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        === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, June 29 ===
 
 
              === Phillies tab MacPhail as next team president ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Philadelphia Phillies  announced
 Monday  that longtime  MLB executive Andy MacPhail will succeed Pat Gillick as
 team president at the conclusion of this season.
 
 MacPhail,  62, will  serve as a special assistant to Gillick for the remainder
 of the season.
 
 "I'm  going  to do  everything I can  to take advantage  of the experience and
 intellect  of the  man on my left  (Gillick), who is deservedly in the Hall of
 Fame,"  MacPhail said at an introductory press conference. "I'd be a fool if I
 were to ignore that advice."
 
 Gillick  will  retire at season's end,  leaving MacPhail to oversee the entire
 organization, both its business and baseball operations.
 
 MacPhail  was  the general manager of  the Minnesota Twins when they won World
 Series  titles in 1987 and 1991. He served as president and CEO of the Chicago
 Cubs from 1994-2006, helping them reach the playoffs twice. He then spent five
 seasons  (2007-2011) as the president of baseball operations for the Baltimore
 Orioles.
 
 "I  am very  pleased to  join the  Phillies. I  look forward  to helping  this
 organization bring championship caliber baseball back to Philadelphia. That is
 what the city and its terrific fans deserve," MacPhail said.
 
 The Phillies have the worst record in the majors at 27-50 and are in the early
 stages of a rebuild.
 
 They also are in need of a new manager.
 
 Ryne  Sandberg  hinted at MacPhail's impending  arrival and sounded like a guy
 who  figured  he wasn't  going to  be part of  the future  when he resigned as
 Phillies manager on Friday. Pete Mackanin has been serving as interim manager.
 
 
                === 5 Royals in line to start All-Star Game ===
 
 New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Five players on the Kansas City Royals are
 in  line to  start the All-Star Game,  down from seven last week and eight the
 week before.
 
 Over the past week, Toronto's Josh Donaldson moved ahead of Kansas City's Mike
 Moustakas  to lead  American League third baseman with more than 11.73 million
 votes -- tops in all of baseball.
 
 Royals  designated  hitter Kendrys  Morales  also  lost  his voting  lead,  to
 Seattle's Nelson Cruz.
 
 Kansas  City  second baseman Omar  Infante, shortstop Alcides Escobar, catcher
 Salvador  Perez and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon are still in line
 to be starters.
 
 Detroit's  Miguel  Cabrera kept  his lead  on Kansas  City's Eric Hosmer among
 first  basemen  and Angels  star Mike  Trout continues  to lead outfielders in
 voting.
 
 For  the  first time,  All-Star voting is  being conducted exclusively online.
 Fans are allowed to vote up to 35 times from one email address through the end
 of balloting at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.
 
 The game is scheduled for July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
 
 
              === Yankees' Gardner named AL Player of the Week ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner
 was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.
 
 Gardner  batted .500 with  13 hits, two home runs, four doubles, six RBI, nine
 runs,  five  walks and a .581  on-base percentage in 31 plate appearances last
 week.
 
 He  finished first  in  hits, runs,  on-base  percentage, slugging  percentage
 (.885)  and total  bases (23)  in the  AL, while  tying for  first in  batting
 average, to claim the third weekly award of his career.
 
 
              === Rockies' Arenado named NL Player of the Week ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Colorado Rockies third baseman and major
 league  RBI  leader Nolan Arenado was  named the National League Player of the
 Week on Monday.
 
 Arenado  batted .391  with an MLB-best seven  home runs last week. He also led
 both  leagues with  14 RBI, a 1.348  slugging percentage and 31 total bases in
 just six games.
 
 It was the second career weekly award for the two-time Gold Glove winner.
 
 
             === Frazier pulls closer to Carpenter in NL voting ===
 
 New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - With just days remaining in voting for the
 National  League All-Star starters, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier
 has made things interesting at the hot corner.
 
 Frazier  pulled within  63,000 votes of St. Louis' Matt Carpenter for the lead
 among  NL  third basemen. Carpenter  has 6,252,327 votes compared to 6,189,347
 for Frazier.
 
 This  year's All-Star  Game will take place  July 14 in Frazier's home city of
 Cincinnati.
 
 Nothing  has changed  at  the  other NL  positions  from  last week's  voting.
 Washington  Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper continues to lead all players
 with  a record  11,363,949 votes.  He is  followed in  outfield voting  by the
 injured  Giancarlo Stanton (6,062,318) of the Miami Marlins and the Cardinals'
 Matt Holiday (5,454,953).
 
 San  Francisco's  Buster Posey still  leads catchers with 7,990,423 votes. St.
 Louis' Yadier Molina is next with over 6.2 million votes.
 
 Arizona's  Paul Goldschmidt has a comfortable lead at first base with over 7.3
 million  votes. Adrian Gonzalez (3.6 million) and Joey Votto (3.5 million) are
 next.
 
 Miami's Dee Gordon also holds a nice lead at second base with over 6.3 million
 votes, compared to 4.7 million from St. Louis' Kolten Wong.
 
 At  shortstop, the  Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta (7,151,624) also holds a lead of
 nearly three million votes over San Francisco' Brandon Crawford (4,267,238).
 
