=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, September 2 ===
=== Report: Cowboys nearing deal with Sam ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Sam is scheduled to meet with the Dallas Cowboys
Wednesday with the expectation of joining the team's practice squad, multiple
media outlets have reported.
ESPN reported that the Cowboys have lined up a physical for Sam, the NFL's
first openly gay active player who was waived by the St. Louis Rams over the
weekend, and plan to add the defensive end to one of their remaining practice-
squad spots as long as he passes the exam.
According to NFL.com, Cowboys executives spent much of Tuesday talking with
Dallas players to gauge their reaction if Sam was a member of the team.
Sam, a seventh-round pick of St. Louis in this year's draft who publicly
declared his homosexuality prior to February's scouting combine, did not
make the Rams' final roster when Saturday's final cuts were released. With
defensive end one of the Rams' deepest positions, the 2013 SEC Defensive
Player of the Year also did not receive a spot on the club's 10-man practice
squad after clearing waivers.
On the other hand, the Cowboys currently have their share of health concerns
along the defensive line. Veteran end Anthony Spencer is coming off
microfracture knee surgery that limited him to just one game last season,
while promising rookie DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least the first half of
the 2014 campaign after he broke his foot early in training camp.
The Cowboys listed Lawrence, a second-round pick in this year's draft, as the
team's designated to return player on injured reserve Tuesday. He will be
ineligible to play in Dallas' first eight games by receiving that distinction.
Defensive end Jack Crawford, waived by Oakland on Saturday, was signed to take
Lawrence's place on the 53-man roster. The two-year veteran had 15 tackles in
15 games with the Raiders last season.
Sam stated his case to make the Rams' active roster with a strong preseason in
which he compiled 11 tackles and three sacks in four games. The former
Missouri standout led St. Louis with six tackles in the preseason finale
=== Irsay suspended 6 games, fined $500K ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL suspended Indianapolis Colts owner
Jim Irsay six games and fined him $500,000 on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty
in Indiana to a misdemeanor charge of impaired driving.
Irsay entered his plea in Hamilton County court and was sentenced to a year of
probation and mandatory drug tests. He had previously pleaded not guilty to a
pair of misdemeanors stemming from a traffic stop in March.
The NFL issued its punishment under the league's personal conduct policy. NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Irsay that "owners, management
personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players."
Goodell said Irsay expressed support for that viewpoint in a meeting and had
volunteered that "owners should be held to the highest standard."
Irsay was fined the maximum amount allowed under NFL rules. The Colts avoided
any competitive sanctions, such as the loss of a draft pick, because Irsay's
conduct "did not have competitive consequences," the league said.
He is eligible to return following Indianapolis' game in Houston on Oct. 9.
The Colts open their season Sunday night in Denver.
While he is suspended, Irsay "may not be present at the club's facility, may
not attend any practices or games, may not represent the club at league or
league committee meetings or at any other team or league event, and may not
conduct media interviews or engage in social media regarding any team or
league matters," the NFL said.
Police in Carmel, Indiana, said Irsay was stopped on March 16 after driving at
a slow rate of speed and failing to signal a turn. He failed several field
sobriety tests and was taken into custody.
A toxicology report showed on Tuesday that Irsay had two painkillers in his
system, according to the Indianapolis Star.
The paper said Irsay's probation includes mandatory drug tests. Irsay will
face a felony charge if he is arrested again for operating a vehicle while
The NFL noted in its news release that Irsay "will be subject to ongoing
treatment, counseling, and testing as determined by medical professionals and
the Indiana court."
=== Longtime NFL guard Waters retires ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Longtime offensive guard Brian Waters has decided to
retire from the NFL after 13 seasons.
Waters, 37, said in a statement Tuesday that he was walking away after "a long
and wonderful career."
"If the rest of my life can be half as good as the last 15 years, I will be
one of the luckiest people on earth," Waters said.
Waters made six Pro Bowls, the first five while playing for the Kansas City
Chiefs from 2000-10 and again in one season for the New England Patriots in
He played 186 NFL games, starting 170. He appeared in seven games for the
Dallas Cowboys last year before suffering a season-ending triceps injury.
