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        === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, July 28 ===
               === Lakers hire Byron Scott as their new coach ===
 El  Segundo, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed
 Byron Scott to a multi-year contract as head coach on Monday.
 The former Lakers guard has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $17 million deal
 to replace Mike D'Antoni in Los Angeles.
 "After  an extensive and thorough search, we're proud to welcome Byron back to
 the  Lakers family  as our next head coach," said Lakers general manager Mitch
 Kupchak. "Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a
 player  and a  coach in his almost  30 years of NBA experience. His leadership
 skills  and  track record for  success make him the  ideal person to lead this
 franchise forward."
 Scott  was fired in April 2013 at the end of his third season as head coach of
 the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 He  has also coached  the Nets and Hornets since a 14-year playing career that
 included  three NBA  title runs  with the  Lakers in  the 1980s.  Scott has  a
 coaching record of 416-521.
 D'Antoni  resigned as Lakers  coach in April after one of the worst seasons in
 franchise  history and less  than 18 months after he was brought in to replace
 Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 season.
 Kobe  Bryant's  rookie season  came with Scott  on the floor  in his final NBA
 season with the Lakers. Now, Scott has a chance to coach Bryant.
 "I  am ecstatic  to once again be a  Laker and to have the opportunity to work
 alongside  Mitch  and the Buss family,"  said Scott. "I know firsthand what it
 takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in
 L.A.  and  played the  majority of my  career here, I  know how passionate and
 dedicated  our  fans  are. I  will  give  everything  I  have to  fulfill  the
 championship  expectations  that our supporters have  for us, and that we have
 for ourselves."
                  === Judge rules against Donald Sterling ===
 Los  Angeles, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Judge Michael  Levanas ruled  against
 Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to prevent the $2 billion sale of the
 Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
 The  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge favored with Donald Sterling's estranged
 wife  Shelly  Sterling on  all counts  in the  tentative ruling, upholding the
 removal of her husband as trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the
 Clippers, on grounds of mental incapacitation.
 "We  are  pleased that the court  has affirmed Shelly Sterling's right to sell
 the  Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction
 closing as soon as possible," the NBA said in a statement.
 Shelly  Sterling negotiated  the sale of the team after the 80-year-old Donald
 Sterling  was banned  for life from the  NBA and fined $2.5 million for making
 offensive racial remarks about African-Americans.
 She  got  authority to  remove  her  husband from  the  trust  that owned  the
 franchise  when doctors found out that he had signs of Alzheimer's disease and
 was unable to manage his affairs.
 Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical examination.
 The  Donald  Sterling ban  came after  an audio recording  in April by TMZ.com
 surfaced  of Sterling  scolding his young girlfriend for bringing black men to
 Clippers games.
                       === Lakers sign Wesley Johnson ===
 Los  Angeles,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Los  Angeles  Lakers  re-signed
 forward Wesley Johnson on Monday.
 General  manager  Mitch Kupchak made  the announcement. Terms of the agreement
 were  not released, although multiple reports have it at just under $1 million
 for one year.
 "I'm  happy to  welcome Wesley  back to  our team  and am  excited to  see him
 develop further after taking such great strides last season," Kupchak said.
 Johnson, like many other young Lakers last season, had a breakout year playing
 under  former head coach Mike D'Antoni. Johnson averaged career highs with 9.1
 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while appearing in a team-high 79 contests.
 A  four-year vet out of Syracuse, Johnson spent his first two seasons with the
 Timberwolves  after they made him the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and a
 year with the Suns before signing with Los Angeles last offseason.
                 === Browns' Pinkston not medically cleared ===
 Berea,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Cleveland  Browns  offensive lineman  Jason
 Pinkston has not been medically cleared for training camp.
 The  Browns  and Pinkston's agents released  a joint statement Monday, but did
 not include details about the fourth-year veteran's condition.
 "Cleveland  Browns offensive  lineman Jason  Pinkston has  not been  medically
 cleared  to participate in football activities," the statement read. "The team
 has  been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect
 their wishes to not provide any further details at this time."
 Pinkston  started 16  games as a rookie  in 2011, then battled a blood clot in
 his  lung  the following  year  and  played just  six  games.  He sustained  a
 significant ankle sprain during the 2013 preseason and played just three games
 upon his return in November.
                         === Redskins sign LB Brown ===
 Richmond,  VA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins signed linebacker
 Everette Brown to an undisclosed deal on Monday.
