=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, March 30 ===
=== Report: Mullin to be St. John's coach ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - In hopes of recapturing its past glory in men's
basketball, St. John's is turning to one of its all-time greats.
The New York Daily News reported Monday that Hall of Famer Chris Mullin has
agreed to become the Red Storm's next head coach, with an official
announcement expected to come on Wednesday.
Mullin won three Big East Player of the Year awards as a St. John's forward
from 1981-85 and still holds the school's all-time scoring record with 2,240
points. The Brooklyn native went on to have an illustrious 16-year playing
career in the NBA, during which he was named to five All-Star teams and won a
gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as a member of the United States'
famed "Dream Team".
The 51-year-old has never coached at any level, however, though Mullin sports
significant experience as an NBA executive. He served as the vice president of
basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors from 2004-09 and has
worked as an advisor for the Sacramento Kings since 2013.
Mullin will replace Steve Lavin, who mutually parted ways with the university
last week. The Red Storm went 92-72 in five seasons under Lavin, reaching the
NCAA Tournament twice along with a pair of NIT appearances.
St. John's last won an NCAA Tournament game in 1999, however. The Red Storm
reached the Final Four during Mullin's senior season in 1985, but have made
the Sweet 16 only twice since.
The Red Storm fell to San Diego State in this year's NCAA second round,
concluding an up-and-down season in which they finished 21-12.
Mullin's first order of business may be attempting to convince starters
Rysheed Jordan and Chris Opekba, both of which are believed to be considered
applying for the NBA draft, to remain with the program. St. John's also loses
four key seniors in 2,000-point scorer D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Pointer,
Phil Greene IV and Jamal Branch.
=== George Mason hires Bucknell's Paulsen as coach ===
Fairfax, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - George Mason hired Dave Paulsen as its head
men's basketball coach on Monday, bringing in the three-time Patriot League
Coach of the Year to replace Paul Hewitt.
Paulsen coached Bucknell for the past seven seasons, leading the Bison to a
134-94 record and two berths in the NCAA Tournament.
Under Paulsen, Bucknell became the first team in Patriot League history to win
three consecutive regular-season titles.
George Mason athletic director Brad Edwards called him a "proven winner" and
pointed out Paulsen's recruitment of current NBA player Mike Muscala.
"Combine all that with his superb academic pedigree, and we have a coach who
is a perfect fit to execute our vision for a sustainable elite basketball
program," Edwards said in a statement.
Hewitt was fired March 16, four years after taking over for Jim Larranaga. The
Patriots went 66-67 in his four seasons, never making the NCAA Tournament
after Larranaga led them to five berths in 14 seasons, including a trip to the
George Mason was 9-22 this past season, including a 4-14 mark in the Atlantic
The Bison went 19-15 in Paulsen's last season at the helm, including 13-5 in
the Patriot League. They lost to Temple in the first round of the NIT.
=== Pitino says Harrell, Rozier to enter NBA Draft ===
Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Monday
that Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier, the team's top two scorers this past
season, will both leave school early to enter the NBA Draft.
"They're both leaving, yes -- 100 percent. And it's the right thing to do for
both of them," Pitino told reporters after he was asked about the players.
His comments came one day after Louisville lost to Michigan State in overtime
in the East Region final of the NCAA Tournament, coming one win short of a
third Final Four berth in the last four seasons.
Harrell, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, is widely projected to be a first-round
pick after averaging 15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks this past
Rozier, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, led the Cardinals in scoring at 17.1
points per game and averaged three assists, 5.6 rebounds and two steals.
Pitino said he did not share the media's perceived doubts about Rozier's NBA
The Cardinals are also losing senior swingman Wayne Blackshear, who made the
Sweet 16 in all four years at Louisville.
=== Butler gives Holtmann contract extension ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Butler coach Chris Holtmann has signed
a contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the school announced Monday.
Holtmann, 43, took over the program in October after Brandon Miller was
granted an indefinite medical leave of absence and was named the head coach in
He guided Butler to a 23-11 overall record, a 12-6 mark in the Big East and a
seventh NCAA Tournament berth in nine years.
The Bulldogs, seeded sixth in the Midwest Region, opened with a win over Texas
before losing to Notre Dame in the round of 32.
