News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, April 20

Eagles announce 1-year deal for Tim Tebow

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed Tim Tebow.

The quarterback-turned TV analyst was signed to a one-year deal on Monday, the team announced, just the latest unexpected move by Chip Kelly's Eagles in an offseason filled with them.

The former Heisman Trophy winner worked out for the Eagles last month and was signed on the first day of the team's offseason program.

Tebow, who had been working for ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, played two seasons for the Denver Broncos from 2010-11 and last appeared in the NFL for the Jets in 2012.

His last tryout for an NFL team came in 2013, when he joined the New England Patriots but was cut two months later before the start of the regular season.

Kelly, the Eagles coach and personnel boss, has made sweeping changes to the roster this offseason. Gone are quarterback Nick Foles and running back LeSean McCoy, replaced by Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray.

Monday's signing makes Tebow one of five quarterbacks on the Eagles' roster, joining Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. Sanchez and Tebow were teammates on the Jets in 2012.

Tebow has started 16 games in his career, throwing 17 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He also has 989 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns.

Adrian Wilson retires as a Cardinal

Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals announced Monday that safety Adrian Wilson has signed a contract and is officially retiring from the NFL.

Wilson announced his retirement during a press conference at the Cardinals' Tempe facility, alongside team president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim. Several of Wilson's former teammates were in attendance, including current Cardinals Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel and Rashad Johnson.

The 35-year-old Wilson joined the Cardinals in 2001 as a third-round draft pick. A five-time Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2008-11) and three time All-Pro selection (2006, 2008-09), Wilson totaled 893 tackles, 27 interceptions and 25 1/2 sacks in 181 games (162 starts) over 12 seasons with Arizona.

After being released by the Cardinals following the 2012 season, he signed with the Patriots in 2013 but landed on IR. In 2014, he was cut during camp by the Bears.

A five-time team captain (2007, 2009-12), Wilson is one of just six players in NFL history (Ronde Barber, Brian Dawkins, Rodney Harrison, Ray Lewis, William Thomas) with at least 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.

Ex-Bears LB Buffone dies at 70

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone has died at the age of 70, the team confirmed.

Police said Buffone was found dead in his Chicago home on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Buffone played all 14 of his NFL seasons for the Bears between 1966 and 1979, tied for the second-most in franchise history. He appeared in 186 games and made 24 interceptions, tops all-time among Bears linebackers.

"He will always be celebrated as one of the Bears greats for his contributions to his team and the fans who loved him," Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said in a statement. "There was no one tougher on Sundays than Doug Buffone. And he proved it each week over his 14-year career ...

"His special relationship with Bears fans continued beyond his playing days, first through founding the Bear Report and later as one of the pioneers and long-time contributors to Chicago's first sports radio station, WSCR. It drove him nuts when we didn't play well and we always appreciated that he wore his heart on his sleeve because we knew how much he cared. Doug's passion for the game of football and the Chicago Bears was unmatched and he will be missed."

Former Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, who played 13 seasons for the team before retiring in 2013, tweeted: "Today is a sad day for Bears nation. We lost one of our greats. Doug Buffone will be missed."

49ers great St. Clair dies at 84

(SportsNetwork.com) - Hall of Famer Bob St. Clair, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle who played all 11 of his NFL seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, died Monday at the age of 84.

St. Clair played for the 49ers from 1953-63, appearing in 119 games, and was a member of the University of San Francisco's undefeated 1951 team.

"Bob was a great San Franciscan who along with his '51 Dons teammates embodied the character and values of our university by taking a courageous stand against racism in the early 50s," San Francisco athletic director Scott Sidwell said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed."

St. Clair was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 after more than two decades of eligibility.

Raptors' Williams wins NBA Sixth Man Award

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the 2014-15 season.

Williams, in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, received 78 first-place votes and a total of 502 points in balloting from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Boston's Isaiah Thomas finished second with 324 points and 33 first-place votes, while two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points. Crawford was last year's winner.

Williams, the first Raptor to win the award, averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season in 80 games, all off the bench. He helped the Raptors to a franchise-record 49 wins and an Atlantic Division title.

