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       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Friday, August 22 ===
                     === Johnny 'Finger': Manziel fined ===
 Cleveland,   OH   (  -  The  National  Football  League  has
 reportedly  fined  Cleveland Browns  quarterback  Johnny  Manziel $12,000  for
 giving  the  Washington  Redskins  bench the  middle  finger  during  Monday's
 preseason game.
 According to and ESPN, Manziel was levied the fine on Friday.
 Manziel  gave the  Redskins bench the gesture late in the third quarter, after
 opposing players were jawing with him. The Redskins won, 24-23.
 "I  get words  exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week
 after  week,  and I should've  been smarter," Manziel  said. "It was a 'Monday
 Night Football' game and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to
 be smarter about that. ... It's there, and it's present every game, and I just
 need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play."
 Manziel  learned on Wednesday that he will start the season as backup to Brian
 Hoyer  started each  of the Browns' first two preseason games. He completed 6-
 of-14  passes for  92 yards in the  opener against Detroit and was just 2-of-6
 for 16 yards this past Monday against Washington.
 Manziel,  selected  with the  22nd overall  pick in May's  draft, threw for 63
 yards on 7-of-11 passing in the first preseason game against the Lions. He was
 7-of-16  for  65 yards with  a touchdown on Monday,  but was also sacked three
             === Agent for Bucs' Evans: Brawl happened in March ===
 (  -  The agent for  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike
 Evans  says the  rookie was involved in  a fight with bouncers at a Miami-area
 nightclub  in  March, before he  was drafted, and not  this past weekend as an
 online report indicated.
 Agent Deryk Gilmore told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday that his client was not
 drinking at South Beach's Dream Nightclub before the altercation occurred.
 He said Evans, who was 20 in March, was allowed in as a guest and did not have
 a  VIP  wristband to access parts  of the club, so  was asked to leave. He was
 attempting to go back inside to get his girlfriend.
 Earlier  Friday, posted a video of what it said was a brawl outside of
 the  nightclub. The  man identified  as Evans  is seen  throwing at  least one
 No arrests were made following the altercation, according to Gilmore.
 The  Bucs, who are scheduled to play in Buffalo on Saturday, haven't commented
 on the reports.
 Evans,  who turned 21 on Thursday, was drafted No. 7 overall by the Buccaneers
 in  May. He had  151 catches for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns in 26 games for
 Texas A&M.
       === Former Steelers RB Redman says spinal injury ended career ===
 (  - Former  Pittsburgh Steelers  running back  Isaac Redman
 said Friday a spinal cord injury has ended his NFL career.
 Redman  was released  by Pittsburgh last October after playing three games. He
 said  Friday on Twitter that he tried to play through a neck injury before the
 club let him go.
 "To  those who  are wondering  why  I am  not playing  anymore," Redman  wrote
 Friday.  "Last season I tried my best to play through a neck injury but I just
 wasn't myself on the field.
 "After  being  released I  went (to) Cali  to see Dr.  Watkins (doctor who did
 Payton [sic] Manning's neck surgery) after 2 MRI's and a cat scan he then told
 me I had suffered a career ending injury to my spinal cord. Various teams have
 called  but as  you can see I  was unable to go.  I would like to thank all my
 fans for the tremendous support throughout my career."
 Redman  spent five seasons with the Steelers and was the starting running back
 heading  into last season.  He made one start before playing two games off the
 bench and had just 12 yards on 10 carries.
 In  50  career games,  the Bowie State  product ran for  1,148 yards with five
 touchdowns and caught 50 passes for 408 yards with two scores.
                 === Chiefs OL Stephenson suspended 4 games ===
 Kansas City, MO ( - Kansas City Chiefs starting right tackle
 Donald  Stephenson has  been suspended without pay for the first four games of
 the  2014 season  for  violating  the NFL's  policy  on performance  enhancing
 "This  morning the  NFL notified  the  team of  Donald Stephenson's  four-game
 suspension,"  the Chiefs  said in  a  statement. "Obviously  losing Donald  is
 disappointing, but we are in full compliance with the league's policy. We will
 have no further comment on the situation."
 Stephenson  has played in  all 32 games for the Chiefs since the team selected
 him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Oklahoma product has started
 14 games for Kansas City.
 "I'm  extremely  sorry that I  failed to check with  the NFL, NFLPA, or Chiefs
 medical  team before  I  took a  medication that  requires  a therapeutic  use
 exemption,"  Stephenson  said in  a  statement  released  by the  NFL  Players
 "The  rules  are strict,  and without  a TUE,  the consequence  is a four game
 suspension.  I  apologize to the Hunt  family, John Dorsey, Coach Reid and his
 staff,  my teammates, and  our awesome Chiefs fans. It is not a mistake I will
 ever  make  again. I  will train extremely  hard during my  time away from the
 team,  and  I will be ready  to contribute to my  team's effort to win a Super
 Bowl as soon as I return."
