=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, July 22 ===
=== Yankees pick up Headley from Padres ===
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees have acquired third
baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for infielder
Yangervis Solarte and pitcher Rafael De Paula.
The Yankees also received cash considerations in the deal.
Headley is batting just .229 with seven homers and 32 runs batted in over 77
games this season. He was considered one of the Padres' top players just two
years ago when he clubbed 31 homers, drove in 115 runs and batted .286.
However, the 30-year-old Colorado native saw his production drop dramatically
last year with only 13 homers and 50 RBI while batting .250 in 141 games. He
has 87 homers and 401 RBI with a .266 average over eight big league seasons.
Solarte won a job with the Yankees during spring training and had a hot start
to the season that made him the everyday third baseman for much of the first
However, he struggled for most of June and was sent to the minors in early
July before a quick recall because of injuries. He was batting .299 on June 8,
but is currently hitting .254 with six homers and 31 RBI in 75 games. The 27-
year-old native of Venezuela had 26 runs batted in through May.
De Paula, a 23-year-old right-hander, is 6-5 with a 4.15 earned run average
and 104 strikeouts in 89 innings over 20 games for Single-A Tampa.
It's the second big trade for the Padres in a week. They dealt closer Huston
Street to the Angels last Friday.
The Yankees have also now made a pair of moves this month, previously
acquiring pitcher Brandon McCarthy from Arizona to help an injury-plagued
=== Rockies SS Tulowitzki heads to DL ===
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies placed
All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
The move, which is retroactive to July 20, is due to a left hip flexor strain.
Prior to this setback, the 29-year-old infielder was hitting a major-league
best .340 while collecting 21 home runs, 18 doubles, 52 RBI and 71 runs scored
in 91 games.
To fill the roster spot, the Rockies recalled pitcher Yohan Flande from
Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Tuesday's contest against Washington.
Flande went 0-2 with a 7.36 earned run average in three starts between June 25
and July 6.
=== Dodgers' Beckett returns to start ===
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers activated pitcher
Josh Beckett from the 15-day disabled list to start against the Pittsburgh
Pirates on Tuesday.
Beckett, who last pitched on July 6 and landed on the DL because of a left hip
impingement, will return to counter Pirates right-hander Vance Worley.
The 34-year-old has compiled a 6-5 record with a 2.26 ERA over 17 starts this
season, including a no-hitter against Philadelphia on May 25.
The Dodgers optioned pitcher Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A Albuquerque to make
room for Beckett.
Rodriguez made 12 relief appearances for Los Angeles this season.
=== Oakland's Reddick activated ===
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder
Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Reddick had been sidelined since June 29 with a right knee strain.
He is batting .229 with four home runs and 24 RBI over 54 games this season.
To make room on the roster, the A's optioned infielder Andy Parrino to Triple-
=== Cubs activate Bonifacio ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs activated utilityman Emilio
Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Kyle
Hendricks from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
To make room on the roster, the Cubs designated infielder Darwin Barney for
assignment and optioned left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup to Triple-A.
Hendricks will be the starting pitcher and Bonifacio will be available for the
Cubs' series opener against the San Diego Padres Tuesday night at Wrigley
Bonifacio returns to the Cubs after being on the disabled list with a right
oblique strain since June 13. He is batting .261 with 16 RBI and 13 stolen
bases in 61 games this season.
Hendricks joins the Cubs for the second time this season after making his big
league debut July 10 at Cincinnati, when he recorded a no decision in
Chicago's 6-4 win.
The right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in six
innings, striking out seven.
Barney batted just .230 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs
this season, while Rosscup had no record and a 7.50 ERA in seven relief
=== Indians recall Salazar for Tuesday start ===
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Prior to Tuesday's contest, the
Cleveland Indians recalled pitcher Danny Salazar from Triple-A Columbus to
take the hill against the Minnesota Twins.
Salazar started last October's American League Wild Card Game as a rookie
for the Cleveland Indians, but was demoted in mid-May after struggling on the
Salazar threw 98 pitches in just four innings and allowed a pair of solo
homers in a May 15 loss at Toronto, which dropped him to 1-4. The talented
right-hander produced a 5.53 earned run average through eight starts, with
opponents hitting .301 against him. He failed to last beyond the fifth inning
in five of those assignments.
Regarded as one of the Indians' top pitching prospects entering the 2013
campaign, Salazar earned the starting nod in last year's Wild Card Game by
striking out 65 over 52 innings and posting a 3.12 ERA in 10 starts following
a midseason promotion to the majors.
