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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, September 23 ===
                  === Bucs OC Tedford takes medical leave ===
 Tampa,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Tampa  Bay Buccaneers  offensive coordinator
 Jeff Tedford will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team as he
 continues to deal with a medical issue.
 Tedford  had been  working on a limited basis through the season's first three
 weeks  while  recovering from  his procedure,  which NFL.com  reported to be a
 coronary angioplasty that was performed in August.
 The  Buccaneers'  offense has  been problematic  without Tedford calling plays
 over  the team's  initial three games -- all losses. Tampa Bay currently ranks
 30th  in total  yards and last in passing yards, while quarterback Josh McCown
 has thrown four interceptions.
 Tampa  Bay  mustered  a  paltry  217  total yards  and  10  first  downs  with
 quarterbacks  coach Marcus  Arroyo  operating as  the  primary play-caller  in
 Thursday's 56-14 shellacking by Atlanta.
 Arroyo  will  collaborate with the  rest of the  Bucs' offensive staff to form
 game plans during Tedford's absence.
 Tedford,  who  served as the  head coach at  the University of California from
 2002-11, was hired as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator in January.
                      === Steelers sign James Harrison ===
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harrison's retirement didn't last
 very long.
 After  losing  a pair of starting  linebackers to injuries in their last game,
 the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Harrison on Tuesday.
 Harrison will rejoin the team he spent 10 of his first 11 NFL seasons with.
 The  decision comes  after the Steelers saw outside linebacker Jarvis Jones go
 down  with a  wrist injury and rookie  Ryan Shazier hurt his right knee during
 Sunday's   37-19  win   at  Carolina.   Jones  was   placed  on   the  injured
 reserve/designated to return list on Tuesday.
 Harrison, who spent last season with AFC North-rival Cincinnati, announced his
 intention to retire in late August. The 36-year-old was not signed by any team
 after being released by the Bengals in March.
 Signed  by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 and released
 the following year, Harrison emerged as one of the team's core players when he
 returned  in  2004 and  helped the  franchise to  a pair  of Super Bowl titles
 in his 10 seasons.
 Harrison  started  95 of the  131 games he played  with the Steelers and ranks
 fourth  in franchise history with 64 sacks. He was the NFL Defensive Player of
 the  Year in 2008, earned five straight trips to the Pro Bowl from 2007-11 and
 was named First-Team All-Pro twice.
 The  Kent State  product also played 12 postseason games with the Steelers and
 registered  the longest  interception return in Super Bowl history with a 100-
 yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
 Harrison  joined division-rival  Cincinnati last season and helped the Bengals
 to the AFC North crown, amassing 30 tackles with two sacks and an interception
 in 15 games.
                        === Cardinals sign RB Grice ===
 Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals have signed running back
 Marion Grice from San Diego's practice squad and released punter Drew Butler.
 Grice  was  a sixth-round pick  of the  Chargers in the  2014 NFL Draft out of
 Arizona  State. He  led the  Chargers during  the preseason  with 167  rushing
 Butler  appeared in  all three games for  the Cardinals in place of an injured
 Dave Zastudil. He punted nine times, averaging 47.9 yards per punt.
               === Panthers' Tolbert placed on short-term IR ===
 Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers placed fullback Mike
 Tolbert on the injured reserve/designated for return list on Tuesday.
 Tolbert  suffered  a  hairline  fracture  in his  knee  in  Sunday's  loss  to
 Pittsburgh.  His  next game won't be  before Carolina visits Minnesota in Week
 The  Coastal  Carolina product was  off to a slow  start running the ball this
 season with just 10 yards on 14 carries but had eight catches for 59 yards.
 The Panthers signed linebacker D.J. Smith to take Tolbert's roster spot.
                        === Jags sign Sherrod Martin ===
 Jacksonville,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars signed safety
 Sherrod Martin on Tuesday.
 Martin  was  a second-round  draft pick  of the Carolina  Panthers in 2009 and
 played in 59 games with 36 starts over four seasons (2009-12). His 2012 season
 was cut short due to a torn ACL. He was not with a team in 2013.
 The  Jaguars  also  signed  linebacker  Jeremiah  George  from  the  New  York
 Jets'  practice  squad and tight  end Nic Jacobs  from the New Orleans Saints'
 practice  squad. Safety  Chris  Prosinski (waived/injured),  tight end  Marcel
 Jensen and wide receiver Kerry Taylor were waived.
 In addition, fullback Eric Kettani was signed to the practice squad.
                === Mets extend Alderson, Collins to return ===
 Flushing,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  New York Mets signed general manager
 Sandy Alderson to a three-year contract extension Tuesday.
