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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, September 30 ===
             === Raiders fire Allen, name Sparano interim coach ===
 Alameda,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Oakland Raiders  made it  official on
 Tuesday and announced the firing of head coach Dennis Allen.
 Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has been selected as the interim
 Numerous  reports of  Allen's dismissal  came Monday  night, a  day after  the
 Raiders fell to 0-4 for the season. General manager Reggie McKenzie released a
 statement Tuesday to confirm the decision.
 "After  thorough evaluation, we have determined to move in another direction,"
 said  McKenzie.  "We appreciate Dennis  Allen's dedication to the organization
 and wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future."
 Allen  was in his third season as Raiders' coach. He led the team to a pair of
 4-12 records before this year's disastrous start.
 The  Raiders  have lost 10  straight games dating back  to last year, and this
 year's squad has yet to score more than 14 points in any of its four games.
 Oakland has a bye this week after its 38-14 loss to Miami on Sunday in London.
 Sparano  will be an NFL head coach for the second time, previously guiding the
 Dolphins  to  a record of 29-32  in nearly four  full seasons. He took over in
 2008 after the Dolphins were 1-15 in 2007 and led Miami to a mark of 11-5 with
 a surprising AFC East title.
 However,  a pair  of 7-9 campaigns followed  and he was fired in December 2011
 after a 4-9 start that included losses in the first seven games.
 Sparano  served  as the  offensive coordinator  for the New  York Jets in 2012
 before  joining  the Raiders  as the  assistant head  coach and offensive line
 coach last year.
 "Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization," said McKenzie. "His
 experience  and leadership qualities will serve the team well in helping reach
 the goal of everyone here, which is to win football games."
 Sparano,  a  head coach for five  years at Division  II New Haven, was also an
 assistant with the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2000, the Washington Redskins in
 2001  and  Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002.  He then joined the Dallas Cowboys in
 2003  and  spent five seasons  in various  roles before becoming the Dolphins'
 head coach.
 His  first game in charge of the Raiders will come Oct. 12 at home against San
                   === Colts give Mathis 1-year extension ===
 Indianapolis,  IN (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Indianapolis Colts  extended the
 contract  of  Robert Mathis  for  an  additional  season, the  team  announced
 Mathis, 33, is now under contract through 2016.
 The star linebacker was suspended for the first four games after violating the
 league's performance-enhancing substance policy, then suffered a season-ending
 torn Achilles tendon while working out on his own.
 Mathis led the NFL last season with 19 1/2 sacks.
 The  Colts  also signed cornerback Jalil  Brown to the active roster and added
 wide  receiver Chandler  Jones and  linebacker  Rob Ruggiero  to the  practice
            === Michigan AD: Morris' injury not handled properly ===
 Ann  Arbor,  MI (SportsNetwork.com) -  Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon
 issued  a statement  early Tuesday morning regarding quarterback Shane Morris'
 injury  status  and how it was  handled on the sideline during Saturday's game
 against Minnesota.
 Brandon  said it  appeared Morris did suffer a probable mild concussion in the
 fourth quarter of the loss to the Gophers and returned to the contest.
 Morris, who had sustained an ankle injury earlier in the game, took a hit from
 Minnesota's  Theiren Cockran  and stumbled. The medical training staff did not
 see  the hit  and believed  the  stumble might  have resulted  from the  ankle
 "Shane  came off the  field after the following play and was reassessed by the
 head athletic trainer for the ankle injury," said Brandon. "Since the athletic
 trainer had not seen the hit to the chin and was not aware that a neurological
 evaluation was necessary, he cleared Shane for one additional play."
 Brandon said the team neurologist was further down the sideline and was making
 his way toward the coaches and players to evaluate Morris.
 "The neurologist and other team physicians were not aware that Shane was being
 asked  to return to the field, and Shane left the bench when he heard his name
 called and went back into the game," Brandon said. "Under these circumstances,
 a  player should  not be allowed to  re-enter the game before being cleared by
 the  team physician.  This clearly identifies the need for improvements in our
 sideline and communications processes."