To make room on the roster, the Tribe optioned pitcher C.C. Lee to Columbus.
Lee has not registered a decision this season, allowing six earned runs and 15
hits over 12 2/3 innings across 15 appearances for Cleveland.
=== Rays shelve Peralta due to virus ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - An illness that Tampa Bay Rays pitcher
Joel Peralta sustained during the All-Star break has landed the veteran
reliever on the 15-day disabled list.
The Rays believe that Peralta, who did not pitch in the Rays' three-game
series against Minnesota this past weekend while battling a fever and joint
pain, acquired the Chikungunya virus from a mosquito bite when he returned to
his native Dominican Republic for the All-Star break.
Peralta is expected to be healthy once eligible to return from the DL, with
Tampa Bay backdating the stint to July 13.
The durable right-hander owns a 2-3 record with a 4.15 earned run average in
43 appearances this season. Peralta has pitched in at least 71 games in each
of the previous three campaigns.
Pitcher Jeff Beliveau was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster
spot. The left-hander had a pair of scoreless one-inning outings with the Rays
back in April.
=== Reds place Ondrusek on DL ===
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds placed relief pitcher
Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday due to a strained right
Ondrusek, a right-hander, has appeared in 29 games this season, posting a 3-2
mark with a 4.31 ERA. He's struck out 29 in 31 1/3 innings, yielding 36 hits
and walking 13.
The Reds recalled pitcher Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville to fill the
vacated roster spot.
=== Blue Jays bring up P Sanchez ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract
of pitcher Aaron Sanchez from Triple-A Buffalo amidst a flurry of roster moves
Sanchez, who is the 18th ranked top prospect by MLB.com, has gone 0-3 in eight
games (six starts) with a 4.19 earned run average this season for the Bisons.
The 22-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft
by the Blue Jays.
Toronto also selected the contract of pitcher Esmil Rogers from Buffalo,
recalled shortstop Ryan Goins, optioned outfielder Darin Mastroianni and
catcher Erik Kratz and designated pitcher Brad Mills for assignment.
Rogers has appeared in 16 games for the Blue Jays this season, his sixth in
the majors, with a 6.97 ERA. Goins has hit for a .150 batting average with one
RBI and a home run in 24 games this year.
Mastroianni has homered and driven in two runs across 21 games for the Twins
and Blue Jays this season, while Kratz has three home runs, 10 RBI and a .198
batting average in 34 games.
Mills, who was claimed off waivers from Oakland, played just one game for the
Blue Jays, where he gave up eight runs in two innings of work on Monday
=== Rangers' Soto heads back to DL ===
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has once
again landed on the disabled list.
Soto, who missed the first half of this season recovering from right knee
surgery, sustained a right groin strain while running the bases during
Monday's 4-2 win over the New York Yankees and was subsequently placed on the
The Rangers needed to make a roster move anyway with pitcher Nick Martinez,
scheduled to start Tuesday's game with New York, set to come off the DL.
Soto returned to the lineup on July 18 but played in just three games before
getting hurt. The veteran backstop went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Monday's
contest and was 4-for-11 in limited action.
Martinez was sent to the DL with discomfort in his left side following a July
1 start at Baltimore, in which the rookie was shelled for eight runs -- six
earned -- and gave up three homers in five innings.
The 23-year-old enters Tuesday's matchup having dropped five straight
decisions since earning his only major league win at Detroit on May 24. In 16
overall appearances (11 starts) for Texas, Martinez has gone 1-6 with a 5.10
=== D-backs send Ross to DL ===
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks placed outfielder
Cody Ross on the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the
Ross is dealing with a strained left calf, an injury he initially sustained
Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. He did make an appearance in Monday's
series opener with the Tigers, producing a pinch-hit single in the ninth
inning before being removed for a runner.
This will be the second DL stint for Ross this season, as he missed Arizona's
first 18 games while recovering from offseason hip surgery.
In 66 overall games in 2014, the 33-year-old is batting .238 with two home
runs and 11 RBI.
Outfielder Alfredo Marte was recalled from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding
move. The 25-year-old saw action in 11 games with the Diamondbacks back in
May, going 5-for-22 with three RBI and 10 strikeouts.
=== Phillies place Mayberry on DL, recall Ruf ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday
placed outfielder John Mayberry Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with left
wrist inflammation and recalled outfielder Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh
The 30-year-old Mayberry has hit an anemic .213 with six home runs, seven
doubles and 21 RBI in just 63 games for the Phils this season.
