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News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, October 20



Kings' Voynov suspended by league after arrest



New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Monday after an arrest on charges of domestic violence.

According to the league, the suspension was imposed under Section 18-A.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, "the League may suspend the player pending the league's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league."

Voynov, who will continue to be paid, has appeared in all six games this season for the Kings and has two assists.

"These developments are of great concern to our organization," the Kings said in a statement. "We support the NHL's decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course."

Lightning D Hedman to have surgery



Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks after suffering a broken finger.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Monday that Hedman will undergo surgery to repair the damaged right digit on Tuesday.

It's an unfortunate break for the 23-year-old, who leads all defensemen on the club in goals (3) and points (7) after only five games while tying for the team scoring lead with Steven Stamkos.

Seguin, Andersen, Stamkos earn NHL weekly honors



New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos have been selected as the NHL's top players for the second week of the 2014-15 campaign.

Seguin gained First Star honors by leading the league with eight points (4G, 4A) in just three games as Dallas finished last week with two wins and an overtime loss. His finest performance came in Saturday's 6-5 OT defeat to the Flyers, when he posted a career-best four assists.

Andersen received the Second Star after posting a 4-0-0 record, 1.22 goals- against average and .955 save percentage for Anaheim. The native of Denmark recorded his first NHL shutout with a 28-save effort in a 3-0 win over the Blues on Sunday night. With 25 wins in his first 30 decisions, Andersen joined Ross Brooks (Boston, 1972-74) as the only goaltenders in league history to attain the mark.

Stamkos earned the Third Star by tying for second in the NHL with six points, including a league-high five goals, in just three appearances for the Bolts. He picked up his eighth career hat trick thanks to a personal-best 12 shots on goal in a 7-1 rout of the Canadiens last Monday, then added a pair of scores in a 4-2 win at Vancouver on Saturday.

Bruins D Miller out with dislocated shoulder



Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will be out indefinitely with a dislocated right shoulder, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Miller was apparently injured during Saturday's 4-0 win against the Sabres, while engaging Buffalo's Nicolas Deslauriers in a first-period fight.

The 26-year-old University of Vermont product did not record a point in six appearances this season.

Stars D Nemeth lost for season



Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth will miss the remainder of the season thanks to an arm laceration.

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff revealed the news on Monday.

Nemeth suffered the injury on a freak play in the first period of the Stars' 6-5 overtime loss to the Flyers on Saturday night, when he was cut by the skate of Philadelphia forward R.J. Umberger.

The 22-year-old native of Sweden has not recorded a point in 13 NHL appearances over the last two seasons.

Flames sign D Brodie to 5-year extension



Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames signed defenseman TJ Brodie to a five-year contract extension on Monday.

Brodie has gotten off to a strong start this season, posting three goals and four assists through seven games.

The 24-year-old Ontario native has registered 11 goals and 66 points in 192 career games.

The Flames selected Brodie in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

Hasek jersey retirement night set for Jan. 13



Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres made it official on Monday, revealing the club will retire the No. 39 jersey of former star goaltender Dominik Hasek on January 13.

It's the final leg of honors bestowed on Hasek, following his induction into the franchise's Hall of Fame late last season.

Hasek was the fifth and final player to wear No. 39 in a Sabres uniform and he will become the seventh player in franchise history to have a number retired.

Hasek was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 1992, and went on to become one of the premier players in the NHL until the end of the decade. Upon his departure from the Sabres in 2001, he owned the club records for most games played (491), wins (234), shutouts (55) and lowest career goals-against average (2.22).

During the 1997-98 season, he appeared in a career-high 72 games and set a team record with 13 shutouts, then led to the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in the spring of 1999 after a season in which he had a career-best 1.87 GAA.

The Czech native, while with the Sabres, became the first goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy in back-to-back seasons (1997-98). He also captured six Vezina Trophies (1994-95, 1997-99 and 2001) as well as the William M. Jennings Trophy (1994, 2001) and the Lester B. Pearson Award (1997, '98) twice.

Seven of his 10 All-Star selections occurred while he starred for Buffalo. He went on to win a pair of Stanley Cup titles for Detroit and also played for Ottawa.

The Sabres previously retired the No. 11 of Gilbert Perreault in 1990, Rick Martin's No. 7 and Rene Robert's No. 14 in 1995, the No. 2 of Tim Horton in 1996, Danny Gare's No. 18 in 2005 and Pat LaFontaine's No. 16 in 2006.

Leafs F Kozun shelved with high ankle sprain



Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Brandon Kozun will be sidelined a minimum of six weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle made the announcement after Monday's morning skate.

