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    === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Thursday, September 18 ===
 
 
           === Cards RB Dwyer moved to reserve non-football list ===
 
 Tempe,  AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer
 was  placed on  the reserve/non-football illness list Thursday, a day after he
 was  arrested  on multiple  assault charges involving  a 27-year-old woman and
 Dwyer's 18-month old child.
 
 On  Wednesday, Dwyer was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and charged with
 one  count  of aggravated assault causing  a fracture, one count of aggravated
 assault  involving a  minor,  two  counts of  criminal  damage,  one count  of
 preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.
 
 According  to a  Phoenix police news release, detectives from the department's
 Family Investigations Bureau arrested Dwyer over allegations of assault in two
 separate incidents that are alleged to have taken place on consecutive days in
 July in a residence in southeast Phoenix.
 
 Dwyer,  according to  the release,  has  admitted the  incidents happened  but
 denied any physical assaults occurred.
 
 In  his first  season  with  Arizona after  four  years  in Pittsburgh,  Dwyer
 appeared  in each  of  the Cardinals'  first  two games  this  season with  16
 rushes for 51 yards and a touchdown.
 
 The Cardinals re-signed running back Jalen Parmele, who was a final roster cut
 before the beginning of the season.
 
 Parmele,  a  four-year veteran who  previously played with Baltimore (2008-10)
 and  Jacksonville (2012), has appeared in 35 career games (two starts) and has
 primarily  been used  on special teams, where he has registered 1,078 yards on
 43 kickoff returns.
 
 Arizona  also  signed running back Kerwynn  Williams to the practice squad and
 released running back Chris Rainey.
 
 
                     === Jags WR Lee won't play Sunday ===
 
 Jacksonville,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Jacksonville  Jaguars  rookie  wide
 receiver  Marqise Lee  won't play  Sunday  against Indianapolis  because of  a
 hamstring injury.
 
 Lee  started the  first two games of the  season and is tied for the team lead
 with  eight  receptions. He  was bothered  by a hamstring  issue last week and
 played  against Washington,  then was limited in practice Wednesday because of
 the injury.
 
 "We  want to  make sure  I'm 100  percent before  I come  back and  try to  do
 anything," said Lee on Wednesday.
 
 Lee was selected by the Jaguars in the second round of May's draft.
 
 The  Jaguars'  top two receiving  threats will miss  the club's home opener on
 Sunday,  as tight  end Marcedes  Lewis was  placed on  injured reserve  with a
 designation to return earlier this week.
 
 Lewis, who also has eight catches this season, is expected to be sidelined for
 the  next 6-to-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain he sustained last week against
 the Redskins.
 
 
             === Bucs RB Martin, DT McCoy both out vs. Falcons ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Tampa Bay  Buccaneers  running back  Doug
 Martin  and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will both miss Thursday night's game
 against the Atlanta Falcons.
 
 Martin, who missed last week's game against the Rams due to a knee injury, was
 limited in practice this week.
 
 McCoy,  who  has a broken  left hand, was  limited Wednesday after missing the
 first two days of practice.
 
 Defensive  end Michael  Johnson (ankle) is active list despite being listed as
 questionable.
 
 
                     === Falcons WR White out vs. Bucs ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta  Falcons wide receiver Roddy White
 will miss Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
 
 White hurt his hamstring in last Sunday's 24-10 loss at Cincinnati. He did not
 practice this week.
 
 Rookie  left  tackle Jake  Matthews is  active after  missing last week's game
 with a sprained left ankle.
 
 
           === Marital infidelity led to Washington's resignation ===
 
 Dallas,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington
 said marital infidelity led to his resignation earlier this month.
 
 Washington resigned on Sept. 5 and cited an "off-the-field personal matter" as
 his  reason at the  time. He held a news conference Thursday at a Dallas hotel
 to address the situation further.
 
 "I  was  not true to my  wife," said Washington.  "After 42 years, I broke her
 trust. I'm here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those
 I disappointed."
 
 The  62-year-old  Washington did  not discuss details  during his apology. His
 wife, Gerry, was seated nearby.
 
 "I'm  sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife," Washington added.
 "And  for disappointing  my players,  disappointing my  coaches, disappointing
 Major League Baseball and disappointing the Texas Rangers."
 
