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       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Friday, August 22 ===
                     === Johnny 'Finger': Manziel fined ===
 Cleveland,   OH   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  National  Football  League  has
 reportedly  fined  Cleveland Browns  quarterback  Johnny  Manziel $12,000  for
 giving  the  Washington  Redskins  bench the  middle  finger  during  Monday's
 preseason game.
 According to Cleveland.com and ESPN, Manziel was levied the fine on Friday.
 Manziel  gave the  Redskins bench the gesture late in the third quarter, after
 opposing players were jawing with him. The Redskins won, 24-23.
 "I  get words  exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week
 after  week,  and I should've  been smarter," Manziel  said. "It was a 'Monday
 Night Football' game and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to
 be smarter about that. ... It's there, and it's present every game, and I just
 need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play."
 Manziel  learned on Wednesday that he will start the season as backup to Brian
 Hoyer  started each  of the Browns' first two preseason games. He completed 6-
 of-14  passes for  92 yards in the  opener against Detroit and was just 2-of-6
 for 16 yards this past Monday against Washington.
 Manziel,  selected  with the  22nd overall  pick in May's  draft, threw for 63
 yards on 7-of-11 passing in the first preseason game against the Lions. He was
 7-of-16  for  65 yards with  a touchdown on Monday,  but was also sacked three
       === Former Steelers RB Redman says spinal injury ended career ===
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - Former  Pittsburgh Steelers  running back  Isaac Redman
 said Friday a spinal cord injury has ended his NFL career.
 Redman  was released  by Pittsburgh last October after playing three games. He
 said  Friday on Twitter that he tried to play through a neck injury before the
 club let him go.
 "To  those who  are wondering  why  I am  not playing  anymore," Redman  wrote
 Friday.  "Last season I tried my best to play through a neck injury but I just
 wasn't myself on the field.
 "After  being  released I  went (to) Cali  to see Dr.  Watkins (doctor who did
 Payton [sic] Manning's neck surgery) after 2 MRI's and a cat scan he then told
 me I had suffered a career ending injury to my spinal cord. Various teams have
 called  but as  you can see I  was unable to go.  I would like to thank all my
 fans for the tremendous support throughout my career."
 Redman  spent five seasons with the Steelers and was the starting running back
 heading  into last season.  He made one start before playing two games off the
 bench and had just 12 yards on 10 carries.
 In  50  career games,  the Bowie State  product ran for  1,148 yards with five
 touchdowns and caught 50 passes for 408 yards with two scores.
                 === Chiefs OL Stephenson suspended 4 games ===
 Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas City Chiefs starting right tackle
 Donald  Stephenson has  been suspended without pay for the first four games of
 the  2014 season  for  violating  the NFL's  policy  on performance  enhancing
 "This  morning the  NFL notified  the  team of  Donald Stephenson's  four-game
 suspension,"  the Chiefs  said in  a  statement. "Obviously  losing Donald  is
 disappointing, but we are in full compliance with the league's policy. We will
 have no further comment on the situation."
 Stephenson  has played in  all 32 games for the Chiefs since the team selected
 him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Oklahoma product has started
 14 games for Kansas City.
 "I'm  extremely  sorry that I  failed to check with  the NFL, NFLPA, or Chiefs
 medical  team before  I  took a  medication that  requires  a therapeutic  use
 exemption,"  Stephenson  said in  a  statement  released  by the  NFL  Players
 "The  rules  are strict,  and without  a TUE,  the consequence  is a four game
 suspension.  I  apologize to the Hunt  family, John Dorsey, Coach Reid and his
 staff,  my teammates, and  our awesome Chiefs fans. It is not a mistake I will
 ever  make  again. I  will train extremely  hard during my  time away from the
 team,  and  I will be ready  to contribute to my  team's effort to win a Super
 Bowl as soon as I return."
 Stephenson will be eligible to return to the Chiefs' active roster on Sept. 30
 following  the  team's Sept. 29  game against the  New England Patriots. He is
 eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
                         === Dolphins cut TE Egnew ===
 Davie,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Miami Dolphins waived tight end Michael
 Egnew and defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds on Friday.
 Egnew caught seven passes for 69 yards over two seasons with the Dolphins, who
 selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
 Miami also waived/injured defensive back Jalil Brown.
                 === Report: Red Sox land Cuban OF Castillo ===
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to a deal with
 Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.
 According  to MLB.com, the  deal is for $72 million over six years. A separate
 report has the deal worth $72.5 million over seven years with Castillo to join
 the club as early as this season.
 Baseball  America reported  last December that Castillo defected from Cuba and
 was  looking for  a country of residency  so he could sign with a major league
 team.  He  since established  residency in  Haiti and was  cleared by the U.S.
 government to sign with a major league team last month.
