News Summaries from The Sports Network - Friday, May 22|
Cavs' Irving out for Game 2
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving
will miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta due
to a lingering left knee injury.
The Cavs said Irving missed Friday's morning shootaround in Atlanta to undergo
additional evaluation for tendinitis with head team physician Dr. Richard
Irving, who is averaging 18.9 points and 3.5 assists in 11 playoff games this
postseason, aggravated the injury in Cleveland's 97-89 Game 1 win. He played
just 28 minutes, down eight minutes from his playoff average, and scored 10
points with six assists.
Brewers' Smith suspended 8 games
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith has
been suspended eight games for having a foreign substance on his arm during
Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Smith, who has appealed the suspension, was ejected in the seventh inning of
the Brewers' eventual 10-1 loss at Atlanta for having what he called a mix of
sunscreen and rosin on his arm.
The left-hander had come on in relief of starter Matt Garza in the seventh
with one out and men on the corners. He hit Pedro Ciriaco with a pitch before
umpires, prompted by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, approached Smith on the
mound. Crew chief Jim Joyce felt Smith's forearm and signaled for him to leave
Smith has appeared in 19 games this season and is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA,
striking out 18 and walking six in 12 2/3 innings.
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda received a 10-game suspension last
year for having pine tar on his neck during a game against the Red Sox.
A's place Mujica on DL
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics placed relief
pitcher Edward Mujica on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb
Mujica was injured Thursday night's 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay in the seventh
inning on Bobby Wilson's ground ball up the middle. The right-hander has not
allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings over five games since being acquired from
Boston on May 9. Mujica logged a 4.61 ERA in 11 games with the Red Sox before
he was designated for assignment May 8.
The A's recalled infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville to fill the
vacated roster spot. To make room on the 40-man roster for Parrino, Oakland
transferred pitcher Tyler Ladendorf to the 60-day disabled list as he
continues to recover from left ankle surgery.
Blue Jays place Travis on DL
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays placed second baseman
Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a shoulder injury.
Travis, who hasn't played since May 16, is hitting .271 with seven homers and
To replace Travis on the roster, the Blue Jays recalled infielder Munenori
Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.
Nats activate Janssen from the DL
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals activated
pitcher Casey Janssen from the 15-day disabled list Friday.
Janssen, who signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in February, missed
the first 41 games with right shoulder inflammation.
The 33-year-old right-hander spent his first eight seasons with Toronto, where
he compiled a 29-24 record with a 3.52 earned run average and 90 saves over
In a corresponding move, Washington placed left-hander Sammy Solis on the 15-
day disabled list due to left shoulder inflammation. The move is retroactive
to May 18.
Braves scratch Wood, turn to Stults
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have scratched scheduled
starter Alex Wood because of a stomach virus and will instead start Eric
Stults on Friday night against the Brewers.
Wood is 2-2 with a 3.83 earned run average in eight starts and was solid in
Saturday's 5-3 win at Miami, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs, one
of which was earned.
Stults is just 1-4 with a 5.36 ERA in seven starts this season. Last time out,
back on May 13, the left-hander allowed five runs on six hits over five
innings in a 5-1 loss at Cincinnati.
Orioles' Cabrera activated from DL
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles activated infielder
Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's series opener
against the Miami Marlins.
Cabrera landed on the DL after suffering a bruised left foot when hit by a
pitch on May 6.
The 2013 All-Star was batting .205 with four RBI in 23 games this season, his
first with the Orioles after playing his previous six with the Padres.
In a corresponding move, Baltimore optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A
Rangers sit Blanks on DL
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Texas Rangers placed
infielder/outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
Blanks, who is dealing with a painful tailbone issue, was hitting .322 over 15
appearances with the Rangers this season, his first with the club.
To fill the roster spot, Texas recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-
A Round Rock. Smolinski batted just .140 in 25 games in the majors this year,
but hit a scorching .480 in his seven games with the Pacific Coast League farm
Sam signs two-year deal with CFL's Alouettes
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Sam, the first openly gay man to
attempt to make an NFL roster, has signed a two-year deal with the Montreal
Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
Sam declared his homosexuality leading into the 2014 NFL Draft Combine. He was
selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the draft, but failed
to make the roster. He later signed as a practice squad player with the Dallas
Cowboys, but did not appear on their active roster during the 2014 season.
