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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, October 29 ===
               === Giants win Game 7 for 3rd title in 5 years ===
 Kansas  City, MO  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Madison  Bumgarner  watched as  Pablo
 Sandoval worked his way under the ball.
 Moments  later, the San Francisco Giants ace was swarmed by teammates near the
 mound after punctuating one of the great postseason performances in any sport.
 Some of them stopped first to congratulate Sandoval, who was on his back after
 catching the last out.
 And on the edge of the celebration, Buster Posey dropped to his knees, a smile
 on the catcher's face that showed both happiness and relief.
 This is some dynasty, and it almost unraveled on an error.
 Bumgarner  pitched  five scoreless innings  out of  the bullpen and the Giants
 held  on  to beat  the Kansas  City Royals 3-2  in Game  7 on Wednesday night,
 capturing their third World Series title in five years.
 With  two outs in  the bottom of the ninth inning, after Bumgarner had retired
 14  batters  in a  row, Alex Gordon  sliced a hit  into left-center field that
 bounced  past Gregor Blanco and went to the wall, suddenly giving the Royals a
 sliver of hope.
 Left  fielder Juan Perez bobbled the ball on the warning track and Gordon made
 it all the way to third on a two-base error.
 "I'm  not  sure what  happened. I didn't  see it," Bumgarner  said. "But I was
 starting  to get a little nervous. He was digging around a little bit and it's
 a big outfield.
 "It was a little nerve-wracking."
 But  Bumgarner threw  six fastballs to Salvador Perez, who popped up into foul
 territory  near third base, where Sandoval squeezed it before falling onto his
 back with his arms in the air.
 "Relief,"  said Bruce  Bochy, who has managed each of these three championship
 teams. "Because anything can happen -- a bloop, a wild pitch. There's a man on
 third base there and (Bumgarner) just made some great pitches."
 Bumgarner  pitched on two days' rest after throwing a four-hit shutout in Game
 5  on Sunday for  his second win of the series. He was named World Series MVP,
 to  no one's  surprise, after throwing 21  innings and giving just up one run,
 nine hits and one walk.
 Sandoval, due to be a free agent, reached base four times in Game 7 and scored
 twice, including the go-ahead run on Michael Morse's single back in the fourth
 inning. Sandoval had three hits, giving him an MLB-record 26 this postseason.
 The  Royals, trying  to win a title for  the first time in 29 years, came up a
 win  short.  They forced Game  7 with  Tuesday's 10-0 blowout, extending their
 magical  season  for another day, but  scored their only runs Wednesday in the
 second inning.
 "You  work all  year to climb to the  top of the mountain and then 'Boom!' You
 fall  back down and have to restart next season," Kansas City manager Ned Yost
 The  wild-card Giants, an 88-win team that finished six games behind the rival
 Dodgers  in the NL  West, rode a Bumgarner shutout to an 8-0 win in Pittsburgh
 on Oct. 1 and finished their title run two days shy of Halloween.
 Bumgarner's  wins in Games  1 and 5, and his five-inning save in the clincher,
 cemented  his role at the age of 25 as a postseason star on a Giants team that
 has carved an odd dynasty into recent baseball history.
 The  Giants have made  the postseason only three times in the last 11 years --
 winning the World Series each time. Wednesday's celebration followed titles in
 2010 over Texas and 2012 over Detroit.
 They  snapped a nine-game losing streak by road teams in World Series Game 7s,
 becoming  the first  team to  win  that way  since  the 1979  "We Are  Family"
 Pirates, who clinched in Baltimore.
 "Still can't believe it," first baseman Brandon Belt tweeted hours later.
 Belt  and Hunter  Pence had two hits apiece, including back-to-back singles in
 the  second  inning after  Kansas City starter  Jeremy Guthrie grazed Sandoval
 with  a pitch  leading off. Morse and Brandon Crawford followed with sacrifice
 flies for the Giants' first two runs.
 Hours  later, the Giants celebrated in customary fashion by spraying champagne
 in the locker room.
 So  used to their  backs being against the wall during their three title runs,
 the  Giants got  their eighth straight win in an elimination game -- including
 six on the road.
 After  beating Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game, they never sniffed another
 elimination  test  until the World Series.  They closed out Washington in four
 games in the NL division series and needed just five games to beat St. Louis.
 They  won the pennant on Travis Ishikawa's dramatic ninth-inning homer on Oct.
 16 at AT&T Park in a game that saw them snap a streak of 242 consecutive plate
 appearances without a homer.
 Big  moments came from all over the lineup, of course, but the Giants produced
 little  in the way of big blows over the past week, winning Games 4 and 5 with
 28  hits,  including 24  singles. They  scored 15  straight runs before Kansas
 City's  seven-run  rally in the  second inning of Game  6 on Tuesday, when the
 Giants were shut out over seven innings by rookie Yordano Ventura.
 They had eight more hits in Game 7 -- all but one of them a single.
 It was the eighth World Series title in franchise history.