=== Lions place LB Van Noy on short-term IR ===
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Lions placed rookie linebacker Kyle
Van Noy on short-term injured reserve Tuesday and signed veteran Darryl Tapp.
Van Noy, who was drafted in the second round out of BYU, had surgery last week
to repair a core muscle injury. He will be eligible to play following Week 8.
Tapp, 29, spent last season with the Washington Redskins. He has played eight
NFL seasons with Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington, mostly as a defensive
=== Chiefs' Mays lands on IR ===
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Chiefs placed linebacker
Joe Mays on injured reserve with a designation to return on Tuesday.
Mays, who underwent surgery last month to repair a torn tendon in his wrist,
had one sack and 67 tackles in 14 games for Houston last season, including 13
The six-year veteran has recorded 220 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks over 61 games
with Philadelphia, Denver and Houston.
Kansas City also signed safety Kurt Coleman. The four-year pro has played in
59 games with Philadelphia, where he compiled 221 tackles, seven interceptions
and two forced fumbles.
=== Bears put WR Wilson on recallable IR, re-sign Hayden ===
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears have declared wide
receiver Marquess Wilson as the team's designated to return player on injured
Wilson, a seventh-round pick of the Bears in 2013, is recovering from a
fractured clavicle he sustained during training camp. The 21-year-old will not
be eligible to return to the active roster until after Chicago's Week 9 bye in
The Washington State product was expected to compete for Chicago's No. 3
receiver job, a role that will now be most likely held by recent free-agent
addition Santonio Holmes going into the regular season.
Kelvin Hayden was re-signed by the Bears to fill the open roster spot, three
days after the veteran cornerback was released during final cuts.
Hayden, who owns 12 interceptions and 44 passes defensed over a nine-year
career with Indianapolis, Atlanta and Chicago, recorded 37 tackles, one
interception and five pass breakups with the Bears in 2012. The 31-year-old
Chicago native missed all of last season with a torn hamstring.
=== Niners bring back Osgood; Dorsey to short-term IR ===
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn
Dorsey will be sidelined for at least the first half of the 2014 season after
being placed on injured reserve as the team's designated to return player.
Dorsey, a 13-game starter for the NFC Championship Game participant 49ers last
season, reportedly tore his biceps during a practice session early in training
As a designated to return player, the former Kansas City first-round pick can
resume practicing after six weeks have passed in the regular season and can be
activated following Week 9.
Dorsey will be the third key defender for San Francisco to be on the sidelines
at the beginning of the season. All-Pro inside linebacker NaVarro Bowman is
recovering from a torn ACL suffered in January's NFC title game, while
standout pass rusher Aldon Smith was handed a nine-game suspension last week
for violations of the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policy.
Wide receiver and special-teams ace Kassim Osgood was re-signed by the Niners
to fill the available roster spot, three days after the 11-year veteran was
released by the team at final cuts.
Osgood has caught just 45 passes over 166 career games, but has compiled 134
special-teams tackles and has been named to the Pro Bowl three times as a
special teams player.
=== Texas A&M climbs to No. 9 in AP poll ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenny Hill and Texas A&M are a top-10 team.
The Aggies climbed 12 spots to No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll after
beating South Carolina by 24 points last week, a victory led by Hill's school-
record 511 passing yards.
Florida State remained No. 1 after holding on to beat Oklahoma State, but the
reigning national-champion Seminoles received 46 first-place votes, 11 fewer
than they got in the preseason poll.
No. 2 Alabama received one first-place vote again after beating West Virginia,
while No. 3 Oregon got five, up from one in the preseason poll.
Oklahoma remained No. 4 and doubled its first-place votes to two after beating
Louisiana Tech, and Auburn climbed one spot to No. 5 with a win over Arkansas.
Georgia was up six spots to No. 6 and gained two first-place votes following a
45-21 win over Clemson that knocked the Tigers down seven places to No. 23.
The remaining three first-place votes went to Texas A&M, which garnered two,
and No. 12 LSU.
After Georgia, the top 10 was rounded out by Michigan State, Ohio State, A&M
UCLA, LSU, Stanford, USC, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Wisconsin,
Nebraska, Kansas State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Clemson, Missouri and
Louisville completed the top 25. Louisville entered the rankings with a win
over Miami on Monday.
