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News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, July 30



Cardinals snag Masterson from Indians



San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals acquired pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey on Wednesday.

Masterson, a towering right-hander at 6-foot-6, has gone just 4-6 with a 5.51 earned run average over 19 starts this season. He has been sidelined since July 7 thanks to right knee inflammation, and was placed on the disabled list one day later.

The 29-year-old veteran was scheduled to be activated from the DL on Friday, and is expected to join the Cardinals when they return to St. Louis that day, before making his National League debut on Saturday against Milwaukee.

Born in Jamaica but raised outside of Dayton, Masterson departs northeast Ohio with a 48-61 record, 4.23 ERA and seven complete games since arriving in July 2009 from the Red Sox. The 2013 All-Star also pitched parts of two seasons in Boston and owns a career mark of 57-69 with a 4.16 ERA.

Ramsey has spent the entire 2014 season with Double-A Springfield, where he has batted .300 while collecting 13 home runs, 14 doubles, 36 RBI and 47 runs scored over 67 appearances.

St. Louis also announced that pitcher Michael Wacha was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, and that a corresponding 25-man roster move will be made prior to Friday's contest.

MLB veteran Eric Chavez retires



(SportsNetwork.com) - Six-time Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez is retiring after 17 years in the majors.

Chavez told CBSSports.com on Wednesday he didn't feel right accepting over $1 million remaining on his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, so he volunteered to move from the disabled list to retirement.

"I'm very lucky," Chavez told the website. "I just enjoyed competing and being on the field. There's nothing like winning at the major-league level."

The Diamondbacks confirmed Chavez's retirement and said he would hold a press conference Thursday afternoon at Chase Field.

Chavez, 36, went on the disabled list on June 9 with a sprained left knee. He made his last plate appearance the day before as a pinch-hitter against Atlanta, drawing a walk. Pitcher Bronson Arroyo, running for Chavez, later scored as part of a six-run seventh inning that lifted the Diamondbacks to a 6-5 win.

At his peak as a slugger for the Oakland Athletics, Chavez batted .273 and averaged 28 homers, 94 RBI and a .352 on-base percentage between 2000-06, winning six straight Gold Gloves over the last six years of that span.

He signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees in 2011 and spent two seasons in the Bronx, batting .274 with 18 homers in 171 games. Arizona signed him in 2012 and he hit .273 with 12 homers in his only 124 games in the NL.

Chavez's last eight years were marked by injuries as he averaged just 56 games per season from 2007-14.

"Quite frankly, had injuries not hit at the wrong time, he was on his way to a Hall-of-Fame career," A's general manager Billy Beane told CBSSPorts.com. "If you look at what he did to age 26, you could see him ending up (in Cooperstown)."

Chavez finishes with 260 career home runs, 902 RBI, a .268 average and .342 on-base percentage in 1,615 games.

Red Sox recall Workman, deal Doubront



Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox recalled pitcher Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket to make Wednesday's start in place of Jon Lester in the finale of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Red Sox manager John Farrell cited the possibility of Lester being traded as the reason for the change. Farrell made the announcement in the postgame press conference following Boston's 4-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.

Lester, however, will start Friday if he isn't dealt by Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Workman is 1-3 with a 4.13 earned run average over 11 games (eight starts) for Boston this season. He has produced a 6-1 record and 4.45 ERA in 10 starts for Pawtucket.

The Sox also dealt left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.

Doubront was 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 appearances for Boston this season. The 26-year-old will depart New England after going 26-22 with a 4.82 ERA and three saves over 98 games (69 starts) since 2010.

Dodgers, Cubs complete Barney trade



Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their July 28 trade with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, sending minor league right- handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez to Chicago as the player to be named later.

The Dodgers acquired infielder Darwin Barney and cash from the Cubs.

Barney was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday as well.

Martinez, 20, went 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts for Single-A Great Lakes in his fourth professional season after he was signed by the Dodgers as a non- drafted free agent on May 31, 2011 out of Venezuela.

