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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Friday, September 19 ===
 
 
                  === Goodell calls for new conduct policy ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - In  his first public comments since being
 besieged  with  criticism over his handling  of a swarm of recent abuse cases,
 NFL  Commissioner Roger  Goodell announced  his intention  to implement  a new
 player conduct policy and have it in place prior to this year's Super Bowl.
 
 After  acknowledging  that he "got  it wrong"  in regards to the controversial
 case  involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Goodell said he
 plans  to meet with NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith next week
 to discuss potential changes.
 
 "There will be changes to our personal conduct policy. I know this will happen
 because we will make it happen. Nothing is off the table," said Goodell. "They
 will  have a set of clear and transparent rules for league and club personnel,
 owners and players. My goal is to complete this work by the Super Bowl."
 
 Among  those potential revisions will be the formation of a committee designed
 to help establish and enforce the new policies.
 
 The  announcement comes as  a response to a wave of negative publicity the NFL
 has  generated  over several incidents  of domestic violence, most notably the
 ones  involving Rice and Minnesota star running back Adrian Peterson, recently
 indicted by a Texas grand jury on allegations of physically abusing one of his
 children.
 
 Goodell  initially suspended  Rice two games for an altercation with his then-
 fiancee,  Janay  Palmer, in  an  Atlantic  City  casino  back in  February,  a
 ruling  that drew  a considerable backlash from both the media and public. The
 running  back  was ultimately released  by the  Ravens and given an indefinite
 league  suspension,  but only after  new video  footage emerged last week that
 showed  Rice punching Palmer in a hotel elevator.
 
 "I  got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter. I am sorry for that,"
 Goodell remarked. "But now I will get it right and do whatever is necessary to
 accomplish that.
 
 "The  same mistakes can never be repeated. We will do whatever is necessary to
 ensure that we are thorough in our review process and that our conclusions are
 reliable. We will get our house in order first."
 
 Goodell  also formally  announced that  the league  will enter  into long-term
 partnerships with two violence  hotlines, outlined in a memo he sent to all 32
 teams Thursday night.
 
 Additionally,  all league  and team  personnel will  participate in  education
 sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault in the next 30 days.
 
 The  public outcry over the Rice case resulted in a revamped domestic-violence
 policy  that  calls for  a  six-week  suspension for  a  first  offense and  a
 lifetime ban for a second and promises awareness programs.
 
 Other  incidents involving  domestic violence  have come  to the  forefront as
 well.  In  the latest instance,  Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer
 was arrested Wednesday on charges he assaulted his  wife and was placed on the
 non-football illness list by the team.
 
 That  news  broke just hours  after the  Vikings placed Peterson on the exempt
 list  following his indictment  last week in Texas on charges he abused his 4-
 year-old son with a tree branch.
 
 And  the Carolina  Panthers said Wednesday that defensive end Greg Hardy chose
 to  be  placed on  the exempt  list while he  awaits a  jury trial after being
 convicted by a judge of assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend.
 
 
                 === Goodell memo outlines NFL's next steps ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The NFL will enter into long-term partnerships with two
 violence  hotlines  amid a spate of  abuse cases that have rocked the nation's
 most popular sports league.
 
 The  partnerships  were outlined in  a memo  by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
 that was sent to all 32 teams Thursday night.
 
 In  the  memo, a  copy of  which was obtained  by SportsNetwork.com on Friday,
 Goodell  says all  league and  team  personnel will  participate in  education
 sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault starting in the next 30 days.
 
 "Starting  this  season,  we  will dedicate  significant  resources  to  raise
 awareness  on the  subjects of domestic violence and sexual assault, including
 support for victims," Goodell says.
 
 "These  are by no  means final steps. We will continue to work with experts to
 expand  and develop  long-term  programs that  raise  awareness, educate,  and
 prevent  domestic  violence and sexual assault  both within the NFL and in our
 society in general."
 
 The  memo  follows Goodell's letter to  owners last month outlining a revamped
 domestic-violence  policy that  calls for  a six-week  suspension for  a first
 offense and a lifetime ban for a second and promises awareness programs.
 
 Thursday's memo says a partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline
 will yield "25 full-time advocates over the next few weeks that will result in
 an additional 750 calls a day being answered."
 
 Goodell  says  the NFL learned the  recent string of abuse cases involving NFL
 stars  had caused an  84-percent jump in calls over a an eight-day span ending
 Sept.  15.  The organization says more  than half of the calls went unanswered
 due to lack of staff.
 
 The  NFL  will also partner with  the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
 and  will support  Loveisrespect, a  24-hour  text chat  service aiding  young
 adults affected by dating abuse.
 
 Goodell  announced  earlier this week that  he had named four women to oversee
 the NFL's policy on domestic violence.
 
 He  said in his  August letter that he "didn't get it right" when he suspended
 Ray  Rice  for two games  in July after the  Baltimore Ravens running back was
 arrested on a domestic-violence assault charge in February.
 
 Rice  was later cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL over a
 video  that showed him hitting his then-fiancee in the face -- a case that has
 become  a  byword for similar situations  around the league as more teams have
 been forced to make decisions over players accused of assault.
 
 In the latest case, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested
 Wednesday on charges he assaulted his  wife and was placed on the non-football
 illness list by the team.
 
 That  news  broke just hours  after the  Minnesota Vikings placed star running
 back  Adrian Peterson on the exempt list following his indictment last week in
 Texas on charges he abused his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.
 
 And  the Carolina  Panthers said Wednesday that defensive end Greg Hardy chose
 to  be  placed on  the exempt  list while he  awaits a  jury trial after being
 convicted by a judge of assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend.
 
 
              === Redskins WR Jackson questionable vs. Eagles ===
 
 Ashburn,  VA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Washington  Redskins wide  receiver DeSean
 Jackson  returned to practice Friday, but his status for Sunday's game against
 the Philadelphia Eagles is at least officially still up in the air.
 
 Jackson  missed  two straight practices as  he recovers from a shoulder injury
 and was "very limited" on Friday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
 
 As  the Redskins  prepare to take on Jackson's former team, the speedy wideout
 is dealing with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder and has been listed as
 questionable on the final injury report.
 
