Sports briefs: Former Starzz coach and Jazz scout Fred Williams takes reins in Atlanta
WNBA • The Atlanta Dream have promoted assistant coach Fred Williams to head coach and general manager, replacing Marynell Meadors. The Dream announced Monday that Williams will immediately replace Meadors, who helped lead the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team to a gold medal as an assistant coach earlier this month.
Williams was the head coach of the Utah Starzz from 1999-2001. He has been with the Dream as an assistant coach since 2008 after he spent seven years coaching at the University of Southern California and served as an advance scout for the NBA's Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz.
Meadors led the Dream to WNBA Finals appearances in 2010 and 2011. This season, the Dream sit third in the Eastern Conference with a 12-12 record. The team did not give a reason for her departure.
Javelin kills meet official in Germany
track • A German sports official died Monday a day after being struck in the throat by a javelin. The 74-year-old man was officiating at a youth meet in the western city of Duesseldorf when the incident happened late Sunday, a police spokesman said. He was immediately taken to a hospital but died of injuries early Monday. Local athletics officials identified the man as Dieter Strack. Police said that the 15-year-old athlete who threw the javelin was receiving psychological counseling.
Sporting KC loses forward for season
soccer • Sporting Kansas City will have to chase an Eastern Conference championship without forward Teal Bunbury, who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing ligaments in his left knee during a draw with the New York Red Bulls. The team announced the extent of the injury Monday, one day after Bunbury was hurt while leaping to make a pass to Kei Kamara for Sporting KC's only goal of the game. Bunbury tied with C.J. Sapong for second on the team with five goals, and he also has one assist in 22 regular-season games. Sporting KC (14-7-5) leads the East by two points over the Red Bulls.
The Associated Press