 Stephenson will be eligible to return to the Chiefs' active roster on Sept. 30
 following  the  team's Sept. 29  game against the  New England Patriots. He is
 eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
                         === Dolphins cut TE Egnew ===
 Davie,  FL  ( - The  Miami Dolphins waived tight end Michael
 Egnew and defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds on Friday.
 Egnew caught seven passes for 69 yards over two seasons with the Dolphins, who
 selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
 Miami also waived/injured defensive back Jalil Brown.
                      === Angels' Richards has surgery ===
 Oakland, CA (  - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced
 starting  pitcher Garrett Richards underwent surgery Friday to repair the torn
 patellar tendon in his left knee.
 Recovery  time is  still expected to be from 6-to-9 months for the 26-year-old
 righty  who  was injured  while trying  to cover  first base  on a ground ball
 Wednesday at Fenway Park.
 Richards  had a  13-4 record with a  2.61 earned run average in 26 starts this
                 === Report: Red Sox land Cuban OF Castillo ===
 ( - The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to a deal with
 Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.
 According  to, the  deal is for $72 million over six years. A separate
 report has the deal worth $72.5 million over seven years with Castillo to join
 the club as early as this season.
 Baseball  America reported  last December that Castillo defected from Cuba and
 was  looking for  a country of residency  so he could sign with a major league
 team.  He  since established  residency in  Haiti and was  cleared by the U.S.
 government to sign with a major league team last month.
 According  to Baseball America's analysis of Castillo, the 27-year-old is a 5-
 foot-9,  185-pounder whose main tool is speed. Others compare him to an Andrew
 McCutchen-type,  bringing  above average  speed, power and  average. He is not
 considered  to be  a straight slugger like countrymen Yoenis Cespedes and Jose
 During  the  2010-11 Serie  Nacional season,  Castillo led  the league with 29
 stolen  bases and hit  .324 with 18 home runs. He would now share the outfield
 with Cespedes in Boston.
 It was reported that the Detroit Tigers were also in the running for Castillo.
             === Report: Orioles' Machado to have knee surgery ===
 (  -  Baltimore Orioles  third  baseman  Manny Machado  will
 reportedly undergo surgery on his injured right knee in the coming week.
 A  Yahoo!  Sports report  Friday night  said that the  surgery will likely end
 Machado's season.
 Machado  landed on the disabled list with a right knee ligament sprain earlier
 this  month. He fell  awkwardly on his right knee during an at-bat against the
 Yankees on Aug. 11.
 The  22-year-old Machado was an All-Star last year but missed the last week of
 the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee. He made his season debut
 this year on May 1.
 Dr.  Neal ElAttrache, orthopedic surgeon for the Los Angeles Dodgers, repaired
 Machado's  left knee  last fall  and  is expected  to perform  the surgery  on
 Machado's right knee in the coming days.
                   === A's activate Gentry from 15-day DL ===
 Oakland,  CA  ( - The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder
 Craig  Gentry from  the 15-day  disabled list  on Friday  and optioned  relief
 pitcher Dan Otero to Triple-A Sacramento.
 Gentry  went  on the DL on  July 28 with a  broken right hand that he suffered
 when  he was hit  by a pitch while squaring to bunt. He went 0-for-7 in a pair
 of rehab games.
 Gentry,  30, is  batting .264  with 18  steals  and 10  RBI in  80 games  this
 Otero  has accumulated  a 2.28 ERA with a  1.07 WHIP and one save in 56 relief
 appearances in his second year with the A's.
                        === White Sox recall Sanchez ===
 Bronx,  NY  ( - Prior  to Friday's game against the Yankees,
 the  Chicago  White  Sox  recalled  infielder  Carlos  Sanchez  from  Triple-A
 Sanchez takes the roster spot of second baseman Gordon Beckham, who was traded
 to   the  Angels  on  Thursday  for  a  player  to  be  named  later  or  cash
 The  22-year-old  Sanchez was  hitting .293  with 19 doubles,  57 RBI, 60 runs
 scored  and  16 stolen bases  in 110 games with  Charlotte this season. He has
 played in 64 games at second base, 44 at shortstop and two at third.
 Sanchez  made his MLB  debut with the White Sox on July 13 at Cleveland as the
 starting shortstop, going 0-for-5.
                          === Rockets keep Garcia ===
 Houston,  TX ( - The Houston Rockets have re-signed swingman
 Francisco Garcia to an undisclosed contract.
