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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, September 22 ===
                  === Ravens owner takes on Rice inquiries ===
 Owings   Mills,   MD  (SportsNetwork.com)   -  Baltimore  Ravens  owner  Steve
 Bisciotti  still stands  by his  stance that  no one  in the  organization saw
 the   now  infamous  tape  of  Ray  Rice  knocking  out  his  now-wife,  Janay
 Palmer,  in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.
 Bisciotti  called  a  press  conference  Monday to  discuss  a  recent  report
 regarding the timing of when the Ravens and NFL  officials  actually witnessed
 the disturbing video.
 "It's  a bad  picture and that's why  we responded with the facts that we know
 them   to  be,"   Bisciotti  said  of  the  allegations  of  misdirection  and
 misleading by the Ravens in the case. "I'm not happy with it."
 The  team  also responded to ESPN's  "Outside the Lines" report on its website
 with  what  the team is  calling "errors, inaccuracies, false assumptions and,
 perhaps, misunderstandings."
 There were 15 bullet points in reference to the allegations.
 Bisciotti  still  contends the  Ravens' brass  did their  jobs, save for doing
 everything  in their  power to obtain the  footage, and that "no one is losing
 their job."
 "I'm sorry we didn't push harder to get that tape. It certainly seems to me we
 had  the leverage," Bisciotti said at the press conference. "If it had crossed
 my mind, I would have demanded it."
 The  owner also  opined the reports stem  from Rice and his handlers trying to
 get the running back reinstated from his indefinite suspension.
 "The  majority  of the sources are  people that work for Ray," Bisciotti said.
 "Almost  everything in  (the report)  is anonymous,  but it's  clear from  the
 subject  matter  that  it's  Ray's  attorney, it's  Ray's  agent,  it's  Ray's
 "The  best  case for reinstatement is  to make everyone else look like they're
 Bisciotti  added Rice will never play for the Ravens again, but believes "this
 was Ray's one terrible moment."
 Near  the  end of the 50-minute  presser, Bisciotti lamented that if the video
 was released sooner, Rice's suspension may have been lighter.
 "If  it  happened in April, it  would have been an unprecedented suspension...
 (but)  I think  people would have been  a little more forgiving and capable of
 welcoming him back," Bisciotti said.
                    === Steelers to bring back Harrison ===
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - After losing a pair of starting linebackers to injuries
 in  their last game,  the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to bring back a familiar
 Former  NFL  Defensive Player of the  Year James Harrison tweeted Monday night
 that  will come out  of a brief retirement and re-join the team he spent 10 of
 his 11 NFL seasons with.
 "I'll give it one more year!," wrote Harrison on his Twitter account.
 The  decision  comes one day after  the Steelers saw outside linebacker Jarvis
 Jones  go down with a wrist injury and rookie Ryan Shazier hurt his right knee
 during  Sunday's 37-19  win at  Carolina. Jones  is expected  to be  placed on
 injured  reserve/designated to  return, meaning the 2013 first-round pick will
 be forced to sit out at least eight games.
 Harrison, who spent last season with AFC North-rival Cincinnati, announced his
 intention to retire in late August. The 36-year-old was not signed by any team
 after being released by the Bengals in March.
 Signed  by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 and released
 the following year, Harrison emerged as one of the team's core players when he
 returned  in  2004 and  helped the  franchise to  a pair  of Super Bowl titles
 in his 10 seasons.
 Harrison  started  95 of the  131 games he played  with the Steelers and ranks
 fourth  in franchise history with 64 sacks. He was the NFL Defensive Player of
 the  Year in 2008, earned five straight trips to the Pro Bowl from 2007-11 and
 was named First-Team All-Pro twice.
 The  36-year-old  Kent State product also  played 12 postseason games with the
 Steelers  and registered the longest interception return in Super Bowl history
 with a 100-yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
 Harrison  joined division-rival  Cincinnati last season and helped the Bengals
 to the AFC North crown, amassing 30 tackles with two sacks and an interception
 in 15 games.
                      === Ravens lose Pitta for season ===
 Owings  Mills, MD  (SportsNetwork.com) - For a second straight year, Baltimore
 Ravens  tight  end Dennis Pitta  has had his season  cut short by a dislocated
 right hip.
