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      === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, September 1 ===
 
 
            === Djokovic will meet Murray in U.S. Open quarters ===
 
 Flushing  Meadows, NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Novak  Djokovic  raced into  his
 22nd  straight Grand  Slam quarterfinal,  where he'll  meet Andy  Murray in  a
 rematch of the 2012 men's final at the U.S. Open.
 
 The world No. 1 stalwart and seven-time major champion Djokovic thwarted 22nd-
 seeded  German  Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5,  6-4 in just over two hours at
 the  USTA Billie  Jean King National Tennis  Center on Labor Day in the United
 States.
 
 The last time Djokovic lost before the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event was
 five  years ago against Kohlschreiber in Paris. The Serb has now reached eight
 straight  U.S. Open  quarterfinals  and won  his last  11  Grand Slam  matches
 overall.
 
 Djokovic  captured his lone U.S. Open title in 2011 and is a four-time runner-
 up  in Flushing,  including last  year against  Rafael Nadal  and 2012  versus
 Murray. The Serb has appeared in the last four finals in New York.
 
 The  Wimbledon champion's  round-of-eight opponent  will be  the eighth-seeded
 Murray,  who took  care of ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5,
 6-4 in 2 hours, 35 minutes on Day 8 of this fortnight.
 
 This  marked  Murray's first victory over  a top-10 player since capturing the
 Wimbledon title last year.
 
 The  two-time  major champion  Murray, who  was also a  U.S. Open runner-up in
 2008, will now appear in his fifth quarterfinal in New York.
 
 Djokovic  and Murray will meet for a 21st time at the ATP level, with the Serb
 leading  the  all-time series  12-8.  Djokovic  is  3-2  in their  Grand  Slam
 meetings, but Murray is 1-0 versus Djokovic at the U.S. Open.
 
 "Yeah.  I think that's  really why we play the game. You know, that's what you
 put  the work in for, so that when you come to these events and you do have to
 play against the best players that you're ready," said Murray.
 
 "And,  you know,  as much as it's incredibly tough and challenging, the match,
 that's what you enjoy. You know, playing on Wednesday, Wednesday night against
 the  No. 1 player in the world is exciting. If you aren't getting motivated or
 pumped  for those matches, then that's when there's a problem and it's time to
 maybe stop."
 
 Australian  Open champion  Stan Wawrinka secured his spot in the quarterfinals
 with  a  7-5, 4-6,  7-6 (9-7),  6-2 victory over  16th-seeded Tommy Robredo of
 Spain.
 
 After  splitting the first two sets, the third-seeded Swiss trailed 6-4 in the
 third-set tiebreaker but battled back to win 9-7 and closed out the victory in
 the fourth set.
 
 Wawrinka  also  defeated Robredo in  the Round of 16  earlier this year at the
 Australian Open. Robredo fell to 6-3 lifetime against Wawrinka.
 
 Up  next  for Wawrinka  is 10th-seeded  Kei Nishikori  of Japan, who outlasted
 fifth-seeded  Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-4 in the
 night match that ended at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday morning.
 
 The match, which lasted over four hours, tied the record for the latest finish
 in  U.S.  Open history.  Two matches  previously ended at  the same time: John
 Isner  versus Philipp  Kohlschreiber in  2012  third round  and Mats  Wilander
 versus Maikel Pernfors in a 1993 second-round marathon.
 
 Nishikori  battled  through a right foot  injury and withstood a barrage of 86
 winners,  including  35 aces, from Raonic.  He is the first Japanese man since
 Zenzo Shimidzu in 1922 to reach the U.S. Open QFs.
 
 
            === Serena cruises, Azarenka survives at U.S. Open ===
 
 Flushing   Meadows,   NY  (SportsNetwork.com)   -  Five-time  champion  Serena
 Williams was an easy fourth-round winner Monday at the U.S. Open.
 
 The  world No. 1 superstar won her 18th straight match in New York and reached
 her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of 2014 with a workmanlike 6-3, 6-3 handling
 of  Estonian slugger Kaia Kanepi in 64 minutes at Ashe Stadium on Labor Day in
 the United States.
 
 Williams  is now  4-0 lifetime against Kanepi, with Monday marking their first
 meeting since 2009.
 
 The  32-year-old  Williams  lost  in  the third  round  at  Wimbledon,  second
 round at the French Open, and fourth round at the Aussie this year.
 
 "I  finally  made a quarterfinal this  year," Williams said after the match on
 court, raising her arms above her head. "I'm glad to do it in New York."
 
