News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, March 10th|
Seahawks re-sign DE Bennett to multi-year deal
Renton, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Seahawks re-signed defensive end
Michael Bennett to a multi-year deal on Monday, one day before he was
scheduled to hit the free agent market.
No terms of the deal were announced, but multiple media outlets reported the
pact to be four years in length.
Bennett signed with the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent on March 13,
2013 and led Seattle with 8 1/2 sacks while playing in all 16 regular-season
games with three starts.
The 28-year-old appeared in three playoff games during Seattle's Super Bowl
championship run last season and finished with 11 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, two
forced fumbles and two fumbles recoveries.
Since making his NFL debut with Tampa Bay in 2009, Bennett has totaled 129
tackles, 23 1/2 sacks and five forced fumbles in 66 games, including 31
starts, with the Seahawks and Buccaneers.
Jets release Holmes
Florham Park, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Jets released wide
receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday.
Holmes has appeared in just 15 games over the past two seasons due to
In 2013, Holmes was limited to 11 games with a hamstring injury. He caught 23
passes for 456 yards and one touchdown. The eight-year pro out of Ohio State
was limited to just four games in 2012 after suffering a Lisfranc injury in
his left foot.
The Jets acquired Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fifth-
round draft pick in April 2010. While with Pittsburgh, Holmes caught the game-
winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII and posted career-highs with 79 catches
for 1,248 yards and also hauled in five touchdowns in 2009.
The Steelers selected Holmes with the 25th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
"I appreciate Tone's contributions over the last four seasons. I've always
admired his knack for making the clutch play," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "He's
a tremendous competitor who wants the ball in his hands when the game is on
the line. I wish him nothing but the best."
Over 103 career games with the Steelers and Jets, Holmes has 381 receptions
for 5,963 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Steelers set to cut LB Woodley
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly
planning to release veteran linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday in an effort
to cut salary.
According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Woodley, who was
scheduled to earn $8 million and count $13.6 million against the salary cap in
2014, has already been informed by the team that he will be released when free
agency begins on Tuesday.
Woodley, 29, was limited to 11 games in 2013 due to calf injuries and managed
just 36 tackles and five sacks.
The Michigan product hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2010, when he
racked up 50 tackles, 10 sacks and two interceptions while starting every game
for the Steelers.
Over seven NFL seasons, all in Pittsburgh, Woodley has totaled 299 tackles, 57
sacks, nine forced fumbles and five interceptions in 94 games, including 81
Dolphins set to reel in Albert
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins need to rebuild an
offensive line that was shattered by the alleged bullying controversy in 2013
and it appears that offensive tackle Branden Albert will be the starting
The Miami Herald and others are reporting that Albert is set to sign with the
Dolphins once free agents are permitted to do so on Tuesday afternoon.
Albert has spent his entire six-year NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs,
starting 83 of the 85 games he has played. He was the 15th overall pick in the
2008 NFL Draft and earned his first Pro Bowl nod last year.
The Dolphins allowed a franchise-record 58 sacks last year. Miami lost two of
its starting linemen when Jonathan Martin left the team before a Week 9 game
because of the harassment issue that eventually led to Richie Incognito's
suspension soon after.
Rashard Mendenhall to retire
(SportsNetwork.com) - Rashard Mendenhall has decided to retire after six
seasons as an NFL running back.
Mendenhall revealed his decision in an article he wrote for the Huffington
Post, saying "Football was pretty cool, but I don't want to play anymore."
At just age 26, Mendenhall will call it quits after one season with the
Arizona Cardinals and five with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was twice a 1,000-
yard rusher and appeared in two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh.
Mendenhall ran for just 687 yards with a 3.2-yard average and eight touchdowns
in 15 games last season. He played just six games during an injury-filled 2012
with Pittsburgh before signing as a free agent with the Cardinals last March.
"I've really enjoyed my time in the NFL and have had tons of fun," Mendenhall
wrote. "I feel like I've done it all. I've been to two Super Bowls; made a
bunch of money; had a lot of success; traveled all over the country and
overseas; met some really cool people; made lasting relationships; had the
opportunity to give back to causes close to my heart; and have been able to
share my experiences and wisdom with friends, family and people all over the
The Steelers selected the Illinois product with a 23rd overall pick in the
2008 NFL Draft. He ran for 1,108 yards in 2009 and finished with 1,273 yards
the following year.