 He  was  hurt late in the  first quarter of Sunday's game against Jacksonville
 trying  to  catch a pass from  Kirk Cousins, who had replaced injured starting
 quarterback Robert Griffin III.
 
 Jackson  was signed in the offseason after the Eagles abruptly cut him and has
 nine catches for 81 yards.
 
 Griffin  remains out  after suffering a dislocated left ankle on Sunday. Tight
 end   Jordan   Reed  (hamstring),  cornerback  Tracy  Porter  (hamstring)  and
 linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee) have also been ruled out.
 
 
                      === Cards' Abraham's season over ===
 
 Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Just three days after he returned to the team,
 the  Cardinals have  placed pass rusher John Abraham on injured reserve due to
 continued symptoms from a Week 1 concussion.
 
 Abraham  failed a  concussion test upon his return to the Cardinals on Tuesday
 and has still yet to be medically cleared by team doctors. The 15-year veteran
 had  requested  and was  granted a leave  of absence to  deal with the injury,
 which occurred in Arizona's season-opening win over San Diego on Sept. 8.
 
 It's  possible  that Abraham, the NFL's  active leader with 133 1/2 sacks, has
 now played his last down. The 36-year-old is in the final year of his contract
 and  had  been contemplating  retirement during  his brief  time away from the
 Cardinals.
 
 Abraham  had  11 1/2 sacks to  lead Arizona last  season and was chosen to his
 fifth career Pro Bowl in 2013.
 
 With  regular  punter Dave  Zastudil still  bothered by  a groin injury that's
 prevented  him from kicking the season's first two weeks, Abraham was moved to
 IR to clear a spot for Arizona to re-sign punter Drew Butler.
 
 Butler  served  as the Cardinals'  punter during Zastudil's absence, averaging
 47.8 yards on eight attempts and placing two kicks inside the 20-yard line.
 
 
                    === Chiefs list Charles questionable ===
 
 Kansas  City, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal
 Charles  appears  headed to be a  game-time decision for the team's matchup at
 Miami on Sunday.
 
 Charles returned to practice Thursday, albeit in a limited capacity, just four
 days  after head  coach Andy Reid said  the 2013 AFC rushing leader suffered a
 high  ankle  sprain in  a Week  2 loss at  Denver. Charles  was also a limited
 participant  during Friday's  session and  was listed  as questionable  on the
 final injury report.
 
 "We're  going  to see how he  did on (the ankle)  today and how he feels after
 this  practice," said Reid. "But he did practice and he moved around and did a
 decent job. So, we'll see how it all works out."
 
 Safety  Eric Berry, who  also sprained his ankle in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the
 Broncos, has been ruled out for this weekend's clash after sitting out a third
 straight practice on Friday.
 
 Rookie  running back/return  specialist De'Anthony  Thomas will  miss a  third
 consecutive game due to a lingering hamstring injury.
 
 
               === Niners TE Davis questionable against Cards ===
 
 Santa   Clara,  CA   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  San  Francisco  49ers  tight  end
 Vernon Davis is questionable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
 
 Davis has missed practice all week with a left ankle injury.
 
 Also  listed as  questionable after missing all week of practice are tight end
 Vance  McDonald  (knee), cornerback  Tramaine  Brock  (toe) and  right  tackle
 Anthony Davis (hamstring).
 
 
                === Panthers' Williams uncertain for Sunday ===
 
 Charlotte,  NC  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo
 Williams  returned to  practice on  Friday, though  it's still  unclear as  to
 whether  he  will be available for  this weekend's game against the Pittsburgh
 Steelers.
 
 Williams,  Carolina's  all-time leading  rusher, was  a limited participant in
 Friday's  session after  sitting out the previous two days with a thigh injury
 that  also kept him out of last Sunday's home opener against Detroit. The team
 has listed him as questionable to face the Steelers.
 
 Two  of  the Panthers' top three  receivers are also questionable for Sunday's
 tilt  due  to  hamstring  issues.  Jerricho  Cotchery,  who  was  hurt  during
 Thursday's  practice, did  not participate  on Friday,  while Jason  Avant did
 return to the field after missing Thursday's workout.
 
 Tight  end Greg  Olsen (calf),  fullback Mike  Tolbert (chest),  wide receiver
 Kelvin  Benjamin (knee),  offensive tackles Byron Bell (toe) and Nate Chandler
 (toe)  and linebacker  Thomas  Davis  (hip) were  among  those players  termed
 probable for Sunday's contest.
 
 
             === Lions' Ansah, Fairley questionable vs. Packers ===
 
 Allen  Park, MI  (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah
 and  defensive tackle  Nick Fairley  are both  questionable for  Sunday's game
 against the Green Bay Packers.
 
 Ansah (knee) practiced Friday for the first time this week with a knee injury.
 He has five tackles and one sack in two games this season.
 
 Fairley  (biceps) was  limited in  practice  this week.  Defensive end  George
 Johnson (groin) is also questionable.
 
 The  Lions will  be without  cornerback Cassius  Vaughn (ankle),  right tackle
 LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad).
 
 Safety  James Ihedigbo  (neck) was  listed  as doubtful,  along with  fullback
 Montell Owens (hamstring).
 
 
              === Mathews out, Allen questionable for Chargers ===
 
 San  Diego, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - As expected, the San Diego Chargers have
 ruled  running  back Ryan  Mathews out  for Sunday's  game against the Buffalo
 Bills.
 
 Wide  receiver Keenan Allen, meanwhile, has been listed as questionable on the
 team's  final injury  report  after being  limited in  practice  for a  second
 straight day by a groin issue.
 
 Mathews  was carted off  the field with an injury to his right knee during the
 fourth quarter of San Diego's 30-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday.
 NFL.com  reported  Monday  that  the two-time  1,000-yard  rusher  suffered  a
 sprained medial collateral ligament and could be sidelined for 4-to-5 weeks.
 
 Donald  Brown  and Danny Woodhead  are expected  to split backfield duties for
 this weekend's clash with the 2-0 Bills.
 
