On the Air - October 8, 2008

CHARLOTTE -- Two more executives have left the Charlotte Bobcats' front office.

The team announced Tuesday that chief administration officer Jared Bartie and vice president of community relations LaRita Barber have left to take new jobs.

Two weeks ago, the team laid off dozens of employees in the marketing and business departments due to the slumping economy. Chief marketing officer Greg Economou left the organization last month.

Bartie took over many of Economou's duties but is now leaving to work for World Wrestling Entertainment. Barber is taking a job for Goodwill Industries in Charlotte.

Bobcats owner Bob Johnson has lost millions since paying $300 million for the expansion franchise, which began play in the 2004-2005 season.

• The Orlando Magic picked up their $2.8 million option on former Duke star J.J. Redick for next season.

Redick has struggled to work his way into the backcourt rotation and last season asked for a trade. He was the first guard off the bench in the Magic's loss to Atlanta in the preseason opener Monday, scoring 12 points, and drew praise from coach Stan Van Gundy for his play in practices.

• Elgin Baylor is out as vice president of basketball operations with the Los Angeles Clippers, and coach Mike Dunleavy will assume his responsibilities as general manager.

Dunleavy said Baylor had decided to resign after spending 22 years as an executive with the team.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Newberry defensive back Kamaal McIlwain, who played at Indian Land High School, was named the South Atlantic Conference special teams player of the week.

McIlwain, a 5-10, 175-pound sophomore, blocked two extra points in Newberry's 33-14 victory over 20th-ranked Catawba. One of the blocked kicks was returned for a defensive PAT. McIlwain tallied three tackles and broke up two passes in Newberry's second straight victory over a nationally ranked opponent.

It is McIlwain's first career player of the week honor, and the fourth earned by a Newberry player this season.

Tusculum quarterback Corey Russell was named the offensive player of the week, while Wingate linebacker Ed Doughty was named the defensive player of the week.

• TENNIS -- Venus Williams was beaten in the opening round for the second time in 12 tournaments this season, losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Flavia Pennetta of Italy at the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday.

The Wimbledon champion, who also lost in the first round at Memphis in March, dropped to 1-3 against Pennetta.

"I totally came here because I love winning," the eighth-ranked American said. "I have never won this title, but I just had a day where I could not control my game. She played well."

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- New South Carolina coach Darrin Horn will face nine teams that played in the NCAA tournament last year in his first season with the Gamecocks.

Horn and the school announced the schedule Tuesday.

Horn's first game is Nov. 14 at Colonial Life Arena against Jacksonville State. The team's biggest nonconference games are at Baylor and against Clemson, NCAA tournament teams a year ago.

Southeastern Conference regular-season play starts Jan. 10 at home against Auburn and concludes on March 7 at Georgia. The Gamecocks will then play in the SEC tournament in Tampa, Fla.

• AUTO RACING -- Patrick Carpentier was released from Gillett Evernham Motorsports on Tuesday, and Mike Wallace and AJ Allmendinger will finish the season in the No. 10 Dodge.

Carpentier was likely being let go at the end of this season, anyway. GEM had already hired Reed Sorenson to take over the car next season, and Carpentier's return was dependent on the team finding sponsorship for a fourth entry.