Mendenhall finished his career with 4,236 yards and 37 touchdowns on the
ground, adding 95 catches for 795 yards with two scores.
Rams part ways with G Dahl
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams have released veteran
guard Harvey Dahl, the team announced Monday.
Dahl, who started 39 games at right guard for the Rams over the past three
seasons, was due a $2 million roster bonus had he remained with the team
The 32-year-old signed a four-year contract with St. Louis following the 2011
lockout after spending the previous four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
Dahl was displaced as a starter midway through the 2013 campaign, however, and
appeared in only one of the Rams' final eight games.
Dahl has made 82 career starts over nine NFL seasons with San Francisco,
Atlanta and St. Louis.
Panthers re-sign Brockel, Williams
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers signed tight
end/fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and offensive lineman Garry
Williams to a one-year contract on Monday.
Brockel was slated to become a restricted free agent and Williams was set to
become an unrestricted free agent.
In 43 games over three seasons with the Panthers, Brockel has four catches for
25 yards and four carries for 13 yards. He finished third on the team with six
special teams tackles in 2013.
Williams started last season as the Panthers' starting right guard, but he
suffered a season-ending knee injury in the season opener against the Seattle
Seahawks. The Kentucky product has played in 40 games (21 starts) over four
seasons with the Panthers.
Also Monday, the Panthers tendered contracts to offensive linemen Byron Bell
and Chris Scott.
Bell has made 40 starts at right tackle during his three-year career while
playing in all but one game since joining the Panthers as an undrafted free
agent from New Mexico in 2011.
Scott, 26, played in 10 games with eight starts in 2013, his first year as a
Chargers re-sign Rinehart
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Chargers re-signed guard
Chad Rinehart on Monday.
Rinehart started 10 games last season, his first with the Chargers. He missed
some time due to injuries.
The 28-year-old has made 31 career starts in 42 games with Washington, Buffalo
and San Diego. He was originally selected by the Redskins in the third round
of the 2008 draft.
The Chargers now have their entire starting offensive line from last season
under contract for 2014.
Vikings re-sign Dean
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings re-signed
linebacker Larry Dean on Monday.
Since joining the Vikings in 2011 as an undrafted free agent, Dean has spent
most of his time on special teams. The 25-year-old has 48 career special teams
tackles in 48 games.
Dean set a career-high with 18 special teams tackles in 2013.
He was set to become a restricted free agent.
Martha Ford inherits the Lions
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Martha Ford, the widow of William Clay
Ford Sr., will take over controlling interest of the Detroit Lions, the team
Ford Sr. died of pneumonia Sunday morning at the age of 88. He purchased the
Lions on Nov. 22, 1963 for $4.5 million and owned the team until his death.
"Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford's controlling
interest in Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford. She and her four children will
continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during
Mr. Ford's tenure," the team said in a statement.
Bill Ford Jr. will remain the team's vice chairman, the role he has held since
Broncos' Kuper to retire
Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Denver Broncos guard Chris Kuper informed
the team Monday that he intends to retire after eight NFL seasons.
A fifth-round pick of Denver in the 2006 draft, Kuper started 79 games during
his tenure with the Broncos but has been sidetracked by injuries in recent
years. The 31-year-old sustained a serious ankle fracture and dislocation in
the 2011 regular-season finale, then was limited to just seven games the
following campaign by a broken forearm.
Kuper played in just four games with one start as a reserve lineman on
Denver's 2013 AFC Champion squad.
"This felt like the right time for me to leave this game on my terms," said
Kuper in a statement posted on the Broncos' official site. "I'm going to miss
hanging out in the locker room, and the offensive line meeting room, in
particular. We shared a lot of laughs. I was fortunate to grow up in the game
around a good group of veterans, especially Tom Nalen and Ben Hamilton, and
became great friends with so many of the guys."
Kuper emerged as Denver's regular right guard in his second NFL season in
2007, then started all but two of the team's 64 regular-season contests over
the next four years.
"'Kup' consistently demonstrated the type of leadership you look for in a team
captain," Broncos head coach John Fox said. "He earned the respect of his
teammates and coaches for his dedication to the game. I congratulate him on a
great career, and I thank him for his many contributions to our team."
Dolphins sign S Delmas
Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins announced the signing of
safety Louis Delmas on Monday.
Delmas started 15 games for the Detroit Lions last season, racking up 64
tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and eight passes defensed.