Barney was designated for assignment on July 22 after batting .230 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season.

Cowboys extend Tyron Smith



Oxnard, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys and offensive tackle Tyron Smith have agreed to a contract extension.

According to the Cowboys' website, the deal is for eight years and worth $97.6 million. It includes $40 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus. Combined with the final two years of his rookie deal, the overall package is now worth $109 million. He will be under contract through 2023.

"He's just been everything we wanted to build this program and this team around," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Wednesday.

Smith is entering his fourth season with the Cowboys, who selected the Southern California product with the ninth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

In his first three seasons, Smith has started each of the 47 games he has played. He missed one contest in 2012.

Bills sign RB Jackson to extension



Pittsford, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Bills signed running back Fred Jackson to a contract extension Wednesday that will keep the veteran with the team through next season.

Jackson's deal had been set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. The one-year extension he signed Wednesday is worth $2.6 million, according to NFL.com.

Jackson, 33, appeared in 16 games last season for the first time since 2010, rushing for 890 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns while sharing carries with C.J. Spiller.

The previous two seasons were shortened by knee and leg injuries, with Jackson playing in only 20 games and rushing for 1,371 yards and nine scores.

He has gained 5,121 yards on 1,138 carries with 28 rushing touchdowns and six receiving TDs since the Bills signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Division III Coe College in 2006.

Bills LB Bradham suspended 1 game by NFL



Pittsford, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham is trying to stay positive after learning he'll be suspended for the first game of the 2014 season for an incident stemming back to last summer.

The NFL suspended Bradham on Wednesday for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

"My whole thing is to stay positive," said Bradham on the team's website. "It's something that followed me from a decision I made last year. I regret it and I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates. I'm sorry that we have to go through this again. And hopefully I just get past it and come out for game two ready. I'm just going to keep working everyday out here at training camp and get better."

Bradham will be eligible to return to the Bills' active roster on Monday, Sept. 8 following the team's Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears. He is able to participate in all preseason practices and games.

The 24-year-old Bradham was not expecting the one-game ban.

"It's related to what happened last year," said Bradham. "The commissioner said I wasn't disciplined from the NFL last year so I guess it rolls over into this year. Everything was dismissed and I'm not in a substance abuse program or anything. Since everything was dismissed it's kind of shocking and kind of disappointing that it came back again. I tried to appeal it but the appeal was declined."

The Florida State product had been taking starting reps on the weak side of Jim Schwartz's defense in place of Kiko Alonso, who is out for the season because of a knee injury.

Bradham had 51 tackles in 16 games (two starts) last season.

Cowboys rookie Lawrence sidelined with broken foot



Oxnard, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is expected to be sidelined for 2-to-3 months because of a broken foot.

Lawrence was hurt during practice on Tuesday and coach Jason Garrett said surgery is forthcoming at a media briefing on Wednesday.

"He'll have to go back to Dallas and have surgery on it," said Garrett. "He was off to a good start in camp. There's still a lot of football left in the season after 8-to-12 weeks."

The Cowboys selected Lawrence with the 34th overall pick of the draft. He posted 20 sacks in two seasons at Boise State.

GM Thompson signs multi-year contract with Pack



Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Green Bay Packers signed executive vice president and general manager Ted Thompson to a new multi-year contract on Wednesday.

Thompson has been a key decision-maker in the Packers' current streak of five straight playoff appearances.

"I'm pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted," Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said. "His outstanding work has been the key factor in the success that we've enjoyed in recent years. I have tremendous respect for Ted, and am confident that we will continue to contend for championships under his leadership."

Thompson has led the Packers' football operations the last nine years, which includes a Super Bowl victory in the 2010 season and a current three-year run as NFC North Division champions.

Bengals' Atkins cleared for practice



Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals activated defensive tackle Geno Atkins off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.

Atkins had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee last season and the team was easing him back into action.

