Arizona Coyotes 2
Highlights: The Chicago Blackhawks took a two-goal lead on a penalty shot by Tommy Wingels, only to have it erased upon review. The struggling Arizona Coyotes scored quickly after the rare play, tying the game and snatching the momentum. Lance Bouma scored on a rebound with 4:24 left in the third period, Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots and the Blackhawks beat the NHL’s only winless team 4-2 Saturday night. Patrick Kane and Richard Panik each scored and Jonathan Toews had a pair of assists for Chicago, which had lost three of four. Wingels put the game out of reach with his empty netter. Clayton Keller had his NHL rookie-best sixth goal of the season and Christian Fischer also scored for the Coyotes, who dropped to 0-7-1 with a long road trip next.
Chicago Bulls 77 – San Antonio Spurs 87
Highlights: LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs to an 87-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls in the Bulls’ home opener. It was his second straight double-double after signing a three-year contract extension a day before the season began. Rudy Gay added 12 points for the Spurs, who have not provided a timetable for Kawhi Leonard’s return from a right quadriceps injury, though Popovich said it will be “weeks rather than months.” In the meantime, they’ll ride Aldridge, who scored 12 points in a 22-13 run that gave the Spurs a 63-51 third-quarter lead. Robin Lopez had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, also short-handed without power forwards Niko Mirotic (facial fractures, concussion) and Bobby Portis (suspension). Rookie Lauri Markkanen, thrust into the starting lineup because of an incident in practice Tuesday that ultimately sidelined both Mirotic and Portis, had 13 points and 12 rebounds.