 Brandon  said Morris  was eventually diagnosed with a probable mild concussion
 and  a high  ankle sprain, but that  the concussion was not clearly evident on
 the  field Saturday  or immediately after the game. Morris was evaluated twice
 since  Saturday  and Brandon said  coach Brady Hoke was  not made aware of the
 updated diagnosis before his press conference on Monday.
 Hoke,  on  Monday, said he knew  Morris had an  ankle injury, but had not been
 told of a possible concussion.
 Brandon  said in  the statement that the  school will now have a medical staff
 member  in  the press box  or video booth  to ensure better communication with
 trainers and doctors on the sideline.
         === Harper, Morneau and Altuve added to Japan Tour roster ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Washington  Nationals outfielder  Bryce
 Harper  and batting  champions Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies and Jose
 Altuve  of  the Houston Astros  were announced as  additions to the roster for
 baseball's tour of Japan this November.
 The  trio  will be  part of  a squad that  already includes Seattle's Robinson
 Cano,  Baltimore's Adam  Jones, the  Angels'  Albert Pujols  and the  Dodgers'
 Yasiel Puig.
 Boston's  John  Farrell will  be  the  manager  for  the team,  replacing  Ron
 Washington,  who  had initially been selected  as the skipper in August before
 resigning as manager of the Texas Rangers in September.
 The  MLB team will  play a five-game series against a squad of Japanese League
 It will mark the 11th All-Star series and the 36th time overall that a team of
 Major League Baseball players will tour Japan for games. The current five-game
 format  was  adopted in 2006, the  last time a  group of MLB stars squared off
 against a team of Japan All-Stars. The MLB team went 5-0 eight years ago.
 The  opening game will  take place in Osaka on Nov. 12 before heading to Tokyo
 for  three  games on the weekend  of Nov. 14-16.  The final game of the series
 will be in Sapporo on Nov. 18.
 Two  exhibition games will  bookend the series -- the first on Nov. 11 and the
 last on Nov. 20.
             === Tigers 1B Cabrera named AL Player of the Month ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - For  the second straight month, a Detroit
 Tigers  player  has earned Player  of the Month  honors in the junior circuit.
 This time, it's first baseman Miguel Cabrera, named on Tuesday.
 Victor Martinez had been rewarded for August.
 Cabrera  capped his 2014  campaign and helped his team to a fourth straight AL
 Central  crown by exploding  for a .379 average along with eight home runs, 10
 doubles, 18 RBI and 19 runs scored over 26 contests.
 The  31-year-old  Venezuelan, nine-time All-Star  and two-time reigning AL MVP
 also  finished atop  the league in slugging percentage (.709), extra-base hits
 (12)  and total bases  (73), ranked second in total hits and ninth with an on-
 base pct. of .409.
 Cabrera  was previously honored as the junior circuit's top player for July of
 2008, August 2012 and July '13.
 Others  considered for mention were AL batting champ and Astros infielder Jose
 Altuve,  Cleveland  outfielder Michael  Brantley  and  Angels infielder  Howie
                 === Yanks' Beltran undergoes elbow surgery ===
 Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees announced on Tuesday that
 outfielder  Carlos Beltran underwent surgery to remove loose pieces and a bone
 spur from his right elbow.
 Beltran is expected to begin throwing and hitting in six weeks and should gain
 clearance to play in 12 weeks.
 The 37-year-old played in just three games after Sept. 9 because of the issue.
 He  concluded  his first season with  the Yankees batting a disappointing .233
 with 15 homers and 49 RBI over 109 games.
              === Indians' Kluber wins AL Pitcher of the Month ===
 New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber was
 named the American League Pitcher of the Month on Tuesday.
 Kluber  posted a  5-1 mark for the  final month of the season, notching a 2.09
 earned  run average and striking out a Major League-leading 56 batters over 43
 After  getting tagged for five runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a loss to Detroit
 to  open the month, Kluber won his next five starts, beginning with a complete
 game against the White Sox.
 He lasted at least seven innings in each of his five final starts, and allowed
 just five earned runs over that time to earn his first monthly award.
 The  Cy  Young candidate went  18-9 with  a 2.44 ERA  and 269 strikeouts in 34
 games this season.