Kozun, 24, was injured during Friday's game against Detroit. He has one assist through five games this season.

MLB announces 2014 World Series umpires



New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Kellogg will serve as the crew chief for the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.

Kellogg, with more than 22 years of experience, previously worked the World Series in 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2010. This is his first Fall Classic as a crew chief.

Joining Kellogg will be Ted Barrett, Jeff Nelson, Eric Cooper, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and Hunter Wendelstedt.

Archie Manning leaves playoff selection committee



Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Archie Manning has decided to take a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee for the remainder of the 2014 season because of health reasons.

Manning said he would be unable to travel for the selection committee meetings because he will undergo surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he is experiencing while walking and moving around.

"It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead," Manning said in a statement Monday. "My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible."

Manning was one of the 13 committee members that will select the four teams for the college football playoff. He will not be replaced and the group will continue with only 12.

"We will miss Archie," said College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock. "He has such a great knowledge of college football and history with the game, but we all understand his reason for taking a leave. I wish him all the best and look forward to his return in 2015."

The committee has been meeting since November 2013 and will begin to issue rankings on a weekly basis next Tuesday. The selections of the four teams for the playoff will take place Dec. 7.

Clemson RB Choice lost for season with torn ACL



Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Clemson running back Adam Choice will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.

Choice was hurt during this past Saturday's game against Boston College. He had run for 13 yards on four carries before the injury.

The freshman was leading the 21st-ranked Tigers in rushing with 218 yards and a 4.4-yard average in six games.

Wayne Gallman and C.J. Davidson will continue to pick up more carries for the Tigers. Gallman and Davidson both had rushing touchdowns in Saturday's 17-13 win over the Eagles.

McCoy will start in Week 8 if RG3 isn't ready



Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden named Colt McCoy as the team's starter for next Monday night's game at Dallas, but there is a chance that Robert Griffin III will make his return.

McCoy replaced an ineffective Kirk Cousins at halftime during Sunday's 19-17 win against Tennessee and led the squad down the field for Kai Forbath's game- winning field goal as time expired.

McCoy, who is 6-15 in his career as a starter, was 11-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

Cousins was 10-of-16 for 139 yards with an interception over the first 30 minutes. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions in six games -- five starts -- this season.

Gruden stated that Griffin's "got to be 100 percent" in order to go next Monday night.

"I can't rule him out. But he's still got a long way to go," he said.

Griffin dislocated his ankle early in the first quarter of Washington's Week 2 game against Jacksonville.

Falcons place C Konz on IR



Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Falcons placed starting center Peter Konz on injured reserve on Monday.

Konz, who was selected by the Falcons in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, has played in 39 games -- 27 starts -- while seeing action at center and right guard.

In addition, the team inked tackle Jonathan Scott to the 53-man roster.

Redskins LB Orakpo done for year with torn pec



Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins announced on Monday that linebacker Brian Orakpo will be lost for the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

"He's gonna have surgery and he is out for the season. It's a blow. He's been playing very good against the run and disruptive in the passing game." said Washington head coach Jay Gruden.

Orakpo left Sunday's 19-17 win over the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter and did not return with a right pectoral injury. He underwent an MRI earlier in the day which confirmed the extent of the damage.

Orakpo's 2012 season was also cut short due to injury, that one a left pectoral tear suffered early in the campaign.

Gruden said rookie Stanford product Trent Murphy will step up into the starting role.

"Trent's gotta step up his game. He's gotta be better at the point of attack. He's going to have to grow up very fast," Gruden added.

49ers C Kilgore to undergo surgery Tuesday



Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore will undergo surgery Tuesday for a fractured left leg and will be placed on injured reserve.

Kilgore suffered the injury during Sunday night's 42-17 loss at Denver.

"That's an obstacle to overcome. He's made of the right stuff," 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Third-round draft pick Marcus Martin could be the team's starting center when San Francisco returns from the bye week Nov. 2 against the Rams. Martin finished his first week of practice last week after suffering a preseason knee injury.

Rams release WR Pettis



St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams have released wide receiver Austin Pettis.

Head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the news on Monday, adding: "We appreciate Austin Pettis' contribution to us."

Multiple reports, including one from FoxSports.com, indicate one of the reasons for the move was his lateness for a team meeting on Saturday. Pettis was inactive for the Rams' 28-26 win over Seattle on Sunday. In addition, the Post-Dispatch revealed that a glut of players at the position could have been a contributing factor.

The fourth-year pro out of Boise State totaled 12 receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown in five games. Since arriving in the Gateway City in 2011, Pettis has compiled 107 catches for 1,034 yards and nine scores.