"I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes and want to thank
team owner Robert Wetenhall, general manager Jim Popp and head coach Tom
Higgins for this opportunity," said Sam. "I cannot wait to put on the pads,
get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to
bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal."
The SEC Defensive Player of the Year while at Missouri in his senior season,
Sam appeared on Dancing with the Stars this past TV season and attempted to
impress an NFL team by appearing at the veteran combine earlier this spring.
"With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,"
said Popp. "Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have
added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our
In four seasons with Missouri, Sam registered a 123 total tackles, of which 36
were for losses, and 21 total sacks. He also notched two interceptions.
Scandrick gets extension with Cowboys
Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys signed cornerback Orlando
Scandrick to an undisclosed contract extension.
The deal, according to various media outlets including the team's website, is
for one year and worth $9.5 million, making his currently deal worth $20
million over the next five years.
Scandrick, a seven-year veteran, had 55 total tackles and two interceptions
last season for the Cowboys. Over his career, all with Dallas, he has 322
tackles and seven picks.
North Carolina receives NCAA notice of allegations
Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - North Carolina has formally received a
notice of allegations from the NCAA concerning an academic fraud scandal at
School chancellor Carol L. Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham issued
a statement Friday, but not divulge details of the NCAA's findings.
"We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them
to respond within the NCAA's 90-day deadline," the statement read. "The
university will publicly release the NCAA's notice as soon as possible. The
notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we
protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review
for redactions is complete, the university will post the notice on the
Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the
NCAA's allegations, we will follow this same release process. Consistent with
NCAA protocols, the university cannot comment on details of the investigation
until it is completed."
The NCAA reopened an investigation into academic fraud allegations last June
after North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams disputed comments
made by former Tar Heels star Rashad McCants that Williams knew about academic
irregularities, including the "paper classes" at the university.
North Carolina had already begun an internal probe in February, led by former
federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, and released its findings last October.
The report focused on two employees in the African and Afro-American Studies
department that were responsible for offering hundreds of irregular classes at
UNC-Chapel Hill between 1993 and 2011.
According to the findings, Julius Nyang'oro and Deborah Crowder created so-
called "paper classes." In these classes that had no class attendance or
faculty involvement, students wrote only a single research paper. The papers
were graded by Crowder, who was not a professor. They typically earned an A or
Over the course of their 18-year existence, the paper classes affected 3,100
out of a total of 97,600 undergraduate students who were enrolled at the
school during that time period. Student-athletes accounted for 47.6 percent of
enrollments in the irregular classes.
Academic counselors in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes saw
the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to
helping some student-athletes remain eligible. Academic advisors in the Office
of Academic Advising also directed non-athlete students to these courses.
Crowder and Nyang'oro retired in 2009 and 2012, respectively. There were
felony fraud charges brought against Nyang'oro for being paid $12,000 to teach
a non-existent class, but the charges were dropped by the Orange County
district attorney based on recommendations from Wainstein in exchange for
In March 2012, the NCAA handed North Carolina's football program a one-year
bowl ban for numerous violations that included academic fraud.
Djokovic could meet Federer in French Open final
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - The draw for the 2015 French Open was
revealed on Friday and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic could face second-seeded
Roger Federer in the final in a couple of weeks in Paris.
The two-time French Open runner-up Djokovic will open against Finnish veteran
Jarkko Nieminen and could face sixth-seeded former No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the
quarterfinals in a rematch of last year's championship match, which was won by
the Spanish great. The nine-time Roland Garros king Nadal also topped the
Serbian stalwart Djokovic in the 2012 finale.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will open against little-known French
wild card Quentin Halys and could meet 10th-seeded Bulgarian star Grigor
Dimitrov in the fourth round. Nadal, despite a 66-1 lifetime record at Roland
Garros, has his lowest seed ever at the French Open.