 According  to Baseball America's analysis of Castillo, the 27-year-old is a 5-
 foot-9,  185-pounder whose main tool is speed. Others compare him to an Andrew
 McCutchen-type,  bringing  above average  speed, power and  average. He is not
 considered  to be  a straight slugger like countrymen Yoenis Cespedes and Jose
 During  the  2010-11 Serie  Nacional season,  Castillo led  the league with 29
 stolen  bases and hit  .324 with 18 home runs. He would now share the outfield
 with Cespedes in Boston.
 It was reported that the Detroit Tigers were also in the running for Castillo.
                   === A's activate Gentry from 15-day DL ===
 Oakland,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder
 Craig  Gentry from  the 15-day  disabled list  on Friday  and optioned  relief
 pitcher Dan Otero to Triple-A Sacramento.
 Gentry  went  on the DL on  July 28 with a  broken right hand that he suffered
 when  he was hit  by a pitch while squaring to bunt. He went 0-for-7 in a pair
 of rehab games.
 Gentry,  30, is  batting .264  with 18  steals  and 10  RBI in  80 games  this
 Otero  has accumulated  a 2.28 ERA with a  1.07 WHIP and one save in 56 relief
 appearances in his second year with the A's.
                        === White Sox recall Sanchez ===
 Bronx,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Prior  to Friday's game against the Yankees,
 the  Chicago  White  Sox  recalled  infielder  Carlos  Sanchez  from  Triple-A
 Sanchez takes the roster spot of second baseman Gordon Beckham, who was traded
 to   the  Angels  on  Thursday  for  a  player  to  be  named  later  or  cash
 The  22-year-old  Sanchez was  hitting .293  with 19 doubles,  57 RBI, 60 runs
 scored  and  16 stolen bases  in 110 games with  Charlotte this season. He has
 played in 64 games at second base, 44 at shortstop and two at third.
 Sanchez  made his MLB  debut with the White Sox on July 13 at Cleveland as the
 starting shortstop, going 0-for-5.
                          === Rockets keep Garcia ===
 Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets have re-signed swingman
 Francisco Garcia to an undisclosed contract.
 Garcia  was an  unrestricted free agent this summer after spending the 2013-14
 season  with Sacramento and Houston. He joined the Rockets in a February trade
 with the Kings and averaged 6.4 points with 1.3 rebounds in 18 games after the
 The  Louisville  product increased  his  production  in the  playoffs  against
 Oklahoma  City, averaging  10.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in six games, three of
 which were starts.
 Garcia  has averaged  8.0 points and 2.6  rebounds in 535 games with the Kings
 and  Rockets. He was  selected by Sacramento with the 23rd overall pick of the
 2005 NBA Draft and was the longest-tenured King before being traded.
                         === Hornets sign Hairston ===
 Charlotte,  NC  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Charlotte Hornets signed first-round
 draft pick P.J. Hairston on Friday.
 The  Hornets acquired the rights to Hairston, the 26th overall pick, and guard
 Semaj  Christon,  the 55th overall pick,  along with a 2019 second-round draft
 pick  and cash  considerations, from the Miami Heat in exchange for the rights
 to guard Shabazz Napier.
 The  6-6 Hairston  became the first NBA  D-League player to be selected in the
 first  round of the  NBA Draft. He was named to the D-League All-Rookie Second
 Team  in 2013-14  as a member of  the Texas Legends, averaging 21.8 points and
 3.5 rebounds.
 Hairston  played  two seasons  at the University  of North Carolina, averaging
 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 71 career games from 2011-13. As a
 sophomore  in 2012-13, he led the Tar Heels in scoring, averaging 14.6 points,
 but  was dismissed from  the program before he could play a game in his junior
 season  due  to an  eligibility issue that  stemmed from alleged impermissible
                           === Hawks re-sign Mack ===
 Atlanta,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Atlanta Hawks re-signed guard Shelvin
 Mack on Friday.
 Mack  made  11 starts  in 73  games for  the Hawks  last season, averaging 7.5
 points and 3.7 assists per game.
 "Shelvin  has  proven himself  to be  an excellent fit  for our program," said
 Hawks  president of basketball operations/general manager Danny Ferry. "On the
 court,  he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of
 unselfishness that we truly value."
 A  key contributor  on two National Runner-up teams at Butler prior to getting
 drafted  34th overall in 2011 by Washington, Mack has put up 5.5 points in 168
 career games with the Wizards, 76ers and Hawks.
               === USC RB Madden dealing with turf toe injury ===
 Los  Angeles, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  USC Trojans  running back  Tre Madden
 is  going  to be  a game-time  decision because of  a turf  toe injury for the
 school's season opener against Fresno State on August 30
 Head coach Steve Sarkisian made the announcement on Friday.