The 28-year-old veteran led or tied for the team lead in scoring 18 times, second-most in the league for a reserve. The Raptors were 14-4 in those games.

To be eligible, players must have come off the bench in more games than they started.

Mets' d'Arnaud, Blevins headed to DL

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud and pitcher Jerry Blevins are headed to the 15-day disabled list after both players were injured Sunday.

The club announced Monday that the duo will be placed on the DL Tuesday before the Mets host the Atlanta Braves.

D'Arnaud suffered a fractured pinky finger on his right hand after being hit with a pitch in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Miami Marlins. Blevins was struck by a liner on Sunday and was diagnosed with a distal radius fracture in his left arm on Monday.

Both injuries happened in the seventh inning.

D'Arnaud will be re-examined in three weeks. He was hitting .317 with two homers and 10 RBI before going down.

Blevins will be re-examined in six weeks. The left-hander was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, striking out four without allowing a hit or walk over five innings spanning seven appearances.

To replace the duo on the roster the Mets will recall relief pitcher Hansel Robles and catcher Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas. To make room on the 40-man roster for Robles, the Mets transferred pitcher Zack Wheeler to the 60- day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Cardinals' Carpenter is NL player of the week

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was named National League Player of the Week on Monday.

Carpenter batted .480 in six games last week with a home run, five RBI, seven doubles and a .480 on-base percentage.

His 22 total bases were an NL-best during the week.

Seattle OF Cruz wins AL weekly award

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.

Cruz continued his early-season tear by finishing last week with a .500 average (12-for-24), six home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs scored over six appearances.

He began the week by crushing a pair of homers in a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers on Monday, then ended his run Sunday with a 3-for-6 performance which included two more longballs and five RBI.

This was his fourth career weekly honor and first since last Sept. 7 while playing for the Baltimore Orioles.

Others considered for the award were Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Yankees reliever Andrew Miller.

Braves' McKirahan suspended 80 games for PED use

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Braves pitcher Andrew McKirahan was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Monday for violating the drug policy.

McKirahan tested positive for Ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing substance. His suspension, without pay, begins immediately.

"I am extremely sorry for letting down the Atlanta Braves organization, my coaches, teammates and the Braves fans," said McKirahan in a statement released by the MLB Players Association. "I also sincerely apologize to my family, who has helped me reach this point in my career. This is in no way a reflection of my character or morals. I will work hard during my suspension and pray that everyone will find it in their hearts to forgive me. I hope to have the privilege and opportunity to return to the Atlanta Braves later this season, to earn back their trust and to do everything possible to contribute to the success of the organization."

McKirahan was claimed off waivers from the Marlins in early April and has appeared in three games for the Braves. He has allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The 25-year-old lefty had never pitched above Double-A ball prior to this season.

White Sox call up Carlos Rodon

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox have promoted top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon from Triple-A Charlotte.

Rodon will initially work out of Chicago's bullpen. The No. 3 overall pick in last year's amateur draft went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts with the Knights this season.

The White Sox also activated pitcher Jake Petricka from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday's game against Cleveland. The reliever had been out with a right forearm strain.

The 26-year-old Petricka went 1-6 with a 2.96 ERA and 14 saves in 67 appearances last year. He led all major league rookies in saves and ranked third in IP (73.0) and appearances.

Pitcher Javy Guerra was placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation. The move is retroactive to April 13.

In addition, pitcher Kyle Drabek was designated for assignment.

Sharks, McLellan part ways after 7 seasons

San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks and head coach Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways after seven seasons.

The announcement was made Monday, just over a week after the club completed its regular season and failed to gain a postseason berth for the first time since 2003.

"I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization," said San Jose GM Doug Wilson. "Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons."

The Sharks completed the 2014-15 season with a 40-33-9 record, which was only good enough for fifth place in the Pacific Division and 12th in a competitive 14-team Western Conference.

Named to the post on June 12, 2008, McLellan arrived after three seasons as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. He led the franchise to six consecutive playoff berths (2009-14), three 50-win seasons, three Pacific Division titles and one Presidents' Trophy (2009).

