The Los Angeles Dodgers will open the NL division series in Atlanta on Thursday without center fielder Matt Kemp and possibly Andre Ethier. Kemp will miss the entire postseason because of swelling in a bone in his sprained left ankle. Ethier’s status won’t be known until the team works out on Tuesday. He has been sidelined with shin splints. The Dodgers won the NL West mostly without Kemp, who has been plagued by injuries this season . . . Righthander Mat Latos has a bone chip causing pain in his elbow and will be unavailable to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds in their wild-card playoff game Tuesday in Pittsburgh . . . Joe Girardi did not say whether he will return as Yankees manager but he said it won’t take him long to decide his future. “It’s not my personality to drag things out,’’ said Girardi, who replaced Joe Torre after the 2007 season . . . Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum is scheduled to meet with team president Theo Epstein on Monday to discuss his future. Sveum has a 127-197 record in his two seasons at the helm. He has one year left on a three-year deal . . . Chris Johnson said he has apologized to Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton for hitting him with his thrown helmet following Atlanta’s 5-4 loss to the Phillies Saturday night . . . Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame . . . Michael Hill was promoted to president of baseball operations for the Marlins. Another team executive, Dan Jennings, replaced Hill as general manager.
Spoelstra signs extension with Heat
Eric Spoelstra signed a multiyear extension to remain as coach of the Miami Heat. The move came one day after the Heat promoted Andy Elisburg to general manager and hired Juwan Howard as an assistant coach . . . The NBA is expected to make a major change to its traditional Finals schedule, ending the 2-3-2 format and returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 game rotation used in all other playoff rounds, multiple sources told ESPN.com. The league’s board of directors is expected to approve the change at its next meeting in October and it could be implemented for the 2014 Finals . . . Forward Channing Frye said he will be back with the Phoenix Suns in training camp after sitting out last season recovering from a virus that caused an enlarged heart. Frye made the announcement via Twitter, but the Suns have not officially said he will be back . . . Maya Moore scored 27 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 72-65 victory over the Mercury in Phoenix to sweep the best-of-three Western Conference finals and advance to the WNBA Finals for the third straight year. Minnesota will play the Atlanta Dream, who beat the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis, 67-53, for a sweep of the Eastern Conference finals.
Oilers name Ference as their captain
The Edmonton Oilers chose defenseman Andrew Ference their team captain, making him the 14th in franchise history. Ference, entering his 14th NHL season and his first with the Oilers, helped the Bruins to their sixth Stanley Cup championship in 2011. Ference also served as an alternate captain with Boston for the past two seasons . . . The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman John-Michael Liles on waivers. If he’s not claimed by another NHL team, Liles could be assigned to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Liles has a $3.875 million salary-cap hit. If he’s sent to the minors, $925,000 of that would come off the Leafs’ cap under the new collective bargaining agreement . . . Forward Jannik Hansen and the Vancouver Canucks agreed to a four-year contract extension.
Hadley takes Web.com championship
Chesson Hadley closed with a 1-under-par 69 for a two-shot victory in the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The tournament wrapped up the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals — four tournaments in which 25 PGA cards were awarded based on the money list from those events . . . Kirk Triplett defended his First Tee Open title in Pebble Beach, Calif., closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke Champions Tour victory . . . England’s David Howell birdied the second hole with a 12-foot putt in a playoff with Mattapoisett’s Peter Uihlein to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland. Both players ended regulation at 23 under . . . Spain’s Azahara Munoz closed with a 5-under 65 to finish at 14-under 266 to win the Ladies French Open in Saint-Jean-De-Luz. Munoz is the 25-year-old former Arizona State star who helped Europe win the Solheim Cup in August . . . Canada’s Lorie Kane won the Legends Championship, closing with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victoryin French Lick, Ind.
Kenyan sets marathon world record
Wilson Kipsang of Kenya set a world record in winning the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds, knocking 15 seconds off compatriot Patrick Makau’s mark, set in Berlin in 2011. It was the eighth world record in Berlin in 15 years, strengthening its reputation as the world’s fastest course . . . Maximiliano Urruti scored his first Major League Soccer goal to give the Timbers a 1-0 rain-drenched victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in Portland, Ore. In other MLS games, the Columbus Crew topped FC Dallas, 4-2, in Frisco, Texas, and, in Seattle, the New York Red Bulls tied the Sounders, 1-1, to get back atop the Eastern Conference standings . . . L.C. Greenwood, the defensive end who made up a quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ ‘‘Steel Curtain’’ defense of the 1970s, died of undisclosed causes in Pittsburgh. He was 67. Obituary, B11.