McDonough is hired to be Suns’ new GM
• The Phoenix Suns hired Boston Celtics executive Ryan McDonough as their next general manager.
The 33-year-old McDonough replaces Lance Blanks, who was fired on April 22 after failing to take the Suns to the playoffs in three seasons. McDonough worked his way up from a 23-year-old special assistant to basketball operations in Boston to becoming assistant general manager the past three years.
McDonough has a strong scouting background, working four years in the Celtics’ video scouting department, another as director of amateur scouting and as director of international scouting. McDonough spent two seasons as director of player personnel and was promoted to assistant GM in 2010.
Jaguars sign Trufant to play in secondary
• The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to revamp their secondary, signing free-agent cornerback Marcus Trufant. The team released veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden to make room for the former Seattle Seahawks starter. Trufant, a first-round draft pick in 2003, is entering his 11th season in the NFL.
• The Detroit Lions claimed linebacker Cory Greenwood and offensive guard Derek Hardman off waivers. Greenwood was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Hardman started in four games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010 and played in three games for them in each of the last two years.
• The Kansas City Chiefs hired longtime Bears personnel man Chris Ballard to be their director of player personnel.
Ballard has spent the past 12 seasons with the Bears, rising from an area scout to serving last season as their director of pro scouting.
• Carrie Underwood will take over the theme song for Sunday Night Football, with NBC sticking to the formula of a female country music star for its intro. Underwood steps in for Faith Hill, who announced last month that she would not be back for a seventh season.
• LSU running back Jeremy Hill met with a judge in Baton Rouge, La., and received more restrictive conditions for his probation in the wake of his recent arrest in a bar fight. Hill was already on probation from a past plea deal when he was arrested April 27.
Buffalo retains Rolston as coach
• The Buffalo Sabres hired Ron Rolston, dropping the interim title he was given on Feb. 20. Rolston led Buffalo to a 15-11-5 record after being promoted from Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.
• Russia got two late goals to beat the United States 5-3 in a hard-fought game, and Canada scored four unanswered goals en route to a 7-1 rout of Norway on Tuesday at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki.
Penske Racing gets suspensions cut
• Penske Racing celebrated a small victory Tuesday when NASCAR’s chief appellate officer issued a mixed ruling on penalties levied against the team. Although most everything was upheld, suspensions for seven key employees were reduced from six points races to two. Team owner Roger Penske said he was “very happy with the outcome” following John Middlebrook’s decision.
• Enrico Battaglin of Italy sprinted to victory on rainy, cobbled streets in the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia and compatriot Luca Paolini kept the overall lead. Battaglin beat fellow Italians Fabio Felline and Giovanni Visconti for his first stage victory in the high-level tour.
• Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open, beating the top-ranked Serb 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3 in Madrid for the biggest win of his career. Defending champion Serena Williams moved her title defense into the third round after beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 6-2, 7-5.
• Oakland University announced that it is moving to the Horizon League.
— From wire reports