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Sports Log: Colorado Rockies give manager Walt Weiss a 3-year extension

BASEBALL

Rockies’ Weiss gets 3-year extension

Colorado liked what rookie manager Walt Weiss did with a banged-up team and rewarded him with a three-year contract Tuesday. Weiss replaced Jim Tracy and went 74-88, a 10-game improvement over the previous season . . . Indians center fielder Michael Bourn had surgery on his left hamstring, which he hurt in the final regular-season game Sept. 29, and will need six weeks to recover. Bourn played three days later in the AL wild-card game against the Rays, but went 0 for 4 and struck out twice . . . Martin Singer, an attorney for Albert Pujols, discounted a suggestion that Pujols and former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark should take lie-detector tests to settle Pujols’s defamation lawsuit over Clark’s claim that Pujols used steroids. Clark’s lawyer, Al Watkins, suggested Monday both men take polygraphs.

NHL

Sabres’ Kaleta suspended 10 games

The NHL suspended Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta for 10 games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson last Thursday. Kaleta has already served two games of his suspension while awaiting a hearing . . . Defenseman Chris Pronger has not played since since Nov. 19, 2011 because of concussion and eye injuries, and Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren offered the first definitive comments on Pronger’s status in an article published on the The Hockey News website Monday. “I’ll say it, Chris is never going to play again,” Holmgren said. “I have no problems saying it.” Symptoms from Pronger’s last concussion have subsided, but problems from an eye injury after being hit by a stick remain . . . Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert, 23, underwent surgery to repair an abdominal injury and is expected to be out for approximately six weeks . . . The Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve with an upper-body injury he sustained Oct. 3 against the Devils. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said defenseman Kris Letang is not ready to return despite making progress on his injured knee . . . Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto missed practice Tuesday with the flu and did not travel for Wednesday’s game at the Capitals.

TENNIS

Wozniacki ekes out Luxembourg win

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Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki struggled to a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win over local Mandy Minella to reach the second round of the Luxembourg Open. Second-seeded American Sloane Stephens had an easier time, defeating 2009 champion and Swiss wild card Timea Bacsinszky, 6-3, 6-3. Third-seeded Sabine Lisicki started slowly against Donna Vekic before winning, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 . . . Vasek Pospisil defeated former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the first round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. He will play Robin Haase, who rallied past Ilija Bozoljac, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. American Michael Russell lost to qualifier Mirza Basic, 6-3, 6-4 . . . American Jack Sock beat Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 6-2 to set up a second-round match with top-seeded David Ferrer at the Stockholm Open. Fifth seed Ernests Gulbis advanced with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) win over Jeremy Chardy . . . Sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Vera Dushevina.

MISCELLANY

Nebraska loses Long to knee surgery

Nebraska has lost its top offensive lineman, Spencer Long, likely for the rest of the year. Coach Bo Pelini said Long will have surgery Thursday on his left knee, which he injured Saturday at Purdue . . . North Carolina State redshirt senior defensive back Jarvis Byrd will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament at Wake Forest on Oct. 5. Coach Dave Doeren did not specify which knee. It’s the third torn ACL in five years for Byrd . . . Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said quarterback Nick Marshall will return Saturday against Texas A&M after sitting out Saturday’s 62-3 win over Western Carolina to rest a knee he injured against Mississippi . . . The NCAA approved UCLA freshman forward Wanaah Bail’s waiver to play basketball this season . . . US Open champion Justin Rose birdied the first hole and finished with a 4-under 67 for a two-shot lead over Jason Dufner after the first day of the 36-hole exhibition PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Southampton, Bermuda . . . ESPN reported golfer Rory McIlroy put the blame for his winless 2013 on mechanical and mental issues, saying his struggles had nothing to do with an equipment change. But he declined to discuss his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki following reports in Ireland and the United Kingdom that they had parted ways . . . The Tulsa Shock fired coach Gary Kloppenburg after two seasons with the struggling WNBA team, which went 20-49 in his tenure . . . Bruno Metsu, a Frenchman who coached Senegal in its remarkable run to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, has died. He was 59. No cause was given, but media reports said he died early Tuesday after a long battle with cancer . . . Sean Edwards, a promising British driver and son of ex-Formula One driver Guy Edwards, died in a crash outside Brisbane, Australia. He was 26. Edwards was an instructor for a private training session at Queensland Raceway at Willowbank. A 20-year-old local driver was driving when the car crashed into a tire wall and caught fire. The driver was taken to a hospital and is reported to be in a critical condition with severe burns and broken bones . . . An autopsy report said Andrew Simpson, the British sailor who died while training for the America’s Cup races, suffered extensive trauma to his head and neck, and drowned while trapped underwater for about 10 minutes in San Francisco Bay on May 9.

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