Ruf hasn't made an appearance in the majors since May 31, having collected
just one hit in 10 at-bats during a seven-game call-up late in the second
month of the campaign.
=== A's, Oakland agree to 10-year lease extension ===
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Athletics and the Oakland City Council
announced a 10-year lease extension agreement that could have the team
continue to play its games at O.co Coliseum.
The final hurdle will come from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on
July 29, but the deal should receive swift approval.
"We are pleased to hear today that the A's owners are agreeing to the terms
the City Council approved last week for a 10-year lease extension," Oakland
mayor Jean Quan and City Council president Pat Kernighan said in a joint
statement. "We want to thank the team's ownership, our colleagues at the
County of Alameda, our negotiators and everyone at the City of Oakland who has
worked tirelessly on our shared priority of keeping the A's here at home.
"Once the A's ownership and the County have approved the deal, we look
forward to moving on to talking about the bigger goal: building a beautiful
new ballpark for the team right here in Oakland."
A's co-owner Lew Wolff reportedly accepted many changes in the lease agreement
from Oakland city officials. The lease agreement reportedly requires that
Wolff have "good faith" discussions about building a new stadium in Oakland.
The Coliseum was built in 1966 and is the only multi-purpose stadium left to
serve as a full-time home to both a Major League Baseball team and a National
Football League team in the United States. The aging facility has had multiple
sewage problems and electricity issues in the past year.
The A's, who have won four World Series Championships during their time in
Oakland and are vying for their third consecutive American League West title
this season, will celebrate their 50th anniversary of playing in Oakland in
=== Dungy clarifies comments on Michael Sam ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Former NFL head coach and current television analyst
Tony Dungy tried to clarify comments he made concerning St. Louis Rams draft
pick Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the league.
Dungy, in an interview with the Tampa Tribune published earlier this week,
said he would not have drafted Sam. Criticism poured in after Dungy was quoted
as saying he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it," meaning the potential
media frenzy surrounding Sam.
On Tuesday, in a statement released to media outlets that included
ProFootballTalk.com, Dungy attempted to clear up any misconceptions.
"I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that I
would not have drafted him," Dungy said in the statement. "I gave my honest
answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the
team. At the time of my interview, the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was
going to chronicle Michael's first season had been announced.
"I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in
the NFL. He absolutely does.
"I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the
evaluation process. It should not.
"I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team.
I would not.
"I have been asked all of those questions several times in the last three
months and have always answered them the same way -- by saying that playing in
the NFL is, and should be, about merit.
"The best players make the team, and everyone should get the opportunity to
prove whether they're good enough to play. That's my opinion as a coach. But
those were not the questions I was asked.
"What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was
developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams.
"I do not believe Michael's sexual orientation will be a distraction to his
teammates or his organization.
"I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a
distraction. Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel
badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.
"I wish Michael Sam nothing but the best in his quest to become a star in the
NFL and I am confident he will get the opportunity to show what he can do on
"My sincere hope is that we will be able to focus on his play and not on his
Sam, a defensive end from Missouri, was selected by the Rams in the seventh
round of the 2014 draft.
=== Tyree joins Giants' front office ===
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Giants named David
Tyree director of player development on Tuesday.
Tyree, a former wide receiver for the Giants, replaces Charles Way, also a
former Giant player who left the position earlier this offseason to head the
NFL's player engagement department.
"We are pleased to have David back in the building as the new leader of our
Player Development Department," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "We
interviewed four outstanding candidates to replace Charles, but at the end of
the day David was a perfect and natural fit."
Tyree is best known for making one of the most historic catches in Super Bowl
history, pinning a pass from quarterback Eli Manning on his helmet as he fell
to the ground in Super Bowl XLII. The fourth-quarter catch went for 32 yards
on a 3rd-and-5 and led to the Giants' eventual game-winning touchdown against
the New England Patriots.
The 34-year-old Tyree first joined the Giants as a sixth-round draft choice in
2003. He played in 73 regular-season games and caught 54 passes for 650 yards
and four touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2005 for his special teams
=== Chargers' Woodhead gets two-year extension ===
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Chargers were able to get
some business out of the way prior to their upcoming training camp, with the
team agreeing to terms with running back Danny Woodhead on a two-year contract
extension through the 2016 season.
Woodhead, whose 76 receptions in 2013 were the second-most by a running back
in the NFL last season, had one year remaining on the original deal he signed
with San Diego in March of 2013.