 "That  was  a phenomenal series," said  Yost. "They played great baseball. And
 Madison Bumgarner, man. What can you say about him?"
 The  Royals, perennial down-and-outers in the AL Central, snatched a wild-card
 spot  to reach the  playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series
 in  1985. Building a brand as an underdog favorite, they won their first eight
 playoff  games  against the Athletics,  Angels and Orioles before running into
 Bumgarner in Game 1 last week.
 Their 10-0 win in Game 6 -- a party from nearly start to finish for the 40,000
 fans  in attendance -- was the most lopsided World Series shutout since Kansas
 City's 11-0 win over St. Louis in Game 7 in 1985.
 "It  hurts to come as close as we came," said Yost. "As magical as our run has
 been, to end up losing the ballgame by 90 feet is tough."
 That magic which produced extra-inning wins in the Royals' first three playoff
 games -- and four of their first five -- wasn't reproduced against the Giants.
 Their  three  wins in the  series came by 16  runs. That includes Friday's 3-2
 victory  in Game 3, when the Royals took a 2-1 lead in the series on the backs
 of  bullpen  stars Kelvin  Herrera,  Brandon  Finnegan,  Wade Davis  and  Greg
 Holland, who combined to throw four no-hit innings in the game.
 Herrera, Davis and Holland all pitched on Wednesday after Guthrie (1-1) went 3
 1/3 innings. The Royals got to 39-year-old Tim Hudson, scoring two runs in the
 second inning on Gordon's double and Omar Infante's sacrifice fly.
 Hudson, the oldest pitcher ever to start Game 7, got just five outs and Jeremy
 Affeldt (1-0) threw 2 1/3 innings to pick up the win, running his streak to 22
 consecutive  appearances in  the postseason without allowing a run, one shy of
 the record held by Yankees great Mariano Rivera.
 Bumgarner  finished with 270 innings pitched in the regular and postseason and
 ran his career World Series record to 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA.
 Bochy  said  he avoided  Bumgarner in  the dugout,  the way  players do when a
 pitcher is throwing a no-hitter.
 "I  was  staying away from  him every inning because  I was hoping he wouldn't
 say,  'I'm  starting to get a  little tired,'" Bochy said. "Because there's no
 way I would have taken him out unless he told me that.
 "We just got on his horse and rode it."
                                   Game Notes
 Sandoval  broke the old postseason hits record of 25 shared by Marquis Grissom
 (1995),  Darin Erstad  (2002) and David Freese (2011) ... Hudson, who is MLB's
 active  wins leader  with 214, also pitched  Game 3 on Friday. He is without a
 postseason win since Game 2 of the 2001 ALDS, when he pitched Oakland past the
 Yankees  ... Royals  great and 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen threw out
 the first pitch ... Home teams are now 18-19 in World Series Game 7s.
                      === Report: Cubs to hire Maddon ===
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Chicago Cubs  are in  the process of finalizing an
 agreement to make Joe Maddon their next manager, according to CBSSports.com
 The report said that a deal between Maddon, who exercised an opt-out clause in
 his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays last week, and the Cubs is expected to be
 completed  in the  coming  days and  will make  the  two-time American  League
 Manager of the Year among the highest-paid skippers in baseball.
 The Cubs have so far denied that an agreement is in place.
 Maddon  unquestionably  became the most coveted managerial candidate available
 once  he  parted ways with the  Rays last Friday following a highly successful
 nine-year  tenure.  His  exodus  came shortly  after  general  manager  Andrew
 Friedman  left the organization to become the president of baseball operations
 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 Despite  annually operating with one of the lowest payrolls in the majors, the
 Rays  were  a consistent contender for  much of Maddon's reign. Lauded for his
 ability  to  work with young  players and to  maximize the available talent on
 hand,  the charismatic manager guided Tampa to six consecutive winning seasons
 that began with an unexpected run to the World Series in 2008.
 The  Rays, who had  never won over 70 games in their first 10 seasons prior to
 that 2008 breakthrough, also reached the playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
 Maddon  amassed a 754-705 overall record in Tampa Bay and guided the Rays to a
 pair of division titles in addition to the 2008 AL pennant.
 In  Chicago, he'll  take over a long-suffering franchise that has endured five
 consecutive  losing campaigns  but did  show moderate  improvement in  current
 manager  Rick  Renteria's first  season on  the job. The  Cubs finished with a
 73-89 record in 2014 after winning 66 and 61 games the previous two years.
 According  to  the CBS report,  the Cubs had  informed Renteria earlier in the
 week of their pursuit of Maddon.
 The  Cubs had been linked as a potential desired destination for Maddon due to
 their  strong  farm system as  well as the  organization's ability to spend on
 free agents, a luxury he never had under the low-budget Rays.
 Maddon is also believed to have a positive relationship with Cubs president of
 baseball  operations Theo Epstein, who reportedly nearly hired the 60-year-old
 to  manage  the Red Sox while  still in charge of Boston's baseball operations
 back  in 2004.  Maddon, then a longtime bench coach for the Angels, ultimately
 lost out to Terry Francona for the job.