 The 17-time Grand Slam singles champion is now 76-9 lifetime at the U.S. Open,
 where  she  beat former world No.  1 and two-time Aussie Open titlist Victoria
 Azarenka in the last two finals.
 
 Williams'  quarterfinal  opponent will be 11th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta,
 who  opened Monday  with  a 7-5,  6-2 victory  over  29th-seeded Aussie  Casey
 Dellacqua  on the  hardcourts at  the USTA  Billie Jean  King National  Tennis
 Center.
 
 "She's such a great mover," Williams said of Pennetta. "She does everything so
 well and I'm just going to have fun and enjoy every moment out here."
 
 The  32-year-old Pennetta  plays her best Grand Slam tennis in New York, where
 she's  reached the quarterfinals now on five occasions, including a surprising
 run into the semifinals a year ago.
 
 Also  on  Monday, 17th-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova ousted seventh-seeded
 Canadian  star  Eugenie Bouchard 7-6  (7-2), 6-4  to reach her second straight
 U.S. Open quarterfinal.
 
 The  26-year-old left-handed Makarova has quietly reached the quarterfinals at
 four of the last eight Grand Slams, including two straight at the U.S. Open.
 
 The  20-year-old  Bouchard, who was  treated for a heat-related illness during
 the  second set  on Monday,  was July's  Wimbledon runner-up  and reached  the
 semifinals at the year's first two majors.
 
 Makarova  will meet  the  16th-seeded  Azarenka in  the  next round.  Azarenka
 survived  a  scare from Aleksandra  Krunic by  defeating the Serbian 4-6, 6-4,
 6-4.  The Belarusian battled  back to take the second set and was ahead by two
 games  in the third  when Krunic answered with wins in two straight to knot it
 at  2-2. The two went back-and-forth from there until Azarenka finally put the
 pesky Krunic away to move on.
 
 
                         === Astros fire Bo Porter ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Houston Astros  have fired manager Bo
 Porter.
 
 Porter  was in just his second season with the Astros, who are 59-79 this year
 and  sit fourth in the American League West. Houston has already eclipsed last
 year's  win total  of 51  and will  likely end  a three-year  run of  100-loss
 seasons.
 
 "Bo's   passion   and  energy   are  unparalleled,  and   his  desire  to  win
 unquestioned,"  said Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow in a statement Monday.
 "This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in
 the  Major Leagues.  I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product
 of  an organizational strategy for which I am responsible. Rather, I made this
 decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse."
 
 Luhnow's  decision comes amid speculation of a deteriorating relationship with
 Porter.  The Houston  Chronicle reported last week that Luhnow and Porter have
 been at odds, primarily over the manager's in-game decisions.
 
 "What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout
 the  entire organization," Luhnow's statement continued. "It is essential that
 as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our
 young  players can  come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I
 am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power
 to  do  so -- even when  it means making difficult  moves like the one we made
 today."
 
 Bench coach Dave Trembley was also relieved of his duties.
 
 Tom Lawless will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season,
 while Adam Everett will join the staff as bench coach.
 
 Luhnow said a managerial search will begin immediately.
 
 "I  am  optimistic about  the direction  of our  team," Luhnow concluded. "Our
 young  core continues  to progress, and I believe wholeheartedly that our plan
 -- while at times challenging -- is working and will bring a consistent winner
 to Houston in the very near future."
 
 The  Astros suffered  through the worst season in franchise history in 2013 --
 their  transition to the American League -- at 51-111 and have not been to the
 postseason since reaching the World Series for the only time in 2005.
 
 "This was not an easy decision to make," said Astros owner Jim Crane. "We wish
 Bo  nothing but  the best  in  the future.  Jeff  has my  full support  moving
 forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains."
 
 Porter,  who  played three seasons in  the majors with the Cubs, Athletics and
 Rangers  from  1999-2001, had never been  a major league manager before taking
 the  Houston  job. He was  the Washington third base  coach in 2012 after also
 serving as third base coach with the Marlins and Diamondbacks.
 
 Lawless  has close  to 35  years of  experience in  baseball as  a big  league
 player,  minor league manager and coach. He served as the manager for Triple-A
 Oklahoma City earlier this season while Tony DeFrancesco was on medical leave,
 then returned to his role as roving infield instructor.
 
 Everett  spent  seven of his  11 major league seasons  as a shortstop with the
 Astros, then rejoined the club in 2013 as a minor league infield instructor.
 