 
                === Djokovic, Wawrinka win Wimbledon openers ===
 
 Wimbledon,   England  (SportsNetwork.com)   -  The   Championships,  Wimbledon
 commenced  Monday and  world No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic was a
 first-round  victor  on a gorgeous  day at the  All England Club. Djokovic was
 joined in the second round by French Open titlist Stan Wawrinka.
 
 The  Serbian great  Djokovic handled capable German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4,
 6-4, 6-4 in the opening match on the famed Centre Court.
 
 Djokovic summed up what the All England Club means to him.
 
 "This  is  the cradle  of  our  sport, Centre  Court,"  he  said. "It  doesn't
 get any better than Wimbledon."
 
 The  formidable Djokovic  is the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champ.
 He  has  captured two of  the last  four titles at  the All England Club after
 outlasting  the  iconic  Roger  Federer  in  last  year's  brilliant  five-set
 finale.
 
 Djokovic  was stunned by  Wawrinka in the recent French Open final as the Serb
 was trying to corral a career Grand Slam.
 
 Up  next for  the  eight-time Grand  Slam champion  Djokovic  will be  veteran
 Finnish   left-hander  Jarkko   Nieminen,  who   outlasted  former   Wimbledon
 winner Lleyton Hewitt in five sets, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9, in four hours in
 Hewitt's final singles match at the All England Club. The 33-year-old Nieminen
 has also said that this will be his last trip to Wimbledon.
 
 The  34-year-old Aussie  Hewitt has  said he  will retire  following the  2016
 Australian  Open in January.  He was a Wimbledon titlist in 2002 and U.S. Open
 champ in 2001.
 
 A  fourth-seeded Wawrinka, who  has won two of the last six Grand Slam events,
 defeated  Portuguese  Joao Sousa 6-2,  7-5, 7-6 (7-3), while fifth-seeded U.S.
 Open  runner-up  Kei Nishikori  went the  distance to  get past Italian Simone
 Bolelli 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
 
 Up next for Wawrinka will be Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos, while Nishikori
 will face Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the next round.
 
 Meanwhile,  seventh-seeded Canadian  slugger  Milos Raonic  got past  Spaniard
 Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) and ninth-seeded U.S. Open champ
 Marin Cilic moved on by beating Japan's Hiroki Moriya 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
 
 Eleventh-seeded  Bulgarian star  Grigor Dimitrov  grounded Argentine  Federico
 Delbonis  6-3, 6-0, 6-4, while 14th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson bested
 Frenchman  Lucas  Pouille  6-2,  7-5,  3-6,  6-3,  16th-seeded  Belgian  David
 Goffin  topped Argentine Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-1, and 17th-seeded
 American  John  Isner dismissed Japanese Go  Soeda 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 at this
 grass-court fortnight.
 
 In other action involving seeds, Aussie John Millman surprised No. 19 Spaniard
 Tommy  Robredo  6-2, 6-3,  6-4; No.  21 Frenchman  Richard Gasquet rolled past
 Aussie  Luke  Saville 6-3,  6-2, 6-2;  No. 24  Argentine Leonardo Mayer erased
 Aussie  Thanasi Kokkinakis  7-6  (9-7), 7-6  (7-3), 6-4;  No.  26 Aussie  Nick
 Kyrgios clipped Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6); No. 27 Aussie
 Bernard  Tomic  outlasted German  Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3,  3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3;
 American  Denis  Kudla doused No.  28 Pablo Cuevas  of Uruguay 6-7 (4-7), 4-6,
 6-3,  6-2,  6-2; and No. 32  Austrian Dominic Thiem overcame Israeli Dudi Sela
 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
 
 Several  other  men moved on,  including Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, Argentine
 Juan  Monaco,  ageless German  Tommy Haas, former  Aussie Open finalist Marcos
 Baghdatis, and American Steve Johnson.
 
 On  Tuesday, opening-round  matches  will come  for  the seven-time  Wimbledon
 champion  Federer,  former winner Andy  Murray, former runner-up Tomas Berdych
 and  two-time winner  Rafael Nadal.  The  second-seeded Federer  will take  on
 Bosnian   Damir   Dzumhur,  while   the  third-seeded  Murray  will  encounter
 Kazakhstan's  Mikhail  Kukushkin, the  sixth-seeded Berdych will meet France's
 Jeremy  Chardy, and  a 10th-seeded  Nadal will  battle Brazilian  fellow left-
 handier Thomaz Bellucci.
 
 Federer is seeking a men's-record eighth championship at the AEC.
 
 The 2015 Wimbledon champ will claim $2.9 million.
 
 
           === Serena, Sharapova, Venus roll in Wimbledon openers ===
 
 Wimbledon,  England  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Playing her  first  tennis  since
 capturing  the  French Open title four  weeks ago, Serena Williams was an easy
 opening-round winner Monday at Wimbledon. Fellow former Wimbledon champs Maria
 Sharapova and Venus Williams joined Serena in the round of 64.
 
 After  falling  behind 1-3 in  the first set  on Day 1,  the world No. 1 great
 Serena  responded  by winning 11  of the  next 13 games  in a 6-4, 6-1 victory
 over  little-known  Russian Margarita  Gasparyan at  the venerable All England
 Club.
 