=== USC's Kessler undergoes toe surgery ===
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - USC quarterback Cody Kessler did not
practice on Tuesday after having a minor procedure performed on one of his
Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters afterward that Kessler is
scheduled to practice on Wednesday and is in no danger of missing 14th-ranked
USC's Pac-12 showdown at No. 13 Stanford on Saturday.
"We expect him to be full go (Wednesday) and ready to go for the game," said
Sarkisian. "It obviously didn't affect his play on Saturday."
Kessler sustained the injury during the Trojans' season opener against Fresno
State last Saturday, but played nearly the entire game and accounted for five
touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in USC's 52-13 blowout win over the
The junior totaled a career-best 394 yards on 25-of-37 passing to earn Pac-12
Offensive Player of the Week honors.
=== Serena, Venus fall in U.S. Open doubles QFs ===
Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The mighty Williams sisters,
Serena and Venus, came up losers in Tuesday's quarterfinal doubles action at
the U.S. Open.
A fourth-seeded tandem of Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
vanquished the unseeded Americans in 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 fashion on an extremely
hot day in New York City. Serena committed back-to-back double faults to
end the match.
The sisters are two-time U.S. Open champs and own 13 Grand Slam doubles
Makarova and Vesnina were this year's runners-up at the Australian Open and
captured the French Open last year. Vesnina was also a Wimbledon doubles
runner-up in 2010.
The left-handed Makarova is into the quarterfinals in the women's singles draw
here in Flushing.
=== Cardinals' Holliday earns NL Weekly award ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt
Holliday was named the National League's Player of the Week for games ending
Holliday led the majors with 13 RBI and the NL with four home runs, 24 total
bases and an .889 slugging percentage during the final week of August.
The 34-year-old drove in the game-winning runs in all three of St. Louis' wins
last week while hitting .370 (10-for-27).
Also considered for the award were Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison and Mark
Melancon, San Francisco's Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey and Madison
Bumgarner, Chicago's Jorge Soler, Miami's Jarred Cosart and Colorado's Tyler
=== Yankees' Ellsbury is AL Player of the Week ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby
Ellsbury was named American League Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Ellsbury batted .522 with four home runs, nine RBI, a triple, two stolen bases
and a .500 on-base percentage in six games last week. He led the majors with
27 total bases.
It was the second career weekly honor for the eight-year veteran.
=== Blue Jays activate Morrow ===
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays activated
pitcher Brandon Morrow from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Morrow hasn't pitched for the Blue Jays since May 2 because of a torn tendon
sheath in his right index finger. The right-hander made six starts this season
before the injury, going 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA.
The Blue Jays also activated first baseman Dan Johnson (strained left
hamstring) from the 15-day DL and called up seven players from Triple-A
Pitchers Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin and Daniel Norris, outfielders Anthony
Gose and Dalton Pompey, second baseman Ryan Goins and catcher George Kottaras
were added to the roster. Pompey and Kottaras had their contracts selected
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays transferred third baseman
Brett Lawrie (strained left oblique) to the 60-day DL and designated
outfielder Darin Mastroianni and first baseman Matt Hague for assignment.
Pitcher Neil Wagner was also released.
=== Cardinals activate Motte from DL ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals activated right-
hander Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and added four
other players to the roster.
Motte has been out since Aug. 2 with a lower back sprain. He also started the
season on the DL after recovering from Tommy John surgery on his elbow and has
a 4.91 ERA in 24 appearances.
The Cardinals recalled left-handed pitchers Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and
Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz from the minors.
=== Indians' Raburn comes off DL ===
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder
Ryan Raburn from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the
Raburn, sidelined since Aug. 18 by soreness in his right wrist, will bat
seventh as the designated hitter in Tuesday's contest.
The 33-year-old matched a career best with 16 home runs during his first
season with the Indians in 2013, but is hitting just .191 with three homers
and 21 RBI in 70 games this year.
=== Owings, Pollock activated from DL ===
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks activated
infielder Chris Owings and outfielder A.J. Pollock from the 15-day disabled
list on Tuesday.