 Allen  ranks second  among Charger players in catches (10) and receiving yards
 (92) through the season's first two weeks.
 
 Tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring), coming off a three-touchdown game against
 the  Seahawks, is probable  to face the Bills after putting in a full practice
 on Friday.
 
 San  Diego  will definitely  be  without  starting outside  linebacker  Melvin
 Ingram, who did not practice at all this week due to a hamstring injury.
 
 
                  === Bengals WR Green probable for Sunday ===
 
 Cincinnati,  OH (SportsNetwork.com)  - Cincinnati  Bengals wide  receiver A.J.
 Green  is listed  as probable  for Sunday's  home game  against the  Tennessee
 Titans.
 
 Green  was forced to exit early from last Sunday's 24-10 win over Atlanta with
 a  toe injury. He  returned to practice Thursday and was a full participant in
 Friday's session.
 
 Linebacker  Vontaze  Burfict (concussion)  and guard  Kevin Zeitler (calf) are
 listed as doubtful.
 
 
             === Cowboys' McClain doubtful, Bryant questionable ===
 
 Irving,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Dallas Cowboys  appear  likely to  be
 without  middle linebacker  Rolando McClain  when  they visit  St. Louis  this
 Sunday to battle the Rams.
 
 McClain,  who  has not  practiced this  week due  to a  groin injury, has been
 listed as doubtful on Friday's final injury report.
 
 After  spending last season out of football, McClain won the Cowboys' starting
 middle  linebacker  job during the  preseason and  has recorded a team-best 15
 tackles along with one interception and one sack through the first two weeks.
 
 Dallas  was  already shorthanded at the  linebacker spot with Sean Lee out for
 the season with a torn ACL and veteran Justin Durant to miss a second straight
 game  with a  strained groin.  Rookie Anthony  Hitchens is  slated to  man the
 middle if McClain can't play on Sunday.
 
 On  the  offensive side, top wide  receiver Dez Bryant was termed questionable
 with  a  sore shoulder  that has  limited him  in practice  the past two days,
 though ESPN Dallas reported Friday that he's fully expected to play.
 
 Bryant  briefly left  last  week's  game at  Tennessee  with  the injury,  but
 returned to rack up 103 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches.
 
 Quarterback  Tony  Romo, meanwhile, put in  a second straight full practice on
 Friday and is probable for Sunday's tilt.
 
 Defensive  end  Anthony Spencer  remains sidelined as  he continues to recover
 from offseason knee surgery.
 
 
                    === Dolphins' Jordan suspended again ===
 
 Davie,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has
 been suspended again.
 
 The NFL announced Friday that Jordan's previously imposed four-game suspension
 has  been lifted, per  the terms of the NFL's new drug policy. However, Jordan
 has  been suspended  without pay  for the  next four  games, this  time for  a
 violation of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.
 
 The  2013 first-round  pick will be eligible to return to the Dolphins' active
 roster on Oct. 20 following the team's Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears.
 
 In  July,  Jordan  was suspended  for  a  violation  of  the NFL's  policy  on
 performance-enhancing drugs.
 
 "I  am currently undergoing treatment to address my situation," Jordan said in
 a  statement.  "I am working  hard to  become a better  man and to make better
 choices  in  the future. I  am especially looking  forward to returning to the
 team.  I also  want to  thank my  family, Coach  (Joe) Philbin  and the  Miami
 Dolphins organization for their support."
 
 Jordan,  the No.  3 overall selection in  the 2013 NFL Draft, played in all 16
 games for Miami in his rookie campaign, compiling 26 tackles and two sacks.
 
 "While  we were  disappointed to  learn of  this result,  we support  Dion for
 proactively  taking  steps to  voluntarily seek  treatment to better himself,"
 Philbin said in a statement. "We will continue to support and work with him as
 he takes advantage of all available resources during this time."
 
 
                   === Jags WR Shorts listed as probable ===
 
 Jacksonville,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Jacksonville  Jaguars wide  receiver
 Cecil  Shorts will  most  likely  make his  season  debut  Sunday against  the
 Indianapolis Colts.
 
 Shorts  missed  the first two  games with a hamstring  strain and is listed as
 probable.  He was a full participant in practice on Friday after being limited
 the previous two days.
 
 The team's  leading  receiver in 2013,  Shorts caught 66  passes for 777 yards
 and three touchdowns in 13 games.
 
 Shorts  missed three  weeks during training camp with a hamstring problem, but
 pulled  the  other hamstring prior  to Jacksonville's  Week 1 game against the
 Philadelphia Eagles.
 
 On Thursday, the Jaguars ruled out rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee because of
 a hamstring injury. Tight end Clay Harbor is questionable with a calf injury.
 
 
                === Stanton to start for Cardinals vs. 49ers ===
 
 Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced
 Friday  that  quarterback Drew  Stanton  will  start  Sunday against  the  San
 Francisco 49ers.
 
 Stanton  made  his first  start  since  2010  last week,  completing  14-of-29
 passes for 167 yards in a win over the Giants.
 
 Carson  Palmer has  been  dealing  with a  shoulder  injury  that occurred  in
 Arizona's  season-opening win over the Chargers. If Palmer can play on Sunday,
 he'll be the backup.
 
 Palmer  was  listed as  questionable on Friday's  injury report. Defensive end
 Frostee Rucker (calf) and tight end Rob Housler (hip) are also questionable.
 
 Linebacker  Alex Okafor  (thigh) and  punter Dave  Zastudil (groin)  have been
 ruled out.
 
 
        === Raiders' Jones-Drew, Streater questionable vs. Patriots ===
 
 Alameda,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-
 Drew  and  wide receiver Rod Streater  are listed as questionable for Sunday's
 matchup against the New England Patriots.
 
 Jones-Drew,  who was inactive  in Sunday's 30-14 loss to Houston due to a hand
 injury, was limited in the final two days of practice this week. The nine-year
 veteran  began  his tenure on the  East Bay by  rushing nine times for only 11
 yards in the season opener, a 19-14 loss to the New York Jets.
 