 Washington  had  been the Rangers' skipper  since the start of the 2007 season
 and  left  with the club just  53-87, the worst  mark in any of his seven-plus
 years at the helm.
 
 The  Rangers were 664-611 under Washington and won back-to-back AL pennants in
 2010 and '11.
 
 Tim Bogar was named interim manager after Washington's departure.
 
 
           === Athletics moving Triple-A affiliation to Nashville ===
 
 Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Oakland Athletics have decided to move
 their Triple-A affiliation to Nashville of the Pacific Coast League.
 
 Sacramento  had been  the home  for Oakland's  Triple-A team  for the  past 15
 years. The new four-year deal with Nashville runs through the 2018 season.
 
 "The  Oakland A's  are delighted to enter into this new association with Frank
 Ward  and the Nashville Sounds," said Athletics general manager Billy Beane in
 a  statement Thursday.  "As we  did our  due diligence  of available  Triple-A
 markets,  it became very clear that Nashville was the most attractive. It is a
 dynamic  city  and entertainment  center  with  first-rate ownership,  a  long
 history of baseball, and a location that is convenient for player movement."
 
 The Sounds had served as the Triple-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers from
 2005-14.  Oakland  will be the seventh  big league team to have an affiliation
 with Nashville since professional baseball returned to the city in 1978.
 
 Prior  to the  venture with  the Brewers,  Nashville was  also home  for minor
 league  clubs for  the Cincinnati  Reds (1978-79,  1987-92), New  York Yankees
 (1980-84),   Detroit   Tigers  (1985-86),  Chicago  White  Sox  (1993-97)  and
 Pittsburgh Pirates (1998-2004).
 
 The Sounds will move into a new ballpark for the 2015 season.
 
 "We  are  thrilled to  begin this new  relationship with the  A's, who hold an
 exciting future on both the major league and minor league levels," said Sounds
 owner  Frank Ward.  "Oakland has an outstanding track record of success at the
 Triple-A  level.  We're looking forward  to watching  their next tier of stars
 develop at our state-of-the-art First Tennessee Park."
 
 The  Sacramento  RiverCats won  11 division titles  and four PCL championships
 during the 15-year stint with the Athletics.
 
 
          === Giants announce Triple-A affiliation with Sacramento ===
 
 San  Francisco, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants announced a
 two-year  player development  contract with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats
 of the Pacific Coast League on Thursday.
 
 Sacramento,  which  was previously Oakland's  Triple-A affiliate for 15 years,
 will begin its partnership with the Giants at the start of the 2015 season.
 
 "It  was  a difficult decision  to move our  affiliate, but ultimately we felt
 that  the  proximity of  the River Cats  to San Francisco  was critical to the
 development  of our  players,"  Giants  president Larry  Baer  said. "We  look
 forward  to working  with the River Cats organization to continue to deliver a
 top baseball experience to our players and the fans."
 
 The  River  Cats won 11 division  titles and four PCL championships during the
 15-year stint with the Athletics.
 
 Sacramento  joins a  minor league  system  that includes  the Richmond  Flying
 Squirrels   (Double-A),  San   Jose   Giants   (Single-A  Advanced),   Augusta
 GreenJackets (Single-A), and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short Season).
 
 San Francisco was previously affiliated with the Fresno Grizzlies.
 
 
     === Flyers' Timonen out 'months' while recovering from blood clots ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo
 Timonen  will be out  for a period of months as he continues to recover from a
 diagnosis of multiple blood clots.
 
 In  a  Thursday afternoon press conference,  Flyers GM Ron Hextall stated that
 the condition of his veteran blueliner is such that an assessment of Timonen's
 readiness  to return to the ice won't occur until the turn of the new calendar
 year.
 
 "Kimmo  will  not play  for a period  of time here,  meaning months. First and
 foremost  we're concerned  about  him  and his  family,"  Hextall stated.  "We
 really  don't have  any definitive answers. The one definitive we have is that
 Kimmo will not play ... for many months."
 
 Timonen  had been  diagnosed with blood clots  in his lower right leg and both
 lungs  in  his native  Finland back in  early August, a  setback which put his
 career in jeopardy.
 