 
              === Mariners suspend Montero for rest of season ===
 
 Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners suspended Jesus Montero
 for  the rest of  the season on Monday after he was involved in an altercation
 with a team scout last week.
 
 General  manager Jack Zduriencik had already said Friday that Montero wouldn't
 play  for the  Mariners again this season.  The team has placed Montero on the
 suspended list to make that official.
 
 Montero  and scout Butch Baccala were involved in an incident during a Class-A
 game  on Thursday night in Boise, Idaho, after Baccala reportedly sent Montero
 an ice cream sandwich in the dugout.
 
 An  angered Montero took a bat into the stands and threw the frozen dessert at
 Baccala, according to widely reported accounts of the altercation.
 
 Zduriencik  said last week that the team was still investigating the incident,
 but  "it  is clear  that  both  Jesus Montero  and  Butch  Baccala engaged  in
 behavior  that  is far below what  we expect from members of our organization,
 including bad judgment at nearly every stage of this incident."
 
 Once  a  prized catching prospect, Montero  appeared in just six games for the
 Mariners this season after showing up for spring training a reported 40 pounds
 overweight.
 
 He  was called  up briefly in June and  then again for one game last month and
 was rehabbing a strained oblique with Everett of the Northwest League when the
 altercation occurred.
 
 The  Mariners re-signed  Montero to  a one-year  contract in  February and  he
 appeared as a first baseman and designated hitter for the team this season.
 
 
                     === Brewers' Garza nearing return ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Milwaukee Brewers  activated starting
 pitcher  Matt Garza  from the 15-day disabled list Monday, one of five players
 added to the team as rosters expanded.
 
 Garza, sidelined since August 3 by a strained left oblique, is slated to start
 Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
 
 The right-hander has put together a solid first season in Milwaukee, compiling
 a 7-7 record with a 3.58 earned run average over 23 starts.
 
 Milwaukee  also recalled  pitcher Jimmy  Nelson, who  will take  the ball  for
 Monday's  opener  of a three-game series  with the Cubs, from Single-A Brevard
 County.  Outfielder Logan  Schafer also rejoined the team after being recalled
 from Triple-A Nashville.
 
 Additionally,  pitcher Wei-Chung  Wang was  activated from  the 15-day  DL and
 catcher Matt Pagnozzi had his contract selected from Nashville.
 
 Wang, a Rule 5 draft pick by the Brewers during the offseason, has not pitched
 since July 10 due to tightness in his left shoulder.
 
 
                          === A's activate Lowrie ===
 
 Oakland,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics reinstated shortstop
 Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and added a trio of players
 from Triple-A Sacramento.
 
 Lowrie  went on  the DL in mid-August  with a fractured right index finger. He
 went 2-for-9 during a brief two-game rehab assignment with Sacramento over the
 weekend.
 
 Lowrie  is hitting  .238 with  five home  runs and  42 RBI  in 110  games this
 season.
 
 Oakland  also recalled pitchers Fernando Rodriguez and outfielder Billy Burns,
 and selected the contract of catcher Bryan Anderson from Sacramento.
 
 
                 === Diamondbacks take Ross, Hudson off DL ===
 
 San  Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday
 they  have  activated outfielder Cody  Ross from  the 15-day disabled list and
 reinstated pitcher Daniel Hudson from the 60-day DL.
 
 Hudson,  a 16-game  winner for the Diamondbacks  in 2011, will be on an active
 major-league roster for the first time in over two years when Arizona plays in
 San  Diego on  Monday. The right-hander has undergone two Tommy John surgeries
 to his elbow since last pitching in the big leagues on June 26, 2012.
 
 Arizona manager Kirk Gibson has said that Hudson, who has allowed one run over
 six  innings in  six  rehab  appearances between  the  D-backs' Rookie  League
 affiliate  and  Triple-A Reno,  will be  used as a  reliever over the season's
 final month.
 
 Ross  has been  out since July 21 due  to a strained left calf. The veteran is
 hitting .238 with two home runs and 11 RBI over 66 games this season.
 
 
                         === Rays activate DeJesus ===
 
 St.  Petersburg,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Tampa  Bay  Rays  activated
 outfielder David DeJesus off the 15-day disabled list Monday.
 
 DeJesus had been sidelined since suffering a broken left hand on a check swing
 June  18.  He just completed  an eight-game  minor league rehab assignment and
 went 5-for-23.
 