Owings hasn't played since June 25 due to a left shoulder injury. Prior to the
setback, the 23-year-old shortstop hit .277 with six home runs, 15 doubles,
five triples and 21 RBI in 72 games.
Pollock has been sidelined with a broken hand that has kept him out of action
since May 31. The third-year pro was batting .316 in 52 games prior to his
injury, with 16 doubles, four triples, six homers and 15 RBI.
=== Astros add 6 to roster ===
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros added six players to
their major-league roster on Tuesday as September call-ups.
The Astros recalled outfielder L.J. Hoes, catcher Max Stassi and infielder
Jonathan Villar from Oklahoma City and selected the contracts of right-handed
pitchers Jorge De Leon and Nick Tropeano from the Triple-A team.
They also activated left-hander Darin Downs from the 15-day disabled list and
designated right-handers Paul Clemens and David Martinez for assignment.
Stassi and Tropeano are making their debuts on a major-league roster. Downs
had been sidelined since Aug. 15 with a right oblique strain.
=== White Sox bring up 7 players ===
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox promoted seven
players on Tuesday as part of the team's September call-ups.
They recalled pitchers Chris Bassitt, Scott Carroll and Eric Surkamp,
outfielder Jordan Danks, infielder Marcus Semien and catcher Josh Phegley from
They purchased the contract of outfielder Michael Taylor from Charlotte.
Semien hit .218 with seven doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI over 43 games
with Chicago earlier this season. Danks had an average of .190 with two homers
an nine RBI in 33 games.
Carroll compiled a 5-9 record with a 5.07 earned run average over 22 games (16
starts) with the White Sox this season, while Surkamp went 1-0 with a 6.91 ERA
during 23 relief appearances.
=== Pirates recall Locke to start ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled pitcher
Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Tuesday's game against the St.
Locke owns a 6-3 record with a 3.51 earned run average over 16 starts with the
Pirates this season, his fourth with the team.
The Pirates also recalled pitchers Casey Sadler, John Holdzkom and Bobby
LaFromboise and outfielder Gregory Polanco from Indianapolis, selected the
contract of infielder/outfielder Chase d'Arnaud from Indianapolis and
designated utility man Michael Martinez for assignment.
Polanco, Pittsburgh's top prospect, hit .241 with six home runs, 30 RBI and 12
stolen bases over 64 games with the Pirates before being optioned back to
Triple-A on Aug. 25.
=== Tigers recall Lobstein for Tuesday start ===
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers recalled four pitchers
from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, including Kyle Lobstein, who will start
against the Cleveland Indians.
Lobstein made two appearances for Detroit on Aug. 23 and 28, allowing four
earned runs, eight hits, five walks and three strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.
In addition, left-handers Robbie Ray and Kyle Ryan, along with right-hander
Buck Farmer were pulled up to the majors.
Farmer lost his only decision on Aug. 23 against Minnesota, and has pitched to
a 15.63 earned run average in two starts this season.
=== Reds move Bailey to 60-day DL ===
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Homer Bailey's season has come to an end,
as the Cincinnati Reds moved the right-hander to the 60-day disabled list
Bailey was put on the 15-day DL in mid-August due to a flexor mass strain in
his right elbow. He may need surgery.
He went 9-5 with a 3.71 earned run average in 23 starts this season.
=== McGinley names picks for European Ryder Cup team ===
Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) - European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley
selected Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his three captains
picks on Tuesday morning.
This will be the first Ryder Cup for Gallacher. Poulter has played in four
Ryder Cups, including the last three. Westwood is the most senior member of
the group as this will mark his ninth consecutive Ryder Cup.
"I'm a very lucky man to have such a variety of talent to choose from. There's
some real, quality players, who performed incredibly well, who were not going
to make the team, and it was a very difficult call to those guys involved,"
McGinley stated. "On the positive side, I think that we have three players
that will add a lot to the nine already qualified and make the European team
as strong as it needs to be to take on the might of America."
Those three will join Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson and Jamie
Donaldson, who qualified via the European Points List, along with Sergio
Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn and Graeme McDowell, who
qualified via the World Points List.
Gallacher, who's uncle Bernard Gallacher played in eight Ryder Cups, needed a
second-place finish or better last weekend at the Italian Open. He narrowly
missed out as he finished third for his eighth top-10 of the season.