"Under challenging circumstances, Chris Holtmann stepped in this past season
and quickly demonstrated himself worthy of continuing the Butler legacy of
excellent coaching and thoughtful leadership ... that has underpinned Butler's
success," Butler president James Danko said in a statement.
Holtmann led the Bulldogs to a nine-win improvement over the 2013-14 season
and to five victories against ranked teams, tying the most in program history.
He was the head coach at Gardner-Webb for three years before joining Miller's
staff for the 2013-14 season.
=== Fordham hires EKU's Neubauer as coach ===
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Fordham hired Eastern Kentucky's Jeff Neubauer
as its new head men's basketball coach on Monday.
Neubauer spent the past 10 years coaching Eastern Kentucky, going 188-134 with
two trips to the NCAA Tournament and five 20-win seasons.
The Colonels were 21-12 this past season, losing to Tennessee-Martin in the
quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
"I am thrilled to get the opportunity not only to be head coach at Fordham but
to coach in New York City," Neubauer said in a statement. "I really love
challenges and am very aware of how competitive the Atlantic 10 Conference is
and I'm looking forward to helping Fordham move forward in the conference."
He replaces Tom Pecora, who was fired on March 18 after going 44-106 in five
years as coach of the Rams, including 10-21 this past season.
Fordham hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1992.
=== Citadel hires VMI coach Baucom ===
Charleston, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Virginia Military Institute head men's
basketball coach Duggar Baucom resigned Monday to accept the same position at
Baucom amassed a 151-159 record in 10 seasons at VMI and led the Keydets to
their first postseason appearance in 37 years when the program reached the
semifinals of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. VMI advanced to the
title game of the Big South Conference Tournament three times during his
The 54-year-old's Keydet teams have also fielded one of the nation's most
exciting offenses, having led NCAA Division I in scoring in each of the last
"This is an exciting day for Citadel basketball," said Citadel director of
athletics Jim Senter. "Duggar has a proven track record of success, not only
on the court, but more importantly in building young men of character off the
The all-time leader in victories at VMI, Baucom posted a pair of 20-win
campaigns with the Keydets. Including two seasons at Division II Tusculum,
Baucom owns a 187-178 overall record as a head coach.
"VMI, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and our basketball family
wish Coach Baucom only the very best for his new opportunity at The Citadel,"
said VMI athletics director Dr. Dave Diles. "We are appreciative of his
service and contributions to the Institute and the stewardship of our
Baucom replaces Chuck Driesell, who did not have his contract renewed
following an 11-19 season in 2014-15.
=== Texas freshman Turner to enter NBA Draft ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Texas freshman Myles Turner will apparently enter the
NBA Draft after one season in college.
Turner posted a thank you tweet to his account Monday, writing "it's been
real," and his father told ESPN that he will declare for the draft but hasn't
submitted the paperwork yet.
A university spokesman said he couldn't confirm the news at this point.
Turner, a 6-foot-11 forward, averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks
in 34 games for the Longhorns, who lost their NCAA Tournament opener to
Texas is looking for a new coach after parting ways with Rick Barnes over the
weekend after 17 seasons.
=== Georgia State's R.J. Hunter to enter NBA Draft ===
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Georgia State junior R.J. Hunter is entering
the NBA Draft, the school confirmed Monday.
Hunter, a 6-foot-6 guard, recently led the Panthers to a Sun Belt championship
and a first-round upset over Baylor in the NCAA Tournament.
His long 3-pointer in the final seconds to knock off the third-seeded Bears
went viral after his dad, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, fell off a rolling
stool in celebration.
Ron Hunter had torn his Achilles tendon celebrating the Panthers' win over
Georgia Southern in the conference title game,
R.J. Hunter led the team in scoring, averaging 19.7 points in 35 games. He had
20 points in Georgia State's loss to Xavier in the NCAA Tournament.
=== Cincinnati's Cronin cleared to return to coaching ===
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - After sitting out much of the season with
a non-life threatening vascular condition, Cincinnati men's basketball coach
Mick Cronin has been cleared to return to work, the school announced Monday.
Cronin coached the first nine games of the season before a mid-December
checkup for lingering headaches showed he had a condition called arterial
dissection. He was ruled out for the remainder of the season on Jan. 2.
