=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, September 16 ===
=== Minnesota governor calls for Peterson suspension ===
Saint Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Calling his actions "a public
embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota",
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
should have been suspended by the team over the recent allegations of abusing
one of his sons.
In a statement released Tuesday and transcribed by Minneapolis television
station KARE, Dayton remarked that Peterson should not be allowed to play
until his pending case in Texas involving charges of reckless or negligent
injury to a child is resolved.
The Vikings announced Monday that Peterson, who has been accused of using a
wooden tree branch to hit his 4-year-old son as a disciplinary measure, will
return to practice this week and is expected to play in Sunday's game at New
Orleans. The team deactivated the 2012 NFL MVP for last week's contest against
New England, which Minnesota lost by a 30-7 score.
"It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and
should be 'innocent until proven guilty.' However, he is a public figure; and
his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings
organization and the State of Minnesota," said Dayton. "Whipping a child to
the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in
our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until
the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice
Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement Monday they were taking
the accusations seriously and that it was "a matter of due process" that they
allow Peterson to play while the legal case plays out.
Peterson, who is said to be cooperating with police over the initial incident,
also issued a statement Monday saying he is "not a child abuser" and that he
did not intend to injure his son as he "disciplined" him.
Hours after the Vikings announced their intentions to reinstate Peterson,
Houston television station KHOU reported that the mother of another of the
star running back's children filed a report with Child Protective Services
last year alleging that he had physically abused that boy as well.
No charges were ever filed for the 2013 report, however, and Peterson's
attorney said Monday that his client is not under investigation for that
=== Browns' Gordon pleads guilty to DWI ===
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver
Josh Gordon pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while impaired stemming from
an arrest in North Carolina in July.
The Wake County clerk's office told NFL.com on Tuesday that Gordon, who had
initially received a season-long suspension for violating the league's since-
revised substance abuse policy, was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised
probation and received a $100 fine along with court costs of $290. A speeding
ticket he also was given at the time of the arrest was dismissed.
Gordon was not present for the hearing, with attorney Trey Fitzhugh entering
the plea on his behalf.
According to Profootballtalk.com, Gordon's counsel had his original hearing
scheduled for November 18 moved up and decided to plead guilty in order to
avoid a mandatory two-game suspension for DUI offenses that is set to go into
effect under the NFL's new drug policy that the Players Association ratified
Multiple reports have stated that Gordon is expected to have his 16-game ban
reduced to 10 games as a result of the new agreement. The All-Pro wideout has
run afoul of the substance abuse policy a total of four times over the course
of his three-year career and was previously suspended for the first two games
of last season.
Despite missing those two games, Gordon still led the NFL with 1,646 yards on
87 catches during a breakout campaign, setting Browns season records for
receiving yards and 100-yard receiving games (7) as well as a new NFL mark for
most yards receiving over a four-game stretch (774).
According to police reports, Gordon was found to have a blood-alcohol level of
.09, just slightly above North Carolina's legal limit, when he was stopped in
Raleigh on July 5. He was also cited for driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.
=== Redskins reinstate Meriweather ===
Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins placed Brandon
Meriweather back on the 53-man roster Tuesday after the veteran safety
completed serving his two-game suspension for an illegal hit.
The NFL handed Meriweather, a 13-game starter for Washington last season, the
season-opening ban for a shot he gave to Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey
Smith in a preseason game on Aug. 23. The two-time Pro Bowl selection drew a
personal foul penalty for forcible contact to a defenseless player on the
Meriweather was also suspended one game last season for a pair of illegal hits
during a game against Chicago in October.
The eighth-year pro, who recorded 69 tackles, two interceptions and one sack
in 2013, is expected to start Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
Safety Bacarri Rambo was waived to make room on the active roster.
A sixth-round pick of Washington in 2013, Rambo started three games as a
rookie but managed just two tackles through the first two weeks of this
=== Jags place TE Lewis on short-term IR ===
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed
tight end Marcedes Lewis on injured reserve with a designation to return.
Lewis suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's 41-10 drubbing at the hands of
the Washington Redskins. He will be eligible to resume practicing in six weeks
and can return to the active roster following the Jaguars' Week 11 bye at the
The injury is expected to sideline Lewis for 6-to-8 weeks.
The Jaguars also signed wide receiver Tavarres King off the Carolina Panthers'
practice squad to the active roster and promoted rookie tight end Marcel
Jensen from the practice squad to the active roster. Offensive tackle Cameron
Bradfield was waived and offensive tackle Cody Booth was signed to the
Bradfield had started Jacksonville's first two games at right tackle in place
of an injured Austin Pasztor and was part of an offensive line that allowed 10
sacks of quarterback Chad Henne against the Redskins.
