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News Summaries from The Sports Network - Friday, October 31



RG3 green-lighted for Sunday



Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Robert Griffin III's return under center appears to be a near certainty for this weekend, as the Washington Redskins listed the star quarterback as probable for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Griffin hasn't played since suffering a dislocated ankle in Week 2 against Jacksonville, but practiced fully and without incident for a third straight day on Friday. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said on Thursday that Griffin would start against the Vikings if he came through the week without any setbacks.

In an interview posted on the Redskins' official site Friday, Griffin said he is 100 percent physically and doesn't plan altering his aggressive style in order to avoid further injuries.

"I'm ready to go, ready to play, get back out there with the guys and have fun. That's what it is," said Griffin in the interview. "God didn't put us on this earth to be normal. So I'm not going to go out there and try to be a normal quarterback. I'm going to go out there and be the quarterback he's called me to be."

Washington had lost four straight games with Kirk Cousins leading the offense after Griffin went down, but has since won two straight with Colt McCoy at the controls. McCoy replaced an ineffective Cousins in the second half of the Redskins' Week 7 matchup against Tennessee and rallied the team to a 19-17 decision, then led the way in an overtime road upset of Dallas on Monday.

The only Washington player whose status is in question for Sunday's game is rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who hurt his knee during Friday's practice.

Romo to be game-time decision



Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was held out of practice for a third straight day on Friday, though the team remains hopeful that the veteran's ailing back will be healed enough for him to play in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Romo is dealing with a contusion to his surgically repaired back, which he suffered during the third quarter of Monday's contest against Washington. The three-time Pro Bowl selection was briefly replaced by Brandon Weeden, but did manage to return late in regulation of a game Dallas eventually lost in overtime.

The Cowboys likely won't make a final determination on Romo's status until pregame warmups on Sunday, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

"Obviously, we have to see him move around at some point before the game starts," Garrett said prior to Friday's practice. "Hopefully he can do something today, and then we'll have a walkthrough tomorrow. We've still got about 48 hours until the game, so we want to give him every chance."

Weeden handled all the first-team reps during the week and would make his first start since December of last season if Romo is declared unable to go. The onetime Cleveland Browns starter completed 4-of-6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown filling in for Romo on Monday.

Whichever quarterback plays on Sunday won't have right tackle Doug Free at his disposal, with the starting lineman ruled out with a sprained foot he sustained against the Redskins.

Additionally, left guard Ronald Leary is questionable for Sunday's matchup due to a groin injury that kept him out of practice all week.

Bengals' Green slated to return; Bernard out



Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals expect to have All-Pro receiver A.J. Green back from a three-game absence when the current AFC North leaders host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Though the Bengals listed Green as questionable on Friday's final injury report, head coach Marvin Lewis said the three-time Pro Bowl selection is on track to return from a sprained toe that has hampered him for most of this season's first half.

"A.J. has looked fine," Lewis said. "He wants to play. He's telling everybody he wants to play. If everything stays the way it is, he'll play."

While the Bengals should have their top wideout available for Sunday's matchup, their leading rusher will not play against the Jaguars. Running back Giovani Bernard was formally ruled out on Friday due to a hip injury he sustained during last weekend's 27-24 home win over division-rival Baltimore.

Rookie Jeremy Hill will serve as Cincinnati's lead back in place of Bernard, who has compiled 446 rushing yards and a team-high five touchdowns while adding 22 catches through the Bengals' seven games.

Cincinnati had already declared linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee Wednesday, out for Week 9. Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga is likely to miss Sunday's tilt as well due to a hamstring pull that has kept him out the previous two weeks. He was listed as doubtful.

Sproles, Kelce probable for Eagles



Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Eagles expect to have running back Darren Sproles and center Jason Kelce back on the field for Sunday's game at Houston.

Both players practiced fully during the week and were listed as probable on Friday's final injury report. Sproles, who is averaging 6.6 yards per carry as LeSean McCoy's change-of-pace option, missed last Sunday's 24-20 loss at Arizona with a knee injury. Kelce has sat out the Eagles' last four games after undergoing sports hernia surgery in late September.