 The  reigning French,  Aussie and U.S. Open champion Serena is seeking a sixth
 Wimbledon  title  and her  first since  2012. The American  is also a two-time
 runner-up at the AEC.
 
 "It  feels good so  far. Just one match but it feels good just to be back here
 at  Wimbledon. I've done  so well here in the past so I'll always have so many
 good  memories here,"  said the  33-year-old Serena  after her  73rd Wimbledon
 match win.
 
 Her second-round opponent will be Hungarian Timea Babos.
 
 Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded former world No. 1 Sharapova eased past Britain's
 Johanna Konta 6-2, 6-2.
 
 Sharapova  stunned  Serena in  the  2004  Wimbledon  final  and was  the  2011
 runner-up to Petra Kvitova.
 
 The  five-time major  champion Sharapova will face Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp
 on Wednesday.
 
 Serena's   16th-seeded   big  sister,   Venus,  moved  on  by  double-bageling
 fellow American Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-0.
 
 The  former  world No. 1  Venus is a  five-time Wimbledon champ and three-time
 runner-up.
 
 In some other top-10 action, sixth-seeded French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova
 overcame  American Alison Riske 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, seventh-seeded former world No.
 1  Ana  Ivanovic drubbed  Chinese  Xu  Yi-Fan  6-1,  6-1 and  Latvia's  Jelena
 Ostapenko stunned ninth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0.
 
 Eleventh-seeded  Czech  slugger  Karolina  Pliskova held  off  American  Irina
 Falconi  6-4,  4-6, 6-1;  14th-seeded  German  Andrea Petkovic  double-bageled
 American Shelby Rogers 6-0, 6-0; 19th-seeded former French Open runner-up Sara
 Errani  snuck past  former  French  Open champ  and  fellow Italian  Francesca
 Schiavone  6-2, 5-7, 6-1; 22nd-seeded former U.S. Open titlist Samantha Stosur
 topped  Montenegro's Danka  Kovinic 6-4,  6-4;  and 23rd-seeded  former No.  1
 Victoria Azarenka drilled Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-1.
 
 Kazakhstan's  Zarina  Diyas  dismissed  24th-seeded  Italian  Flavia  Pennetta
 6-3,  2-6,  6-4, while improving  American Sloane Stephens upended 27th-seeded
 Czech  Barbora  Strycova 6-4, 6-2  and 29th-seeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu
 bested Russian Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.
 
 Several  other  women  advanced, including  Americans  Bethanie  Mattek-Sands,
 Lauren Davis and Coco Vandeweghe.
 
 On  Tuesday, some  more first-round  action will  see a  second-seeded Kvitova
 take  on  Dutchwoman Kiki  Bertens, third-seeded  former French Open runner-up
 Simona  Halep meet  Slovak  Jana Cepelova,  fifth-seeded  U.S. Open  runner-up
 and   former  world  No.  1  Caroline  Wozniacki  tangle  with  Chinese  Zheng
 Saisai,  and a  12th-seeded Bouchard  locking  horns with  Chinese Duan  Ying-
 Ying.
 
 Kvitova  captured her second Wimbledon title in four years by beating Canada's
 Bouchard in last year's lopsided finale.
 
 The 2015 Wimbledon champ will collect $2.9 million.
 
 
                 === Wisconsin's Ryan: 'One more season' ===
 
 Madison,  WI  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Wisconsin head  men's basketball coach Bo
 Ryan announced on Monday that he plans on retiring after next season.
 
 Ryan  said in  a statement  released by  the university  that he  contemplated
 retirement  after  last year's  national championship run,  but has decided to
 coach one more year.
 
 "(UW  athletics director)  Barry (Alvarez) encouraged me to take some time and
 think  about  it and I  have done  that," said Ryan.  "I am looking forward to
 another year with our program..."
 
 Ryan  added that  he hopes longtime assistant  Greg Gard will be named the new
 head coach.
 
 Ryan  has a  740-228  career  coaching record,  including  a  357-125 mark  at
 Wisconsin.  The Badgers  went  36-4  last season,  advancing  to the  national
 championship game before losing to Duke.
 
 
              === Williams, Cheeks hired as Thunder assistants ===
 
 Oklahoma  City, OK  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Oklahoma City  Thunder coach  Billy
 Donovan  will  have plenty of experience  working under him as he prepares for
 his first season in the NBA.
 
 Former  NBA head  coaches Monty Williams and Maurice Cheeks and recently fired
 University  of  Alabama head coach Anthony  Grant were hired by the Thunder as
 assistant coaches, the team announced Monday.
 
 Donovan was hired to replace the fired Scott Brooks after spending the last 19
 seasons as the head coach at the University of Florida.
 
 "I'm  really  excited about the vast  experience that this staff will bring to
 our team," he said in a statement.
 
 Williams  was fired as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans last month after
 guiding the team to a 173-221 record and two playoff berths in five seasons.
 
 Cheeks  last coached  the Detroit Pistons, who fired him in February 2014 just
 50 games into his first season. He has also coached Portland and Philadelphia,
 leading  the  three  teams  to  a  combined  305-315  mark  and  four  playoff
 appearances.
 