Atkins tore the ACL in Week 9 last season, ending his campaign. The Georgia product had six sacks and 20 tackles after leading all interior lineman the year prior with 12 1/2 sacks while earning his second Pro Bowl selection.

The Bengals also activated linebacker Marquis Flowers off the PUP list. Flowers was a sixth-round pick out of the University of Arizona.

Giants RB Wilson to miss preseason opener



East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - New York running back David Wilson will miss the Giants' first preseason game on Sunday as he recovers from a neck burner.

Wilson left practice on Tuesday with the burner and was sent to a hospital for tests on his surgically repaired neck. It was determined he will be re- evaluated on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, meaning he will miss all action for the rest of the week, including Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio.

Wilson announced July 21 that he was cleared to practice after undergoing neck surgery in January to fuse vertebrae and repair a herniated disk. The former first-round pick was hurt in a Week 5 loss to Philadelphia last season.

A "burner" is a term that can be used to describe a nerve injury causing a player discomfort or pain in their neck or arms.

In two seasons, Wilson has rushed for 504 yards and six touchdowns over 21 games -- including six starts.

Carter, Irvin selected as Pro Bowl captains



New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin have been selected as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl.

Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice served as captains for last year's All-Star Game under the revised format, in which players are placed into a pool and drafted into two teams.

Both Carter and Irvin will also be assisted in the selection process by two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion.

"Being voted to the Pro Bowl was always a tremendous honor for me," said Carter, now an NFL studio analyst for ESPN. "Last year, players really seemed to be excited about the new rules and the Pro Bowl draft format. I'm excited to be a part of it this year."

Players who earn a Pro Bowl berth will once again be selected without regard to conference. Last year, Team Rice posted a 22-21 win over Team Sanders.

"I can't wait to see which players get the Pro Bowl nod this season," said Irvin, currently an NFL analyst for the NFL Network. "I'm already thinking about how to build my team."

This season's Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Glendale, Arizona, a week before the Super Bowl at the same site -- University of Phoenix Stadium.

'Mean Joe' finally has jersey retired



Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Wednesday that "Mean Joe" Greene's No. 75 has been retired by the franchise.

A ceremony honoring Greene to make the jersey retirement official is set to take place at Heinz Field during a Nov. 2 contest against the rival Baltimore Ravens. He will be just the second player in team history to be honored, after Ernie Stautner in the mid-1960s.

"Joe Greene is much deserving of this honor," said Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. "This isn't something you can do for everyone. He was a catalyst and to retire his number is something we feel is a special thing. I am so happy we are honoring Joe this way."

Greene, out of North Texas, arrived in the Steel City in 1969 and, over the next 13 seasons, anchored one of the most feared defensive units in league history. The "Steel Curtain" helped Pittsburgh reverse its fortunes and claim four Super Bowls from 1974 to 1979. Greene was named the NFL's top rookie in 1969, earned 10 Pro Bowl nominations and was named the league's best defensive player in 1972 and '74.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder started in 172 of 181 contests before hanging up his cleats after the 1981 campaign. No Steelers player has worn Greene's iconic number since then.

"I'm overwhelmed with emotions," Greene said. "I'm extremely pleased and I know that Dan (Rooney) and Art (Rooney II) put a lot of thought into making this decision. Retiring jerseys is not something that the Steelers do. That makes it even more significant."

Browns sign S Jim Leonhard



Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns signed nine-year veteran safety Jim Leonhard on Wednesday.

"It's official," Leonhard announced on Twitter, "I just signed my 8th NFL contract to become a part of the Cleveland Browns."

The Browns later confirmed the signing and also inked offensive lineman Ryan Lee.

Leonhard, 31, had 30 tackles and four interceptions over 16 games for the Buffalo Bills last season, including seven starts.

He has also played for the Broncos, Jets and Ravens and has 302 tackles and 12 interceptions in 126 career games, including 54 over two stints with Buffalo. He has gained a combined 1,246 yards on kick and punt returns.

