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      === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, April 1 ===
 
 
                    === Cowboys restructure Romo's deal ===
 
 Irving,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys restructured quarterback
 Tony Romo's contract on Wednesday, freeing up roughly $13 million in cap space
 for this season.
 
 The  Cowboys  did not have  enough money last month  to retain the services of
 2014  NFL  rushing champion DeMarco  Murray. Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles,
 who  earlier  traded LeSean  McCoy to  the Buffalo Bills,  swooped in and gave
 Murray a five-year, $42 million contract.
 
 Romo  indicated  in a radio interview  Tuesday he was going to restructure his
 contract  and also said he was willing to take a pay cut so the team could re-
 sign Murray.
 
 "DeMarco  ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will.
 I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going
 to  restructure me.'  That's the same thing  in some ways, just for the salary
 cap  purposes.  He was  like, 'OK, now  we're back to  being friends again.' I
 would take $5 million less if it meant getting him back.
 
 "He  knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part
 of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll
 restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends
 again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."
 
 The  full Romo  restructure  clears  enough salary  cap  space for  linebacker
 Rolando  McClain,  who agreed  to a  one-year deal on  Wednesday, and frees up
 money  for the Cowboys  to sign their draft picks and possibly make other free
 agent additions if needed.
 
 The  additional salary cap space will also make room for more money that could
 be  owed to  defensive  end Greg  Hardy  if he  meets  roster and  performance
 incentives in his one-year contract.
 
 Romo  was set  to make a base salary  of $17 million in 2015 and count an NFL-
 high  $27.773 million against the salary cap. But the Cowboys lowered his base
 salary  for 2015  down to  about $1  million by  converting the  remaining $16
 million  owed  to Romo into  a signing bonus. Romo's  cap hit will increase by
 about $3.2 million over the next four years.
 
 Ironically,  disgruntled Vikings running back Adrian Peterson -- rumored to be
 sought  by Dallas  and known to be unhappy  with Minnesota -- is set to earn a
 base salary of $12.75 million this season.
 
 
                === Cowboys retain McClain with 1-year deal ===
 
 Irving,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Dallas  Cowboys and linebacker Rolando
 McClain agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
 
 McClain,  25,  received an offer from  the New England Patriots after visiting
 them  earlier in  the  week, but  chose  an  offer from  the  Cowboys that  is
 reportedly  worth  $3  million.  He  can earn  an  additional  $1  million  in
 incentives.
 
 The  former  first-round pick proved to  be a valuable addition to the Cowboys
 last  season following  two failed  retirements, registering  81 tackles,  two
 interceptions  and a force fumble in 13 games. He battled injuries for much of
 the season and left both playoff games with concussions.
 
 McClain  is  expected to  be fined  four game  checks to  open next season for
 violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
 
 
                    === Saints extend Evans, sign Wilson ===
 
 Metairie,  LA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The New Orleans Saints signed guard Jahri
 Evans  to a  one-year contract extension and inked cornerback Kyle Wilson to a
 one-year deal on Wednesday.
 
 Evans,  originally a  fourth-round draft  choice of  the Saints  in 2006,  has
 started 142 contests at right guard for New Orleans. He was chosen for a sixth
 consecutive Pro Bowl this past season.
 
 Wilson played in all 16 games with the New York Jets last season and posted 26
 tackles  and one  sack. Selected 29th overall  by the Jets in 2010, Wilson has
 recorded 157 tackles, one sack and three interceptions in 80 career games.
 
 
                           === Bears sign LB Acho ===
 
 Lake Forest, IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Sam
 Acho to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
 
 Acho, 26, spent the first four years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals,
 and  last season  compiled 31  tackles, one  sack and  one interception  in 16
 games.
 
 A  fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Texas, Acho has registered 124 tackles, 13
 sacks and three interceptions in 51 career games (32 starts).
 
 The  Bears also  signed cornerback  Sherrick McManis  to a  one-year contract.
 McManis  has appeared in 62 games with one start through five seasons with the
 Texans (2010-11) and Bears (2012-14).
 
 
                        === Bengals re-sign Tate ===
 
 Cincinnati,  OH (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Cincinnati Bengals  re-signed wide
 receiver Brandon Tate on Wednesday.
 
 Tate  logged 17 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown last season for the
 Bengals while playing a key role on special teams.
 