 Grant was fired by Alabama in March after leading the Crimson Tide to a 117-85
 record and one NCAA Tournament berth in six seasons. He served as an assistant
 under Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006.
 
 Mark  Bryant and Darko Rajakovic remained as assistants after Brooks was fired
 in April.
 
 The  Thunder  hired Billy Schmidt, an  assistant under Donovan at Florida last
 season, as quality control coach.
 
 
              === Report: Wade opts out of contract with Heat ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dwyane Wade declined the $16.1 million player option he
 has with the Miami Heat next season and will become a free agent, according to
 a report by ESPN on Monday.
 
 Wade,  33,  will be  able to negotiate  with any team  when free agency begins
 Wednesday.
 
 The  perennial  All-Star has  spent his  entire 12-year  career with the Heat,
 winning  three NBA titles. He is reportedly seeking a three-year contract with
 an average salary of at least $16 million per year.
 
 Wade took less salary when LeBron James and Chris Bosh were signed to form the
 "Big  3" in  Miami in 2010 and did  so again when James went back to Cleveland
 last season.
 
 The  11-time All-Star, who has missed 48 games the past two seasons and 78 the
 past  four due to recurring injuries, averaged 21.5 points and 4.8 assists per
 game this past season.
 
 Wade ranks atop the Heat franchise list in games, points, assists and steals.
 
 Earlier Monday, the Heat announced Luol Deng has elected to pick up the option
 for the remaining year of his contract.
 
 Miami  signed Deng to a two-year, $20 million contract last July that included
 a  $10.15 million  player option for 2015-16. The two-time All-Star started 72
 games in his Heat debut, averaging 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
 
 
          === Magic first-rounder Hezonja bought out by Euro team ===
 
 Orlando,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mario Hezonja has reached an agreement with
 his  Spanish League team  to release him from his contract, paving the way for
 the 2015 lottery pick to play for the Orlando Magic next season.
 
 The  Magic selected Hezonja, considered one of the top shooters in this year's
 draft, with the fifth overall selection in Thursday's draft.
 
 Hezonja  has spent  the last two seasons  with FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB
 league.  The 6-foot-8  swingman shot  39.2  percent from  3-point range  while
 averaging 4.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games in 2014-15.
 
 
                  === Heat's Deng opts in for next season ===
 
 Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - While the Miami Heat wait on a decision from
 Dwyane  Wade,  the team will  have Luol Deng back  in uniform for the upcoming
 season.
 
 The  Heat announced Monday that Deng has elected to pick up the option for the
 remaining year of his contract.
 
 Miami  signed Deng to a two-year, $20 million contract last July that included
 a  $10.15 million  player option for 2015-16. The two-time All-Star started 72
 games in his Heat debut, averaging 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
 
 Opting  in  allows Deng to  test the 2016 free  agent market, during which the
 salary  cap  is expected  to  increase  substantially  due  to the  NBA's  new
 television contract deal with ESPN and Turner Sports.
 
 Wade  also has a player option for next season and must make a decision before
 midnight  on Tuesday. Multiple sources have indicated that the Heat's all-time
 leader  in points and  games played is planning on opting out and testing free
 agency.
 
 
              === Warriors exercise 2015-16 option on Speights ===
 
 Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Golden State Warriors announced Monday
 they  have  exercised their $3.8 million  team option on Marreese Speights for
 the 2015-16 season.
 
 Speights,  27, signed with  the Warriors as a free agent two years ago and has
 averaged 8.4 points in 155 games for them, including a career-best 10.4 points
 in 76 games this past season.
 
 The  6-foot-10  big man averaged 3.7  points and 2.1 rebounds in 10 postseason
 games this year to help the Warriors win their first NBA title since 1975.
 
 The seven-year veteran was drafted in the first round by Philadelphia in 2008.
 
 
                     === Bulls' Hinrich picks up option ===
 
 Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Chicago Bulls  guard  Kirk  Hinrich  has
 exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season, the team announced Monday.
 
 Hinrich  will earn  $2.85 million  in  the final  season of  a two-year,  $5.6
 million deal the veteran signed with the Bulls last summer.
 
 The 34-year-old averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 assists and shot 34.5 percent from 3-
 point  range in 66 games for Chicago last season, primarily in a reserve role.
 Over 12 NBA seasons, Hinrich owns averages of 11.4 points and 5.0 assists over
 833 games and is a 37.5 percent career shooter from beyond the arc.
 
 Hinrich spent his first seven NBA campaigns with the Bulls before being traded
 to  Washington in  2010. He  rejoined Chicago  as a  free agent  prior to  the
 2012-13 season.
 
 
                         === Magic waive Ben Gordon ===
 
 Orlando,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Orlando Magic waived guard Ben Gordon
 on Monday.
 
 Gordon  played in  56 games last season with Orlando, averaging 6.2 points and
 1.1  rebounds.  He shot 36.1  percent from  three-point range and 83.6 percent
 from the free-throw line.
 
 Selected  by Chicago in the first round (third overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft,
 Gordon  has appeared  in 744 career regular-season games (269 starts) with the
 Bulls, Detroit, Charlotte and Orlando, averaging 14.9 points per game.
 