Browns waive FB Agnew, promote Small



Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns have waived fullback Ray Agnew and promoted fullback Kiero Small from the practice squad to fill the spot on the active roster.

Agnew had started all six games for the Browns this season. He had just two carries for two yards and also caught two passes for 15 yards.

Small, a rookie out of Arkansas, had spent the first seven weeks on the Browns' practice squad. He was originally selected by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.

Jags lose LB Posluszny for season



Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars posted their first win of the season on Sunday, but the victory came with a cost.

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley announced Monday that linebacker Paul Posluszny will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the 24-6 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Posluszny had 69 tackles and two sacks in seven games. The club will be looking to sign a player in the Penn State product's place.

Bradley added that defensive end Andre Branch will be sidelined at least six weeks with a torn groin.

Lions sign TE Davis



Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions signed tight end Kellen Davis on Monday.

The Lions are dealing with injuries at the position. Both Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) missed Sunday's 24-23 win over New Orleans, and Brandon Pettigrew finished the game despite a right leg injury.

Davis, 29, was cut by the New York Giants before the start of this season after playing last season for Seattle. He spent his first five years in the NFL with Chicago.

The Michigan State product has caught 50 passes for 561 yards and 12 touchdowns in 95 career games.

Rookie safety Jerome Couplin was released to open a spot for Davis on the 53- man roster.

The Lions also signed wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah to the practice squad.

Bills RB Spiller has surgery



Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that running back C.J. Spiller underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken clavicle.

However, Marrone didn't provide an update on his condition moving forward.

"We'll wait and see what the doctor says," he said.

Spiller was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's 17-16 win over Minnesota. He came down hard on his left shoulder at the end of a 53-yard run, his lone carry of the game.

Marrone also wouldn't give a timetable on how long running back Fred Jackson will be sidelined. Jackson suffered a groin injury in the first quarter against the Vikings and Monday told a radio station in Buffalo that his injury could force him to miss up to a month.

Serena, Halep win WTA Finals openers



Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 superstar Serena Williams and French Open runner-up Simona Halep were a pair of round-robin winners at the season-ending $6.5 million WTA Finals in Singapore.

The U.S. Open champion Williams won the Day 1 nightcap by handling seventh- seeded former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Williams has captured this prestigious eight-player event four times, including the last two years in Istanbul. The American great, who beat Li Na in last year's final, is also a two-time Finals runner-up.

"I'm really excited with how I played tonight," Williams said. "To see all my fans over there was really exciting -- thank you so much!

"I've been working hard and am glad to be here. Today I was really fighting all the way. Ana played so well, I was just trying to fight as hard as I could. I was even losing my voice from shouting 'come on' so much!"

The resurgent Ivanovic is making her first WTA Finals appearance in six years.

"I'm definitely very disappointed that both sets I made few easy errors in the last service game," Ivanovic said. "Especially in the first set, you know. I had a break point in 4-all, which I didn't take and kind of got down a little bit on myself.

"Then I rushed a little bit in the next service game, so that was a little bit disappointing. I felt I created lots of chances, especially off the ground."

The fourth-seeded Halep opened the event Monday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard. Both Halep and Bouchard are making their WTA Finals debuts this week.

"I played really well and am really happy to have found my game again," Halep said. "I played aggressive at the right times and hit some winners.

"She [Bouchard] is a great player and is very young and will definitely be at the top for a long time."

Tuesday's matches will pit second-seeded French Open champion Maria Sharapova against eighth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki and third-seeded Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova versus sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. Sharapova captured this tournament in 2004 and is a two-time runner-up, while Kvitova was the WTA Finals champ in 2011 and Wozniacki was a finalist in 2010.

Williams (1-0) leads this week's four-player Red Group, which also features Halep (1-0), Bouchard (0-1) and Ivanovic (0-1). Sharapova (0-0) heads up the four-woman White Group, which also features Kvitova (0-0), Radwanska (0-0) and Wozniacki (0-0).

Nadal rolls in Swiss Indoors opener



Basel, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Rafael Nadal was an easy opening- round winner Monday at the $1.87 Swiss Indoors Basel tennis tournament.

The second-seeded former world No. 1 star eased past helpless Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 on the hardcourts at St. Jakobshalle.

The French Open champ recently returned to the tour after being sidelined by a right wrist injury for three months and has also battled appendicitis over the last few weeks.

"If I were annoyed, would it help? If you get negative, you don't work with the right energy," Nadal said. "So I prefer to be positive and do as I did during all my career."