 Garcia  was an  unrestricted free agent this summer after spending the 2013-14
 season  with Sacramento and Houston. He joined the Rockets in a February trade
 with the Kings and averaged 6.4 points with 1.3 rebounds in 18 games after the
 The  Louisville  product increased  his  production  in the  playoffs  against
 Oklahoma  City, averaging  10.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in six games, three of
 which were starts.
 Garcia  has averaged  8.0 points and 2.6  rebounds in 535 games with the Kings
 and  Rockets. He was  selected by Sacramento with the 23rd overall pick of the
 2005 NBA Draft and was the longest-tenured King before being traded.
                         === Hornets sign Hairston ===
 Charlotte,  NC  ( - The Charlotte Hornets signed first-round
 draft pick P.J. Hairston on Friday.
 The  Hornets acquired the rights to Hairston, the 26th overall pick, and guard
 Semaj  Christon,  the 55th overall pick,  along with a 2019 second-round draft
 pick  and cash  considerations, from the Miami Heat in exchange for the rights
 to guard Shabazz Napier.
 The  6-6 Hairston  became the first NBA  D-League player to be selected in the
 first  round of the  NBA Draft. He was named to the D-League All-Rookie Second
 Team  in 2013-14  as a member of  the Texas Legends, averaging 21.8 points and
 3.5 rebounds.
 Hairston  played  two seasons  at the University  of North Carolina, averaging
 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 71 career games from 2011-13. As a
 sophomore  in 2012-13, he led the Tar Heels in scoring, averaging 14.6 points,
 but  was dismissed from  the program before he could play a game in his junior
 season  due  to an  eligibility issue that  stemmed from alleged impermissible
                           === Hawks re-sign Mack ===
 Atlanta,  GA  ( - The  Atlanta Hawks re-signed guard Shelvin
 Mack on Friday.
 Mack  made  11 starts  in 73  games for  the Hawks  last season, averaging 7.5
 points and 3.7 assists per game.
 "Shelvin  has  proven himself  to be  an excellent fit  for our program," said
 Hawks  president of basketball operations/general manager Danny Ferry. "On the
 court,  he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of
 unselfishness that we truly value."
 A  key contributor  on two National Runner-up teams at Butler prior to getting
 drafted  34th overall in 2011 by Washington, Mack has put up 5.5 points in 168
 career games with the Wizards, 76ers and Hawks.
               === USC RB Madden dealing with turf toe injury ===
 Los  Angeles, CA  ( -  USC Trojans  running back  Tre Madden
 is  going  to be  a game-time  decision because of  a turf  toe injury for the
 school's season opener against Fresno State on August 30
 Head coach Steve Sarkisian made the announcement on Friday.
 Madden,  a junior, ran  for 703 yards and three touchdowns last season. He was
 expected to share running back duties with Javorius Allen this season.
 Madden  is injury prone.  He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury and was
 slowed by hamstring injuries last year, appearing in 11 of the 14 games.
               === Report: Wisconsin names McEvoy starting QB ===
 Madison,  WI  (  -  Tanner McEvoy  will  reportedly  be  the
 starting  quarterback  for the  14th-ranked Wisconsin  Badgers when the school
 kicks off its schedule Aug. 30 against 13th-ranked LSU.
 According  to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing three sources, head coach
 Gary Anderson has chosen the red-shirt junior transfer over returning starting
 QB Joel Stave.
 McEvoy  transferred before  last season from Arizona Western College, where he
 threw  for 1,943  yards and 25 touchdowns  in his lone season at the school. A
 dual-threat, he also ran for 414 yards and six scores.
 Last year with the Badgers, he struggled at QB and was moved to safety.
 Stave  started  all 13  games for  the Badgers last  season, passing for 2,494
 yards and 22 touchdowns with 13 picks.
             === Sooners WR Green-Beckham not eligible for 2014 ===
 Norman,  OK (  - Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will not
 be eligible to play for Oklahoma this season, the school announced Friday.
 Oklahoma said in a news release that a waiver request entered on behalf of the
 wide  receiver seeking to make him eligible immediately after being kicked off
 the Missouri football team in April was denied by the NCAA.
 "The  university  accepts that  decision  and  will  continue to  provide  the
 appropriate  assistance  to Dorial,  just as  it does  with other students, in
 helping  him  grow personally from the  many opportunities available to him at
 OU," the school said.
 Green-Beckham  led  Missouri with 59  receptions and 12 touchdown catches last
 year  but was kicked  off the team after police said he forced his way into an
 apartment while looking for his girlfriend and pushed a woman down the stairs.
 Green-Beckham  was  not arrested over that  incident but was arrested twice on
 charges related to marijuana possession during his time at Missouri.
 He joined the Sooners in July, making him ineligible to play until 2015 unless
 granted a waiver by the NCAA.