 Alderson,  whose current deal was set to end at the conclusion of this season,
 made  his  first move  just moments after  receiving his extension, announcing
 that manager Terry Collins will return for the 2015 season.
 Collins  has one  season  remaining on  a two-year  extension  he signed  last
 "Terry  Collins has  done an excellent job for us this season," said Alderson.
 "The  team  has played  hard throughout the  year and this  is a reflection of
 Terry's energy and his passion for the game and for the Mets.  We look forward
 to his leadership again next season."
 The Mets have 76 wins with six games to play. New York had 74 wins each of the
 last  two years under Collins, and a youth movement that Alderson instilled is
 on the verge of making an impact on the big league level.
 "I  deeply appreciate  the opportunity to continue what we have started," said
 Alderson,  who will now be under contract through the 2017 season. "There have
 been positives this season, but there is still a lot of work to do."
 "We  are  excited about the  direction the team is  headed and look forward to
 Sandy  continuing his  efforts to build the Mets into a postseason contender,"
 said  Mets COO  Jeff Wilpon. "Sandy and  his staff have built our minor league
 system  into one of  the best in baseball, and will continue to balance player
 development  along with  making  key additions  that will  help  us reach  our
 Alderson joined the Mets on October 29, 2010.
 Collins'  2014 team has the most wins by the Mets since 2011, when they won 77
 games. The Mets are 301-341 under Collins.
                  === O's tab Tillman to start ALDS Game 1 ===
 Bronx,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Baltimore  Orioles  manager Buck  Showalter
 announced  Tuesday that  Chris Tillman  will take  the mound  for next  week's
 opener of the American League Division Series.
 The AL East champion Orioles will begin the playoffs at home on Thursday, Oct.
 2 against an opponent yet to be determined.
 Tillman  earned the  nod by putting together an outstanding second half of the
 season. In 13 starts following the All-Star break, the right-hander has posted
 a 6-0 record with a 2.06 ERA and limited opponents to a .201 average.
 In 33 overall starts this season, Tillman has gone 13-5 with a 3.26 ERA.
 Showalter  also  told reporters that  he will use  a four-man rotation for the
 best-of-five  ALDS, with  the order to be decided depending on who the Orioles
 will face.
 Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez are currently in line to pitch Games 2 and 3.
 Chen  is slated  to make  his final  regular-season start  Sunday in  Toronto,
 with Tillman to work Friday's game.
                       === Rangers activate OF Adduci ===
 Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Texas Rangers activated outfielder Jim
 Adduci  from the  15-day disabled  list prior  to Tuesday's  game against  the
 Houston Astros.
 Adduci  suffered  a concussion during  a 4-2 loss to  Houston on Aug. 28 after
 hitting his head on the warning track while making a catch in foul territory.
 The 29-year-old has batted .173 with a home run and eight RBI in 42 games this
                       === Hawks sign Brand, Bazemore ===
 Atlanta,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Atlanta Hawks re-signed big man Elton
 Brand on Tuesday and agreed to terms with free-agent guard Kent Bazemore.
 Brand,  35,  averaged 5.7 points, 4.9  rebounds and 19.4 minutes over 73 games
 for the Hawks last season, his first with Atlanta and 15th in the NBA.
 The two-time All-Star has averaged 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in
 1,005 career games with the Bulls, Clippers, 76ers, Mavericks and Hawks.
 Bazemore,  25,  has averaged 4.1  points in parts of  two NBA seasons with the
 Warriors  and  Lakers since breaking  into the league  with Golden State as an
 undrafted rookie out of Old Dominion.
 He  had averages of 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 23 games with
 Los Angeles after getting traded midway through last season.
 Bazemore's energy and ability to defend multiple positions has helped solidify
 him as a solid rotation player in the NBA.
 "Kent's  competitiveness and  versatility make  him  a great  addition to  our
 group," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. "He can impact the game in a lot of
                 === Lightning prospect Drouin breaks thumb ===
 Tampa,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Tampa Bay  Lightning  will be  without
 promising  young forward Jonathan Drouin for the start of the upcoming 2014-15
 season due to a slight fracture of his right thumb.
 Drouin,  the third  overall pick  of the  2013 NHL  Entry Draft,  suffered the
 injury  last  Thursday during a  training camp practice. The Lightning expects
 the 19-year-old to be sidelined between 3-to-4 weeks.
 Tampa  Bay  begins its regular  season in  just over two  weeks with an Oct. 9
 matchup against Florida.