                           === O's outright Meek ===
 Baltimore,  MD  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Baltimore Orioles outrighted relief
 pitcher Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.
 Meek went 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA in 23 games for the Orioles this season. He also
 posted a 2-0 mark with a 1.94 ERA and 16 saves in 39 games for the Tides.
 The  31-year-old right-hander also spent parts of five big league seasons with
 the Pirates and owns a career mark of 7-11 with a 3.63 ERA in 179 games.
                     === Gurley must sit two more games ===
 Indianapolis,  IN (SportsNetwork.com)  - Georgia running back Todd Gurley will
 miss  two  more games as  part of his penalty  for accepting money for signing
 autographs and will be eligible to return Nov. 15.
 The  NCAA announced  its ruling  Wednesday, saying  Gurley accepted  more than
 $3,000  in  cash from individuals  for autographed memorabilia over a two-year
 Gurley,  who acknowledged his violation of NCAA rules, will sit out a total of
 four  games -- or  30 percent of the season -- and must repay a portion of the
 money  received to a  charity of his choice. He also must complete 40 hours of
 community service.
 The  junior  has already missed games  against Missouri and Arkansas, and will
 sit  out  Saturday's game  against Florida  as well as  next week's contest at
 Kentucky.  His  return will take  place against  Auburn in Georgia's final SEC
 game of the season.
 Georgia,  which  leads the SEC East,  will then play non-conference home games
 against Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech before a possible date in the SEC
 Championship Game.
 Gurley  was a  top  Heisman Trophy  candidate after  five  games this  season,
 rushing  for 773  yards with  an  average of  8.2  yards per  carry and  eight
 touchdowns.  He also  returned a kickoff 100  yards for a touchdown and has 11
 catches for 53 yards.
 Nick  Chubb has  filled in admirably during Gurley's absence. The freshman ran
 for 143 yards in a 34-0 win at Missouri, then churned out 202 yards in a 45-32
 victory over Arkansas.
 Georgia  began its case for reinstatement last week and will appeal the latest
 ruling,  hoping for  a reduced penalty. An oversight committee will review the
 appeal this week.
 The  NCAA  said a  stronger  penalty  was  considered because  the  violations
 occurred  over multiple  years and  Gurley committed  the infractions  despite
 extensive  rules  education. However, the  school's due diligence and Gurley's
 full disclosure were factors in the NCAA's decision.
                  === Romo day-to-day, Durant placed on IR ===
 Irving,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Dallas Cowboys  coach  Jason Garrett  said
 quarterback Tony Romo will be day-to-day for practice this week because of his
 injured back.
 The Cowboys also placed linebacker Justin Durant on injured reserve because of
 a torn biceps.
 Romo  suffered  a back contusion during  the third quarter of Monday's loss to
 Washington  and  sat out  most of  the fourth quarter  before returning to the
 contest. He underwent a CT scan earlier this week.
 "It's a day-by-day thing with Tony," said Garrett on Wednesday. "We'll see how
 he handles the pain and we'll see how functional he is as the week goes on."
 Romo  normally doesn't practice on Wednesday as part of his recovery from back
 surgery last year. He appeared somewhat limited during the final possession of
 regulation and overtime of Monday's 20-17 setback to the Redskins.
 Durant  was hurt in the second half on Monday. He was leading the team with 49
 total tackles despite missing two games.
 The  Cowboys  signed linebacker Tim  Dobbins to  fill the roster spot. Dobbins
 last played in the NFL during the 2013 season with Houston. He has also played
 for San Diego and Miami in an eight-year career, and has 253 total tackles.
             === Bengals' Burfict sidelined after knee surgery ===
 Cincinnati,  OH (SportsNetwork.com)  - Cincinnati  Bengals linebacker  Vontaze
 Burfict will miss at least Sunday's game against Jacksonville after undergoing
 knee surgery on Wednesday.
 Bengals  coach  Marvin  Lewis  said  Burfict  had  an  arthroscopic  procedure
 performed  to  have loose cartilage  removed. The  2013 Pro Bowl selection was
 hurt  during this past Sunday's game against Baltimore, but played through the
 Lewis  also said  Burfict  will most  likely miss  Cincinnati's  Week 10  game
 against  Cleveland  since it takes place  next Thursday and will likely return
 for the Nov. 16 game against New Orleans.
 Burfict,  who  signed a new  four-year contract  this summer after leading the
 team  in tackles each  of his first two seasons, missed two games earlier this
 year  because of  concussions and  also hurt  his neck  two weeks  ago against
                       === RG3 puts in full practice ===
 Ashburn,  VA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Robert  Griffin  III was  a full  practice
 participant  on  Wednesday for the  first time  since dislocating his ankle in
 September,  though  the  Washington  Redskins quarterback's  status  for  this
 Sunday's game against Minnesota still remains up in the air.