Right guard Todd Herremans, who reportedly tore his biceps against Arizona but will play through the injury, is also probable to face the Texans.

Safety Nate Allen (hamstring) and wide receiver Brad Smith (groin) were the Eagles' only two players declared questionable, though both were full practice participants on Friday.

Reports: Redskins CB Hall tears Achilles again



(SportsNetwork.com) - Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who tore his Achilles in Week 3 and underwent surgery, reportedly tore it again this week.

Hall suffered the initial injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 21. He had surgery shortly after and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.

The Washington Post says Hall re-injured himself at home. The exact timeline for his recovery following the second surgery remains unclear.

Hall had re-signed with Washington in the offseason.

With Hall sidelined, the Redskins have turned to rookie Bashaud Breeland, who has 26 tackles and one interception this season.

Browns rule out TE Cameron



Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will miss Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a concussion.

Cameron was held out of practice all week after being injured in last Sunday's win over Oakland. He took a hard hit to the back of the helmet by Raiders safety Brandian Ross, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, late in the second quarter of the 23-13 triumph.

Defensive lineman Phil Taylor (knee) has also been ruled out, while wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) was listed as questionable.

Texans' Clowney questionable vs. Eagles



Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is back on the team's injury report, with the 2014 No. 1 overall pick questionable to play in Sunday's home game against Philadelphia.

Clowney, who returned for Houston's 30-16 win over Tennessee after missing six games with a torn meniscus in his knee, did not practice on Friday due to an illness and his status for Sunday is uncertain.

Linebacker Brian Cushing was back on the field in a limited role on Friday and also is listed as questionable. He missed last Sunday's game with a knee injury.

Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (knee) is the only player on the Texans' roster ruled out for Sunday, while cornerback Darryl Morris (ankle) is listed as questionable.

Chiefs' Berry set to play vs. Jets



Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets after missing the team's last five contests with an ankle sprain.

Berry hasn't played since a Week 2 loss at Denver and has been a limited participant in practice all week.

"Eric will play, and we'll just see how he does, see how he feels," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said at his press conference on Friday. "The other guys have done a nice job and Eric's getting back in to the swing of things and we're glad he's back and available."

Wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin), cornerbacks Jamell Fleming (hamstring) and Chris Owens (knee) and linebacker Josh Martin (hamstring/knee) have all been ruled out for Sunday.

Niners LB Willis questionable for Sunday



Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the St. Louis Rams.

Willis was only able to take limited reps in practice all week while dealing with a toe issue. The eight-year veteran has totaled 34 tackles and one interception through six games this season.

Also listed as questionable was cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe), who was also limited in practice all three days.

Safety Jimmie Ward (quad) and cornerback Chris Culliver (hamstring) were both deemed probable.

Rams LB Dunbar questionable for Sunday



St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams deemed linebacker Jo- Lonn Dunbar questionable for Sunday's tilt against the San Francisco 49ers.

Dunbar, yet another player dealing with a toe injury, was only able to take limited reps in practice on Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday's session.

The 29-year-old Boston College product has picked up 25 tackles in seven games this season.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee), safety Rodney McLeod (knee) and defensive tackle Aaron Donald (shoulder) also landed on the questionable list. Both players only enjoyed limited participation during Friday's practice.

Wide receiver Kenny Britt (hip) headed a list of nine players who were termed probable. Britt took limited reps on Wednesday before being able to take full part in Thursday and Friday's sessions.

Giants throw spooktacular bash for third World Series parade



San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - For the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants dressed as World Series champions on Halloween.

The Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic on Wednesday night and hosted a victory parade through the city and rally Friday afternoon, celebrating a third title since 2010 with their fans.

The parade began near the waterfront at Market and Steuart Streets and continued down Market, concluding at Civic Center Plaza.

Players boarded double-decker buses and were showered with confetti, while periods of rain and an overcast sky didn't dampen the fans' enthusiasm.

Following the parade, Giants team executives and players addressed the crowd in front of City Hall.

Manager Bruce Bochy thanked his players for their "warrior spirit."

"They don't care if they're backs are to the wall. They don't care if the odds are against them. They come out and they play for you and they play for each other and they keep coming at ya," Bochy said.