 Streater  returned to practice in a limited capacity on Friday after suffering
 a hip flexor injury against the Texans.
 
 Also  questionable for  Sunday are cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa (knee) and Carlos
 Rogers  (knee),  tackle Matt  McCants (knee),  defensive lineman Antonio Smith
 (back) and linebacker Nick Roach (concussion).
 
 Linebacker  Sio Moore  is out with an ankle injury, while defensive end Justin
 Tuck is probable with an illness.
 
 
                === Texans RB Foster questionable for Sunday ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Houston Texans  running back Arian Foster
 is listed  as questionable  for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
 
 Foster,  who  was a limited participant  in practice all week with a hamstring
 injury,  leads the AFC in rushing with 241 yards on 55 carries for 2-0 and AFC
 South-leading Houston.
 
 Alfred  Blue, Jonathan  Grimes and Ronnie Brown are the other running backs on
 the Texans' roster.
 
 In  addition, guard  Ben Jones (ankle/knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow)
 are also questionable for Sunday's tilt.
 
 
               === Rams QB Hill questionable against Cowboys ===
 
 St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill is
 listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
 
 Hill,  who was  a limited  participant in  practice all  week due  to a  thigh
 injury, didn't play in St. Louis' 19-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last
 week.
 
 Austin  Davis  made his first  career start  and completed 22-of-29 passes for
 235 yards.
 
 Hill was injured in a season-opening loss to Minnesota.
 
 Wide  receiver  Tavon Austin (knee) and  tight end Cory Harkey (knee) are also
 listed as questionable.
 
 
                 === Packers' Bulaga questionable vs. Lions ===
 
 Green  Bay, WI  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Green  Bay Packers  right tackle  Bryan
 Bulaga  and cornerback Casey Hayward are officially listed as questionable for
 Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
 
 Bulaga  did not play last week against the Jets because of the sprained MCL he
 sustained  in  Week 1  against the  Seahawks. He was  limited in practice this
 week.
 
 "From  last  week to  this week, it  feels a lot  better," Bulaga said Friday.
 "Mobility wise, strength wise, everything has just progressed really well."
 
 If Bulaga can't play, Derek Sherrod will make his second straight start.
 
 Hayward  (glute) did  not practice Wednesday, though he was able to do limited
 work later in the week.
 
 Linebacker  Brad  Jones (quad)  was ruled out.  Fellow linebacker Andy Mulumba
 (knee) was placed on injured reserve.
 
 
              === Titans CB McCourty questionable against Bengals ===
 
 Nashville,   TN   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Tennessee  Titans  cornerback  Jason
 McCourty is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
 
 McCourty has been a limited participant in practice all week after suffering a
 groin injury in last Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. McCourty has made 37
 straight starts.
 
 Linebacker  Wesley Woodyard  (ankle), running back Dexter McCluster (foot) and
 backup  quarterback Charlie  Whitehurst (finger) are all probable for Sunday's
 game.
 
 
              === Colts' Freeman, Jones ruled out vs. Jaguars ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN  (SportsNetwork.com) - Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell
 Freeman  and defensive  tackle  Arthur  Jones have  both  been  ruled out  for
 Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
 
 Freeman  has  a hamstring injury  that also forced  him to miss Monday night's
 game  against the Eagles.  Jones suffered an ankle injury in that game and was
 held out of practice this week.
 
 Defensive  tackle Ricky  Jean  Francois (ankle),  wide  receiver Hakeem  Nicks
 (illness) and guard Joe Reitz (ankle) are questionable for Sunday's game.
 
 
                === Ravens RB Pierce questionable for Sunday ===
 
 Owings  Mills, MD  (SportsNetwork.com) - Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard
 Pierce is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
 
 Pierce  popped on the  injury report Thursday with a thigh injury and has been
 limited in practice the last two days.
 
 In addition, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is doubtful with a knee injury.
 
 
                    === Saints' Ingram out vs. Minnesota ===
 
 Metairie,  LA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  New  Orleans  Saints running  back  Mark
 Ingram was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
 
 Ingram,  who broke his hand in Sunday's loss to Cleveland, did not practice at
 all this week and will be sidelined for at least a month.
 
 Ingram had been getting the bulk of the carries through New Orleans' first two
 games, recording 143 yards on 24 carries for three touchdowns. The Saints will
 turn to Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson for increased production.
 
 Safety  Marcus  Ball  (hamstring),  linebacker  David  Hawthorne  (ankle)  and
 fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) were also ruled out.
 
 Center  Jonathan Goodwin  (elbow), linebackers  Kyle Knox  (ankle) and  Curtis
 Lofton  (shoulder) and wide receiver Joe Morgan (knee) are all probable, while
 center/guard Tim Lelito (back) is questionable.
 
 
                 === Gordon suspension reduced to 10 games ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh
 Gordon  had his  suspension reduced  to 10  games after  the NFL  and the  NFL
 Players  Association  announced Friday  the finalized  agreement to changes in
 their substance abuse and performance enhancing substances policies.
 
 Gordon  has  already served two  games of his penalty  and will be eligible to
 return in Week 12 for a road game against the Atlanta Falcons.
 
 "We  are aware of the new NFL policy related to the reduction of Josh Gordon's
 suspension  to  10 games,"  Browns general  manager Ray  Farmer said. "We will
 continue to support and work with him under the NFL guidelines throughout this
 process.  Our  team's focus right  now remains  on preparing for Sunday's game
 against the Baltimore Ravens."
 
 Gordon  pleaded  guilty to  a charge  of driving  while impaired stemming from
 an arrest in North Carolina in July.
 
 Due to the new policy, free agent wide receiver LaVon Brazill will be eligible
 to  return after 10 games. Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos, Orlando Scandrick
 of  the Dallas Cowboys  and Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams were eligible
 to return to their teams this week.
 
 
            === FSU suspends QB Winston for entire Clemson game ===
 
 Tallahassee,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Upon  further  review, Florida  State
 quarterback Jameis Winston will not play against Clemson on Saturday.
 