 Wainwright named top NL pitcher for September
                  === Red Sox P Buchholz has knee surgery ===
 Boston,  MA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Red Sox  pitcher  Clay Buchholz  underwent
 surgery Tuesday to repair the meniscus in his right knee.
 The team said the 30-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.
 Buchholz was 8-11 with a 5.34 earned run average in 28 starts this season. The
 right-hander had 132 strikeouts and walked 54 in 170 1/3 innings.
               === Dodgers OF Kemp is NL Player of the Month ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp
 was named the National League Player of the Month for September on Tuesday.
 Kemp completed the season's final month with seven multi-hit performances, and
 reached the 20-homer plateau for the fifth time in his career. A two-time All-
 Star,  Kemp led  the  majors with  nine  home runs  and  tied teammate  Adrian
 Gonzalez  with  25 RBI,  while also  hitting .322 and  posting a .700 slugging
 His  finest stretch  occurred  at  Wrigley Field  from  Sept.  18-21, when  he
 finished 7-for-17 with two homers and eight RBI over the four-game set.
 Kemp had previously taken home monthly honors in April of 2012.
                === Mets pitcher deGrom named top NL rookie ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  - New  York Mets  starter Jacob deGrom was
 honored on Tuesday as the National League Rookie of the Month for September.
 The  26-year-old  right-hander completed his 2014  season by going 2-0 in four
 starts  during which  he  accumulated 38  strikeouts in  just  27 innings.  He
 finished  the  year by striking  out 144 batters in  140 1/3 frames, both tops
 among NL freshmen.
 On  Sept.  15 against  the  Miami  Marlins,  deGrom  posted a  season-high  13
 strikeouts  in  a no-decision, but  tied a  major-league record by fanning the
 first eight batters he faced.
 It's  the second  time this season the Stetson University product was rewarded
 for his work, after an initial nod back in July.
 Others  considered were  Phillies reliever  Ken Giles,  Cubs outfielder  Jorge
 Soler, San Diego hurler Kevin Quackenbush and Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud.
          === Sale of Islanders approved by NHL Board of Governors ===
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin are one
 step closer to a controlling interest in the New York Islanders.
 On  Tuesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed that the league's Board of
 Governors approved the move to transfer a majority interest from current owner
 Charles Wang to the duo within two years.
 Bettman  added  that the official  agreement between Wang, Ledecky, Malkin and
 the NHL is expected to be closed before the start of the regular season.
 "It's  not  going to happen tomorrow  because there is  some work to do, but I
 think  they're probably shooting to get it done before the start of the season
 next week," Bettman said. "If they miss it, that doesn't mean anything bad."
 The  Islanders are heading into their final season calling the Nassau Veterans
 Memorial  Coliseum  home. Next year,  the four-time Stanley Cup champions will
 take up residence in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
                === Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for DUI ===
 Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps was
 arrested on a DUI charge early Tuesday morning.
 According  to  the Maryland Transportation  Authority, Phelps was arrested and
 charged  with  DUI, excessive speed and  crossing double lane lines within the
 Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore. He was later released.
 The  MDTA report said Phelps was driving a 2014 white Land Rover at a speed of
 84  miles per hour in a 45-mph zone. An officer pulled the vehicle over beyond
 the  tunnel's toll  plaza  and Phelps  failed to  perform  the standard  field
 sobriety tests. He was cooperative throughout the process.
 This is Phelps' second arrest on DUI-related charges, with the first coming in
 2004 for which he received 18 months' probation and a $250 fine.
 Phelps has won a record 18 Olympic gold medals and 22 overall.
       === Nadal returns a winner; Djokovic also advances in Beijing ===
 Beijing,  China (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Playing his  first  tennis in  months,
 former  world No.  1 Rafael Nadal returned  with a victory at the $2.5 million
 China  Open  tennis event. Current No.  1 Novak Djokovic also notched a first-
 round victory on Tuesday.
 Showing  no  signs of rust,  the second-seeded Nadal handled Frenchman Richard
 Gasquet  6-4,  6-0 on the  hardcourts at  Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center,
 where the Spanish great captured an Olympic gold medal in 2008.
 Nadal is now 13-0 lifetime versus Gasquet.