Thousands strong made their feelings known, chanting "Keep Pedro!" for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is a free agent but said he wants to follow his heart when making a decision on whether or not to stay in the Bay Area. San Francisco mayor Ed Lee also said he'd like to see "Panda" remain with the Giants.

Cubs ax Renteria to clear way for Maddon



Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs will officially make Joe Maddon their new manager on Monday and got rid of their current one on Friday, with the team dismissing Rick Renteria after just one season.

The Cubs announced Renteria's firing in a press release that included the club's acknowledgement of its intentions to hire Maddon, who became available after opting out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays last week.

Shortly after the release was issued, the Cubs confirmed that Maddon has agreed to become the team's new manager and will be formally introduced during a press conference scheduled for Monday.

"Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon -- who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us -- had become a free agent," Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. "We confirmed the news with Major League Baseball, and it became public knowledge the next day. We saw it as a unique opportunity and faced a clear dilemma: be loyal to Rick or be loyal to the organization. In this business of trying to win a world championship for the first time in 107 years, the organization has priority over any one individual. We decided to pursue Joe.

"While there was no clear playbook for how to handle this type of situation, we knew we had to be transparent with Rick before engaging with Joe. (General manager) Jed (Hoyer) flew to San Diego last Friday and told Rick in person of our intention to talk to Joe about the managerial job. Subsequently, Jed and I provided updates to Rick via telephone and today informed him that we will indeed make a change."

Renteria produced a 73-89 record in his lone season on the job, an improvement over the 66 and 61-win totals Chicago totaled in two years under predecessor Dale Sveum. The 52-year-old was offered another position in the Cubs' organization but is expected to decline.

Epstein had publicly declared that Renteria would be back for 2015 following the conclusion of this past season, but that was before Maddon suddenly and unexpectedly opted out of his contract with the Rays. His availability prompted Epstein, who nearly hired the 60-year-old to manage the Red Sox in 2004 while then in charge of Boston's baseball operations, to switch gears and attempt to bring the two-time American League Manager of the Year into the fold.

"Rick deserved to come back for another season as Cubs manager, and we said as much when we announced that he would be returning in 2015," said Epstein. "We met with Rick two weeks ago for a long end-of-season evaluation and discussed plans for next season. We praised Rick to the media and to our season ticket holders. These actions were made in good faith."

Maddon brings outstanding credentials to his new employers, having guided the low-budget Rays to six consecutive winning seasons and four playoff appearances from 2008-13. That remarkable run began with an unexpected trip to the World Series in 2008.

Prior to that 2008 breakthrough, the Rays had never won more than 70 games in any of their first 10 seasons of existence.

Over nine overall seasons with Tampa Bay, Maddon amassed a 754-705 record.

Tigers tender offers to Scherzer, V-Mart



Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers wasted little time making decisions on 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and designated hitter Victor Martinez, extending one-year qualifying offers to the two All-Stars one day after both filed for free agency.

The expected moves were among several transactions announced by the Tigers on Friday, which also included the team exercising its 2015 option on reliever Joakim Soria.

Tendering qualifying offers, which ensures the Tigers would receive draft-pick compensation in the event Scherzer and Martinez sign with another team, was a no-brainer in the case of both players.

Scherzer, who followed up a 21-3 season in 2013 by going 18-5 with a career- high 252 strikeouts this past year, is considered arguably the top pitcher on the offseason market. Martinez, coming off a monster season in which he finished second in the AL batting race with a .335 average and belted 32 homers with 103 RBI, may be the best available hitter.

Soria had his $7 million option picked up despite struggling with the Tigers after being acquired from Texas at the trade deadline. The veteran righty had a 4.91 ERA in 13 regular season appearances following the deal, then was rocked for five runs in an inning of work over two games in Detroit's loss to Baltimore in the AL Division Series.

The Tigers also placed utilityman Don Kelly on waivers along with outfielder Andy Dirks and pitchers Evan Reed and Patrick McCoy.

Kelly, who has played in 545 games with Detroit over the past six seasons, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo along with Reed. Dirks, out all of last season while recovering from back surgery, was claimed by Toronto and McCoy was claimed by the Orioles.

