General manager Bob Gainey decided he was the best person to straighten out the slumping Montreal Canadiens. Gainey fired coach Claude Julien on Saturday and made himself interim coach. He also brought in former team captain Guy Carbonneau as an associate coach who will take over as head coach at the end of the season. “I’m the one who’s responsible and this gives time for Guy to get comfortable with the team and the players,” Gainey said. “It’s more fair for myself to step in and take responsibility until the end of the season.” Assistant Rick Green also was fired. Doug Jarvis was promoted from assistant to associate coach, while goaltender coach Roland Melanson remained in his job. Gainey said a coaching change was needed to get some of the team’s best players particularly goalie Jose Theodore and defensemen Sheldon Souray and Andrei Markov to play better. “There are players who went through tough times, maybe injuries or personal things,” Gainey said. “It’s normal for a player to go through periods where they’re not at their best, but when it goes on for a month or more, it’s not normal. “A team can’t function unless its key players give their maximum.” An autopsy was conducted on the body of minor league coach and former NHL player Marc Potvin, who was found dead in a hotel room a day earlier. Results won’t be released until at least Monday, or when police finish their investigation, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and the county medical examiner’s office said. The body of the 38 year old was found Friday in a hotel room hours before his United Hockey League team, the Adirondack Frostbite, were to play a game against the Kalamazoo Wings. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police baseball jerseys form china said there was no evidence of foul play. Stewart injures arm Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart injured his right arm after he flipped his car during a qualifying race for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals jerseys in Tulsa, Okla. Stewart, a two time Cup champion, complained of pain in his arm after Friday night’s race at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. He was examined and treated at a local hospital. A spokesman for Stewart said X rays and a CT scan were both negative, but Stewart was fitted with a cast until a more extensive evaluation can be made by his own doctors. “I’m a little sore,” Stewart said after leaving the hospital Friday night. “The doctors were great and did a pretty thorough evaluation of me. They didn’t find anything broken, but just to be sure, they fitted me with a cast that I’ll wear until I meet with my doctors on Monday. It looks a lot worse than it is.” King of the hill Janica Kostelic, who won three golds and a silver at the 2002 Olympics, now also is a medal contender in the downhill as the Turin Games approach. Kostelic won her first World Cup downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, building her lead in the overall standings and proving her strength in the only Alpine event in which she did not compete at the Salt Lake City Games four years ago. Lindsey Kildow of the United States finished 18th and lost the lead in the World Cup downhill standings to Michaela Dorfmeister, who was third. The Austrian has 312 points to Kildow’s 287. Briefly Craig Wilson chose not to go to salary arbitration and agreed to a one year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates jerseys worth about $3.5 million. Also in MLB, the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys and catcher Johnny Estrada agreed to a $2 million, one year contract. Ohio State strong safety Donte Whitner will skip his senior year to enter the NFL Draft. Andy Roddick fended off four set points in the second set and held off a determined Tommy Haas 6 3, 7 6 (6) to win the Kooyong exhibition tournament in Melbourne, Australia.