"I am happy to announce the addition of safety Louis Delmas to the Miami
Dolphins and I would like to welcome him back to South Florida," Dolphins
general manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement. "He is a leader on and off
the field and has a proven track record of playmaking that will benefit the
entire defensive unit."
The 26-year-old Florida native spent his first five seasons with the Loins
after being drafted by the team in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2009
Over 65 career games, all but one as a starter, Delmas has totaled 331
tackles, five sacks, six interceptions and 24 passes defensed.
Also Monday, the Dolphins released cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
Patterson, 30, appeared in six games (four starts) with the Dolphins last
season and posted 19 tackles, four interceptions and six passes defensed.
Over eight NFL seasons, Patterson has recorded 176 tackles, nine interceptions
and 35 passes defensed in 78 games (20 starts) with Cleveland, Miami,
Philadelphia, Kansas City and Washington.
Colts reach deal with Moala
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Indianapolis Colts were able to
retain one of their defensive contributors just prior to the opening of free
agency, agreeing to terms with lineman Fili Moala on an undisclosed contract.
Moala, who has spent his entire five-year career with the Colts, recorded 19
tackles and 1 1/2 sacks while starting six of the team's 16 regular-season
games in 2013. The former second-round pick made 38 starts for Indianapolis
over the previous three seasons.
The 28-year-old has compiled 112 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks over 64 career NFL
Cardinals re-sign Feely
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals will have Jay Feely back for the
2014 season, with the veteran kicker agreeing to a contract just prior to
Tuesday's start of free agency.
The Cardinals have yet to formally announce the deal, which the Arizona
Republic reported to be for one year, but Feely confirmed the signing Monday
on his Twitter account.
"Happy to announce I am signed back with the @AZCardinals," Feely tweeted. "I
never wanted to play with different teammates or for another organization."
Feely will be entering his 14th NFL season and fifth in Arizona. The 37-year-
old finished the 2013 campaign with 127 points, the third-highest total of his
career, after going 30-of-36 on field goal attempts and making all 37 of his
Among active kickers, Feely ranks fifth overall with 329 field goals made in
398 attempts, an 82.7 percent success rate.
Canadiens' Gorges sidelined with broken hand
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges
is expected to be sidelined for at least a month after undergoing surgery on
Monday to repair a broken bone in his left hand.
The Canadiens said Gorges' recovery time is four weeks, which would take him
to the final week of the regular season.
Gorges has one goal and 12 assists for 13 points in 63 games this season. His
plus-7 rating is the best among Montreal defensemen.
Seguin, Anisimov and Henrique named NHL's 'Three Stars'
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Centers Tyler Seguin of Dallas, Artem
Anisimov of Columbus and Adam Henrique of New Jersey have been selected as the
NHL's 'Three Stars' for the period ending March 9.
Seguin was named the First Star after leading the NHL with nine points in four
games last week. He posted four goals and five assists, including a five-point
outing in a 6-1 win over Vancouver on March 6. Two nights later he added a
goal and two assists, with the eight-point burst the most for a Stars player
in a two-game span since Mike Modano in February 1993.
Anisimov garnered the Second Star honor thanks to a four-goal week that
included a trio of game-winners. He has scored four winners in the team's last
five games, starting on March 1 and continuing on March 3-4 before the streak
was stopped, but he added another on March 8.
Henrique, meanwhile, was among the honorees for a second straight week thanks
to a six-game goal streak. After picking up the Second Star last Monday, he
was selected as the Third Star this time around after tallying a league-best
five goals in just three games last week. His current run is just one shy of
this season's league-best seven-game goal streak set by Anaheim's Corey Perry
from Nov. 29 through Dec. 11.
Kings' Nolan suspended one game for punching opponent
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan has
been suspended one game without pay for a sucker punch on Edmonton Oilers
forward Jesse Joensuu during Sunday's game.
The incident occurred with four seconds left in the second period. At the end
of a scrum in front of the Kings net, Nolan punched Joensuu in the face while
he was tied up by an official.
Nolan was assessed a double-minor penalty for roughing.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his
average annual salary, Nolan will forfeit $3,589.74. The money goes to the
Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Cavs F Bennett out three weeks
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony
Bennett has been diagnosed with a left patellar tendon strain and will be
sidelined for approximately three weeks.
The No. 1 pick in last June's draft, Bennett has averaged just 4.1 points and
2.9 rebounds in 51 games off the bench this season.