 "Brandon  has been a  big contributor to the success of our team in qualifying
 for the playoffs the past four seasons," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.
 "We are happy he has decided to remain a Bengal."
 
 Tate,  entering  his seventh  season,  has  not  missed  a regular  season  or
 postseason game in the last five years, including four with the Bengals.
 
 Tate  ranks third  all-time on the Bengals in both total kickoff returns (127)
 and  punt  returns (126),  and he  could take  over the  all-time lead in both
 categories in 2015 with 20 kickoff returns and 15 punt returns.
 
 
                      === Texans sign Nate Washington ===
 
 Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans have signed veteran wide
 receiver Nate Washington.
 
 Washington caught 40 passes for 647 yards and two touchdowns for the Tennessee
 Titans last season.
 
 The  31-year-old Washington spent the last six seasons with the Titans. He was
 originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and spent
 four years in Pittsburgh, where he won two Super Bowls (2005 and 2008).
 
 During  his NFL  career, Washington has totaled 411 receptions for 6,296 yards
 and  40 touchdowns.  He also has recorded nine consecutive seasons playing all
 16  games  and his current streak  of 144 consecutive games played ranks first
 among NFL wide receivers.
 
 Houston  has  also signed  ex-Jaguar Cecil Shorts  this offseason while losing
 Andre Johnson to the Colts.
 
 
                     === Report: Mets extend OF Lagares ===
 
 Port  St.  Lucie, FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  New York Mets have reportedly
 signed outfielder Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension.
 
 Yahoo!  Sports  is reporting the deal,  citing an unnamed major league source,
 adding  the deal will be official after a Thursday physical. Also according to
 the  report, the deal is worth $23 million, covers his remaining four years of
 arbitration  eligibility  and has a team  option of $9.5 million for his first
 year of free agency in 2020.
 
 Lagares,  entering  his third season in  the league, hit .281 with four homers
 and 47 RBI last season, earning a Gold Glove for his efforts in center field.
 
 Lagares, 26, is a career .262 hitter with eight homers and 81 RBI in 237 games
 with the Mets.
 
 
                       === Nats' Rendon headed to DL ===
 
 Viera,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Washington  Nationals third  baseman Anthony
 Rendon  will  begin the  upcoming  2015  season on  the  disabled  list as  he
 continues to recover from a sprained left knee.
 
 Rendon,  who  finished fifth  in voting  for last  year's National League Most
 Valuable  Player Award, suffered the injury in a spring training game on March
 9  and  hasn't played since.  The 2014 Silver  Slugger winner received a third
 opinion  on  his knee Tuesday  in Vail,  Colorado which confirmed the previous
 diagnosis of an MCL sprain, according to MLB.com.
 
 Nationals  manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that a timetable has yet to be
 set for Rendon's return.
 
 Yunel  Escobar  is expected to move  from second base to third during Rendon's
 absence, with Danny Espinosa slated to fill in at second.
 
 Williams  also  said Wednesday that  Jayson Werth is  unlikely to be ready for
 Monday's opener against the New York Mets as well. The veteran outfielder, who
 underwent  shoulder surgery  in January, has been limited to only minor league
 games this spring.
 
 Rendon  hit .287  with 21 homers, 83  RBI and 17 steals last season, his first
 full  one in the  majors. Werth batted .292 with 16 homers and 82 RBI over 147
 games in 2014.
 
 
              === Red Sox C Vazquez to have Tommy John surgery ===
 
 Fort Myers, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Vazquez, who was expected to be
 the  starting  catcher for the Boston  Red Sox this season, will undergo Tommy
 John surgery on his right throwing elbow, the team announced Wednesday.
 
 Vazquez's  surgery will  be performed  Thursday in  Pensacola, Florida,  by Dr
 James Andrews.
 
 The  24-year-old was placed on the 60-day disabled list Monday with a sprained
 elbow and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.
 
 He  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
 RBI.
 
 He was at his best throwing out potential base stealers, nabbing 15-of-29.
 
 Needing  help  at the position, Boston  acquired catcher Sandy Leon in a trade
 with  Washington on  Monday. Leon will likely join Ryan Hanigan as the primary
 catchers to start the season for the Red Sox.
 
