=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, March 1 ===
=== Former White Sox star Minnie Minoso dies ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Former Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso has died.
The White Sox didn't release details of the Minoso's death, saying he passed
away Saturday night in Chicago.
Baseball-reference.com listed Minoso's age as 89 and the White Sox said he was
"Our organization and our city have suffered a heart-breaking loss today,"
said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in a statement Sunday. "We have lost
our dear friend and a great man. Many tears are falling."
Minoso, a native of Cuba, began his big league career with Cleveland in 1949,
but spent 12 of his 17 seasons in the majors with the White Sox. He was
Chicago's first black player when he was acquired from the Indians in 1951.
A nine-time All-Star, Minoso played most of his career in the outfield and was
a lifetime .298 hitter with 336 doubles, 83 triples, 186 homers and 1,023 runs
batted in. He won three Gold Glove awards, led the American League in triples
and stolen bases three times and topped the circuit in doubles once.
In addition to his time with the White Sox and Indians, Minoso also played for
the Cardinals and Senators.
Minoso retired in 1964, but returned to action in 1976 and picked up a hit in
eight at-bats over three games with the White Sox. He was hitless in two more
plate appearances in 1980, which allowed him to play in five different
The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and unveiled a sculpture of the man
known as the "Cuban Comet" in 2004.
=== Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor league deal ===
Dunedin, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran slugger
Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract on Sunday and will give him a chance
to make the team in spring training.
Viciedo was released by the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 4 after batting .231
last season with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 145 games, playing mostly in the
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Viciedo can play both corner positions in
the infield and outfield.
"He's done it all at the big league level," Gibbons told reporters. "So we're
going to let him play and if he makes the team better maybe there's a spot for
him. He's got to play well. ...
"He's just got to go out and show us what he can do and see if he fits into
that puzzle and makes us stronger."
Viciedo, 25, signed with the White Sox as an amateur free agent on Dec. 12,
2008, after defecting from Cuba. He hit .254 with 66 homers and 211 RBI over
483 games in five seasons with the club.
=== Bulls' Butler injures elbow vs. Clippers ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler left
Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with what the team said is a
sprained left elbow.
Butler was hurt early in the third quarter when he ran into a pick set by
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan as he was guarding Chris Paul at the point.
Butler grabbed at the elbow and was attended to by trainers on the bench
before heading back to the locker room. He had 10 points before leaving.
The All-Star guard missed a game last month with a strained right shoulder.
=== Hurricanes keep McClement with two-year extension ===
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes and center Jay
McClement agreed to a two-year contract extension on Sunday.
McClement, in his first year with the Hurricanes, will earn $1.3 million next
season and $1.1 million for the 2016-17 campaign.
"Jay has proven to be a valuable veteran leader for our club and it was
important for us to keep him in Raleigh," said Hurricanes general manager Ron
Francis in a statement. "He's one of the league's best face-off men and has
played a key role in what currently stands as the best penalty-killing unit in
McClement scored twice in Saturday's 5-3 win over the New York Islanders and
has totaled six goals with 12 assists for 18 points in 61 games this season.
He has won 55.3 percent of his face-offs, tops on the team and good for 14th
in the NHL.
The 31-year-old defensive-minded veteran has 81 goals and 141 assists for 222
points in 743 NHL games with St. Louis, Colorado, Toronto and Carolina.
=== Capitals get Glencross from Flames for picks ===
Arlington, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals acquired veteran
forward Curtis Glencross from the Calgary Flames on Sunday in exchange for a
second- and third-round pick in this year's draft.
Glencross, 32, has nine goals and 19 assists in 53 games this season, his
ninth in the NHL.
He waved a no-trade clause to facilitate the deal.
"Curtis is a player we coveted and we are pleased that he decided to waive his
no-trade clause to join our team," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan
said in a statement announcing the deal. "We felt we needed to get deeper and
more experienced at the forward position. Curtis plays important minutes and
his presence on-and-off the ice will benefit our young forwards."
Glencross has been with the Flames since 2008 and played for Anaheim, Columbus
and Edmonton before that. He has 130 goals and 138 assists in 489 career NHL
=== Flames place Giordano on IR; add Schlemko ===
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames have placed defenseman
Mark Giordano on injured reserve because of undisclosed upper body injury.
Giordano was hurt during the third period of Wednesday's game against New
Jersey after taking a hit from Devils forward Steve Bernier. He took part in
the pregame skate prior to Friday's contest against the New York Islanders,
but did not play.
The Flames' captain has 11 goals and 37 assists for a career-high 48 points in
61 games this season. He is tied with Montreal's P.K. Subban for the scoring
lead among defensemen in the league this season.
Calgary added depth to its blue line Sunday by claiming defenseman David
Schlemko off waivers from Dallas.
Schlemko appeared in 20 games with Arizona this season, then joined Dallas and
played five games for the Stars before being waived on Saturday. He has one
goal and three assists this season.
