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      === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, December 22 ===
             === Lions' Raiola suspended one game for leg stomp ===
 Allen  Park,  MI (SportsNetwork.com) -  The NFL suspended Detroit Lions center
 Dominic  Raiola  one game without pay  for stomping on Chicago Bears defensive
 lineman Ego Ferguson's leg in Sunday's game.
 Raiola  violated Rule  12, Section  2, Article  12 (b)  of the  NFL Rule  Book
 prohibiting  "kicking or  kneeing an opponent." The incident took place in the
 third quarter of Detroit's 20-14 win.
 Raiola  said  after the game he  didn't intentionally step on Ferguson's ankle
 and apologized to him after the game.
 "Obviously,  I took  a good look at  it," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday
 before  any  suspension had been  levied by the league.  "I looked at both the
 coaches copy and also the television copy as well. I believe what Dom told me,
 that  it was  inadvertent,  but I  could  also see  why  it's obviously  being
 reviewed by the league and everybody is taking a real good look at it."
 This is Raiola's sixth safety-related rules violation since 2010. He was fined
 $10,000 earlier this year for striking a New England player in the back of the
 helmet in the final minute of a Nov. 23 game.
 Raiola  must  stay away  from  the  team during  his  suspension.  He will  be
 reinstated on Dec. 29.
 The  suspension may  be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard
 and  decided  by either Derrick Brooks  or Ted Cottrell. Raiola is expected to
 appeal the suspension.
 The  Lions play at the Packers on Sunday in a winner-take-all game for the NFC
 North title. Rookie Travis Swanson will likely start in Raiola's place.
                   === Clausen diagnosed with concussion ===
 Lake  Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen
 was  diagnosed with a concussion after experiencing delayed symptoms on Sunday
 Clausen  has  already been ruled out  for this weekend's season finale against
 Minnesota.  Jay Cutler  will be back as the starter, Bears coach Marc Trestman
 said Monday.
 Clausen  suffered the  concussion on Chicago's final offensive possession when
 Lions  defensive  end Ezekiel Ansah  made helmet-to-helmet contact with him as
 the quarterback slid at the end of a short scramble.
 Ansah was whistled for an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play.
 The  Bears said Clausen didn't exhibit symptoms after the hit or following the
 He  contacted trainers  after experiencing delayed symptoms later Sunday night
 and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.
 Trestman  made the  controversial decision  last  week to  start Clausen  over
 The  Bears (5-10) have lost four games in a row and will miss the playoffs for
 the fourth consecutive season.
                  === Cards' Arians leaning toward Thomas ===
 Tempe,  AZ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Arizona  Cardinals  coach Bruce  Arians  is
 considering  starting quarterback Logan Thomas over Ryan Lindley in the team's
 regular-season finale on Sunday.
 Arians said he hasn't made a final decision yet.
 The  Cardinals  are 11-4 and have  already clinched a playoff berth. They need
 help  to clinch the top spot in the NFC heading into the final game and it all
 starts with a win at San Francisco in Week 17.
 Arizona  has  had QB problems this  season. Starter Carson Palmer was lost for
 the season with a knee injury. Then, back-up Drew Stanton suffered a partially
 torn ligaments in his knee and is still sidelined.
 Lindley  started Sunday  against the  Seahawks and  struggled as  Arizona lost
 35-6.  He  finished  18-of-44  for  216  yards  with  no  touchdowns  and  one
 Thomas appeared for one play and had his lone pass attempt go incomplete.
                === Panthers add Alexander to 53-man roster ===
 Charlotte,  NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers added defensive end
 Frank Alexander to the 53-man roster on Monday.
 Alexander takes the place of wide receiver De'Andre Presley, who was placed on
 injured reserve with a concussion.
 Alexander missed the first 14 games for two separate violations -- four and 10
 games -- of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
 The  25-year-old  Alexander had 15 tackles,  one sack, one fumble recovery and
 two passes defensed in 12 games (three starts) last season.
 The  Panthers will play at the Falcons on Sunday in a winner-take-all game for
 the NFC South title.
                      === Bills release Mike Williams ===
 Orchard  Park,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Buffalo  Bills  released  wide
 receiver Mike Williams on Monday.
 Williams  was  previously on injured  reserve for  Buffalo with a calf injury.
 Once he passed a physical, the Bills were able to release him.
