=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, May 27 ===
=== FIFA officials arrested in corruption probe ===
Zurich, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Officials from FIFA, soccer's world
governing body, were arrested Wednesday in Switzerland in connection with a
United States Justice Department indictment on charges of corruption and
FIFA, in a statement Wednesday, said it is cooperating with Swiss authorities,
who arrested seven people on Wednesday at the request of officials from the
United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.
The organization has been accused of bribery for decades, particularly as it
relates to the bidding processes for international tournaments and media
rights, including its biggest event -- the World Cup.
"FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing
in football," the statement read Wednesday. "We understand that today's
actions by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice on behalf of the U.S.
authorities and the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (initiated by FIFA
through the submission of the file on the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding
process) relate to different matters."
United States prosecutors say they have discovered a dozen different schemes
while investigating corruption at FIFA, and that some involved awarding the
2010 World Cup to South Africa.
At a news conference in New York on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta
Lynch said that FIFA officials have solicited bribes from sports marketing
firms and others in exchange for media contracts surrounding international
"The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted
both abroad and here in the United States," said Lynch in announcing the 47-
count federal indictment against 14 defendants. "It spans at least two
generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions
of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks."
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is not among those being charged.
Nine of the 14 charged are FIFA officials, while five others are involved with
sports marketing firms and media companies.
FIFA vice presidents Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Islands and Eugenio
Figueredo of Uruguay were among those arrested on Wednesday, as well as
Eduardo Li of Costa Rica, Julio Rocha of Nicaragua, Costas Takkas of Britain,
Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Jose Maria Marin of Brazil.
Of the seven arrested Wednesday, reports indicate that many will fight
According to the FIFA release, the arrests were in relation to activities
carried out in relation with soccer federations in South America (CONMEBOL)
and North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), as well as
for the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
"Today, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General announced that it has opened
criminal proceedings against persons unknown in relation to the 2018/2022 FIFA
World Cup bidding process," FIFA's statement continued. "FIFA is fully
cooperating with the investigation and is supporting the collection of
evidence in this regard. As noted by the Swiss authorities, this collection of
evidence is being carried out on a cooperative basis."
FIFA has still scheduled a presidential election for Friday, at which time
Blatter is expected to receive a fifth term.
The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia, and the 2022 event went to Qatar.
=== Federer, Wawrinka advance in Paris ===
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stan
Wawrinka won second-round matches Wednesday at the French Open.
Federer, this year's second seed and the 2009 champion, earned a hard-fought
6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 triumph over spirited Spaniard Spain's Marcel Granollers,
while the eighth-seeded Wawrinka notched a 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory over
Serbia's Dusan Lajovic.
There wasn't much drama for Federer, although he did have to battle back from
a deficit in the second set. Granollers broke serve for a 4-2 lead, but
Federer broke right back and dominated the eventual tiebreak.
"I think I was actually playing very well," said Federer. "I wasn't nervous
really. I think things went well for me for the first couple of sets. I think
I was in control. Even though I was down a break in the second set, I still
felt the match was in my racquet. And when you feel that way, obviously you're
always going to feel more confident, more comfortable, not nervous."
Federer is also a four-time French Open runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
Next up for the 17-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland will be Bosnia's
Damir Dzumhur, who knocked out Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in four sets, 6-4,
6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
The former Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from a minor hiccup in
the third set and squandered three match points in the fourth before finally
finishing off Lajovic with a break of serve. He will next face surprising
American Steve Johnson, who followed his upset of Spain's Guillermo Garcia-
Lopez in the first round with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) come-from-
behind win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday.
Fourth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych doused fellow Czech
Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-3, while Japan's Kei Nishikori
moved on in straight sets, as the fifth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up eased past
Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. Bellucci was coming off a title last
week at the French Open tune-up in Geneva.
Up next for Berdych will be France's Benoit Paire, while Nishikori will
face German Benjamin Becker.
