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     === 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
 system."
 
 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
 incident.
 
 
                  === 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
 last week.
 
 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
 play.
 
 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
 season.
 
 
                  === 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
 earliest.
 
 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
 practice squad.
 
 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
 City.
 
 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-
 foot sprain.
 
 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
 as well.
 
 Additionally,  starting  middle  linebacker  Jon Beason  could  be  facing  an
 extended  absence  after aggravating  a previous  injury to  his right foot in
 Sunday's game.
 
 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
 two weeks.
 
 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
 squad.
 
 
                          === 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
 reserve.
 
 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
 (ACL).
 
 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
 squad.
 
 
                        === 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
 country."
 
 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
 incident.
 
 "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
 hits.
 
 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
 season.
 
 The ceremony will take place on Dec. 16, when the Kings play the Oklahoma City
 Thunder.
 
 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
 community.
 
 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
 Olympic squad.
 
 
                === 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
 York.
 
 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
 future.
 
 "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
 Tuesday wins.
 
 
                        === 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
 played Tuesday.
 
 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
 Wednesday.
 
 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
 final.
 
 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
 Cepelova.
 
 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
 over Toronto.
 
 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
 punt returns.
 
 
 
 09/16 18:40:12 ET