=== Titans sign LB Anderson, put Brown on IR ===
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms on a
contract with veteran linebacker James Anderson Tuesday while formally placing
linebacker Zach Brown on injured reserve.
Brown, a 27-game starter for Tennessee over his first two NFL seasons who
compiled 184 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks and four interceptions during that span,
tore his pectoral muscle in the team's 26-10 season-opening win at Kansas
Anderson, an eight-year pro, started all 16 games for the Chicago Bears in
2013 and recorded 102 tackles and four sacks. The 30-year-old spent his first
seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers, totaling a then-franchise record 145
tackles in 2011 and also leading the team in stops the previous year.
For his career, Anderson has played in 110 games with 69 starts and logged 556
tackles, 12 sacks, eight fumble recoveries and three interceptions.
Anderson signed with New England in June but was released by the Patriots
during the preseason.
=== Giants' Jernigan lands on IR ===
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Giants revealed Tuesday
that another player will miss the remainder of the 2014 season, with the team
placing wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan on injured reserve Tuesday due to a mid-
The news comes after the Giants announced Monday that nickel back Walter
Thurmond is done for the year after tearing his pectoral muscle during
Sunday's 25-14 home loss to Arizona. Thurmond was officially put on IR Tuesday
Additionally, starting middle linebacker Jon Beason could be facing an
extended absence after aggravating a previous injury to his right foot in
Beason, who missed the entire preseason recovering from surgery to repair a
sesamoid fracture and ligament tear in the same foot, is likely to visit foot
and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte later this week.
Jernigan also was hurt in Sunday's contest, which dropped New York to 0-2 on
the young season. The fourth-year pro had been running as the Giants' No. 3
receiver with 2014 first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. yet to play because of a
hamstring issue, and recorded six catches totaling 40 yards through the first
Wide receiver Julian Talley was promoted from the practice squad to take
Jernigan's roster spot. With Beason appearing doubtful to suit up for Sunday's
game against Houston, linebacker Dan Fox was also elevated from the practice
=== Lions sign CB Gorrer ===
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions signed cornerback
Danny Gorrer and placed cornerback Nevin Lawson on season-ending injured
Lawson suffered a dislocated toe in Sunday's loss to Carolina and had surgery
in Charlotte on Sunday. The Lions had already lost cornerback Bill Bentley
Gorrer has played in 27 career games (two starts) with St. Louis, Baltimore,
Seattle and Tampa Bay, recording 31 tackles and one interception.
The Lions also signed linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad
to the 53-man roster and added linebacker Jerrell Harris to the practice
=== Cardinals add LB Butler ===
Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals signed linebacker Victor
Butler on Tuesday.
Butler was with the New Orleans Saints last season but was on the physically
unable to perform list with a knee injury. He played four years with the
Dallas Cowboys (2009-12) before joining the Saints.
With the Cowboys, Butler had 89 tackles and 11 sacks in 63 games (two starts).
The Cardinals also released linebacker Marcus Benard and punter Drew Butler.
=== NFL names former White House official VP for public policy ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL has named former White House
official Cynthia C. Hogan to the position of senior vice president for public
policy and government affairs.
Hogan will develop and implement the league's public policy and legislative
initiatives, and work with NFL teams on local and state issues. She will
report to Paul Hicks, the league's executive vice president of communications
and public affairs, in the Washington, DC office.
"We are pleased to welcome Cynthia to our leadership team," said Hicks in a
statement Tuesday. "Cynthia's broad experience on a wide-range of public
policy issues will help advance our initiatives in Washington and around the
The NFL has come under scrutiny recently for its domestic abuse issues, even
drawing criticism from members of Congress for its handling of the Ray Rice
"The complex and compelling issues of interest to the NFL and the opportunity
to help shape policy on those issues is a unique and exciting challenge," said
Hogan. "I could not be more excited about joining the NFL team."
As part of the White House staff from 2009 to 2013, Hogan analyzed complex
legal and policy issues for the Obama Administration, including health care,
financial regulation, information technology, privacy and other civil
liberties, criminal justice, and national security.
Prior to joining the White House, Hogan was chief counsel, staff director, and
counsel for constitutional law for the United States Senate Committee on the
Judiciary from 1991 to 1996.
=== Raiders sign Vincent Brown ===
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders signed former San Diego
Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown on Tuesday.
Brown was recently waived/injured by San Diego after missing most of training
camp with a calf issue.