             === Rosol, Janowicz to meet in Winston-Salem final ===
 Winston-Salem,  NC  ( - Czech  slugger Lukas Rosol and Jerzy
 Janowicz  of Poland will meet in the final of the Winston-Salem Open, the last
 tuneup for the U.S. Open.
 Rosol,  seeded No. 7, outlasted ninth-seeded Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in just
 over  two hours in  the day's first semifinal on the hardcourts at Wake Forest
 Later,  Janowicz rallied  to beat American crowd favorite Sam Querrey in three
 sets after trailing 4-6, 4-5, setting up Saturday's meeting with Rosol.
 Janowicz  survived 18  aces by Querrey and  saved 16 of the 20 break points he
 faced in the 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
 Janowicz,  23, won  the only other meeting with Rosol, beating him in straight
 sets  last year  in Marseille. He is  0-1 in ATP finals, losing his only title
 match to David Ferrer in Paris in 2012.
 Rosol, 29, was scheduled to face No. 1 seed John Isner in the quarterfinals on
 Thursday  but Isner pulled  out due to an ankle injury. Rosol will play in his
 fourth  career ATP final -- third this season -- and is seeking a second title
 after last year's win in Bucharest.
 Saturday's winner will claim $80,280.
           === Kvitova breezes by Stosur to reach New Haven final ===
 New  Haven, CT  ( -  Second-seeded Petra  Kvitova secured  a
 spot in Saturday's final at the Connecticut Open tennis event, a final tune-up
 for the U.S. Open, after easily taking down Samantha Stosur on Friday.
 Kvitova  cruised past Stosur  6-3, 6-1 to reach the final at New Haven for the
 third  straight  year. Kvitova was the  2012 New Haven titlist and last year's
 runner-up  to  Simona Halep, this week's  top seed who lost to unseeded Slovak
 Magdalena Rybarikova on Tuesday.
 Rybarikova  kept her  run alive  earlier in  the day,  beating Italian  Camila
 Giorgi 6-2, 6-4 on the hardcourts at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.
 The  25-year-old  Rybarikova will appear in  her sixth career final, seeking a
 fifth title. This will mark her first final of 2014.
 Saturday's champion will collect $120,000.
               === Scott, Tringale take over lead at Barclays ===
 Paramus,  NJ  ( - Defending  champion Adam Scott and Cameron
 Tringale  were  able to  break away  from the  pack Friday  and they share the
 second-round lead heading into the weekend at The Barclays.
 Scott  posted a  6-under  65 on  Friday  to jump  into a  tie  for first  with
 Tringale, who fired a 3-under 68 at Ridgewood Country Club. The duo holds a 1-
 shot lead at 8-under 134 through 36 holes.
 Since  winning  this event last year  to kick off the FedExCup playoffs, Scott
 has  one victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational earlier this year. Tringale,
 who disqualified himself from the PGA Championship last week, is still seeking
 his first win on the PGA Tour.
 "I  played pretty  good tee-to-green  today, especially  out of  the fairway,"
 Scott said. "Hit it close. Proximity was where you want it to be."
 Jim  Furyk headlines a group of three players tied for third at minus-7. Furyk
 (69) was joined there by Kevin Chappell (67) and Brendon Todd (69).
 First-round  leader  Bo Van Pelt  settled for an even-par  71 on Friday and he
 remained  at  minus-6 through  36 holes.  Along with  Van Pelt, Henrik Stenson
 (64),  Jason Day (64), Kevin Na (66), Ernie Els (68) and Russell Knox (69) are
 all tied for sixth.
 Starting the day one shot back of the lead, Hunter Mahan (71), who is the only
 player  to  compete in all  29 FedExCup playoff events,  is tied for 12th with
 Patrick Reed (66), Erik Compton (69) and Paul Casey (71) at 5-under.
 Following  a  disappointing, 3-over 74 in  the opening round, world No. 1 Rory
 McIlroy, this year's Open Champion and PGA Championship winner, rebounded with
 a 6-under 65 to vault into a tie for 27th at 3-under 139.
 On  the  front nine to start  his day, Scott  made his move up the leaderboard
 early  with a birdie at No. 1. He gave that shot right back with a tough bogey
 at the par-5 third.
 Following  a par on No. 4, Scott rattled off four straight birdies from No. 5,
 finishing  the run  off with a 21-foot  birdie putt at the par-3 eighth. Scott
 rounded out his front nine with a par on nine.
 Two more pars preceded Scott's sixth birdie of the day at No. 12 when he stuck
 his  approach  to within seven  feet. After five  straight pars from 13, Scott
 stuck  his approach a  foot away from the hole on the par-4 18th. Scott kicked
 that in for his seventh birdie of the day to get to minus-8 with Tringale, who
 finished shortly before Scott on Friday.
