=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, May 25 ===
=== Ray McDonald arrested, cut by Bears ===
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Troubled defensive lineman Ray McDonald
was released by the Chicago Bears Monday after being arrested on charges of
domestic violence and child endangerment.
Santa Clara, Calif., police said Monday they were dispatched to McDonald's
home at 3:48 a.m. local time, where they learned McDonald "physically
assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby."
McDonald left the residence before police arrived. He was later located and
arrested at a different home in San Jose, which, reports said, belongs to
former 49ers teammate Justin Smith.
The Bears signed McDonald on March 24 to a one-year, $1.5 million contract
that included no guaranteed money.
"We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what
our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear," Chicago general manager
Ryan Pace said in a statement. "He was not able to meet the standard and the
decision was made to release him."
The 30-year-old McDonald was arrested in August of last year on domestic
violence charges following an altercation with his fiancee at a party in
McDonald's home. The 49ers publicly stood by McDonald, allowing him to
continue to play while the investigation was ongoing, and the case was later
dropped in November due to a lack of evidence.
McDonald was released by the 49ers in December after being named as a suspect
in a prior investigation for sexual assault.
Over the past four seasons, McDonald started 59 regular-season games and eight
postseason contests for the 49ers, compiling 14 1/2 sacks over that span.
=== Rangers' Josh Hamilton makes season debut ===
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Embattled outfielder Josh Hamilton will
make his season debut Monday when the Texas Rangers take on the Cleveland
Indians at Progressive Field.
Hamilton is playing left field and batting fifth in his first game back with
the Rangers since 2012.
Texas acquired Hamilton from the Angels on April 27 while he was still on the
disabled list recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He was activated
from the 15-day DL prior to Monday's game.
He played 12 games in the minors on rehab assignment and hit .364 with one
home run and six RBI.
To make room on the roster, the Rangers placed pitcher Neftali Feliz on the
15-day disabled list with an axillary abscess on his right side. The right-
hander is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA and six saves in 17 games this season. He was
recently removed from the closer role.
Hamilton had an alcohol and cocaine relapse last offseason. Last month it was
disclosed Hamilton would not face discipline from Major League Baseball
following his recent relapse into substances of abuse. An arbitrator was
called in to decide the case.
The veteran outfielder was suspended between Feb. 2004 and June 2006 for
well-documented issues with substance abuse and undergoes regular drug testing
as a condition of his reinstatement into baseball in 2006.
The 34-year-old slugger beat his early addiction problems and became one of
the game's most feared hitters over a five-year span with the Texas Rangers
from 2008-12. Hamilton was named an AL All-Star in each of those seasons and
captured the league's MVP award in 2010 when he batted .359 with 32 homers and
100 RBI and helped the Rangers to the World Series.
Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in December
of 2012, but had a disappointing first season with the club and was limited to
just 89 games by injuries last year.
The 1999 No. 1 overall pick managed just 10 homers and 44 RBI along with a
.263 average in 2014, missing nearly two months with a thumb injury and most
of September with shoulder problems. Hamilton returned for the AL
Division Series, but was hitless in 13 at-bats as the Angels were swept by
Hamilton admitted to having brief relapses with alcohol in both 2009 and 2012,
though those incidents were not punishable under MLB's current drug policy.
=== Blue Jays activate Reyes ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays activated shortstop
Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday's game against the
Chicago White Sox.
Reyes was placed on the disabled list with a fractured left rib on April 28.
He appeared in three games on a medical rehabilitation assignment with Triple-
A Buffalo and batted .364 with two RBI.
In 16 games this season, Reyes is batting .250 with seven runs batted in and
six runs scored.
To make room on the roster, the Blue Jays optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki
=== Rays place Loney on DL with fractured finger ===
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays have placed first
baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured middle finger
on his left hand, the team announced Monday.
Loney, who both throws and hits left-handed, sustained the injury during
Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics. He previously spent time on the
disabled list in April with a strained right oblique muscle.
In 30 games this season, Loney is hitting .275 with two home runs and 11 RBI.
In addition to Loney, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (mild left groin strain)
and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. (left wrist sprain) exited Sunday's game
and are day-to-day.
The Rays also recalled infielders Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore from Triple-A
Durham and optioned pitcher Preston Guilmet to Durham.
=== Orioles' Matusz gets 8-game ban for substance on arm ===
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz
was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign
substance on his arm during Saturday's game against Miami.
Matusz, who was ejected in the 12th inning of a 1-0 loss, will appeal the
The left-hander became the second pitcher in a week to be ejected from a game
for using a foreign substance. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith also
received an eight-game ban for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm
in Atlanta on Thursday night.