Twelfth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon eased into the round of 32 by tackling
Slovak Martin Klizan 7-5, 6-2, 6-3, while 13th-seeded Frenchman
Gael Monfils outlasted game Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2,
6-3 and 14th-seeded French star and former Aussie Open finalist Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga crushed Israeli Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
Meanwhile, Czech slugger Lukas Rosol took out 19th-seeded Spaniard Roberto
Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-2, 6-2; 21st-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay knocked out
last week's Nice champion Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, 6-7 (5-7),
7-5; Frenchman Nicolas Mahut erased 24th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis
6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3; Paire upended 28th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-3,
7-5; and a mild upset came when Becker outlasted 32nd-seeded Spaniard Fernando
Verdasco 6-4, 0-6, 1-6, 7-5, 10-8.
Also in the second round, Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili leveled Argentine Juan
Monaco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and 22nd-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber was leading
Spaniard Pablo Andujar 1-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3, 4-2 when play was suspended
because of darkness.
And 29th-seeded Aussie Nick Kyrgios reached the third round via walkover
when Britain's Kyle Edmund pulled out of the draw. Their match was supposed to
be part of Thursday's schedule.
The first round concluded Wednesday when Luxembourg's Gilles Muller outlasted
Italian Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in a match that was
suspended because of darkness after four sets here on Tuesday. Muller is
rewarded with a second-round match against top-seeded two-time French Open
runner-up Novak Djokovic on Thursday.
The eight-time major champion Djokovic still needs a French Open title to
complete the career Grand Slam. He currently holds the Aussie Open and
Djokovic lost to Nadal in two of the last three French Open finals, including
Also on Thursday, third-seeded Aussie Open runner-up Andy Murray will face
Portuguese Joao Sousa and the sixth-seeded former No. 1 Nadal will encounter
fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the round of 64. Sousa was a clay-court
runner-up in Geneva last week.
The two-time Grand Slam champion Murray is a perfect 11-0 on clay this year.
The 14-time major titlist Nadal is a nine-time French Open champ, including
five straight wins in Paris from 2010-14.
Also on the Day-5 schedule will be seventh-seeded former Roland Garros
finalist David Ferrer, ninth-seeded U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic and
16th-seeded towering American John Isner.
=== Sharapova into 3rd round; Halep stunned at French Open ===
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion Maria Sharapova was
an easy second-round winner, while last year's runner-up Simona Halep was a
shocking loser Wednesday at the French Open.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 star Sharapova blew past fellow Russian
Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3, 6-1 on Court Chatrier, while 33-year-old Croat Mirjana
Lucic-Baroni vanquished the third-seeded Romanian Halep 7-5, 6-1 in 71 minutes
on Court Lenglen.
Halep crumbled after dropping the first set, striking a mere five winners in
the match against her 70th-ranked counterpart.
It's Halep who usually toys with her opponents, offering a mix of pace and
accuracy, but she was the victim this time around as she never quite found her
stride on Day 4.
Lucic-Baroni ended Halep's resistance with a match-ending ace.
"Incredible," Lucic-Baroni said. "She's just a great champion and I respect
her so much."
"She played well," Halep said. "I couldn't play my best today, but she started
to hit the ball very strong at the beginning of the match, and she was better
than me today. I just have to go forward."
Halep, who gave way to Sharapova in last year's French Open finale, had been
30-6 for the year before encountering the German-born Lucic-Baroni, who
ended a 16-year title drought last year by capturing a championship in Quebec
Meanwhile, Sharapova's main focus is to fully recover from her cold after
capturing the Italian Open title.
"For me right now it's really about recovery and just being healthy for the
next round," said Sharapova, who is trying to become the first player to
successfully defend her title in Paris since Justine Henin in 2007.
"Fortunately I played a lot of tennis in the previous two tournaments and this
is not a stage where you're trying to fix things or work on things. It's
really about maintenance and recovery and getting ready for the next match,"
The two-time Roland Garros titlist Sharapova also titled here in 2012. The
five-time Grand Slam champion has reached at least the semifinals
the last four years in Paris. In addition to her two titles, the tall
Russian was the 2013 Roland Garros runner-up to Serena Williams, who also
got the best of Sharapova in January's Aussie final.
