=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, March 16th ===
=== D-backs' Corbin to miss Australia trip due to UCL injury ===
Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks received bad
news about starting pitcher Patrick Corbin on Sunday morning.
Corbin exited his final tune-up start on Saturday with what the team called
"forearm stiffness" at the time. In the middle of an at-bat with one out in
the seventh inning against the Indians, Corbin was forced to leave the
contest due to the injury.
An MRI taken Saturday night showed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in
his left elbow.
The Diamondbacks will get a second opinion this week. Corbin had been
scheduled to start the first game of the Opening Series in Australia against
the Dodgers. Wade Miley will take Corbin's place on the trip.
In four spring starts, Corbin went 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA. The left-hander was an
All-Star in 2013, posting a 14-8 record with a 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in
Damage to the ulnar collateral ligament often leads to Tommy John ligament
replacement surgery, which requires 12 months of recovery, but that step has
not been established in Corbin's case.
=== Detroit SS Iglesias to start season on DL ===
Lakeland, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias
will begin the 2014 season on the disabled list.
The club made the announcement on Sunday, adding that the 24-year-old is
scheduled to see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton in Colorado on
According to a report Saturday on Mlive.com, Iglesias has been bothered by a
shin injury which has kept him out of action for the last two weeks.
Iglesias, who was dealt from the Red Sox to the Tigers on July 30, hit .303
with three homers, 16 doubles and 29 RBI over 109 games.
=== Broncos agree to terms with Emmanuel Sanders ===
Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms
with former Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on a three-year contract,
pending a physical.
Sanders' journey to the Broncos was interesting. According to NFL.com,
Sanders' agent, Steve Weinberg, is accused of reaching an agreement with the
Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, then shopping around that agreed-to offer.
Sanders also visited the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sanders set career highs in receptions (67), receiving yards (740) and
touchdowns (six) in 16 games last season, his fourth with the Steelers.
The Broncos lost Eric Decker in free agency to the New York Jets.
Originally selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 2010 draft,
Sanders caught 161 passes for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns in 56 games with
The Southern Methodist product has also returned 41 kickoffs for 1,016 yards
and 16 punts for 175 yards.
=== Giants add Thurmond, Demps ===
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Giants have signed
former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond and safety/returner Quintin
Thurmond played in 12 games for the Super Bowl champions last season,
recording 33 tackles, one sack and returning an interception for a touchdown.
He also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on
The 26-year-old Thurmond was limited to six games in 2011 and two in 2012
because of injuries.
Originally selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft,
Thurmond recorded 85 tackles, one sack and one interception in 34 games with
Demps registered 35 tackles and four interceptions in 16 games (six starts)
last season with the Chiefs. He also averaged 30.1 yards on kickoff returns,
including a 95-yarder for a touchdown.
The 28-year-old Demps has 126 tackles, one sack and seven interceptions in 64
career games with the Eagles, Texans and Chiefs. The Texas-El Paso product has
also returned 96 kickoffs for 2,630 yards and two touchdowns.
=== Canizares cruises to 5-shot win in Morocco ===
Agadir, Morocco (SportsNetwork.com) - Alejandro Canizares stumbled to a
double-bogey on his final hole Sunday, but it did nothing more than trim his
winning margin to five strokes at the Trophee Hassan II.
Canizares closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 19-under-par 269. The victory
was his second on the European Tour.
"It's been a long time since the last win. It felt like it was never coming,
but this week I played great, some of the best golf of my career," Canizares
stated. "I hit good shot after good shot and kept my focus."
Andy Sullivan fired a 9-under 63 at Golf du Palais Royal to jump into second
place at minus-14. Magnus A. Carlsson (68) and Seve Benson (71) tied for third
at 12-under 276.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello closed with a 5-under 67, which gave him a share of fifth
at minus-11. He was joined there by Richard Bland and Wade Ormsby, who both
closed with 68s.
Canizares got off to a slow start as he bogeyed the second and parred three of
his first four. He bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 fifth and that
pushed his lead back to six strokes.
As he parred the next three, Canizares' lead grew to eight. Benson and
Carlsson tried to narrow the gap, but Canizares birdied nine and 10.