 Brown  was  originally selected by  the Carolina  Panthers in the second round
 (43rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and has since appeared in 38 career games
 with  three  starts for  the Panthers (2009-11),  San Diego Chargers (2011-12)
 and Dallas Cowboys (2013).
 Brown,  who  also spent  time on the  rosters of the  Detroit Lions (2012) and
 Philadelphia  Eagles (2013),  has recorded  59  tackles (42  solo) with  seven
 sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and an interception.
 Last  season, he appeared in seven games for the Cowboys and notched a sack in
 his season debut versus Minnesota in Week 9.
                          === Raiders sign Deering ===
 Napa,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  Oakland  Raiders signed  safety  Jeremy
 Deering on Monday.
 Deering was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free
 agent in May before being waived later in the month.
 In  four seasons  at Rutgers, he played  in 48 games, seeing action at running
 back,  wide receiver,  kick returner  and safety.  He finished  his collegiate
 career with 130 rushes for 578 yards and two touchdowns, 21 receptions for 415
 yards  and one touchdown, 41 kickoff returns for 1,100 yards and one touchdown
 and 45 tackles (28 solo), one interception and one pass defensed.
                === Panthers' Wharton to announce retirement ===
 Spartanburg,  SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Offensive lineman Travelle Wharton will
 announce  his  retirement in a  press conference at Carolina Panthers training
 camp on Tuesday.
 Wharton  was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
 He  was a  starter for the Panthers  for eight seasons before signing with the
 Cincinnati Bengals prior to the 2012 season.
 The  33-year-old  blew out his knee  in the preseason  and did not appear in a
 regular season game for the Bengals that year.
 Wharton  returned  to the Panthers  last season and  started 12 games. For his
 career, Wharton started 111 of 115 games.
                 === Padres shelve Quentin, activate Gyorko ===
 Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres have placed outfielder
 Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list and activated infielder Jedd Gyorko
 from the DL.
 Quentin  has a sore left knee and last played Saturday against Atlanta. He has
 struggled  mightily in 50  games this season after starting the year on the DL
 because  of  a bruised  knee, batting just  .177 with four  homers and 18 runs
 batted in.
 Gyorko  had  been sidelined  since June  6 with plantar  fasciitis in his left
 foot.  He missed 44 games because of the injury and hit .294 in six games of a
 rehab  stint with Triple-A El Paso after batting just .162 in 56 games for the
 San Diego also optioned infielder Brooks Conrad to El Paso to make room on the
 25-man  roster for  pitcher  Jason Lane,  who was  scheduled  to start  Monday
 against the Braves in place of Ian Kennedy. Kennedy has a sore left oblique.
 Lane,  a  former outfielder with  the Houston Astros,  will make his first big
 league start as a pitcher. The 37-year-old lefty was 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 19
 starts  for  El Paso and  made two relief appearances  for the Padres in June,
 surrendering just one hit in 4 1/3 innings.
                      === Cubs trade Barney to Dodgers ===
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Chicago  Cubs  have traded  infielder
 Darwin  Barney and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player
 to be named later.
 Barney  was  designated for assignment  on July 22  after batting .230 with 10
 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season.
 The  28-year-old Barney  has a career batting average of .244 with 88 doubles,
 18  home runs and 146 RBI in 542 games with the Cubs. He won the 2012 National
 League  Gold  Glove after tying a  major league single-season record with 141-
 consecutive errorless games at second base.
                         === Phils release OF Gwynn ===
 Flushing,   NY   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Philadelphia  Phillies  released
 outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. on Monday.
 Gwynn had been designated for assignment last Monday.
 The  31-year-old hit  just  .163 with  three  RBI  in 67  games  as a  reserve
 His father, Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, passed away on June 16.
                        === D-backs activate Pacheco ===
 Cincinnati,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Arizona  Diamondbacks  reinstated
 infielder/catcher  Jordan Pacheco  from the  15-day disabled  list and  placed
 infielder/outfielder Nick Evans on unconditional release waivers.
 Pacheco  is hitting .375  (3-for-8) with a double and two runs scored in eight
 games for the D-backs since being claimed off waivers from the Rockies on June
 12.  In 30  games this  season  between the  Rockies and  Diamondbacks, he  is
 batting .250 with seven doubles and eight RBI.
 Evans  hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 18
 games for the D-backs this season.