 Hanigan is also a new addition. He was acquired in December from San Diego for
 third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
 
 
                === Rockies add Betancourt to 40-man roster ===
 
 Scottsdale,  AZ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Veteran reliever Rafael Betancourt has
 made  the  Colorado Rockies' Opening  Day roster,  with the team selecting the
 right-hander's contract from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.
 
 Betancourt,  who saved  a career-high 31 games for the Rockies in 2012, missed
 all  of  last season  recovering from  Tommy John surgery  and signed a minor-
 league deal with Colorado in January.
 
 The  11-year vet earned a spot with a strong spring, yielding just one run and
 striking out nine batters over 7 2/3 innings.
 
 Betancourt  turns 40  on April 27 and re-joins a bullpen that already contains
 the oldest active player in the majors, 42-year-old closer LaTroy Hawkins.
 
 His  addition  came at  the expense  of left-hander  Rex Brothers, optioned to
 Albuquerque Wednesday after struggling all throughout spring training.
 
 Brothers,  who  saved  19  games  after replacing  an  injured  Betancourt  as
 Colorado's  closer in  2013 and  posted  a 1.74  ERA that  season, walked  six
 batters  and allowed  seven  runs in  7  2/3 innings  in  eight Cactus  League
 appearances.
 
 The  27-year-old  had a disappointing 2014  campaign as well, finishing with a
 career-worst 5.59 ERA over 74 games.
 
 Outfielder  Brandon Barnes, who played in 132 games and batted .257 with eight
 homers  with the  Rockies  last season,  was also  sent  to Albuquerque  among
 Wednesday's moves.
 
 
                    === Nationals release Kevin Frandsen ===
 
 Viera,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals released utility man
 Kevin Frandsen on Wednesday.
 
 Frandsen,  32,  was just 3-for-35  with two RBI this  spring. He played in 105
 games for the Nationals in 2014 and is a career .259 hitter with 15 homers and
 110 RBI over parts of eight seasons in the majors.
 
 Washington also assigned outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to minor league camp.
 
 
                          === Astros place 3 on DL ===
 
 Kissimmee,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Houston  Astros  have placed  three
 pitchers on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Wednesday.
 
 Right-handers  Josh  Fields (right  groin strain) and  Brad Peacock (right hip
 surgery)  and  lefty Brett Oberholtzer  (left index finger blister) will begin
 the season on the DL.
 
 The Astros also optioned pitcher Kevin Chapman, outfielder L.J. Hoes and first
 baseman  Jon  Singleton to  Triple-A  Fresno  and designated  outfielder  Alex
 Presley for assignment.
 
 An additional move to create a spot on the 40-man roster will be made prior to
 Opening Day.
 
 
                      === Kansas' Oubre entering draft ===
 
 Lawrence,  KS  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Kelly Oubre Jr.  will leave Kansas after
 just  one season  and declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, the university announced
 Wednesday.
 
 Oubre,  a  likely lottery pick, finished  second among Jayhawk players with 41
 steals  and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors while helping Kansas to
 an 11th straight conference regular-season title.
 
 "It's  always  been a dream  to play  in the NBA,"  Oubre said in a statement.
 "This  is an  opportunity to play against  the best in the world and expand my
 game in hopes of someday becoming one of those great players."
 
 One  of the  nation's most  sought-after recruits,  Oubre had  an uneven  lone
 season  at  Kansas. The 6-foot-7 swingman  played sparingly during much of the
 Jayhawks'  non-conference  schedule, but saw  increased time later in the year
 and finished with averages of 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds over 36 games.
 
 "I  was blessed to go through the things that I went through and I was blessed
 to play for coach (Bill Self)," Oubre said. "He taught me a lot this year, the
 little things that will help out my game a lot."
 
 Oubre  is  the third high-profile player  to depart Kansas after one season in
 the  past two  years. Andrew  Wiggins and  Joel Embiid  also left  after their
 freshman  campaigns  and were taken  first and third overall, respectively, in
 the 2014 NBA Draft.
 
 
                === Eastern Washington's Harvey turning pro ===
 
 Cheney,  WA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Eastern  Washington guard Tyler Harvey, the
 2014-15 Division I scoring leader, has decided to bypass his senior season and
 enter the NBA Draft.
 
 According  to a  release issued by the EWU athletic department, Harvey has yet
 to hire an agent. He will be able to withdraw his name from the draft up until
 April 12.
 