However, the Sharks never seemed to be able to meet expectations during this run of success, falling in the first round on three separate occasions despite two trips to the Western Conference finals in 2010 and '11.

Nonetheless, McLellan leaves as the Sharks' franchise leader in wins (311), games coached (540) and points percentage (.637), with an overall record of 311-163-66.

"San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family," said McLellan. "I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I'm proud of what we accomplished as an organization."

Wilson also announced that assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, along with video coordinator Brett Heimlich, were fired.

NHL rescinds Burrows' suspension

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NHL has rescinded a one-game suspension issued to Canucks forward Alex Burrows.

The move was announced Monday, less than 24 hours after the Flames claimed a 4-2 victory in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against Vancouver.

Burrows was hit with a minor for boarding, minor for instigation, major for fighting and a game misconduct during a line brawl between the teams with 1:25 remaining in regulation.

Under Rule 46.12 governing punishment for a player who is deemed to have instigated a fight in the final five minutes of regulation or in overtime, the penalties Burrows received were consistent with his actions.

Though Rule 46.22 subsequently calls for Burrows to be automatically suspended for one game as a result of his actions, the league decided to erase the suspension based on the fact that the bout with Flames defenseman Kris Russell was "not related to the score, previous incidents in the game or prior games, retaliatory in nature or 'message sending.'"

As a result, Burrows will be eligible to play when Game 4 takes place at the Saddledome on Tuesday.

Capitals' Fehr out 2 games after check

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr will miss the next two games of their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders after being injured on a check, his coach said.

"I would say he's out for the next two games and we can reevaluate after that," Barry Trotz said after Monday's practice.

Fehr suffered an upper-body injury early in the first period of Sunday's Game 3 when he was checked hard in the corner by New York's Kyle Okposo.

He left the game after playing only 1:19 and didn't return.

The Islanders won in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game 4 is Tuesday on Long Island.

Fehr, 29, had 19 goals and 14 assists in 75 games during the regular season. He went without a point in the first three games against the Islanders.

Kansas hires Brandon Schneider from Stephen F. Austin

Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas announced Monday that Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider has been hired as KU's new women's basketball coach.

Schneider will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He replaces Bonnie Henrickson, who was fired last month after 11 seasons at Kansas.

"Brandon is an excellent fit for the University of Kansas," said KU athletics director Sheahon Zenger in a statement. "He is an exceptional teacher, and someone who has spent his entire career in Kansas and Texas. He is known as a terrific recruiter and a firm, knowledgeable coach. And we know he has coaching in his blood, having watched his dad have so much success for so many years. We are confident that Brandon's teams at KU will display the same tenacity and competitiveness that his teams have shown at Emporia State and Stephen F. Austin."

Schneider has been the head coach at Stephen F. Austin since 2010. Before going to SFA, Schneider won more than 300 games and the Division II national championship with Emporia State.

Furyk moves to fifth in world rankings

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jim Furyk broke a four-and-a-half-year winless drought on Sunday and that helped him move back to No. 5 in the world rankings.

Furyk, whose last win was at the 2010 Tour Championship, improved five spots thanks to his 17th PGA Tour title.

Ahead of him, the top-4 were unchanged with Rory McIlroy followed by Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson.

With Furyk's 5-spot jump, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia all fell one spot and are Nos. 6-10.

Jimmy Walker, J.B. Holmes and Rickie Fowler held steady in the 11th through 13th positions. Matt Kuchar, who finished fifth at Harbour Town, improved three spots to No. 14 this week.

Kuchar's move pushed Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and Martin Kaymer down one notch apiece. They are 15, 16 and 17 in the new rankings. Phil Mickelson held steady at No. 18 and was followed again by Billy Horschel and Brooks Koepka.

The top-64 in this week's rankings set the field for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in two weeks. The only change to the top-64 was Tommy Fleetwood improving 11 places to No. 55. Thomas Bjorn tumbled from No. 63 to No. 68.

Kim up to 16th in women's world rankings

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Following her dramatic win on Saturday in Hawaii, Sei Young Kim improved three spots to No. 16 in this week's world rankings.