Jets keep Halischuk with one-year deal



Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets and forward Matt Halischuk have agreed to a one-year contract.

The two-way deal will pay the Toronto native $725,000 at the NHL level.

Halischuk scored five goals and added five assists for 10 points in 46 games last season, his first with the Jets.

The 26-year-old veteran has also played for New Jersey and Nashville since making his NHL debut with the Devils during the 2008-09 season. He has 30 goals and 34 assists for 64 points in 203 NHL games.

King to stay with LA



Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Dwight King, agreeing to terms on a three-year deal on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old King recorded career highs of 15 goals, 15 assists and 30 points over 77 regular-season games. He also contributed three scores and eight helpers over 26 playoff contests to help the Kings win their second Stanley Cup in the last three seasons.

A native of Saskatchewan, King has posted 24 goals and 54 points over 157 appearances for the southern California franchise since 2010.

Devils re-sign D Greene



Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Andy Greene to a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 31-year-old native of Trenton, Michigan, who is scheduled to make $3.5 million for the upcoming season in the final year of his current deal, posted eight goals and 24 assists over 82 games last season, his eighth with the franchise.

Since arriving in the NHL during the 2006-07 campaign, Greene has totaled 28 goals and 121 assists over 477 regular-season appearances. He's also chipped in three goals and four helpers in 45 postseason efforts.

Bosh officially re-signs with Heat



Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Bosh has officially re-signed in Miami.

Bosh, who turned down a maximum deal from Houston to stay with Miami, agreed to terms on a reported five-year, $118 million deal on July 11, but made the signing official on Wednesday.

"Chris Bosh is a two-time NBA champion and one of the most versatile big men in the league," said Miami president Pat Riley. "His unique skillset makes him one of the best players in the game today.

"I've always felt he was committed to this organization, this staff and this city. I think he's going to have the opportunity of a lifetime leading this team next season and having the nine-time NBA All-Star back in the fold was a big key for us. We are very blessed to have him."

The 30-year-old forward joined the Heat in 2010 to play along side LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The trio helped Miami win two titles and become the third franchise to make the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.

All three opted out of their contracts last month, leaving the future unclear for the franchise. James returned to his hometown team in Cleveland and Wade re-signed with the Heat to a two-year contract earlier this month.

Bosh, who was selected fourth overall by the Raptors in 2003, has averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in four seasons with Miami after playing his first seven seasons for Toronto. He has averaged 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 78 playoff games for Miami.

Kings reach deal with Moreland



Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Sacramento Kings signed undrafted free agent Eric Moreland on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Moreland, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Oregon State, came off the bench in six games for Sacramento's 2014 Las Vegas Summer League championship squad and flashed an ability to rebound and protect the paint at the next level. He averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and a team-high 2.7 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game in Vegas.

Despite playing just three seasons of college basketball, Moreland left OSU as its all-time leader in blocked shots (184) and blocks per game (2.07). He was twice named an All-Defensive Honorable Mention in the Pac-12.

Minnesota signs Mo Williams



Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Timberwolves signed veteran guard Mo Williams on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Williams was originally selected by the Jazz 47th overall in 2003 and has bounced around despite having a lot of success over his career. The 6-foot-1 combo guard has made two stops in Utah, along with stints in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Portland.

Williams, 31, has averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 assists per game over his career. His best season came in 2008-09, when he earned an All-Star appearance playing next to LeBron James in Cleveland.

"We are excited to bring Mo into the fold this season," said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. "His veteran leadership and excellend three-point shooting ability will be a valuable addition to our team.

Williams has hit 3-pointers at a 38.5 percent clip over his 11-year career.

Nets announce assistant coaches



Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Westphal headlines a group of assistants that will be aiding Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins this upcoming season.

John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries were also announced as assistant coaches on Wednesday. General manager Billy King made the announcement.