 Harvey, who is on track to graduate this spring, averaged 23.1 points and also
 led  Division I in  3-point field goals made (4.0) while leading the Eagles to
 the  2014-15 Big  Sky Tournament title and the program's first NCAA Tournament
 berth since 2004.
 
 The  former walk-on  was also  named a  first team  Academic All-American  and
 carries a 3.6 grade point average.
 
 Harvey  totaled  1,564 points in  his three  seasons at Eastern Washington and
 shot 43.2 percent from 3-point range over 84 games with the Eagles.
 
 The  21-year-old is  bidding  to become  the first  EWU  player since  current
 Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey to be drafted in the NBA.
 
 
                   === Trimble opts to return to Maryland ===
 
 College  Park, MD  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Guard  Melo Trimble  will return  to
 Maryland for his sophomore season, coach Mark Turgeon announced Wednesday.
 
 Trimble  had  a stellar freshman  year as he  averaged a team-best 16.2 points
 while also leading the team in assists (106) and steals (44).
 
 "We did our due diligence and also had a number of great discussions with Melo
 and his mom regarding what would be best for his future," Turgeon said. "He is
 excited  about  playing with  a  great  team and  is  looking  forward to  his
 sophomore year at Maryland."
 
 Trimble  helped the  Terrapins win  a school-record  26 games  in the  regular
 season and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
 
 "I  am  excited about spending another  year with my teammates and building on
 what  we accomplished this year," Trimble said. "I want to thank Coach Turgeon
 for  helping my mom and I through this process. This was the best decision for
 me. Being a member of the Maryland basketball program has been an unbelievable
 experience  and I  can't wait to be back  in front of the best fans in college
 basketball next season."
 
 
              === Heat G Napier done for season after surgery ===
 
 Miami,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami  Heat rookie guard Shabazz Napier will
 miss  the remainder of the regular season after undergoing surgery to repair a
 sports hernia.
 
 Napier made 10 starts and played in 51 games as a rookie, averaging 5.1 points
 and 2.5 assists in just under 20 minutes per game.
 
 The  former UConn standout, who led the Huskies to the national title in 2014,
 was  acquired from Charlotte in a draft-night trade. His injury opens the door
 for  fellow  rookie Tyler Johnson to  play meaningful minutes off the bench as
 the Heat make their final playoff push.
 
 They  currently  hold the seventh  seed in  the Eastern Conference, though the
 ninth-seeded Celtics are just one game behind.
 
 
                        === Cavaliers recall Harris ===
 
 Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard Joe
 Harris from the Canton Charge of the D-League on Wednesday.
 
 Harris played in nine games for the Charge this season, averaging 15.4 points,
 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
 
 In  47 games with  the Cavs earlier this season, Harris averaged 2.5 points in
 9.2 minutes per game.
 
 
             === Blatt, Kerr named NBA's top coaches for March ===
 
 New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland's David Blatt and Golden State's
 Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's coaches of the month for March.
 
 Blatt  led  the Cavaliers to the  best record in the Eastern Conference during
 March at 11-4. Cleveland went 5-0 at Quicken Loans Arena, where it has now won
 16 consecutive games.
 
 Kerr  guided  the Warriors to  the NBA's best record  in March at 16-2. Golden
 State closed the month with 10 consecutive wins.
 
 
               === Xavier's Chris Mack gets 1-year extension ===
 
 Cincinnati,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Xavier men's basketball coach Chris Mack
 had  his contract  extended by one year through the 2020-21 season, the school
 announced Wednesday.
 
 Mack, who signed a two-year contract extension last May, led the Musketeers to
 a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. They lost to Arizona
 to finish with a 23-14 record.
 
 "Our  basketball program  is pointed  in  a positive  direction," said  Xavier
 athletic   director  Greg  Christopher.  "Chris  and  his  staff  are  working
 tirelessly to achieve our ultimate goal of reaching a Final Four and competing
 for  a  national championship. A  critical part of  our direction is the right
 leadership - and Chris is the right leader for our team."
 
 The  45-year-old Mack has  a record of 134-71 in six seasons at his alma mater
 and  has  guided the Musketeers  to the NCAA Tournament  five times. He is the
 only coach in school history to lead the team to three Sweet 16 appearances.
 