 The  34-year-old  veteran was batting  .269 with five homers  and 17 RBI in 62
 games before the injury.
 
 Tampa  Bay also  made a few more  moves with rosters allowed to expand, adding
 catcher  Curt Casali  and  pitchers Brandon  Gomes and  Steve  Geltz from  the
 minors. Catcher Ali Solis was outrighted off the 40-man roster and accepted an
 assignment to Triple-A Durham.
 
 
                    === Indians activate Giambi from DL ===
 
 Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians activated designated
 hitter  Jason Giambi from  the 60-day disabled list on Monday amid a flurry of
 moves as major league clubs expand their rosters.
 
 Giambi  hasn't played since June 11, but hit an anemic .128 with two home runs
 and five RBI over just 15 games before he was sidelined.
 
 Cleveland  also reinstated  catcher  Chris Gimenez  from  the paternity  list,
 recalled  pitchers Austin  Adams, Bryan Price and infielder Jesus Aguilar from
 Triple-A Columbus.
 
 Gimenez returned to the club after son Jaxon was born on Sunday night.
 
 Adams  failed  to record a  decision in  three appearances with Cleveland from
 July  12-Aug. 1, while Aguilar hit .188 and drove in two runs during an eight-
 game stint from May 15-31.
 
 Price will see his first taste of big league action.
 
 
                      === Marlins' Alvarez exits early ===
 
 Miami, FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez left
 Monday's  start  against the New  York Mets with a  left oblique strain in the
 third inning.
 
 Alvarez,  who  missed time in  August due  to right shoulder inflammation, set
 down the first six batters he faced before giving up a leadoff homer to Dilson
 Herrera in the third frame.
 
 Four  of the next  five batters reached base for the Mets, with David Wright's
 bases-clearing double with the bags full giving the visitors a 4-2 lead.
 
 The  team  trainer and  manager  Mike  Redmond  joined  Alvarez on  the  mound
 following Wright's hit, and Alvarez was begrudgingly replaced by Brad Hand.
 
 Alvarez came into the game 10-6 with a 2.75 ERA.
 
 
                         === Royals activate Hosmer ===
 
 Kansas  City,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Kansas City Royals will get their
 first  baseman back  for the season's stretch run, as the club reinstated Eric
 Hosmer from the 15-day disabled list as rosters expanded on Monday.
 
 Hosmer, hitting .267 with six home runs and 46 RBI this season, has missed the
 past  month after fracturing the third metacarpal in his right hand when being
 hit by a pitch.
 
 The  24-year-old former  first-round pick  had  been on  a tear  prior to  the
 injury, batting .366 (26-of-71) in July and putting together a career-best 16-
 game hitting streak during the month.
 
 Hosmer  was  one of six  players added to the  roster on Monday. Pitcher Casey
 Coleman,  infielder Johnny  Giavotella  and catcher  Francisco  Pena were  all
 recalled  from Triple-A Omaha, while outfielder Lane Adams and pitcher Brandon
 Finnegan   were  promoted  from  Double-A  Northwest  Arkansas.  Additionally,
 outfielder Carlos Peguero had his contract selected from Omaha.
 
 Finnegan will be the first player from this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft
 to  reach the  major leagues. The ex-TCU left-hander was the 17th overall pick
 in  June's  draft and posted  a 1.33 ERA  over 13 appearances between Single-A
 Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas.
 
 To  make  room for Finnegan  and Peguero on  the 40-man roster, pitchers Chris
 Dwyer and Blake Wood were both designated for assignment.
 
 
       === Report: Watt, Texans agree to terms on 6-year, $100M deal ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Houston Texans and defensive end J.J.
 Watt have reportedly reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension.
 
 The Houston Chronicle said the deal was reached after hours of negotiations on
 Monday between agent Tom Condon and Texans general manager Rick Smith and vice
 president of administration Chris Olsen.
 
 Watt,  the 11th overall  pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, had two years left on his
 contract,  including a base salary of $1.9 million this year and a $6.9 option
 year in 2015.
 
 Watt's  new deal  is  worth $100  million over  six  years, including  $51.876
 million  guaranteed, according  to  the  paper. Those  numbers  make Watt  the
 highest paid defensive player in the NFL.
 
 Watt's  contract tops that of a six-year, $96 million deal Buffalo gave former
 Texans lineman Mario Williams.
 
 Watt  earned NFL Defensive  Player of the Year honors in 2012 after posting 20
 1/2  sacks. The Wisconsin product has recorded 217 tackles and 36 1/2 sacks in
 48 games with the Texans.
 