The 2006 Russian Open winner was still seven clear at that point. Canizares
moved to 20-under and eight clear of the field with a birdie on the 12th.
Sullivan polished off his round with four consecutive birdies to cut into
Canizares' lead. The Spaniard wrapped birdies at 15 and 17 around a bogey on
Canizares, who went wire-to-wire for the win, stumbled to a double-bogey at
the last to cut his winning margin from seven to five strokes.
"I was very accurate and solid with my irons. I left myself lots of chances
and although I did not make all of them, the first day was the key. I putted
great the first day, shot 10-under and just kept pushing on," Canizares said.
"Hopefully this is the first step for a little bit of improvement in my
career. I have some stuff to work on and hopefully I improve little by little
to the point where I can play golf as naturally as I did this week."
Sullivan birdied the first, but gave that shot back when he bogeyed the third.
He came back with birdies on four and six to move to 7-under.
After three straight pars, Sullivan ran off three straight birdies from the
10th before closing with four birdies in a row to grab second place.
NOTES: Canizares collected 250,000 euros for the win ... He will improve some
40 spots in the world rankings ... Soren Kjeldsen had a hole-in-one on the
par-3 second ... The European Tour is off next week, but returns in two weeks
with a new event, the EURASIA Cup.
=== Richard T. Lee wins by 1 in the Philippines ===
Manila, Philippines (SportsNetwork.com) - Richard T. Lee closed with a 2-under
69 on Sunday and came from behind to the win the Solaire Open.
Lee ended at 7-under-par 277. The win was his first on the Asian Tour.
The Canadian parred six of his first seven, but the other was a double-bogey
on the par-4 fourth. Lee got those strokes back with back-to-back birdies at
eight and nine.
Lee made it three straight birdies at the 10th. He gave that shot back when he
bogeyed the 11th, but he bounced right back with a birdie on 12. After a pair
of pars, Lee birdied the 15th to move to minus-7 and he parred the last three
to end there and earn the win.
Chawalit Plaphol posted a 1-under 70 and ended one back at minus-6. Carlos
Pigem shot 69 to take third at 5-under 279.
Masahiro Kawamura (65), Steve Lewton (67) and Paul Peterson (69) shared fourth
place at minus-4 at The Country Club.
Third-round leader Angelo Que stumbled to a septuple-bogey 12 on the par-5
second to tumble down the leaderboard. Que, who hit three balls out of bounds
on the second, struggled to an 11-over 82, which dropped him into a share of
21st at 2-over 286.
=== Hull downs Nocera in playoff ===
Agadir, Morocco (SportsNetwork.com) - Charley Hull fired a 9-under 62 on
Sunday and that helped her force a playoff with Gwladys Nocera at the Lalla
Nocera, the third-round leader, posted a 4-under 67 at Golf de l'Ocean to end
alongside Hull at 15-under-par 269. Nocera bogeyed the par-3 18th to force the
The duo returned to the 18th for the playoff. Hull drained a 4-foot birdie
effort to beat Nocera and pick up her first professional title a week before
she turns 18 years old.
Hull birdied the first and second. After three pars in a row, she followed an
eagle on the par-5 sixth with a birdie on the seventh to move to 11-under.
The teenager birdied the ninth and 11th before back-to-back birdies from the
16th got her to minus-15. Hull parred the last to end there.
Nocera had five birdies in the first 13 holes and was on her way to her 13th
Ladies European Tour title. However, Nocera 3-putted for bogey on the 18th and
the dropped her into the playoff.
Sophie Giquel-Bettan managed a 2-under 69 in the final round and she ended
alone in third at minus-11. Lee-Anne Pace (66) and Hannah Burke (66) shared
fourth place at 10-under-par 274.
=== Rosberg wins Australian GP, Vettel retires early ===
Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Nico Rosberg from Mercedes put on a
dominating performance to win Sunday's Formula One season-opening Australian
Grand Prix, while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Rosberg's teammate, Lewis
Hamilton, retired early after suffering engine failure.
Starting third, Rosberg quickly passed Daniel Ricciardo, who made his debut
with Red Bull, and then Hamilton, the pole sitter, to take the lead on the
opening lap at Albert Park Circuit. Rosberg was untouchable from there, as he
crossed the finish line 24.5 seconds ahead of Ricciardo.