 "Obviously  I'm trying hard  all the time, but sometimes you've got to get out
 of  your own way, even when you're trying to be aggressive," Scott said. "I've
 hit  a lot of drivers out here today and yesterday and taken some lines across
 corners that I probably normally wouldn't. But I'm playing well, so why not."
 Tringale,  who  started on  the back  nine, struggled to  begin his day. After
 tripping  to a  bogey at the 10th, Tringale  made a mess of the par-4 12th and
 made double-bogey.
 It  was smooth sailing from there for Tringale. After getting a shot back with
 a  gain at No.  13, he poured in back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to go along
 with another birdie at 18.
 Tringale  made the  turn with two pars  from the first before making his fifth
 birdie  of  the day on three.  Tringale's final birdie  came at No. 7, when he
 drained a 12-foot putt to take the outright lead at the time.
 "I  got off to a slow start, bogeyed the 10th. Pin was all the way in the back
 and  was tough. Doubled 12 and so kind of got behind the 8-ball early and just
 kind  of kept  my head  up and  kept playing,"  Tringale said.  "I knew  I was
 swinging  well and if I gave myself some chances, I could make birdies. That's
 pretty much what I did."
 McIlroy,  who had three bogeys, a double-bogey and just one birdie on day one,
 did  not  card  a single  bogey  on  Friday.  McIlroy  made his  move  up  the
 leaderboard  with birdies  at one, seven, nine,  12, 13 and 17 to get him into
 "The  work that  I did yesterday on  the range really helped, just sort of got
 back  into  the rhythm and into  the flow of things,  and played the hole -- I
 don't think I missed a green on the front nine," McIlroy said. "I knew that my
 game was there and I just needed to take advantage of the chances I was giving
 NOTES:  Scott has been  unable to convert his last three 36-hole leads on tour
 into  a win ...  Tringale has a pair of fourth-place finishes this year at the
 Shell  Houston Open  and The  Greenbrier  Classic ...  A total  of 14  players
 between  101-125 in  the FedExCup rankings, including Steve Stricker and Louis
 Oosthuizen,  missed  the cut, eliminating them  from the playoffs ... With the
 cut falling at 1-over 143, a total of 79 players advanced to the weekend. Phil
 Mickelson  (72) flirted with the cut line all day and narrowly made the cut at
                   === Donaldson maintains lead in Prague ===
 Prague,  Czech Republic  ( - With the potential to lock up a
 Ryder  Cup spot,  Jamie Donaldson  maintained his  lead after  Friday's second
 round at the Czech Masters.
 Despite  bogeys on  his final two holes,  Donaldson carded a 3-under 69 to end
 two  rounds at 9-under-par 135. He currently owns the next-to-last spot on the
 world points list for the European Ryder Cup team.
 However,  a win this  week, would lock up his spot on the team, which would be
 his first Ryder Cup appearance.
 Gregory  Bourdy is alone in second place at minus-8 after carding a 5-under 67
 in round two.
 Stephen  Gallacher, who  is 11th  on the  world points  list and  13th on  the
 European  points list, also shot 67 in the second round. He shares third place
 at  7-under-par 137  with Tommy  Fleetwood  (65), Garrick  Porteous (67),  Lee
 Slattery (69) and John Hahn (69).
 Bradley  Dredge, last week's runner-up, posted a 2-under 70 to end 36 holes at
 minus-6.  He  was joined  in eighth  by Peter Hedblom  (68), Oscar Stark (67),
 Soren Kjeldsen (70), James Morrison (68) and Merrick Bremner (68).
 Donaldson played the back nine first on Friday and opened with a pair of pars.
 He birdied the 12th for the second day in a row before stumbling to a bogey at
 No. 13 on the Albatross Golf Resort.
 The  Welshman  parred three  straight from  the 14th  before making his second
 birdie  in two  days at the 17th. A  par at 18 put Donaldson at 7-under at the
 Donaldson caught fire early on the front nine. After a birdie on the first, he
 converted  an 8-foot  birdie try at the third.  He made it two in a row as his
 birdie effort from off the green at the fourth found the bottom of the cup.
 The two-time European Tour winner dropped his approach inside five feet at the
 sixth.  He made  that birdie  effort as  well to  climb to  11-under. However,
 Donaldson  bogeyed  seven and eight  to slide to  minus-9, and that's where he
 ended after a par on No. 9.
 "We had good fun out there, good chat all the way around. We both played well,
 he  got on  a good run as  well as me so it  was good fun out there, plenty of
 banter,"  Donaldson said  of Gallacher, one of his playing partners. "I played
 nicely again and made a lot of birdies out there today, but a few bogeys so if
 I  can  go out there  tomorrow and play  as well as  I've played over the last
 couple of days I'll be in a strong position going into the final round."