 In  nine games  this season, Williams caught  eight passes for 142 yards and a
 touchdown.  He last appeared  for the Bills in Week 12 and made his last catch
 in Week 5.
 In October, Williams requested a trade after his playing time was reduced.
 The  Bills acquired  Williams from Tampa Bay in April, reuniting him with head
 coach Doug Marrone who also coached him in college at Syracuse.
 In a five-year career mostly with the Buccaneers, the 27-year-old Williams has
 223 catches for 3,089 yards and 26 touchdowns.
                     === Chargers put G Troutman on IR ===
 San  Diego,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) -  The San  Diego Chargers will be without
 starting  guard  Johnnie Troutman  if they  reach the  playoffs, with the team
 placing the third-year pro on injured reserve Monday.
 Troutman, who started each of San Diego's 15 games this season at right guard,
 hurt  his  knee during  the  Chargers'  38-35 overtime  win  at  San Diego  on
 A  fifth-round pick of the Chargers in 2012, Troutman missed his entire rookie
 season after undergoing pectoral surgery and returned to start nine games last
 Offensive  lineman Kenny  Wiggins  was signed  to the  active  roster to  take
 Troutman's spot.
                        === Pistons waive Josh Smith ===
 Auburn  Hills, MI  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Detroit  Pistons waived  forward
 Josh Smith on Monday.
 Smith  averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds this season for the 5-23 Pistons,
 who enter Monday's action with the third-worst record in the league.
 "Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third
 of  the season  and adjustments  need to  be made  in terms  of our  focus and
 direction,"  said Stan  Van  Gundy,  head coach  and  president of  basketball
 operations for the Pistons in a statement.
 "We  are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while
 also  expanding the  roles of other players in the current rotation to improve
 performance and build for our future.  As we expand certain roles, others will
 be  reduced. In  fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in
 this  league,  we feel it's best  to give him  his freedom to move forward. We
 have full respect for Josh as a player and a person."
 The  Pistons  acquired Smith as a  free agent after the 2012-13 season. During
 his time with Detroit, Smith averaged 15.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
 For  his career,  Smith  has averages  for  15.4 points  and  7.8 rebounds  in
 781 games with the Atlanta Hawks and Pistons.
             === Horford, Aldridge are NBA Players of the Week ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Atlanta  Hawks  center Al  Horford  and
 Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge were named the NBA Players of
 the Week on Monday.
 Horford  led the  Hawks to  a  perfect 3-0  week, averaging  18.3 points,  6.7
 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 blocks.
 Aldridge  helped  the Trail  Blazers to  a 4-0 mark  last week, posting point-
 rebound  double-doubles in  all  four  games. He  averaged  26.3 points,  14.3
 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.25 steals and 1.25 blocks.
                          === Twins extend Hughes ===
 Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Twins agreed to terms with
 starting pitcher Phil Hughes on a new five-year contract extension on Monday.
 Hughes,  who was  originally signed to a three-year contract last winter which
 would  have  paid him  $8 million  in both 2015  and 2016,  will now earn $9.2
 million in 2015, $9.2 million in 2016, $13.2 million in 2017, $13.2 million in
 2018 and $13.2 million in 2019.
 Hughes,  28,  went 16-10 with a  3.52 ERA in  32 starts last season, his first
 with  the Twins. He  set a major league record with an 11.63 to 1 strikeout to
 walk  ratio  and made news  when he  finished one-third of  an inning shy of a
 $500,000 bonus.
 In  his final start of the season, rain forced the Twins' game against Arizona
 into  a delay after eight innings, forcing Hughes from the game one out shy of
 210  innings  and the bonus.  The club  offered Hughes a  shot at the bonus by
 allowing  him to work out of the bullpen in one of the remaining games, but he
 Hughes  has a  career record of 72-60 with  a 4.32 ERA over 214 games in eight
 seasons with the Yankees and Twins.
                     === Giants officially re-sign Romo ===
 San  Francisco,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) -  The San Francisco Giants officially
 re-signed  right-handed  relief pitcher Sergio  Romo to a two-year contract on
 The deal is reportedly worth $15 million.
 Romo's  numbers dipped  in 2014 as he  finished the year with 23 saves, a 3.72
 earned run average and a 6-4 record over 64 games.