 Ravens  head coach  John Harbaugh confirmed during his Monday press conference
 that  Pitta underwent surgery earlier in the day and will be placed on injured
 Pitta  had  to be carted  off the field during  the second quarter of Sunday's
 game  against the  Cleveland  Browns. After  catching a  short  pass from  Joe
 Flacco,  the fifth-year  pro collapsed  to the  ground without  contact as  he
 turned upfield.
 The 29-year-old was taken to a Cleveland hospital, where he remained overnight
 and had his procedure performed Monday morning.
 Pitta  fractured and dislocated the same hip during last year's training camp,
 prompting  the Ravens to place him on injured reserve/designated to return. He
 played  in  Baltimore's final four  games of 2013,  logging 20 catches for 169
 yards and a touchdown.
 Through  the first  three  weeks  of this  season,  Pitta  ranks second  among
 Baltimore players with 16 catches and 125 receiving yards.
 The  Ravens  had  locked  up  Pitta, who  recorded  61  receptions  and  seven
 touchdowns  during a  breakout 2012  campaign, with  a five-year,  $32 million
 contract in March.
                    === Eagles' Kelce headed for surgery ===
 Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Eagles' injury-riddled
 offensive line will have to make do without another key member for an extended
 period, as head coach Chip Kelly announced Monday that center Jason Kelce will
 undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia.
 Kelce  sustained  the injury early in  the second half of Philadelphia's 37-34
 home  win  on Sunday.  The team  has yet to  give a  timetable for his return,
 though  Philadelphia radio station WIP reported that the fourth-year pro could
 miss up to two months.
 The  Eagles are  already without two other starting linemen in left guard Evan
 Mathis  and  right tackle Lane Johnson.  Mathis, who sprained his left knee in
 the  season  opener, is currently  on injured reserve/designated to return and
 won't  be eligible to come back until at least mid-November. Johnson still has
 to  serve  one more  game on  a suspension  for violating  the NFL's policy on
 performance-enhancing substances.
 Additionally,  backup  tackle Allen Barbre  was placed  on IR following Week 1
 after  incurring  a high ankle sprain  in the Eagles' win over Jacksonville on
 Sept. 7.
 Kelly said David Molk will take over at center in Kelce's absence and make his
 first career start in this Sunday's game at San Francisco.
 Kelce  has started  all 37 games he's  appeared in since being selected by the
 Eagles  in the  sixth round  of  the 2011  draft. The  26-year-old suffered  a
 season-ending  torn  ACL during Week  2 of the  2012 campaign, but returned to
 play  in all 16  contests as well as Philadelphia's loss to New Orleans in the
 NFC Wild Card Round last season.
                === Double Checked: Tulloch suffers torn ACL ===
 Allen  Park,  MI (SportsNetwork.com)  - Tests on  Monday revealed that Detroit
 Lions  linebacker Stephen  Tulloch suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Sunday
 and will be lost for the season.
 Tulloch  was  injured when celebrating  a sack  of Green Bay quarterback Aaron
 Rodgers. The linebacker jumped, did the popular "Discount Double Check" motion
 across his belt and suffered the injury while landing.
 "You're  passionate  about the game  and you want to  get up and celebrate and
 people  do it many times," said Tulloch after the game. "It's unfortunate that
 it happened to me."
 Tulloch had 20 tackles and two sacks in three games this season.
 Lions  coach  Jim  Caldwell  said  he  doesn't  plan  on  squashing  post-play
 celebrations in the wake of the injury.
 "It's  not going  to  happen," said  Caldwell on  Monday  when announcing  the
 injury. "This is an emotional game ... we want enthusiasm."
            === Broken fibula ends season for Chargers' Woodhead ===
 San  Diego, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy
 announced  Monday  that running back Danny  Woodhead will miss the rest of the
 season with a broken fibula.
 Woodhead  was carted off  the field in the first quarter of Sunday's 22-10 win
 at  Buffalo. His  right  leg  twisted awkwardly  underneath  him  when he  was
 tackled at the end of a 1-yard carry less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game.
 Woodhead  signed  a two-year  contract extension prior  to training camp after
 setting  career highs  in receptions (76), receiving yards (605) and receiving
 touchdowns  (six)  last season with the  Chargers. He also added 429 yards and
 two scores on 106 carries.