 Bourdy,  who was two  groups behind Donaldson, flew out of the gate with three
 consecutive  birdies from the 10th to jump to 6-under. He parred four in a row
 from the 13th before a birdie on the 17th.
 Around  the turn, Bourdy  birdied one and two, but followed with bogeys at the
 third and fourth, which dropped him back to minus-7.
 Bourdy  got  one of those  strokes back  with a birdie  on the par-4 sixth. He
 closed his round with three straight pars to end one back.
 "I'm  very  happy to be in  this position, it  was a great round today, really
 solid,"  said Bourdy.  "I really  enjoy this  course and  enjoy this  place so
 that's why I'm feeling confident here."
 NOTES:  Donaldson needs 30,000 euros to clinch his spot on the Ryder Cup team.
 That  would mean  anything within the top eight on the final leaderboard would
 be enough for him to earn that spot ... The cut line fell at even-par 144 with
 84  players moving on  to the weekend ... Among those that missed the cut were
 Bernd Wiesberger, Simon Dyson, Anders Hansen and Nicolas Colsaerts.
                       === Ryu widens lead in Ontario ===
 London, ON ( - Following her course-record 63 in the opening
 round,  So  Yeon Ryu fired  a 6-under 66  on Friday to  widen her lead to five
 heading into the weekend at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
 Ryu, who entered the second round with a 1-shot lead, finished 36 holes at 15-
 under 129, five shots clear of Anna Nordqvist, Danielle Kang and Na Yeon Choi.
 Choi  was right behind Ryu after her 64 on Thursday at London Hunt and Country
 Ryu  is looking  for her third career  victory on the LPGA Tour, with her last
 one  coming at  the 2012 Jamie Farr  Owens Toledo Classic. Ryu has nine top-10
 finishes this season.
 "A  lot of  birdies still this time, but  no bogeys is still more a great sign
 because  it  means I've  played really  consistent," said Ryu.  "When I was in
 trouble,  I proved  I can prove it  with a bogey-free round, so I'm more happy
 with a bogey-free round."
 Kang  (68), Nordqvist (69) and Choi (70) are the closest players to Ryu at 10-
 under 134.
 Cristie Kerr shot a 4-under 68 on Friday and she is alone in fifth at minus-9.
 Brittany Lincicome, who lost to Inbee Park on the first playoff at last week's
 LPGA  Championship, shot  a 65  and  she is  tied  for sixth  at 8-under  136.
 Lincicome  was  joined there  by Lizette  Salas (66),  Lindsey Wright (69), Mi
 Hyang Lee (69) and Xi Yu Lin (70).
 Ryu started her second round on the back nine and began with two straight pars
 from  10. She then rattled off back-to-back birdies followed by another birdie
 at 15 to get to 12-under early.
 Following  four straight pars from 16, Ryu rolled to three straight gains from
 No.  2. Ryu finished  her second round with five straight pars to complete her
 second consecutive bogey-free round.
 "After  I  shot 9-under,  6-under is not  that great, but  still it's a really
 great  score, and  I did a lot of  great putts," Ryu said. "I had a bogey-free
 round two days in a row, so I feel really great about that. I do love Canadian
 fans  so much. I'm  really happy I was able to show really great golf in front
 of them."
 Kang  also  had a bogey-free  day on Friday with  four birdies at four, seven,
 nine  and  18. Kang has  just one bogey  through 36 holes  and she has made 11
 After  her  bogey-free round  on Thursday,  Nordqvist tripped to  one on 16 in
 round  two,  but she also  drained four  birdies on Friday  to grab a share of
 second place.
 Choi scattered four birdies on day two as well, but she also tripped to bogeys
 at five and 11.
 NOTES:  Ryu has  yet to win on tour  this year, with her best finish coming at
 the  Marathon Classic where  she finished runner-up to Lydia Ko ... Ko, who is
 the  two-time  defending champion at  this event, is  tied for 24th at 5-under
 following  her  second-round 69  ... With  the cut falling  at 1-under 143, 87
 players advanced to the weekend.
            === Burke leads at suspended Great Waterway Classic ===
 Kingston,  ON (  -  Micah Burke  fired  a second-round,  10-
 under  62 on Friday and he holds a 2-shot lead at the suspended Great Waterway
 With  only a few  groups out on the course in the morning, heavy rain drenched
 the  Loyalist Golf and Country Club, causing a delay. Players did not get back
 out  on the  course until 2:30 p.m.  ET and most of the afternoon groups still
 had not started their second rounds when play was suspended due to darkness.
 Burke,  who is  seeking his first victory  on the PGA Tour Canada, finished 36
 holes  at 12-under 132.  Burke has missed the cut in five of eight events this
 season,  with his best finish coming at the Forces and Families Open two weeks
 ago, where he ended tied for 32nd.