Brewers pick up Gallardo's option, decline Weeks



Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised the 2015 club option on starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and declined the vesting/club option on second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Weeks has spent his entire career with the Brewers after being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, hitting .249 with 148 homers, 430 RBI, 684 runs scored and 126 steals in 1,142 games.

The 32-year-old Weeks hit .274 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 121 games this past season. He lost the everyday second base job to Scooter Gennett.

Weeks' 2015 salary would have been guaranteed had he reached 600 plate appearances last season.

Gallardo, who went 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA over 32 starts in 2014, will earn $13 million next season before being eligible for free agency.

Brewers exercise 2015 option on Ramirez



Milwaukee, WI (Sports.Network.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised their 2015 mutual option on third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Ramirez, who signed a three-year contract with the Brewers prior to the 2012 season, has three days to accept or decline the deal.

The 36-year-old hit .285 with 15 homers and 66 RBI in his 2014 All-Star campaign. Ramirez has a .285 average with 369 home runs and 1,342 RBI over his 17-year career.

Rays exercise 2015 option for Zobrist



St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised their 2015 club option on utilityman Ben Zobrist.

A mainstay of the club over the years, Zobrist will enter his 10th season in a Rays uniform, becoming the only player in the franchise's relatively short history to do so. He will earn $7.5 million in the final season of a five-year extension that was signed in April 2010.

The two-time All-Star is the Rays' leader in doubles (229) and walks (542) and ranks second behind Carl Crawford in games played, hits, runs and triples.

"Ben has been integral to the success that the Rays have enjoyed throughout his career here," said Rays vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom. "His skill and versatility on the field, combined with his character and selflessness, make him the ultimate team player. We are excited to continue forward with him."

Zobrist, the 2014 Don Zimmer Most Valuable Player recipient, given to the Rays' top contributor on the field, hit .272 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI over 146 games this past season.

Over his first nine seasons in Tampa, he owns a .264 career average with 114 homers, 511 RBI and 565 runs scored while playing numerous positions in both the infield and outfield.

The 33-year-old is the first player since 1914 to play 200 games at second base, shortstop and right field.

Closer Hawkins returning to Rockies for 2015



Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - LaTroy Hawkins will be back for a 21st major league season after the Colorado Rockies exercised the veteran closer's 2015 contract option on Friday.

Hawkins, whose 23 saves last season were his most since 2004, will earn $2.25 million in the coming campaign.

One of only 16 hurlers in MLB history to make 1,000 career appearances, Hawkins went 4-3 with a 3.31 earned run average over 57 games with the Rockies in 2014.

The right-hander, who will turn 42 in December, signed a one-year deal with Colorado last November that included the option.

Colorado also announced it has outrighted outfielder/first baseman Matt McBride to Triple-A Colorado Springs and off the 40-man roster.

Indians exercise Aviles' 2015 option



Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians have exercised utilityman Mike Aviles' $3.5 million club option for 2015.

Aviles just completed his second season with Cleveland, hitting .247 with five home runs and 39 RBI in 113 games. He equaled his career high and finished third on the club with 14 stolen bases.

In 712 career games with Kansas City, Boston and Cleveland, Aviles has hit .269 with 122 doubles, 53 homers and 275 RBI.

Red Sox decline 2015 option on Breslow



Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox have declined the 2015 contract option on pitcher Craig Breslow.

Breslow went 2-4 with a 5.96 ERA in 60 relief appearances for Boston this past season.

The left-hander is 22-23 with a 3.20 ERA in 479 career games -- all in relief -- with the Padres (2005), Red Sox (2006; 2012-14), Indians (2008), Twins (2008-09), Athletics (2009-11) and Diamondbacks (2012).

Additionally, the Red Sox reinstated outfielder Shane Victorino (lumbar disectomy surgery) from the 60-day disabled list.

Embattled Michigan AD Brandon resigns



Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday.

Unviersity president Mark Schlissel announced at a press conference that the embattled Brandon offered his resignation Friday morning and that he had accepted it.