Westphal reunites with Hollins, who was named Jason Kidd's replacement in early July after Kidd left abruptly for Milwaukee. The duo were assistants together with the Phoenix Suns from 1988-92. Westphal was then named head coach in 1992, and Hollins remained on the staff as an assistant for the next three seasons.

Westphal, 63, brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the staff, including three stints as head coach with the Suns, SuperSonics and Kings.

Along with the five assistants, Brooklyn named Jim Sann as its advanced scout.

Mayo leaving Marquette



Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Guard Todd Mayo has decided to forego his senior season at Marquette to pursue a professional basketball career.

Mayo averaged 11.3 points and 2.7 rebounds as a junior in 2013-14.

"We wish Todd nothing but the best and appreciate his contributions to the program, not only since I arrived at Marquette, but during his entire career," head coach Steve Wojciechowski said. "I completely understand his desire to continue his career at the professional level and support his decision."

The school said Mayo, who is the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo, leaves the university in good academic standing.

Mayo would have been the leading scorer returning to the team. He was third on the team in scoring last season, behind Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson.

Coggins transfers from Air Force to Cal State Fullerton



Fullerton, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Guard Tre' Coggins, who led Air Force in scoring last season, has transferred to Cal State Fullerton.

Coggins, who is from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., averaged 16 points last season for Air Force, but decided to leave the school at the end of his sophomore season. He will redshirt the 2014-15 campaign at Cal State Fullerton and be eligible to play for 2015-16.

"We are extremely excited to add Tre' to the Titan family," head coach Dedrique Taylor said. "He embodies all that our program stands for. Tre' is very mature, he's got great experience having played very well at Air Force, and he is coming home. The future of our program is very bright with Tre' Coggins joining the Titans."

Coggins also paced Air Force in three-pointers (72) and steals (32) last season, a big improvement from his freshman year when he averaged 2.4 points in 31 games off the bench.

Colorado lands transfer Fortune



Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - University of Colorado men's basketball head coach Tad Boyle announced the addition of Providence transfer Josh Fortune to a Financial Aid Agreement (FAA).

Fortune, who started all 35 games for the Friars as a sophomore, will sit out the 2014-15 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"We're extremely excited about Josh and what he brings to our program," said Boyle. "He's a guy who is battled tested in the BIG EAST for two years, played a lot of minutes and played in a lot of big games."

Fortune averaged 8.4 points last season and helped earn Providence a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He scored a career-high 24 points in the opening round of the Big East Tournament and played 117 of an available 120 minutes during Providence's run to the Big East tourney title.

"He can shoot the ball, shoot it from deep, which is something our team needs. Three-point shooting is one of the areas we probably under-performed last year, so Josh really helps us."

Fortune plans to major in communications.

Nadal pulls out of Canada and Cincy Masters



Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 2 Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Canada Masters and Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday after suffering a right wrist injury during practice on Tuesday.

Nadal felt pain in the wrist while training in Mallorca and tests revealed "a small disinsertion of the posterior ulnar pod of his right wrist," according to his manager, Benito Perez-Barbadillo.

The left-hander Nadal, who plays a two-handed backhand, will wear a cast for 2-to-3 weeks.

Nadal is the reigning champion at both the Rogers Cup, which will be held in Toronto from Aug. 4-10, and Western & Southern Open in suburban Cincinnati, which will be staged from Aug. 10-17.

The two events are major tune-ups for the U.S. Open, which will begin Aug. 25, with Nadal as the defending champ. The former world No. 1 is expected to return in time for the Open.

Nadal captured a record ninth French Open title in June, but has been idle since losing to rising Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round at Wimbledon on July 1.

Berdych, Raonic win second-round matches; Isner ousted



Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, the top two seeds, won their second-round matches Wednesday at the $1.4 million Citi Open tennis event.

Both players, who were given first-round byes, were successful on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center, but Raonic had a much tougher time, as the Canadian barely escaped American Jack Sock, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3).