If the eight-time major titlist Djokovic can make it through the top half of
the draw, the former champion and four-time runner-up Federer could be waiting
for him on the third Sunday in Paris.
Djokovic needs a French Open title complete a career Grand Slam, which has
only been accomplished by seven men, including Federer and Nadal.
The 17-time Grand Slam king Federer will open his stay against a qualifier and
could meet fellow Swiss, eighth-seeded Stan Wawrinka, in the quarters. The
former Australian Open champ Wawrinka will open against Turk Marsel Ilhan in
the bottom half.
In addition to the Aussie Open and Wimbledon champion Djokovic and the
reigning French Open champ Nadal, the top half of the draw also features
third-seeded Andy Murray, who is a perfect 10-0 on clay this year. The two-
time major champion from Scotland will open against a qualifier and could face
16th-seeded American John Isner in the fourth round. The fourth round could
also feature a matchup between seventh-seeded former French Open finalist
David Ferrer and ninth-seeded U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic.
The Aussie Open runner-up Murray could face Ferrer or Cilic in the
quarterfinals and Djokovic in the semis.
In addition to Federer and Wawrinka, the bottom half of the draw also features
fifth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori, who will open against
Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and could meet fourth-seeded former Wimbledon
runner-up Tomas Berdych in the quarters.
Nishikori could meet the Wimbledon runner-up Federer or Wawrinka in the
There are only four men in the draw who have reached a French Open final --
Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Ferrer.
The '15 French Open will get underway Sunday in Paris.
Serena, Sharapova could square off in French finale
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - The women's draw for the French Open was
unveiled on Friday and world No. 1 Serena Williams could only meet former top-
ranked star and fellow two-time champion Maria Sharapova in the final.
Williams owns 19 Grand Slam titles, including the 2002 and 2013 French Open
crowns, while the five-time major titlist Sharapova has captured two of the
last three titles on the red clay at Roland Garros, including last year.
Williams topped Sharapova in the 2013 title tilt.
Both Williams and Sharapova are career Grand Slam winners. If they meet in the
final next month, Williams would bring in a 17-2 lifetime record, including
wins in their last 16 matchups, dating back to 2004.
The reigning Australian and U.S. Open champion Williams will open against a
qualifier, but has a tough draw from there and could face former world No. 1
Victoria Azarenka in the third round. Azarenka is a two-time Aussie Open champ
and two-time U.S. Open runner-up to Williams. The 27th-seeded Azarenka's
opening-round opponent will be Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.
Williams, who is a brilliant 25-1 this year, could face her 15th-seeded older
sister Venus in the fourth round, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the
quarterfinals and either Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or Wimbledon runner-
up Genie Bouchard in the semifinals.
The fifth-seeded Wozniacki, who lost to Serena in last year's U.S. Open final,
will open against Italian Karin Knapp, while the former No. 1 and seven-time
major champion Venus will meet fellow American Sloane Stephens in the first
Sharapova spearheads the bottom half of the draw as the second seed, along
with third-seeded Simona Halep, who lost to Sharapova in last year's French
The Aussie Open runner-up Sharapova will open against Estonian Kaia Kanepi,
while first up for Halep will be Russian Evgeniya Rodina.
Sharapova could face eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in the
quarterfinals, Halep in the semis, and Serena in the final.
Halep could meet seventh-seeded former No. 1 and former French Open champ Ana
Ivanovic in the quarterfinals. The two-time Roland Garros finalist Ivanovic
will open her 2015 stay against Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova.
There are five former champions in this year's French Open field: Serena,
Sharapova, Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone. And four
other women who have reached the final here without winning it: Halep, Venus,
Sara Errani and Samantha Stosur.
The 2015 French Open will commence Sunday and the eventual champion will
pocket $2.05 million.
Mayer, Thiem reach Nice final
Nice, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Fourth-seeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer
and unseeded Austrian Dominic Thiem will be the combatants in Saturday's final
at the Nice Open, a final clay-court French Open tune-up.
