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Analytics expert to aid Ants in evaluations

The Mad Ants hired Eitan Rosenberg as director of analytics for the D-League team.

With experience helping NBA teams, he will be involved in player evaluations and the use of advanced statistics.

“I feel very fortunate to have Eitan as a part of our staff,” Mad Ants President Jeff Potter said Thursday. “Eitan will be able to bring a fresh and incredibly valuable perspective of what players can and cannot do through his fantastic analytical skills, and I look forward to working closely with him this season.”

Among the advanced stats Rosenberg will analyze are true shooting percentage, rebound percentage and win share for new head coach Conner Henry.

The D-League draft is Nov. 1, though Fort Wayne doesn’t have a first-round pick. The Mad Ants’ season opens Nov. 22 at Texas.


Game 1 ratings up over last year

Boston’s 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday drew an 8.6 fast national rating and 14.4 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said. The rating was up 13 percent from the 7.6 for San Francisco’s 8-3 victory over Detroit last year, which was a record low for a World Series opener.


Women’s Final Four dates could move

The NCAA women’s basketball committee is backing a move to play the Final Four two days earlier, starting next season. The Final Four would go to a Friday-Sunday format instead of the Sunday-Tuesday configuration in place since 2003.


Area girl advances in Punt, Pass, Kick

Riley Tappy, winner of the girls 8/9 division of the Bluffton Punt, Pass and Kick competition, won the sectional stage Oct. 12 at Mishawaka. She will compete at the NFL Team Championship on Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.


Around the links

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ryan Moore had 10 birdies in a 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic. Keegan Bradley opened with a 65 on Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s West Course in the event also sanctioned by the Asian Tour. …

In Shanghai, Luke Guthrie shot a first-round 7-under 65 to lead the BMW Masters. Fellow American John Daly, playing for the first time in four months, was second at 68. …

In Yangmei, Taiwan, defending champ Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.


Komets release forward Hauswirth

The Komets cut forward Jake Hauswirth, who was scoreless in his only game, the 4-3 loss to Toledo in an overtime shootout Saturday. The Komets play host to Cincinnati on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

Sabres player suspended for hit

Boston left wing Loui Eriksson will be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion suffered on a hit from Buffalo’s enforcer John Scott. The hit resulted in the NHL suspending Scott indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing.


Williams reaches WTA semifinals

In Istanbul, top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3. Williams is bidding for her fourth title in the season-ending tournament.


Former local coach wins senior title

Former Concordia coach Bob Michael was part of a second consecutive gold medal team in the Huntsman World Senior Games. Michael’s team, Kings Mountain Fog, won all 11 matches in the 60-and-over division in straight sets, including a 25-14, 25-15 finals win.