Pistons send Hawks to 0-2 in preseason

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Rodney Stuckey scored 16 points and rookie Greg Monroe added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 94-85 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Rookie Jordan Crawford led the Hawks with 20 points.

After a slow start, the Hawks (0-2) got back into the game with a 32-point second quarter. Detroit (2-1) held Atlanta to four field goals in the third quarter and pulled away for the win.

The Hawks had six players unavailable, including Marvin Williams , while Detroit was missing five, including Tracy McGrady , who sat out his second exhibition game in a row to rest his bad knee.

- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was back on the bench for Monday night's preseason game against Cleveland, three days after collapsing at a team practice.

Carlisle was hospitalized after a fainting spell during Friday's team workout and missed Saturday night's outdoor game against Phoenix in California. He insisted he experienced no ill effects from the episode.

- The owner of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, whose family owns the Sacramento Kings, said he spent a night in jail after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Police said 46-year-old George Maloof Jr. was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near Spanish Trail Country Club.

- The Phoenix Suns lowered their roster to 16 players by waiving guard Chucky Atkins .

College Basketball

Wake Forest grants release to Woods

Junior center Tony Woods received a release from the Wake Forest basketball program.

The school said Woods asked for a release so he could pursue other options.

Woods was suspended indefinitely from the program last month after he was arrested on assault charges. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a female and was given a suspended 60-day sentence.


Djokovic, Wozniacki reign at China Open

In Beijing, top-seeded Novak Djokovic defeated Spain's David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 on Monday to defend his China Open title and claim his second championship of the year heading into this week's ATP Masters in Shanghai.

In the women's final, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 3 Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Djokovic, ranked No. 2 in the world, cruised through the first set of the match, which had been postponed because of rain Sunday. He fell behind 4-2 in the second.

Wozniacki converted three of her four break points. Zvonareva led 3-1 in the first set before losing five consecutive games. Wozniacki broke Zvonareva twice to start the third set to take a 3-0 lead.

- In Linz, Austria, Andrea Petkovic beat German Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Generali Ladies.

The sixth-seeded Petkovic, who saved six break points, next plays Britain's Anne Keothavong , who upset the higher-ranked Jarmila Groth 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Klara Zakopalova , of the Czech Republic, downed Elena Vesnina , 7-5, 7-5, while Sofia Arvidsson , of Sweden, hit eight aces as she rallied to beat Yvonne Meusburger 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.