Giants WR Cruz out Sunday

Victor Cruz is not yet ready to return to the New York Giants.

Cruz was ruled out for the Week 2 game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, when the Giants try to recover from a late-game breakdown at Dallas. The Atlanta Falcons, winners over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, are in town to oppose the Giants.

Without Cruz, who is dealing with a calf strain, Rueben Randle and Dwayne Harris are in line for more work opposite Odell Beckham.

The Giants also listed linebacker Jon Beason (knee) as doubtful.

Rangers’ Hamilton says condition improving

ARLINGTON — After undergoing arthroscopic surgery last Thursday on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said his condition is improving and he hopes to rejoin the team soon.

“Every day, it’s gotten better,” Hamilton said Thursday. “I took some swings in the cage Wednesday. Everything is good.”

Hamilton has been out with the left knee injury since Sept. 5 and has played in only 12 games since the start of August. At the moment, the Rangers’ plan for Hamilton is to bring him back only as a pinch-hitter, when and if he’s ready.

Hawks hire Blackstone as assistant GM

The Atlanta Hawks announced a number of additions and promotions within the basketball operations department on Friday, including the hiring of Michael Blackstone as assistant general manager.

President of basketball operations and head coach Mike Budenholzer also named John Treloar as director of player personnel, Malik Rose as manager of basketball operations, Dotun Akinwale as manager of scouting, Matt Elijah as manager of basketball administration, Daniel Starkman as coordinator of basketball operations and David Painter as director of basketball facilities.

Jeff Peterson was promoted to director of scouting and Naya-Joi Martin to manager of player programs, while Rick Sund (senior advisor, basketball operations) and Mike McNeive (director of basketball operations) continue in their roles.

49ers’ Bush sidelined

San Francisco running back Reggie Bush will miss Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a calf injury.

Bush suffered the injury in San Francisco’s season-opening victory against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Coach Jim Tomsula announced Friday that Bush won’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh.

Bush was slated to be the main backup to Carlos Hyde against the Vikings. He carried the ball just twice before leaving in the first quarter with the injury that was later pinpointed to be a strained calf. Hyde rushed for 168 yards in the opener.