The versatile five-year pro put together a strong debut with the Chargers,
recording a career-high 605 receiving yards and adding 429 yards on the ground
on 106 carries. Woodhead also scored a personal-best eight touchdowns (six
receiving, two rushing) and added 262 yards on 12 kick returns.
"Danny is an integral part of our offense," said Chargers general manager Tom
Telesco. "His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year.
We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the
Woodhead spent three seasons with New England prior to joining the Chargers
and was a member of the Patriots' 2011 AFC Championship team. He entered the
NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2009.
For his career, Woodhead has compiled 1,692 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on
371 attempts and caught 176 passes for 1,674 yards with 10 scores.
=== Chargers cut first-round bust English ===
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Larry English's disappointing five-year
tenure with the San Diego Chargers has come to a close, with the team
releasing the former first-round pick just prior to the start of training
The Chargers chose English, an outside linebacker out of Northern Illinois,
with the 16th overall selection of the 2009 NFL Draft. The 2008 MAC Player of
the Year failed to make a significant impact with the team, however, never
recording more than three sacks in a season and starting just nine games.
English played in just nine games with five starts last season before landing
on injured reserve with a biceps tear. The 28-year-old had 18 tackles and 2
1/2 sacks prior to being sidelined.
The Chargers released English to clear a roster spot for rookie center Khalil
Wilkes, signed to a three-year contract on Tuesday.
=== Broncos part ways with TE Dreessen ===
Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos released tight end Joel
Dreessen on Tuesday after he failed his pre-training camp physical.
Dreessen underwent a third surgery on his troublesome left knee back in
February. The Colorado native was entering the final season of a three-year
contract he signed with the Broncos in 2012.
The 31-year-old caught a career-high 41 passes totaling 356 yards and scored
five touchdowns in his first season in Denver, but had just seven receptions
in 13 games last year as Julius Thomas took over as the team's No. 1 tight
Dreessen spent five seasons with the Houston Texans prior to joining the
Broncos and has played in 120 career NFL games, recording 158 catches for
1,767 yards and 19 touchdowns.
=== Jags WR Sanders facing suspension ===
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace
Sanders announced Tuesday he is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL and
would likely miss most of training camp.
Speaking to reporters via conference call, Sanders didn't say why he would be
suspended, except to say it was "really personal" and that he would rather not
get into the reasons behind it.
The Florida Times-Union reports Sanders is facing his suspension for violating
the league's substance abuse program.
Sanders was second on the team in receptions with 51 to account for 484 yards
and one touchdown last season. He was a fourth-round draft pick last year out
of South Carolina.
The team placed Sanders on the active/non-football injury/illness list.
=== Falcons ink LB Angerer ===
Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Falcons signed linebacker
Pat Angerer and wide receiver Jeremy Ebert on Tuesday.
Angerer played in 11 games (nine starts) for the Indianapolis Colts last
season, recording 63 tackles, 0.5 sacks and an interception.
The 27-year-old Iowa native spent all four of his NFL seasons with the Colts,
totaling 327 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and eight passes defensed
in 54 games (39 starts).
Ebert played in five games last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching
three passes for 18 yards.
=== Redskins sign TE Caussin ===
Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have signed tight
end Mike Caussin.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Caussin appeared in five games for the Buffalo Bills during the 2011 season
and has five receptions for 41 yards. He joined the Bills' organization in
December 2010 and remained with the club in various roster roles before being
released last week.
The Redskins also waived long snapper Kyle Nelson.
=== Bulls reach deal with Brooks; sign McDermott ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls have brought in another
veteran to their backcourt mix, signing guard Aaron Brooks to an undisclosed
contract on Tuesday.
The team also inked forward Doug McDermott, Chicago's first-round selection in
this year's draft.
The move to get Brooks came one day after the team announced the re-signing
of guard Kirk Hinrich to a reported two-year deal.
Brooks has averaged 11.1 points and 3.4 assists over six NBA seasons and split
the 2013-14 campaign between Houston and Denver. In 72 overall games last
season, the 29-year-old averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists while shooting
38.7 percent from 3-point range.
The speedy 6-footer put up 19.6 points per game during his first tenure with
the Rockets in 2009-10, Brooks' third season in the league.
Brooks will provide insurance to a Chicago backcourt that has had 2010-11 NBA
MVP Derrick Rose limited to just 10 games by a pair of knee injuries over the
past two seasons.