Matusz is 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 games this season.
=== Royals place Duffy on DL ===
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals placed pitcher Danny
Duffy on the 15-day disabled list Monday with left biceps tendinitis.
The move is retroactive to May 17.
Duffy has made eight starts for the Royals this season, going 2-3 with a 5.87
The team filled the roster spot by recalling lefty Brandon Finnegan from
Triple-A Omaha. Finnegan has made four relief appearances for the Royals thus
far in 2015.
=== Reds' Mesoraco finally goes on DL ===
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds placed catcher Devin
Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement after he had
not appeared behind the plate since April 12.
An April MRI showed no structural damage in his hip, and the Reds hoped that
time off from catching would help him avoid a stint on the DL. Instead, he
could require potential season-ending surgery.
Since his last appearance at catcher, the 2014 All-Star has served as
Cincinnati's designated hitter and made pinch-hitting appearances. Mesoraco is
batting just .178 with a .275 on-base percentage in 23 games this season.
To take Mesoraco's spot on the roster, the Reds activated left-handed pitcher
Manny Parra from the DL. Parra made seven appearances out of Cincinnati's
bullpen before missing a month with a neck injury.
=== A's activate Zobrist from DL ===
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics activated
infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
Zobrist missed a month with a left medial meniscus tear in his knee. He batted
.240 with a home run and eight RBI in 14 games prior to the DL stint.
The Athletics opened a roster spot by sending outfielder Craig Gentry down
to Triple-A Nashville. Gentry appeared in one game after being called up on
=== Brewers place Peralta on DL ===
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Milwaukee Brewers right-handed pitcher
Wily Peralta has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique.
Peralta left his last start on Friday after just four innings with tightness
in his left side, but manager Craig Counsell initially thought that Peralta
would be ready to take his next turn in the rotation.
Peralta, 26, is just 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA through nine starts in 2015. To take
his place on the active roster, the Brewers recalled right-handed pitcher
David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
=== Pirates activate Morton ===
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated
pitcher Charlie Morton from the 15-day disabled list.
Morton, recovering from offseason hip surgery, is slated to start his first
game of the 2015 season when Pittsburgh takes on Miami Monday night at PNC
The 31-year-old was 6-12 with a 3.72 earned run average in 26 starts for the
Pirates last season.
To make room for Morton on the roster, the Pirates designated pitcher Radhames
Liz for assignment.
=== Hot Murray moves on at French Open ===
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - No. 3 seed Andy Murray was an easy
opening-round winner Monday at the 2015 French Open.
The former world No. 2 star improved to a perfect 11-0 on clay this year by
winning eight of the last nine games and handling Argentine Facundo Arguello
6-3, 6-3, 6-1 on a windy Monday at Stade Roland Garros.
Arguello, who has played 12 of his 13 events on clay this year, committed 38
The in-form Murray recently captured the first two clay-court titles of his
career in Munich and at a Masters 1000 event in Madrid.
The two-time Grand Slam champion has yet to reach a French Open final, as the
athletic Brit is a two-time semifinalist here, including last year.
Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych cruised into the second round
with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 win over Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.
The former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych saved all three break points he faced
and struck a total of 32 winners. The Czech's best result at Roland Garros
came five years ago when he reached the semifinals.
His second-round opponent will be fellow Czech Radek Stepanek.
An upset came when Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili upended 11th-seeded Spaniard
Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3, while 12th-seeded Gilles Simon moved on
by overcoming promising fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 and
13th-seeded French favorite Gael Monfils snuck past fellow countryman Edouard
Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 7-5.
In other action involving seeds, No. 17 Belgian David Goffin came back to best
Serb Filip Krajinovic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; No. 18 Spaniard Tommy Robredo
fought back to defeat Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3;
No. 21 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay overcame Aussie Sam Groth 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3,
6-3; No. 27 Aussie Bernard Tomic topped Italian Luca Vanni 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4;
No. 28 Italian Fabio Fognini foiled Japan's Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; No. 29
Aussie Nick Kyrgios, slowed by a mid-match nosebleed, humbled Uzbekistan's
Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4, 6-3; Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer took out No. 30
Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); No. 31 Serb Viktor
Troicki got past German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1; and No.
32 Spaniard Fernando Verdasco tackled Taro Daniel 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Several other men reached the second round, including Argentine Juan Monaco,
last week's Geneva champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, last week's Nice
titlist Dominic Thiem of Austria, Colombian Santiago Giraldo, France's Benoit
Paire, Italian Simone Bolelli and rising Croatian star Borna Coric, who
downed American Sam Querrey 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.