He played in 30 career games (16 starts) for the Chargers, catching 60 passes
for 801 yards and three touchdowns. The 25-year-old missed the entire 2012
season with a broken ankle.
The Raiders also waived linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu.
=== Yankees lose Prado for rest of season ===
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees have placed
infielder/outfielder Martin Prado on the 60-day disabled list after he
underwent an emergency appendectomy.
Prado was acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline and helped keep
a struggling Yankees offense alive for most of August and early September. He
was slowed by a hamstring injury earlier this month.
After hitting a mere five home runs with 42 RBI and a .270 batting average in
106 games for the Diamondbacks, he belted seven homers and drove in 16 runs
with a .316 average in 37 games for the Yankees.
Prado played in Monday's 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay and had two of the club's six
The Yankees selected the contract of infielder Jose Pirela from Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the roster spot.
=== Braves unveil new stadium's name ===
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves' new stadium will be
named SunTrust Park.
The Braves and Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Inc. announced a 25-year
sponsorship deal as part of the official groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday.
"This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to partner with a great
organization that shares our values for winning and serving the community,"
SunTrust chairman and CEO William H. Rogers, Jr. said in a statement. "This
partnership provides SunTrust increased visibility on a regional and national
level through a truly unique mixed-use development that will attract fans and
visitors throughout the year. Importantly, it will help us reach more people
as we fulfill our bank's purpose of lighting the way to financial well-being."
The stadium will be built in Cobb County, Georgia, and is expected to be ready
for Opening Day of the 2017 season. It will still have an Atlanta address and
will be located at the northwest intersection of Interstate-75 and I-285.
"The new ballpark constitutes a new chapter in Atlanta Braves baseball, and we
are excited that SunTrust has decided to build upon our decades-long
relationship and embark on this journey with us," Braves chairman and CEO
Terry McGuirk said in a statement. "Both of our organizations have deep roots
in Atlanta and loyal fans throughout the Southeast and across the nation. We
couldn't imagine a more perfect partner and look forward to seeing the first
pitch at SunTrust Park in 2017."
Turner Field has been the Braves' home since 1997.
=== Cubs extend Triple-A agreement with Iowa ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs have extended their player
development contract with Triple-A Iowa through the 2018 season.
The current agreement was set to expire after the 2016 campaign.
"We are pleased to reach a PDC extension with Iowa," said Cubs senior vice
president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod in a statement
Tuesday. "The players who have come through Iowa speak of their positive
experiences in Des Moines and appreciate their great fans, and we are thrilled
to continue this long-standing partnership."
The Cubs have been affiliated with Iowa since 1981.
=== Kings to retire Stojakovic's jersey ===
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday
that the club will retire the No. 16 jersey of Peja Stojakovic this coming
The ceremony will take place on Dec. 16, when the Kings play the Oklahoma City
Stojakovic played eight seasons with the Kings after being selected 14th
overall in 1996 and was a member of the perennial playoff teams under head
coach Rick Adelman.
"My time in Sacramento was the best years of my career and truly some of the
best years of my life," Stojakovic said in a statement. "I am proud of what we
built in Sacramento and the connection we made with the fans and the
The small forward ranks first all-time in games played (518) and second in
points (9,498) during the Sacramento-era.
=== Daly, Holmgren to receive Lester Patrick Trophy ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and
Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren were named recipients of the 2014
Lester Patrick Trophy on Tuesday.
The award recognizes outstanding service to hockey in the United States. The
two men will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction
ceremony on Dec. 4 in Minneapolis.
Named the first-ever deputy commissioner of the NHL on July 22, 2005, Daly
serves as the chief consultant to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on all issues
that impact the league's operation and overall business. He also works
intimately in collective bargaining with the NHL Players' Association and
oversees the league's participation in all international tournaments.
Holmgren is an NHL lifer, transitioning from player to coach to executive, and
has been involved with USA Hockey. A member of the U.S. men's national team
advisory group since 2009, Holmgren also served as general manager of the 2006
U.S. men's national team and was an assistant coach for Team USA on the 1998
=== Grand jury to review Tony Stewart's case ===
Canandaigua, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Ontario County District Attorney's
Office announced on Tuesday that a grand jury will determine if charges should
be filed against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart for his involvement in a fatal
accident during the Aug. 9 sprint car race at a dirt track in Upstate New
Stewart, a three-time champion in NASCAR's premier series, struck and killed
another competitor, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., at Canandaigua Motorsports
Park. The incident occurred during a caution when Ward climbed out of his car
and then walked down the dirt track, pointing his finger in the direction of
Stewart and apparently yelling at him to express his displeasure. The right
rear of Stewart's car hit Ward and dragged him briefly across the track.