The Scotsman won his second straight Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year
and was runner-up at the Nordea Masters. Gallacher has lost in the first round
of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship each of the last two years and
lost his only two matches at the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
"I think his performance last week under the spotlight was huge. You look back
at the end of his career, and whatever he may go on to achieve, that would be
one of his highlights, if not the most highlight. All credit to him," McGinley
said of Gallacher.
"People talk about Sunday, where he shot the second-best score of the day in
65, and that was a tremendous score, but for me, the afternoon on Friday is
where he really, really showed he wanted to be a Ryder Cup player. I think he
was 14 shots the leader at that stage, knowing he needed a 1-2 finish and to
come home in 30 to get himself within touching distance of the leaders, that
showed a lot."
Poulter has been a stalwart in the Ryder Cup, but he has also won the WGC-
Accenture Match Play Championship and the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
He was a bright spot in Europe's loss in 2008, when he went 4-1.
The Englishman followed with a 3-1 mark at the 2010 Ryder Cup. As a captains
pick in 2012, Poulter went 4-0 and his singles win over Webb Simpson tied the
matches at 10-10, after the U.S. led 10-6 entering the singles session.
"It's always difficult to make the Ryder Cup team, and this one was no
different," said Poulter. "There were players that rallied hard at the end to
try and show a lot of form to put Paul under pressure to make picks. Paul had
to make a difficult decision with fantastic players to pick from."
Westwood has posted an 18-13-6 record in the last eight Ryder Cups. Following
a tie for seventh at the Masters earlier this year, Westwood won the Malaysian
Open. His only other top-10 this season was a tie for sixth at the Players
The 40-year-old is just 3-5 in singles, but is 7-4-4 in foursomes and 8-4-2 in
"I think the European team is getting harder and harder to make, every couple
of years. I guess that's why Paul's faced such a difficult decision," Westwood
Among those passed over for selection was four-time Ryder Cup performers Luke
Donald and Miguel Angel Jimenez, as well as Francesco Molinari, who has
competed in the last two Ryder Cups for Europe.
McGinley also noted that he considered Bernhard Langer, the captain of the
winning 2004 European team and a 10-time performer in the Ryder Cup. Langer
has won five times on the Champions Tour this season, including two major
Europe rallied for a 14 1/2 - 13 1/2 victory at Medinah in 2012. That was
their second straight Ryder Cup victory, and fifth win in the last six Cups.
The last United States victory in Europe was back in 1993, when Tom Watson led
the U.S. to a 15-13 victory over Bernard Gallacher's team.
Watson will once again lead the U.S. team this year, and he will make his
picks later Tuesday.
This year's Ryder Cup will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland from September
=== Kirk, Otto soar in world rankings ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Kirk and Hennie Otto won their
respective events over the weekend and soared in this week's world rankings.
Kirk picked up his third PGA Tour win on Monday at the Deutsche Bank
Championship and jumped 20 spots to No. 25 in the latest rankings. Otto also
won for the third time on the European Tour and he soared 160 spots to No. 97.
The top-five players in the world rankings were the same as last week with
Rory McIlroy being trailed by Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and
Jason Day and Jim Furyk exchanged spots with Day inching up to sixth and Furyk
sliding to seventh. Matt Kuchar was eighth again and he was followed by Bubba
Watson, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.
Martin Kaymer jumped a pair to No. 12 and that knocked Tiger Woods and Jordan
Spieth down to 13th and 14th.
Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama remained
15th to 18th again this week. Jimmy Walker and Hunter Mahan flip-flopped spots
with Walker inching up to 19th and Mahan dipping to 20th.
=== Flyers extend Rinaldo ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers signed forward
Zac Rinaldo to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday.
Rinaldo, 24, registered two goals and two assists with 153 penalty minutes and
231 hits over 67 games with the Flyers last season.
The Ontario native has tallied seven goals and 11 assists with 470 penalty
minutes in 165 career games over three seasons with Philadelphia.