 
              === Carr to start over Schaub in Raiders' opener ===
 
 Alameda,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Oakland Raiders will start the regular
 season with rookie Derek Carr under center.
 
 Raiders  coach Dennis Allen informed the team Monday that Carr will start over
 veteran Matt Schaub against the Jets on Sunday.
 
 Carr  outplayed Schaub  during the  preseason, as  the 2014  second-round pick
 threw  for  326 yards with four  touchdowns and one interception. Schaub threw
 for  218  yards with no touchdowns  and one interception while dealing with an
 elbow injury.
 
 The  Raiders traded the fifth pick in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft to
 the Houston Texans in exchange for Schaub in March. The 11th-year pro threw 14
 interceptions  against just 10 touchdown passes last season and was benched in
 favor of Case Keenum midway through the 2013 campaign.
 
 
                   === Sam left off Rams' practice squad ===
 
 St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael  Sam remains without an NFL team
 two  days after the  league's first openly gay active player waived by the St.
 Louis Rams, who did not include the defensive end on its practice squad.
 
 Sam,  a seventh-round  pick in  this year's  draft who  publicly declared  his
 homosexuality  prior  to February's scouting  combine, was left off the 10-man
 squad that the Rams filled on Monday.
 
 The  2013  SEC Defensive  Player of  the Year appeared  to be  the victim of a
 numbers  game,  with the  Rams already  carrying five  defensive ends on their
 active roster and short on depth at other positions.
 
 St. Louis did sign one defensive lineman, tackle Matt Conrath, to a group that
 also  included linebackers  Denicos Allen  and Kevin  Reddick, wide  receivers
 Emory  Blake  and Justin Veltung,  safeties Christian Bryant and Matt Daniels,
 quarterback  Garrett Gilbert  and  offensive linemen  Sean  Hooey and  Brandon
 Washington.
 
 All  except Allen and Reddick were with the Rams during training camp. Gilbert
 was  a  sixth-round pick by  St. Louis in May's  draft, while Bryant was taken
 eight spots ahead of Sam at No. 241 overall.
 
 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   last  week's
 preseason finale against Miami.
 
 
                       === Niners' Boone ends holdout ===
 
 Santa  Clara,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - San Francisco  49ers guard Alex Boone
 finally  reported to the team on Monday after staging a prolonged holdout over
 dissatisfaction over his contract.
 
 NFL.com  reported that  the Niners have agreed to increase Boone's base salary
 over the final two years of his contract. The fifth-year lineman will now earn
 $6  million with  an additional $2 million  in incentives over the life of the
 deal.
 
 Boone  had been slated to make $3.7 million between 2014 and 2015 on the four-
 year extension he signed near the end of the 2011 season.
 
 The  49ers later announced that Boone passed a physical. The team will request
 a  roster exemption with him unlikely to be ready for San Francisco's regular-
 season opener at Dallas this Sunday.
 
 Boone  has started all 32 games at right guard for San Francisco over the past
 two seasons and emerged as a key part of an offensive line that has helped the
 49ers  to  back-to-back  NFC  Championship  games as  well  as  a  Super  Bowl
 appearance.
 
 
                  === Titans, Succop agree to 1-year deal ===
 
 Nashville,  TN (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Tennessee  Titans  and kicker  Ryan
 Succop agreed to terms on a one-year contract Monday.
 
 The  Tennessean  was first to report  the news, revealing that Succop traveled
 to   Nashville   to  meet   with  Titans  officials,   took  a  physical,  and
 apparently made enough of an impression to be signed.
 
 Succop,  at 27  years  old and  heading into  his  sixth professional  season,
 connected on 22-of-28 field goals and all 52 of his extra-point attempts in 16
 games last season for Kansas City.
 
 He  departs  the Chiefs  after five seasons  having converted 119-of-147 field
 goals and each of his 160 extra points over 80 games.
 
 In  additional  roster moves,  the Titans  agreed to terms  on a contract with
 linebacker  Quentin  Groves,  waived  linebacker  Patrick  Bailey  and  kicker
 Travis  Coons,  and  added  cornerback Ri'Shard  Anderson,  linebacker  Dontay
 Moch  and  tight end  Orson Charles to the practice squad.
 
 
                           === Bears add LS Cain ===
 
 Lake  Forest, IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  Chicago Bears  have signed  long
 snapper Jeremy Cain.
 