After driving it into the water on the final hole of regulation, Kim chipped in for par to force a playoff. On the first extra hole, she holed out for eagle and the win. Kim beat Inbee Park for the title.

Lydia Ko remained the No. 1 player. Park improved to No. 2 despite her playoff loss. That pushed Stacy Lewis down to No. 3 this week. Hyo-Joo Kim, Shanshan Feng and ANA Inspiration champ Brittany Lincicome remained fourth through sixth.

So Yeon Ryu and Suzann Pettersen exchanges places with Ryu up to seventh. Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson held on to the ninth and 10th spots. Cristie Kerr improved one to 11th and that bumped Amy Yang down a notch to 12th.

Karrie Webb moved up a spot to 13 and Mirim Lee dipped one to No. 14. Anna Nordqvist held steady at 15 and was followed by Sei Young Kim. Azahara Munoz, Na Yeon Choi and Q Baek slipped one apiece. Jessica Korda rounded out the top-20 again this week.

Troicki exits Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania (SportsNetwork.com) - Sixth seed Viktor Troicki was among Monday's opening-round losers at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy tennis event.

Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver overcame the Serbian Troicki 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on the red clay at Arenele BNR.

Also on Day 1, rising 18-year-old Croat Borna Coric outlasted Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2), Tunisian Malek Jaziri came back to best German and 2011 runner-up Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 and Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny fought back to beat Romanian wild card Marius Copil 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The young gun Coric saved 8-of-11 break points faced in his 2-hour, 39-minute victory over Stakhovsky.

"I am really happy with the way I played today, especially since I lost against him in Zagreb earlier this year," said Coric. "It is one of my best matches this season. I managed to stay calm even though I missed quite a few opportunities."

The top seeds in Bucharest are Frenchmen Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils, who will face Youzhny in the round of 16. Simon is a three-time champion here.

Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov, who is not defending his title this week, defeated Czech and then-reigning champion Lukas Rosol in last year's Bucharest final.

The 2015 champion will earn $86,400.

Barcelona Open swings into action

Barcelona, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - A trio of Spaniards posted first-round wins Monday at the $2.1 million Barcelona Open tennis event.

Marcel Granollers whipped Aussie Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-3, while Pablo Andujar took care of fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-1 and Roberto Carballes Baena overcame German Jan-Lennard Struff 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 on the red clay at Real Club de Tenis Barcelona.

In other action involving Spanish players, Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili dismissed Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-4 and Frenchman Benoit Paire mauled qualifier Jaume Munar 6-2, 6-2.

Also advancing on Day 1 were Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, Russian Andrey Kuznetsov and Swedish wild card Elias Ymer.

The first round will conclude and second-round action will commence Tuesday in Barcelona, including matches for top-seeded defending champion Kei Nishikori and seeded Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Tommy Robredo. The U.S. Open runner-up Nishikori will take on Gabashvili, while Bautista Agut will be opposed by Bellucci and the 2004 champion and 2006 runner-up Robredo will encounter Kukushkin.

Nishikori beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo in last year's Barcelona finale.

The No. 2 seed this week is Spanish hero and eight-time Barcelona titlist Rafael Nadal.

This week's winner will collect $495,000.

Barthel exits Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Monday's lone main draw match saw wild card Carina Witthoeft dismiss fellow German Mona Barthel 7-5, 6-3 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Opening-round action will come Tuesday for fifth-seeded former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, sixth-seeded Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova and eighth- seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro on the indoor clay at Porsche Arena.

The top seeds at this star-studded tournament are French Open champion Maria Sharapova, French Open runner-up Simona Halep, Wimbledon titlist Petra Kvitova and U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki.

The former world No. 1 Sharapova is the reigning three-time Porsche champ, having beaten Ivanovic in last year's marquee finale.

The former top-ranked star Wozniacki was a finalist here back in 2011.

The 2015 Stuttgart champion will earn $108,000 and a new Porsche 911 Carrera sports car.

ODU gives Wilder one-year extension

Norfolk, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Old Dominion has announced a one-year contract extension for head football coach Bobby Wilder.