Jim Hackett, a former Michigan football player and ex-CEO of furniture maker Steelcase, was named interim athletic director. His appointment is pending approval in November by the university's Board of Regents.

"Jim is a highly experienced and respected business leader, a man of integrity and a devoted member of our Michigan community," Schlissel said in making the announcement. "I am confident Jim will immediately begin the process of moving the department forward, including working closely with me to develop a plan to identify and recruit Michigan's next permanent athletic director."

Brandon had been under intense fire and scrutiny in recent weeks over the football program's mishandling of quarterback Shane Morris' head injury and issues with students' ticket prices.

After taking a hard hit, Morris was allowed to keep playing in and then re- enter Michigan's game against Minnesota on Sept. 27. He was later diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Students were upset when Brandon changed the student football section to general admission during the 2013 season and then had their season tickets raised to the highest prices in the Big Ten this fall.

Brandon became athletic director at his alma mater in 2010.

Kentucky No. 1 in AP preseason hoops poll



New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning national runner-up Kentucky was an overwhelming choice for the No. 1 spot as the Associated Press revealed its preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll.

The Wildcats, who fell to Connecticut in the title game after reaching the Final Four as a No. 8 seed, received 52 of a possible 65 first-place votes and 1,604 points to comfortably outdistance Arizona for the top spot.

Kentucky did lose standouts Julius Randle and James Young to the NBA, but returns a number of key contributors from last season's squad in sophomore twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, juniors Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley- Stein as well as center Dakari Johnson and forward Marcus Lee.

The Wildcats are a preseason No. 1 by the AP for the second straight year and fourth time in the history of the storied program.

Arizona earned five first-place votes and 1,518 points to hold off Wisconsin for second in the rankings. The Badgers, who downed Arizona in last year's West Regional final, were listed first on eight ballots while garnering 1,483 points.

The remainder of the top 10 features four teams from the ACC, with Duke coming at No. 4 and rival North Carolina two spots back of the Blue Devils and one behind Kansas in sixth. Conference newcomer Louisville is eighth, one place in back of 2014 Final Four participant Florida, and Virginia ninth with Texas rounding out the top 10.

Wichita State, which won its first 35 games before being dealt its only loss by Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament's Third Round, heads the second 10 and is followed by Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, VCU and San Diego State. Defending national champion UConn is 17th, with Michigan State, Oklahoma and Ohio State occupying spots 18-20.

The remainder of the rankings consists of Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse, Michigan and Utah.

The ACC and Big Ten each have five representatives in the poll, with the Big 12 getting four ranked teams.

Sixers guarantee third years on Carter-Williams, Noel



Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams had the third-year option on his rookie contract picked up by the Philadelphia 76ers, who also exercised their option on fellow 2013 first- round pick Nerlens Noel.

The Sixers had until Friday to make the expected moves. The team also announced it guaranteed the fourth year on the contract of guard Tony Wroten.

Carter-Williams become the second player in franchise history to earn Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds while starting 70 games in 2013-14. The 23-year-old point guard also joined Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as the lone rookies in league history to average 16 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Noel made his long-awaited NBA debut Wednesday in Indiana and recorded 10 rebounds, three blocks and six points. The 6-foot-11 forward missed his entire rookie campaign while recovering from an ACL tear he suffered while playing for the University of Kentucky.

Wroten, a first-round pick of Memphis in 2012 who was traded to Philadelphia prior to last season, averaged 13 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 72 games in 2013-14. He started in place of an injured Carter-Williams in Wednesday's season opener and tallied 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Jazz ink G Burks to multi-year extension



Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz signed guard Alec Burks to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but ESPN reported the extension to be worth $42 million over four years.

"We have great regard for Alec's work ethic and dynamic athletic ability as well as his growth potential," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. "Alec is a young player with a unique skillset and true passion for basketball who consistently finds the gym and has displayed the characteristics and desire to continue to improve his game. He is a high- character individual who, throughout his time with the Jazz, has expressed his love for Salt Lake City and Jazz fans, so we are thrilled to know that he will be a core piece of our future as we continue to grow."

Burks, 23, averaged career-highs of 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 78 games last season. He has averaged 16.5 points over Utah's first two games this season.