=== Jets activate Blake Wheeler off IR ===
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets activated forward Blake
Wheeler off injured reserve Sunday.
Wheeler had missed the team's last two games because of a knee injury. He is
the club's third-leading scorer entering Sunday's game against Los Angeles
with 44 points, having notched 16 goals with 28 assists.
The Jets also assigned forward Carl Klingberg to their American Hockey League
affiliate in St. John's. Klingberg appeared in two games and did not record a
=== Dubnyk named NHL's top star for February ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk was
named the NHL's top star for the month of February.
Dubnyk, who was acquired from Arizona in January, led the NHL with 11 wins
last month. He was 11-2-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .939 save
Montreal goaltender Carey Price was named the second star Sunday after going
9-1-1 in February and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was recognized
as the third star after leading the league with 10 goals and tying for the
lead with 17 points.
=== Isles' Lee named top rookie for February ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Islanders center Anders Lee was
selected as the NHL's top rookie for February.
Lee led all rookies with seven goals and 15 points in 15 games last month. He
registered multi-goal games on Feb. 3 against Florida and Feb. 12 against
Toronto, then set a career high with four assists in a win over Columbus on
Others considered for the honor included Ottawa teammates Mike Hoffman and
Mark Stone, as well as Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes.
=== Nadal beats Monaco to win Argentina Open ===
Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - Rafael Nadal won a clay court
title for the 46th time in his career, beating Juan Monaco in straight sets
Sunday in the final of the Argentina Open.
Playing in the tournament for the first time in 10 years, the top-seeded Nadal
didn't drop a set and lost 19 games in his four matches.
The start of the final was delayed by rain, then again when the first set was
Nadal fired the match's only ace and won four of his nine break points in a
6-4, 6-1 win at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club that took 86 minutes.
He captured his 65th career ATP title overall and improved to 6-1 all-time
against Monaco, the only loss coming at the 2007 ATP Masters tournament in
Cincinnati when he retired during the second set because of knee and wrist
Nadal earned $91,050 for Sunday's win and Monaco, the 2007 Buenos Aires champ,
took home $47,950.
=== Yang rallies to win Honda LPGA Thailand ===
Chonburi, Thailand (SportsNetwork.com) - Amy Yang closed with a 3-under 69 on
Sunday as she rallied to win the Honda LPGA Thailand by two strokes.
Yang finished at 15-under-par 273 to earn her second LPGA Tour win. She has
finished inside the top-5 in four of her last five LPGA Tour starts dating to
the end of the 2014 season.
"Oh, my gosh, it feels great. I don't know what just happened today. I was
actually so nervous out there, but I tried to focus, do my best one shot at a
time," Yang exclaimed. "It feels sweet."
Stacy Lewis, who led after each of the first three rounds, stumbled to a
costly double-bogey on the 15th at Siam Country Club. She managed an even-par
72 and ended in a tie for second place at minus-13.
Lewis was joined there by Yani Tseng (67) and Mirim Lee (69). Tseng has
finished inside the top-7 in all seven of her starts at this event.
Beatriz Recari fired a 9-under 63, the low round of the week, and shared fifth
place at 12-under-par 276 with Sei Young Kim (65).
Suzann Pettersen (67), Inbee Park (65) and Sandra Gal (73) were one stroke
further back at minus-11.
Yang birdied the first to join Lewis at minus-13. However, Lewis answered with
a birdie on No. 3. Lewis stumbled to a bogey at the fifth before Yang made
birdie at the sixth to grab the lead.
Both Yang and Lewis birdied the seventh as Yang kept her one-shot advantage.
Yang pushed her lead to two with a birdie at the 10th.
There was another two-shot swing at the 14th, as Lewis converted a birdie try
and Yang tripped to a bogey. They were tied at 15-under, but trouble loomed
Lewis struggled to a double-bogey on the par-4 15th to slip to minus-13, while
Yang birdied the same hole to grab a three-stroke lead.
Yang 3-putted for bogey from the fringe at the 16th, trimming her lead to two.
She parred the final two holes to earn the victory.
"I worked hard in this offseason and I really wanted to come back and play
well," said Yang. "It came earlier than I thought. It's great. I'm going to
keep working hard."
Lewis also parred the final two holes to end two behind.
Tseng birdied the second, then ran off four pars in a row from the third. The
2011 and 2012 winner poured in three straight birdies from the seventh to jump
to minus-12, then parred the first eight holes of the back nine before closing
with a birdie at the last to share second place.
"I played good, but I missed a bunch of putts out there. I was just actually a
little nervous out there when I putting. I don't know, just maybe thinking a
little more on my putting than others," admitted Tseng. "But I got some lucky
bounces and made birdie on the last hole so I was very happy."
Lee stumbled to a bogey at the third, but she came back with three birdies in
a four-hole span from the fifth. Lee climbed to 13-under with a birdie at the
11th. She traded a bogey at 17 for a birdie at the last.