The first round is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, including matches for
world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and reigning French Open champ Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic will face Finn Jarkko Nieminen, while the sixth-seeded former No. 1
great Nadal will take on unheralded Frenchman Quentin Halys.
Djokovic is the reigning Aussie Open and Wimbledon champion who is a two-time
French Open runner-up to Nadal, including last year. The Serbian star needs a
French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.
The 14-time Grand Slam titlist Nadal is the all-time leader with nine French
Open titles, including five straight here from 2010-14.
Also on the Day 3 schedule are seventh-seeded former Roland Garros finalist
David Ferrer, ninth-seeded U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic, 10th-seeded Grigor
Dimitrov and 16th-seeded American John Isner.
=== Sharapova, Azarenka roll; Venus exits French Open ===
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion and two-time winner
Maria Sharapova and her fellow former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka were a
pair of easy opening-round victors, while Venus Williams bowed out Monday at
the French Open.
The second-seeded Sharapova eased past Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 on the
red clay at Court Chatrier.
A coughing Sharapova was slowed by a cold on Day 2.
"Sharapova's grunt sounds very weird today. Maybe it's the flu?" a tweeter
speculated during the match.
Sharapova was jeered by fans after she refused to carry out an on-court TV
In a post-match news conference she said, "I'm getting over it, and hopefully
it will pass by soon."
Sharapova titled here in 2012 and last year when she bested Romanian Simona
Halep in the final.
The five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova has reached at least the
semifinals the last four years in Paris. In addition to her two titles, the
tall Russian was the 2013 Roland Garros runner-up to Serena Williams, who also
got the best of Sharapova in January's Aussie finale.
Sharapova's second-round opponent will be fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.
The two-time Aussie Open champion and two-time U.S. Open runner-up Azarenka,
seeded 27th at this French fortnight, routed Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor
6-2, 6-1. Azarenka missed last year's French Open due to a foot injury.
A 15th-seeded Venus was vanquished by fellow American Sloane Stephens,
7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus was a French Open runner-up to her
younger sister Serena in 2002 and hasn't reached a quarterfinal in Paris since
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, 11th-seeded German
Angelique Kerber and 12th-seeded Karolina Pliskova also reached the round of
Suarez Navarro, who was the runner-up to Sharapova in Rome two weeks
ago, advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Romanian Monica Niculescu. A
two-time French Open quarterfinalist, Suarez Navarro won her WTA-leading 32nd
match of the year.
Kerber, who already owns two clay-court titles this season, routed Hungarian
Timea Babos 6-0, 6-1, while the Czech Pliskova handled Chinese Zhang Shuai 7-6
Another upset came when German Annika Beck doused 14th-seeded former Wimbledon
runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at Stade Roland Garros.
In other action involving seeds, No. 17 former French Open runner-up Sara
Errani of Italy held off American Alison Riske 7-6 (7-1), 2-6, 6-0; No. 19
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina blitzed Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 6-2; No. 20
former Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany mauled Puerto Rican
Monica Puig 6-3, 6-2; Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova doused No. 27 Czech Barbora
Strycova 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; No. 26 Aussie Samantha Stosur drilled American
Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3; No. 29 French favorite Alize Cornet overcame Italian
Roberta Vinci, a runner-up in Nurnberg last week, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; and No. 30
Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu dismissed American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 7-6
(8-6). The former U.S. Open champion Stosur is fresh off her clay-court title
in Strasbourg, France.
Several other women reached the second round, including Romanian Alexandra
Dulgheru, Czech Lucie Hradecka, Brit Heather Watson and France's Virginie
On Tuesday, the world No. 1 superstar Serena will open her stay against
Czech Andrea Hlavackova.
Serena owns 19 majors singles titles, including French Open ones in 2002 and
2013. The powerful American is the reigning Aussie and U.S. Open champ and has
lost only one match in 2015 (25-1).
Also taking to the courts for first-round matches on Tuesday will be fourth-
seeded Wimbledon titlist Petra Kvitova, fifth-seeded former No. 1 and 2014
U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki, sixth-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Genie
Bouchard and 16th-seeded rising American star Madison Keys, who reached the
Aussie Open semis back in January.
=== Denver Pioneers make history with Division 1 Lax title ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Just nine east coast schools combined
to win the first 43 Division 1 Men's Lacrosse championships.
The Denver Pioneers crashed that party on Monday.
Wesley Berg, Denver's all-time leading scorer, scored five times, and Ryan
LaPlante made 13 saves to lead the fourth-seeded Pioneers to a 10-5 win over
the sixth-seeded Maryland Terrapins.