 Head  coach  Jay Gruden said  after Wednesday's  session that Griffin and Colt
 McCoy  split reps  with  the  first-team offense  and  that  Griffin is  still
 awaiting medical clearance to return to game action.
 "We'll  see ...  it's all  going to  depend  on how  he does  in tomorrow  and
 Friday,"  said  Gruden of  Griffin, who  suffered his  injury during the first
 quarter  of  Washington's Week  2 game against  Jacksonville and hasn't played
 since.  "And moving  forward, how  I feel  he's coming  back. From  a physical
 standpoint  he looks  good, now it's a  matter of mental and getting back into
 the football part of it."
 McCoy's  performance on  Monday, in which he completed 25-of-30 passes for 299
 yards  to  help the  Redskins to an  overtime upset of  NFC East rival Dallas,
 could  also  factor in the decision.  With the Redskins having their bye after
 Sunday's  game, Griffin could receive an additional two weeks of recovery time
 before returning for a home matchup against Tampa Bay on Nov. 16.
 "If  he  looks good  in that (mental)  regard, then there's  a chance he could
 play.  And  if not and  he needs another week,  he'll take another week," said
 McCoy  has  held his own  since replacing an  ineffective Kirk Cousins for the
 second  half  of Washington's  Week  7  game  against Tennessee.  The  onetime
 Cleveland  Browns starter went 11-of-12 for 128 yards to rally the Redskins to
 a 19-17 win over the Titans, then played solidly in the Dallas game.
              === Saints list Graham questionable for Thursday ===
 Metairie,  LA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  New  Orleans Saints  have  declared
 tight  end Jimmy  Graham questionable  for Thursday's  game against  Carolina,
 though  the 2013 All-Pro  is fully expected to play in the important NFC South
 Graham also had been termed questionable for each of New Orleans' previous two
 contests  but  played in  both, and  managed five  catches for  59 yards and a
 touchdown in Sunday's 44-23 win over Green Bay.
 The  two-time Pro Bowl selection has been battling a shoulder injury sustained
 in a game against Tampa Bay on Oct. 5.
 Running  back  Khiry Robinson  also was listed  as questionable for Thursday's
 tilt, but did not practice on Wednesday and is unlikely to suit up against the
 Panthers.  Both  Robinson (forearm) and  fellow running back Pierre Thomas sat
 out the Green Bay game as well.
 Thomas  has been formally  ruled out for this week due to injuries to his ribs
 and  shoulder. Linebacker  David Hawthorne  also will  not play  after exiting
 Sunday's game with an injured hand.
 Starting  center Jonathan Goodwin, who was inactive against the Packers with a
 sore  knee and ankle, is considered questionable but did practice on a limited
 basis on Wednesday.
                  === Panthers LT Bell out for Saints game ===
 Charlotte,  NC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Carolina Panthers left tackle Byron Bell
 will  miss Thursday night's  game against the New Orleans Saints due to a knee
 Undrafted  rookie  David Foucault  will get the  start protecting Cam Newton's
 blind side.
 Along  with Bell,  cornerback Bene  Benwikere (ankle),  receiver/return Philly
 Brown  (concussion),  guards Amini Silatolu  (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) and
 running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) have been ruled out.
 Safety Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (ankle) are
 listed as questionable.
 Running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is probable after missing the last four
                       === Patriots sign Alan Branch ===
 Foxboro,  MA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  New England Patriots signed defensive
 lineman Alan Branch and released linebacker Deontae Skinner on Wednesday.
 Branch,  29, is  a veteran  of seven  NFL seasons  with the  Arizona Cardinals
 (2007-10),  Seattle Seahawks (2011-12) and Buffalo Bills (2013). The 6-foot-6,
 325-pounder  went to  training  camp with  Buffalo this  past  summer but  was
 released in August.
 A  second-round  pick by Arizona in  2007, Branch has  started in 47 of 94 NFL
 games  and  has recorded 170 total  tackles with eight sacks. Last season with
 Buffalo, he played in all 16 games and finished with 39 total tackles.
 Skinner,  24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out
 of  Mississippi  State. He was  signed to the  53-man roster from the practice
 squad  on Sept.  13 and played in  seven games with one start, accumulating 10
 total tackles and three special teams tackles.
                        === Jaguars place Ball on IR ===
 Jacksonville,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Alan
 Ball will miss the remainder of the season because of a biceps injury.
 Ball  was hurt in a Week 7 game against Cleveland before sitting out this past
 Sunday's  contest against Miami. He started the first seven games and finished
 the season with an interception and 22 tackles.
 The 29-year-old Illinois product joined the Jaguars in 2013 after also playing
 for Dallas and Houston in his first six years. He started 15 games last season
 and notched a pair of interceptions.
 Jacksonville filled the roster spot by signing cornerback Tommie Campbell, who
 spent  three seasons  with  Tennessee before  being waived  by  the Titans  in
               === Pats DE Jones remains out with hip injury ===
 Foxboro,   MA   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  New  England  Patriots  defensive  end
 Chandler Jones remains out of practice as he recovers from a hip injury.