 Florida  State  announced late  Friday night that  the reigning Heisman Trophy
 winner  will sit  the entire game. The school had originally suspended Winston
 for  just  the first half after  he made a  lewd comment about women on campus
 earlier this week.
 
 "Based  upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident
 involving  Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game
 against Clemson on Saturday night," the school said in a release.
 
 Several  students  tweeted on  Tuesday that Winston  shouted an obscene phrase
 from an Internet video. Winston apologized for his actions.
 
 Tuesday's  incident was the latest in a growing list of off-the-field news for
 Winston,  who  was investigated in 2013  for sexual assault -- a Florida State
 Attorney  declined  to press charges. He  was also suspended from the baseball
 team after being cited for stealing crab legs and crawfish in April.
 
 Backup  quarterback  Sean Maguire will start  in Winston's place for the NO. 1
 Seminoles against the 22nd-ranked Tigers.
 
 
               === Cubs activate Jackson to start vs. Dodgers ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Chicago  Cubs activated  right-hander
 Edwin  Jackson  from the 15-day  disabled list  to start Friday's game against
 the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 
 Jackson had been out since Aug. 21 with a right lat strain.
 
 The  12-year veteran is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 139 innings
 in 26 starts this season.
 
 
                   === Pirates' Morton to skip next start ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Charlie
 Morton won't make his next start, the announced on Friday.
 
 Morton pitched Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined for a month by
 a  sports hernia.  He held Boston scoreless over five innings, but experienced
 increased  discomfort near  the  end of  his outing  and  again in  Thursday's
 bullpen session.
 
 The team said Morton will undergo a medical examination next week.
 
 Vance Worley will start in place of Morton on Sunday against Milwaukee.
 
 
                    === Giroux hurt as Flyers open camp ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Philadelphia  Flyers captain  Claude
 Giroux  is expected to be sidelined approximately two weeks after suffering an
 undisclosed lower-body injury on the first day of training camp.
 
 Giroux exited the ice around 15 minutes into Friday's practice. Flyers general
 manager  Ron  Hextall later said the  star center's injury is a new occurrence
 and he entered camp in good health.
 
 "This  just happened  today. It's the first  day of camp and guys go 100 miles
 per-hour and things happen," Hextall said. "Obviously its not the way you want
 to start. That's the hand we were dealt and we're going to deal with it."
 
 The  Flyers open their regular season in just under three weeks with a matchup
 at Boston on Oct. 8.
 
 
                   === Ole Miss extends Bianco's contract ===
 
 Oxford,  MS  (SportsNetwork.com) - Ole Miss  has extended the contract of head
 baseball coach Mike Bianco through the 2018 season.
 
 Bianco's  four-year  extension  starts  at  a base  salary  of  $640,000  plus
 incentives.
 
 "Mike Bianco has set the tone for ultimate success for Ole Miss baseball since
 his  arrival  in 2001,"  athletics director  Ross Bjork said.  "I have had the
 fortune  of working with many high level coaches over the years and I have not
 seen  a head coach operate a complete program in all phases exactly like Coach
 Bianco.  He  believes in  competing at  the highest  level just  as much as he
 believes  in  the academic and social  success of our student-athletes and for
 that we are grateful of his leadership."
 
 Bianco,  who  is the  all-time winningest  coach in Ole  Miss history, led the
 Rebels  to their  fifth College World Series appearance in 2014. They tied the
 school record for wins in a season with 48.
 
 During  his 14-year  tenure at  the school,  Bianco has  compiled a  557-323-1
 record.  He has  guided Ole  Miss to  12 NCAA  Tournaments, three  SEC Western
 Division Titles (2005, 2009, 2014) and the SEC Championship (2009).
 
 "We're  very excited  about the  future of  Ole Miss  Baseball," Bianco  said.
 "We've had a lot of success over the years and it's been a team effort."
 
 
                   === Reto takes 3-shot lead in Alabama ===
 
 Prattville,  AL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Paula Reto fired a 6-under 66 on Friday
 and  she  grabbed a 3-stroke  lead after two rounds  of the Yokohama Tire LPGA
 Classic.
 
 Reto,  who is a  tour rookie, finished 36 holes at 13-under-par 131. Her total
 of  131 matched the tournament's 36-hole record that Stacy Prammanasudh set in
 2007.
 
 Mi  Jung  Hur posted a  2-under 70  and is alone  in second place at minus-10.
 World  No. 1 Stacy  Lewis, who shared the first-round lead with Hur, managed a
 71 and is alone in third at 9-under 135.
 
 Sydnee  Michaels fired a 7-under 65, the low round of the day on Friday on the
 Capitol  Hill Course at  the RTJ Capitol Hill Golf Club. She soared into a tie
 for  fourth  at minus-7. Michaels  was joined there  by Alison Walshe (68) and
 Moriya Jutanugarn (69).
 
 Jane  Park (70),  Christina Kim  (71)  and Cydney  Clanton (72)  are tied  for
 seventh at 6-under 138.
 
 Reto  started her  second round on the  back nine and stumbled out of the gate
 with  a  bogey on the 11th.  She bounced with a  birdie on No. 12 and followed
 with birdies at 13 and 14.
 
 After  a  par on the 15th,  Reto notched back-to-back  birdies at 16 and 17 to
 move to 11-under. She ran off four straight pars around the turn.
 
 Reto  made birdie at the fourth and another at the sixth. However, she tripped
 to  another  bogey on the  par-3 seventh. Reto atoned  for that mistake with a
 birdie on the ninth, her last.
 
 "I  was just really  patient with myself. I hit a couple good irons especially
 early  in the round.  I hit a couple close, so that was nice, got the momentum
 going pretty early," Reto said. "It was nice to birdie the last hole yesterday
 as  well as  today, that was really  nice. Just trying to stay patient and not
 think too much, just simple things."
 
 Hur stumbled to a bogey on the second, but got that shot back when she birdied
 the  par-5 fifth.  Hur tripped to another  bogey at seven. She atoned for that
 mistake with a birdie on the ninth to make the turn at 8-under.
 
 Around the turn, Hur birdied the 13th and 16th to move into second place.
 