Next up for Sharapova will be 26th-seeded Aussie Samantha Stosur, who
whipped France's Amandine Hesse 6-2, 6-0.
Stosur, fresh off her clay-court title in Strasbourg last week, is a former
U.S. Open champion and was the French Open runner-up in 2010.
"Playing Maria is always a big challenge for me," Stosur said. "No matter what
surface it's on, I don't have a very good record at all."
In some other Top-10 action, seventh-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic held off pesky
Japanese Misaki Doi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro
was leading Virginie Razzano 6-3, 1-0 when the French player retired, and
ninth-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova snuck past Brazilian Teliana Pereira
6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
The former world No. 1 Ivanovic titled here in 2008 and was the French Open
runner-up in 2007. Her third-round opponent will be Croat Donna Vekic.
No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany eased past Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3,
6-2, while 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic drilled Japan's
Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-0.
In other action involving seeds, No. 19 Ukrainian Elina Svitolina overcame
Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 1-6, 7-5, 9-7; No. 20 German Sabine Lisicki, a
former Wimbledon runner-up, got past Russian Daria Gavrilova, who retired
after dropping the first set 6-1; No. 21 Spaniard Garbine Muguruza dismissed
Italian Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-4; No, 28 Italian Flavia Pennetta foiled Slovak
Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-0; and No. 29 French favorite Alize Cornet
handled Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2, 7-5.
Also on Wednesday, German Annika Beck pasted Poland's Paula Kania 6-2, 6-2 and
Vekic drubbed Serb Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 6-3.
On Thursday, the reigning world No. 1 great Williams will face German Anna-
Williams owns two French Open titles among her 19 Grand Slam wins. She
currently holds the Aussie and U.S. Open titles and is a sizzling 26-1 this
In some other Top-10 play on Day 5, fourth-seeded Wimbledon champ Petra
Kvitova will take on Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa, fifth-seeded former world
No. 1 and 2014 U.S. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki will meet German Julia
Goerges and 10th-seeded German Andrea Petkovic will battle Spaniard Lourdes
Also seeing action on Thursday will be 16th-seeded rising American Madison
Keys and 27th-seeded former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.
=== Report: DeBoer to become Sharks head coach ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks have reportedly settled on Peter
DeBoer as their new head coach.
ESPN cited an unnamed source in its report Wednesday.
DeBoer was fired by the New Jersey Devils in late December after a 12-17-7
start this past season. He was in his fourth season with New Jersey and guided
the Devils to a record of 114-93-41.
The Devils reached the playoffs just once under DeBoer, making a surprising
run to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season of 2011-12. New Jersey lost
to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.
DeBoer also spent three seasons as head coach of the Florida Panthers and
posted a record of 103-107-36 from 2008-11 without a postseason appearance.
The Sharks needed a replacement for Todd McLellan, who spent seven seasons
behind the bench. The club and the coach decided to mutually part ways on
April 20 after the Sharks failed to reach the playoffs for the first time
during McLellan's tenure.
McLellan, who had DeBoer as his assistant with Team Canada at the 2015 World
Hockey Championship, was named the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers on May
=== On the ropes, Blackhawks scratch Timonen ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Facing elimination in a Game 6 on home ice
Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks, the Chicago Blackhawks decided to make
veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen a healthy scratch.
Taking Timonen's place in the lineup will be David Rundblad.
The Blackhawks acquired Timonen from the Flyers shortly before the trade
deadline, sending a 2015 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2016
fourth-round draft pick to Philly in the deal.
Timonen, who hadn't played previous to the deal due to recovery from multiple
blood clots, finished the regular season by playing 16 games and seeing
almost 12 minutes of ice time per game.
However, Timonen has seen limited duty as a sixth d-man during the postseason,
averaging less than 9 1/2 minutes per contest. His playoff high of 16:45 came
in a triple-OT win on May 19 in Game 2 of this series. He has only eclipsed
the 10-minute mark in seven of his 15 appearances.