                         === Rays activate Peralta ===
 St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays activated reliever
 Joel  Peralta  from the  15-day disabled list  and designated left-hander Erik
 Bedard for assignment on Monday.
 Peralta  missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander is 2-3 with
 a 4.15 ERA in 43 games this season.
 Bedard  went  4-6 with a  4.76 ERA in  17 games (15  starts) for the Rays this
 season. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.
                         === A's place Gentry on DL ===
 Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Oakland  Athletics placed  outfielder
 Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand on Monday.
 Gentry was batting .264 with 10 RBI and 18 stolen bases over 80 games with the
 A's  this  season. This  is Gentry's  second stint on  the DL  as a lower back
 strain put him on the shelf at the beginning of the season.
 To  take Gentry's  spot on the roster, Oakland selected outfielder Billy Burns
 from  Double-A Midland. The  A's will make a move to clear a spot for Burns on
 the 40-man roster later Monday.
            === Orioles place McFarland on bereavement list ===
 Baltimore,  MD  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Baltimore  Orioles  placed  relief
 pitcher  T.J.  McFarland on the  bereavement list and recalled pitcher Preston
 Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk.
 McFarland,  a lefty, has  gone 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 23 games for the Orioles
 this season.
 The  right-handed Guilmet  has posted a 5.23  ERA in 10 games with the Orioles
 this season, striking out 12 batters and walking two in 10 1/3 innings.
              === Cishek, deGrom share NL weekly honors ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  - Miami Marlins  reliever Steve Cishek and
 New  York Mets starter Jacob deGrom have been named co-National League Players
 of the Week for the period ending July 27.
 In  five appearances last week, Cishek converted a major league-best five save
 opportunities.  The  28-year-old right-hander fanned  eight in five innings of
 work  and allowed  just two  hits while  tying for  the major  league lead  in
 pitching appearances.
 The rookie deGrom  tied for the  National League lead  in wins and innings
 pitched last  week, going 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, allowing one run on 13 1/3
 innings with 11 strikeouts and three walks over two outings.
               === Santana earns AL Player of the Week honors ===
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Cleveland Indians  infielder and
 designated hitter Carlos Santana was named the American League Player of the
 Week on Monday.
 Santana  batted .556 (15-for-27)  with three doubles, six homers and 10 RBI on
 his way to his first career Player of the Week honor and second straight for
 the Indians -- Jason Kipnis won the award last week.
 Santana led all hitters in batting average, homers, hits, runs scored (8),
 total bases (36) and slugging percentage (1.333) for the week
 The 28-year-old slugger became the first player this season to hit five home
 runs in a single series when the Indians lost three out of four games to the
 Kansas City Royals to end the week.
 Houston's Jose Altuve, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Sale of the White Sox,
 Boston's David Ortiz and Zach Britton of the Orioles were all considered for
 the award.
                     === Yankees recall Almonte, DFA Francis ===
 Arlington,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Before Monday's  game against the Texas
 Rangers,  the New York Yankees recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A
 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated pitcher Jeff Francis for assignment.
 Almonte  has appeared  in 10 games for the Yankees this season, going 4-for-25
 with one homer.
 The  Yankees had  acquired Francis  from  the Oakland  Athletics earlier  this
 month.  The left-hander went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two relief appearances for
 New York.
       === Royals acquire Kratz, Hendriks from Blue Jays for Valencia ===
 Kansas  City,  MO (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Kansas  City Royals have acquired
 catcher  Erik  Kratz and pitcher  Liam Hendriks from  the Toronto Blue Jays in
 exchange for infielder Danny Valencia.
 Valencia  hit .282 with  two homers and 11 RBI in 36 games for the Royals this
 Kratz  has split  time between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo this season. In 34
 games for the Jays this year, he hit .198 with three homers and 10 RBI. He was
 traded  to  Toronto this  offseason from the  Phillies' organization, where he
 spent three years.
 Hendriks  made 16  starts for Buffalo this  season, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
 The  young  righty went 1-0 with  a 6.08 ERA  in three starts for Toronto this
 The  Royals will  recall  infielder  Christian Colon  from  Triple-A Omaha  on
 Tuesday. Catcher Brett Hayes was designated for assignment.
                  === Red Wings sign Tatar to 3-year deal ===
 Detroit,  MI (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Tomas
 Tatar to a three-year contract on Monday.
 Tatar,  23,  had 19 goals  and 20 assists  in 73 games  for the Red Wings last
 season. He ranked second on the team in goals and third with a plus-12 rating.