 Drouin  was named the league's top overall prospect by NHL.com for the 2014-15
 campaign after amassing 29 goals and 79 points in just 46 games for Halifax of
 the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
               === Mississippi State C Day suspended one game ===
 Birmingham,  AL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Southeastern Conference  suspended
 Mississippi State center Dillon Day one game Tuesday for stomping on a pair of
 LSU players in last week's game against the Tigers.
 Day,  a  four-year starter for  the Bulldogs, will be  forced to sit out 14th-
 ranked  Mississippi  State's matchup against No.  6 Texas A&M on October 4 for
 what  the  league called "the  result of multiple flagrant and unsportsmanlike
 acts  during  the game,  as well  as previous  disciplinary action for similar
 The senior linemen had been previously suspended the first half of a game last
 season after being ejected in the Bulldogs' 2013 contest against Auburn.
 Television  cameras  caught Day  stepping on LSU  defenders Davon Godchaux and
 Rashard  Robinson on  separate plays during Mississippi State's 34-29 win over
 the Tigers in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
                     === Ailing Serena retires in Wuhan ===
 Wuhan,  China  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Serena Williams  succumbed to an illness
 during  her  second-round match  Tuesday at the  first-ever $2.4 million Wuhan
 Open tennis event.
 The  world No. 1  superstar was leading France's Alize Cornet 6-5 in the first
 set when a doctor came onto the court during a changeover to take the 32-year-
 old's temperature.
 Williams,  who  was playing  in her  first match since  winning her 18th Grand
 Slam  singles title at the U.S. Open earlier this month, sat in her chair with
 her  head down  and a towel around  her with a thermometer in her mouth before
 deciding against continuing.
 Williams  showed flashes of  her typical dominance but did not appear to be in
 top  form  during her  hour of activity  on the Centre  Court at Optics Valley
 International Tennis Center.
 Cornet,  fresh  off her  runner-up  finish  in  Guangzhou, China,  last  week,
 advanced as a result of Williams' retirement.
 The  24-year-old Cornet  is  now  3-0 against  Williams  this year,  including
 victories  at Wimbledon and Dubai. Heading into 2014, the Frenchwoman had been
 0-3 versus the American great.
 Meanwhile, rising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza took out second-seeded French Open
 runner-up  Simona Halep  2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to further deplete the draw, which also
 lost  Chinese  favorite Li Na  when she announced  her retirement from the WTA
 last Friday.
 Several  other  top stars  avoided upsets,  as third-seeded Wimbledon champion
 Petra  Kvitova pasted  Italian qualifier  Karin Knapp  6-3, 6-0;  sixth-seeded
 Wimbledon  runner-up  Eugenie Bouchard overcame  German Mona Barthel 4-6, 6-3,
 6-4;  seventh-seeded Angelique  Kerber came back to beat Kazakhstani qualifier
 Zarina Diyas 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; and eighth-seeded former world No. 1 and U.S. Open
 runner-up  Caroline Wozniacki held off Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 3-6,
 7-6 (7-4).
 In  other action involving seeds, American Coco Vandeweghe upset No. 10 former
 top-ranked  star Jelena  Jankovic 4-1, retired; American Alison Riske took out
 No.  11  former French  Open  runner-up  Sara  Errani  6-4, 6-4;  Swiss  Timea
 Bacsinszky  tripped  up No.  13 Russian  Ekaterina Makarova  6-4, 6-1; and hot
 Czech Karolina Pliskova doused No. 16 German Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4.
 Other  Day  3 wins came for  Aussie Casey Dellacqua, Belgian wild card Kirsten
 Flipkens, Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
 In  some  third-round action  on Wednesday,  Kvitova will  take on last week's
 Seoul  titlist  Pliskova;  fourth-seeded  French Open  champ  Maria  Sharapova
 will  battle  Swiss qualifier Timea  Bacsinszky; Bouchard will meet Riske; and
 last week's Tokyo runner-up Wozniacki will be opposed by Dellacqua.
                          === Simon exits Shenzhen ===
 Shenzhen,  China (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Fifth seed  Gilles  Simon suffered  a
 first-round upset Tuesday at  the inaugural Shenzhen Open tennis event.
 Lithuanian  Ricardas Berankis dismissed the former top-10 Frenchman Simon 6-4,
 6-2 on the hardcourts at Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center.