The Bulls got McDermott, the 11th overall pick, in a draft-night deal with the
Denver Nuggets. He had an outstanding college career at Creighton, where he
led the nation in scoring at a clip of 26.7 points per game during his senior
The 2014 National Player of the Year also averaged 7.5 rebounds and left
school as one of only eight players in NCAA history to amass more than 3,000
points (3,150). McDermott is also only one of three players to compile at
least 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in an NCAA career.
"We're very excited about the addition of Doug," Bulls general manager Gar
Forman said. "We love the versatility of his game and his ability to shoot.
He's a fit for our team and organization on many different levels."
=== Blazers' Robinson has thumb surgery ===
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas
Robinson underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his
Robinson sustained the injury during a game against Atlanta in the Las Vegas
Summer League on July 15. The third-year pro is expected to be able to
participate in the Blazers' September training camp.
The fifth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Robinson averaged 4.8 points and
4.4 rebounds in 70 games with Portland last season. He was acquired by the
Trail Blazers in a trade with Houston last July.
=== Warriors ink Rush ===
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors have signed free
agent guard/forward Brandon Rush, the team announced Tuesday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed per team policy, but the San Jose Mercury
News reports that the contract is for two years and $2.5 million and includes
a player option for the second year.
Rush, 29, returns to the Warriors after spending last season with the Utah
Jazz, where he averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds off the bench.
The veteran swingman was a part of last summer's three-team trade that brought
Andre Iguodala to the Warriors.
Rush spent two seasons with Golden State and enjoyed his best season in
2011-12, when he finished with averages of 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 65
games. He was limited to just two games during 2012-13 after suffering a torn
ACL and MCL in his left knee.
The Kansas product owns career averages of 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1
assists in 329 games over six seasons with Indiana, Golden State and Utah.
=== Cavs nab Lucas in four-player swap with Jazz ===
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired three
players, including guard John Lucas III, from the Utah Jazz in a trade
announced between the teams on Tuesday.
In addition to Lucas, Cleveland obtained forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik
Murphy while sending second-year guard Carrick Felix to the Jazz. Utah also
received a 2015 second-round pick as well as $1 million, according to the
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
All three players shipped to the Cavaliers are on non-guaranteed contracts for
the upcoming season.
Lucas is the most experienced of the group, having appeared in 216 games over
six seasons with four different teams (Houston, Chicago, Toronto, Utah). The
31-year-old averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assists in 42 contests for the Jazz in
Thomas has been with four clubs (San Antonio, Golden State, Chicago, Utah)
over the last three seasons but has played in only 23 NBA games, accumulating
31 points and 40 rebounds.
Murphy, a second-round pick of Chicago in last year's draft, saw action in 24
games with the Bulls before being waived on April 3 and later claimed by Utah.
Felix was taken by the Cavs in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2013
draft, but played in just seven games as a rookie. The Arizona State product
averaged 2.7 points and went 2-of-5 on 3-point attempts.
=== Rangers reach deal with Zuccarello ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers and restricted free
agent forward Mats Zuccarello agreed to terms Tuesday on an undisclosed
The 26-year-old Norwegian winger set new career highs in goals (19), assists
(40) and points (59) in 77 regular-season games for New York last season.
Those 59 points represent the most for a Norwegian-born player in NHL history.
He then added five goals and eight assists over 25 postseason contests as the
Rangers came up short against Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Zuccarello initially signed with New York in 2010 and registered six goals and
17 assists over 42 games as a rookie in 2010-11. In 144 overall games at
the NHL level, the left-handed shooter has posted 30 goals, 63 assists and a
=== Stars agree to four-year deal with Roussel ===
Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars and forward Antoine Roussel
have agreed to a four-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal avoided a salary arbitration
Roussel set career highs last season with 14 goals, 15 assists and 29 points
in 81 games. He was third in the NHL with 209 penalty minutes and was the lone
player in the league with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes.
"Since coming into the NHL, Antoine has been a very effective and hard player
for opposing teams to compete against," said Stars general manager Jim Nill in
a statement Tuesday. "His skill combined with his competitive grit create
energy for our club that impacts our whole lineup."
The 24-year-old Roussel appeared in 39 games during the 2013-14 season for
Dallas and has compiled 21 goals with 22 assists for 43 points in 120 games.
=== Maple Leafs sign Booth ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward
David Booth to a one-year contract, general manager David Nonis announced on
Booth, who had the remaining one year and $4.75 million on his six-year
contract bought out by Vancouver in June, will receive $1.1 million next
season, according to The Globe and Mail.