 The  31-year-old Romo,  who has been a  part of all three of the Giants' World
 Series teams since 2010, has racked up 78 saves, a 2.51 ERA and a 31-21 record
 over 405 games spanning seven seasons with San Francisco.
 The  right-hander has  also gone  3-1 over  25 career  postseason appearances,
 registering a 2.11 ERA and four saves.
                 === Pirates win bidding process on SS Kang ===
 Pittsburgh,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Pittsburgh  Pirates submitted  the
 highest bid for the negotiating rights to Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang.
 The Pirates now have 30 days to try and work out a contract with Kang.
 Kang,  27, hit  .356 with 40 home runs  and 117 RBI over 117 games last season
 for the Nexen Heroes.
            === Penguins send three home to be tested for mumps ===
 Sunrise,   FL   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Penguins  announced  Monday  that
 forwards  Brandon  Sutter and  Steve Downie and  goaltender Thomas Greiss were
 sent back to Pittsburgh to be tested for mumps.
 The Penguins play at the Florida Panthers on Monday. The three players will be
 placed in isolation until test results are known.
 Sidney  Crosby, Beau  Bennett and Olli Maatta have all tested positive, though
 Crosby is back in the lineup.
            === Kopitar, Voracek, Fleury earn NHL weekly honors ===
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Los Angeles  Kings center  Anze Kopitar,
 Philadelphia  Flyers  forward Jakub Voracek and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender
 Marc-Andre  Fleury  were named Monday as  the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week
 ending Dec. 21.
 Kopitar  led the NHL with nine points and eight assists in three games. He set
 a  career high with five points and matched a career high with four assists in
 a  6-4  come-from-behind victory  over the  Blues in the  second half of their
 home-and-home set Dec. 18.
 Voracek had three goals and four assists in four games.
 Fleury  went 3-0-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and
 one  shutout to help  the Penguins record a trio of victories and maintain the
 top spot in the Eastern Conference.
            === Kentucky remains unanimous choice in men's poll ===
 New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kentucky is still the undisputed top-ranked
 team  in men's  college  basketball, while  a few  changes  toward the  bottom
 included  Michigan State's complete omission after a stunning overtime loss to
 Texas Southern on Saturday.
 The  Spartans were ranked  25th last week, but didn't even receive a vote this
 week after a 71-64 setback to a Texas Southern team that had just a 1-8 record
 entering the Breslin Center.
 As  for Kentucky, the nation's No. 1 team kept rolling along Saturday, scoring
 the  first 24 points in an 83-44 annihilation of UCLA in Chicago. The Wildcats
 have been the top-ranked team all season and are a unanimous selection for the
 third  straight week,  receiving all 65 first-place votes and a total of 1,625
 points from a nationwide media panel.
 Duke,  Arizona and  Louisville  kept  their places  from  2-4, while  Virginia
 swapped  places with  Wisconsin and is now fifth after Sunday's thorough 76-27
 pounding of a Harvard team that was ranked at the start of the season.
 Villanova, which escaped with an overtime victory over Syracuse on Saturday to
 remain  unbeaten,  is still seventh  and again  followed by Gonzaga, Texas and
 The  second  10 consists  of  Wichita  State,  Iowa State,  Washington,  Utah,
 Maryland,  Notre Dame, St. John's, West Virginia, Oklahoma and North Carolina.
 Notre Dame moved up five spots from 21st for the biggest jump within the poll,
 while  Oklahoma tumbled four spots from 15th after a narrow loss to Washington
 on Saturday.
 Ohio  State had the biggest drop within the poll, falling nine spots from 12th
 to  21st after  its loss  to North  Carolina on  Saturday in  Chicago. Baylor,
 Northern  Iowa, Colorado State  and TCU are the last four teams ranked and all
 are newcomers this week.
 In  addition to  Michigan State, Miami-Florida, San Diego State and Butler all
 dropped  out  of the poll  after losses last  week. Miami-Florida was 18th and
 suffered a 72-44 home loss to Eastern Kentucky, while San Diego State was 19th
 fell at Cincinnati. Butler was 23rd and lost to Indiana on Saturday.
 The  lone  ranked matchup  for Christmas  week is  the titanic Bluegrass State
 showdown  between Kentucky and Louisville on Saturday in the Derby City, which
 could be the Wildcats' toughest remaining challenge until the NCAA Tournament.