Rundblad, 24, appeared in just one previous contest, the current series opener
10 days ago. He posted three goals and 11 assists in 49 regular-season games.
=== Cardinals 1B Adams to miss 3-4 months with quad strain ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt
Adams is expected to miss the next 3-to-4 months while recovering from a
severe right quadriceps strain that he suffered running the bases on Tuesday.
He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.
According to MLB.com, the Cardinals and Adams are still deliberating whether
the injury will require surgery.
Mark Reynolds played first base for the Cardinals in Wednesday night's
game against the Diamondbacks and will be the primary starter there for the
The 26-year-old Adams was hitting .243 with four home runs and 20 RBI over 43
games this season.
=== Braves acquire Uribe from Dodgers ===
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves acquired infielder
Juan Uribe as part of a six-player trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers
finalized on Wednesday.
The Dodgers also sent pitcher Chris Withrow to Atlanta and received infielder
Alberto Callaspo and pitchers Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime from the
The 36-year-old Uribe hit .260 with 28 homers and 155 RBI in 407 games with
Los Angeles from 2011-15.
Withrow last pitched on May 20, 2014 due to undergoing Tommy John surgery and
an offseason back procedure. He is expected to be back for the second half of
Callaspo, who signed a one-year deal with the Braves in December, has hit just
.206 in 37 games this season. The southpaw Stults was 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA in
nine games -- eight starts -- with Atlanta this year.
Thomas made his MLB debut with Atlanta last season and has gone 1-2 with a
3.94 ERA in 21 combined appearances from 2014-15. Jaime possesses a 100 mph
fastball but was demoted to the minors this season due to control issues. He
has walked 13 batters in 13 2/3 innings over the past two years.
=== Cardinals place 1B Adams on DL ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals placed first
baseman Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Adams strained his right quad while running out a double during the fifth
inning of the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old was hitting .243 with four home runs and 20 RBI over 43 games
In a corresponding move, St. Louis recalled catcher Ed Easley from Triple-A
Memphis. He has yet to make his major league debut.
=== Red Sox acquire OF Peguero from Rangers ===
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos
Peguero from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations on
Peguero, who was designated for assignment on May 20, batted .186 with four
home runs and nine RBI over 30 games this season with Texas.
The 28-year-old signed with the Rangers as a free agent in January after
spending his first three seasons with the Seattle Mariners and last year with
the Kansas City Royals.
In a corresponding roster move, the Red Sox moved pitcher Anthony Varvaro to
the 60-day disabled list. Varvaro underwent successful surgery to remove elbow
calcification on Tuesday.
=== Orioles activate Flaherty from DL ===
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles activated infielder
Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list and designated outfielder
Alejandro De Aza for assignment.
Flaherty was put on the DL on May 12 with a right groin strain. In 13 games
this season, Flaherty is batting .250 with a .372 on-base percentage and two
De Aza, 31, was struggling in his first full season with the Orioles, batting
just .214 with a .277 on-base percentage and two steals in four attempts. In
an eight-year career with the Marlins, White Sox and Orioles, he is a .265
hitter with a .328 on-base percentage and 81 steals.
=== Angels acquire Nieuwenhuis from Mets ===
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder
Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the New York Mets on Wednesday for cash considerations.
Nieuwenhuis, 27, was batting .079 with a .125 on-base percentage in 27 games
for the Mets this season.
He spent the first four seasons of his career with New York, batting .230 with
13 home runs, 60 RBI and a .302 on-base percentage in 226 games.
=== Nats' Harper leads NL All-Star balloting ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce
Harper leads the National League in All-Star balloting after an early season
Harper, who was leading the NL in home runs, RBI and on-base percentage, had
more than 1.116 million votes in balloting released by Major League Baseball
Three St. Louis Cardinals players led their positions in voting, including
third baseman Matt Carpenter, who was second in overall voting behind Harper.