 Jones  was  the only player who  missed practice on Wednesday for New England,
 which is getting ready for an AFC clash with the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
 Defensive  end Dominique  Easley (knee),  safety Nate  Ebner (finger),  tackle
 Cameron  Fleming  (finger) and  wide receiver Matt  Slater (shoulder) were all
 limited participants on Wednesday.
           === Big Ben, Delmas, Davis named AFC's best for Week 8 ===
 New  York,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Pittsburgh  Steelers  quarterback  Ben
 Roethlisberger,  Miami Dolphins  safety Louis  Delmas and  Kansas City  Chiefs
 returner  Knile Davis were selected as the AFC's top players for Week 8 of the
 NFL season.
 Roethlisberger  was named  the top  offensive player  after setting  franchise
 records  with 522  passing yards and six touchdowns during the Steelers' 51-34
 win  over  Indianapolis. He connected  on 40-of-49  passes to become the first
 player  in league history  to complete more than 80 percent of his throws in a
 500-yard effort.
 It's  the  10th weekly award for  Roethlisberger, who tied for the fourth-most
 passing  yards in  a single game and  is now the only player with two 500-yard
 Delmas  picked up the defensive award thanks to an 81-yard interception return
 for  a touchdown and a fumble recovery in Miami's 27-13 win over Jacksonville.
 He  is the first  NFL player to recover a fumble and return a pick for a score
 in the same game since Dallas' Roy Williams in 2002.
 Davis  earned the  special teams  honor with  a 99-yard  kickoff return  for a
 touchdown  in  Kansas City's  34-7 win  over St. Louis.  His return opened the
 second half and provided the Chiefs with a 17-7 lead. He also ran for 49 yards
 with a fourth-quarter touchdown.
 Other  offensive  candidates included  New England  quarterback Tom Brady, who
 would  have won  the award most weeks after completing 30-of-35 passes for 354
 yards  with five  touchdowns in a 51-23 win over Chicago; Houston running back
 Arian  Foster, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards on just 20
 carries  in a  30-16 win over Tennessee; and Denver receiver Emmanuel Sanders,
 who  caught nine passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-21 win over
 San Diego.
 Defensive consideration went to Buffalo linebacker Preston Brown, who had nine
 tackles  and an interception  in a 43-23 win over the New York Jets; and Miami
 cornerback Brent Grimes, who also returned an interception for a touchdown.
 Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon was also nominated for the special teams
 award after a blocking a field goal in the win over the Jaguars.
             === Fitzgerald highlights NFC Players of the Week ===
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Arizona  Cardinals  wide receiver  Larry
 Fitzgerald,  Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and Washington Redskins
 kicker  Kai Forbath have been named the NFC Players of the Week for their Week
 8 efforts.
 Fitzgerald,  the  offensive player  of the  week, caught  seven passes for 160
 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' 24-20 win over Philadelphia. His 80-
 yard  touchdown was the longest reception of his career and his fifth catch of
 70-plus yards.
 The  performance  marked the ninth 150-yard  game of his career, including the
 playoffs,  and was his  best output since Jan. 10, 2009, when he had 166 yards
 in a divisional playoff victory at Carolina.
 Barr,  the defensive player  of the week, had eight tackles, a sack and scored
 the game-winning touchdown in the Vikings' 19-13 overtime win at Tampa Bay. On
 the  first play  from scrimmage  in overtime,  Barr forced  a fumble  which he
 recovered and returned 27 yards for the game-winning score.
 He  became the only  player in NFL history to force a fumble, recover the ball
 and return it for a touchdown in overtime.
 Forbath,  the special  teams player  of  the week,  converted both  field-goal
 attempts,  including a  40-yard game-winner in overtime, and added two PATs in
 the Redskins' 20-17 win at Dallas.
 It marked the second consecutive week that Forbath kicked a game-winning field
 goal  at the  end of regulation or in  overtime. In Week 7, he converted a 22-
 yard  field goal  as  time expired  to  give Washington  a  19-17 win  against
             === Mason, ex-NFL player Foxworth named NBPA execs ===
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Recently retired NBA veteran Roger Mason
 Jr.  and former NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth are among
 several  new appointments  to the  NBA Players  Association senior  management
 Mason,  who finished  a 10-year  NBA career  this past  season, was  named the
 union's  director of player relations. Foxworth, who spent seven seasons as an
 NFL  cornerback  with Denver,  Atlanta and Baltimore  from 2005-11, will begin
 duties as the NBAPA chief operating officer in January.
 The  union also  hired ex-NBA  player  Walter Palmer  as its  new director  of
 international  relations and  marketing and  tabbed Washington-based  attorney
 Gary Kohlman as general counsel.
