News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, January 26|
Report: Video shows Pats moved game balls
(SportsNetwork.com) - Surveillance video shows a New England Patriots locker
room attendant moving game footballs from the officials' locker room into
another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field for the
AFC Championship Game, according to a report.
The NFL has been investigating whether or not the Patriots used underinflated
footballs in the AFC title game against Indianapolis. New England won the game
45-7 to earn a berth in this week's Super Bowl against Seattle.
According to FoxSports.com on Monday, the NFL has already interviewed the
locker room attendant and is trying to determine if the individual has done
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said during an impromptu news conference on
Saturday that he's confident the Patriots did everything by the letter of the
Belichick and New England quarterback Tom Brady both denied last week any
knowledge of deflated balls being used during the Jan. 18 game, which was
played in the rain at the Patriots' home stadium.
ESPN.com reported last week that the NFL found 11 of the 12 balls used by the
Patriots were deflated. The league announced that it's early findings suggest
the Patriots used underinflated balls in the first half before they were
replaced by properly inflated balls, which were used in the second half and
retained their air pressure.
The ESPN.com report said the NFL found that 11 of the 12 balls used by the
Patriots during the game were underinflated by two pounds of air pressure per
square inch (PSI).
NFL rules mandate game balls, which are inspected by the referee hours before
kickoff, be inflated between 12 1/2 to 13 1/2 PSI.
Underinflated balls are said to help a player better grip the ball in
The league said Friday the investigation is being led jointly by NFL executive
vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss. Wells
was the league's investigator into last season's bullying scandal involving
the Miami Dolphins.
If the NFL finds the Patriots deflated footballs intentionally, they could be
subject to penalties similar to ones levied after the team was found to have
videotaped defensive signals used by the New York Jets during a game in
Those penalties included a $500,000 fine for Belichick, a $250,000 fine for
the team and the loss of a draft pick.
Raiders re-sign Woodson for next season
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that
they have re-signed safety Charles Woodson for next season.
Woodson, 38, was set to be a free agent in March after re-signing with Oakland
on a one-year deal last year.
He had a career-high 113 tackles in 16 games for the Raiders this past season
and added one sack, four interceptions and eight passes defensed.
It was his second season back with the Raiders after seven with Green Bay.
Woodson, who was drafted No. 4 overall by the Raiders in 1998, has 929
tackles, 60 interceptions and 20 sacks in 17 NFL seasons.
Dennison returns as Broncos' offensive coordinator
Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos named Rick Dennison as
their new offensive coordinator on Monday.
Dennison will return to the Broncos, where he played and coached previously.
He was the club's offensive coordinator from 2006-08 and was most recently the
quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens this past season.
The longtime coaching veteran will rejoin new Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak
in Denver. He was Kubiak's offensive coordinator with the Houston Texans from
2010-13 and also coached with Kubiak last year in Baltimore.
During Dennison's tenure in Houston, the Texans ranked eighth in total
offense, averaging 369.5 yards per game over the four seasons. While offensive
coordinator in Denver, the Broncos had the seventh-ranked offense in the NFL
over the three-year period and led the AFC with an average of 395.8 yards in
Dennison played nine seasons with the Broncos as a linebacker from 1982-90,
then returned to the club as a coach in 1995 as an offensive assistant and was
the special teams coach from 1997-2000 before taking the position as offensive
line coach from 2001-05. He was on the staff that won back-to-back Super Bowl
titles in 1997-98.
Lakers' Bryant to have shoulder surgery
El Segundo, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will
undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the team
A timetable for the veteran's recovery won't be known until after Wednesday
morning's procedure. Bryant suffered the injury in last Wednesday's 96-80 loss
at New Orleans.
Bryant could be facing a third consecutive season-ending injury. He suffered a
torn Achilles tendon in April 2013 and a broken bone in his knee last season.
The 36-year-old Bryant has averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists
in 35 games this season.
Kemba Walker to have knee surgery
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker will
have surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the team
Walker, who is scheduled to undergo the procedure Wednesday in New York, had
missed three of the last five games with a cyst on the knee.
A timetable for Walker's recovery will be determined following the surgery.
The fourth-year UConn product is averaging 18.8 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8
rebounds per game so far this season.
Brian Roberts will start at point guard during Walker?s absence.
Hornets' Williams has concussion, Biyombo bone bruise
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams
has been diagnosed with a concussion and a broken nose, and center Bismack
Biyombo has a bone bruise in his right knee, the team announced Monday.
Both players were injured in Saturday's 76-71 win over the New York Knicks.
Williams, who has averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 43 games this
season, won't be able to return to practice or game action until he passes the
NBA concussion protocol.
Biyombo will be re-evaluated in approximately 10 days. He is averaging 4.6
points and 6.2 rebounds in 38 games.
James, Thompson named NBA Players of the Week
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James
and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson were named NBA Players of the
Week on Monday.
James averaged 27.8 points, 6.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.25 steals as the
Cavaliers won all four of their games last week.
The Warriors also went 4-0 behind Thompson, who averaged 33.0 points and
connected on 21-of-38 three-point attempts.
LA Kings waive F Richards
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings have waived former
All-Star center Mike Richards, according to multiple reports Monday.
Richards will be on waivers until noon on Tuesday. If he is not claimed by
another team, he will be assigned to the Kings' AHL affiliate in Manchester.