 The  39-year-old veteran  signed a one-year contract extension in June to stay
 with  the Flyers for  an eighth season. Now, it appears likely that won't come
 to pass, although Timonen is not completely given over to the possibility that
 he's finished.
 
 "My  desire is  ... obviously I want to  play. But the chance of me playing is
 really  slim. That's  a fact,"  Timonen  stated. "I'm  ready to  wait, and  if
 there's  a  chance and a safe  way for me  to step on  the ice, then we have a
 discussion. But we don't know yet."
 
 Timonen  has 232  assists and 270 points  with the Flyers -- ranking him third
 all-time among Philadelphia defensemen in both stats. He has 117 goals and 454
 assists  for  571 points in  1,092 career games  with the Flyers and Nashville
 Predators.
 
 In  77  games last  season, Timonen  posted six  goals with  29 assists for 35
 points.
 
 
                        === Bulls sign E'Twaun Moore ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls have signed guard E'Twaun
 Moore to an undisclosed contract.
 
 Moore  spent the  past  two  seasons with  Orlando  after  playing his  rookie
 campaign  with Boston. He averaged 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in
 79 games, including three starts, for the Magic last season.
 
 The  Purdue product has  started 24 of the 192 games he has played in the NBA,
 and owns career averages of 6.2 points, 1.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds.
 
 Boston  selected  the East Chicago, Indiana  native in the second round of the
 2011 NBA Draft.
 
 
           === Tallent beats Norton for U.S. Senior Amateur title ===
 
 Newport Beach, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Tallent never trailed en route
 to  beating Bryan Norton,  2 & 1, in Thursday's championship match at the U.S.
 Senior Amateur Championship.
 
 Tallent  needed  to survive  a 15-for-13  playoff on Monday  just to reach the
 match play portion of the championship at Big Canyon Country Club.
 
 He  2-putted for par  on the first to move 1-up as Norton faltered to a 3-putt
 bogey. After they matched pars on the par-5 second, Tallent's tee shot stopped
 inside  four feet at  the par-3 third. He kicked that in for birdie to move 2-
 up. The pair carded four pars in a row from the fourth.
 
 Tallent,  the 2010  U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up, took the eighth when Norton
 failed  to get up  and down for par after missing the green with his approach.
 Tallent  drained a 12-footer  for birdie on the ninth to push his lead to 4-up
 as they made the turn.
 
 The  duo parred the 10th before Norton made a move. Norton, the 2003 U.S. Mid-
 Amateur runner-up, rolled in a 5-footer for birdie on No. 11. He followed with
 a 2-putt par at the 12th to get back within 2-down.
 
 Tallent's  approach at  the 14th went over  the green, and he failed to get up
 and  down for par.  Norton 2-putted for his par and was 1-down with four holes
 to play.
 
 At  the par-3 15th,  Tallent converted his third birdie of the day to push his
 lead  back  to 2-up. Both  players were  inside six feet  for par on the par-5
 16th.  After Tallent missed,  Norton had a chance to get within 1-down, but he
 failed to convert a 3-footer.
 
 Tallent  was 2-up  with two to play. The  match ended on No. 17 as Tallent ran
 home a 30-footer for birdie.
 
 This  was Tallent's  first USGA title. Norton  was hoping for his second as he
 was  part of  the winning USGA Men's State Team championship winning team from
 Kansas in 2010.
 
 
                    === R&A votes to allow women members ===
 
 St.  Andrews, Scotland  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of
 St.  Andrews  announced on Thursday that  the membership has voted in favor of
 allowing women members for the first time.
 
 Peter  Dawson, the  chief executive  and secretary  of the  R&A, read  a brief
 statement on Thursday announcing the decision.
 
 That  statement read,  "I'm very,  very pleased  indeed to  announce that  the
 membership  of  the  Royal &  Ancient  Golf  Club  of  St. Andrews  has  voted
 overwhelmingly  in favor  of welcoming women members. More than three-quarters
 of  the club's  global membership took part  in the ballot, with a decisive 85
 percent voting for women to become members. This vote has immediate affect and
 I  can  confirm that  the Royal &  Ancient Golf  Club of St.  Andrews is now a
 mixed-sex club, mixed membership club.
 