 
                === Hammond named NHL's top star for March ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Ottawa  Senators  goaltender and  rookie
 sensation  Andrew Hammond  was named  the NHL's  First Star  for the  month of
 March.
 
 Hammond  has  pulled Ottawa into  the thick  of the Eastern Conference playoff
 race since his recall from Binghamton of the AHL. He finished the month 10-1-1
 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
 
 The  Bowling Green product began his NHL career by allowing two goals or fewer
 in  each of his first 12 starts, tying the league record set by Boston's Frank
 Brimsek  in 1939.  The 27-year-old  Canadian also  became the  first netminder
 since Patrick Lalime in 1997 to earn at least one point in his first 15 career
 starts.
 
 Calgary  forward  Jiri Hudler earned Second  Star honors thanks to leading the
 league  with 13  assists and 23 points.  The Czech pivot recorded at least one
 point  in 12  of his  15 appearances  last month,  including nine  multi-point
 efforts, and began March with four straight multi-point contests for the first
 time in his career.
 
 Third Star was awarded to Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk. The 28-year-
 old  Saskatchewan native continued his stellar play since arriving in the Twin
 Cities,  topping  the NHL  with 11  wins along with  a 1.78  GAA and .942 save
 percentage.  Dubnyk  ended up with a  6-0-0 record away from home, helping the
 Wild set a team record with 10 straight wins on the road.
 
 
                       === Panthers sign D Matheson ===
 
 Sunrise,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  Florida  Panthers signed  defenseman
 Michael Matheson to an entry-level contract on Wednesday.
 
 Matheson,  who  will report to San  Antonio of the American Hockey League, was
 selected  by  the Panthers in  the first round (23rd  overall) of the 2012 NHL
 Entry Draft.
 
 "Michael  is a  talented, young,  mobile, hard-working  defenseman who  we are
 pleased  to  have signed," said  Panthers executive vice president and general
 manager Dale Tallon. "Since being selected in the first round of the NHL draft
 in 2012, Michael has led Boston College to three consecutive NCAA appearances,
 while  also serving as  the team's captain this past season. He is another one
 of  our top  prospects who  will continue  to develop  his game  playing while
 playing in the American Hockey League."
 
 Matheson led all Boston College defensemen with 25 points (3G, 22A) during his
 junior  season. He ended his collegiate career with 14 goals and 57 assists in
 112 games.
 
 
                          === Rangers ink D Skjei ===
 
 New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers agreed to terms with
 defenseman Brady Skjei on an entry-level contract Wednesday.
 
 The Rangers selected Skjei in the first round (28th overall) of the 2012 NHL
 Draft.
 
 Skjei, 21, registered one goal and nine assists in 33 games for the University
 of Minnesota this season. He concluded his collegiate career with eight goals
 and 19 assists in 109 games for the Golden Gophers.
 
 
              === Flames' Gaudreau named top rookie for March ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau
 was selected as the NHL's top rookie for March.
 
 Gaudreau  scored  seven goals and  led all rookies with  16 points in 15 games
 last month. He had four multi-point games, including two three-point efforts.
 
 Others  considered  for the  honor included Boston  teammates Ryan Spooner and
 David Pastrnak, as well as Ottawa forward Mark Stone.
 
 
 
                 === El Kabeir versus six in Wood Memorial ===
 
 Ozone  Park,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Gotham  Stakes winner El Kabeir heads a
 field  of seven  3-year-olds in Saturday's 90th running of the $1 million Wood
 Memorial at Aqueduct.
 
 The  1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial is part of the Kentucky Derby points system that
 determines  the 20-horse field for the Run for the Roses on May 2. The winning
 3-year-old receives 100 points.
 
 Trained  by John Terranova,  El Kabeir will start from post 5 with C. C. Lopez
 again  in the  saddle. The  gray  colt comes  into Saturday  with earnings  of
 $678,892 and wins in half of his eight starts.
 
 El  Kabeir, owned by Zayat Stables, won the Gotham on March 7 by 2 3/4 lengths
 as the 13-10 favorite.
 
 "I  was very impressed, visually," said Terranova. "The way the race unfolded,
 he  showed a whole  new dimension. A lot was thrown at him ... and he made two
 big moves; it was very impressive. We're real proud of him."
 