                 === Titans' Locker has right wrist injury ===
 Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt
 revealed  during  his Monday  press conference  that starting quarterback Jake
 Locker hurt his right wrist during Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
 Whisenhunt  said  that Locker underwent an  MRI to determine the extent of the
 injury  and  his  status  for  this Sunday's  game  at  Indianapolis  will  be
 determined later in the week.
 If  Locker  cannot go,  veteran Charlie  Whitehurst will  draw the start under
 Locker  struggled  for a second straight  week during Tennessee's 33-7 rout at
 the  hands of  the undefeated Bengals, completing just 17-of-34 passes for 185
 yards  and two  interceptions. The embattled former first-round selection also
 was picked off twice in a home loss to Dallas the previous Sunday.
 Injuries  have plagued  Locker throughout his four-year pro career. A sprained
 hip  and a foot  problem that required surgery limited him to just seven games
 last season, and he missed five weeks in 2012 due a dislocated left shoulder.
                       === Redskins place Hall on IR ===
 Ashburn,  VA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Washington Redskins placed cornerback
 DeAngelo Hall and safety Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve Monday.
 Hall  ruptured his left Achilles tendon in the third quarter of Sunday's 37-34
 loss at Philadelphia. The game was the 70th straight in which he had played.
 Ihenacho suffered a fractured heel bone during the 37-34 loss to the Eagles.
 The  Redskins promoted  cornerback Chase Minnifield from the practice squad to
 take Hall's spot on the roster.
 The  club also  terminated the contract of linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who had
 been on IR.
                   === Lions sign K Henery, release Freese ===
 Allen  Park, MI  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Detroit  Lions signed  kicker Alex
 Henery and released rookie kicker Nate Freese on Monday.
 The  Lions selected  Freese in the seventh  round of this year's draft, but he
 missed  four field  goals through  the  first three  games. All  three of  his
 successful makes came from 30 yards or less.
 Henery,  meanwhile, comes  to  Detroit after  being  released by  Philadelphia
 before the start of the season.
 Over  three years with the Eagles, he made 74-of-86 field goal attempts with a
 long of 51.
              === Braves fire Wren; John Hart named interim GM ===
 Atlanta,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  Atlanta  Braves have  fired  general
 manager Frank Wren.
 Braves  president  John Schuerholz announced  the decision Monday, a day after
 the club was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
 The  Braves were  tied for first place  at the All-Star break and still in the
 hunt  for a  wild card berth heading into  the final month, but a 4-14 mark in
 September has dropped the team to 76-79 entering Monday's action.
 "It  was a  cumulative  effect,"  said Schuerholz  about  the  reason for  his
 decision  at a Monday  news conference. "Over time, we just felt for the well-
 being of our organization and the well-being of our major league team that the
 time  had come  for  us  to change  directions  with  our baseball  operations
 John  Hart has  been named  the interim  GM. Hart,  who joined  the Braves  in
 November 2013 as a senior advisor, was a highly successful general manager for
 the  Indians and  Rangers. He also currently  serves as an analyst for the MLB
 Schuerholz, Hart and former manager Bobby Cox will lead the search for a full-
 time general manager.
 The future of Braves manager Fred Gonzalez has not yet been discussed.
 "I  have  not spoken  to (Gonzalez) about  that particular matter," Schuerholz
 added.  "The goal of  our transition team is to take our time and evaluate the
 organization  from top to bottom. When we get to the point where decisions are
 made  and we  need to  communicate with  people, we'll  do that  then, but  we
 have not begun that process."
 Wren  had been  the club's general manager since October 2007, taking over the
 baseball  operations when  Schuerholz moved  into the  role of  president. The
 Braves  reached the  playoffs three  times under  Wren, including  an NL  East
 championship last year.
 However,  Atlanta lost in the division series in 2010 as a wild card and again
 last year, while also losing in the NL wild card game in 2012.
 The Braves enjoyed tremendous success under Schuerholz from 1991-2007, winning
 14  division titles,  five National  League championships  and the  1995 World
 Wren  was  in his 15th  season with the  Braves, first serving as Schuerholz's
 assistant from 2000-07.
                 === Padres' Cashner earns NL Weekly award ===
 New  York,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  - San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner
 was named the National League's Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 21.
 Cashner  went 2-0 with 14 strikeouts in victories over the Phillies and Giants
 last  week, tossing  a two-hit shutout against the former and eight innings of
 two-run ball against the latter.
 This is Cashner's first ever weekly award.
