Maple Leafs Fire GM Brian Burke as Season Nears
TORONTO -- Brian Burke's brash and outspoken style wasn't a good fit for the new corporate owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs fired their general manager Wednesday with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President Tom Anselmi said at a news conference that longtime Burke assistant David Nonis will fill the job. Burke will stay as a senior adviser.
Anselmi acknowledged that four years without a playoff berth factored into the decision. But ultimately, he added, ownership wanted a different look at the top.
Canada's largest telecommunication companies, Rogers Communications and BCE Inc., took control of the Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors after the 1.3 billion deal closed in August.
"Brian had a style and we knew what we were getting when he was hired a number of years ago," Anselmi said. "This is really about a change in leadership voice and leadership direction."
Fayetteville Golfer Gets Two Holes-In-One
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Lightning struck twice for a Fayetteville golfer last weekend.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that Johnny Taylor made a hole-in-one on two holes at the King's Grant course.
Taylor had recorded an ace on another hole on the course about eight years ago.
He used a 7-iron on the 160-yard seventh hole for the first ace while playing Saturday. Taylor didn't see the ball go in the hole but got one of his partners to look when he couldn't find his ball on the green.
He hit a pitching wedge on the 120-yard 13th hole and watched it spin back into the pin.
Taylor says his arms went numb after the second ace.
The National Hole-in-One Registry says the odds of that happening are 67 million to 1.
Timberwolves' Love To Miss 8-10 Weeks
MINNEAPOLIS -- If the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to chase down their first playoff berth since 2004, they're going to have to do most of the work without Kevin Love.
Unfortunately for this hard-luck franchise, they know what it feels like to play without their All-Star and Olympian.
Love will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season, the team announced on Wednesday.
It's the latest in a long line of injuries to Minnesota's key players that have threatened to derail a season which started with postseason aspirations. It's also the latest chapter in what has been a nightmare season for Love in the first year of the $62 million contract extension he signed last January.