 
        === Hawks' Korver faces another surgery, this time on elbow ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Hawks  guard Kyle Korver is set to
 undergo surgery for the second time in five weeks.
 
 The  Hawks said Monday that Korver will have surgery in New York on Tuesday to
 remove loose bodies from his right elbow.
 
 The  sharpshooter  is still  recovering  from  surgery  last month  to  repair
 ligament  damage in his right ankle. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Game 2
 of  the  Eastern Conference finals  and missed the  rest of the series against
 Cleveland.
 
 Recovery  time  for his elbow surgery  will be determined after the procedure,
 the  Hawks  said. Korver is already  expected to be sidelined for around three
 months because of the ankle surgery.
 
 
           === Lidstrom, Fedorov, Pronger among Hockey Hall class ===
 
 Toronto,  ON (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Former Detroit  Red  Wings stars  Nicklas
 Lidstrom  and Sergei  Fedorov and standout defenseman Chris Pronger were among
 seven selections to the 2015 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
 
 The  trio join longtime defenseman Phil Housley, women's star Angela Ruggiero,
 Carolina  Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos and former player and executive Bill
 Hay as new inductees.
 
 All  will be  formally inducted in a  ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame this
 November.
 
 Lidstrom  completed  a tremendous 20-year  career, all  with the Red Wings, in
 2012  and  won the  Norris Trophy  honoring the  league's top defenseman seven
 times, one shy of Bobby Orr's all-time record. Six of those awards came over a
 seven-year stretch from 2001-08.
 
 The native Swede ranks fourth among NHL blueliners in games played (1,564) and
 sixth  in points  (1,142) and  was  a major  contributor to  four Stanley  Cup
 championships in Detroit.
 
 Fedorov  won three  Stanley Cups alongside Lidstrom in Detroit and amassed 483
 goals  and  1,179 points over  a stellar 18-year  career, highlighted by a 56-
 goal,  120-point  campaign in  1993-94 that  earned the  Russian star the Hart
 Trophy.
 
 Pronger  is still technically an active player, though the physical defenseman
 has  not competed since the 2011-12 season due to ongoing concussion symptoms.
 The  40-year-old's  contract  was  traded  to the  Arizona  Coyotes  from  the
 Philadelphia Flyers during this past weekend's NHL Draft.
 
 Prior  to  the injuries, Pronger  was named an All-Star  eight times in his 16
 seasons  and joined Orr  as the only defenseman to capture the Hart and Norris
 Trophies  in the  same season when he  accomplished the feat with St. Louis in
 2000.
 
 Additionally,  Pronger captained the Anaheim Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup and
 reached  the finals with two other teams, Edmonton in 2005 and Philadelphia in
 2010.
 
 Housley's  1,232  career points are  the fourth-most among NHL defensemen, and
 the  Minnesota native  eclipsed 60 or more  points six times in his 21 seasons
 while earning seven All-Star nods.
 
 Ruggiero  stands as one of the most decorated players in women's international
 history,  having won four gold medals and six silvers competing for the United
 States  in the  World Championships.  The  former defender  claimed four  more
 medals in Olympic play, including a gold in Nagano in 1998.
 
 She  becomes the  fourth women's  player elected  to the  Hall, joining  Cammi
 Granato, Angela James and Geraldine Heaney.
 
 Karmanos  purchased the  then-Hartford Whalers in 1994 and moved the franchise
 to  Raleigh  in 1997.  The  Hurricanes  won the  2006  Stanley  Cup under  his
 ownership,  and  he was named  the recipient of  the Lester Patrick Trophy for
 service  to  the sport in  1998 for his  involvment in developing youth hockey
 programs in North America.
 
 Hay  played eight seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1960-67 and won the
 Calder  Trophy  as a rookie.  The 79-year-old has  more recently served as the
 president  and CEO  of the Calgary Flames  from 1991-98 and was the CEO of the
 Hockey Hall of Fame between 1998 and 2013.
 
 Also  taking  part in  this  year's  enshrinement  ceremonies are  TSN  Canada
 broadcaster Bob McKenzie, recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence
 in  hockey journalism,  and Los  Angeles Kings  radio announcer  Nick Nickson,
 named the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for outstanding contributions to
 broadcasting.
 
 
                === Canucks reach deals with Markstrom, Vey ===
 
 Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks have agreed to terms
 on  a  two-year  contract  with goaltender  Jacob  Markstrom,  preventing  the
 restricted free agent from testing the market.
 
 Acquired  from Florida  in the  in-season  deal that  sent four-time  All-Star
 netminder  Roberto  Luongo to the  Panthers in  March of 2014, Markstrom spent
 most of last season with Vancouver's AHL affiliate in San Antonio. The Canucks
 recently cleared the way for the 25-year-old to serve as Ryan Miller's backup,
 however,  by  trading goaltender Eddie  Lack to Carolina during last weekend's
 NHL Draft.
 
 Over 50 career NHL games with the Panthers and Canucks, Markstrom has posted a
 13-28-5 record and a 3.19 goals-against average.
 