While he did not attend games, Cronin stayed active with his team, assisting
the coaching staff with game planning and recruiting.
"Obviously, I'm excited to be coaching again, but most importantly, I'm
grateful to be 100 percent healthy," Cronin said in a statement.
In Cronin's absence, Cincinnati was led by Larry Davis, who coached Furman for
nine seasons. The Bearcats finished 23-11 and won their opening game of the
NCAA Tournament against Purdue before falling to No. 1 Kentucky in the round
"We are pleased Mick is able to fully resume his coaching duties," athletic
director Mike Bohn said in a statement. "His behind-the-scenes leadership was
critical in last season's success coupled with Larry's direction and the
players' focus on the court throughout the year."
Next season will be Cronin's 10th as Cincinnati's coach. The Bearcats are
185-118 since he took over in 2006 and have reached the NCAA Tournament in
five straight seasons.
=== Cubs send Bryant to minor-league camp ===
Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs made the move many fans feared
the club would, assigning third baseman Kris Bryant to minor league camp on
The slugger leads all players with nine homers during spring training this
season, hitting .425 with 15 RBI and 14 runs scored over just 40 at-bats in 14
The move was expected as the Cubs attempt to delay Bryant's free agency by a
year by keeping him in the minors for the first few weeks of the season.
The Cubs on Monday also optioned infielder Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa,
assigned infielder Addison Russell to minor league camp and selected the
contract of veteran reliever Phil Coke from Iowa.
Baez was vying for the starting second baseman position, but hit just .173
with one homer and one RBI in 52 at-bats in 16 games this spring.
Coke, who joined the Cubs on a minor league deal on March 5, hasn't allowed a
run in 7 1/3 innings this spring.
The 32-year-old spent the previous five seasons with Detroit and went 5-2 with
a 3.88 ERA in 62 appearances for the Tigers in 2014.
=== Cardinals' Garcia to start season on DL ===
Jupiter, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia
will start the season on the 15-day disabled list because of continuing left
The DL move is retroactive to March 27.
Garcia had surgery for a torn labrum in May 2013 and had his 2014 campaign cut
short in June before undergoing thoracic outlet surgery for his left shoulder
a month later.
The 28-year-old lefty threw a simulated game last week and reported shoulder
fatigue. He pitched in three games earlier this spring, allowing four runs on
10 hits in 9 1/3 innings.
Garcia has made just 16 starts the last two seasons because of injuries. He
was 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven outings last year.
In 106 games, including 97 starts, since his debut in 2008, Garcia has a
record of 42-26 with a 3.50 ERA. He was a 13-game winner for the Cardinals in
each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
The Cardinals purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Villanueva, who signed
a minor league deal with the team in February. The right-hander was 5-7 with a
4.64 ERA in 42 games, five of which were starts, last season for the Chicago
Over nine seasons with the Brewers, Blue Jays and Cubs, Villanueva is 45-50
with a 4.26 ERA, appearing in 390 games, including 76 starts.
=== Orioles assign C Arencibia to minor league camp ===
Sarasota, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles assigned catcher J.P.
Arencibia to minor league camp on Monday.
Arencibia, signed as a free agent in January, appeared in nine spring training
games and had two singles in 17 at-bats.
The former Toronto Blue Jays starting catcher received a cortisone shot in his
throwing arm on Monday morning, according to the Baltimore Sun.
=== Red Sox place Vazquez on 60-day DL; acquire Leon from Nats ===
Fort Myers, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox have placed catcher
Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list because of a sprained right
Vazquez was expected to be Boston's starting catcher heading into this season,
but will reportedly visit Dr. James Andrews to determine the severity of the
The 24-year-old backstop took over as the club's regular catcher last July and
played 55 games in his first major league action, hitting .240 with nine
doubles, a homer and 20 runs batted in. He was at his best throwing out
potential base stealers, nabbing 15-of-29 for a 52 percent clip.
Needing immediate help at the position, Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon
from Washington in a trade Monday, sending cash considerations to the
Nationals in exchange. Leon will likely join Ryan Hanigan as the primary
catchers to start the season for the Red Sox.