 "The membership also acted to fast-track a significant initial number of women
 to  become members in the coming months. This is a very important and positive
 day  in the  history of the Royal &  Ancient Golf Club. The R&A has served the
 sport  of golf  well for  260  years, and  I'm  confident that  the club  will
 continue to do so in (the) future with the support of all of its members, both
 women and men."
 
 This move comes two years after Augusta National admitted its first two female
 members.
 
 "Women  have played and  will continue to play an integral role in the game of
 golf.  In  fact, women represent  the biggest growth  market in the sport, and
 every  step to make  golf more inclusive is good for the game," PGA of America
 president Ted Bishop said in a statement. "The PGA of America is thrilled that
 the  R&A  is welcoming  women into  its organization,  and loudly applauds its
 decision."
 
 Women have been allowed to play golf at St. Andrews in the past, but the Royal
 & Ancient clubhouse behind the 18th green of the Old Course at St. Andrews has
 been off limits to women.
 
 The  course  hosted the 2007 and  2013 Women's British Opens, and players were
 allowed in the clubhouse during those championships.
 
 The  LPGA Tour  released a statement in  favor of the decision, and that read,
 "The  LPGA is happy  to hear that the members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club
 in  St.  Andrews have  voted  to  include  female  members. This  decision  is
 certainly  a step  in the  right direction  and one  that better  captures the
 current diversity and inclusiveness of our great game."
 
 There  are other clubs in the Open Championship rota -- Muirfield, Royal Troon
 and  Royal St. Georges  -- that remain male only, and Dawson would not comment
 on whether the R&A has asked those clubs to allow women members.
 
 "I  think it  is a very positive message  for the game of golf, and the R&A in
 its position as the governing body for the game, I think it's quite right that
 the  members have agreed to embrace this concept, and welcome women members to
 the  club," Dawson said  when asked what message this sends. "It's a great day
 for the game."
 
 
        === Taurasi, Dupree added as finalists for U.S. Worlds team ===
 
 Paris,  France  (SportsNetwork.com) - Diana  Taurasi and Candice Dupree of the
 WNBA  champion  Phoenix Mercury  were added  to the list  of finalists for the
 United States' women's world championship team.
 
 The  duo will  join 13 other players  competing for 12 spots on the squad that
 will play for Team USA at the 2014 World Championship in Turkey.
 
 "Obviously  you've got  two players coming in that have a tremendous amount of
 confidence  right now  after the kind of  season that they had and winning the
 WNBA  Championship,"  said Team  USA head  coach Geno  Auriemma in a statement
 Thursday.  "You've got  two of the best offensive players in the WNBA. Diana's
 had  so much  international experience  at world  championships and  Olympics,
 Candice  was  with us in  the 2010 World Championship  and played great. So, I
 think we have a great group and our group just got a lot better."
 
 The  other finalists for the team include Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and
 WNBA MVP Maya Moore of Minnesota, Seattle's Sue Bird, New York's Tina Charles,
 Tulsa's  Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims, Washington's Stefanie Dolson, Jantel
 Lavender  and  Nnemkadi Ogwumike of  Los Angeles, San Antonio's Kayla McBride,
 Atlanta's  Angel  McCoughtry  and  the  University  of  Connecticut's  Breanna
 Stewart.
 
 Brittney  Griner of  the Mercury is also under consideration for the team, but
 must  first be  cleared  by her  physician. The  WNBA's  top defensive  player
 underwent a procedure to correct a retinal issue earlier this month and missed
 the final game of the WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky.
 
 Chicago  stars Elena  Delle  Donne and  Sylvia Fowles  are  unable to  compete
 because of injuries.
 
 The FIBA World Championship will take place from Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and
 Istanbul.
 
 
              === U.S. to meet Brits again in Davis Cup opener ===
 
 Dubai,  United  Arab Emirates  (SportsNetwork.com) -  For a second consecutive
 year, the United States and Great Britain have been draw to face each other in
 the first round of the Davis Cup.
 
 The  two proud  tennis nations met in  the round of 16 earlier this year, with
 the  Andy  Murray-led Brits  coming out  on top,  3-1, in  San Diego. The loss
 dropped  the  32-time champion Americans  into the World Group playoffs, where
 they crushed Slovakia 5-0 last week to re-join the World Group for next year.
 