Friday's semifinals saw the promising 21-year-old Thiem oust second-seeded
American John Isner 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in 87 minutes and Mayer handle rising
young Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3 on the red clay at Nice Lawn
Both Thiem and Isner struck 11 aces on Day 6, but it was the Austrian who
converted his second match-point opportunity to advance.
The 28-year-old world No. 24 Mayer is 1-1 in his career finals, with both
coming last year, including a title in Hamburg, where he topped Thiem in a
Thiem will appear in only his second ATP final, having finished as a runner-up
in Kitzbuhel in his native Austria last year.
The newest Nice champion will earn $89,000.
Sousa, Bellucci land in Geneva final
Geneva, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Sixth-seeded Portuguese Joao Sousa
and unseeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci will square off in Saturday's
championship match at the Geneva Open, a final clay-court French Open
Sousa outlasted Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, while the
left-handed Bellucci tackled fellow South American, Santiago Giraldo of
Colombia, 6-3, 6-4 in Friday's semifinals at Geneva Tennis Club.
"This is my favorite place to play, actually," said Bellucci. "The court
condition for me, I like it. For my serve, it's good as well. Maybe I feel
very relaxed here."
The 26-year-old Sousa is 1-2 in his career ATP finals, with his lone title
coming in Kuala Lumpur in 2013. He was two-time runner-up last season.
The 27-year-old Bellucci, meanwhile, is 3-2 in his finals, with his last
victory coming in Gstaad in 2012.
Sousa and Bellucci will meet for the first time on Saturday.
The first ATP Geneva titlist since 1991 will claim $89,000.
Stosur, Mladenovic to decide Strasbourg champ
Strasbourg, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Former U.S. Open champion
Samantha Stosur and French crowd favorite Kristina Mladenovic will battle in
Saturday's final at the Strasbourg International, a final clay-court French
The third-seeded Aussie Stosur held off American Sloane Stephens 6-3, 3-6,
6-0, while Mladenovic was leading fellow Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 6-3, 1-2
when the wild car Razzano retired on Day 6 at Strasbourg Tennis Club.
The 31-year-old Stosur is 2-0 lifetime against the 5-foot-11 Mladenovic.
Stosur is 6-14 in her career WTA finals, with her last title coming in Osaka
last year. She was a surprise U.S. Open champ in 2011.
The 22-year-old Mladenovic will compete in her first-ever WTA final.
Saturday's winner will claim $38,500.
Vinci, Knapp to meet in rare all-Italian final
Nurnberg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Saturday's all-Italian final at the
Nurnberg Cup tennis event will pit Roberta Vinci against Karin Knapp.
The fourth-seeded Vinci reached the final via walkover when second-seeded
German favorite Angelique Kerber pulled out of their scheduled semifinal on
Friday, while the sixth-seeded Knapp spanked Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena 6-0,
6-2 at this final clay-court French Open tune-up.
The world No. 48 Knapp is 3-2 lifetime versus the 42nd-ranked Vinci, including
a win in Morocco just three weeks ago.
The 32-year-old Vinci is 9-3 in her career WTA finals, with her last title
coming in her hometown of Palermo in 2013.
The 27-year-old Knapp is 1-1 in her finals, with her lone title coming last
year in Tashkent.
Saturday's winner will collect $38,500.
Blackhawks recall rookie D van Riemsdyk
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks recalled rookie
defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk Friday from Rockford of the American Hockey
Van Riemsdyk, 23, was on Chicago's opening-night roster, tallying one assist
and averaging 13:32 of ice time in 18 games before suffering a broken patella
in his left knee on Nov. 18 while blocking a shot.
The New Jersey native and younger brother of Maple Leafs forward James van
Riemsdyk was sent down to Rockford upon his return, but sustained a right
wrist injury that required surgery on April 7.
The Blackhawks trail the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in the Western Conference finals.
Game 4 is slated for Saturday at United Center.
Carlos Huertas ruled out of Indy 500 due to ear problem
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - IndyCar Series driver Carlos Huertas
has been ruled out of Sunday's 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 due to an
inner ear problem.
Huertas will have to undergo further evaluation before he is cleared to return
to competition, according to Dr. Terry Trammell, IndyCar medical consultant.