Hanigan was acquired by the Red Sox in December from San Diego for third
baseman Will Middlebrooks after the Padres had picked up Hanigan from Tampa
Bay in the 11-player deal that sent Wil Myers from the Rays to the Padres.
Leon appeared in 20 games for the Nationals last season, making 17 starts
behind the plate. The 26-year-old native of Venezuela has played 34 games for
the Nationals over the past three seasons and has hit .189 over 95 at-bats.
=== Mets acquire reliever Torres from Padres ===
Port St. Lucie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Mets acquired left-
handed pitcher Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor
league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later on Monday.
Torres, 27, went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 games with San Diego in 2014,
striking out 51 and walking 33 in 54 innings.
New York has been looking for left-handed help out of the bullpen. Torres held
righties to a .209 batting average, the sixth-lowest mark among NL left-handed
relievers, while lefties hit .256 against him last year.
Torres is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in eight spring games with San Diego this year,
striking out seven and walking three in eight innings.
The native of Valencia, Venezuela, is 7-4 with a 2.55 ERA (34 earned runs in
120 innings) and 122 strikeouts in 113 major league games with the Rays and
Mazzoni, 25, went 7-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts for four different minor
league teams last year.
=== Mets send OF den Dekker to Nats for LHP Blevins ===
Port St. Lucie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Mets acquired left-
handed reliever Jerry Blevins from Washington in exchange for outfielder Matt
den Dekker on Monday.
After Josh Edgin underwent Tommy John surgery near the start of spring
training, the Mets were in need of left-handed pitching out of their bullpen.
Earlier on Monday, they acquired lefty Alex Torres from San Diego for pitching
prospect Cory Mazzoni.
Blevins, 31, was beginning his second season with Washington. In 2014, he
owned a 4.87 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings and limited opposing
lefties to a .160 average.
In eight seasons with Washington and Oakland, Blevins has made 345 appearances
totaling 324 1/3 innings. He has 305 strikeouts and a 3.58 ERA and has held
left-handed batters to a .212 average.
Den Dekker was competing for a spot on the Mets' bench but was expected to be
beat out by veteran outfielders Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr. The 27-
year-old has played all three outfield spots in 80 career games with the Mets
and owns a .238 batting average and .325 on-base percentage.
=== Reds cut veteran Maholm ===
Goodyear, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds released pitcher Paul
Maholm among a series of roster cuts the team announced Monday.
Maholm, attempting to make the Reds as a non-roster invitee, went 1-0 with a
2.19 ERA over five appearances this spring. The 32-year-old lefty posted a 1-5
record with a 4.84 ERA in 30 games (eight starts) with the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Reds also optioned reliever Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville and
assigned four others -- pitcher Nate Adock, catcher Kyle Skipworth and
infielders Ivan De Jesus and Irving Falu -- to minor league camp.
Villarreal recorded a 4.30 ERA in 12 games out of the bullpen for Cincinnati
last season, but the right-hander was tagged for 11 runs and 15 hits over
eight Cactus League innings.
=== Mariners release P Correia ===
Peoria, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners granted pitcher Kevin
Correia his unconditional release Monday, one day after assigning the veteran
to minor league camp.
Correia signed a minor league contract with Seattle on March 9 but was hit
hard in three appearances this spring, allowing five runs and six hits --
including a pair of homers -- over just 2 2/3 innings.
The 34-year-old journeyman was 7-17 with a 5.44 ERA in 32 games, including 26
starts, with Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
Correia was named a National League All-Star with the Pirates in 2001. The
right-hander owns a 76-95 record with a 4.59 ERA over 12 major league seasons.
=== Browns' Farmer suspended for texting ===
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer
was suspended four games by the NFL on Monday for violating rules prohibiting
the use of electronic devices during games.
Farmer used a cell phone during games last season to send text messages to the
sideline. He admitted to the mistakes during the NFL Scouting Combine in
February and will now have to serve a four-game penalty.
The suspension, without pay, will begin at the start of the regular season.
Farmer cannot be involved in any club matters and is prohibited from being at
the team's offices, practice facility or at Browns games.
"I respect the league's decision and understand that there are consequences
for my actions," said Farmer in a statement Monday. "Accountability is
integral to what we are trying to build and as a leader I need to set the
right example. I made a mistake and apologize to (owner) Jimmy Haslam, (head
coach) Mike Pettine, our entire organization and our fans for the
ramifications. Learning is a big part of who I am and I will certainly be
better from this situation."