 Three  other seeds  avoided upsets  on Day  2, as  No. 6  Santiago Giraldo  of
 Colombia  overcame  Chinese qualifier Bowen Ouyang  3-6, 6-3, 6-4, No. 7 Vasek
 Pospisil  of  Canada topped  Russian Teymuraz  Gabashvili 6-3,  6-4, and No. 8
 Andreas Seppi of Italy doused Argentine Maximo Gonzalez 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
 Also  on Tuesday, Luxembourg's Gilles Muller beat Swiss Marco Chiudinelli 6-4,
 3-6,  6-4;  Slovak Lukas Lacko handled  Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-1, 7-6 (7-4);
 Aussie  Sam  Groth edged out  compatriot James  Duckworth 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3;
 Serbian qualifier Viktor Troicki downed Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan 5-7,
 6-1,  3-0, retired;  and Aussie qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis erased Belarusian
 wild card Egor Gerasimov 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.
 This  week's top  seeds are former French Open runner-up David Ferrer and two-
 time  major champion  Andy  Murray. Ferrer  will open  up  against Troicki  on
 Thursday,  while  Murray will  take on  Indian Somdev  Devvarman in the second
 The first-ever Shenzhen titlist will earn $106,970.
               === Andujar rolls; Kyrgios ousted in Malaysia ===
 Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Seventh seed Pablo Andujar moved
 on,  while eighth  seed  Nick Kyrgios  was  sent packing  in  the first  round
 at the Malaysian Open tennis event.
 The  Spanish Andujar  got past  Frenchman  Gregoire Burquier  6-2, 6-4,  while
 Marinko  Matosevic upset his fellow Aussie Kyrgios 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3) on the
 hardcourts at Putra Indoor Stadium.
 Other  opening-round wins  came for Finn Jarkko Nieminen, American Rajeev Ram,
 Japan's  Go  Soeda,  Frenchman  Pierre-Hugues Herbert,  and  German  qualifier
 Philipp Petzschner.
 On  Wednesday,  top-seeded Japanese star  and surprise U.S. Open runner-up Kei
 Nishikori  will  face Ram  in a  second-round affair,  while last year's Kuala
 Lumpur champion Joao Sousa will face German Benjamin Becker and two-time Kuala
 Lumpur  runner-up Julien  Benneteau  will encounter  Serbian  wild card  Filip
 Krajinovic in the opening round. Sousa beat Benneteau  in last year's finale.
 Sousa was a runner-up in Metz, France, last week.
 The 2014 Kuala Lumpur champ will claim $165,000.
      === NASCAR reveals new rules package for 2015 Sprint Cup season ===
 Daytona  Beach, FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  NASCAR announced  on Tuesday  major
 changes  to the rules package for Sprint Cup Series teams in 2015, including a
 ban on private team testing and reduction of horsepower.
 NASCAR is eliminating team-facilitated private testing for next year; however,
 teams  will be  invited  to  participate in  NASCAR/Goodyear  tire tests.  The
 sanctioning  body also  noted that  January testing  at Daytona  International
 Speedway prior to the Daytona 500 -- known as "Preseason Thunder"  -- will not
 take place next year.
 Among  the  biggest rule  modifications for  the Sprint  Cup race package next
 season  is  reduction of horsepower from  850 to 725 through a tapered spacer,
 an engine part used in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
 Other significant changes to the Sprint Cup race package are:
 - Roller valve lifters to replace flat valve lifter.
 - Lower rear differential gear ratios targeting 9,000 RPM.
 - Rear spoiler adjustments to 6 inches high (2014 height: 8 inches).
 - Optional driver adjustable track bar.
 - 38-inch wider radiator pan.
 -  Minimum  vehicle weight drops  50 lbs.  via ballast reduction (2014 weight:
 3,300 lbs. without driver).
 NASCAR also announced that group qualifying will be used for the first time in
 determining the front row for the Daytona 500. The group qualifying format was
 introduced  to all  three of its national  series at the start of this season,
 but  qualifying (time trials) for the Daytona 500 had included the traditional
 format  of single-car runs. The remainder of the starting lineup for that race
 was decided by the twin-qualifying events. The twin-qualifiers at Daytona will
 Furthermore,  Sprint Cup teams will use rain tires on road courses (Sonoma and
 Watkins Glen) should conditions warrant the use of them. It will be similar to
 the  tire rules  presently in place for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck
 "We're  very pleased  with the  rules  package and  what  it will  do for  our
 racing,"  NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer
 Steve  O'Donnell said.  "We're confident  it will  continue to  generate great
 racing, along with continuous safety improvements.
 "The  work alongside  our industry  has  been unprecedented.  We've had  great
 dialogue  with our drivers and teams, our manufacturers and Goodyear, allowing
 us  to  build greater efficiencies into  the 2015 rules package. We've met our
 goal  of delivering  rules to teams with  time to prepare for next season, and
 we're  seeing the  benefits of  an updated  process for  developing our  rules
 paying dividends. It will only continue to improve."
