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News Summaries from The Sports Network - Thursday, September 18



Cards RB Dwyer moved to reserve non-football list



Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list Thursday, a day after he was arrested on multiple assault charges involving a 27-year-old woman and Dwyer's 18-month old child.

On Wednesday, Dwyer was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and charged with one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

According to a Phoenix police news release, detectives from the department's Family Investigations Bureau arrested Dwyer over allegations of assault in two separate incidents that are alleged to have taken place on consecutive days in July in a residence in southeast Phoenix.

Dwyer, according to the release, has admitted the incidents happened but denied any physical assaults occurred.

In his first season with Arizona after four years in Pittsburgh, Dwyer appeared in each of the Cardinals' first two games this season with 16 rushes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals re-signed running back Jalen Parmele, who was a final roster cut before the beginning of the season.

Parmele, a four-year veteran who previously played with Baltimore (2008-10) and Jacksonville (2012), has appeared in 35 career games (two starts) and has primarily been used on special teams, where he has registered 1,078 yards on 43 kickoff returns.

Arizona also signed running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad and released running back Chris Rainey.

Jags WR Lee won't play Sunday



Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee won't play Sunday against Indianapolis because of a hamstring injury.

Lee started the first two games of the season and is tied for the team lead with eight receptions. He was bothered by a hamstring issue last week and played against Washington, then was limited in practice Wednesday because of the injury.

"We want to make sure I'm 100 percent before I come back and try to do anything," said Lee on Wednesday.

Lee was selected by the Jaguars in the second round of May's draft.

The Jaguars' top two receiving threats will miss the club's home opener on Sunday, as tight end Marcedes Lewis was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return earlier this week.

Lewis, who also has eight catches this season, is expected to be sidelined for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain he sustained last week against the Redskins.

Marital infidelity led to Washington's resignation



Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said marital infidelity led to his resignation earlier this month.

Washington resigned on Sept. 5 and cited an "off-the-field personal matter" as his reason at the time. He held a news conference Thursday at a Dallas hotel to address the situation further.

"I was not true to my wife," said Washington. "After 42 years, I broke her trust. I'm here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed."

The 62-year-old Washington did not discuss details during his apology. His wife, Gerry, was seated nearby.

"I'm sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife," Washington added. "And for disappointing my players, disappointing my coaches, disappointing Major League Baseball and disappointing the Texas Rangers."

Washington had been the Rangers' skipper since the start of the 2007 season and left with the club just 53-87, the worst mark in any of his seven-plus years at the helm.

The Rangers were 664-611 under Washington and won back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and '11.

Tim Bogar was named interim manager after Washington's departure.

Athletics moving Triple-A affiliation to Nashville



Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics have decided to move their Triple-A affiliation to Nashville of the Pacific Coast League.

Sacramento had been the home for Oakland's Triple-A team for the past 15 years. The new four-year deal with Nashville runs through the 2018 season.

"The Oakland A's are delighted to enter into this new association with Frank Ward and the Nashville Sounds," said Athletics general manager Billy Beane in a statement Thursday. "As we did our due diligence of available Triple-A markets, it became very clear that Nashville was the most attractive. It is a dynamic city and entertainment center with first-rate ownership, a long history of baseball, and a location that is convenient for player movement."

The Sounds had served as the Triple-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2005-14. Oakland will be the seventh big league team to have an affiliation with Nashville since professional baseball returned to the city in 1978.

Prior to the venture with the Brewers, Nashville was also home for minor league clubs for the Cincinnati Reds (1978-79, 1987-92), New York Yankees (1980-84), Detroit Tigers (1985-86), Chicago White Sox (1993-97) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1998-2004).

The Sounds will move into a new ballpark for the 2015 season.

"We are thrilled to begin this new relationship with the A's, who hold an exciting future on both the major league and minor league levels," said Sounds owner Frank Ward. "Oakland has an outstanding track record of success at the Triple-A level. We're looking forward to watching their next tier of stars develop at our state-of-the-art First Tennessee Park."

The Sacramento RiverCats won 11 division titles and four PCL championships during the 15-year stint with the Athletics.