 In  March,  the nine-time winners  from Great Britain will  host team USA at a
 yet-to-be-determined site.
 
 This  year's finalists,  France  and  Switzerland, will  both  travel away  to
 European opposition with the French opening their campaign against Germany and
 the Swiss heading to Belgium in 2015.
 
 One  of  the stories of the  draw on Thursday  was the coupling of great South
 American rivals Brazil and Argentina. The best-of-five tie, which will be held
 in  Argentina,  will be the first  meeting between the two nations since 1980.
 The two sides have never met in the World Group.
 
 The  third  and fourth seeds,  the Czech Republic  and Serbia, will both begin
 their  campaigns with home ties. The Czechs, drawn in the same half as France,
 will host Australia, while the Serbs will host neighboring Croatia.
 
 Two  other  matchups will pit host  Kazakhstan against Italy and Canada versus
 visiting Japan.
 
 The 2014 France-Switzerland final will be held in France in November.
 
 
            === Report: Li Na will announce retirement on Friday ===
 
 Wuhan,  China (SportsNetwork.com)  - Two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na is set
 to  announce her  retirement on Friday, according to Chinese state-owned CCTV.
 The CCTV News account tweeted a report that Li's agent had confirmed the news.
 
 CCTV  reports Li  is retiring due to lingering knee injuries, which forced her
 to withdraw from the recently concluded U.S. Open.
 
 An intricate tape job on her right knee has been a staple of her on-court gear
 for  years.  Li's  already had  several  surgeries  on  the  knee and  in  her
 autobiography  she detailed the painful procedures she has had to undergo just
 to stay on court.
 
 The  world No. 6  and one-time world No. 2 star has not played since losing in
 the third round at Wimbledon in June.
 
 An  announcement  could come as  early as Friday in  Wuhan, with a formal news
 conference to follow, possibly over the weekend in Beijing.
 
 Li  became the first Asian-born player to capture a Grand Slam event, doing so
 at  the French Open  in 2011, and won her second major title earlier this year
 at the Australian Open. But following a first-round loss at this year's French
 Open  and a  third-round setback at Wimbledon, Li split with her coach, Carlos
 Rodriguez, and has not played since.
 
 The 32-year-old Li is still on the competitors' list for next week's inaugural
 Wuhan Open, which will take place in her home city.
 
 Li's  breakthrough  opened up the Chinese  market to the sport and she quickly
 became  the face  of Asian tennis. In  2011, there were just two WTA events in
 China,  but that  number has grown to  five, not including a new tournament in
 Hong Kong and the WTA Finals set to be staged in Singapore in October.
 
 Forbes  listed Li  at No.  2,  behind only  Maria  Sharapova, on  the list  of
 highest-paid female athletes in the world, earning $23.6 million last year.
 
 Li owns nine WTA titles and has been a runner-up on 12 occasions.
 
 
              === Monfils, Kohlschreiber land in Metz quarters ===
 
 Metz,   France   (SportsNetwork.com)  -   Former  champion  and  French  crowd
 favorite Gael Monfils and No. 3 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber posted second-round
 victories Thursday at the Moselle Open tennis event.
 
 The  second-seeded  Monfils vanquished Pole  Michal Przysiezny 7-5, 6-1 on the
 indoor hardcourts at Metz Arena.
 
 Monfils titled here in 2009 and was the runner-up in 2005.
 
 His  quarterfinal  opponent will  be another  Polish player, seventh-seeded 6-
 foot-8  slugger Jerzy  Janowicz, who  moved on  with a  6-4, 6-4  victory over
 Finnish left-hander Jarkko Nieminen.
 
 Meanwhile,  the '09 Metz runner-up to Monfils, Kohlschreiber, got past Italian
 Paolo  Lorenzi 6-3,  7-5 and  will face  fellow German  Jan-Lennard Struff  on
 Friday.  Struff  upended fifth-seeded Frenchman  Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (5-7), 6-3,
 6-4 on Day 4.
 