Berdych took out American qualifier Robby Ginepri, 6-1, 6-4. The Czech, a wild card entry, has nine titles to his credit, but none on U.S. soil.

Fourth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan topped American Sam Querrey, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; while fifth seed John Isner was sent packing from the tournament after a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) loss to fellow American Steve Johnson.

The two-time D.C. runner-up Isner lost to three-time champion Juan Martin del Potro in last year's finale. Isner beat Israel's Dudi Sela on Sunday to win back-to-back titles at the Atlanta Open.

Sixth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet defeated Sela, 6-3, 6-2.

In other action involving seeds, upstart Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos ousted No. 8 Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; No. 10 Santiago Giraldo downed Benjamin Becker, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); 13th seed Vasek Pospisil topped Rajeev Ram, 6-0, 7-6 (10-8); and American Donald Young bounced No. 17 Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-3.

This week's U.S. Open Series winner will earn $316,400.

Serena moves on; Lepchenko stuns Radwanska in Stanford



Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time champion Serena Williams was a second-round winner, while No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was sent packing Wednesday at the Bank of the West Classic, a U.S. Open Series tennis event.

Playing her first tennis since a stunning third-round loss at Wimbledon last month, Williams beat Karolina Pliskova by a 7-5, 6-2 score on the hardcourts at Taube Family Tennis Center.

Williams was the back-to-back titlist here in 2011 and 2012.

Varvara Lepchenko took down Radwanska by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 margin. Radwanska was last year's Stanford runner-up to Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

Next up for Lepchenko is 19-year-old American qualifier Sachia Vickery, who bested Puerto Rico's Monica Puig 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1.

Andrea Petkovic, the No. 8 seed, handled Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-2.

The 2014 Stanford champion will claim $120,000.

Rosol reaches quarters in rainy Kitzbuhel



Kitzbuhel, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Third-seeded Czech slugger Lukas Rosol was one of only two second-round winners on a rainy Wednesday at the Kitzbuhel Cup.

Rosol got past Austrian crowd favorite Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium.

His quarterfinal opponent will be Argentine Maximo Gonzalez, who handled Spanish fellow qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4 on Day 3.

Six second-round matches were postponed until Thursday, including ones for top-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 2012 runner-up, and second-seeded reigning champion Marcel Granollers of Spain.

Three other seeds will play second-rounders on Thursday, including rising Austrian Dominic Thiem and last week's Gstaad champion Pablo Andujar, who beat Argentine Juan Monaco, the 2007 Kitzbuhel titlist, in last week's final in Gstaad.

This week's winner will claim $104,000.

Jovanovski ousts Cirstea in DC



Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Bojana Jovanovski beat No. 8 seed Sorana Cirstea in the second round of the Citi Open on Wednesday.

Jovanovski broke Cirstea's serve seven times in the match, including three times in the third set as she rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

Earlier at the U.S. Open Series tennis event, 18-year-old American qualifier Taylor Townsend lost to Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 and Marina Erakovic beat American wild card Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-2.

Mladenovic ousted top seed Lucie Safarova on Tuesday.

Also Wednesday, Kurumi Nara was leading 4-0 in the third set when Zarina Diyas retired. Nara had rallied to win the second set 6-2 after losing 3-6 in the first.

This year's champion will earn $43,000.

Lions RB Harris highlights July's best in CFL



Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - BC Lions running back Andrew Harris headlined a group of four players selected as the CFL's top performers for the month of July.

Harris took home top Canadian honors after registering 579 yards from scrimmage and scoring three touchdowns to start the season. He leads the league in rushing yards (311) and is fourth in receiving yards (268).

The Winnipeg native, who has already won Canadian Player of the Week twice this season, is second in the league in 646 combined yards.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was selected as the league's top offensive player for July. The Eskimos signal caller has passed for 1,142 yards and owns a 63.6 completion rate with nine touchdowns.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end John Chick was named the Defensive Player of the Month. Chick has recorded a league-leading six sacks, 11 tackles, and one forced fumble.