The 29-year-old registered nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games for Vancouver
The Detroit native, who was selected in the second round of 2004 NHL Draft by
Florida, has tallied 113 goals and 105 assists in 443 career games with the
Canucks and Panthers over eight seasons.
=== Ducks re-sign Vatanen ===
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks re-signed defenseman Sami
Vatanen to a two-year contract on Tuesday.
Vatanen, 23, scored six goals and had 15 assists in 48 games for the Ducks
last season. He was tied for fifth in goals and sixth in plus/minus (plus-9)
among rookie defensemen.
The native of Finland, who took home the bronze medal during the 2014 Olympic
Winter Games in Sochi, has tallied eight goals and 15 assists in 56 career NHL
=== Flames bring back Colborne ===
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames re-signed forward Joe
Colborne to a two-year contract on Tuesday.
Colborne, 24, set career highs in goals (10) and assists (18) in 80 games for
the Flames last season.
The Calgary native, who was selected 16th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft by
Boston, was acquired in September by Calgary from the Leafs.
Over 96 career games in parts of four seasons with the Flames and Maple Leafs,
Colborne has registered 11 goals and 23 assists.
=== Rogers wins Stage 16, Nibali still leads Tour ===
Bagneres-de-Luchon, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Rogers of Australia
won Stage 16 of the Tour de France on Tuesday, while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali
kept his stranglehold on the yellow jersey as the overall leader of cycling's
most prestigious event.
Rogers finished the longest stage of this year's tour -- a 237.5 kilometer
mountain trek from Carcassonne -- in a time of 6 hours, 7 minutes and 10
seconds, nine seconds in front of Frenchman Thomas Voeckler. It was Rogers'
first stage win in his 10 years of riding in the Tour de France.
"No one was going to beat me today," said Rogers, who won a pair of stages
during this year's Giro d'Italia.
The group featuring Nibali was well behind the stage winner on the first of
three days in the Pyrenees. However, the overall leaders were bunched together
and finished more than 8 1/2 minutes behind Rogers.
Nibali placed 20th, two spots behind his nearest pursuer in the overall
classification, Alejandro Valverde of Spain. Valverde remains 4 minutes and 37
seconds behind Nibali with just five stages remaining in this year's Tour.
Frenchman Thibaut Pinot moved up one spot into third place overall and is 5:06
off the lead pace.
"Once we reached the ascent to Port de Bales, I paid attention because
Valverde was the most dangerous in my mind," said Nibali. "When Pinot
attacked, I went to catch him straight away. I didn't let the gap grow."
After the second and final rest day in this year's Tour, the riders faced five
climbs on Tuesday and a group of 21 riders broke away early. That group was
trimmed to three by the final ascent up the Port de Bales.
It was a downhill finish from the top and Rogers made his move on Cyril
Gautier and Voeckler with about 4 1/2 kilometers remaining, cruising to the
wire with neither of the Europcar teammates close. Gautier finished fifth with
the same time as Voeckler, Vasili Kiryienka and Jose Serpa.
"I knew Voeckler would be hard to beat," said Rogers.
Meanwhile, the overall leaders remained bunched, although Frenchman Romain
Bardet and American Tejay Van Garderen could not keep up. Bardet was third
entering the stage, but finished nearly two minutes behind the yellow jersey
on Tuesday and dropped to fifth, while Van Garderen lost an additional two
minutes and fell from fifth to sixth overall -- 9:25 behind Nibali.
"I just didn't have the legs," said Van Garderen. "I'm really hoping I can
bounce back and recover the legs I had in the Alps. It's not finished yet. We
have three hard GC days to come, I'm hoping to bounce back."
Stage 17 on Wednesday is the shortest of the Tour, aside from Saturday's time
trial. It is only 124.5 kilometers from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet
and features a trio of Category 1 climbs prior to a finish of the highest
=== Istomin, Matosevic, Sock advance in Atlanta ===
Johns Creek, Georgia (SportsNetwork.com) - Sixth seed Denis Istomin,
eighth seed Marinko Matosevic and American Jack Sock were a trio of easy
first-round winners Tuesday at the Atlanta Open tennis event.
Uzbekistan's Istomin eliminated American lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4,
while the Australian Matosevic blew past Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos 6-0,
6-2 in a mere 43 minutes and Sock vanquished Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2,
6-4 on the hardcourts at Atlantic Station. Sock's second-round opponent will
be qualifier Michael Venus of New Zealand.