Knicks ink Clark, Brown to second 10-day contracts
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks signed forward Earl
Clark and guard Shannon Brown to second 10-day contracts on Monday.
Clark, 26, is averaging 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in six games with New York
this season, while Brown, in his eighth NBA season out of Michigan State, is
averaging 1.4 points and 1.0 boards in seven games with the Knicks this year.
New York signed both players to their first 10-day contracts on Thursday.
Clark and Brown will be available for Monday's home game against Philadelphia,
while center Tyson Chandler will not be with the team versus the Sixers due to
Knicks announce new D-League affiliate
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks will become the seventh
NBA team to fully own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate.
The NBA Development League and The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG)
announced Monday that MSG has acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-
League team that will play in White Plains, New York. The NBA D-League's
record 18th team will be the exclusive affiliate of the Knicks.
The team will play its home games at the Westchester County Center,
approximately 30 miles north of New York City.
"We are thrilled to work with the New York Knicks and Westchester County to
bring NBA D-League basketball to White Plains," said Dan Reed, NBA D-League
president. "The New York area has a rich basketball history and we're excited
to give some of the game's best fans the opportunity to watch top NBA
prospects up close and personal in an intimate, family-friendly and affordable
Allan Houston, the Knicks' assistant general manager, will serve as the new
team's general manager.
Anthony, Harden named NBA Players of the Week
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony
and Houston Rockets guard James Harden were named the Eastern and Western
Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending March 9.
The Knicks were 3-1 behind Anthony, who averaged 29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds,
4.8 assists and 2.75 steals. He tallied 33 points, five rebounds, five assists
and three steals during the Knicks' 118-106 win over the Minnesota
Timberwolves on March 5.
Harden guided the Rockets to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Miami
Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 30.3 points, 6.8
assists and 2.50 steals.
It was the second consecutive Western Conference Player of the Week honor for
Diamondbacks sign Oliver Perez
Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Seeking a lefty specialist to bolster
their bullpen, the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with veteran Oliver
Perez on a two-year contract Monday.
Perez, a 15-game winner as a starter with the New York Mets in 2007, was out
of the majors four years later before rescuing his career as a reliever with
Seattle the past two seasons. In 94 games with the Mariners, the 32-year-old
posted a 3.16 earned run average while striking out 98 batters in 82 2/3
The Mexico native went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.74 ERA in 61 appearances
last season, while limiting left-handed hitters to a .238 average.
Perez, who broke into the majors as a 20-year-old with San Diego in 2002, owns
a 62-75 record with a 4.53 ERA over 300 career games (195 starts) with the
Padres, Pittsburgh, the Mets and Seattle.
White Sox ship Zach Stewart to Atlanta
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox have traded pitcher
Zach Stewart to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.
Stewart spent last season with Triple-A Charlotte, where he went 6-14 with a
4.25 ERA in 28 starts.
The right-hander has a 3-10 record with a 6.82 ERA in 14 career MLB games with
the Blue Jays, Red Sox and White Sox.
Kansas C Embiid's postseason status in jeopardy
Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid will
miss the upcoming Big 12 Tournament and the first week of the NCAA Tournament,
according to a statement released by the University.
Embiid, whose 2.57 blocks per game ranked second in the Big 12 this season,
missed a Feb. 15 contest against TCU with a lower back strain and aggravated
the injury later on, prompting the Jayhawks to hold out the freshman standout
for the final two regular-season games.
After seeing a spinal specialist in Los Angeles on Monday, it was determined
that the injury will keep Embiid on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.
"This weekend (in the Big 12 championship) is out," said Kansas head coach
Bill Self. "Next weekend, we feel like is a longshot, but the doctors are
hopeful that if Joel works hard in rehab and progresses that it is possible
that he could play in the later rounds of the NCAA Tournament if our team is
fortunate enough to advance."
Embiid will not need surgery, and doctors believe he will make a full
"We're all very disappointed for Joel," Self continued. "He's worked so hard
and improved so much. The most important thing is for Joel to get healthy."
The 7-footer from Cameroon has had a terrific campaign, averaging 11.2 points
and 8.1 rebounds and helping the Jayhawks to the Big 12 regular-season crown.
Appalachian State fires Capel
Boone, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Appalachian State announced Monday that the
university will not renew the contract of head men's basketball coach Jason
Capel amassed a 53-70 overall record and a 32-38 mark in the Southern
Conference over four seasons with the Mountaineers. Appalachian State finished
above .500 only once over that span, going 16-15 overall and 10-8 in league
play during Capel's first season in 2010-11.