 Madden,  a junior, ran  for 703 yards and three touchdowns last season. He was
 expected to share running back duties with Javorius Allen this season.
 Madden  is injury prone.  He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury and was
 slowed by hamstring injuries last year, appearing in 11 of the 14 games.
               === Report: Wisconsin names McEvoy starting QB ===
 Madison,  WI  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Tanner McEvoy  will  reportedly  be  the
 starting  quarterback  for the  14th-ranked Wisconsin  Badgers when the school
 kicks off its schedule Aug. 30 against 13th-ranked LSU.
 According  to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing three sources, head coach
 Gary Anderson has chosen the red-shirt junior transfer over returning starting
 QB Joel Stave.
 McEvoy  transferred before  last season from Arizona Western College, where he
 threw  for 1,943  yards and 25 touchdowns  in his lone season at the school. A
 dual-threat, he also ran for 414 yards and six scores.
 Last year with the Badgers, he struggled at QB and was moved to safety.
 Stave  started  all 13  games for  the Badgers last  season, passing for 2,494
 yards and 22 touchdowns with 13 picks.
                   === Donaldson maintains lead in Prague ===
 Prague,  Czech Republic  (SportsNetwork.com) - With the potential to lock up a
 Ryder  Cup spot,  Jamie Donaldson  maintained his  lead after  Friday's second
 round at the Czech Masters.
 Despite  bogeys on  his final two holes,  Donaldson carded a 3-under 69 to end
 two  rounds at 9-under-par 135. He currently owns the next-to-last spot on the
 world points list for the European Ryder Cup team.
 However,  a win this  week, would lock up his spot on the team, which would be
 his first Ryder Cup appearance.
 Gregory  Bourdy is alone in second place at minus-8 after carding a 5-under 67
 in round two.
 Stephen  Gallacher, who  is 11th  on the  world points  list and  13th on  the
 European  points list, also shot 67 in the second round. He shares third place
 at  7-under-par 137  with Tommy  Fleetwood  (65), Garrick  Porteous (67),  Lee
 Slattery (69) and John Hahn (69).
 Bradley  Dredge, last week's runner-up, posted a 2-under 70 to end 36 holes at
 minus-6.  He  was joined  in eighth  by Peter Hedblom  (68), Oscar Stark (67),
 Soren Kjeldsen (70), James Morrison (68) and Merrick Bremner (68).
 Donaldson played the back nine first on Friday and opened with a pair of pars.
 He birdied the 12th for the second day in a row before stumbling to a bogey at
 No. 13 on the Albatross Golf Resort.
 The  Welshman  parred three  straight from  the 14th  before making his second
 birdie  in two  days at the 17th. A  par at 18 put Donaldson at 7-under at the
 Donaldson caught fire early on the front nine. After a birdie on the first, he
 converted  an 8-foot  birdie try at the third.  He made it two in a row as his
 birdie effort from off the green at the fourth found the bottom of the cup.
 The two-time European Tour winner dropped his approach inside five feet at the
 sixth.  He made  that birdie  effort as  well to  climb to  11-under. However,
 Donaldson  bogeyed  seven and eight  to slide to  minus-9, and that's where he
 ended after a par on No. 9.
 "We had good fun out there, good chat all the way around. We both played well,
 he  got on  a good run as  well as me so it  was good fun out there, plenty of
 banter,"  Donaldson said  of Gallacher, one of his playing partners. "I played
 nicely again and made a lot of birdies out there today, but a few bogeys so if
 I  can  go out there  tomorrow and play  as well as  I've played over the last
 couple of days I'll be in a strong position going into the final round."
 Bourdy,  who was two  groups behind Donaldson, flew out of the gate with three
 consecutive  birdies from the 10th to jump to 6-under. He parred four in a row
 from the 13th before a birdie on the 17th.
 Around  the turn, Bourdy  birdied one and two, but followed with bogeys at the
 third and fourth, which dropped him back to minus-7.
 Bourdy  got  one of those  strokes back  with a birdie  on the par-4 sixth. He
 closed his round with three straight pars to end one back.
 "I'm  very  happy to be in  this position, it  was a great round today, really
 solid,"  said Bourdy.  "I really  enjoy this  course and  enjoy this  place so
 that's why I'm feeling confident here."
 NOTES:  Donaldson needs 30,000 euros to clinch his spot on the Ryder Cup team.
 That  would mean  anything within the top eight on the final leaderboard would
 be enough for him to earn that spot ... The cut line fell at even-par 144 with
 84  players moving on  to the weekend ... Among those that missed the cut were
 Bernd Wiesberger, Simon Dyson, Anders Hansen and Nicolas Colsaerts.