 Riley  Wheeldon  was also able to  finish his second  round and he carded a 5-
 under  67. He is alone in second place at 10-under 134. Stephan Carney (68) is
 in sole possession of third place at 9-under.
 Alan  McLean  and Rafael  Campos are  both tied for  fourth at minus-8. McLean
 finished his second round with a 63, while Campos is through 16 holes and will
 finish his round Saturday morning.
 First-round  leader Jay Vandeventer  shot a 1-over 73 on Friday and he is tied
 for  sixth at  7-under 137  with Peter  Campbell (72),  Daniel McCarthy  (67),
 Julian  Etulain (67),  Seann Harlingten (68), Darren Wallace (70), Jeff Dennis
 and  Daniel  Miernicki. Dennis  is through  15 holes,  while Miernicki has not
 begun his second round.
 Burke  began his day with two straight pars before pouring in his first birdie
 at  No.  3. After  another par  on four, Burke  drained an  eagle at the par-5
 fifth.  Burke made  it two  eagles in  three holes  when he  eagled the  par-5
 seventh  as well. He finished his front nine at minus-6 with a birdie at No. 8
 and a par at No. 9.
 Burke  made the  turn with yet another gain  at No. 10 and he followed that up
 with  three straight pars from 11. Burke made three birdies in four holes from
 No. 14 to get to minus-10 and he ended his round with a par on 18 to finish 36
 holes at 12-under.
 NOTES:  Burke's  best finish on  tour was at  last season's Cape Breton Celtic
 Classic, where he ended tied for eighth ... Wheeldon's best finish this season
 was  a tie  for eighth at the  Syncrude Boreal Open ... Second-round play will
 resume on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET.
               === Women's British Open awarded to Kingsbarns ===
 St.  Andrews,  Scotland ( -  Kingsbarns Golf Links will host
 its first major championship as the venue was awarded the 2017 Women's British
 Open on Friday.
 "People have said many flattering things about our course and facilities since
 we  opened in 2000, but being selected to host our first major championship is
 the  greatest  accolade of all," said  Art Dunkley, the Director of Kingsbarns
 Golf Links.
 Kingsbarns  has been  part of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2001
 and  has  hosted final qualifying for  the 2010 Open Championship and the 2013
 Women's British Open.
 "We  believe Kingsbarns will be a wonderful addition to the Women's Open rota.
 Their  excitement at hosting their first major will make the 2017 edition very
 special  and  we look  forward to  a long relationship  with them," said Shona
 Malcolm, the CEO of the Ladies Golf Union, which oversees the championship.
 Mo  Martin  made eagle on  the final  hole to win  the Women's British Open at
 Royal  Birkdale  in July.  She will  defend her title  next year at Turnberry,
 while the 2016 championship will be staged at Woburn.
                  === Harvick tops Gordon for Bristol pole ===
 Bristol,  TN ( - Kevin Harvick claimed the pole for Saturday
 night's  IRWIN Tools  Night Race  after edging  Jeff Gordon  in qualifying  at
 Bristol Motor Speedway.
 Harvick,  who's in  his first  season as  driver of  the No.  4 Chevrolet  for
 Stewart-Haas  Racing, turned  a lap at 131.362 mph during the second and final
 round of Friday's qualifying here. He now has a Sprint Cup Series-leading five
 poles  this season  and 11 for his career.  It was also his first pole at this
 0.533-mile, high-banked oval.
 "It  feels  great," Harvick said.  "Just have to  thank everybody on our Jimmy
 John's [sponsor] team for really everything they do every week for qualifying,
 and  race cars that they bring to the racetrack are just incredibly fast. They
 have  helped  improve my qualifying  record a  tremendous amount. Today was no
 Harvick  has  one Sprint Cup victory  at Bristol, which occurred in April 2005
 when he drove for Richard Childress Racing.
 The  race winner at  Bristol has started from the pole 22 times, which is more
 than  any  other starting position here.  However, the last driver to win from
 the pole at this track is Carl Edwards in August 2008.
 "Track  position  is definitely as  important as it  is anywhere here with the
 current  groove and  where you are running," Harvick added. "I felt good about
 our  car during  practice and just have to  stay in there all night and do the
 best we can."
 Gordon, who started on the pole and won last Sunday's race at Michigan, posted
 a lap at 131.290 mph, which was only 0.008 seconds behind Harvick.
 "We  are  just so thrilled to  get a front  row start here at Bristol," Gordon
 said.  "That means a lot. I know it wasn't a pole. Kevin put up a great lap. I
 thought  I had  a really good lap that  first run out. I came on the radio and
 said,  'That is  all I got.' When you  go do that and the car is well balanced
 and  you get a good  lap you know that it's up to somebody else to just take a
 little more risk and maybe get it and Kevin did."