 Also considered for the award were Chicago's Chris Coghlan, Colorado's Michael
 Cuddyer,  Los Angeles'  Matt Kemp  and  Washington's Drew  Storen and  Stephen
                          === Mavs sign Doron Lamb ===
 Dallas,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks signed guard Doron Lamb
 on Monday.
 Lamb,  22, averaged  3.6 points  in 53  games as  a reserve  for Orlando  last
 Selected  by Milwaukee in  the second round of the 2012 draft out of Kentucky,
 Lamb  has  averaged 3.5  points and 1.0  rebound in 100  career games with the
 Bucks and Magic.
                  === Former NBA center Jones passes away ===
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Caldwell Jones, who played 14 seasons
 in  the  NBA and  twice earned  All-Defensive Team honors,  died Sunday from a
 heart attack at the age of 64.
 The  Philadelphia 76ers,  whom  Jones spent  his first  six  NBA seasons  with
 following  a  three-year tenure  in  the  ABA,  confirmed  Jones' death  in  a
 statement released Monday.
 "We  are  truly saddened to  learn of  the passing of  a special member of the
 Sixers family, Caldwell Jones," Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said in the statement.
 "He  was a consummate  teammate, a friend to many and a player who was beloved
 and  respected throughout  the  league.  Our franchise  and  fans will  always
 remember   the  impact   and  contributions  Caldwell  made  to  the  city  of
 Philadelphia.  On behalf  of our  entire organization,  we extend  our deepest
 condolences to the entire Jones family during this difficult time."
 Jones  averaged  7.9 points, 8.2 rebounds  and 1.8 blocks over 1,068 NBA games
 from  1976-90  and was named to  the league's All-Defensive Team following the
 1980-81  and 1981-82  seasons while still with the Sixers. The Arkansas native
 also played for Houston, Chicago, Portland and San Antonio.
 The  76ers selected  Jones in the second  round (32nd overall) of the 1973 NBA
 Draft and joined the team following the ABA's merger with the NBA in 1976.
                         === Bulls bring back Mohammed ===
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Nazr Mohammed will play his 17th season in
 the NBA after re-signing with the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
 Mohammed returns on a one-year contract. He spent the last two seasons playing
 in his hometown of Chicago.
 The  6-foot-10 center out  of Kentucky was drafted 29th overall by the Jazz in
 1998  and was traded  to the 76ers on draft night. Along with Philadelphia and
 Chicago, Mohammed played for six other franchises.
 "I  can't lie, I never could have envisioned this," Mohammed said. "If you get
 to 10 years, that's a hell of an accomplishment. I was hoping to get there and
 be  at  a point where I  still loved playing. Now,  I still do, along with the
 preparation and the camaraderie. It helps having played for some great coaches
 and great organizations."
 Mohammed  holds  career averages of  5.9 points and  4.8 rebounds per game. He
 needs  just  23 appearances this  season to  reach 1,000 career regular season
         === Luiten jumps to 36 in world; Furyk, Stenson swap spots ===
 Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joost Luiten emerged from a crowded top
 of  the leaderboard  at the Wales Open on  Sunday to win by one shot, and that
 victory propelled him up 12 spots to No. 36 in this week's world rankings.
 Luiten  shot  an even-par  71 on Sunday  and finished one  shot ahead of Tommy
 Fleetwood and Shane Lowry at 14-under 270. Luiten was previously No. 48 in the
 With  the PGA  Tour not in action last  week, there was not much change to the
 world's  top  players. This  year's Open champion  and PGA Championship winner
 Rory McIlroy remained the No. 1 player in the world followed by Adam Scott and
 Sergio Garcia.
 The  only change  within the top 20  was Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson swapping
 spots.  Furyk  jumped one to No.  4, while Stenson  fell back to No. 5. Justin
 Rose,  Bubba Watson,  Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler rounded out the
 top 10 from No. 6.
 Nos.  11  through 20  remained the  same as well,  with Phil Mickelson, Martin
 Kaymer,  Jordan Spieth,  Billy  Horschel, Tiger  Woods,  Zach Johnson,  Dustin
 Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama holding firm.
                 === Hur up to No. 65 in the world with win ===
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Mi  Jung  Hur set  a 72-hole  scoring
 record at last week's Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic to earn a 4-shot victory, and
 that win propelled her up 29 spots to No. 65 in this week's world rankings.