 In  100 career  games, all with Detroit, the Slovakian has registered 24 goals
 and 47 points.
                      === Blue Jackets re-sign Tyrell ===
 Columbus,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed
 forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract.
 Tyrell  was acquired from  Tampa Bay in a March 5 trade and has yet to suit up
 for  Columbus. He  spent most  of the  2013-14 season  in the  American Hockey
 League and appeared in seven games for the Lightning.
 The 25-year-old Alberta native has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in
 132 NHL games, all with the Lightning.
                       === Maple Leafs bring in Winnik ===
 Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Maple Leafs signed Toronto native Daniel
 Winnik to a one-year contract on Monday.
 The 29-year-old forward set career highs in assists (24) and points (30) while
 playing 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season.
 For  his career, Winnik has totaled 49 goals and 101 assists in 490 games with
 Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim.
                 === Austria's Thiem advances on home soil ===
 Kitzbuhel, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Heavy Austrian crowd favorite Dominic
 Thiem  was a  hard-fought opening-round  winner  Monday at  the Kitzbuhel  Cup
 tennis event.
 The  fifth-seeded 20-year-old  outlasted  Brazilian qualifier  Joao Souza  7-6
 (7-4),  3-6,  7-5 in 2 hours,  40 minutes on  the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis
 Stadium. Heavy rain delayed play for about an hour after the second set.
 In the second game of the match, Souza walked off the court after being warned
 by the chair umpire for taking too much time between serves.
 Souza  sat on his chair for several minutes, but decided to continue after the
 umpire refused to call the supervisor.
 Meanwhile,  Argentine qualifier  Maximo  Gonzalez  upset eighth-seeded  rising
 Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
 Also  on Day 1, Spaniard Pere Riba handled German Dustin Brown 7-6 (8-6), 7-5;
 Austria's  Andreas Haider-Maurer  topped  wild card  fellow countryman  Gerald
 Melzer  6-2,  7-6  (7-1);  Spanish  qualifier  Albert  Ramos-Vinolas  overcame
 Croatian  qualifier Viktor  Galovic 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2; and Czech Jiri Vesely
 dismissed German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4.
 The top seeds in Kitzbuhel are German 2012 runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber and
 Spaniard  Marcel Granollers,  who is  the reigning  champion. Granollers  beat
 Argentine former champion Juan Monaco in last year's finale.
 This week's winner will claim $104,000.
                   === Petkovic advances in Stanford ===
 Stanford,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Eighth-seeded Andrea Petkovic was an easy
 winner  on Monday in the opening round at the Bank of the West Classic, a U.S.
 Open Series tennis event.
 Petkovic  topped  Croat Ajla Tomljanovic  6-1, 6-4  on the hardcourts at Taube
 Family  Tennis  Center, easily advancing  to the second round. The 26-year-old
 German  will face  Japanese Naomi Osaka, who  was a 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5 winner
 over Australian Samantha Stosur.
 Petkovic is seeking her fifth career title and first in Stanford.
 Also  on Day  1, American qualifier Sachia Vickery crushed China's Zhang Shuai
 6-1,  6-2;  2012 runner-up Coco  Vandeweghe bested fellow American Kristie Ahn
 6-2,  7-5; and  Czech Karolina  Pliskova drubbed  43-year-old Japanese  Kimiko
 Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-3.
 Pliskova is rewarded with a second-round match against world No. 1 star Serena
 Williams.  This  week's top seed  is the  American great and two-time champion
 Williams, who is set to play her first tennis since Wimbledon.
 Slovak Dominika Cibulkova upset Pole Agnieszka Radwanska in last year's final.
 The 2014 Stanford champion will claim $120,000.
                        === Ginepri advances in D.C. ===
 Washington,  DC  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Veteran American  Robby Ginepri was an
 easy first-round winner Monday at the $1.4 million Citi Open tennis event.
 The  qualifier and  31-year-old Florida  native got  past Colombian  Alejandro
 Falla 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
 The  one-time world No. 15 Ginepri is rewarded with a match against top-seeded
 Czech star Tomas Berdych.
 An  all-American  affair saw  Tim Smyczek douse  qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 6-3,
 6-0, while France's Benoit Paire took out Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-0.
 In another all-American matchup, Rajeev Ram outlasted Jared Donaldson by a 6-7
 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5 score. American Donald Young moved on with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win
 over Yuichi Sugita of Japan.