Several hours after the Australian GP concluded, Ricciardo lost his second-
place finish when race stewards determined his car had run with too high a
fuel flow rate during the event. According to stewards, Ricciardo's car had
"exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100 kg per hour,"
which is a breach of technical regulations.
Red Bull said it will appeal the stewards' decision.
"Following the decision of the FIA that Infiniti Red Bull Racing is in breach
of Article 3.2 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 5.1.4
of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations with Car 3, the team has notified
the FIA of its intention to appeal with immediate effect," Red Bull said in a
statement. "Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent
all weekend up and down the pit lane. The team and Renault are confident the
fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations."
Ricciardo would have been the first Australian to finish on the podium in his
Rosberg earned his fourth career F1 victory. Last year, he won the Monaco
Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix.
"It's really been an amazing day," Rosberg said. "I'm just over the moon. It's
incredible. Everybody has worked so hard over the winter. I had such an
amazing [car] to drive. This thing was unbelievably quick today, and the
reliability was good. It's a perfect start to the season, and I'm really
thankful to Mercedes. They've done an amazing job over the winter."
Vettel, the four-time reigning F1 world champion, complained of problems with
his power unit (engine) on the first lap and then headed to the pits on lap 5
to retire. He was attempting to win his record 10th straight grand prix.
Vettel ended the 2013 season by winning the last nine races.
"I didn't have any power right from the start," Vettel said. "We tried to
recover on track as much as we could, but it didn't work. We lost a couple of
cylinders, and then you lose power and the whole power unit stops working."
Hamilton dealt with a power issue at the start as well, as he retired one lap
prior to Vettel.
"Literally from lights out, I had a lack of power, so I was on the radio,
saying that people are passing me and catching me, and what's going on?"
Hamilton said. "They didn't tell me at the time. but I think one of the
cylinders was misfiring."
There was a lot of uncertainty for teams heading into the Australian GP, with
this season featuring one of the biggest set of rule changes in F1 history,
especially the technical regulations. This race marked the competition debut
of the 1.6-liter, V6 turbocharged power unit, which relies heavily on hybrid
technology. Aerodynamic changes and alterations to the design of the cars were
also made for this year.
Most teams, particularly Red Bull, have endured numerous technical issues with
the 2014 cars. Red Bull showed signs of progress with the reliability of its
cars during the practice sessions for the Australian GP compared to recent
pre-season tests in Spain and Bahrain. Ricciardo qualified second on Saturday.
"We learned that the car was quick, but we just need to get everything
together," Vettel said.
McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen, who made his F1 debut, crossed the line in
third but was elevated to second place due to Ricciardo's disqualification.
Magnussen became the first rookie to score a podium finish since Hamilton in
2007. His teammate, Jenson Button, placed third. Last year, McLaren, with
drivers Button and Sergio Perez, failed to record a podium finish during the
"It's hard to believe, and it just seems so surreal," the 21-year-old
Magnussen said. "The car was so much better than it's been at any point. I had
exactly what I needed for the whole race. The preparation we've done this
winter has been fantastic. I've never done a Formula One race, and testing is
so limited these days. Big congratulations to the team for doing such a good
Fernando Alonso from Ferrari was fourth, while Williams' Valtteri Bottas took
fifth after he bounced back from losing his right-front tire when he made
contact with the wall early in the race.
Force India's Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth, and Kimi Raikkonen, who is back
with Ferrari this season, placed seventh. Raikkonen won the Australian GP one
year ago when he drove for Lotus.
Toro Rosso drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat, who also made his first
F1 start, were eighth and ninth, respectively. At age 19, Kvyat became the
youngest points-scorer in the sport's history. Perez, now with Force India,
completed the top-10.
Fifteen of the 22 starters were running at the finish. Kamui Kobayashi from
Caterham and Felipe Massa, who made his debut with Williams, collided at the
first corner and went into the gravel on the opening lap, ending their races.
Kobayashi was cleared of any blame for the incident after stewards reviewed
technical data provided by Caterham. Stewards determined the crash was "caused
by a serious technical failure completely outside the control of the driver."
Kobayashi explained on Twitter that he had no rear brakes, adding, "Sorry to
Felipe but was not my mistake."
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