The Browns, despite the league finding that no other members of the team's
ownership or front office were involved, were also fined $250,000.
"We accept the league's ruling," said Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. "Ray made a
mistake and takes full responsibility for his role in violating the policy. It
is critical that we make better decisions. Ray has tremendous integrity and I
know has great remorse for what occurred. We are all committed to learning
from this and making the Browns a stronger and better organization."
Farmer, while speaking with media members at the NFL Combine last month, said
he had spoken with Pettine about the situation and there were no issues
However, it had been reported that the texting issue may have contributed to
the resignation of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan shortly after the
conclusion of the season.
Northeast Ohio Media Group had reported that the texts from Farmer to the
sideline included ideas on play-calling and personnel.
=== Falcons docked a 2016 draft pick for fake crowd noise ===
Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Falcons were fined
$350,000 and will have to forfeit a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for
using artificial crowd noise during home games for the last two seasons.
An NFL review determined a team executive pumped in the crowd noise throughout
the 2013 season and into the 2014 campaign before the team was notified of the
situation last November.
"What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our
business," said Falcons owner Arthur Blank in a statement Monday. "Any time
there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the
culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly
"We understand the penalties imposed and their impact on our team, and we will
not appeal the league's decisions. Further, we have addressed the matter
internally and taken actions to ensure that something like this does not
The league concluded that Roddy White, the team's former director of event
marketing, was directly responsible for the violation and that no other
Falcons executive had knowledge. White, who is no longer with the team, would
have been subjected to an eight-game suspension and could still face league
discipline if he obtains another job in the NFL.
Falcons president Rich McKay, despite not being directly involved, was
suspended from the NFL's Competition Committee for at least three months. He
can petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement to the committee
no sooner than June 30.
=== Eagles extend Ryans' contract ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Eagles announced that
they have signed linebacker DeMeco Ryans to a one-year extension, keeping him
under contract through 2016.
Terms of the new contract were not disclosed, but Ryans was set to make $6.8
million for the 2015 season.
Ryans started 40 games in three seasons with Philadelphia before sustaining an
Achilles tear against Houston, his former team, in Week 9. Over his Eagles'
career, he has accumulated 285 tackles with five sacks and four interceptions.
The 30-year-old Alabama product has 921 tackles in 126 games with the Eagles
and Texans. He was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 and
reached the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.
In 2010, Ryans also sustained an Achilles tear and missed 10 games that
=== Panthers sign Todman ===
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers signed running back
Jordan Todman to a one-year contract on Monday.
Todman played the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last
season, he played in all 16 games with one start, rushing 32 times for 186
yards, including a 62-yard touchdown. He added 25 receptions for 198 yards and
"Any time you get a chance to play football and do what you love it's a great
opportunity," Todman said. "I'm excited to come to a playoff team, a team with
upside that wants to be great."
Todman served as the team's primary kickoff returner, averaging 25.6 yards on
38 returns for 972 yards. He finished tied for second on the team with seven
special teams tackles.
"Jordan is a veteran running back who has had some success in this league,"
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "We think he has some return skills and we are
always looking to be good in that area. At running back, he brings
versatility. He is stout and physical enough to run the ball up inside, but
he's got the quickness and speed to get outside to the corner."
A sixth-round pick of the Chargers out of Connecticut in 2011, Todman has
spent time with San Diego, Minnesota and Jacksonville during his career,
rushing for 450 yards and three scores. He also has 40 receptions for 314
yards and two touchdowns and returned 68 kickoffs for 1,762 yards, a 25.9-yard
=== Raiders bring back DL Wilson ===
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders re-signed free agent
defensive lineman C.J. Wilson on Monday.
Wilson, an East Carolina product, totaled 23 tackles and two sacks while
appearing in all 16 games during his first season with the Bay Area franchise.
Heading into his sixth season, Wilson has totaled 99 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks
over 66 contests with Green Bay and Oakland. He was a member of the Packers'
Super Bowl XLV championship team.
=== Kings rest Cousins vs. Grizzlies ===
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins
will sit out Monday's game against Memphis to get some rest, the team said.