 Lewis  parred the 10th,  her first, but followed with bogeys at 11 and 12. She
 bounced back with birdies on the next two holes to get back to minus-8.
 
 The  world  No. 1 ran  off four pars  in a row  from the 15th. Lewis converted
 back-to-back  birdie chances at the first and second. However, she bogeyed two
 of the next four holes to drop to even-par for her round.
 
 Lewis birdied the seventh and closed her round with a pair of pars.
 
 "I  mean obviously  a bad start so  anything under par today was a pretty good
 score.  Just  got in trouble a  couple times off  the tee and made some bogeys
 that  I  shouldn't have,"  Lewis stated.  "Really just got  in some bad places
 where I couldn't make par."
 
 NOTES:  This is the first time Reto has had the overnight lead after any round
 in  her brief LPGA  Tour career ... The cut line fell at 2-over-par 146 and 76
 players  advanced  to the weekend  ... Among those  missing the cut were Laura
 Diaz and Lexi Thompson.
 
 
              === Lowry jumps into 36-hole lead at Wales Open ===
 
 City  of Newport,  Wales (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Shane Lowry  fired a  second-
 round,  6-under 65 on Friday to take a 1-shot lead heading into the weekend at
 the Wales Open.
 
 Lowry,  who has two  career wins on the European Tour, finished 36 holes at 9-
 under 133. Lowry's last victory came at the Portugal Masters in 2012.
 
 "I  felt like coming over that I could give it a go this week," said Lowry. "I
 was  around 10th going into the back nine on Sunday last week, and similar the
 week  before in  Switzerland. If I can  get myself in a good position come the
 back nine this weekend, again, hopefully I can give it a go."
 
 First-round  leader  Joost Luiten,  who entered  the day  three shots ahead of
 Lowry,  shot a  2-under 69 at The Celtic  Manor Resort and he is one shot back
 at 8-under 134 along with Nicolas Colsaerts (68).
 
 Edoardo Molinari made the biggest move up the leaderboard on Friday with an 8-
 under  63, putting him  a tie for fourth with Thongchai Jaidee (67) at 7-under
 135.
 
 Gregory Havret and Patrik Sjoland shot matching 67s, while Tommy Fleetwood and
 Ricardo Santos carded 68s and they are all tied for sixth at minus-6. European
 Ryder  Cup team member Jamie Donaldson (67) finished 36 holes tied for 10th at
 5-under 137 with Phillip Price (66) and Marc Warren (67).
 
 Defending  champion  Gregory Bourdy (71) finished  at 3-over 145 and he missed
 the cut.
 
 After  recording three bogeys in the first round, Lowry was very consistent on
 the  second day.  After starting with a  par on the first, Lowry poured in his
 first  birdie  on the  par-5 second.  Following three  straight pars, he added
 another gain on No. 6, getting Lowry to 2-under.
 
 Lowry's  third birdie came at the par-4 eighth and he made the turn at minus-3
 after  a par on No. 9. Lowry added three more birdies on the back nine as well
 on  Nos. 10,  13 and 15. He closed  things out with three straight pars to end
 with a bogey-free 65.
 
 "There  is  still a long way  to go in  the tournament, but I'm really looking
 forward  to the  weekend," Lowry said. "I didn't drive it that good yesterday,
 but  still shot a  decent score. I drove it a lot better today, drove it a lot
 straighter  and gave myself  a lot of chances and rolled in a few putts, so it
 was nice."
 
 Luiten,  beginning his day  on No. 11, started off with a birdie at the par-5.
 After  three straight pars  from 12, Luiten made his second gain on No. 15 and
 he made the turn with another birdie on 18.
 
 It was a slow final stretch for Luiten, however, as he made bogey on No. 2 and
 closed out his round with all pars the rest of the way.
 
 Colsaerts,  who was one shot behind Luiten in second place at the start of the
 day, made three birdies on the front nine at one, five and seven. A slow start
 to  the back  nine with bogeys on 10  and 11 had Colsaerts at just 1-under for
 the round.
 
 The  Belgian  rattled off  six straight  pars before  finishing strong with an
 eagle  on the last.  It was the second straight day Colsaerts eagled the par-5
 18th hole.
 
 Molinari  also  shot a bogey-free  round, which  included three birdies on the
 front nine and five more on the back nine.
 
 NOTES:  Lowry's other  victory on tour came  at the 2009 Irish Open ... In his
 last two events, Lowry finished tied for 13th and tied for 28th ... Luiten has
 already  made nine  birdies on  the back  nine through  two rounds  ... Andrew
 McArthur,  who started the round tied for second with Colsaerts, shot a 3-over
 74  on Friday to  fall into a tie for 22nd at 2-under ... With the cut falling
 at 1-over-par 143, 73 players advanced to the weekend.
 
 
                === Blair leads suspended Tour Championship ===
 
 Ponte  Vedra Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Zac Blair was three strokes clear
 of the field on Friday when play was suspended for the day at the Web.com Tour
 Championship.
 
 Blair  was  5-under par  through 15 holes,  and stood at  12-under par for the
 tournament.  Blair  is well down  the money list, and  likely needs at least a
 top-five  finish to get  inside the top 25 on the finals series money list and
 earn his PGA Tour card for next season.
 
 There was a 1-hour, 22-minute weather delay earlier in the day. Play was later
 called for the day due to darkness.
 
 Derek Fathauer carded a 4-under 66 and was the clubhouse leader at 9-under-par
 131 on the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
 
 Sung  Joon Park is  alone in third place at minus-7 after carding a 2-under 68
 in round two.
 
 Jason  Gore (65), Tom  Gillis (67), James Nitties (68) and Whee Kim (66) share
 fourth place at 6-under 134. They were joined there by Chad Collins, who is 1-
 under through 17 holes of the second round.
 
 Blair  played the back nine first on Friday and he got off to a quick start as
 he  made eagle on his opening hole. He ran off seven consecutive pars from the
 11th before making birdie at No. 18.
 
 Around  the turn, Blair  followed with birdies on one and two to make it three
 in  a row. He  carded four straight pars from the third before play was called
 for the day.
 