The caution came when Stewart and Ward made contact while battling for
position, with Ward spinning out and hitting the wall.
Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo released a statement
regarding the Stewart/Ward investigation, saying, "Over the past several
weeks, I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff's Department
their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter.
"Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file
to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire
investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to
submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action
should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the
investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near
"As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by
law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to
state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly,
because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who
will be called as witnesses, or what any witness's expected testimony will
be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been
made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results."
Stewart issued a statement as well, saying, "I respect the time and effort
spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the Sheriff's Office in
investigating this tragic accident. I look forward to this process being
completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation."
Last Thursday, the Ontario County Sheriff's Department revealed that it had
completed its investigation into the death of Ward. It noted that the entire
thorough investigation, including a forensic video enhancement recently
received from the New York State Police Laboratory in Albany, had been
submitted to the Office of the Ontario County District Attorney for review.
Stewart missed three Sprint Cup Series races -- Watkins Glen, Michigan and
Bristol -- while he was in seclusion following the incident at Canandaigua. He
returned to competition the last weekend in August at Atlanta. Stewart did not
qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which began last Sunday
at Chicagoland. The series will be at New Hampshire this weekend.
NASCAR is continuing to monitor Stewart's case.
"We are aware of the completed investigation and the announced next steps,"
NASCAR chief communications officer Brett Jewkes said in a statement. "First,
our thoughts continue to be with all who have been impacted by this tragedy.
We will monitor this process and stay in close contact with Stewart-Haas
Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment on this case so we
will continue to respect the process and authorities involved."
=== Ducks sign Smith-Pelly to 2-year contract ===
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Devante
Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract on Tuesday.
Smith-Pelly, 22, excelled his NHL playoff debut, leading the Ducks with five
goals this past spring. He had just two goals in 19 regular-season games for
Anaheim last season.
Selected by the Ducks in the second round of the 2010 draft, Smith-Pelly has
totaled nine goals and 14 assists in 75 career games.
=== West Virginia suspends CB Worley ===
Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley
has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen made the announcement on Monday.
Worley, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., has started the first three games for
the Mountaineers (2-1) and compiled 17 total tackles with three interceptions.
Junior Ricky Rumph, who has yet to make a start in 21 career games, is listed
as Worley's replacement.
West Virginia opens up its Big 12 slate on Saturday with a home matchup
against No. 4 Oklahoma.
=== Radwanska cruises in Seoul opener ===
Seoul, Korea (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of
Poland was among the first-round winners Tuesday at the Korea Open.
The top-seeded Radwanska has never successfully defended a title and began
this year's attempt with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Slovenia's Polona Hercog. She
beat Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final last year.
Next up for Radwanska, who is playing for the first time since a stunning
second-round loss to Peng Shuai at the U.S. Open, will be South Africa's
Chanelle Scheepers, who advanced with a first-round win on Monday.
Other seeded winners Tuesday included Karolina Pliskova and Klara Koukalova of
the Czech Republic and Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.
The second-seeded Pliskova, coming off a runner-up finish last week in Hong
Kong, eased past Israel's Julia Glushko, 6-1, 6-2, while the third-seeded
Koukalova went the distance in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Dutchwoman Kiki
Bertens. Rybarikova, this week's fourth seed, battled past former French Open
winner Francesca Schiavone of Italy, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Sixth-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, the 2012 Seoul runner-up, also advanced
with a 6-2, 6-4 pounding of Russian qualifier Elizaveta Kulichkova, but
eighth-seeded Heather Watson of Great Britain was a 7-5, 6-2 loser to American
qualifier Nicole Gibbs.
Russian wild card Maria Kirilenko, the 2008 Seoul champion and runner-up in
2007, rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Croatia's Donna Vekic.
Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic and
qualifier Danka Kovinic of Montenegro also moved into the second round with
=== Errani bows out in Tokyo ===
Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Sara Errani's stay in Tokyo was a short
one, as the fifth-seeded Italian was upset by New Zealand qualifier Marina
Erakovic Tuesday in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open.
Erakovic pulled off a surprisingly easy 6-4, 6-1 victory in the final singles
match of the day at the Ariake Coliseum. Errani, the highest seed playing in
the first round, was in action for the first time since a quarterfinal loss to
Caroline Wozniacki at the U.S. Open.