 "With  these four hires  the NBPA gets the benefit of a terrific mix of sports
 industry  experience,  business  acumen,  and  legal  expertise,"  said  NBAPA
 executive director Michele Roberts. "When I was hired as Executive Director, I
 promised  the  players we would build  a team of gladiators to represent their
 interests.  There will  be further  additions  to the  NBPA senior  management
 team, but we are beginning by putting a solid foundation in place."
 Mason  was  an active participant in  labor relations during his playing days,
 first  serving as  a team player representative before beginning his tenure on
 the executive committee in 2010. The 34-year-old was elected the NBAPA's First
 Vice  President in  2013 and  played a  key role  in constructing  the present
 Collective  Bargaining Agreement that ended the league's five-month lockout in
 Foxworth  became the  youngest-ever vice  president of  the NFLPA's  executive
 committee  when tabbed to  that position in 2008 at age 25. He was unanimously
 elected  as  the union's president  four years later  and held that role until
 this past March.
 Palmer  played  one season  each  with  the  Utah  Jazz (1990-91)  and  Dallas
 Mavericks  (1992-93)  before  a  long  and  successful  career  overseas.  The
 Dartmouth  alumnus currently  heads the department for UNI Sport PRO, a global
 coalition of independent athletic associations representing athletes from over
 60 countries in a dozen sports.
                   === Lakers rule Randle out for season ===
 El  Segundo, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Julius Randle's rookie season will last
 only a single game, as the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that the 2014
 first-round  pick will  miss the  remainder of  the campaign  after undergoing
 surgery to repair a fractured right tibia.
 Randle  fell hard  after driving to the  lane during the fourth quarter of the
 Lakers'  season-opening 108-90  loss to Houston at Staples Center. After being
 attended  to on the  court for several minutes by the medical staff, the No. 7
 overall  pick was carried to the locker room on a stretcher with his leg in an
 air cast.
 The  Kentucky  standout was  1-of-3 from  the floor for  two points in 13-plus
 minutes in his NBA regular season debut.
 Randle  spent just  one season  at Kentucky  before declaring  for the  draft,
 earning  SEC  Freshman of the Year  and First Team All-Conference honors while
 helping the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament Championship Game last spring.
 Over  40 games with the Wildcats, Randle averaged 15 points, 10.4 rebounds and
 1.4 assists along with a nation-leading 24 double-doubles.
 Randle  is the  second Lakers' player in  the past week to be declared out for
 the  season.  Veteran point guard and  two-time league MVP Steve Nash will not
 play in 2014-15 due to a chronic back injury that limited him to only 15 games
 last season.
                       === Nets' Lopez out for opener ===
 Boston,  MA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Brooklyn Nets center  Brook Lopez will not
 play in Wednesday's season opener against the Boston Celtics due to a sprained
 right foot he suffered during the preseason.
 The oft-injured Lopez was stepped on by a player during the Nets' game against
 Sacramento on Oct. 15, with the team expecting him to be sidelined between 10-
 to-14 days.
 Lopez  has endured  problems with the same foot previously during his six-year
 NBA  career.  A fracture  limited the  7-footer to just  five games during the
 2011-12  campaign and  he broke the fifth metatarsal last December, ending his
 season after just 17 appearances.
         === Hornets pick up options on Kidd-Gilchrist, Zeller ===
 Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Prior to hosting Milwaukee in their season
 opener,  the  Charlotte Hornets announced  that they have exercised the team's
 fourth-year  option on  small  forward Michael  Kidd-Gilchrist and  third-year
 option on power forward Cody Zeller.
 Kidd-Gilchrist was selected No. 2 overall by Charlotte, then the Bobcats, back
 in 2012 after  helping lead  the Kentucky  Wildcats to  a national  title. The
 Philly  product has  struggled  with his  jump  shot thus  far  in his  career
 but  has made his mark as a defensive stopper.
 In  two  seasons, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging  8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per
 game. He has started 139 of 140 games.
 Zeller  appeared in all 82 games as a rookie last season, averaging 6.0 points
 and  4.3  boards per  game. Another  Charlotte lottery  pick, Zeller was taken
 fourth overall in 2013 out of Indiana.
                         === Mavs bring back Barea ===
 Dallas,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Dallas  Mavericks announced the return
 of guard J.J. Barea to an undisclosed contract Wednesday.
 Barea  had  spent the  last three  years in Minnesota,  picking up 8.4 points,
 3.8  assists  and 1.9 rebounds per  contest over 79 games for the Timberwolves
 last season.
 The  30-year-old native  of  Puerto Rico  began his  career  with Dallas  from
 2006-11, closing out his tenure with an NBA championship.
 In 509 career games over eight seasons, Barea has put together averages of 8.3
 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.
               === Wings issue statement on Howe's condition ===
 Detroit,  MI (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday offered
 an  update  on the  condition of  hockey ambassador  and franchise icon Gordie
 Howe, who suffered a health setback over the weekend.