Toronto Argonauts kicker and punter Swayze Waters took home the Special Teams Player of the Month honors. The Mississippi native made 13-of-14 field goals and averaged a league-high 46.8 yards per punt.

Quaker Ridge gets 2018 Curtis Cup



Far Hills, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States Golf Association announced on Wednesday that New York's Quaker Ridge Golf Club will host the 2018 Curtis Cup.

Quaker Ridge, located in Scarsdale, will hold its second USGA championship after previously hosting the 1997 Walker Cup. Quaker Ridge joins The Minikahda Club and Merion Golf Club as the only three courses that have hosted both championships.

The Curtis Cup pits a team of amateur women from the U.S. against one from Great Britain and Ireland.

"The USGA is excited to return to Quaker Ridge Golf Club for this celebration of women's amateur golf," Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the championship committee, said in a statement.

"Quaker Ridge provided a stern and fair test for the 1997 Walker Cup competitors, and we are confident that it will do the same for these elite female amateurs in four years, when the match is contested for the 40th time."

The 2018 Curtis Cup will be held from June 8-10. The 2016 championship will be contested at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin, Ireland, from June 10-12.

The United States won the 2014 Curtis Cup to push its advantage in the series to 28-7-3.

Palace Malice and Will Take Charge to lock up in Whitney



Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Leading thoroughbred Palace Malice and champion colt Will Take Charge renew their rivalry, along with seven other horses, in Saturday's $1.5 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

Part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" program, a victory in the 1 1/8- mile Whitney guarantees a place for the winner in this November's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Palace Malice, the even-money favorite for the Whitney, and Will Take Charge, the 4-1 second pick, have faced each other several times, most notably last year at Saratoga as 3-year-olds.

In 2013 at Saratoga, Palace Malice won the Jim Dandy Stakes with Will Take Charge a length behind in second and four weeks later in the Travers it was Will Take Charge winning as Palace Malice finished fourth. . Trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice will start from post 5 with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The 4-year-colt currently leads the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll.

"It's a huge race," Pletcher said. "The horse is doing fantastic. He's off to a great start this year, and we're just hoping for more of the same from him. He's been super consistent and impressive. We know he likes Saratoga from the way he ran here the last two years, so we're excited about the Whitney."

Palace Malice is undefeated in 2014 with four wins in as many starts. The colt began the year by winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 8 followed by a solid victory at Fair Grounds in the New Orleans Handicap three weeks later. He then claimed the Westchester Handicap at a mile by almost 10 lengths at Belmont Park on May 11 and most recently won the Met Mile on the Belmont Stakes card.

The colt has won seven of 16 career starts for $2,631,135.

Eclipse Award winner Will Take Charge will break from the rail with Luis Saez again riding. The 4-year-old, trained by D. Wayne Lukas for Willis Horton and Three Chimneys Farm, was voted last year's champion 3-year-old colt.

The current year has not been as smooth for Will Take Charge as Palace Malice. Lukas' 4-year-old has just the victory in the Oaklawn Handicap from five starts.

He began 2014 with a pair of seconds in the Donn and Santa Anita Handicaps and followed the Oaklawn win with a sixth in the Alysheba at Churchill Downs and another runner-up result in Churchill's Stephen Foster Handicap.

Will Take Charge has banked $3,774,648 with seven wins and six seconds in 20 career starts.

Here is the full field for the Whitney in post position order: Will Take Charge, Luis Saez, 4-1; Prayer for Relief, Joel Rosario, 20-1; Moreno, Junior Alvarado, 10-1; Itsmyluckyday, Paco Lopez, 12-1; Palace Malice, John Velazquez, even, Departing, Robby Albarado, 6-1; Romansh, Jose Ortiz, 10-1; Golden Ticket, Julien Leparoux, 20-1 and Last Gunfighter, Javier Castellano, 15-1.

The Whitney will be shown live on NBC with an approximate post time of 5:46 p.m. ET.

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