An all-American affair saw Tim Smyczek drill wild card Ryan Harrison 6-0,
6-2, while another American landed in the win column when wild card Robby
Ginepri outlasted Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-0.
Additional wins came for Dutch lucky loser Thiemo de Bakker, German
Benjamin Becker, Slovakian Lukas Lacko and Ukrainian qualifier Illya
The top seed in Atlanta is 6-foot-10 American, reigning champion and two-
time runner-up John Isner, who beat 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson in
last year's all-tall finale. Isner will open up against his compatriot Ginepri
The 2014 Atlanta champ will claim $103,000.
=== Rosol, Seppi, Berlocq advance in Umag ===
Umag, Croatia (SportsNetwork.com) - Seeds Lukas Rosol, Andreas Seppi and
Carlos Berlocq were a trio of first-round winners Tuesday at the Croatia Open
The fifth-seeded Czech Rosol snuck past Argentine Diego Sebastian Schwartzman
6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), while the sixth-seeded Italian Seppi held off qualifier
compatriot Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1 and the eighth-seeded
Argentine Berlocq handled Slovakian qualifier Andrej Martin 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 on
the red clay at ITC Stella Maris.
Meanwhile, Spaniard Albert Montanes grounded German Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-4,
Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili drubbed Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-3 and
Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas continued his recent fine play by tackling Croat Mate
Delic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The qualifier Cuevas was a runner-up after reaching his
first-ever ATP final last week in Bastad, Sweden.
Additional Day 2 wins came for Spaniards Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Pere Riba,
Dutchman Igor Sijsling and Argentine qualifier Horacio Zeballos.
Spaniard Tommy Robredo beat Italian Fabio Fognini in last year's finale in
Umag, where Fognini and Robredo, respectively, are this week's top seeds.
Fognini will open his stay against Montanes on Thursday, while Robredo will
take on his countryman Ramos-Vinolas in the round of 16 on Wednesday.
The 2014 Croatia Open titlist will collect $105,000.
=== Simon ousted in Gstaad ===
Gstaad, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Former top-10 star Gilles Simon
came up a first-round loser Tuesday at the Swiss Open tennis event.
Spaniard Pablo Andujar was leading the sixth-seeded one-time world No. 6 Simon
6-2, 3-2 when the Frenchman retired due to an illness on the red clay at Roy
Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase avoided an upset by outlasting
Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Nedovyesov, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, on Day 2. Haase was
last year's Gstaad runner-up to this week's top seed, Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
Also, Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, the 2009 and 2012 Gstaad champion, topped
Austrian qualifier Gerald Melzer 6-3, 6-4; German Jan-Lennard Struff bested
Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 1-0, retired; France's Kenny De Schepper
erased Italian Filippo Volandri 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Slovenian Blaz Rola dismissed
Brazilian qualifier Fabiano De Paula 6-4, 6-4; and Swiss wild card Yann Marti
fought back to beat Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5).
De Schepper will face Youzhny in the round of 16, while Marti will meet
second-seeded 2011 Gstaad titlist Marcel Granollers of Spain.
The 2014 Swiss Open champ will earn $105,000.
=== Top seeds Cirstea, Svitolina win Baku openers ===
Baku, Azerbaijan (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seeds Sorana Cirstea of Romania and
defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine won first-round matches Tuesday
at the Baku Cup.
The top-seeded Cirstea earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tunisian wild card Ons
Jabeur, while the second-seeded Svitolina cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over
Uzbekistan qualifier Nigina Abduraimova.
Svitolina won her first WTA title at this event last year, beating Shahar Peer
in the final. She is coming off a quarterfinal finish last week in Istanbul.
Other winners Tuesday included former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone of
Italy and eighth-seeded Slovakian Jana Cepelova. Schiavone, a first-round
loser in 12 of her first 18 events of 2014, eliminated fourth-seeded Kurumi
Nara of Japan in a 6-2, 6-2 thumping, while Cepelova dominated Azerbaijan wild
card Nazrin Jafarova, 6-1, 6-0.
Two other seeded players, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia and Britain's
Heather Watson, were shown early exits Tuesday. Japanese qualifier Misa Eguchi
knocked out the third-seeded Rybarikova in a 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) triumph, while
France's Kristina Mladenovic went the distance in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 victory over
the seventh-seeded Watson.
Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Serbian qualifier Vesna Dolonc, Israel's Julia
Glushko and Croatia's Donna Vekic also won first-round matches Tuesday.
The 2014 Baku champ will claim $43,000.