The Jazz selected Burks 12th overall in the 2011 draft.

Cavs' Varejao agrees to extension



Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Anderson Varejao to a multi-year contract extension on Friday.

The 11th-year center has spent his entire career with the Cavs, averaging 7.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Varejao has posted 88 career double-doubles and has tallied at least seven rebounds per game in seven straight years.

"Anderson represents how this franchise wants to approach the game of basketball, both on the court and off," Cleveland general manager David Griffin said. "He has been a key part of our foundation for years and we are very happy that he will continue to be part of our Cavs family as we work towards our goals at the highest level."

Per league policy, terms of the deal were not released.

NHL issues 3-game suspension to Burrows



New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Hockey League handed down a three-game suspension to Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows on Friday.

Burrows was not penalized for delivering a hit to the head of Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin at 8:23 of the second period in Thursday's 3-2 Canucks' overtime victory.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65 which automatically goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Burrows will not be eligible to return until Nov. 6, when Vancouver plays in San Jose.

Red Wings put Weiss on IR



Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Forward Stephen Weiss will remain out of the Detroit Red Wings' lineup for at least another week after suffering a groin injury during a minor league conditioning assignment.

Weiss exited Wednesday's contest for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League after two periods and was subsequently placed on injured reserve by the Red Wings on Friday.

The 31-year-old played in just 26 games last season, the first of a five-year, $24.5 million contract Weiss signed with Detroit during the summer of 2013, before undergoing hernia surgery in December.

Weiss has dressed for only one game for the Red Wings this season but was expected to play in the team's road trip that begins Sunday in Buffalo.

Leafs' Lupul out indefinitely



Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul is sidelined indefinitely with a broken bone in his right hand.

The team made the announcement shortly before Friday's game in Columbus.

Lupul suffered the injury when he fell at practice on Thursday. The 31-year- old has two goals and one assist in nine games this season.

Sabres send Reinhart back to junior



Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres have returned forward Sam Reinhart, the second overall pick of this year's NHL Entry Draft, to his junior team at Friday's deadline to do so.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement allows NHL teams nine games to evaluate players still eligible to play in the junior leagues without it counting as a year accrued on their entry-level contracts. Reinhart appeared in his ninth game in the Sabres' overtime loss to Boston on Thursday.

Buffalo's decision to send Reinhart back to Kootenay of the Western Hockey League was not unexpected, as the 18-year-old had averaged just 10:21 of ice time while managing only one assist over his trial period.

Reinhart became the Sabres' highest draft choice since Pierre Turgeon was selected first overall in 1987 following an outstanding season at Kootenay. The Vancouver-area native racked up 36 goals and 69 assists in 60 games for the Ice to earn 2013-14 WHL Player of the Year honors.

Makarova pulls out at TOC



Sofia, Bulgaria (SportsNetwork.com) - After going 0-2 in round-robin play this week, top seed Ekaterina Makarova withdrew from her scheduled match Friday at the $750,000 WTA Tournament of Champions.

The U.S. Open semifinalist was scheduled to meet third-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta but instead pulled out of the season-ending event on the indoor hardcourt at Sofia's Armeets Arena.

Pennetta took on first alternate Karolina Pliskova and whipped the tall, young Czech 6-1, 6-3 in the final round-robin affair of the week.

The 32-year-old Pennetta moved into the semifinals where she will meet Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a fifth-seeded Suarez Navarro (2-1) handled eighth-seeded Bulgarian crowd favorite Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 and seventh-seeded rising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza took care of sixth-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3, 7-5. The 21-year-old Muguruza (3-0) swept her way through round-robin play and qualified for the semis by winning her four-player Serdika Group.

The Serdika Group featured Makarova (0-2), Pennetta (2-1), Cornet (1-2) and Muguruza, before Pliskova (0-1) joined the fray on Day 4. Makarova, Cornet and Pliskova are done for the week.

The four-woman Sredets Group featured second-seeded Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova (2-1), fourth-seeded German Andrea Petkovic (2-1), Suarez Navarro, who captured the group, and Pironkova (0-3). Petkovic qualified for the semis on Thursday. The diminutive Slovakian Cibulkova and Pironkova both failed to reach this week's final four.