Cousins will miss a game for the 17th time this season.
He had a season high-tying 39 points and 20 rebounds in Friday's 102-88 loss
to New Orleans and is averaging 24.1 points and 12.4 rebounds this season.
=== Rockets' Beverley to miss rest of season ===
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will
undergo surgery on his injured left wrist and will miss the remainder of the
season, the team announced Monday.
Beverley will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist on Tuesday.
He was injured in last Monday's win over Indiana, dropping out of the lineup
just days before the Rockets got Dwight Howard back after a two-month absence.
Beverley, known for his backcourt defense, was averaging 10.1 points, 4.2
rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games this season.
Houston has already clinched a playoff berth and is battling for first place
in the competitive Southwest Division.
=== Curry, Lopez named NBA Players of the Week ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen
Curry and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez were named NBA Players of the Week
Curry averaged 30 points, eight assists and 3.5 rebounds in four games for the
Warriors, who have won nine in a row to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western
Lopez earned the Eastern Conference award after averaging 28.8 points and 8.5
rebounds in four games, leading the Nets to a 3-1 record last week.
=== Lightning lose Garrison for 3-to-4 weeks ===
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison
is expected to be sidelined for the next 3-to-4 weeks because of an upper body
Garrison was hurt early in the first period during Saturday's game against
Detroit. He took a hit from behind by Justin Abdelkader, who was given a minor
penalty for boarding.
The 30-year-old blueliner has four goals and 26 assists for 30 points in 70
games this season. He also leads all Tampa Bay defensemen with a plus-27
Defenseman Andrej Sustr is also expected to be sidelined for at least a week
with an upper body injury. He has 13 assists in 72 games this season.
The Lightning also said center Tyler Johnson is day-to-day with an upper body
injury. Johnson is tied for the team lead with 41 assists and 67 points in 74
games this season.
Tampa Bay recalled defenseman Luke Witkowski and forward Jonathan Marchessault
from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday.
=== Dubnyk, Atkinson, O'Reilly named NHL weekly winners ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk,
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson and Colorado Avalanche center
Ryan O'Reilly were selected as the NHL's top players for the week ending March
Dubnyk earned the First Star after winning each of his four starts last week
with a 1.22 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage. The Saskatchewan
native is 26-6-1 with a 1.70 GAA, five shutouts and .939 save percentage since
joining the Wild in January.
Atkinson picked up the Second Star. He shared the lead for the week with four
goals and added three assists to help the Blue Jackets win each of their three
games, notching a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Chicago last Friday.
O'Reilly led the league with seven assists and eight points last week to
garner the Third Star.
=== Wild ink Hoffman, Palmquist ===
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on
entry-level contracts with goaltender Brody Hoffman and defenseman Zach
Palmquist on Monday.
Hoffman completed his junior season and final collegiate campaign with the
University of Vermont by going 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a
pair of shutouts. Two seasons ago, the 24-year-old was the first goaltender in
program history since Tim Thomas (1996-97) to start every regular-season game.
Thanks to Hoffman allowing one goal in his team's two victories in the
quarterfinals, the Catamounts knocked off Boston College before losing to
UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East semis.
Palmquist totaled 29 points (8G, 21A) for Minnesota State during his senior
season. The Twin Cities native ended his collegiate tenure with 25 goals and
96 points in 160 appearances.
Despite snagging the top overall seed in the NCAA tourney, MSU lost its
opening contest, 2-1, to RIT.
In other roster moves, the Wild recalled defenseman Christian Folin from Iowa
of the American Hockey League.
=== Oklahoma RB Ford suspended indefinitely ===
Norman, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Oklahoma running back Keith Ford has been
suspended indefinitely for violating academic and team rules, Sooners coach
Bob Stoops confirmed Monday.
Ford rushed for 392 yards and five touchdowns on 71 carries as a sophomore
last season and caught 11 passes for 140 yards and a score. He appeared in
eight of 13 games, making starts against Tulsa, Tennessee and Kansas.
He has rushed for 526 yards and six touchdowns in 18 total games for Oklahoma.
=== Walker rises to No. 10 in world rankings ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Walker cruised to a 4-shot
victory over Jordan Spieth at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday and that saw
Walker break into the top-10 and up to No. 10 in the world rankings.
