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     === 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
 against Miami.
 
 
                  === 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
 intoxicated.
 
 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
 2011.
 
 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
 end.
 
 
                        === 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
 starts.
 
 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
 reserve.
 
 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
 early November.
 
 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
 camp.
 
 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
 and Baylor.
 
 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
 toes.
 
 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
 Bulldogs.
 
 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
 titles overall.
 
 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
 Aug. 31.
 
 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
 Matzek.
 
 
               === 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
 Buffalo.
 
 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
 from Buffalo.
 
 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
 Detroit Tigers.
 
 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
 Triple-A Charlotte.
 
 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.
 Louis Cardinals.
 
 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
 Tuesday.
 
 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
 Championship.
 
 The 40-year-old is just 3-5 in singles, but is 7-4-4 in foursomes and 8-4-2 in
 fourball action.
 
 "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
 stated.
 
 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
 championships.
 
 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
 26-28.
 
 
                   === 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
 Justin Rose.
 
 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
 Tuesday.
 
 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
 Edmonton.
 
 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
 Truck Series.
 
 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
 standings.
 
 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
 Allgaier.
 
 
                === 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
 Charlie LoPresti.
 
 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
 points.
 
 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.
 
 
 09/02 18:52:23 ET