 Three  of Hur's  four rounds were in the 60s, including a final-round, 6-under
 66. She finished the week at 21-under-par 267 and it was her second victory on
 the LPGA Tour.
 Stacy  Lewis remained the top player in the world and the rest of the top nine
 -  Inbee Park,  Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen, Karrie Webb, So Yeon Ryu, Michelle
 Wie, Lexi Thompson and Shanshan Feng - all stayed put as well.
 Anna  Nordqvist jumped  one spot and into  the top 10 at No. 10, while Hyo-Joo
 Kim fell one to No. 11. Cristie Kerr, Na Yeong Choi and Paula Creamer remained
 Nos. 12-14, while Azahara Munoz and Ha Na Jang swapped spots, with Munoz up to
 No. 15.
 Lizette  Salas, Angela Stanford,  Amy Yang and Sun Ju Ahn also stayed the same
 as they rounded out the top 20. They are 17-20, respectively.
        === Golf Hall of Fame moves ceremony locations for '15, '19 ===
 St.  Augustine, FL  (SportsNetwork.com) - The induction ceremony for the World
 Golf  Hall of  Fame  will rotate  to  new places  for two  of  the next  three
 ceremonies the hall announced on Monday.
 The  2015 ceremony will be the first one outside of the United States. It will
 take  place  at the  University of St.  Andrews, which is  blocks from the Old
 Course  at St. Andrews. The ceremony will take place on July 13, the Monday of
 Open Championship week.
 "I  am  absolutely delighted  that the  first induction  ceremony to be staged
 internationally  is coming to St. Andrews," said Peter Dawson, chief executive
 of  The  Royal &  Ancient.  "The  Class of  2015  will  have a  truly  special
 experience  in  being recognized in the  place where golf began. There will be
 many thousands of visitors to St. Andrews during the Open Championship and the
 induction ceremony will start the week with real fanfare."
 In 2017, the ceremony will return to the World Golf Village in Florida.
 With  the  2019 U.S. Open Championship  slated for Pebble Beach, the induction
 ceremony will head to the west coast and will be staged Monday of championship
 "This  expanded schedule is  an important step for the World Golf Hall of Fame
 as  it continues to grow and cultivate audiences in the U.S. and abroad," said
 Tim  Finchem, PGA  Tour commissioner and chairman of the World Golf Foundation
 Board  of  Directors. "The  Board of  Directors believes  this is an excellent
 opportunity to raise the profile of the induction ceremony."
           === Sharapova moves on; Radwanska, Ivanovic exit Wuhan ===
 Wuhan,  China  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Fourth seed Maria  Sharapova was a come-
 from-behind  second-round  winner, while  her  fellow  top-10 stars  Agnieszka
 Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic came up losers at the $2.44 million inaugural Wuhan
 Tennis Open.
 The  former  world No. 1 and  reigning French Open champion Sharapova overcame
 two-time  Grand Slam  titlist and fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-2,
 6-2,  while another  second-rounder  saw France's  Caroline  Garcia follow  up
 her  first-round victory  over  Venus Williams  by  toppling the  fifth-seeded
 Radwanska  3-6, 7-6  (7-4), 7-6  (9-7) on  the hardcourts at the Optics Valley
 International Tennis Center.
 Meanwhile,  Russian  Anastasia  Pavlyuchenkova was  leading  the  ninth-seeded
 former  No. 1  Ivanovic 7-5,  6-5 when  the  Serb retired  on Day  2. A  weary
 Ivanovic was fresh off her title in Tokyo on Sunday.
 In  other opening-round  action involving seeds, No. 10 and former world No. 1
 Jelena  Jankovic  beat American Christina McHale  6-4, 6-4; No. 11 Sara Errani
 doused  Brit Heather Watson 7-5, 6-4; American Madison Keys was leading No. 12
 Slovak  Dominika  Cibulkova 4-6,  6-3 when the  2014 Australian Open runner-up
 retired; German Sabine Lisicki dismissed No. 14 Czech Lucie Safarova 7-5, 2-6,
 6-3;  and Aussie  qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova drove out No. 15 Flavia Pennetta
 6-1, 6-4.
 Last  week's Guangzhou,  China, runner-up  Alize Cornet  whipped Swiss  Romina
 Oprandi  6-2,  6-1, while last week's  Seoul champion Karolina Pliskova of the
 Czech  Republic erased  former U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-4 in the
 first round.