Nadal, who is playing in Basel for the first time in 10 years, will face French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, rising Belgian David Goffin doused promising Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Also on Day 1 in Basel, Herbert outlasted fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger- Vasselin 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3) and American left-hander Donald Young dismissed Argentine Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

The top seed this week is Swiss icon, five-time champion, five-time runner- up, and Basel native Roger Federer.

Federer lost to Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro in the last two Basel title tilts and has appeared in the last eight finals in his hometown.

The 33-year-old Federer's opening-round opponent this week will be Luxembourg lefty Gilles Muller.

In addition to Federer and Nadal, this week's outstanding field also features Swiss slugger and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, as well as young stars Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov.

The 2014 Basel champ will claim $450,000.

Former champ Granollers exits Valencia



Valencia, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcel Granollers was a first-round loser Monday at the $1.9 million Valencia Open tennis event.

Promising 23-year-old Spanish wild card Pablo Carreno Busta was leading his fellow countryman Granollers 6-2, 3-1 when the 2011 Valencia champion and 2010 runner-up Granollers retired on the indoor hardcourts at The City of Arts and Sciences.

Meanwhile, Slovak Martin Klizan handled American wild card Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-3 and Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu dismissed Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-3.

The top seeds here are last week's Vienna runner-up David Ferrer, last week's Moscow champion Tomas Berdych and last week's Vienna titlist Andy Murray, who was the Valencia winner in 2009.

The three-time champion and former runner-up Ferrer was last year's Valencia runner-up to Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

The 2014 Valencia champ will claim $500,000.

Martin, Ilonen make big moves in world rankings



Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Martin and Mikko Ilonen both won over the weekend and made big jumps in this week's world rankings.

Martin won the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and jumped from 88th to 58th. Ilonen won the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour and climbed from 52nd to 37th in the new rankings.

Despite several of the top-20 players competing in the Match Play event, there was little change in the rankings. Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott remained Nos. 1 and 2.

Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia exchanged places with Furyk up to third. Match Play runner-up Henrik Stenson stayed put at No. 5 and was followed by Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel and Jordan Spieth.

Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson also exchanged places with Zach up to 15th. Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell remained 17th and 18th, while Jimmy Walker jumped a pair to 19th.

That move pushed Hideki Matsuyama and Hunter Mahan down one spot apiece. Matsuyama rounded out the top 20, while Mahan dipped to 21st.

Scott Hend won the other European Tour event, the Hong Kong Open, and he soared from No. 218 to No. 133 this week.

European Tour announces early part of 2015 schedule



London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - The European Tour announced the early portion of its 2014-15 international schedule on Monday. The early slate includes a pair of new tournaments.

The season will kick off in December with a pair of traditional events in South Africa, the Nedbank Challenge and the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Once the calendar flips to 2015, the South African Open begins the schedule on January 8. The traditional desert swing with two events in the United Arab Emirates and one in Qatar are next.

The tour heads to Malaysia and Thailand for a pair of events in early February. The Maybank Malaysian Open will be contested two months earlier this year as it had been played in mid-April three of the last four years.

The Thailand event and the following tournament, the Hero Indian Open, are both new events to the Race to Dubai and both are co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

A three-week run in South Africa follows that Asian swing. The second of those three events, the Africa Open, will be played opposite the first World Golf Championship of the year, the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The tour finally shifts to Europe for the Madeira Islands Open before moving back to Africa for the Trophee Hassan II. The Masters, the season's first major, follows those two tournaments.

"The initial part of the 2015 Race to Dubai once again demonstrates the global appeal of the European Tour, with the familiar swings in South Africa and the Desert, allied to a new date for the Maybank Malaysian Open, and the introduction of two new events, in Thailand and India," said Keith Waters, the European Tour's Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy.

Shared Belief re-establishes top position



New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Eclipse Award winner Shared Belief has returned to the top position in the latest NTRA Thoroughbred Poll.

Shared Belief, the expected favorite for the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic, was put back into first-place over Wise Dan by the voters with 27 top votes and 402 points.

Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, fell back to second with 12 first-place votes, a 50 percent drop from last week's 24 top votes, and 345 points. The 7-year-old gelding is injured and will not race in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist has one first-place vote and 289 points for third in the rankings, while Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ California Chrome remained fourth with the two remaining top votes and 261 points. Both are set for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Completing the top 10 are Main Sequence (212), Bayern (178), Untapable (155), Close Hatches (138), Beholder (78) and Palace Malice (57).

Two-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder will not defend her 2013 Distaff crown after coming down with a fever on Sunday.

"She had a little bit of a temperature this morning and it got higher (peaking at 104), so we had to treat it," trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday. "We hope she doesn't get sicker, but she won't run in the Distaff."

The National Poll continues through the Breeders' Cup.

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