 The  Canucks also announced the signing of fellow restricted free agent Linden
 Vey  on Monday.  The 23-year-old forward recorded 10 goals and 14 assists over
 75 games as a rookie in 2014-15.
 
 
            === Stars ink recently acquired Niemi to 3-year deal ===
 
 Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars on Monday signed Antti Niemi
 to  a  three-year contract, two  days after acquiring the Finnish goaltender's
 rights in a trade with the San Jose Sharks.
 
 The  Stars gave the Sharks a pick in the seventh round of Saturday's draft for
 the  rights to Niemi, who could have become an unrestricted free agent on July
 1.
 
 "We  acquired Antti's  rights with the expectation to get him signed and we're
 thrilled  to have  come  to an  agreement this  quickly,"  said Stars  general
 manager Jim Nill. "This gives us two upper-echelon goaltenders and the quality
 of  depth at that  position will provide us a great chance to win on a nightly
 basis."
 
 The  31-year-old Niemi  has  a  190-100-40 record  with  a 2.39  goals-against
 average  and  a .916 save  percentage in 338 career  games for Chicago and San
 Jose.
 
 He was 31-23-7 with a 2.59 GAA and a .914 save percentage last season.
 
 Niemi  backstopped  the Blackhawks to the  2010 Stanley Cup title in his first
 full  season in the NHL, but he became a UFA in the summer when the Blackhawks
 walked away from his arbitration award and signed with the Sharks.
 
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers signed forward
 Chris  VandeVelde to  a multi-year  extension Monday.  Further terms  were not
 disclosed.
 
 VandeVelde,  slated to  become an  unrestricted free  agent Wednesday,  posted
 career  bests of nine  goals and 15 points over 72 games in his first full NHL
 season in 2014-15.
 
 The  28-year-old had recorded just one goal and three assists in 46 games with
 Edmonton and Philadelphia prior to last season.
 
 VandeVelde  will be reunited with new Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, who also
 coached the Minnesota product at the University of North Dakota from 2006-10.
 
 
                 === Penguins re-sign D Cole to 3-year deal ===
 
 Pittsburgh,   PA  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Pittsburgh  Penguins  re-signed
 defenseman Ian Cole to a three-year, $6.3 million contract on Monday.
 
 Cole  had a  goal and seven assists  in 20 games with the Penguins after being
 acquired from the St. Louis Blues at last season's trade deadline.
 
 Selected  by  the Blues in  the first round (18th  overall) of the 2007 draft,
 Cole has registered 10 goals and 39 points in 187 career games.
 
 
          === Canadiens buy out final year of Parenteau's contract ===
 
 Montreal,  QC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens have bought out the
 contract of forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, the team announced Monday.
 
 Parenteau,  who went  unclaimed  through waivers,  had one  year  left on  his
 contract at $4 million. He will count $1.33 million against Montreal's cap for
 the next two years.
 
 "I  would  like to thank Pierre-Alexandre  for his time as a Montreal Canadien
 and  wish  him the best with  his career," general manager Marc Bergevin said.
 "It was a difficult decision to make, but we feel it gives us more flexibility
 as  we  continue to improve  our club and provide  our young prospects with an
 opportunity to earn a spot on our roster."
 
 The  32-year-old Quebec native was acquired by the Canadiens from the Colorado
 Avalanche  a  year ago. He  played in 56 games  this past season for Montreal,
 registering  eight goals  and 14 assists. He  added one goal and one assist in
 eight playoff games.
 
 Parenteau  has produced  81 goals and 227  points in 347 career games with the
 Chicago  Blackhawks,  New York  Rangers,  New  York Islanders,  Avalanche  and
 Canadiens.
 
 
                === Capitals re-sign Beagle for 3 more years ===
 
 Arlington,  VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals re-signed forward
 Jay Beagle to a three-year, $5.25 million contract on Monday.
 
 Beagle, 29, set career highs in goals (10), assists (10) and points (20) while
 playing in 62 games for the Capitals last season.
 
 "We are pleased to re-sign Jay to a new three-year contract," Capitals general
 manager Brian MacLellan said. "Jay is a hard-working player who plays multiple
 positions  and is  an  excellent  face-off man  and  penalty  killer. Jay  has
 improved  steadily  since joining our  organization and has always brought his
 game to a different level in the playoffs."
 
 Signed  by the  Capitals as an undrafted  free agent in March 2008, Beagle has
 registered 23 goals and 47 points in 254 career games.
 
 
              === Bruins get Rinaldo from Flyers for 2017 pick ===
 
 Boston,  MA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  Boston  Bruins acquired  forward  Zac
 Rinaldo  from the  Philadelphia Flyers on Monday in exchange for a third-round
 draft pick in 2017, the teams announced.
 
 Rinaldo, 25, has spent the past four seasons at the NHL level with the Flyers,
 who drafted him in the sixth round in 2008.
 
 The  nettlesome forward  accumulated one  goal, five  assists and  102 penalty
 minutes  in 58 games  this past season and has totaled eight goals, 16 assists
 and 572 penalty minutes in 223 career games.
 
 
                      === Blackhawks retain D Rundblad ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago
 Blackhawks have reached agreement with defenseman David Rundblad on a two-year
 extension shortly before he was to hit restricted free agency.
 