The 23-year-old Colombian was scheduled to start the 500-mile race on the
outside of row 6 in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.
Tristan Vautier will substitute for Huertas in the No. 18 car. Vautier will
move to the middle of the last row -- starting 32nd in the 33-car field. This
past Sunday, he qualified the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing car for James Davison,
who had another race obligation.
Huertas won his first career IndyCar race last June in Houston. He was a
rookie in the series this past season. Huertas has started in three of the
first five races in 2015, with his best finish of 16th occurring at NOLA
Molinari still on top at Wentworth
Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Francesco Molinari posted a 3-under 69
in Friday's second round and he remained alone atop the leaderboard at the BMW
Molinari finished 36 holes at 10-under-par 134. He is looking for his first
win on the European Tour since the 2012 Open de Espana.
"It's a good score. Obviously, I'm delighted to have gone a little bit further
under-par from yesterday and just need to keep doing the same," Molinari said.
"I know how hard I've been working the last few months, so it's nice to see
that it's paying off on the course."
Byeong Hun An fired an 8-under 64 to match Graeme Storm for the low round of
the day at Wentworth. An ended two rounds at minus-9.
Emiliano Grillo (65) and Thongchai Jaidee (66) are one stroke further back at
8-under-par 136. James Morrison stands alone in fifth at minus-7.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (70), the 2008 champ, and Robert Karlsson (71) share
sixth at 6-under 138, while three players are tied for eighth at minus-5.
World No. 1 and last year's winner Rory McIlroy struggled to a 6-over 78. He
ended at 5-over-par 149 and missed the cut by four strokes. McIlroy missed the
cut for the third time in four years at this tournament.
McIlroy found a fairway bunker off the third tee and hit the lip with his
second. His third found more sand and he scrambled for bogey from there.
Another poor bunker shot at the sixth led to another bogey.
At the eighth, McIlroy collected his first birdie from six feet out. He missed
a short par putt at 10, then hit his drive way left at 11. His ball was found,
but he took an unplayable lie penalty and that led to a double-bogey.
McIlroy bogeyed the 13th for the second straight day, then wrapped bogeys at
16 and 18 around a birdie at 17.
"I'm not going to read too much into it. I'm sort of back to my usual at
Wentworth. It wasn't great before I won last year and it hasn't been great
after," McIlroy said. "Any time you're defending a title, you want to come
back and give it a valiant effort. This week wasn't really that. A little
disappointed I'm not going to be here for the weekend."
Molinari stumbled out of the gate. He found sand at the first and that led to
a bogey. He faltered to another bogey on No. 3 and that dropped him into a
share of the lead with Karlsson. Molinari came right back with a birdie at the
The Italian rolled in a 20-footer for birdie at six to get back to even-par
for his round. He followed that gain with seven consecutive pars.
Molinari's tee shot at the par-3 14th stopped inside a foot and he kicked that
in for birdie. After a pair of pars, Molinari drained a 6-foot birdie try at
17. He closed with a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 18th.
An poured in four straight birdies from the second to soar to 5-under par. He
also birdied the seventh. Around the turn, the 2009 U.S. Amateur winner
birdied the 10th and 12th to move within two of the lead. After four pars in a
row, An birdied the 17th to get within one. He parred the last to end there.
"That was definitely one of my best. I hit 17 greens. I hit it really solid
today. I didn't have any putts over 30 feet to be honest and every putt was a
birdie chance," stated An. "Still missed a couple out there, but the score is
NOTES: Molinari owns the 36-hole lead for the sixth time in his European Tour
career ... He was also the second-round leader at this event in 2013 and
finished tied for ninth ... Paul Lawrie and Craig Lee withdrew during the
second round ... The cut fell at 1-over-par 145 with 76 players advancing to
the weekend ... Joining McIlroy with the weekend off were 2004 champion Scott
Drummond, Ross Fisher, Marcel Siem, 2006 winner David Howell, Mikko Ilonen,
Thorbjorn Olesen, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and 2010 victor Simon Khan.
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