 Cain  will join the  Bears for a third time. He first played for the club from
 2004-05,  mostly on  special teams and as a backup linebacker, then again last
 year for two games as a long snapper.
 
 Overall,  Cain has appeared in 83 NFL games with Chicago, Tennessee (2006) and
 Jacksonville (2009-12). All but eight of those games came as a long snapper.
 
 The Bears cut long snapper Brandon Hartson on Sunday.
 
 Chicago  also named  its 10-man  practice  squad, inking  wide receivers  Josh
 Bellamy  and  Rashad Ross,  offensive  linemen  Taylor  Boggs and  Ryan  Groy,
 defensive  linemen  Brandon Dunn  and Roy Philon,  cornerbacks Isaiah Frey, Al
 Louis-Jean and Terrance Mitchell and linebacker DeDe Lattimore to the unit.
 
 
                  === Iowa State WR Bundrage has torn ACL ===
 
 Ames,  IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Iowa State wide receiver Quenton Bundrage will
 miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, coach Paul
 Rhoads said Monday.
 
 Bundrage,  the Cyclones' leading receiver last season, injured his knee on the
 fourth play from scrimmage in Saturday's 34-14 loss to North Dakota State.
 
 As  a redshirt sophomore  last year, Bundrage had 48 catches for 676 yards and
 nine touchdowns.
 
 
            === Kirk beats out Horschel for Deutsche Bank title ===
 
 Norton,  MA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Chris Kirk  fired  a final-round,  5-under
 66  and he  was able  to hold  off Billy  Horschel and  win the  Deutsche Bank
 Championship by two shots on Monday.
 
 Kirk,  who  jumped to  the top  of the  FedExCup playoff  points list with two
 events  to play, finished the week at 15-under-par 269 at TPC Boston. His last
 win was at the McGladrey Classic earlier this season.
 
 "Just  trying  to go play like  I did yesterday," said  Kirk, who shot a 64 in
 Sunday's  third  round. "Obviously  I  didn't  shoot quite  as  low  as I  did
 yesterday,  but  you know  I really  felt good  with my  putter today and just
 unbelievable. Obviously my biggest win ever."
 
 Horschel, needing a birdie to tie or an eagle to win heading to the par-5 last
 hole,  put his  drive in the middle of  the fairway, giving him a shot to make
 the  green  in two.  However, the  27-year-old chunked  his second shot, which
 landed  well short and in a hazard. Horschel (69) settled for a bogey and fell
 into a three-way tie for second.
 
 He  was joined  there at  13-under 271  by Geoff  Ogilvy (65)  and third-round
 leader Russell Henley (70).
 
 This  year's  Open champion and PGA  Championship winner Rory McIlroy, who won
 this event last year and entered the FedExCup playoffs in the No. 1 spot, shot
 a  1-under 70 to  finish tied for fifth with John Senden (66) at 11-under 273.
 McIlroy remained No. 2 in the standings.
 
 Jason  Day,  who entered the  day two shots back  along with Kirk and McIlroy,
 carded  a  final-round 71 and  he tied for seventh  with this year's U.S. Open
 champion Martin Kaymer at 10-under 274.
 
 Entering  the  week with  the No. 1  spot in the  FedExCup standings after his
 victory  at The  Barclays, Hunter Mahan finished in sole possession of 64th at
 1-over  285 following a  68 on Monday. He is now No. 3 in the standings behind
 Kirk and McIlroy.
 
 Playing  in the final pairing together, Horschel birdied the first hole to tie
 Henley  atop  the leaderboard at 12-under,  putting Kirk two shots back at the
 time.  Right after Henley  took the outright lead with a birdie on three, Kirk
 poured  in back-to-back  gains at  three  and four  to  get one  shot back  at
 minus-12 with Horschel and Day.
 
 A Horschel birdie on the par-5 seventh tied him with Henley again, while Kirk,
 Day  and Ogilvy, who  made his fifth birdie of the day on No. 10, were all one
 shot back at minus-12.
 
 Horschel broke free of Henley when Henley bogeyed No. 8, but Kirk came through
 with  a  birdie on  nine  to  tie Horschel  at  13-under  with Henley,  Ogilvy
 and Day one shot back.
 
 Day  struggled down  the stretch with a  bogey on 10 and a double-bogey on 12,
 putting him well off the pace and he never contended again.
 