 Last  year's  Beijing runner-up Nadal played  his first tennis since losing in
 the  fourth  round at Wimbledon,  as he had been  sidelined with a right wrist
 injury for  three months.
 "Three  months without a  match, winning against a player who is a good player
 like Richard, is a very positive comeback for me," Nadal said.
 Nadal's  second-round opponent  on  Thursday will  be  German qualifier  Peter
 The  top-seeded  Djokovic, meanwhile,  waltzed past Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-
 Lopez 6-2, 6-1.
 Djokovic  is now 20-0 in Beijing, where he's a four-time champion. He beat the
 2005 titlist Nadal in last year's final for a second straight title here.
 Up next for the super Serb will be Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday.
 In  other  action involving  seeds, No.  3 Tomas Berdych,  the 2011 China Open
 champ,  blitzed Spaniard  Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-2; No. 6 Andy Murray overcame
 6-foot-8  Pole Jerzy  Janowicz  6-7 (9-11),  6-4, 6-2;  No.  7 Ernests  Gulbis
 dismissed  Italian  Fabio  Fognini  6-3,  6-4; and  No.  8  towering  American
 John  Isner  drilled Colombian Santiago Giraldo  6-1, 6-3. Murray is fresh off
 his  first title in 15 months after running the table in Shenzhen, China, last
 Additional  wins came for Spaniards Tommy Robredo, the 2007 China Open runner-
 up,  and Pablo  Andujar, Uruguay's  Pablo Cuevas,  Slovakian qualifier  Martin
 Klizan, and the aforementioned Gojowczyk.
         === Serena, Halep, Sharapova reach third round in Beijing ===
 Beijing,  China  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Reigning  champion  Serena  Williams,
 second  seed Simona  Halep  and  former finalist  Maria  Sharapova were  among
 Tuesday's second-round winners at the $5.4 million China Open.
 The  world  No.  1  great  and two-time  China  Open  champ  Williams  subdued
 Bulgarian  Tsvetana  Pironkova 6-2,  6-3 on the  hardcourts at Beijing Olympic
 Green Tennis Center.
 Williams,  who won her  18th Grand Slam singles title in New York earlier this
 month,   beat   Jelena   Jankovic   for  last   year's   Beijing   title   and
 also captured this Chinese event back in 2004.
 Her third-round opponent will be Czech Lucie Safarova.
 Meanwhile,  the  French Open runner-up Halep  handled Chinese Lin Zhu 7-5, 6-4
 and  the  fourth-seeded former  top-ranked star  Sharapova shut down Ukrainian
 Elina  Svitolina  6-2, 6-2 on  the hardcourts  at Beijing Olympic Green Tennis
 Center. Sharapova was the Beijing runner-up two years ago.
 Top-10  upsets  came when  Italian Roberta Vinci  bounced fifth seed Agnieszka
 Radwanska  6-4, 6-4  and last year's Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki doused
 this  year's Wimbledon  runner-up,  eighth seed  Eugenie  Bouchard, 6-2,  6-4.
 Radwanska titled here in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2009. Bouchard was last
 week's Wuhan, China, runner-up to Petra Kvitova.
 Several other stars took to the courts in Beijing on Day 4.
 Seventh  seed Angelique  Kerber eased past Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-1,
 while ninth-seeded former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic cruised past Swiss Romina Oprandi
 6-4, 6-2.
 Also, 12th-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova beat Slovenian Polona Hercog 7-5,
 6-0;  a  13th-seeded Safarova  leveled German Mona  Barthel 6-3, 6-3; Spaniard
 Carla  Suarez  Navarro upended  14th-seeded Italian  Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 3-6,
 6-2;  15th-seeded German  and 2011  Beijing runner-up  Andrea Petkovic  erased
 American  Madison  Keys 6-2, 6-3;  and 16th-seeded Venus Williams vaulted past
 Frenchwoman  Caroline Garcia  6-4, 6-3. Venus was upset by Garcia in the first
 round in Wuhan last week.
 Another  second-round  result saw  two-time  China  Open winner  and  two-time
 runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova drill Japanese Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-1.