 Other  first-round wins  came from Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, Slovak Lukas Lacko,
 Russian Evgeny Donskoy and Australians Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic.
 Three-time champion Juan Martin del Potro, who is not defending his title this
 year, beat two-time runner-up John Isner in last year's D.C. finale.
 The  top seeds this week are the former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych and rising
 Canadian Milos Raonic.
 This week's U.S. Open Series winner will earn $316,400.
                      === Kuznetsova wins D.C. opener ===
 Washington,  DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Former top-five star Svetlana Kuznetsova
 was  an  easy first-round winner  Monday at the Citi  Open, a U.S. Open Series
 tennis event.
 The  sixth-seeded  Russian and  two-time Grand  Slam champion routed Slovenian
 Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
 Third-seeded  Alize  Cornet of France  was upset  by American wild card Shelby
 Rogers  7-5,  4-6, 6-4, and  seventh-seeded American  Madison Keys was also an
 early  casualty  on Monday as she  suffered a 7-5,  6-3 defeat at the hands of
 Japan's Kurumi Nara.
 In  the last  match  of  the evening,  eighth-seeded  Romanian Sorana  Cirstea
 outlasted Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
 Meanwhile,  American  Vania King  drubbed Canadian  wild card Francoise Abanda
 6-2, 6-0.
 American qualifier Taylor Townsend bounced back from a first-set loss to nab a
 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over German Julia Goerges, and Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas
 cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win over American qualifier Tornado Alicia Black.
 Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata whipped American Alison Riske 6-0, 7-5.
 Slovak  Magdalena Rybarikova beat German Andrea Petkovic in last year's finale
 to capture her second straight title in the nation's capital.
 The top seed this week is Czech Lucie Safarova.
 The 2014 D.C. champion will claim $43,000.
              === Clark moves inside top 100 of world rankings ===
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Tim Clark earned his first victory in
 four  years at the  Canadian Open on Sunday, and that win moved him inside the
 top 100 of this week's world rankings.
 Clark  birdied  five of his last  eight holes to rally past third-round leader
 Jim  Furyk and earn  his second career win on the PGA Tour. His first win came
 at the 2010 Players Championship.
 With that victory, Clark vaulted 78 places up the rankings from 153rd to 75th.
 The  top five  players in  the  rankings remained  the same,  with Adam  Scott
 maintaining  the  top spot ahead of  Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose
 and Sergio Garcia.
 Furyk's  third runner-up  finish of  the  season jumped  him up  two spots  to
 eighth, causing Jason Day and Tiger Woods to each drop a place and they sit at
 ninth and 10th, respectively.
 Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson maintained their
 positions from 11th through 14th.
 Hideki  Matsuyama moved  up a pair of  slots to 15th, while Dustin Johnson and
 Graeme McDowell both fell a spot to 16th and 17th. Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker
 and Steve Stricker all held firm to round out the top 20.
          === Not much change in women's world rankings this week ===
 Philadelphia,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  With  the  International  Crown  in
 action  last  week, there was  barely any change  to this week's women's world
 Stacy  Lewis, who  was a member of  the United States team that was eliminated
 after  the third round  of the International Crown, remains in the No. 1 slot,
 followed by Lydia Ko and Korean team member Inbee Park.
 Suzann  Pettersen  remained at  No. 4, Lexi  Thompson is still  No. 5 and this
 year's  U.S.  Women's Open champion  Michelle Wie stayed  put at No. 6. Karrie
 Webb, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu and Cristie Kerr rounded out the top 10.
 Anna  Nordqvist, Paula  Creamer,  Angela Stanford,  Lizette  Salas, Amy  Yang,
 Jessica  Korda  and Catriona Matthew are  11 through 17 respectively, the same
 spots they were in last week.
 The  first change in the  top 20 was at 18 and 19. Sun Ju Ahn and Na Yeon Choi
 swapped  spots with Ahn  taking over at No. 18 and Choi dropping a spot to No.
 19. Rounding out the top 20 is Azahara Munoz, who is No. 20 for another week.
 Julie  Greciet, who  earned her first LET victory at the Sberbank Golf Masters
 in the Czech Republic on Sunday, jumped 163 spots from No. 346 to No. 183.
             === Palace Malice leads poll heading into Whitney ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Palace Malice, undefeated in four starts
 this  season,  tops the  NTRA Thoroughbred Poll  going into Saturday's Whitney
 Invitational at Saratoga.