               === Women's British Open awarded to Kingsbarns ===
 St.  Andrews,  Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) -  Kingsbarns Golf Links will host
 its first major championship as the venue was awarded the 2017 Women's British
 Open on Friday.
 "People have said many flattering things about our course and facilities since
 we  opened in 2000, but being selected to host our first major championship is
 the  greatest  accolade of all," said  Art Dunkley, the Director of Kingsbarns
 Golf Links.
 Kingsbarns  has been  part of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2001
 and  has  hosted final qualifying for  the 2010 Open Championship and the 2013
 Women's British Open.
 "We  believe Kingsbarns will be a wonderful addition to the Women's Open rota.
 Their  excitement at hosting their first major will make the 2017 edition very
 special  and  we look  forward to  a long relationship  with them," said Shona
 Malcolm, the CEO of the Ladies Golf Union, which oversees the championship.
 Mo  Martin  made eagle on  the final  hole to win  the Women's British Open at
 Royal  Birkdale  in July.  She will  defend her title  next year at Turnberry,
 while the 2016 championship will be staged at Woburn.
            === Mercury's Griner honored as top defensive player ===
 New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was
 named the WNBA's top defensive player on Friday.
 Griner  was  a runaway  winner, earning 31  of the 38  votes from a nationwide
 media  panel. Atlanta's  Sancho Lyttle  received four  votes, while  Chicago's
 Jessica  Breland,  Minnesota's Maya Moore  and Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry each
 picked up one.
 In  34 games for the Mercury this season, Griner led the league in blocks with
 129  and  was ninth in  rebounding average at 8.0  per game. She shattered the
 league  record for blocks,  which had been 114 set in 1998 by Margo Dydek, and
 posted a single-game record 11 blocked shots in a June 29 game against Tulsa.
 Griner,  in her second  season out of Baylor, helped the Mercury to the WNBA's
 best  record at 29-5. Phoenix set a league record for wins in a season and had
 the second-longest winning streak in WNBA history with a 16-game run.
 A  two-time  All-Star, Griner  averaged 15.6  points and  ranked second in the
 league  with a 57.8 field goal percentage. She was fifth in the MVP voting and
 became the first Phoenix player to win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
               === Phoenix's Brondello named WNBA's top coach ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  - Phoenix's Sandy  Brondello was named the
 WNBA's top coach on Friday.
 The  Mercury  finished the 2014 season  with the league's best record at 29-5,
 setting  a  WNBA record  for most wins  a single campaign.  Los Angeles won 28
 games in both 2000 and 2001, and Seattle also reached the mark in 2010.
 Brondello  received  33 votes from a  nationwide panel of 38 sportswriters and
 broadcasters to easily outdistance Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve, Washington's Mike
 Thibault  and Atlanta's  Michael Cooper for the honor. Reeve, the 2011 winner,
 and  Thibault, a  three-time recipient including last year, each picked up two
 votes, while 2000 winner Cooper earned one.
 In  her first  season on  the bench,  Brondello led  the Mercury  to a  10-win
 improvement  from  last year.  Phoenix also  went 16-1 at  home and posted the
 second-longest winning streak in WNBA history with a 16-game run.
 Brondello,  a guard with Detroit, Miami and Seattle from 1998-2003, became the
 second  former  WNBA player  to win  the Coach of  the Year award. Minnesota's
 Suzie McConnell-Serio was the first in 2004.
 The  Australian  native spent  the past  three years as  an assistant with Los
 Angeles  after a one-year stint as head coach at San Antonio, which followed a
 five-year run as an assistant with the Stars.
                   === Arena team returning to Las Vegas ===
 Cleveland,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arena Football League is returning to
 Las Vegas.
 AFL  commissioner  Jerry B. Kurz  on Friday announced  a new franchise for Las
 Vegas  starting next year.  The team will called the Outlaws and will be owned
 by rock star Vince Neil.
 "The  opportunity came  up to bring a  franchise to Las Vegas and that's where
 I'm  from," said Neil in a video statement on Friday at the Arena Bowl's media
 day in Cleveland. "Every guy wants to be an 'outlaw,' so why not give them the
 It  will be the third Arena team in Las Vegas. The first team was the Sting in
 1994  and the  New Jersey  Gladiators  relocated to  the city  in 2003  before
 leaving for Cleveland in 2007.
 "Las  Vegas is  a market  that has  always been  in our  plans," said  Kurz on
 Friday. "It was just a matter of finding the right ownership group. We believe
 Vince Neil and his partners are that group and we could not be more excited to
 now be able to bring Arena Football back to our great fans in Las Vegas."
 Cleveland will play Arizona for the Arena title on Saturday night.
 08/22 16:33:11 ET

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