 Ogilvy  got  in on the  action with another  birdie on No.  13 to tie Kirk and
 Horschel. Another bogey for Henley on 10 was followed by a 33-foot birdie make
 on 11 to keep him one shot behind.
 
 Kirk  took the  outright lead for the  first time with a 23-foot birdie at No.
 13, putting him at minus-14, one shot ahead of Ogilvy and Horschel.
 
 Playing  in  the penultimate group, Kirk  remained calm and made a clutch, 14-
 foot  par putt on  15, keeping his streak of 34 straight holes without a bogey
 alive, and more importantly keeping him in the lead.
 
 "In  that kind  of  situation it's  unbelievable just  trying  to control  the
 feelings  going through your body, trying to factor in how much further you're
 hitting  all your irons just because you're so pumped up," Kirk said about how
 he  felt  coming down the stretch  in his final round.  "I may be a little bit
 more  calm than  some other guys in  that situation, but I'm still pretty much
 freaking out inside."
 
 Kirk came through in the clutch again with another gain on 16, putting him two
 ahead,  but Horschel would not go quietly as he made a long birdie putt of his
 own at No. 16 shortly after to remain one shot back.
 
 From  there it was virtually a two-player race between Kirk and Horschel. Kirk
 survived  a  tough second  shot out  of a  divot on  17 and  he made par. With
 Horschel  also making  par on 17, the 18th  was his last chance to make a move
 and catch Kirk.
 
 After  watching Kirk settle  for par at the last, Horschel had a chance to win
 with  an eagle if  he could make it to the green in two on the par-5, 530-yard
 18th.
 
 His  first  shot was right in  the middle of  the fairway. From 211 yards out,
 Horschel  took his  swing on  his  second shot  and immediately  reacted in  a
 negative  manner  as he watched  the ball land in  a big hazard separating the
 fairway from the green.
 
 "The worst swing I've made all week," Horschel said about his second shot that
 found the hazard.
 
 Needing  to make  his next shot after  a drop, Horschel's approach was 11 feet
 off and he missed the ensuing par putt, dropping him into a tie for second.
 
 McIlroy  had an up-and-down day, which started with a gain on four followed by
 back-to-back  bogeys on  five and six. He got those shots right back, however,
 with  two straight  birdies on seven and  eight, getting him two shots back at
 minus-11.
 
 The  No.  1 player in the  world did not make  a big enough splash on the back
 nine  as he bogeyed  10 and 12 to push him well off the pace. McIlroy finished
 his round with birdies on 16 and 18 to finish four shots back.
 
 NOTES:  Kirk did  not make a bogey on  his final 37 holes of the week ... Kirk
 jumped  from No.  17 to No. 1 in  the standings with the win ... Stewart Cink,
 Brandt  Snedeker, Vijay  Singh  and  Luke Donald  were  among  those who  were
 eliminated  from  the FedExCup playoffs  ... Last year's FedExCup champion and
 this  event's  defending champion Henrik Stenson  finished tied for 26th at 6-
 under  278 and  he is No. 55  in the standings ... Kirk earned $1,440,000 with
 this  victory ...  Next  week the  PGA  Tour  heads to  Colorado  for the  BMW
 Championship, where Zach Johnson won last year.
 
 
                 === Ernst jumps 71 spots in world rankings ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Austin  Ernst, who  parred the  first
 playoff hole to defeat I.K. Kim and win the Portland Classic on Sunday, jumped
 71 spots in this week's world rankings.
 
 After  capturing her  first  victory on  the  LPGA Tour,  Ernst  is now  among
 the top 100 in the world at No. 74. She was No. 145 last week.
 
 There  was no change  to the top 11 players in the world. Stacy Lewis remained
 the  top  player,  and she  was  followed  by  Inbee  Park, Lydia  Ko,  Suzann
 Pettersen,  So  Yeon Ryu,  Michelle Wie, Lexi  Thompson, Shanshan Feng, Karrie
 Webb, Anna Nordqvist and Cristie Kerr.
 
 Azahara  Munoz jumped two  spots to No. 12, knocking Lizette Salas back a spot
 to  13. Na  Yeon Choi and Paula Creamer  both moved up one to 14 and 15, while
 Angela Stanford fell three spots from 13 to 16.
 
 Amy  Yang stayed  put at 17, while  Sun Ju Ahn and Jessica Korda swapped spots
 and  are now  18 and 19, respectively. Hyo-Joo Kim took over Catriona Meadow's
 spot at No. 20, while Meadow fell one to 21.
 