 "The  Howe family  would  like to  thank  friends, family  and  fans for  your
 overwhelming  well-wishes,  prayers and  support  for  Gordie. He  suffered  a
 significant  stroke on Sunday morning while at his daughter?s home in Lubbock,
 Texas,"  read the statement, issued by Hall-of-Fame defenseman and current Red
 Wings scout Mark Howe, Gordie's middle son.
 "His   condition  remains  guarded  although  he  is  showing  some  signs  of
 improvement.   We   acknowledge  that  there   is  a  long  road  to  recovery
 ahead,  but  Dad's spirits  are  good  and  his competitive  attitude  remains
 Howe's  stroke was  a  sudden  downturn after  a  relatively peaceful  period.
 According to a Toronto Sun piece from late September, the 86-year-old Hall-of-
 Famer  was  forced to  undergo surgery  in August to  correct narrowing of his
 spinal  canal which made  it almost impossible for Howe to walk and caused him
 debilitating pain.
 The  paper also  revealed the elder Howe  had a seizure in early September and
 also  endured a  series  of smaller  strokes. He  had  apparently made  enough
 progress to walk without assistance once more.
 "It's  sad news of the stroke and the family is all in there and we're praying
 and hoping for a speedy recovery," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock added.
               === Bruins' Krug sidelined with broken finger ===
 Boston,  MA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Boston  Bruins  defenseman Torey  Krug  is
 expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks because of a broken finger.
 Krug was hurt during Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
 The  23-year-old  blueliner has  two goals  and four assists  in 11 games this
 season,  leading all  Boston defensemen with six points. He was the top scorer
 among  NHL  rookie defensemen  last season with  14 goals and  40 points in 79
 Boston also recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence
 of the American Hockey League.
              === Flames place Stajan on IR, call up Granlund ===
 Calgary,  AB (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Calgary  Flames  placed forward  Matt
 Stajan  on  injured reserve Wednesday  with a knee  injury that is expected to
 sideline him for six weeks.
 Stajan  left a 2-1  shootout loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday when he was part
 of an accidental knee-on-knee hit with Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi.
 The  30-year-old center  recorded a goal and one assist in 11 appearances this
 To  fill  the roster  spot,  Calgary  recalled  forward Markus  Granlund  from
 Adirondack  of  the American Hockey  League. The 21-year-old native of Finland
 recorded  three  goals and five  points in eight games  so far for the Flames'
 chief affiliate.
         === Blue Jackets' Letestu out 2-4 weeks with groin injury ===
 Columbus,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu
 will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a groin injury, the team announced Wednesday.
 Letestu suffered the injury during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
 Letestu  has three goals  and two assists in nine games this season. He had 12
 goals and 22 assists in 82 games last season.
                  === Rangers' Moore suspended five games ===
 New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Rangers defenseman John Moore has
 been  suspended  five games  without pay for  an illegal check  to the head of
 Minnesota's Erik Haula during Monday's game against the Wild.
 The  23-year-old Moore  was  assessed a  match penalty  7:12  into the  second
 Moore,  who has  one assist in nine  games this season, is considered a repeat
 offender  under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on
 his  average  annual salary,  will forfeit  $51,859.75. The  money goes to the
 Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
                === Federer, Murray move on at Paris Masters ===
 Paris,   France  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Former  champion  Roger  Federer  and
 surging  British star  Andy Murray were among Wednesday's second-round winners
 at the $3.7 million Paris Masters.
 The  second-seeded  former world No.  1 Federer  stayed hot with a hard-fought
 7-6  (7-5),  6-7 (5-7),  6-4 victory  over Frenchman  Jeremy Chardy, while the
 eighth-seeded  two-time  Grand Slam  champion  Murray  topped France's  Julien
 Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 on the indoor  hardcourts at  Paris' Palais Omnisports.
 "I  played a very good match," Chardy said, after losing to the great Federer.
 "I  was  able to do everything  I wanted to  do today and I had opportunities.
 Even when I was broken back I didn't play a bad game. He was just a little bit
 better  than I was today. I think that was the difference... I didn't give up.
 I tried to stay in there, and I believe the fight was good to watch."
 The  33-year-old Federer  is fresh  off his  title in  his hometown  of Basel,
 Switzerland,  last  week and  was the  Paris Masters champ  in 2011. Murray is
 fresh  off  title in Valencia and  has won two  straight and three of his last
 five tournaments overall.
 Federer  is  currently riding a 13-match  winning streak, including a title at
 the Shanghai Masters three weeks ago. Murray has won his last 10 matches.
 Up  next for Federer will be another Frenchman, qualifier Lucas Pouille, while
 Murray will take on Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov.
 Third-seeded  Australian  Open  champion  Stan Wawrinka  ended  a  three-match
 losing  streak  by handling  promising Austrian Dominic  Thiem 6-4, 7-6 (8-6),
 while  fourth-seeded  David Ferrer  held off rising  Belgian David Goffin 6-3,
 2-6,  6-3,  and sixth-seeded  U.S. Open runner-up  Kei Nishikori overcame last
 week's  Valencia  runner-up to Murray,  Tommy Robredo,  6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-3 on
 Day  3  in Paris. Ferrer titled  here two years  ago and was last year's Paris
 Masters  runner-up to  two-time titlist Novak Djokovic. Goffin was last week's
 Basel runner-up  to Federer.