With the win, Denver became the first school west of the Mississippi to win a
Lacrosse championship, and Bill Tierney, already a Hall of Fame coach, won his
seventh championship and became the first coach to win a title at two
Berg ensured the Pioneers would come out on top early. He scored the opening
goal less than a minute into the game, and he put Denver up 2-0 with an
unassisted tally just a few minutes later.
Maryland's Colin Heacock cut the Terps' deficit in half on the ensuing
possession, but Berg completed his hat trick later in the quarter and former
Terp Connor Cannizzaro scored to give the Pioneers a 4-1 lead after one.
Matt Rambo, a Philadelphia-area native, scored one of Maryland's two second-
quarter goals, but Denver led 5-3 at halftime.
The Terrapins faced identical 5-3 deficits at the half in their two most
recent championship appearances, and history would repeat itself as Maryland
dropped its eighth straight championship and has not won a title since 1975.
Denver opened the third quarter with the first three goals to open a
commanding 8-3 lead against the top defensive team in the country. Sean
Cannizzaro, Connor's older brother, scored with 1 1/2 minutes to play, and
Berg's fifth goal with a minute to go began the celebration.
Rambo finished with two goals and an assist, and Kyle Bernlohr made 10 saves
=== UCLA gets top seed for NCAA baseball tourney ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - UCLA is the top national seed for the
2015 NCAA Division I baseball tournament.
The Pac-12 champs finished the regular season with a 42-14 record, the second-
highest win total in school history.
The other seven national seeds are LSU, Louisville, Florida, Miami-Florida,
Illinois, TCU and Missouri State. Miami extended its NCAA record with a 43rd
The tournament gets underway on Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination
regionals. The regional champions will then be paired off in eight best-of-
three super regionals before the last eight teams earn trips to the College
World Series, which starts June 13 in Omaha, Nebraska.
=== Kirk moves to No. 17 in world rankings ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Kirk claimed his fourth PGA Tour
win on Sunday at Colonial and that helped him improve to No. 17 in this week's
Kirk improved six spots thanks to his come-from-behind victory.
Rory McIlroy missed the cut at Wentworth, but easily retained the No. 1 spot.
Jordan Spieth did narrow the gap thanks to a tie for second place behind Kirk.
Henrik Stenson was third again and followed by Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and
Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia and Jason Day exchanged places for the second
straight week with Garcia up to seventh and Day down to eighth.
Rickie Fowler remained ninth and was again trailed by Dustin Johnson, Adam
Scott, Jimmy Walker, J.B. Holmes, Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Reed.
U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer improved two spots to 16th after tying for
18th at Wentworth and was followed by Kirk.
Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson were both down two spots to 18th and 19th,
respectively. Billy Horschel dipped one to 20th.
Former U.S. Amateur winner Byeong Hun An claimed his first European Tour title
at the BMW PGA Championship. He soared 78 spots to No. 54 in the new rankings.
=== Reid soars in women's world rankings ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Melissa Reid claimed her fifth Ladies
European Tour win last week and soared in this week's world rankings.
Reid climbed 57 places to No. 107 after winning the Turkish Airlines Ladies
Open for a second time. The event was a rare Sunday-to-Wednesday tournament.
Lydia Ko remained the No. 1 player and was again followed by Inbee Park, Stacy
Lewis, Hyo Joo Kim, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu and Brittany Lincicome.
Cristie Kerr and Suzann Pettersen exchanged places again this week with Kerr
up to eighth. Lexi Thompson was 10th again and followed by Michelle Wie, Amy
Yang, Mirim Lee, Anna Nordqvist, Sei Young Kim, Karrie Webb, Azahara Munoz and
Na Yeon Choi.
In Gee Chun jumped three spots to 19th and Minjee Lee dipped one to 20th.
=== Levy tops U.S. Open qualifiers at Walton Heath ===
Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Levy fired rounds of 66 and 67
on Monday to grab the top spot at the U.S. Open qualifier at Walton Heath.
Levy's total of 11-under-par 133 was one better than Shiv Kapur. Levy had
eight birdies and two bogeys in his round of 66, then carded six birdies and a
lone bogey in his second-round 67.
Kapur mixed 12 birdies and two bogeys over his back-to-back rounds of 67.
Those two both qualified as did John Parry, Alex Noren, Lucas Bjerregaard,
Jason Palmer and Marcel Siem.
Padraig Harrington, Peter Uihlein, Ross Fisher, Robert Karlsson, Nicolas
Colsaerts and Mikko Ilonen, who will defend his Irish Open title this week,
were among those that failed to qualify.
Alvaro Quiros, Matteo Manassero and Thorbjorn Olesen were among 22 players
that either withdrew or were disqualified from the qualifier.
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