The others were shortstop Jhonny Peralta and catcher Yadier Molina.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Miami Marlins second
baseman Dee Gordon, who leads the majors in hitting, were the other leading
vote getters at their positions.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday and Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton
were second and third in voting for outfielders. Holliday was third in overall
voting behind Harper and Carpenter.
This year's All-Star Game is scheduled for July 14 at Great American Ball Park
=== Adrian Peterson wants to secure future with Vikings ===
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike
Zimmer made it clear Wednesday that Adrian Peterson's only options are playing
in Minnesota or retiring.
"He's really got two choices: He can either play for us or he can not play,"
Zimmer told the assembled media at offseason workouts. "He's not going to play
for anyone else and that's just the way it's going to be."
Peterson issued a statement Wednesday night aimed at clarifying his absence
from this week's organized team activities.
"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be
traded," Peterson said in the statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson. "It's about
securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I
understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."
Throughout the offseason, Peterson was linked to trade rumors and speculation
about his future with the Vikings. Team officials have said they want Peterson
to remain with the team.
Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list last September after he
was charged in Texas with hitting his 4-year-old son with a tree branch last
May. After reaching a plea agreement in the case, Peterson was suspended by
Goodell in November for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The suspension was based on a more stringent player conduct policy that was
agreed upon after the actions that led to the charges against Peterson.
Arguing that the new policy shouldn't be retroactively applied in Peterson's
case, the union filed an appeal on behalf of the running back, which was
denied by NFL-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson in December.
The union then filed a federal lawsuit, leading to a ruling by U.S. District
Judge David S. Doty in February that ordered the NFL to change its decision in
The NFL appealed the decision to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and
returned Peterson to the commissioner's exempt list before reinstating him
The 2012 NFL MVP has three years and $45 million left on his current deal,
however, none of that money is guaranteed. Peterson is set to make a base
salary of $12.75 million in 2015, $14.75 million in 2016 and $16.75 million in
=== Ray McDonald arrested again ===
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Former 49ers and Bears defensive lineman
Ray McDonald was arrested Wednesday for violating a restraining order that was
issued as a result of his domestic violence and child endangerment arrest that
According to a report from the Santa Clara Police Department, detectives
"learned Ray McDonald violated a restraining order for being at a residence in
Santa Clara." Detectives later found McDonald at a nearby Togo's Sandwiches
and arrested the 30-year-old "without incident" and transported him to Santa
Clara PD for processing.
On Memorial Day, Santa Clara police had arrested McDonald on suspicion of
domestic violence and child endangerment in the attack of a woman holding a
McDonald, who was signed by the Bears in late March, was subsequently released
following his arrest on Monday.
McDonald has had several run-ins with the law. He was arrested in August of
last year on domestic violence charges. The 49ers publicly stood by McDonald,
allowing him to continue to play while the investigation was ongoing, and the
case was later dropped in November due to a lack of evidence.
McDonald was released by the 49ers in December after being named as a suspect
in a prior investigation for sexual assault.
Over the past four seasons, McDonald started 59 regular-season games and eight
postseason contests for the 49ers, compiling 14 1/2 sacks over that span.
=== Colts sign 1st-round pick Dorsett ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Indianapolis Colts signed first-
round draft pick Phillip Dorsett on Wednesday.
Dorsett, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound wide receiver, was drafted No. 29 overall out
He had 108 receptions for 1,860 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons for
the Hurricanes, making 30 starts.
=== Browns waive Nick McDonald ===
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns waived offensive lineman
Nick McDonald with an injury designation (knee), the team announced on
Last season, McDonald played in eight games with seven starts at center after
spending the first six weeks on the reserve/non-football injury list with a
McDonald has played in 24 career games (10 starts) with the Packers, Patriots
=== Texans to appear on 'Hard Knocks' ===
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans will be the featured NFL
team this summer for HBO's "Hard Knocks" program, the series that details the
club's training camp.