 In  other  top-10 action,  seventh-seeded Canadian Milos  Raonic fired 19 aces
 before  outlasting  qualifier and  improving American Jack  Sock 6-3, 5-7, 7-6
 (7-4),  a  ninth-seeded Dimitrov drubbed  Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-0, 6-3, and
 10th-seeded  French favorite, former champion and former runner-up Jo-Wilfried
 Tsonga got past Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
 Meanwhile,  11th-seeded  Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut rolled past struggling
 Frenchman  Richard  Gasquet 6-4,  6-2,  12th-seeded  Spaniard Feliciano  Lopez
 foiled American qualifier Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4, two-time Paris Masters runner-
 up  Gael Monfils  beat  13th-seeded American  John Isner  6-4,  7-6 (7-4)  and
 Pouille upended 16th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7).
 This marks the final tournament of  the regular season on the ATP World Tour.
                     === Muguruza whips Makarova at TOC ===
 Sofia,   Bulgaria  (SportsNetwork.com)   -  Rising   young  Spaniard   Garbine
 Muguruza  upset  top seed  Ekaterina Makarova of  Russia in Wednesday's round-
 robin action at the $750,000 WTA Tournament of Champions.
 The  seventh-seeded 21-year-old  Muguruza  mauled the  U.S. Open  semifinalist
 Makarova 6-2, 6-1 in 69 minutes on the indoor hardcourt at Armeets Arena.
 Meanwhile,  second-seeded  Australian  Open runner-up  Dominika  Cibulkova  of
 Slovakia  topped  fifth-seeded Spaniard  Carla  Suarez  Navarro 7-5,  6-4  and
 fourth-seeded  German Andrea  Petkovic handled  eighth-seeded Bulgarian  crowd
 favorite Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-2.
 This  eight-player season-ending tournament is for players who have won one or
 more  of the WTA  International events during the year but did not qualify for
 the WTA Finals, which was staged last week in Singapore.
 The   four-woman  Serdika   Group   features   Makarova  (0-1),   third-seeded
 Italian  Flavia Pennetta  (1-0), sixth-seeded  Frenchwoman Alize  Cornet (0-1)
 and  Muguruza  (1-0). Cibulkova (2-0)  heads up  the Sredets Group, which also
 includes Petkovic  (1-1), Suarez  Navarro  (1-1) and  Pironkova (0-2).
 Thursday's  round-robin affairs  will pit  Makarova against  Cornet, Cibulkova
 versus Petkovic and Pennetta against Muguruza.
 This  six-year-old event  will move to Zhuhai, China, next year after a three-
 year run in Sofia.
       === Kvitova will lead Czechs in Fed Cup final against Germany ===
 Prague,  Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
 will  lead the Czech Republic in next week's best-of-five Fed Cup final versus
 visiting Germany.
 The  world No.  4 two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova will be joined by 22-year-
 old rising star Karolina Pliskova, Lucie Safarova and doubles specialist Lucie
 Hradecka for the November 8-9 battle on an indoor hardcourt at O2 Arena.
 Team  Germany  will counter  with 10th-ranked Angelique  Kerber, No. 17 Andrea
 Petkovic, 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki and Julia Goerges.
 The  Czechs, who beat their fellow two-time champion Germans in their previous
 three encounters, captured back-to-back Fed Cup titles 2011 and '12.
                   === Jackson leads CFL's monthly awards ===
 Toronto,  ON (SportsNetwork.com) - British Columbia Lions wide receiver Ernest
 Jackson,  Montreal  Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods, Edmonton Eskimos returner
 Kendial  Lawrence and  Ottawa RedBlacks  defensive back  Antoine Pruneau  were
 named the CFL Players of the Month for October.
 Jackson  was named  the  Offensive  Player of  the  Month  after recording  20
 receptions  for 438  yards  and a  pair of  touchdowns  last month.  Jackson's
 standout  performance of  the past  four weeks  came in  a Week  16 home  date
 against  Ottawa. He  tallied eight  receptions  for a  career-high 195  yards,
 including a 60-yard touchdown grab, in the Lions' 41-3 blowout win.
 Woods, the Defensive Player of the Month, recorded 24 tackles, three sacks, an
 interception  and  forced a fumble as  the Alouettes won all three contests in
 October.  This  is the  second month in  a row that  Woods has been recognized
 as the league's top defender.
 Lawrence  was  named the  Special Teams  Player of the  Month. In the Eskimos'
 three  October  games, Lawrence compiled  423 combined return yards and scored
 two touchdowns as his team went 2-1.
 Pruneau, the Canadian Player of the month, registered 22 tackles, a sack and a
 special teams tackle in four games.
 10/30 02:36:36 ET