Petkovic will battle Muguruza in Saturday's other semifinal.

This eight-player season-ending tournament is for players who have won one or more of the WTA International events during the year but failed to qualify for the WTA Finals, which was staged in Singapore last week.

The Tournament of Champions will move to Zhuhai, China, next year after a three-year run here in Sofia.

Hurley sails into CIMB Classic lead



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Hurley posted his second 67 in as many days on Friday and he grabbed a 2-shot lead at the halfway point of the CIMB Classic.

Hurley finished 36 holes at 10-under-par 134. He is searching for his first PGA Tour title.

"If I can keep hitting it in the fairway and keep putting it like I have and hitting a lot of good putts, then I'll be right there on Sunday," stated Hurley.

Kevin Streelman carded his second straight 68 and he climbed into second place at minus-8.

Defending champion Ryan Moore shot 3-under 69 to get to 7-under-par 137. He was joined in third place by Sergio Garcia (68), Lee Westwood (65), Kevin Na (68), Jeff Overton (69), Seung-Yul Noh (69) and Kevin Chappell (68).

Chappell had finished the round tied for second, but he called a penalty on himself. The first two rounds have been played under preferred lies rules. He picked up his golf ball to clean it on the 16th, but he didn't mark his ball first. That penalty changed his par into a bogey.

First-round leader Rikard Karlberg tripped to a 4-over 76 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. He tumbled into a share of 24th place at 3-under 141.

Hurley, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, got off to a fast start as he birdied the 10th and 11th, his first two holes in round two. He moved to 8-under with a birdie at the 13th.

After a pair of pars from the 14th, Hurley poured in three consecutive birdies from the 16th to move to 11-under. He was three clear of the field at that point.

Around the turn, Hurley stumbled to a double-bogey at the par-4 second to trim his lead to one. He ran off four pars in a row from the third. Hurley rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the seventh. He closed with a pair of pars to end there.

"After the bad swing, it could have unraveled there on two and three, but I drew on some of the experience I had from last year and was able to hold it together coming in. The cameras, more people watching the last group, couple of groups. It's the atmosphere of it, and you learn a little bit from that," explained Hurley.

Streelman also played the back nine first, and he started with birdies at 10 and 12. He parred eight straight holes from the 13th.

At the par-5 third, Streelman converted a birdie try. He also birdied the par-5 fifth to inch within two of Hurley. Streelman parred the last four holes to end alone in second.

Noh birdied the 14th to get within one of Hurley, but he dropped three back after making a bogey at the 15th paired with Hurley's birdie at 18.

NOTES: Hurley had the 36-hole lead for the second time on the PGA Tour ... That other time he was in that position, Hurley finished fourth, which tied his best career performance on the PGA Tour ... For the second straight day, there was a near two-hour weather delay due to lightning in the area ... Lee Westwood had a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th.

Colsaerts takes 1-shot lead in China



Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicolas Colsaerts fired an 8-under 64 on Friday and he jumped into the lead after 36 holes of the BMW Masters.

Colsaerts, who won twice in the 2012 season, finished two rounds at 14-under- par 130. His total of 130 matched the tournament's 36-hole scoring record. Peter Hanson set that mark en route to victory in 2012.

First-round leader Alexander Levy posted a 6-under 66 and he dropped into second place at minus-13. Romain Wattel carded a 67 on Friday and he is alone in third at 11-under-par 133.

Marcel Siem and Branden Grace both shot 66 on Friday. They were joined in fourth place at minus-10 by Emiliano Grillo (68). Thomas Bjorn (67) is one stroke back at minus-9 at Lake Malaren Golf Club.

Colsaerts played the back nine first in round two. He got going with birdies on the 11th and 13th. He moved to 10-under with birdies at 15 and 16.

Levy flew out of the gate with three birdies in the first four holes to join Colsaerts at minus-10. Levy briefly grabbed the lead with a birdie at the par-5 seventh.