 NASCAR  has  spent  more  than  a  year testing  and  developing  as  well  as
 collaborating with teams, manufacturers (Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota), Goodyear
 and  other  stakeholders in  the sport  to develop its  rules package for next
 "This  race package  represents a lot of  hard work by NASCAR, the race teams,
 the  drivers, our  manufacturer  partners and  Goodyear,"  NASCAR senior  vice
 president  of innovation  and racing development Gene Stefanyshyn said. "We've
 remained  committed to constantly looking at our racing, and the work that has
 been  done  has been  aimed at getting  a rules package  delivered to the race
 teams as early as possible."
 Next  year's  rule package also  includes new officiating processes, including
 data  log  and capture system for  pre-race inspections and automated pit road
 officiating  at  races events.  The newly  approved parts  for Sprint Cup cars
 feature revised brake calipers. An electronic rule book and new parts approval
 methods are among the updated business processes.
                 === Alouettes to retire Calvillo's No. 13 ===
 Montreal,   QC  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Montreal  Alouettes  will  retire
 legendary  quarterback  Anthony Calvillo's No.  13 jersey  on Oct. 13 when the
 team faces the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.
 A  three-time  recipient of the  CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award, Calvillo
 won three Grey Cups with the Alouettes, who he joined as a free agent in 1998,
 and  holds league records of 79,816 passing yards, 455 touchdown passes, 5,892
 completions and 9,437 pass attempts.
 "Having  my  number 13 retired alongside  the team's greatest legends like Sam
 Etchevery,  Peter  Dalla Riva and my  former teammate Mike Pringle at Percival
 Molson  Memorial  Stadium  is  an incredible  privilege,"  said  Calvillo.  "I
 consider  myself  very fortunate to  have been  surrounded by so many talented
 individuals  throughout  my career.  Without the  contributions from Jim Popp,
 those exceptional coaches and my great teammates, none of this would have been
 The  Los Angeles  native started his CFL  career with Las Vegas in 1994 before
 spending the next three years with Hamilton (1995-97).
        === Pair of Tiger-Cats headline Week 13's top CFL performers ===
 Toronto,  ON (SportsNetwork.com)  - Hamilton's Zach Collaros and Eric Norwood,
 Saskatchewan's  Weston Dressler  and Toronto's  Shea Emry  were named  the top
 players for Week 13 of the CFL season.
 Collaros  earned the  offensive award  after throwing  for 318  yards and  one
 touchdown  and adding another score on the ground in the Tiger-Cats' 25-23 win
 over the Eskimos.
 Norwood took home the defensive honor after establishing new personal bests in
 tackles  (7)  and sacks (4) to  help the Ticats  improve to 3-0 at Tim Hortons
 Dressler  was a standout performer on special teams. He returned a Brett Maher
 punt  78 yards  for a touchdown in the Roughriders' thrilling comeback victory
 over the Ottawa RedBlacks.
 Dressler returned a total of five punts for 103 yards (20.6 yards per punt).
 Emry  was named the top Canadian player after recording six tackles and a sack
 in the Argonauts' 40-23 victory over the Lions.
           === Three Chimneys buys half interest in Palace Malice ===
 Aiken,  SC (Sports  Network) - A half  interest in Palace Malice has been sold
 to  Three Chimneys Farm by Dogwood Stable with the chance the 4-year-old could
 return to racing in 2015.
 "Breeders who had expressed interest were asked to submit bids on the horse to
 the  Stoll  Keenon Ogden law firm,  in Lexington on September 19. The somewhat
 unexpected  and unique nature of the Three Chimneys offer was very enticing to
 us," Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable President, said.
 Palace Malice, winner of last year's Belmont Stakes, was recently retired from
 racing  with  an injury. The purchase  by Three Chimneys assures that the colt
 will stand at stud at the Kentucky breeding farm.
 "Palace Malice will be examined by a panel of vets on November 15 and if he is
 100 percent racing sound to the satisfaction of Three Chimneys and Dogwood, he
 will  be shipped  to Dogwood's barn in Aiken, South Carolina, and prepared for
 another  campaign with  Todd Pletcher, his trainer throughout his career. Upon
 retirement  from racing,  Three Chimneys  will acquire  full ownership  of the
 horse," Campbell said.
 This  year,  Palace Malice won  the Gulfstream  Park and New Orleans Handicaps
 along  with  the Westchester  and Met  Mile. The  colt has  seven wins from 17
 career starts for $2,676,135.
 It  was announced  over the  weekend that  Three Chimneys  will stand  at stud
 Eclipse  Award winner  Will Take Charge. The 2013 champion 3-year-old colt was
 retired with a leg injury.
 09/23 20:46:05 ET

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