 Also,  sixth-seeded Portuguese  Joao  Sousa outlasted  Dutchman Igor  Sijsling
 6-3,  3-6, 7-6  (7-3) and  rising eighth-seeded  Belgian David  Goffin drubbed
 German  Tobias  Kamke 6-1, 6-3.  Goffin is  rewarded with a quarterfinal match
 against  top-seeded and two-time Metz champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while Sousa
 will encounter 2008 runner-up Paul-Henri Mathieu of the host nation on Friday.
 
 Two-time   winner   Gilles  Simon  beat   the  then  reigning  two-time  champ
 Tsonga  in  last year's all-French  finale.
 
 Frenchmen have won five straight and seven of the 11 titles in Metz.
 
 The 2014 titlist will earn $100,000.
 
 
                === Wozniacki moves on; Jankovic exits Tokyo ===
 
 Tokyo,  Japan  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  A  pair of  former  world  No.  1s  had
 different  results  on Thursday,  as Caroline  Wozniacki advanced while Jelena
 Jankovic  was  sent packing at the  $1 million Pan Pacific Open women's tennis
 event.
 
 The  second-seeded Wozniacki came from behind to beat Aussie qualifier Jarmila
 Gajdosova  4-6, 7-5, 6-3, while promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza ousted the
 fourth-seeded Jankovic 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 on the hardcourts at Ariake Coliseum.
 
 This month's U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki was the  Pan Pacific champ in 2010,
 while Jankovic was the runner-up in Tokyo back in 2009.
 
 The  resurgent  Wozniacki has now  won 20 of her  last 24 matches, including a
 title in Istanbul.
 
 Also  on Thursday,  eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro topped Russian
 qualifier  Daria  Gavrilova 7-6 (7-5),  6-3 and Aussie Casey Dellacqua handled
 qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-2, 6-4.
 
 Friday's  quarterfinals will  pit top-seeded  Angelique Kerber  against sixth-
 seeded  Australian  Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova; Wozniacki versus Suarez
 Navarro;   third-seeded   Ana  Ivanovic  against  seventh-seeded  Czech  Lucie
 Safarova;  and  Dellacqua versus  Muguruza. The German  Kerber was last year's
 Tokyo  runner-up  to fellow  left-hander Petra  Kvitova. The former top-ranked
 star Ivanovic was the runner-up in Tokyo in 2007.
 
 This week's champion will collect $196,670.
 
 
                  === Kirilenko advances to Seoul quarters ===
 
 Seoul,  Korea  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Maria Kirilenko knocked off third-seeded
 Klara  Koukalova of the Czech Republic to reach the quarterfinals of the Korea
 Open.
 
 Kirilenko rallied for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-0 victory to advance past the second
 round of a tournament for the first time in eight events this year. She missed
 the first three months of the season recovering from a knee injury.
 
 The  27-year-old Russian won  the Seoul title in 2008 and was the runner-up in
 2007.  She last  reached a  quarterfinal  at the  WTA  level in  June 2013  at
 Eastbourne.
 
 Kirilenko  will next  play sixth-seeded Kaia Kanepi, who also came back from a
 set  down  to post  a 3-6,  6-3, 6-2 win  over Kristyna  Pliskova of the Czech
 Republic.  Kanepi, the  2012 Seoul  runner-up from  Estonia, has  never beaten
 Kirilenko  in three  previous meetings. The two haven't met since 2010 and one
 of the matchups came in the Seoul semifinals in 2008.
 
 Fourth-seeded  Magdalena  Rybarikova of Slovakia cruised past Belgium's Yanina
 Wickmayer, 6-2, 6-2, and American Nicole Gibbs stormed back after a disastrous
 first  set  to claim  a 1-6,  6-4, 7-6  (7-5) win  over fellow qualifier Danka
 Kovinic of Montenegro.
 
 Rybarikova  will face  American  Christine McHale  in Friday's  quarterfinals,
 while  Gibbs  will take on Czech  second seed Karolina Pliskova. The remaining
 quarterfinal  will feature  defending champion  Agnieszka Radwanska  of Poland
 against American Varvara Lepchenko.
 
 The  top-seeded Radwanska  defeated Russian  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova  in last
 year's final in Seoul.
 
 This year's champion will claim $111,389.
 
 
                       === Cornet into semis in China ===
 
 Guangzhou,  China  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Second seed Alize Cornet beat former
 champion  Su-Wei Hsieh  to reach the semifinals at the Guangzhou International
 Open tennis event.
 