NOTES: Yang earned $225,000 for the win ... Yang also owns three wins on the
Ladies European Tour and two on the Korean LPGA ... She is expected to move
from 16th to 11th in the world rankings ... Last year's winner Anna Nordqvist
shared 13th at 8-under 280 after closing with her second straight 3-under 69.
=== Ko rolls to 4-shot win in New Zealand ===
Christchurch, New Zealand (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 Lydia Ko cruised
to a 4-stroke win at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday.
Playing in her homeland, Ko closed with a 1-under 71 to post 14-under-par 202.
She fired a course-record 11-under 61 in Saturday's second round to take
control of the tournament.
Ko got off to a quick start with birdies at one and two. After three straight
pars, she moved to 16-under as she birdied the par-4 sixth. Ko faltered to a
double-bogey on the eighth and she dropped another stroke on the ninth.
Around the turn, Ko got back into red figures with a birdie on the 10th. She
got to minus-15 thanks to a birdie at the 12th. Ko stumbled to a bogey at 17,
but she parred the last to win by four.
Amateur Hannah Green closed with a 4-under 68 to grab second place at
minus-10. Nanna Koerstz Madsen (71) ended alone in third at 9-under 207.
Beth Allen (73) and Marianne Skarpnord (72) shared fourth minus-8. Amelia
Lewis (71), Marta Sanz (71), Pamela Prestwell (73) and Charley Hull (75) tied
for sixth at 7-under-par 209.
=== Sullivan earns second win in South Africa ===
Johannesburg, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) - Andy Sullivan fired a 6-under
66 in the final round Sunday as he came from behind to win the Joburg Open.
Sullivan finished at 17-under-par 270. This was Sullivan's second win in eight
weeks on the European Tour. He also won the first event of 2015, the South
African Open Championship.
"It's unbelievable. I never imagined it would happen again so quickly," said
Sullivan. "Coming down the stretch me and my caddie were loving life again and
enjoying it. It seems to be a theme, enjoying my golf and getting the right
results at the moment."
Kevin Phelan and Jaco Van Zyl also closed with 66s to grab a share of second
place. They were joined at minus-15 by David Howell (69), Anthony Wall (68)
and third-round leader Wallie Coetsee (71).
All was not lost for Howell and Wall as they, along with Sullivan, earned
spots in the Open Championship at St. Andrews in July.
Former U.S. Amateur champ Byeong Hun An (66) ended alongside Jacques Blaauw
(70) and Chris Swanepoel (69) in seventh place at 14-under 273.
The final two rounds were played on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg &
Kensington Golf Club after the first two rounds were contested on the East and
Sullivan started the day three strokes off the lead and fought through a
crowded leaderboard that saw several different players grab a piece of the
lead during the final round.
After an opening par, Sullivan began his climb up the leaderboard with birdies
at the second, fourth and sixth. He was tied for the lead at that point at 14-
under with Phelan and Kristoffer Broberg.
Back-to-back birdies at eight and nine moved Sullivan into the lead at
minus-16. He was one clear of Phelan as he made the turn.
Sullivan found water at the 11th with his approach. He poured in an 18-footer
to save bogey, which dropped him one behind Howell, who birdied three of the
last four holes on the front nine.
After three pars in a row, Sullivan birdied the 15th to briefly join Howell in
the lead. Howell then dropped one back as he bogeyed the 14th after finding
water off the tee.
Sullivan reached the green in two at the par-5 18th, then two-putted for a
closing birdie. He walked off with a two-shot lead and waited in the scoring
trailer as the final three groups finished.
Howell, who was two groups behind Sullivan, parred the last four holes to
share second place.
Phelan, who was six groups ahead of Sullivan, was the first in the clubhouse
at 15-under. He wrapped birdies at one and three around a bogey at the second.
The Irishman poured in four straight birdies from the fifth to jump to
minus-14. Around the turn, Phelan carded birdies at 12 and 16, while he
stumbled to a bogey at the 14th.
Van Zyl was in the group behind Phelan. Van Zyl carded six birdies, four on
the front side and two on the back nine, in a bogey-free round.
Wall opened with an eagle at the first. He birdied the fourth, but gave that
back as he bogeyed the sixth. A birdie at the eighth helped Wall make the turn
at 14-under. He followed birdies at 13 and 14 with a bogey at the 15th.
Coetsee played the front side in even-par with a bogey at the second and a
birdie on the eighth to go with seven pars. He faltered to another bogey at
the 12th. Coetsee grabbed a share of second place with birdies at 14 and 18.
NOTES: Sullivan, who was the highest ranked player in the field to start the
week, earned 206,050 euros for the win ... Howell, who carded a 5-under 66 on
the West Course in round one, played the front nine on the East Course at 12-
under par for the week, while he played the back nine at plus-2 for the three
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