Bulls sign E'Twaun Moore



Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls have signed guard E'Twaun Moore to an undisclosed contract.

Moore spent the past two seasons with Orlando after playing his rookie campaign with Boston. He averaged 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 79 games, including three starts, for the Magic last season.

The Purdue product has started 24 of the 192 games he has played in the NBA, and owns career averages of 6.2 points, 1.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds.

Boston selected the East Chicago, Indiana native in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Taurasi, Dupree added as finalists for U.S. Worlds team



Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree of the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury were added to the list of finalists for the United States' women's world championship team.

The duo will join 13 other players competing for 12 spots on the squad that will play for Team USA at the 2014 World Championship in Turkey.

"Obviously you've got two players coming in that have a tremendous amount of confidence right now after the kind of season that they had and winning the WNBA Championship," said Team USA head coach Geno Auriemma in a statement Thursday. "You've got two of the best offensive players in the WNBA. Diana's had so much international experience at world championships and Olympics, Candice was with us in the 2010 World Championship and played great. So, I think we have a great group and our group just got a lot better."

The other finalists for the team include Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and WNBA MVP Maya Moore of Minnesota, Seattle's Sue Bird, New York's Tina Charles, Tulsa's Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims, Washington's Stefanie Dolson, Jantel Lavender and Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Los Angeles, San Antonio's Kayla McBride, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and the University of Connecticut's Breanna Stewart.

Brittney Griner of the Mercury is also under consideration for the team, but must first be cleared by her physician. The WNBA's top defensive player underwent a procedure to correct a retinal issue earlier this month and missed the final game of the WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky.

Chicago stars Elena Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles are unable to compete because of injuries.

The FIBA World Championship will take place from Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul.

U.S. to meet Brits again in Davis Cup opener



Dubai, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) - For a second consecutive year, the United States and Great Britain have been draw to face each other in the first round of the Davis Cup.

The two proud tennis nations met in the round of 16 earlier this year, with the Andy Murray-led Brits coming out on top, 3-1, in San Diego. The loss dropped the 32-time champion Americans into the World Group playoffs, where they crushed Slovakia 5-0 last week to re-join the World Group for next year.

In March, the nine-time winners from Great Britain will host team USA at a yet-to-be-determined site.

This year's finalists, France and Switzerland, will both travel away to European opposition with the French opening their campaign against Germany and the Swiss heading to Belgium in 2015.

One of the stories of the draw on Thursday was the coupling of great South American rivals Brazil and Argentina. The best-of-five tie, which will be held in Argentina, will be the first meeting between the two nations since 1980. The two sides have never met in the World Group.

The third and fourth seeds, the Czech Republic and Serbia, will both begin their campaigns with home ties. The Czechs, drawn in the same half as France, will host Australia, while the Serbs will host neighboring Croatia.

Two other matchups will pit host Kazakhstan against Italy and Canada versus visiting Japan.

The 2014 France-Switzerland final will be held in France in November.

Report: Li Na will announce retirement on Friday



Wuhan, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na is set to announce her retirement on Friday, according to Chinese state-owned CCTV. The CCTV News account tweeted a report that Li's agent had confirmed the news.

CCTV reports Li is retiring due to lingering knee injuries, which forced her to withdraw from the recently concluded U.S. Open.

An intricate tape job on her right knee has been a staple of her on-court gear for years. Li's already had several surgeries on the knee and in her autobiography she detailed the painful procedures she has had to undergo just to stay on court.

The world No. 6 and one-time world No. 2 star has not played since losing in the third round at Wimbledon in June.

An announcement could come as early as Friday in Wuhan, with a formal news conference to follow, possibly over the weekend in Beijing.

Li became the first Asian-born player to capture a Grand Slam event, doing so at the French Open in 2011, and won her second major title earlier this year at the Australian Open. But following a first-round loss at this year's French Open and a third-round setback at Wimbledon, Li split with her coach, Carlos Rodriguez, and has not played since.

The 32-year-old Li is still on the competitors' list for next week's inaugural Wuhan Open, which will take place in her home city.