 Other  opening-round  wins came  for  American  Coco Vandeweghe,  German  Mona
 Barthel,  Swiss Timea  Bacsinszky, Aussie Casey Dellacqua, and Spaniards Carla
 Suarez Navarro and Garbine Muguruza.
 Several  stars  will take  to the  courts for  second-round action on Tuesday,
 including  current  world No. 1  Serena Williams, French Open runner-up Simona
 Halep, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard,
 and former top-ranked star and last week's Tokyo runner-up Caroline Wozniacki.
 The  U.S.  Open champ  Serena  will  take on  Cornet,  while  Halep will  meet
 Muguruza,  Kvitova will battle Italian qualifier Karin Knapp, Bouchard will be
 opposed by Barthel, and Wozniacki will tangle with Suarez Navarro.
 Serena  is currently  riding a  12-match winning  streak, capturing  titles at
 her last two events at the U.S. Open and in Cincinnati.
 Also  on Tuesday,  Jankovic will  face  Vandeweghe and  Errani will  encounter
 American Alison Riske.
 Almost  all the  WTA's top-20 players are in Wuhan, with the notable exception
 of hometown favorite Li Na, who announced her retirement last Friday.
 The first-ever Wuhan champion will pocket $441,000.
                    === Monaco, Bolelli advance in China ===
 Shenzhen,  China (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Former top-10  star  Juan Monaco  and
 Italian  Simone Bolelli  were  a pair  of first-round  winners  Monday at  the
 inaugural Shenzhen Open tennis event.
 Monaco  handled fellow  Argentine Federico  Delbonis 6-3,  7-5, while  Bolelli
 erased  Aussie  Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-2  on the hardcourts at Shenzhen Longgang
 Tennis Center.
 Also on Day 1, Indian Somdev Devvarman got past Chinese wild card Xin Gao 6-3,
 4-6, 6-4.
 This  week's top  seeds are former French Open runner-up David Ferrer and two-
 time major champion Andy Murray, who will meet Devvarman in the round of 16.
 The first-ever Shenzhen titlist will earn $106,970.
                    === Cuevas wins Kuala Lumpur opener ===
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Fifth seed Pablo Cuevas was among
 Monday's first-round winners at the Malaysian Open tennis event.
 The  Uruguayan Cuevas  handled veteran Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer 6-4,
 7-6 (7-1) on the hardcourts at Putra Indoor Stadium.
 Also  on Day  1, Croat Ivan Dodig  topped Japan's Hiroki Moriya 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
 and  Serbian wild card Filip Krajinovic drilled Japanese wild card Taro Daniel
 6-2, 6-4.
 Last  year, Portuguese Joao Sousa beat Frenchman and two-time runner-up Julien
 Benneteau  in the Kuala Lumpur final. Sousa is seeded sixth this week, while a
 fourth-seeded Benneteau will meet Krajinovic in the second round.
 The  top seeds  here are  Japan's Kei  Nishikori and  Latvian Ernests  Gulbis.
 Nishikori was this month's surprise U.S. Open runner-up.
 The 2014 Kuala Lumpur champ will claim $165,000.
          === Arena Football League names Butera new commissioner ===
 Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arena Football League has selected Scott
 Butera as its new commissioner.
 Butera  will  leave his  post as CEO  of Foxwoods Resort  Casino to become the
 seventh commissioner in Arena history.
 "I  am extremely  excited to be joining  the Arena Football League as its next
 commissioner,"  said Butera in a statement Monday. "The AFL has a rich history
 and  it provides  fans  with  a high  quality,  highly  entertaining brand  of
 football  at prices fans can afford. With a strong core product and owners who
 are  truly  committed to the  long-term success of  the league, I am convinced
 that we can leverage our media contracts to produce increased exposure for the
 league and the sponsor revenue opportunities that go along with it."
 Butera  has  spent  most  of  his career  in  top  management  positions  with
 nationally  recognized entertainment  brands  such as  Foxwoods and  Tropicana
 Entertainment.  At  Foxwoods, he secured sports partnerships with professional
 teams  in Boston  (Red  Sox) and  New York  (Yankees,  Rangers, Knicks,  Nets,
 Madison Square Garden).
 Jerry  Kurz had been  the AFL's commissioner since 2010 and will remain as the
 league's president.
 09/23 03:40:35 ET

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