            === Gamecocks continue to hold women's poll top spot ===
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - South Carolina again kept the top spot in
 the latest Associated Press women's college basketball poll.
 The  Gamecocks are No. 1 for the fifth straight week after receiving 24 first-
 place votes and a total of 840 points from a nationwide media panel.
 Connecticut  picked up  six first-place votes to remain second, while Texas is
 again  third after  claiming four  No.  1 tallies.  Notre Dame  and Texas  A&M
 swapped places to complete the top five.
 Baylor,  Louisville, Tennessee,  North Carolina, Duke and Oregon State are the
 next teams ranked. Duke and Oregon State are tied for the 10th spot.
 Kentucky  and  Nebraska are tied  for 12th  and followed by Georgia, Maryland,
 Stanford,  Rutgers,  Oklahoma State,  Mississippi  State  and Michigan  State.
 Stanford  tumbled nine  spots from  seventh  after losses  at Chattanooga  and
 Tennessee last week.
 The  last  five teams ranked are  West Virginia, Syracuse, Iowa, Green Bay and
 Arizona State.
 Green  Bay  and Arizona State  are this week's newcomers, replacing California
 and DePaul.
                 === McIlroy ends year atop world rankings ===
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  There  was not  much  change to  the
 men's  world  rankings as there  were just two changes  inside the top 20 this
 Rory  McIlroy finished  the year  as the  No. 1  ranked player  as he  holds a
 comfortable lead atop the rankings.
 Henrik  Stenson, Adam  Scott and Bubba Watson  all stayed put as Nos. 2-4. The
 lone  change to the  top 10 saw Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose swap spots, with
 Garcia moving up one to No. 5.
 Jim  Furyk,  Jason Day, Jordan  Spieth, Rickie  Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Martin
 Kaymer  all remained  the same at Nos.  7 through 12. FedEx Cup champion Billy
 Horschel  exchanged places  with Phil Mickelson, moving Horschel up one to No.
 13 and Mickelson down a spot to No. 14.
 Graeme  McDowell, Hideki  Matsuyama,  Victor Dubuisson,  Zach Johnson,  Dustin
 Johnson and Chris Kirk rounded out the top 20 once again from No. 15.
 With  this being  the final  world ranking  for 2014,  several players  earned
 invitations  to the  2015 Masters for ending  this season in the top-50 in the
 rankings.  Among that group were Joost Luiten, Stephen Gallacher, Shane Lowry,
 Mikko Ilonen and Danny Willett, who moved from 51 to 50 this week.
            === Ko jumps Lewis into No. 2 spot in world rankings ===
 Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Despite not playing last week, 17-year-
 old Lydia Ko jumped Stacy Lewis and is No. 2 in this week's world rankings.
 Ko,  who  trailed Lewis  by 0.01  average points last  week, fell 0.14 average
 points, while Lewis dropped 0.18 average points, allowing Ko to move up a spot
 to No. 2.
 That  was the  only change inside the  top 20 this week as Inbee Park remained
 the  No. 1 player in the world. After Ko and Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan
 Feng,  Michelle  Wie, So Yeon Ryu,  Hyo-Joo Kim, Karrie Webb and Lexi Thompson
 rounded out the top 10 from No. 4.
 Kyu Jung Baek, Anna Nordqvist, Cristie Kerr, Azahara Munoz, Sun Ju Ahn, Mi Rim
 Lee,  Na Yeon  Choi, Brittany  Lincicome, Paula  Creamer and  In Gee  Chun all
 stayed put and they are Nos. 11 through 20.
                   === Roughriders sign Jamel Richardson ===
 Regina,  SK (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Saskatchewan  Roughriders signed  wide
 receiver Jamel Richardson on Monday.
 Richardson  returns  to  Saskatchewan  for a  second  stint  after  originally
 entering the Canadian Football League with Saskatchewan in 2003. He spent four
 seasons  with  the Roughriders and caught  113 passes for 1,471 yards and four
 After  sitting out  the 2007 CFL season, Richardson spent the next six seasons
 with  the Montreal Alouettes where he amassed 6,603 yards and 48 touchdowns on
 473 receptions.
 Richardson  was released  by the Alouettes in  June and missed all of the 2014
 He  has won  two Grey Cup championships  (2009, 2010) and was named the game's
 MVP  in 2010  after leading  the  contest with  109 receiving  yards on  eight
 12/22 17:46:16 ET