=== Jets bring in first-round pick Ehlers ===
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with 2014
first-round pick Nikolaj Ehlers on a three-year, entry-level contract on
Ehlers posted 104 points (49G, 55A) over 63 regular-season games with the
Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2013-14. He
added 11 goals and 17 assists in 16 postseason contests.
The 18-year-old native of Denmark, who stands 5-foot-11 and 163 pounds, was
taken with the ninth overall pick in June's draft.
=== Cornish headlines Week 10's top CFL performers ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Calgary's Jon Cornish, Saskatchewan's Rick
Foley and Winnipeg's Troy Stoudermire were named the top players for Week 10
of the CFL season.
Cornish was named the top offensive performer and Canadian player of the week
after rushing for a season-high 163 yards and a touchdown in a victory over
Foley took home the defensive honor after registering a pair of sacks and
recovering a fumble as the Roughriders beat Winnipeg to run their winning
streak to six games.
Stoudermire was the standout special teams performer after returning a punt 64
yards for a touchdown.
=== Turner Scott Motorsports shuts down Hornaday's truck team ===
Mooresville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Turner Scott Motorsports announced on
Tuesday that it has ceased operations of its No. 30 team in the Camping World
In a news release, TSM said it had taken the "regrettable but necessary steps"
to layoff 18 employees from the company as a result of ending operations of
its No. 30 truck team.
Ron Hornaday Jr., a four-time champion in the series, has driven the No. 30
Chevrolet Silverado for TSM since the start of the 2014 season. Hornaday
competed in the first 13 truck races this year, but he and the No. 30 team
were absent from last weekend's event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in
Bowmanville, Canada. The 56-year-old driver had finished a season-best third
at Michigan and Bristol prior to Canada. He is currently sixth in the point
TSM had two truck entries for the race in Canada. Ben Kennedy drove the No. 31
truck to a 15th-place finish, while Canadian Cameron Hayley placed 11th in the
No. 32 entry.
"The decision to layoff any employee is painful, and we realize the affects it
has on their lives," said Harry Scott, whose investment firm is a co-owner of
TSM. "However, the decisions made by TSM today are necessary and the
responsible steps for all of TSM to ensure our commitment to our employees,
partners and fans to be as competitive as possible. The company notified
employees this afternoon and will do all it can to help those affected to find
new roles in the industry."
TSM has multiple teams in the Nationwide Series. Rookie Dylan Kwasniewski is
running a full schedule for the organization in Nationwide, and Kyle Larson,
who is a Sprint Cup Series regular, is competing in most races.
Scott owns HScott Motorsports, a full-time Sprint Cup team with driver Justin
=== Itsmyluckyday finds his way into top 10 ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Itsmyluckyday nosed out rival 4-year-old
Moreno to win Saturday's Woodward at Saratoga and was rewarded with entry into
the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll for races through the Labor Day weekend.
Trained by Eddie Plesa, Itsmyluckyday nailed Moreno at the wire to reverse the
order of finish from the Whitney Handicap four weeks earlier. After winning
several graded stakes coming into Saturday, Itsmyluckyday notched his first
Grade I event.
"He did what he needed to do in a manner nobody would dispute was spot on and
that he was the best horse today," Plesa said. "I told the owners, the
partners, 'Get tied on. This is going to be as exciting a second half of the
year as last year was the first half of the year."
The victory shot Itsmyluckyday into sixth-place in the poll with 163 points.
Also racing Saturday at Saratoga was two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan,
making his first start since May 3 and also getting a nose on the wire in the
Bernard Baruch Handicap. The champion had been recuperating from colic surgery
on May 16.
"He knows how to win races. Johnny (jockey Velazquez) said he was tired. I can
tell you, he's just an amazing horse. That's the way he wins," said trainer
Wise Dan picked up an additional 12 top votes over last week to increase his
lead to 49 points. The 7-year-old gelding has 28 first-place votes and 395
The next four spots in the poll are unchanged from last week.
Pacific Classic champ Shared Belief garnered six top votes and 346 points
followed by California Chrome (4, 325), Close Hatches (2, 277) and Palace
Malice (3, 258).
After Itsmyluckyday comes Wicked Strong (103), Woodward runner-up Moreno (90),
Untapable (89) and Main Sequence (49).
The National Poll continues through the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1.
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