 The  French  Cornet bested  the Taiwanese  wild card and  2012 champ Hsieh 7-6
 (7-5), 6-1 on the hardcourts at Guangzhou International Tennis Center.
 
 Cornet's  semifinal opponent  on Friday  will be  Swiss Timea  Bacsinszky, who
 drubbed Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-2, 6-3 on Day 4.
 
 Two  other quarterfinals  saw Chinese  wild card  Wang Yafan  overcome Chinese
 qualifier  Kai-Lin Zhang  3-6, 6-2,  6-2 and  Romanian Monica  Niculescu pound
 Puerto  Rico's  Monica Puig  6-2, 6-2.  Wang will meet  Niculescu in the other
 semi.
 
 This week's champion will pocket $111,163.
 
 
             === Big back nine gives Luiten lead at Wales Open ===
 
 City  of Newport,  Wales  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Joost  Luiten  surged up  the
 leaderboard  on  the back  nine Thursday  to take the  outright lead after one
 round of the Wales Open.
 
 Luiten,  who has not  won on tour since winning twice last year at the Lyoness
 Open  and  the KLM  Open, finished the  first day at  6-under-par 65, one shot
 ahead  of Nicolas Colsaerts and Andrew McArthur. Luiten is a three-time winner
 on the European Tour.
 
 Colsaerts  held  the lead when the  morning wave was completed before McArthur
 joined him at 5-under 66 later in the day at The Celtic Manor Resort.
 
 Justin  Walters,  Robert Rock and Sam  Walker shot matching 4-under 67s, tying
 them for fourth after one round, while 10 players share seventh at minus-3.
 
 Defending  champion Gregory  Bourdy stumbled to a 3-over 74 on Thursday and he
 is tied for 104th with 15 others.
 
 Luiten  was very  quiet at  the start  of his  round as  he rattled  off eight
 straight  pars from  the first. He broke  through with his first birdie of the
 day on No. 9 and Luiten made the turn at minus-1.
 
 The back nine is where Luiten made his charge. After a par on the 10th, Luiten
 poured  in back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 to get to 3-under. Another par on
 the  par-3 13th  preceded three straight gains  from No. 14 and Luiten had the
 lead at minus-6.
 
 Luiten  fell back into a tie for first with Colsaerts at minus-5 after a bogey
 on  the 17th,  but Luiten's  seventh birdie  at the  par-5 18th  put him  back
 into the lead at the end of one round.
 
 Luiten  finished  tied  for fifth  at  last  week's  KLM  Open, where  he  was
 attempting to repeat as champion.
 
 "It's  nice  and quiet this  week here," said Luiten.  "My game felt good last
 week  and  I played  good again today.  Hopefully can keep  it going for three
 more.  Fifth place  was good, but of  course you want more. Every player wants
 more.  Fifth  place in your own  event is good and  you take that form to this
 week, and I just felt very, very good out there."
 
 Colsaerts, beginning his day on the back nine, started with four straight pars
 before  dropping a shot on the par-4 14th. He got that shot back with a birdie
 on No. 16, but another bogey at the 17th had Colsaerts over par again.
 
 The  momentum  shifted for  Colsaerts when  he bombed a  447-yard drive on the
 par-5 18th, leading to an eagle and getting him into red numbers for the first
 time.
 
 "I  thought  it was too far  right, but it's  all downhill and downwind and it
 must have luged down the fairway," Colsaerts said about his mammoth drive. "If
 all the stars align, you can hit it a long way."
 
 Colsaerts  drained  back-to-back birdies on  one and two  as he made the turn,
 putting  him at 3-under. Two more gains on five and seven were followed by two
 pars to close Colsaerts' round at 5-under, one shot back of the lead.
 
 McArthur  bogeyed  his second hole  of the day, but  he was strong from there.
 McArthur responded with a pair of birdies from three and four to go along with
 another  one at  the seventh. After making  the turn with three pars at eight,
 nine  and 10,  McArthur drained birdies on  11, 12 and 15 to join Colsaerts in
 second.
 