Next up for Erakovic will be Australia's Casey Dellacqua, who also advanced
Tuesday with a mild upset of German wild card Sabine Lisicki. Lisicki won the
Hong Kong title this past weekend, but faded late on Tuesday as Dellacqua
gutted out the 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2 triumph.
Sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia was first on the court Tuesday and
rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kirsten Flipkens. She'll next play American
CoCo Vandeweghe, a 6-2, 7-5 winner over Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva.
An earthquake north of Tokyo occurred while those first two matches were
Eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain needed three sets to dispose of
Japan's Kurumi Nara, claiming a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 victory and will next meet
Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova, who rallied from a set down to beat
American Lauren Davis, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Victoria Azarenka rebounded from a poor first set to earn a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 win
over Japanese wild card Kimiko Date-Krumm. The native of Belarus will next
meet third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in a battle of former world No. 1s on
Also Tuesday, Australian qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova posted a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
win over Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova to set up a second-round match against
Wozniacki on Thursday. The second-seeded Dane won the 2010 Tokyo crown and
will play for the first time since losing to Serena Williams in the U.S. Open
Wednesday's second-round schedule also includes top-seeded Angelique Kerber
against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina. The German star was last year's Tokyo
runner-up to Petra Kvitova.
The 2014 Pan Pacific champion will claim $196,670.
=== Stosur, Stephens lose to continue early surprises in China ===
Guangzhou, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Samantha Stosur of Australia and
American Sloane Stephens continued the surge of seeded players shown early
exits at the Guangzhou International tennis tournament.
After two seeded players were eliminated Monday, five more were bounced from
the event as the first round concluded Tuesday.
Chinese wild card Wang Yafan stunned the top-seeded Stosur with a 2-6, 6-2,
6-2 victory, while Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa knocked out the third-seeded
Stephens in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 triumph.
Joining the exodus on Tuesday were fourth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia,
fifth-seeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Slovakian seventh seed Jana
Romania's Monica Niculescu cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jovanovski, who was
coming off a runner-up finish this past weekend in Tashkent. Hong Kong
qualifier Zhang Ling thumped Diyas, 6-4, 6-1, while Chinese qualifier Zhang
Kai-Lin dumped Cepelova, 6-1, 6-4.
The multitude of upsets started Monday with sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci of
Italy and eighth-seeded German Annika Beck losing. The lone remaining seeded
player is No. 2 Alize Cornet of France.
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico ended the recent strong play of Karin Knapp with a
6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory. The Italian beat Jovanovski for the Tashkent crown on
Saturday and didn't drop a set during last week's tournament.
Croatian qualifier Petra Martic eliminated Romania's Sorana Cirstea in
straight sets and Taiwan wild card Su-Wei Hsieh, the 2012 Guangzhou champ,
needed three sets to beat Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck, who was coming off a
semifinal run in Hong Kong last week.
=== Janowicz wins Metz opener ===
Metz, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Seventh seed Jerzy Janowicz posted a come-
from-behind first-round win Tuesday at the Moselle Open men's tennis event.
The 6-foot-8 Pole overcame Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in
just over two hours on the indoor hardcourts at Metz Arena. The big-hitting
affair featured 25 aces, including 14 by Mannarino.
Also on Day 2, Italian Paolo Lorenzi handled French wild card Laurent Lokoli
6-2, 6-4; Poland's Michal Przysiezny edged out French fellow qualifier
Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4); German Tobias Kamke topped French
qualifier Kenny De Schepper 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); and Dutchman Igor Sijsling was
leading Andreas Seppi 6-0, 4-1 when the Italian veteran and 2012 Metz runner-
up retired. Przysiezny will meet second-seeded Frenchman and 2009 Metz
champion Gael Monfils in the round of 16.
Two-time winner Gilles Simon beat then reigning two-time champ Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga in last year's all-French finale.
A top-seeded Tsonga will meet left-hander Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in a
second-round match on Wednesday.
Frenchmen have won five straight and seven of the 11 titles in Metz.
The 2014 titlist will earn $100,000.
=== Cornish, pair of Ticats named CFL's best ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish
was named the offensive and Canadian player of the week on Tuesday.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Taylor Reed and return man Terrell Sinkfield
were also honored for Week 12 of the CFL season.
Cornish rushed for a season-high 174 yards on 11 carries, including a 79-yard
touchdown, and caught the game-winning 25-yard score in Calgary's 40-33 win
Reed led a strong defensive effort by Hamilton in a 28-3 win over
Saskatchewan, registering seven tackles and a sack.
Sinkfield, in his first game as a Ticat, returned a punt 57 yards for a
touchdown to earn the special teams award. He finished with 151 yards on 12
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