 The  Gotham victory came four weeks after after losing the Withers at Aqueduct
 to Far From Over as the 1-2 favorite. Far From Over, however, has a broken leg
 bone  and is off the Kentucky Derby trail. El Kabeir began the year by winning
 the Jerome at Aqueduct on Jan. 3 as the 7-5 top pick.
 
 Trainer  Kiaran McLaughlin  will saddle Frosted for the Wood with Joel Rosario
 riding from post 4. The gray colt is owned by Godolphin Racing.
 
 Frosted  has  just one win  in six career starts  but has finished second four
 times, including runner-up performances in the Remsen Stakes last November and
 January's  Holy  Bull at Gulfstream Park.  The colt was fourth in Gulfstream's
 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Feb. 21.
 
 "We feel like we've accounted for every issue, and he has no excuse not to run
 his  best race," said McLaughlin. "We know he has talent; he has to show it on
 Saturday. The track was very tiring for the Fountain of Youth."
 
 Daredevil  comes out of  the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher for the Wood. Owned
 by WinStar Farm, Daredevil will be ridden by Javier Castellano from post 6.
 
 The  chestnut colt was second in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park last time
 out  on March 7. He posted wins in his first two career starts, including last
 October's  Champagne  Stakes at Belmont  Park. Daredevil finished 11th in last
 year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He has earnings of $384,600.
 
 "He's  very similar to  what I saw last year," said Byron Hughes, assistant to
 Pletcher. "Whenever I watch him, I think he can do just about anything."
 
 Here  is the  field for the Wood  Memorial in post position order: Tiz Shea D,
 Manny  Franco;  Toasting Master, Angel  Arroyo; Lieutenant Colonel, Irad Ortiz
 Jr.;  Frosted,  Joel  Rosario;  El  Kabeir, C.  C.  Lopez;  Daredevil,  Javier
 Castellano and Tencendur, Jose Ortiz.
 
 NBC  Sports  Network will provide live  coverage of the Wood Memorial from 5-7
 p.m.  ET as  part of NBC Triple  Crown Prep Day, which includes the Blue Grass
 Stakes and Santa Anita Derby. Post time for the Wood is approximately 5:30
 p.m. ET.
 
 
               === Dortmund draws rail for Santa Anita Derby ===
 
 Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Felipe Stakes winner Dortmund will break
 from  the  inside post versus five  challengers in Saturday's $1 million Santa
 Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park.
 
 The  1 1/8-mile stakes  offers 100 points to the winning 3-year-old as part of
 the  Kentucky  Derby points system that  determines the 20-horse field for the
 Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 2.
 
 Dortmund,  trained  by Bob Baffert, is  the 3-5 morning line favorite and will
 again  have Martin  Garcia in the saddle. Owned by Kaleem Shah, the undefeated
 chestnut  colt has won  both starts this year with the Robert B. Lewis and San
 Felipe.
 
 "He's starting to fill out, getting stronger," Baffert noted. "The worse thing
 you can do is take him back and get him behind a wall of horses."
 
 Dortmund has 70 points in the Derby points system and has banked $689,400 from
 his five winning career starts.
 
 The  Hall of Fame trainer will also saddle One Lucky Dane with Rafael Bejarano
 riding  from post 2.  Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, One Lucky Dane is 5-1 in
 the program.
 
 "He  likes this track  and he runs well here," Baffert said of One Lucky Dane.
 "If he runs well here, it gives us time to recuperate."
 
 The colt will be making his second start of the season on Saturday following a
 one  mile allowance  victory by  9 3/4  lengths on  March 19  at Santa  Anita.
 Overall he has two wins from five career starts for $92,400.
 
 The  7-2  second pick is  Prospect Park who will  be ridden by Kent Desormeaux
 from  post 5. Trained by Clifford Sise, Prospect Park is owned by breeders Pam
 and Martin Wygod.
 
 Prospect  Park was second to Dortmund in the San Felipe when making his stakes
 debut.
 
 "They  won the  battle, but we'll win  the war," Desormeaux said about the San
 Felipe.
 
 Prospect Park has two wins and two seconds in six career starts for $166,570.
 
 Here  is  the field  for the  Santa Anita  Derby from  the rail out: Dortmund,
 Martin Garcia, 3-5; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Cross the Line, Juan
 Hernandez,  15-1;  Bolo, Mike Smith,  4-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2
 and Bad Read Sanchez, Martin Gutierrez, 30-1. All horses carry 122 pounds.
 