The Mountaineers slumped to a 9-21 finish this past season and placed ninth in
the Southern Conference with a 5-11 league mark.
"As we enter the Sun Belt Conference next season, we have decided to do so
with new leadership for our men's basketball program," Appalachian State
director of athletics Charlie Cobb said. "I sincerely thank Coach Capel for
his effort and dedication to Appalachian State over the last five years. He is
a first-class person and has a bright professional future ahead of him. I wish
him and his family nothing but the best."
Capel, a former starting forward at North Carolina, served as an assistant at
Appalachian State in 2009-10 before the then 30-year-old became the youngest
active Division I head coach.
Florida tops poll again; Wichita State remains No. 2
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Florida will head to the SEC Tournament as
the top-ranked team in the country, while unbeaten Wichita State is again No.
2 and will await its NCAA Tournament seeding after capturing the Missouri
The Gators will carry a 23-game win streak into Atlanta and will be the No. 1
team in the Associated Press poll for a third straight week. Florida received
50 first-place votes -- four more than last week -- and a total of 1,610
points from a nationwide media panel.
Wichita State picked up the remaining 15 first-place votes and can't do
anything else before the NCAA Tournament. The Shockers are 34-0 after beating
Indiana State for the MVC crown on Sunday and will be the first team to enter
the NCAA tourney without a loss since UNLV in 1991.
Villanova, the Big East regular-season champion, rose three places to third,
while Arizona fell one spot to fourth after a loss at Oregon on Saturday. The
Wildcats had five first-place votes last week.
Louisville, Virginia, Duke, Michigan, San Diego State and Kansas round out the
top 10. The defending national champion Cardinals rose six spots from 11th
after losses last week for top-10 teams Virginia, Duke, Kansas, Syracuse and
Wisconsin. Michigan also moved up four spots from 12th.
Syracuse continued to slide down the rankings and now sits 11th in the poll.
After a three-week stay at No. 1 and a 25-0 start, Syracuse fell to fourth and
then seventh before a stunning home setback last week to Georgia Tech for its
fourth loss in five games. A 74-58 win at Florida State on Sunday temporarily
stemmed the skidding momentum.
The second 10, following Syracuse, consists of Wisconsin, Cincinnati,
Creighton, North Carolina, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Saint Louis, Memphis and New
Mexico. Wisconsin dipped three places from ninth after Sunday's loss at
Connecticut, Michigan State, VCU, Ohio State and SMU are the last five teams
VCU was preseason No. 14 and rose to 10th before losses to Florida State and
Georgetown in the Puerto Rico Tip-off in November dropped the Rams from the
rankings. Ohio State has bounced in and out of the poll since the start of
Iowa and Kentucky dropped out this week. Iowa, which was 24th, had been ranked
since Thanksgiving week, while Kentucky was 25th and has lost three of its
last four. The Wildcats were preseason No. 1 and their exclusion leaves
Florida as the lone ranked team from the SEC.
Huskies, Irish remain top teams in women's hoops poll
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Connecticut and Notre Dame are again the
top teams in the latest Associated Press women's college basketball poll.
The defending national champion Huskies enter Monday's American Athletic
Conference Tournament finale against Louisville at 33-0 and are a unanimous
choice for the top ranking with all 36 first-place votes and 900 points from a
nationwide media panel.
Notre Dame won the ACC Tournament on Sunday and will head to the NCAA
Tournament at 32-0. The Irish are again a unanimous choice at No. 2.
Louisville, whose only three losses have come against Kentucky in December and
twice against UConn, remains a solid No. 3, followed by SEC tourney champion
Tennessee, West Virginia, Stanford, Baylor, South Carolina, Duke and Kentucky.
Tennessee moved up two spots from sixth after a 71-70 win over Kentucky in the
SEC title game on Sunday, while Stanford dropped two spots from fourth after
losing in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. South Carolina, a semifinal
loser to Kentucky in the SEC, dipped three places from fifth.
The second 10 consists of Maryland, North Carolina, Nebraska, Penn State,
Texas A&M, North Carolina State, Purdue, Gonzaga, Iowa and Michigan State.
Maryland dropped three spots from eighth after a quarterfinal loss to North
Carolina in the ACC Tournament.
Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee, DePaul, California and Bowling Green are the
last five teams ranked. Bowling Green is the lone newcomer, replacing Rutgers.