The second consecutive one-year extension will carry Wilder through the 2019 season. His five-year contract was set to run through the 2017 campaign.

Wilder has been the only head coach for the Monarchs since football resumed play in 2009. He has a record of 52-20, including a mark of 6-6 in 2014 when ODU joined Conference USA.

"ODU football continues to make significant and successful strides both academically and athletically under the dynamic leadership of head coach Bobby Wilder," said ODU athletic director Dr. Wood Selig in a statement Monday. "Additionally, our student-athletes and coaches continue to give back to the community in numerous positive ways that assist our local area and contribute to the popularity, support and growth of ODU football. Coach Wilder is a proven winner on and off the field. The entire region is fortunate to have him directing our football program."

Wilder was hired in 2007 to build a football program for the school, which last fielded a team in 1940. The Monarchs played in the Football Championship Subdivision before making the leap to the bowl subdivision last year.

Antley, Leatherbury, Lava Man and Xtra Heat gain Racing HOF

Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Lava Man, filly Xtra Heat, late jockey Chris Antley and trainer King Leatherbury are the newest members of the Racing Hall of Fame.

The two horses, jockey and trainer were the four candidates with the highest vote totals from among the 10 finalists previously announced.

Lava Man, trained by Doug O'Neill, won the Big 'Cap in 2006 and 2007 along with three consecutive Hollywood Gold Cups from 2005 through 2007. In 2006 he also won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar to complete the Triple Crown of California's major stakes for older horses. Lava Man earned $5,268,706 with 17 wins from 47 career starts.

Xtra Heat was voted the Eclipse Award as 2001 champion 3-year-old filly. Co- owned and trained by John Salzman Sr., Xtra Heat posted 26 wins from 35 starts for $2,389,635.

Antley, who died in 2000 at age 34, rode Charismatic to victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and was aboard the 3-year-old when he finished third in the Belmont Stakes but suffered an injury. Antley also won the Run for the Roses with Strike the Gold in 1991. The jockey earned $92,261,894 with 3,480 wins.

Leatherbury is a legend in Maryland racing. The trainer won his first race in Florida in 1959 and currently ranks fourth all time with 6,449 wins and has career earnings of $62,792,375. Leatherbury currently trains Ben's Cat, whom he bred and owns, and who has won 22 stakes and $2.3 million.

"I appreciate all the help and support I've had from the people that know me," the trainer said last week.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. ET and is free and open to the public.

Shared Belief remains first after Charles Town trouble

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Shared Belief was unable to complete Saturday's Charles Town Classic, but he continues to lead the NTRA National Thoroughbred Poll for races through April 19.

Shared Belief, sent off as the 1-5 favorite, encountered problems Saturday in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic when he was pulled up along the backstretch by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

"When I got to the horse, I saw a little soft tissue swelling in the right stifle," said West Virginia State Veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Daniel after the race. "We gather it's something that happened leaving the starting gate. He didn't appear to be traveling well from the time he left the gate."

Co-owned and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief, who had been the unanimous first-place selection. still received 27 top votes and 365 points to maintain the lead in the voting.

Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome is continues in second-place with five first-place votes and 336 points. The 4-year-old colt is in England where he will make his next start.

Honor Code moves up one spot into third with 220 points followed by Main Sequence (216), Constitution (3, 193), American Pharoah (3, 160), Dortmund (2, 143), Lea (115), Charles Town Classic winner Moreno (102) and Bayern (1, 97).

The NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll is basically unchanged heading into next week's 141st Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah picked up 22 first-place votes and 396 points. His stablemate Dortmund, who is also trained by Bob Baffert, received 18 top votes and 393 points.

Blue Grass Stakes winner Carpe Diem, Louisiana Derby winner International Star and Florida Derby champ Materiality all kept their positions to round out the first five spots in the poll. Carpe Diem and International Star each received one top vote for 328 and 240 points, respectively. Materiality gained 215 points.

The top 10 is completed by Wood Memorial champ Frosted (212), Sunland Derby champ Firing Line (197), Upstart (129), Far Right (58) and El Kabeir (40).

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