Li's breakthrough opened up the Chinese market to the sport and she quickly became the face of Asian tennis. In 2011, there were just two WTA events in China, but that number has grown to five, not including a new tournament in Hong Kong and the WTA Finals set to be staged in Singapore in October.

Forbes listed Li at No. 2, behind only Maria Sharapova, on the list of highest-paid female athletes in the world, earning $23.6 million last year.

Li owns nine WTA titles and has been a runner-up on 12 occasions.

Wozniacki moves on; Jankovic exits Tokyo



Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of former world No. 1s had different results on Thursday, as Caroline Wozniacki advanced while Jelena Jankovic was sent packing at the $1 million Pan Pacific Open women's tennis event.

The second-seeded Wozniacki came from behind to beat Aussie qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, while promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza ousted the fourth-seeded Jankovic 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 on the hardcourts at Ariake Coliseum.

This month's U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki was the Pan Pacific champ in 2010, while Jankovic was the runner-up in Tokyo back in 2009.

The resurgent Wozniacki has now won 20 of her last 24 matches, including a title in Istanbul.

Also on Thursday, eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro topped Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 and Aussie Casey Dellacqua handled qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-2, 6-4.

Friday's quarterfinals will pit top-seeded Angelique Kerber against sixth- seeded Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova; Wozniacki versus Suarez Navarro; third-seeded Ana Ivanovic against seventh-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova; and Dellacqua versus Muguruza. The German Kerber was last year's Tokyo runner-up to fellow left-hander Petra Kvitova. The former top-ranked star Ivanovic was the runner-up in Tokyo in 2007.

This week's champion will collect $196,670.

Kirilenko advances to Seoul quarters



Seoul, Korea (SportsNetwork.com) - Maria Kirilenko knocked off third-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic to reach the quarterfinals of the Korea Open.

Kirilenko rallied for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-0 victory to advance past the second round of a tournament for the first time in eight events this year. She missed the first three months of the season recovering from a knee injury.

The 27-year-old Russian won the Seoul title in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2007. She last reached a quarterfinal at the WTA level in June 2013 at Eastbourne.

Kirilenko will next play sixth-seeded Kaia Kanepi, who also came back from a set down to post a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Kanepi, the 2012 Seoul runner-up from Estonia, has never beaten Kirilenko in three previous meetings. The two haven't met since 2010 and one of the matchups came in the Seoul semifinals in 2008.

Fourth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia cruised past Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 6-2, and American Nicole Gibbs stormed back after a disastrous first set to claim a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over fellow qualifier Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.

Rybarikova will face American Christine McHale in Friday's quarterfinals, while Gibbs will take on Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova. The remaining quarterfinal will feature defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland against American Varvara Lepchenko.

The top-seeded Radwanska defeated Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in last year's final in Seoul.

This year's champion will claim $111,389.

Cornet into semis in China



Guangzhou, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Second seed Alize Cornet beat former champion Su-Wei Hsieh to reach the semifinals at the Guangzhou International Open tennis event.

The French Cornet bested the Taiwanese wild card and 2012 champ Hsieh 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on the hardcourts at Guangzhou International Tennis Center.

Cornet's semifinal opponent on Friday will be Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, who drubbed Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-2, 6-3 on Day 4.

Two other quarterfinals saw Chinese wild card Wang Yafan overcome Chinese qualifier Kai-Lin Zhang 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Romanian Monica Niculescu pound Puerto Rico's Monica Puig 6-2, 6-2. Wang will meet Niculescu in the other semi.

This week's champion will pocket $111,163.

Big back nine gives Luiten lead at Wales Open



City of Newport, Wales (SportsNetwork.com) - Joost Luiten surged up the leaderboard on the back nine Thursday to take the outright lead after one round of the Wales Open.

Luiten, who has not won on tour since winning twice last year at the Lyoness Open and the KLM Open, finished the first day at 6-under-par 65, one shot ahead of Nicolas Colsaerts and Andrew McArthur. Luiten is a three-time winner on the European Tour.

Colsaerts held the lead when the morning wave was completed before McArthur joined him at 5-under 66 later in the day at The Celtic Manor Resort.

