Sports Digest: Two-time WNBA executive of year Padover named Atlanta Dream GM


BASKETBALL

The Atlanta Dream have announced the hiring of Dan Padover as general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations, with former interim head coach Darius Taylor taking over as assistant GM.

The appointments round out the leadership team of the WNBA franchise, which has undergone a radical makeover under new ownership after three straight losing seasons.

Padover was WNBA executive of the year the past two seasons as general manager of with the Las Vegas Aces.

Before his three-year stint with the Aces, Padover was vice president of basketball operations for the New York Liberty.

The hiring of Padover and Taylor follows the appointment of longtime WNBA player Tanisha Wright as head coach and former NFL executive Morgan Shaw Parker as president and chief operating officer.

The Dream have gone through tumultuous changes in the past year. Owner Kelly Loeffler was pressured to sell her 49% stake in the team after she objected to the league’s social justice initiatives.
The new ownership group is led by owner Larry Gottesdiener, a real estate investor, and includes former Dream guard Renee Montgomery.

Nicki Collen abruptly stepped down as coach shortly before this past season’s opener to take the head job at Baylor, and the Dream went through two interim coaches, Mike Peterson and Taylor, during a dismal 8-24 campaign.

NBA: LeBron James did not play in the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Spurs in San Antonio on Tuesday night due to a sore right ankle.

James was evaluated by the team’s medical staff, and did not participate in the Lakers’ shootaround or pregame warm-ups in the team’s first road game of the season.

TENNIS

ERSTE BANK OPEN: Stefanos Tsitsipas saved three set points before beating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (6), 6-4 to join Olympic champion Alexander Zverev in the second round at Vienna.

Zverev also advanced in straight sets but had to rally from 5-2 down in the second to overcome Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-5.

Tsitsipas, who is striving for his third title of the season, next plays Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-4.

ST. PETERSBURG OPEN: American players Taylor Fritz, Mackenzie McDonald and Tommy Paul all won their first-round matches in Russia.

The fifth-seeded Fritz beat Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 6-1, 6-4 and will next face Paul, who defeated Spanish player Pedro Martinez 6-3, 6-2.

McDonald beat Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 7-5, 6-4 and will next play third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

SOCCER

WOLFSBURG: Wolfsburg appointed former Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt to take over the team following Mark van Bommel’s dismissal.

Wolfsburg said the 39-year-old Kohfeldt was getting a contract through 2023 and would start coaching the team on Thursday.

Kohfeldt was Bremen coach from October 2017 until last May, when he was fired by the club in an ultimately futile bid to avoid Bundesliga relegation. He had saved the team from relegation the season before. Kohfeldt was…

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