 Owned  by Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice received 32 first-place votes from the
 38  cast and has  373 points for a 50-point lead. The 4-year-old colt, trained
 by Todd Pletcher, is expected to be favored for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney.
 "It's  a huge race," Pletcher said. "The horse is doing fantastic. He's off to
 a  great start this year, and we're just hoping for more of the same from him.
 He's  been super consistent and impressive. We know he likes Saratoga from the
 way he ran here the last two years, so we're excited about the Whitney."
 Two-time  Horse  of the Year Wise  Dan is back  in training at Saratoga and is
 probable  to start in the coming weeks. Trained by Charlie LoPresti for Morton
 Fink,  Wise  Dan has  five top votes  and 323 points  for second behind Palace
 "I'm  not trying to set him down to make the Fourstardave," said LoPresti. "If
 he  just  jumps up and  is dragging us  around and acting  like he has to run,
 we'll  run. If he doesn't run in the Fourstardave (Aug. 9), maybe he'll run in
 the  Bernard Baruch (Aug. 30). He's been through a lot. I'm sure there will be
 people  that say,  'That wasn't one of  his blistering works, he's not the old
 Wise  Dan.'  He had colic  surgery nine  weeks ago; I  wouldn't want him to do
 something like that, and I wouldn't make him do something like that."
 Kentucky  Derby and  Preakness winner California Chrome is third with a single
 first-place vote and 283 points.
 Leading  older female  Close Hatches  is fourth  with 200  points followed  by
 Game  On  Dude (132),  Haskell winner  Bayern (126),  Shared Belief (109), Jim
 Dandy champ Wicked Strong (98), 3-year-old filly Untapable (85) and Lea (71).
 The National Poll continues through the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1.
                 === Nine set to go in West Virginia Derby ===
 Chester,  WV  (SportsNetwork.com) - Louisiana  Derby winner Vicar's in Trouble
 heads  a field  of nine 3-year-olds for  Saturday's 45th running of the 1 1/8-
 mile, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park.
 Owned  by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Vicar's in Trouble will start from post 4 with
 Alan Garcia aboard the colt for the first time.
 Vicar's  in  Trouble, trained by Mike  Maker, comes into Saturday's race off a
 third-place finish behind Jessica's Star in the Iowa Derby on May 31. The colt
 began  the  year by winning  the Lecomte Stakes at  Fair Grounds followed by a
 third in the track's Risen Star Stakes.
 After  his victory in the Louisiana Derby, Vicar's in Trouble finished last in
 the  19-horse Kentucky  Derby. He  has three  wins and  three thirds  in seven
 lifetime starts for $813,900.
 Candy  Boy,  trained by John  Sadler, has drawn the  outside post in the nine-
 horse field with Corey Nakatani back to ride the colt for the first time since
 the debut start more than 11 months ago.
 Owned by C R K Stable, Candy Boy was second to Shared Belief four weeks ago in
 the  Los Alamitos Derby.  The colt won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes to begin the
 year  and  was third behind California  Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby. Candy
 Boy  was  sent off  at 9-1 but  could do  no better than  13th in the Kentucky
 Candy Boy has two wins and three seconds in nine career starts for $525,600.
 Here  is  the field  for the  West Virginia Derby  from the  rail out: Key for
 Success,   Rex  Stakes;  For  Goodness  Sake.  Brian  Hernandez  Jr.;  Classic
 Giacnroll,  Kendrick Carmouche;  Vicar's  in Trouble,  Alan Garcia;  Tapiture,
 Rosie Napravnik; Gold Appointment, Rex Stokes; Divine View, Kerwin Clark; Only
 I Know, Christian  Pilares and Candy Boy, Corey Nakatani.
 Post time for the West Virginia Derby will be approximately 5:45 p.m. ET.
                === Moore, Latta named WNBA Players of Week ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore earned
 her  third straight  WNBA Western  Conference Player  of the  Week award,  the
 league announced Monday.
 Washington  Mystics guard  Ivory Latta was named the Eastern Conference's best
 performer for the past week.
 Moore  averaged 25.7  points and  8.3 rebounds,  helping the  Lynx go  3-0 and
 clinch  a  playoff berth.  In a  112-108 double-overtime  win over the Atlanta
 Dream,  Moore  scored 48 points, the  second-highest total in a game in league
 Latta  averaged  20.3 points in  three wins for the  Mystics. She also led the
 East with 5.3 assists per game.
 07/29 02:05:19 ET