Walker, who now has five career victories on the PGA Tour, all of which have
come over the last two seasons, moved up three spots from 13 to 10.
Rory McIlroy remained in control of the world's top spot and he was again
followed by Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson at two and three, respectively.
With his runner-up finish last week, Spieth jumped two slots to No. 4, which
dropped both Jason Day and Adam Scott down one each to five and six. Dustin
Johnson also rose a pair from nine to seven and Sergio Garcia held firm at
Jim Furyk fell two spots two No. 9 and Walker rounded out the top-10. With
Walker's ascension, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer all fell a
spot. They are now Nos. 11-13.
Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama each stayed the same at Nos.
14-16, while Billy Horschel and Victor Dubuisson swapped spots, with Horschel
up to 17 and Dubuisson down to 18. Brooks Koepka and J.B. Holmes rounded out
the top-20 once again at 19 and 20.
Trophee Hassan II winner Richie Ramsay broke into the top-100 and improved 51
spots from 128 to 77.
=== Kerr jumps to 10th in world ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cristie Kerr rallied to win by two
shots at the Kia Classic on Sunday and that victory pushed Kerr up nine spots
to No. 10 in the world rankings.
Lydia Ko continued her strong season with a third-place finish and she was
able to tighten her grip a bit on the No. 1 spot. Ko improved 0.21 average
points, while world No. 2 Inbee Park fell 0.10 average points despite
finishing fifth Sunday.
The rest of the top-8 remained the same as Stacy Lewis, Hyo Joo Kim, Shanshan
Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie are still Nos. 3-8. Lexi
Thompson improved a pair to nine and Kerr rounded out the top-10.
Amy Yang fell a slot to 11 and Karrie Webb dropped three to 12. Kia Classic
runner-up Mirim Lee rose three spots to No. 13, while Anna Nordqvist descended
two to 14.
Azahara Munoz held firm at 15 and Na Yeon Choi and Q Baek each fell three,
putting them at 16 and 17, respectively. Both Brittany Lincicome and Jessica
Korda dropped one to 18 and 19. Ha-Na Jang broke into the top-20 by improving
a pair to No. 20.
=== NASCAR changes qualifying format for Daytona, Talladega ===
Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Qualifying for NASCAR national touring
series races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway
will no longer feature a pack of cars running together.
NASCAR announced on Monday modifications to the qualifying format for Sprint
Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races at restrictor-plate tracks
(Daytona and Talladega). It will feature the return of single-car qualifying.
Starting with the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series races at Talladega the first
weekend in May, there will be two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted
lap speeds in the opening round advancing to the final segment.
Each driver will be allowed only one timed lap per round, and NASCAR will
release each car in a predetermined timed interval. NASCAR did note that it
reserves the right to have more than one car engaging in qualifying runs at
the same time.
The qualifying order for the first round will be determined by a random draw,
and the order for the second round will be decided by slowest to fastest
speeds from the opening segment.
There will be a 10-minute break between the round. Upon completion of the
first round, starting positions 13 and beyond will be determined by speeds
from that segment. Positions 1-12 will be decided by fastest to slowest speeds
in round two.
NASCAR will impound the cars following each qualifying lap. Those 12 cars
advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a
cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only.
The qualifying procedures for the 2016 Daytona 500 will be announced at a
NASCAR made the changes to qualifying for Daytona and Talladega after its
group format was criticized by drivers in last month's Daytona 500 qualifying.
It was the first time the format was used for that race in its 57-year
Almost every driver had some sort of complaint about the format at Daytona.
Clint Bowyer referred to it as "idiotic" after he was involved in a multi-car
wreck during the first round. Denny Hamlin used the word "mayhem" to label the
format, while Tony Stewart described it as "a complete embarrassment for our
series" when he expressed his opinion on his Twitter account after qualifying
There were also accidents involving many drivers in Xfinity and Camping World
Truck Series qualifying at Daytona in February.
When NASCAR used the format for Sprint Cup at Talladega last October,
qualifying there was chaotic and confusing, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. failing
to qualify and championship Chase drivers Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin
Harvick, Joey Logano and Hamlin having to take a provisional (owner points)
position in the starting field.
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