Flyers fire coach after starting 0-3
• Despite a preseason vote of confidence from ownership, the Philadelphia Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette Monday after an 0-3 start.
The Flyers made the announcement at a morning news conference, less than a day after Philadelphia dropped a 2-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Assistant Craig Berube, in his seventh season with the organization, will take over as coach. He is the Flyers’ 18th coach in team history.
Laviolette dealt with rumors of his firing last season, a year in which the Flyers missed the playoffs after the lockout shortened the campaign. It was the only season in which he failed to make the postseason in Philadelphia.
He was hired early in the 2009 season after John Stevens was fired, and led the Flyers on an improbable run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
GlenOak graduate McCollum hurts foot
• Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard C.J. McCollum will need surgery after fracturing his left foot during practice. It won’t be known how long McCollum will be out until after he undergoes the procedure. He was hurt Saturday. McCollum was the 10th overall pick in the June draft out of Lehigh. He averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.05 steals over four seasons and finished with 2,361 points, making him the career leader in the Patriot League. The 6-foot-3 guard suffered a similar injury to his left foot his senior year at Lehigh and missed the final two months of the season.
Jankovic pulls out of Japan with injury
• Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic pulled out of the Japan Women’s Open in Osaka, Japan, because of an injured left hip. The Serbian received medical treatment in the second set of her 6-2, 6-2 loss to Serena Williams in Sunday’s China Open final in Beijing. In Monday’s first round, third-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-4, 6-2. Stosur won in Osaka in 2009, was runner-up in 2011 and a semifinalist in 2012. Also at Ustubo Tennis Park, seventh-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico beat defending champion Heather Watson of Britain 6-4, 6-4, and fifth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada ousted Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S. 6-3, 6-0.
• John Isner rallied to beat Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. The 14th-seeded American fought off three break points at 5-5 in the third set, then broke Giraldo for the second time to close out the match. Isner could meet Rafael Nadal in the third round.
Charges dropped against past player
• All charges have been dropped against a former member of Temple University’s football team who was accused of rape. Attorneys for 20-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike said the charges were dismissed as jury selection was to begin. The woman told police Martin-Oguike assaulted her in May 2012 in his dorm room. Martin-Oguike said the encounter was consensual.
Martin-Oguike’s attorney said charges were dropped after a review of the woman’s text messages with her friends indicated she was not truthful about being raped. Attorney James Funt said the former Temple linebacker was victimized by the woman “simply because he would not agree to have a romantic long-term relationship with her.” Martin-Oguike was suspended from the team after he was charged. He now attends a New Jersey community college.
• Michigan defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins will miss the rest of the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during Saturday’s win over Minnesota. The team announced the loss Monday. Pipkins, a sophomore, had appeared in all five games, totaling seven tackles. The 18th-ranked Wolverines play at Penn State on Saturday.
— From wire reports
Green junior golfer Jacob Conjerti was misidentified in the Oct. 2 edition. Conjerti shot a 79 on Oct. 1 to finish tied for second individually and guide Green to a second-place team showing at the Division I boys sectional golf tournament at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.