 On  Wednesday,  the hot third-seeded  Wimbledon titlist Kvitova, fresh off her
 title in Wuhan, will take on Chinese Peng Shuai in the second round, Sharapova
 will  encounter Suarez  Navarro in the third round, and sixth-seeded U.S. Open
 runner-up  Caroline Wozniacki  will  battle former  U.S.  Open champ  Samantha
 Stosur in the second round. Wozniacki was the China Open champion in 2010.
                        === Wawrinka ousted in Tokyo ===
 Tokyo,  Japan  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Top-seeded Australian Open champion Stan
 Wawrinka  came up  a  first-round  loser Tuesday  at  the  $1.2 million  Japan
 Open  Tennis Championships.
 Japanese  wild card Tatsuma Ito stunned the Swiss slugger Wawrinka in 7-5, 6-2
 fashion on the hardcourts at Ariake Colosseum.
 Wawrinka  said, "It was not a good day at the office. He started well and then
 I was trying to come back in the match. First round matches are never easy. He
 played  well, particularly  at the  end  of the  first  set when  he was  very
 Third-seeded  Canadian  star Milos Raonic  avoided an upset by tackling Aussie
 Bernard  Tomic  7-6 (7-3),  6-3. The reigning  two-time Tokyo runner-up Raonic
 lost to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in last year's finale.
 More  upsets occurred when Polish qualifier Michal Przysiezny outlasted fifth-
 seeded  Frenchman Jo-Wilfried  Tsonga 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (11-9) and France's Gilles
 Simon  grounded  sixth-seeded Spaniard  Roberto Bautista  Agut 4-6, 7-6 (9-7),
 2-1, retired. Tsonga was the Tokyo champ in 2009.
 Also  advancing on  Day 2 were Austrian Jurgen Melzer, German Benjamin Becker,
 American Donald Young, and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
 The  first  round will conclude  Wednesday when heavy Japanese crowd favorite,
 fourth-seeded  U.S.  Open runner-up Kei  Nishikori, takes on Croat Ivan Dodig.
 Nishikori  was the  Tokyo titlist in 2012  and is fresh off his title in Kuala
 Lumpur last week.
 This week's winner will collect $296,850.
       === Ogwumike paces U.S. women in dominant win over Angola ===
 Istanbul, Turkey (SportsNetwork.com) - Nnemkadi Ogwumike tallied 18 points and
 10  rebounds  as the United States  rolled to a  119-44 win over Angola in the
 final game of the group stage at the women's FIBA World Championship.
 The  U.S. won Group  D with a 3-0 record, winning games over China, Serbia and
 Angola by an average of 42 points.
 Brittney  Griner  chipped in with 15  points and seven rebounds for the United
 States,  which  gets to  rest for  two days  before returning  to the court in
 Friday's quarterfinals.
 Minnesota  Lynx  teammates Maya  Moore and  Seimone Augustus  scored 16 and 15
 points, respectively. All 12 members of Team USA scored at least two points.
 The  heavily-favored  Americans controlled  this  one  from the  opening  tip,
 jumping  out to  a 12-0 lead four minutes in before Nacissela Mauricio finally
 put Angola on the board with a 3-pointer.
 Rosa  Gala  beat the first  quarter buzzer with a  deep 3-pointer, but it only
 brought the African champs with 22 points, 33-11.
 Moore  ended  the first half  with a three-point  play that sent the Americans
 into halftime with a 61-25 lead.
 Nadir Manuel had 11 points to pace Angola.
              === Calgary pair headline CFL's best for Week 14 ===
 Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Calgary Stampeders teammates Jon Cornish and
 Jock Sanders were among the standout players for Week 14 of the CFL season.
 Cornish was named the top Canadian for the fourth time this year after rushing
 for  156 yards in a 14-7 win over British Columbia. Sanders earned the special
 teams award after averaging 16.8 yards on six punt returns.
 Edmonton Eskimos running back John White was named the offensive player of the
 week  after rushing for  a career-high 192 yards and a touchdown in a 24-0 win
 over Saskatchewan. He also caught a touchdown pass.
 Montreal  Alouettes linebacker  Bear  Woods  recorded a  sack  among his  nine
 tackles  and  forced a fumble in  a 15-7 win  at Ottawa to take home defensive
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