"We are thrilled to partner with HBO and NFL Films to give fans unprecedented
access to our team and organization," said Texans founder, chairman and CEO
Bob McNair in a statement Wednesday. "The 'Hard Knocks' documentaries do a
tremendous job of displaying how an NFL team prepares for the upcoming season.
We look forward to showcasing the Houston Texans to a worldwide audience."
Earlier Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans were
approached previously to take part in the series, but then-head coach Gary
The Texans were 9-7 in Bill O'Brien's first season as head coach in 2014,
improving from 2-14 in 2013. Kubiak was fired with three games remaining in
the 2013 campaign.
"This is an opportunity to provide a behind-the-scenes look at our team as we
prepare for the 2015 season," said Texans general manager Rick Smith. "Fans
will get a chance to see the great competition that takes place day-in and
day-out on the practice field, as well as get to know all the unique
personalities on our roster."
The Baltimore Ravens were the first team to appear on the series in 2001,
followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. After a four-year hiatus, the series
returned in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dallas was again featured in 2008, followed by Cincinnati in 2009 and the New
York Jets in 2010. After the labor strife in the summer of 2011 put the series
on hold for a year, Miami, Cincinnati and Atlanta were the last three teams to
=== Redskins release Chester, Porter ===
Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have parted ways
with a pair of veterans, terminating the contracts of guard Chris Chester and
cornerback Tracy Porter Wednesday.
Chester had started all 16 games in each of his four seasons since signing a
five-year, $20 million contract with Washington following the 2011 lockout.
The Redskins will save $4 million towards this year's salary cap with the
The 32-year-old Chester has logged 111 starts over a nine-year career which
began with Baltimore in 2006. He spent his first five seasons with the Ravens
before signing with the Redskins as a free agent.
Porter was entering the final season of a two-year deal he signed in March of
2014. The journeyman corner played in just three games in 2014 before being
sent to injured reserve in November.
=== Hawks' Korver out three months after ankle surgery ===
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Kyle Korver had
surgery to repair ligament damage in his right ankle, the team announced
Korver suffered a high ankle sprain in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals
against the Cavaliers. The Hawks were swept 4-0 by the Cavs.
Korver's recovery is expected to be about three months.
Korver reached his first career All-Star Game this season. He averaged 12.1
points per game and led the league in 3-point shooting for the second straight
season at 49.2 percent. He averaged 11.1 points on 35.5 percent 3-point
shooting in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Hawks guard Shelvin Mack will have surgery next week to repair his
right shoulder. He was injured in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's loss
at Cleveland. An examination Wednesday confirmed the diagnosis of a separated
Mack's recovery period will be determined following the surgery.
=== Stackhouse helps Stanford women win NCAA title ===
Bradenton, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mariah Stackhouse rallied to beat Hayley
Davis and give Stanford the title at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship on
Stackhouse was 2-down with two holes to play at Concession Golf Club with the
team match all square at 2-2. Stackhouse birdied the 17th and 18th to force
extra holes. Davis missed a 3-footer that would have extended the match to a
The rally gave fourth-seeded Stanford a 3-2 win over third-seeded Baylor in
the first NCAA Women's Championship decided in a match play format.
Stanford won the first two matches before Baylor won the next two. Casey
Danielson birdied the 18th to earn a 2-up win over Laura Lonardi and Shannon
Aubert cruised to a 4 & 3 win over Lauren Whyte to give Stanford a 2-0 lead.
Baylor's Dylan Kim birdied the 17th hole to claim a 3 & 1 win over Stanford's
Lauren Kim. Giovana Maymon rolled to a 4 & 3 win over Quirine Eijkenboom to
square the team match at 2-2.
Stackhouse was 3-down after eight, but closed within 1-down three separate
times on the back nine. After Davis won the 16th to again move a 2-up lead,
Stackhouse won three in a row to win the match and give Stanford title.
Alabama's Emma Talley closed with a 3-under 69 on Monday to win the individual
title by one stroke over Gaby Lopez and Leona Maguire.
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