 "It's  a  little difficult not  knowing when you're going  to have to stop and
 come  back. You just  have to take (it) in stride. Everyone this afternoon has
 to,"  said  Blair, who  is bogey free  through 33 holes.  "I've made some good
 putts  the last  couple of days. I've been getting chances and capitalizing on
 them."
 
 Fathauer,  who  lost in a playoff  at the Nova  Scotia Open, also had a steady
 round. He started with birdies on the 10th and 11th, then recorded six pars in
 a row from the 12th.
 
 The  28-year-old dropped  in back-to-back birdie chances at the 18th and first
 to get to 9-under. Fathauer reeled off eight consecutive pars to close out his
 bogey-free round.
 
 "I  thought about hitting  3-wood there, but there's really no need to push it
 further  down," Fathauer said  of No. 9. "You're going to hit hybrid and an 8-
 iron  at the most.  It's just an unnecessary risk. Not just the last hole, but
 all the holes out here."
 
 NOTES:  The second round is slated to resume at 7:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, with
 the third round to follow at about 9 a.m. with players going off in threesomes
 of the first and 10th tees ... Blair is the only player that is bogey-free.
 
 
                 === Pernice fires 60, leads by 4 in Hawaii ===
 
 Oahu,  HI  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Tom Pernice, Jr.  fired a course-record, 12-
 under  60  on Friday and soared  into the lead  after one round of the Pacific
 Links Hawaii Championship.
 
 Pernice  earned his  third tour win earlier this year at the Principal Charity
 Classic. His 60 bettered the previous course record of 64. Mark Wiebe set that
 mark last year at Kapolei Golf Course en route to winning the title.
 
 "Well  you know,  I got off to a good  start. I hit two good shots into 10 and
 11,  and  made the putts. I  was just kind of  moving along nicely and kind of
 caught  fire a  little bit there on  the (front) nine," Pernice said. "My iron
 play really held up and was just spectacular."
 
 Michael Allen posted an 8-under 64 and is alone in second place. Joey Sindelar
 and Scott Dunlap share third at minus-7.
 
 Vijay  Singh, who tied  for sixth place last year, and Jay Haas opened with 6-
 under 66s. They were joined in fifth place by Paul Goydos, Jim Carter and Mike
 Goodes.
 
 Fred Funk and Mark Calcavecchia are among 10 players tied for 10th at minus-5.
 
 Davis  Love III  made his Champions Tour  debut. He posted a 3-under 69 and is
 tied for 28th.
 
 Pernice  played the back nine first on Friday and he started with back-to-back
 birdies  at 10  and 11. After a pair  of pars, he birdied the 14th and made it
 two in a row with another birdie on No. 15.
 
 The  three-time Champions  Tour winner birdied the par-5 17th, then parred the
 18th as he made the turn at minus-5.
 
 Around  the  turn, Pernice stayed  hot. He birdied the  first two holes on the
 front nine and moved to 8-under with a birdie on the par-4 fourth.
 
 Pernice  followed  a birdie on  No. 6 with an  up-and-down birdie at the par-5
 seventh.  His tee ball at the par-3 eighth went over the green, but he chipped
 in for birdie.
 
 Needing  an  eagle at the  par-4 ninth to shoot  59, Pernice spun his approach
 inside three feet and kicked that in for a closing birdie.
 
 "I  really got fortunate  on seven. I pulled it left of the green in the rough
 there.  I hit  a pretty good shot  through some palm trees and made the putt,"
 Pernice  explained. "Eight, I hit it just over the back edge there and pitched
 it in. Other than that, I hit a lot of good quality iron shots."
 
 Allen got off to a flying start with three birdies in the first four holes. He
 ran off six straight pars from the fifth.
 
 The  Allianz  Championship winner ended  his run of pars  with a birdie at the
 11th.  He dropped  in back-to-back  birdies at  14 and  15. Allen  jumped into
 second  place with an  eagle on the par-5 17th. He parred the last to end four
 back.
 
 "I putted awfully well. I've been a little sick and under the weather, and I'm
 just  playing  one shot  at a  time (because of  that). It  brings you back to
 playing the shot you're on," Allen stated.
 
 NOTES: Pernice's other two tour wins were at the 2009 SAS Championship and the
 2013  3M  Championship ...  This is the  third time Pernice  has led after one
 round  on  the Champions  Tour  ...  Kevin Sutherland  fired  the  lone 59  in
 Champions  Tour  history last year at  the Dick's Sporting Goods Open ... Last
 year's winner Mark Wiebe withdrew from the event earlier in the week.
 
 
         === Keselowski on pole with track record at New Hampshire ===
 
 Loudon, NH (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Keselowski's winning momentum in the
 Sprint Cup Series continued on Friday, as he claimed the pole for the Sylvania
 300 with a new track qualifying record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
 Keselowski made a lap around this flat 1.058-mile track at 140.598 mph for his
 fifth pole of the season and the eighth of his Sprint Cup career. It's the
 19th time in the series this season that a new track record has been set. This
 is the fourth track record for Keselowski in 2014 -- Phoenix, Dover, Kentucky
 and New Hampshire.
 
 The previous track record at New Hampshire was 138.130 mph, set by Kyle Busch
 in July.
 
 Keselowski, the driver of the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske and the 2012 Sprint
 Cup champion, has won five races this year, including the Sept. 6 regular-
 season-finale at Richmond and then last Sunday's opening round in the Chase
 for the Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland. He also scored the victory in
 the July race at New Hampshire.
 
 "This kind of track is kind of right in my wheelhouse, right in our team's
 wheelhouse," Keselowski said. "We had this race circled before the Chase
 started, and we felt decent about Chicago. But really felt like this was a
 race of emphasis for us to get a win and get out of the first bracket. With
 last week considered, it's even a stronger position for us to be pushing hard.
 It's good. We just want to keep it going."
 
 Jamie McMurray, a non-Chase driver, will start alongside Keselowski on the
 front row after posting a lap at 140.437 mph.
 