Kansas State fires women's hoops coach Patterson
Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas State has fired women's basketball
coach Deb Patterson after 18 seasons.
Patterson guided the Wildcats to a record of 350-226 with a pair of Big 12
titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. However, this year's squad was
just 11-19 overall and 5-13 in league play. It was the second straight 5-13
mark in Big 12 action.
K-State athletic director John Currie said the decision was made last Friday
after the Wildcats dropped an 87-84 overtime decision to Kansas in the first
round of the Big 12 Tournament.
"Coach Patterson and I met Friday night, and I shared with her my decision to
make a change in leadership of our women's basketball program," said Currie on
Monday. "I want to sincerely thank Coach Patterson for her 18 years of service
to Kansas State and our women's basketball program."
Patterson was the Big 12's top coach in 2002 and 2008. She guided the Wildcats
to the WNIT title in 2006 and last year's WNIT Final Four.
Associate head coach Kamie Etheridge will serve as interim head coach while
the search for a full-time replacement is conducted.
Longtime Brown coach Burr retires
Providence, RI (SportsNetwork.com) - Brown head women's basketball coach Jean
Marie Burr announced her retirement Monday following a 26-year run at the
Burr compiled a 324-379 overall record guiding the Bears' program and led
Brown to four Ivy League championships, including three straight from 1992-94.
The Bears' most recent league crown came during the 2005-06 season.
Brown finished just 4-10 in the Ivy League this season, however, and went
"Although I am retiring from Brown Basketball, the student-athletes that I
have coached will always be a part of my family," said Burr. "I've been very
fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with quality people in every
area of Brown University and have made great friends in the Rhode Island
"I am excited for my next leadership challenge. I realize this move will allow
new energy into our basketball program to work with a first class team
building toward Brown's seventh championship."
Burr, whose 1993-94 squad became the first Ivy League team to participate in
the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, also coached a pair of conference
Players of the Year in Martina Jerant (1993) and Sarah Hayes (2006).
Argos cut All-Star DT Mitchell
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Argonauts released two-time CFL
All-Star defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell Monday after only one season with
The Argonauts acquired Mitchell from the BC Lions prior to the 2013 campaign,
though he initially stated he would not report to his new team's training camp
due to displeasure over the trade. The four-year pro ultimately decided not to
hold out, however, and led Toronto with five sacks while recording 32 tackles
in 16 games to earn all-league honors.
Mitchell was also named a CFL All-Star in his second season with the Lions in
2011, compiling six sacks and 33 tackles while helping BC to a Grey Cup win
Reed continues ascent in world rankings
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Reed earned his third win in
eight months at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday and that moved him to
20th in this week's world golf rankings.
Reed hung on for a 1-stroke victory over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson
despite two bogeys in his last four holes to jump 24 spots from 44th last
week. The 23-year-old has ascended to the top 20 of the rankings after being
ranked 586th in the world in 2012.
The top seven players in the rankings remained the same, with Tiger Woods
again maintaining the top spot ahead of Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day,
Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.
Dustin Johnson tied for fourth place at Doral and that moved him up two places
to eighth, causing Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia to each drop a spot to ninth
Matt Kuchar held firm in No. 11, while Watson jumped up a pair of slots to
12th following his share of second place this past weekend. Jordan Spieth
and Steve Stricker each fell a spot to sit in Nos. 13 and 14, respectively.
Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Dufner, Ian Poulter and Brandt
Snedeker all maintained their places from 15th through 19th ahead of Reed.
Chesson Hadley earned his first career PGA Tour win at the Puerto Rico Open to
vault 29 spots in the rankings to 63rd.
Park increases lead in women's world rankings
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Inbee Park outdueled Suzann Pettersen
in China this Sunday to increase her lead atop this week's world rankings.
Park and the world No. 2 Pettersen entered the final round of the World Ladies
Championship tied for the lead, but Park birdied the first two holes to claim
a lead she would not lose en route to a 5-stroke victory.
That decision increased Park's advantage over Pettersen from .85 to .92
The rest of the top 20 players also remained the same, with Park and Pettersen
again followed by Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu, Karrie Webb, Shanshan
Feng, Paula Creamer, Na Yeon Choi, Lexi Thompson, Catriona Matthew, I.K. Kim,
Ha Na Jang, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, Angela Stanford, Jiyai Shin, Amy
Yang, Hee Young Park and Lizette Salas.
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