 Trish  Johnson,  who won the Ladies  Scottish Open on the Ladies European Tour
 last  week, also  made a big move from No.  195 to No. 120 in the world. At 48
 years old, Johnson became the oldest winner on tour.
 
 
             === Lyonssomewhere steals Cane Pace from the front ===
 
 Nichols,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Longshot Lyonssomewhere, driven by Yannick
 Gingras,  held  off late charging favorite  He's Watching to win Monday's 60th
 edition of the $437,325 Cane Pace at Tioga Downs.
 
 The  Cane  Pace  is  the  first  jewel of  the  Pacing  Triple  Crown,  making
 Lyonssomewhere eligible to become the first Triple Crown champ in 11 years.
 
 Trained  by  Jimmy Takter, Lyonssomewhere  went off as  a 19-1 longshot in the
 eight-horse field of 3-year-old pacers.  The colt took the lead from the start
 with 2-5 favorite He's Watching racing far off the pace.
 
 Gingras kept his horse on the lead the entire race as He's Watching, driven by
 Tim  Tetrick, began to rally from the outside. Down the stretch, He's Watching
 came  after Lyonssomewhere  but ran out of  room as the longshot held on for a
 half-length victory over the 2013 champion 2-year-old.
 
 "I  didn't really  know what  I was  going to  do behind  the gate,"  said the
 winning  driver. "I could have followed He's Watching, but it didn't seem like
 a  lot of guys were firing out of there. My horse is handy enough that I could
 make my decision as it comes."
 
 Doo  Wop Hanover finished third with Bushwacker getting fourth. JK Endofanera,
 the  9-2  third pick,  was fifth  followed by Stevensville,  Beat The Drum and
 4-1 second choice Luck Be Withyou.
 
 Lyonssomewhere covered the mile in 1:49 1/5.
 
 "He  had a great  week going into this race," Takter said. "I had a feeling he
 could do it."
 
 Lyonssomewhere  posted his fifth win in nine starts this season. The colt more
 than doubled his career earnings to over $370,000 in 11 starts and seven wins.
 
 Lyonssomewhere returned $40.20, $10.40 and $6.10. He's Watching paid $2.50 and
 $2.10, Doo Wop Hanover paid $6.00 to show.
 
 The  Pacing Triple  Crown will continue with the Little Brown Jug on Thursday,
 Sept.  18  and the Messenger  Stakes on Saturday, Oct.  25. No Pan Intended in
 2003 was the last 3-year-old to win the Triple Crown.
 
 
        === Protonico gets up to win Smarty Jones on way to PA Derby ===
 
 Bensalem,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Lightly  raced Protonico,  ridden by  Joe
 Bravo,  made a late rally to win Monday's $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx
 Racing.
 
 The Smarty Jones is the local prep race for the $1  million Pennsylvania Derby
 on Saturday, Sept. 20. This year Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ California
 Chrome is expected to headline the PA Derby.
 
 Trained  by  Todd Pletcher,  Protonico went off  as the 7-2  third pick in the
 nine-horse field of 3-year-olds with Haskell runner-up Albano the 7-5 favorite
 and Just Call Kenny the 3-1 second choice.
 
 Protonico,  owned by  International Equities Holding, Inc., raced off the pace
 being set by Ain't Got Time with Albano stalking the leader. Albano, ridden by
 Kerwin  Clark, shot though a gap at the top of the stretch to take the lead as
 13-1 longshot Classic Giacnroll moved into second.
 
 Classic Giacnroll and jockey Kendrick Carmouche passed Albano along the inside
 with  a furlong  to run as Protonico began his rally. Protonico caught Classic
 Giacnroll right before the wire and registered a half-length victory.
 
 Albano  held  on to third with  Almost Famous finishing fourth. Completing the
 order  of finish were Saa Mi, Just Call Kenny, Ain't Got Time and Grasshoppin.
 Joint Custody was eased and Lynx was a scratch.
 
 The time for the mile, 70 yard Smarty Jones was 1:41.17 on a fast track.
 
 Protonico, making just his fifth career start, earned $180,000 with the Smarty
 Jones  win. The  colt has won three  of his starts for $259,715. Protonico was
 coming  off  a third-place finish in  the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga, losing by
 just a neck to eventual Travers winner V.E. Day.
 
 Protonico  paid $9.20,  $4.80 and $3.00. Classic Giacnroll returned $10.00 and
 $4.40, and Albano paid $2.40 to show.
 
 
 
 09/02 03:05:08 ET

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