The Dallas Stars fired coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday, an expected move by new general manager Jim Nill for a franchise that has missed the playoffs a record five straight seasons. Gulutzan’s dismissal came about two weeks after Nill replaced Joe Nieuwendyk, who was fired after four seasons. Gulutzan had the Stars in playoff contention in both his seasons, but Dallas faltered down the stretch each time. The Stars were 64-57-9 under Gulutzan, including 22-22-4 this season. The Stars plucked Gulutzan from their top affiliate, the Texas Stars of the AHL, after he had spent eight years as a head coach in the minor leagues . . . Slovakia defeated the United States, 4-1, and the Czech Republic routed Norway, 7-0, in group finals for both teams to reach the quarterfinals at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki. The US had a chance to win the group, but finished third and will meet Russia in the quarterfinals on Thursday. In Stockholm, the other group leader, Switzerland, defeated Belarus, 4-1, to achieve its best group record (7-0) at the worlds. Switzerland won its group, followed by Canada, Sweden, and the Czechs.
Orioles lefthander Chen placed on DL
Orioles lefthander Wei-Yin Chen was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Chen left Sunday’s start against Minnesota with a pain in his right side. He is 3-3 in eight starts this season . . . Blue Jays righthander Sergio Santos will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow and is expected to be sidelined about six weeks. Santos is 0-1 with 2.08 ERA in five games this season. He was limited to six games last year because of shoulder surgery . . . The Mets placed righthander Scott Atchison on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow . . . The Astros placed second baseman Jose Altuve on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother.
Cavaliers rookies win honors again
For the second straight year, the Cavaliers have the NBA’s top rookie class. Guard Dion Waiters was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team and forward/center Tyler Zeller was named to the All-Rookie second team. Last year, Kyrie Irving (first) and Tristan Thompson (second) were also honored in voting by the league’s 30 coaches. Waiters was joined on the first team by Portland’s Damian Lillard, the league’s Rookie of the Year, Washington’s Bradley Beal, New Orleans’s Anthony Davis, and Golden State’s Harrison Barnes. The Cavs are guaranteed to pick no lower than sixth in this year’s draft and also have the No. 19 pick and two of the first three picks in the second round, Nos. 31 and 33 . . . The nation’s top-ranked basketball prospect, Andrew Wiggins, will play for Kansas. The 6-foot-8-inch Toronto native chose the Jayhawks over Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida State. The Huntington Prep star averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.
Djokovic, Federer advance in Rome
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic quickly overcame an early break to cruise past Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes, 6-2, 6-3, and second-seeded Roger Federer routed Italian wild card Potito Starace, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the third round of the Italian Open in Rome. In the women’s tournament, top-ranked Serena Williams brushed aside Laura Robson, 6-2, 6-2, a day after the rising British player had beaten her sister, Venus Williams . . . The America’s Cup will go on as planned after the death of a sailor during a training run last week on San Francisco Bay, officials said. Organizers met with the four entrants earlier Tuesday and said the decision to race was unanimous. One of the Artemis team’s two boats was badly damaged when it capsized and broke into pieces Thursday. Strategist Andrew ‘‘Bart’’ Simpson was trapped under the wreckage and pronounced dead shortly after the accident . . . Rutgers reinstated men’s lacrosse coach Brian Brecht after suspending him with pay on April 19, following allegations of verbal abuse . . . Tennessee plans to honor former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt by building an on-campus statue in her honor . . . Wigan became the first team to be relegated and win the FA Cup in the same season after a 4-1 loss at Arsenal ended its eight-year stay in the Premier League . . . A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast. Richard Swanson, 42, was hit walking along US Highway 101 near Lincoln City. His trek was to promote the One World Futbol Project, which donates soccer balls to people in developing countries.