Justin Walters, Robert Rock and Sam Walker shot matching 4-under 67s, tying them for fourth after one round, while 10 players share seventh at minus-3.

Defending champion Gregory Bourdy stumbled to a 3-over 74 on Thursday and he is tied for 104th with 15 others.

Luiten was very quiet at the start of his round as he rattled off eight straight pars from the first. He broke through with his first birdie of the day on No. 9 and Luiten made the turn at minus-1.

The back nine is where Luiten made his charge. After a par on the 10th, Luiten poured in back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 to get to 3-under. Another par on the par-3 13th preceded three straight gains from No. 14 and Luiten had the lead at minus-6.

Luiten fell back into a tie for first with Colsaerts at minus-5 after a bogey on the 17th, but Luiten's seventh birdie at the par-5 18th put him back into the lead at the end of one round.

Luiten finished tied for fifth at last week's KLM Open, where he was attempting to repeat as champion.

"It's nice and quiet this week here," said Luiten. "My game felt good last week and I played good again today. Hopefully can keep it going for three more. Fifth place was good, but of course you want more. Every player wants more. Fifth place in your own event is good and you take that form to this week, and I just felt very, very good out there."

Colsaerts, beginning his day on the back nine, started with four straight pars before dropping a shot on the par-4 14th. He got that shot back with a birdie on No. 16, but another bogey at the 17th had Colsaerts over par again.

The momentum shifted for Colsaerts when he bombed a 447-yard drive on the par-5 18th, leading to an eagle and getting him into red numbers for the first time.

"I thought it was too far right, but it's all downhill and downwind and it must have luged down the fairway," Colsaerts said about his mammoth drive. "If all the stars align, you can hit it a long way."

Colsaerts drained back-to-back birdies on one and two as he made the turn, putting him at 3-under. Two more gains on five and seven were followed by two pars to close Colsaerts' round at 5-under, one shot back of the lead.

McArthur bogeyed his second hole of the day, but he was strong from there. McArthur responded with a pair of birdies from three and four to go along with another one at the seventh. After making the turn with three pars at eight, nine and 10, McArthur drained birdies on 11, 12 and 15 to join Colsaerts in second.

NOTES: Luiten's other victory came at the 2011 Johor Open ... Colsaerts' 447- yard drive on No. 18 was the longest drive in European Tour history ... The only player to shoot a bogey-free round on Thursday was Eddie Pepperell (3- under 68), who surrounded 16 pars with a birdie at the sixth and an eagle at the last ... Colsaerts has won twice on the European Tour ... McArthur has yet to earn a victory on tour.

Higgins edges Kyrinis for Senior Women's Amateur title



Deal, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Joan Higgins took her first lead late in Thursday's round and she was able to hold off Judith Kyrinis and win the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship.

Higgins, who was competing in her eighth Senior Women's Amateur, defeated Kyrinis 1-up at Hollywood Golf Club. Higgins also won the Women's Mid-Amateur in 2008.

Things were looking good early for Kyrinis, who captured the first hole with a par to take a quick 1-up lead. After the two halved the second, Kyrinis tripped to a bogey, while Higgins made par to square the match.

Back-and-forth they went as Kyrinis parred the fourth hole to take back her 1- up lead, but Higgins responded again as Kyrinis could not quite hole her par putt. Through five holes, Higgins and Kyrinis were all-square.

It remained that way for the next three holes as the duo made par-bogey-par from No. 6. Kyrinis briefly took the lead yet again when Higgins tripped to a bogey on the par-4 ninth.

However, as she did all day, Higgins had an answer with a big birdie on the par-5 10th. It was more of the same after Kyrinis took another 1-up lead with a par on the 13th, as Higgins parred the 14th to square the match. She never trailed again.

After they both parred the par-3 15th, Higgins took her first lead when Kyrinis bogeyed No. 16. A bogey and a par were good enough to halve the 17th and 18th holes, as Higgins captured her 1-up victory and her second USGA title.

Kyrinis took the lead four separate times on Thursday, but Higgins came back with a win on the very next hole three of those times.

09/18 15:29:56 ET