 Edwards,  who won  the spring race at Bristol in March, qualified third, while
 Kyle  Busch  took the  fourth spot.  Joey Logano was  fifth and Jimmie Johnson
 Finishing seventh through 12th in the final round of knockout qualifying were:
 Kurt  Busch, Greg  Biffle, Brad  Keselowski, Marcos  Ambrose, Ryan  Newman and
 Kasey Kahne.
 Notable  drivers  and their  starting positions  include: Denny Hamlin (13th),
 Clint  Bowyer  (14th), Matt Kenseth  (16th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (20th), Danica
 Patrick  (24th),  rookie Austin  Dillon (26th) and  rookie Kyle Larson (40th).
 Kenseth won the night race at Bristol last year.
 Jeff  Burton, who  is substituting for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas
 Racing Chevrolet for the second race in a row, qualified 25th.
 All  43 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field for this 500-
 lap race.
            === Mercury's Griner honored as top defensive player ===
 New  York, NY ( - Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was
 named the WNBA's top defensive player on Friday.
 Griner  was  a runaway  winner, earning 31  of the 38  votes from a nationwide
 media  panel. Atlanta's  Sancho Lyttle  received four  votes, while  Chicago's
 Jessica  Breland,  Minnesota's Maya Moore  and Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry each
 picked up one.
 In  34 games for the Mercury this season, Griner led the league in blocks with
 129  and  was ninth in  rebounding average at 8.0  per game. She shattered the
 league  record for blocks,  which had been 114 set in 1998 by Margo Dydek, and
 posted a single-game record 11 blocked shots in a June 29 game against Tulsa.
 Griner,  in her second  season out of Baylor, helped the Mercury to the WNBA's
 best  record at 29-5. Phoenix set a league record for wins in a season and had
 the second-longest winning streak in WNBA history with a 16-game run.
 A  two-time  All-Star, Griner  averaged 15.6  points and  ranked second in the
 league  with a 57.8 field goal percentage. She was fifth in the MVP voting and
 became the first Phoenix player to win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
               === Phoenix's Brondello named WNBA's top coach ===
 New  York,  NY (  - Phoenix's Sandy  Brondello was named the
 WNBA's top coach on Friday.
 The  Mercury  finished the 2014 season  with the league's best record at 29-5,
 setting  a  WNBA record  for most wins  a single campaign.  Los Angeles won 28
 games in both 2000 and 2001, and Seattle also reached the mark in 2010.
 Brondello  received  33 votes from a  nationwide panel of 38 sportswriters and
 broadcasters to easily outdistance Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve, Washington's Mike
 Thibault  and Atlanta's  Michael Cooper for the honor. Reeve, the 2011 winner,
 and  Thibault, a  three-time recipient including last year, each picked up two
 votes, while 2000 winner Cooper earned one.
 In  her first  season on  the bench,  Brondello led  the Mercury  to a  10-win
 improvement  from  last year.  Phoenix also  went 16-1 at  home and posted the
 second-longest winning streak in WNBA history with a 16-game run.
 Brondello,  a guard with Detroit, Miami and Seattle from 1998-2003, became the
 second  former  WNBA player  to win  the Coach of  the Year award. Minnesota's
 Suzie McConnell-Serio was the first in 2004.
 The  Australian  native spent  the past  three years as  an assistant with Los
 Angeles  after a one-year stint as head coach at San Antonio, which followed a
 five-year run as an assistant with the Stars.
                   === Arena team returning to Las Vegas ===
 Cleveland,  OH ( - The Arena Football League is returning to
 Las Vegas.
 AFL  commissioner  Jerry B. Kurz  on Friday announced  a new franchise for Las
 Vegas  starting next year.  The team will called the Outlaws and will be owned
 by rock star Vince Neil.
 "The  opportunity came  up to bring a  franchise to Las Vegas and that's where
 I'm  from," said Neil in a video statement on Friday at the Arena Bowl's media
 day in Cleveland. "Every guy wants to be an 'outlaw,' so why not give them the
 It  will be the third Arena team in Las Vegas. The first team was the Sting in
 1994  and the  New Jersey  Gladiators  relocated to  the city  in 2003  before
 leaving for Cleveland in 2007.
 "Las  Vegas is  a market  that has  always been  in our  plans," said  Kurz on
 Friday. "It was just a matter of finding the right ownership group. We believe
 Vince Neil and his partners are that group and we could not be more excited to
 now be able to bring Arena Football back to our great fans in Las Vegas."
 Cleveland will play Arizona for the Arena title on Saturday night.
 08/22 21:30:56 ET

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