After three pars in a row, Colsaerts converted back-to-back birdies from the second to move back into the lead at 12-under. There was a 2-shot swing in Levy's favor as Colsaerts bogeyed the fifth for the second day in a row, while Levy made birdie at the 11th.

There was another 2-stroke swing on the next hole to each player. Colsaerts made birdie at the sixth, while Levy stumbled to a bogey at the 12th.

Colsaerts made it two in a row as he birdied the seventh for the second straight round. He also birdied the ninth, his last, to end at minus-14.

"I felt like I've been in the zone a couple of times lately and it doesn't really happen in such a short period of time like this," Colsaerts said. "So it's pretty nice when you can get it going like this and I've been playing quite well for the last couple of months. I'm comfortable being back here now. I'm quite happy being here and playing the way I am capable of."

Levy bounced back from his bogey at 12 with birdies at 14 and 15 to get within one of the lead. He ended there as he parred the final three holes.

Three weeks ago, Levy beat Colsaerts to win the rain-shortened Portugal Masters.

NOTES: Colsaerts owned the 36-hole lead for the fourth time in his European Tour career ... He has failed to win any the previous three times he was in that position ... Colsaerts made the cut in just eight of his 16 tour starts this season on the European Tour, but he does have two runner-up finishes.

Park soars 3 clear in Taiwan



Taipei, Taiwan (SportsNetwork.com) - Inbee Park threatened 59 on Friday, but settled for a course-record tying round, which gave her a 3-shot lead after 36 holes of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Park fired a 10-under 62 to match Mirim Lee's course record, which Lee set about an hour and a half earlier. Park finished two rounds at 18-under 126.

Park and Suzann Pettersen had set the 36-hole scoring mark at this event in 2012 when they posted a two-round total of 134. Park smashed that record on Friday.

"Everything was working really good out there today. I probably didn't hit as close as yesterday, but I holed a lot of putts today," Park said. "Obviously, two days without the wind here in Taiwan is really unusual and I thought I should take advantage of that for two days and I feel like I did that."

Shanshan Feng, who shared the first round lead with Park, closed with back-to- back birdies for a 7-under 65. Feng is alone in second place at Miramar Golf Country Club at minus-15.

Lee jumped into a share of third place at 10-under-par 134. She was joined there by Lydia Ko (65), Azahara Munoz (66) and Line Vedel (68).

Stacy Lewis, who lost the top spot in the world rankings to Park last Monday, stands alone in seventh place at 9-under 135 after a second-round 68.

Park and Feng were in the final group together, and both got off to quick starts. They both birdied the first two holes. Park made it three in a row as she also birdied the par-3 third.

However, Park stumbled to a bogey at the fourth to dip one behind Feng, who birdied the fourth. Park bounced right back with birdies at five and six to get to 12-under.

Feng got up and down for birdie at the par-5 sixth to remain tied with Park at minus-12. Feng made it two in a row as she also birdied the seventh from eight feet out.

Park once again had an answer. She holed her second shot for eagle on the par-4 eighth. That jumped her to 14-under, where she led by one. She would not lose the lead again.

Around the turn, Park made a birdie putt from the back fringe at the 10th. She pitched her third shot at the par-5 12th to four feet and rolled that in for birdie.

Park notched back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 to move to 18-under. She had a chance to shoot 59 with three more birdies, but she parred the last three holes to card a 62.

"Yeah, definitely thought it was possible going into 13 and 14, because coming down the stretch, I thought there was a lot of birdie holes. Especially the last, it's a par-5," Park said when asked if she thought about shooting 59.

Feng, who was one down at the turn, stumbled to bogeys at 10 and 11 to slide four behind. She got one stroke back at the 12th. Feng climbed back to minus-13 as she made birdie on the par-3 14th.

After a pair of pars, Feng birdied the final two holes to get within three shots after two rounds.

NOTES: Park has the 36-hole lead for the second time this season and for the seventh time in her LPGA Tour career .. Park has won just two of the previous six times she was in this position ... Danielle Kang aced the par-3 17th giving her a hole-in-one for the second straight week ... Kang has three aces this season, which tied her with Charlotta Sorenstam (2002) and Tracy Kerdyk (1991) for the LPGA Tour record for most in one season.

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