 NOTES:  Luiten's other victory came at the 2011 Johor Open ... Colsaerts' 447-
 yard  drive on  No. 18 was the  longest drive in European Tour history ... The
 only  player  to shoot a bogey-free  round on Thursday was Eddie Pepperell (3-
 under  68), who surrounded  16 pars with a birdie at the sixth and an eagle at
 the last ... Colsaerts has won twice on the European Tour ... McArthur has yet
 to earn a victory on tour.
 
 
         === Higgins edges Kyrinis for Senior Women's Amateur title ===
 
 Deal,  NJ (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Joan Higgins  took her  first  lead late  in
 Thursday's  round and she was able to hold off Judith Kyrinis and win the U.S.
 Senior Women's Amateur Championship.
 
 Higgins,  who was  competing in  her eighth  Senior Women's  Amateur, defeated
 Kyrinis  1-up at Hollywood Golf Club. Higgins also won the Women's Mid-Amateur
 in 2008.
 
 Things were looking good early for Kyrinis, who captured the first hole with a
 par  to take  a quick  1-up lead.  After the  two halved  the second,  Kyrinis
 tripped to a bogey, while Higgins made par to square the match.
 
 Back-and-forth they went as Kyrinis parred the fourth hole to take back her 1-
 up  lead, but Higgins  responded again as Kyrinis could not quite hole her par
 putt. Through five holes, Higgins and Kyrinis were all-square.
 
 It  remained that  way for the next  three holes as the duo made par-bogey-par
 from  No. 6. Kyrinis briefly took the lead yet again when Higgins tripped to a
 bogey on the par-4 ninth.
 
 However,  as she  did all day, Higgins had  an answer with a big birdie on the
 par-5  10th. It was more of the same after Kyrinis took another 1-up lead with
 a  par on the  13th, as Higgins parred the 14th to square the match. She never
 trailed again.
 
 After  they both  parred the  par-3  15th, Higgins  took her  first lead  when
 Kyrinis  bogeyed No. 16.  A bogey and a par were good enough to halve the 17th
 and  18th holes,  as Higgins  captured her  1-up victory  and her  second USGA
 title.
 
 Kyrinis  took the  lead four separate times on Thursday, but Higgins came back
 with a win on the very next hole three of those times.
 
 
       === Limelight Beach rolls to victory in 69th Little Brown Jug ===
 
 Delaware,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Even-money favorite Limelight Beach went
 wire-to-wire  in winning  Thursday's 69th edition of the $647,500 Little Brown
 Jug at the Delaware County Fair.
 
 Driven  by  Yannick Gingras, Limelight Beach  left from the inside post in the
 eight-horse  final of the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown with 44,101 in
 attendance.
 
 Limelight Beach, winner of the second of the day's two elimination races, took
 the  lead at the start and never relinquished it in the mile pace. Let's Drink
 On It, the first elimination victor, finished a length back in second followed
 by Somewhere In L A, At Press Time, McWicked, Sometimes Said, On Golden Ponder
 and Beat The Drum.
 
 "This horse came up huge today," Gingras said after taking his first Jug.
 
 The time for the Little Brown Jug final was 1:50 4/5.
 
 "Overall it was a great day," winning trainer Ron Burke said.
 
 The  two wins Thursday  were the first of the year for Limelight Beach. Partly
 owned by Burke  Racing Stable  and  Wingfield Brothers, the 3-year-old gelding
 had dropped his initial 12 starts of 2014, getting second seven times.
 
 "We  just  had  too much  fun  with  him  last  year," said  co-owner  Charlie
 Wingfield, "and we stayed for this race right here."
 
 Limelight Beach has now won eight of 24 lifetime starts for $639,900.
 
 Let's  Drink On  It and Limelight Beach each won their respective eliminations
 in  1:51. Cane Pace winner Lyonssomewhere broke on the final turn of the first
 elimination  and  failed to advance. There  will be no Triple Crown champ this
 year with the last one coming in 2003 with No Pan Intended.
 
 Limelight  Beach returned $4.00, $3.00 and $2.60. Let's Drink On It paid $3.80
 and $3.00, and Somewhere In L A paid $3.00 to show.
 
 The  Pacing  Triple Crown will conclude  at Yonkers Raceway with the Messenger
 Stakes on Saturday, Oct. 25.
 
 
 
 09/18 19:33:51 ET