 "We brought a fast car, a brand new car this weekend," McMurray said. "(Crew
 chief) Keith (Rodden) has done a really good job again. We qualified second.
 The pit selection here is also a big deal, getting blocked in because you do a
 lot of two tires. The fact that we qualified well, you get to have that
 opening leaving is going to be really valuable especially if you are running
 up front."
 
 Kevin Harvick qualified third, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jimmie
 Johnson, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman. All of those drivers are
 in the Chase. Rookie Kyle Larson, not in the playoffs, was 10th.
 
 Other Chase drivers and their starting positions include: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 (11th), Jeff Gordon (13th), Kurt Busch (15th), Matt Kenseth (16th), Kasey
 Kahne (17th), Aric Almirola (21st), Greg Biffle (26th) and A.J. Allmendinger
 (27th).
 
 All 43 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field for Sunday's
 300-lap race at New Hampshire.
 
 
               === Goffin ousts Tsonga; Monfils into Metz SFs ===
 
 Metz,  France  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  will  not  reach  a
 fourth  straight  final in Metz  after losing  to rising Belgian David Goffin,
 while  former champion Gael Monfils easily avoided a quarterfinal upset Friday
 at the Moselle Open tennis event.
 
 The  eighth-seeded  Goffin came  from behind to  upend the top-seeded two-time
 champion Tsonga 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 on the indoor hardcourts at Metz Arena.
 
 Tsonga  dominated the first set, smacking five aces and converting both of his
 break points.
 
 The players traded breaks in the third before Tsonga saved two break points at
 15-40  down  in the  11th game. But  he missed  a chance to  win it and Goffin
 ultimately served out victory on his second match point.
 
 Gilles   Simon   beat  a  then   reigning  two-time  titlist  Tsonga  in  last
 year's all-French  finale.
 
 Frenchmen have won five straight and seven of the 11 titles in Metz.
 
 Meanwhile, the second-seeded Monfils cruised past 6-foot-8 seventh-seeded Pole
 Jerzy Janowicz 6-3, 6-4 on Day 5.
 
 Monfils  titled here  in 2009  and was  the runner-up  in 2005.  His semifinal
 opponent will be sixth-seeded Portuguese Joao Sousa, who outlasted French wild
 card  Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in Friday's nightcap. Mathieu was
 a Metz runner-up in 2008.
 
 Jan-Lennard  Struff was leading fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-0 in the
 first  set when  the third-seeded  2009 Metz  runner-up Kohlschreiber  retired
 after just 20 minutes on Friday. Struff will face Goffin in Saturday's semis.
 
 The 2014 Metz titlist will earn $100,000.
 
 
                    === Lepchenko ousts Radwanska in Seoul ===
 
 Seoul,  Korea (SportsNetwork.com)  - American  Varvara Lepchenko  stunned top-
 seeded  and  defending champion  Agnieszka Radwanska in Friday's quarterfinals
 at the Korea Open.
 
 The  fifth-seeded Lepchenko  outlasted Radwanska  6-7 (4-7),  6-2, 6-2  on the
 hardcourts at Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center.
 
 Radwanska  defeated Russian  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova  in last year's final in
 Seoul. The Polish star has never successfully defended a title.
 
 Lepchenko's  semifinal opponent  on Saturday will be fellow American Christina
 McHale,  who  was leading fourth  seed Magdalena  Rybarikova 6-2, 2-0 when the
 Slovak retired on Day 5.
 
 The  other semi will pit second-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova against Russian
 Maria  Kirilenko, as Pliskova handled American qualifier Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 6-4
 and  the wild  card Kirilenko  upended sixth-seeded  Estonian Kaia  Kanepi 6-7
 (3-7),  6-2, 6-3.  Kirilenko captured  the  Seoul title  in 2008  and was  the
 runner-up in 2007. Kanepi was a runner-up here two years ago.
 
 This week's champion will claim $111,389.
 
 
            === Kerber, Wozniacki, Ivanovic reach Tokyo semis ===
 
 Tokyo,  Japan  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Top seeds  Angelique  Kerber,  Caroline
 Wozniacki  and Ana  Ivanovic led  the  charge into  the semifinals  at the  $1
 million Pan Pacific Open tennis event.
 
 The  top-seeded Kerber whipped sixth-seeded Australian Open runner-up Dominika
 Cibulkova  6-3, 6-0,  while the  second-seeded  former world  No. 1  Wozniacki
 waltzed  past  eighth-seeded  Spaniard  Carla  Suarez  Navarro  6-3,  6-3  and
 the  third-seeded former top-ranked Ivanovic cruised past seventh-seeded Czech
 Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-2 on the hardcourts at Ariake Coliseum.
 
 The  German Kerber  was  last  year's Tokyo  runner-up  to fellow  left-hander
 Petra  Kvitova,  while this month's U.S.  Open runner-up Wozniacki was the Pan
 Pacific champ in 2010 and Ivanovic was the runner-up in Tokyo in 2007.
 
 Another  quarterfinal result  saw  rising Spaniard  Garbine Muguruza  overcome
 Aussie Casey Dellacqua 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
 
 Saturday's  semis  will  pit  Kerber against  Ivanovic  and  Wozniacki  versus
 Muguruza.
 
 The  resurgent Wozniacki  has  won 21  of  her last  25  matches, including  a
 title in Istanbul.
 
 This week's champion will collect $196,670.
 
 
                === Cornet, Niculescu to meet in China final ===
 
 Guangzhou,  China  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Second seed  Alize Cornet and Monica
 Niculescu  were  semifinal winners Friday  and will meet  for the title at the
 Guangzhou International Open tennis event.
 
 The  French  Cornet bested  Swiss  Timea  Bacsinszky  6-1,  7-6 (7-5)  on  the
 hardcourts at Guangzhou International Tennis Center.
 
 The Romanian Niculescu cruised past wild card Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2.
 
 The  24-year-old Cornet will appear in her ninth career final, seeking a fifth
 title.  She  was a winner in  Katowice, Poland, and runner-up in Dubai earlier
 this year.
 
 The  26-year-old Niculescu is  1-2 in her career WTA finals, with her lone win
 coming in Brazil last year.
 
 Saturday's champion will pocket $111,163.
 
 
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