=== Arceneaux, Willis, Maher named CFL's top players ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - British Columbia wide receiver Emmanuel
Arceneaux, Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Odell Willis and Ottawa RedBlacks
kicker Brett Maher were selected as the top players for Week 4 of the CFL
Arceneaux was named the Offensive Player of the Week after hauling in eight
receptions for 145 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the Lions' 41-5
win over the visiting Montreal Alouettes.
Willis garnered Defensive Player of the Week following his one sack and
interception return for a TD performance in a 26-3 win over Winnipeg. He is
currently tied for second in the CFL with four sacks on the season.
This marks back-to-back weeks that an Edmonton defensive lineman has won the
Defensive Player of the Week. Almondo Sewell won the award last week.
Maher was named the Special Teams Player of the Week. He was a perfect 6-for-6
on field goals and scored all his team's points in their historic first game
at TD Place -- an 18-17 decision over the Toronto Argonauts that marked the
expansion club's first-ever win.
With under a minute to play in the game, Maher hit a 27-yard field goal to
give the RedBlacks the lead for good. Maher also kicked successful field goals
from 48, 32, 30, 26 and 22 yards away.
Additionally, BC Lions running back Andrew Harris was named the Canadian
Player of the Week. Harris, a Winnipeg native, had 12 carries for 72 yards, as
well as four receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' big win
over the Alouettes.
=== Crocker, Horsfield share medalist honors at U.S. Junior Amateur ===
The Woodlands, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Crocker fired a 6-under 66 on
Tuesday to earn a share of the medalist honors at the U.S. Junior Amateur
Crocker finished the stroke-play portion of the competition at 7-under-par
137. He was joined there by Sam Horsfield, who carded a 3-under 69 during his
second round on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods.
The pair of 17-year-olds are each playing in their final U.S. Junior Amateur.
First-round leader Davis Riley shot a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for third
place with Will Grimmer (67) and Dominic Foos (68) at 6-under 138, while
Braden Thornberry (71), Ryan Ruffels (68) and William Zalatoris (69) shared
sixth at minus-4.
Justin Conant, Josh McCarthy, Priyanshu Singh, Dylan McCabe and David Laskin
claimed their spots in match play through a 9-for-5 playoff after they all
finished at 5-over 149.
Crocker opened his round with a birdie at the 10th. After trading a bogey at
the 12th with a birdie at the 13th, he followed three straight birdies from
the 15th with an eagle at the 18th to make the turn at 7-under.
His outward 30 tied the 9-hole scoring record for the championship.
Crocker countered a birdie at the fourth with a bogey at the fifth around
seven pars during his inward nine to finish at minus-7.
Horsfield parred his first two holes before rolling in back-to-back birdies at
the third and fourth. He later added a birdie at the eighth to reach 7-under.
A pair of birdies at the 13th and 14th would move him to 9-under, but he
quickly gave those shots back with a double-bogey at the 15th and parred his
final three holes to end alongside Crocker.
The match play portion of the championship starts on Wednesday and runs
through the 36-hole final on Saturday.
Crocker will face McCabe in his first match, while Horsfield will face off
=== Yin claims medalist honors at Girls' Junior Championship ===
Flagstaff, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Angel Yin fired a 7-under 65 on Tuesday to
easily claim medalist honors at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
Yin finished the stroke-play portion of the competition at 13-under-par 131,
which is the second-lowest 36-hole score in U.S. Girls' Junior history.
Marijosse Navarro carded a 6-under 66 during her second round on the Meadow
Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club to vault into second place at 8-under-par
Mariel Galdiano (72) finished alone in third at 3-under, while Princess Mary
Superal (72), Bethany Wu (68), Kathleen Scavo (69) and Gigi Stoll (69) shared
fourth at minus-2.
Yin started her round on fire with four birdies over her first six holes to
jump to 10-under. She bogeyed the ninth to make the turn at minus-9.
After parring the next three holes, she rolled in birdies at the 13th, 14th,
15th and 17th to reach 13-under and parred the 18th to finish there.
Navarro parred each of her first 11 holes before doing all of her scoring with
six birdies over her final seven holes to move into second place.
With 11 players tying for the 57th place at 6-over 150, there was a playoff to
decide the final eight spots up for grabs for the match play portion of the
Haley Thiele was the lone player from the group eliminated when she bogeyed
the par-4 15th before play was suspended for darkness.
The remainder of the playoff will be completed when play resumes at 10:00 a.m.
The championship will conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday.
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