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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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-
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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'
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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