 Rundblad,  a  former first-round pick of  St. Louis, set career bests of three
 goals  and 14  points over 49 regular-season games for Chicago in 2014-15. The
 24-year-old  Swede  also participated  in five  postseason contests during the
 Blackhawks' recent title run.
 
 Over 104 career NHL games, Rundblad has accumulated four goals, 19 assists and
 a minus-four rating. He was acquired by the Blackhawks in a trade with Arizona
 in March of 2014.
 
 
            === Kings terminate Richards' contract over 'breach' ===
 
 Los  Angeles, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings said Monday they
 terminated  the contract of former All-Star center Mike Richards over what the
 team called a "material breach."
 
 They  Kings  said they would  have no comment beyond  a news release that said
 Richards'  deal  was terminated "for a  material breach of the requirements of
 his standard player's contract."
 
 "We  are not prepared  to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying
 grounds for the contract termination at this time," the Kings said.
 
 Richards,  30,  was placed  on waivers this  past season and  then sent to the
 minors for the first time in his career, largely over salary-cap issues.
 
 The  former first-round draft pick signed a 12-year, $69 million deal with the
 Philadelphia  Flyers in 2007  and carried a salary cap hit of $5.7 million for
 the Kings.
 
 Richards  spent his  first six NHL seasons  with the Flyers, who traded him to
 Los  Angeles in June 2011. He had 46 goals and 87 assists in 257 games for the
 Kings over the past four seasons and won two Stanley Cups with the team.
 
 
              === Sam returns to CFL's Alouettes after absence ===
 
 Montreal,  QC  (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael  Sam returned to practice for the
 CFL's  Montreal Alouettes  on Monday  after leaving  the team  for unexplained
 personal reasons earlier this month.
 
 The 25-year-old defensive end was the first openly gay player to be drafted by
 an  NFL team  when he was taken in  the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams in
 2014.
 
 The  former SEC  Defensive Player of the  Year at Missouri was cut by the Rams
 and  signed to  the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, but didn't appear on their
 active roster last season.
 
 The  Alouettes signed Sam to a two-year deal on May 22, then announced on June
 12  that he was leaving training camp for "personal reasons" that would remain
 confidential.
 
 Sam, who returned home to Texas, was placed on the team's suspended list a few
 days  later.  The Alouettes announced on  Friday that he would rejoin the team
 over the weekend and be at practice Monday.
 
 His  return  followed the U.S. Supreme  Court's decision last week to legalize
 gay marriage across America. Gay marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005.
 
 
                  === Watson up to No. 3 in world rankings ===
 
 Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bubba Watson defeated Paul Casey on the
 second  playoff hole  Sunday to win the Travelers Championship and that helped
 Watson move up to No. 3 in the world rankings.
 
 Watson,  a two-time  Masters winner, improved two spots in the rankings thanks
 to his eighth PGA Tour win.
 
 Rory  McIlroy  and Jordan Spieth  remained the  top two players. With Watson's
 climb  to  third, Dustin  Johnson dipped  one to fourth.  Jim Furyk and Henrik
 Stenson both moved up one to fifth and sixth.
 
 Justin Rose tumbled three places to seventh and was followed by Jason Day, who
 remained  No.  8 this week.  Rickie Fowler  and Sergio Garcia exchanged places
 with Fowler up to ninth.
 
 Adam  Scott stayed  put at No. 11  and was again trailed by Jimmy Walker, J.B.
 Holmes, Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Reed.
 
 Matt  Kuchar and  Chris Kirk moved up  one spot apiece to 16th and 17th, while
 Louis Oosthuizen tumbled two places to 18th. Billy Horschel and Phil Mickelson
 were 19th and 20th again this week.
 
 Despite  his loss,  Casey improved from 35th to 23rd. Pablo Larrazabal won for
 the fourth time on the European Tour and jumped 49 places to No. 69.
 
 
                === Choi jumps to 13th after win in Arkansas ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Na Yeon  Choi came from behind on the
 back  nine Sunday to  win the NW Arkansas Championship and jumped to No. 13 in
 the world rankings.
 
 The win was Choi's ninth on the LPGA Tour. She holed out for eagle on 16, then
 birdied  the  17th to earn  her 2-shot win. She  climbed seven spots from last
 week.
 
 Inbee  Park  remained No. 1  and was again followed  by Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis,
 Hyo-Joo  Kim,  Suzann Pettersen and  Shanshan Feng. Lewis  was closing in on a
 successful title defense before Choi came from behind for the win.
 
 Anna  Nordqvist shared  third  place with  Lewis and  Azahara  Munoz and  that
 helped  Nordqvist  improve two places to  seventh. That pushed So Yeon Ryu and
 Brittany Lincicome down to eighth and ninth.
 
 Sei  Young  Kim held  steady at No.  10, while Cristie  Kerr and Lexi Thompson
 traded  places with Kerr  up to 11th. Following Choi in 13th, Mirim Lee dipped
 one to 14, while Amy Yang held steady at 15.
 
