Overall No. 1 NFL Draft pick Alex Smith was promoted to the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback on Tuesday, after just four games as Tim Rattay‘s backup. Smith will make his first NFL start on Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park. HOCKEY: New York Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton was suspended 10 games without pay by the NHL for gouging the eye of Boston’s Colton Orr during an exhibition game. The Washington Capitals picked up goalie Brent Johnson after he was waived by the Vancouver Canucks. SOCCER: Bob Bradley, the winningest coach in MLS history, was fired as coach of the MetroStars, who have lost four of their past six games, and assistant Mo Johnston has taken over as interim coach. COLLEGES: Ted Leland will leave as Stanford’s athletic director at the end of the year, ending a 14-year stay marked by 50 team national championships. Leland will become a vice president at Pacific in Stockton, returning to the school where he starred in football and coached. MOTOR SPORTS: Crew chief Todd Berrier was suspended an additional two races for violations in Kevin Harvick‘s car, bringing his total events missed this season to seven. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I feel that Alex gives us the best chance to win, and I believe he’s ready,” San Francisco coach Mike Nolan said. “Tim has handled everything very well, but at this time in the process, I believe it’s time to get Alex in the game. … At 1-3, we didn’t draft Alex to just sit him on the bench.” BASKETBALL: The NBA approved a trade that sends center Eddy Curry and veteran center Antonio Davis from Chicago to the New York Knicks for forwards Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson. The Bulls also get a conditional first-round draft pick in 2006, two second-round selections in the future and the option of exchanging picks with New York at a later draft. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Toronto Raptors traded point guard Rafer Alston to the Houston Rockets for guard Mike James. Alston was involved in several scrapes last season. He threatened to quit the team and the NBA after a Dec. 3 game in Boston and was suspended by the Raptors for two games for conduct detrimental to the club after he walked out during practice. The Portland Trail Blazers signed forward Sam Clancy (USC) to a one-year contract. Clancy played most recently for Forum Filatelico Valladolid Spain, and spent the 2004-05 season with the CBA’s Idaho Stampede, where he averaged 19.1 points and posted 10.8 rebounds over 48 games. Tim Grgurich was hired as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets, ending his legal fight with the Trail Blazers. Grgurich had sought a temporary restraining order against Portland, asking that he be allowed to pursue a new job. A hearing had been scheduled for Oct. 12, but his lawyer, John Kaempf, said the legal action was dropped after the NBA approved his move to Denver. The Boston Celtics waived forward Qyntel Woods, whom they acquired in the five-team trade in August that sent Antoine Walker to the Miami Heat.