 NBC  Sports  Network will provide live  coverage of the Santa Anita Derby from
 5-7  p.m.  ET as part  of NBC  Triple Crown Prep  Day, which includes the Blue
 Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial. Post time will be approximately 6:30 p.m. ET.
 
 
                === Serena reaches Miami SFs with 700th win ===
 
 Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Seven-time champion Serena Williams overcame a
 shaky start to record her 700th career match win Wednesday at the $5.3 million
 Miami Open tennis event.
 
 A celebratory cake was brought onto the court after the match.
 
 "I  had no  idea," Williams said of  the milestone. "I saw them bringing out a
 cake  and  I thought, 'Whose birthday  is it today?'  But I really had no idea
 about it, so I'm really excited right now!"
 
 The  world No.  1 superstar  was  tested mightily  in  a 7-6  (7-4), 1-6,  6-3
 decision  against  27th-seeded German  Sabine  Lisicki  on the  hardcourts  at
 Crandon  Park. Williams  needed just over two  hours to move on, which she did
 despite having her powerful serve broken six times.
 
 She  prevailed despite  an unreliable serve, a poor second set and 51 unforced
 errors
 
 Williams,  however,  has now won  her last 19 matches  on tour and 16 straight
 matches in Miami.
 
 "I  wasn't  playing my best  today," Williams  said afterwards. "But some days
 you're just off, and that's when you have to fight. Even if I lost today, if I
 just gave 100 percent then I wouldn't have been upset."
 
 Lisicki  stunned Williams in a fourth-round affair at Wimbledon two years ago.
 The American, however, now leads their lifetime series 3-1.
 
 The incomparable Williams has appeared in nine Miami Open finals, going 7-2 in
 those title tilts.
 
 The  33-year-old  reigning Australian  and U.S.  Open champ beat since-retired
 Li Na in last year's finale for a second straight title in "Magic City."
 
 The  19-time  Grand Slam titlist  will meet red-hot third-seeded Romanian star
 Simona  Halep in Thursday's semifinals. Halep beat American Sloane Stephens by
 a 6-1, 7-5 margin.
 
 Halep  raced  out to a  6-1, 3-0 lead,  but Stephens won  five of the next six
 games  to go up 5-4 in the second set. However, Halep fought back to close out
 the match in two sets.
 
 "The  beginning of the  match was really fast. I think I was really playing my
 best tennis," Halep said in her on-court interview. "She came back and changed
 the  tactics, playing  a little bit slower,  and I lost my rhythm for a little
 bit. But I'm really happy I could win the match in two sets in the end."
 
 Last  year's French Open  runner-up Halep has won her last 15 matches on tour,
 which includes a title at Indian Wells prior to this Miami fortnight.
 
 Williams  and Halep  were set  to  have their  first  meeting in  2015 in  the
 semifinals  of  Indian Wells, but  Williams was  forced to withdraw before the
 match due to a right knee injury.
 
 The  other semi  will pit  ninth-seeded German  Andrea Petkovic  against 12th-
 seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
 
 
                   === Murray, Berdych reach Miami semis ===
 
 Miami,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Two-time champion  Andy Murray needed three
 sets  on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the $5.3 million Miami Open, the
 second consecutive ATP Masters 1000 event.
 
 The third-seeded British star snuck past talented 21-year-old Austrian Dominic
 Thiem 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in 1 hour, 44 minutes at Crandon Park.
 
 The  Australian Open runner-up Murray, who trains three months out of the year
 in Miami, won this even in 2009 and 2013 and was the runner-up in 2012.
 
 Up  next for  the  athletic Scot  will be  eighth-seeded  Czech slugger  Tomas
 Berdych,  the  2010 finalist, who beat  Argentina's Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-4 in 92
 minutes.
 
 The  other quarterfinal matches will be staged on Thursday between world No. 1
 Novak  Djokovic and  sixth-seeded David Ferrer and fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori
 and 22nd-seeded American John Isner.
 
 Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final to win his fourth Miami title.
 
 Ferrer reached the Miami final two years ago, losing to Murray.
 
 This weekend's champ will earn $900,400.
 
 
 04/01 22:48:24 ET

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