 Minjee Lee moved up a notch to 16th, Michelle Wie tumbled three places to 17th
 and Karrie Webb was down a pair to 18th. Munoz improved two to 19th and In Gee
 Chun fell two to 20th.
 
 Morgan Pressel fell out of the top 20 as she dropped two places to 21st.
 
 
             === Grace, Smith, Lowry accept PGA Tour membership ===
 
 Ponte  Vedra Beach,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The PGA Tour announced on Monday
 that  Branden Grace,  Cameron  Smith  and Shane  Lowry  have accepted  special
 temporary membership for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.
 
 With their finishes at the U.S. Open, all three players earned enough FedExCup
 points  to surpass  the player  the  finished 150th  on the  points list  last
 season.
 
 The trio can now accept unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of this
 season  as they  try to earn their  PGA Tour card for 2015-16 campaign via the
 non-member money list or non-member FedExCup points list.
 
 They join Danny Willett and Patrick Rodgers, who both earned special temporary
 membership earlier in the season.
 
 Grace,  who won  twice on the European  Tour earlier this season, has made the
 cut  in  seven of his  nine PGA  Tour starts this  season. He has three top-10
 finishes, including a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open.
 
 Smith  missed the  cut in  five of  eight PGA  Tour starts  at one  point this
 season,  but tied for fourth with Grace at Chambers Bay and shared fifth place
 at the CIMB Classic last fall.
 
 Lowry  has made  seven cuts  in 10  starts this  season on  the PGA  Tour. The
 Irishman  shared  seventh at Torrey  Pines and tied  for ninth at the Chambers
 Bay.
 
 
               === Hard Aces enters poll off Gold Cup victory ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) -  This week's  NTRA National  Thoroughbred
 Poll  has just one new member in the top 10 while American Pharoah remains the
 unanimous top selection.
 
 Joining  the top  10 for the first  time is Hard Aces, trained by John Sadler,
 off  his victory in Saturday's Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old is 10th
 in the voting with 42 points.
 
 Owned  by  Hronis Racing, Hard  Aces nosed out  Hoppertunity in the 1 1/4-mile
 Gold Cup.
 
 "He's  improving. Every race, he's getting better and better. When he was back
 east  he wasn't quite  there but in his last race he ran good and today he ran
 great," said Hard Aces jockey Victory Espinoza.
 
 The Gold Cup win puts Hard Aces into this year's Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct.
 31. Sadler has Del Mar's Pacific Classic on Aug. 22 penciled in as the horse's
 next start.
 
 "He'll stay home and run right in our own back yard at Del Mar," Sadler said.
 
 The first nine places in the poll are unchanged from last week.
 
 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah again received all 41 first-place votes
 for  410 points  followed by Shared Belief (313), Honor Code (302), California
 Chrome (259), Main  Sequence (167), Tonalist (153), Noble Bird (106), Beholder
 (89) and Lea (78).
 
 The National Poll continues through the Breeders' Cup.
 
 
                    === Polland jumps 4 clear at PGA Pro ===
 
 Flourtown,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben  Polland carded  a 3-under 67 in the
 second  round  Monday and  jumped four strokes  clear of the  field at the PGA
 Professional National Championship.
 
 Polland, one of five first-round co-leaders, ended 36 holes at 7-under 135.
 
 Players  were split  between two  courses,  Militia Hill  and Wissahickon,  at
 Philadelphia Cricket Club. Polland played round two on the Wissahickon course.
 
 Grant  Sturgeon  posted a 1-under  69 on the  Wissahickon course and ended two
 rounds  at minus-3, where  he was joined by Charles Frost, who fired a 5-under
 67 on the Militia Hill course.
 
 Joe  Leonard (70), Steven Young (71), first-round co-leader Shawn Warren (72),
 Mark  Brown (68) and  Rob Labritz (71) share fourth place at minus-2. They all
 played the Wissahickon course on Monday.
 
 Polland  opened with  a birdie at the  first and followed with three pars in a
 row. He gave that shot back with a bogey on the par-3 fifth. Polland flew into
 the lead with three straight birdies from the par-5 seventh.
 
 Around the turn, he tripped to a bogey at the 11th, but came right back with a
 birdie at 12. Polland closed his round with six straight pars.
 
 Sturgeon had eight pars and a birdie on the front nine. After nine consecutive
 pars from the eighth, he traded a birdie for a bogey from the 17th.
 
 Frost  feasted on  the par-5s on Monday.  He made eagle at the par-5 third and
 birdied  the other three  par-5s. Frost dropped shots at nine and 11, while he
 also birdied the 12th and 16th for his 67.
 
 Kyle  Voska,  Shane Zywiec  and Austin  Peters were  the other first-round co-
 leaders.  Voska and  Zywiec, who tripped to  73s, fell into a tie for ninth at
 minus-1, while Peters (74) dropped into a share of 14th at even-par 142.
 
 The  cut after round  two fell at 5-over-par 147 with 100 players moving on to
 round three. Defending champion Michael Block (74) made the cut on the number.
 There will be another cut to the low 70 and ties after the third round.
 
 Among those that missed the cut were former champions Chip Sullivan, Ron Philo
 Jr., Mike Burke Jr., Darrell Kestner and Brett Upper.
 
 
 
 
 
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