Richards, who turns 30 in February, has seen his production decline in recent
seasons with just five goals and 15 points in 47 games for Los Angeles this
season. He was an All-Star in two consecutive seasons from 2009-10 with the
Philadelphia Flyers and had a career-high 80 points in the 2008-09 season.
The Kings acquired Richards from the Flyers before the 2011-12 season for
forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn as well as a second-round draft
He is owed $23 million over the final four years of his contract and counts
for $5.75 million against the salary cap, the apparent reason he was waived.
In his 10-year career, Richards has 179 goals and 481 points in 704 games. He
has won two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles, won an Olympic gold medal with Team
Canada in 2010 and served as the Flyers' captain.
Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky out 4-6 weeks with groin injury
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender
Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve Monday.
Bobrovsky is expected to be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks with a groin injury that he
suffered during last Wednesday's 4-0 loss at Winnipeg. The injury forced him
to miss this past weekend's All-Star festivities in his home city.
The 2013 Vezina Trophy winner has compiled a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-
against average and .913 save percentage this season.
The Blue Jackets have also recalled goaltender Anton Forsberg and forward Josh
Anderson from Springfield of the American Hockey League.
Isles' Okposo sidelined 6-8 weeks
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo is
expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks with an upper-body injury, head coach
Jack Capuano announced Monday.
It's a significant blow for the surprising Islanders, who sit atop the
Metropolitan Division. Okposo, 26, has registered 14 goals and 30 assists in
46 games this season.
The former first-round pick has 113 goals and 185 assists in 436 career games
with the Islanders.
Avs All-Star Johnson out 3-to-8 weeks
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche could be without top
defenseman Erik Johnson for up to two months after the 2015 All-Star underwent
arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday.
Johnson, who was unable to take part in this past weekend's All-Star
festivities in Columbus due to the injury, is expected to be sidelined
anywhere from 3-to-8 weeks.
The 2006 No. 1 overall pick has already set a career high with 12 goals
through just 47 games, tied for the most in the NHL by a defenseman this
Johnson leads the Avalanche in average time on ice (24:25) and blocked shots
(107) as well while recording 23 points thus far in 2014-15.
The 26-year-old is the first Colorado defenseman to be named an All-Star since
Hall of Famer Rob Blake during the 2003-04 season.
Leafs D Phaneuf out with upper-body injury
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf
will be sidelined with an upper-body injury, interim coach Peter Horachek said
The defenseman has been termed as week-to-week with the injury, which he
suffered prior to the NHL All-Star break.
Phaneuf, 29, has two goals and 20 assists in 48 games this season.
Flyers' Rinaldo suspended 8 games
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com - The NHL suspended Philadelphia Flyers
forward Zac Rinaldo eight games on Monday for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh
defenseman Kris Letang last week.
Rinaldo left his feet on a check and was assessed a five-minute major and a
game misconduct for boarding Letang during the first period of a game last
Letang left the game and did not return. He also sat out the Penguins' game
Wednesday against Chicago.
Rinaldo waived his right to an in-person hearing and had a phone hearing on
Monday with the NHL Department of Player Safety.
He has been suspended before, including a four-game ban last April -- the
remainder of the season -- for an illegal check on Buffalo defenseman Chad
Rinaldo was also suspended two games in February 2012 for an illegal check on
Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.
He signed a two-year extension with the Flyers in September. He will forfeit
more than $73,000 because of the suspension.
Sabres suspend D Zadorov
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres have suspended defenseman
Nikita Zadorov for failing to report to the team on time following the NHL
Sabres general manager Tim Murray said that he expects Zadorov, who missed
Monday's practice, to join the club during its upcoming road trip through
The Sabres also recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from Rochester of the
American Hockey League to replace Michal Neuvirth, who Murray said will "miss
some time" with a lower-body injury that he suffered while working out during
Johansen, Karlsson, Parise capture NHL weekly honors
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan
Johansen, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Minnesota Wild forward
Zach Parise were named the NHL's players of the week on Monday.
Johansen was selected as the First Star after being named -- by a fan vote on
Twitter -- the MVP of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in his home city. He had two
goals and two assists for Team Foligno in a 17-12 loss to Team Toews.
Karlsson picked up the Second Star after scoring three goals in two games
prior to the league's All-Star break.
Parise also scored three goals to garner the Third Star.
Reds reach deal with C Mesoraco
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds and catcher Devin
Mesoraco have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a four-year contract
extension on Monday.
According to multiple media outlets, including MLB.com, the deal is worth $28
Mesoraco, 26, was an All-Star for the first time last season when he batted
.273 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI over 114 games.
Selected 15th overall by the Reds in the 2007 draft, Mesoraco has hit .245
with 41 homers and 142 RBI in 289 career games.
O's strike deals with Norris, Flaherty
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Pitcher Bud Norris and infielder Ryan
Flaherty agreed to one-year contracts with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday,
allowing both to avoid arbitration.
Norris, 29, was 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts last year for the Orioles.
The 15 wins were a career high for the right-hander, whom Baltimore acquired
from the Houston Astros on July 31, 2013.
The 28-year-old Flaherty hit .221 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 102 games
for the Orioles last season.
Padres ink Valverde to minor league deal
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Three-time All-Star closer Jose Valverde
was among eight players the San Diego Padres signed to minor league contracts
Veteran infielder Ramiro Pena and reliever Scott Elbert also agreed to deals
with the Padres along with first baseman Brett Wallace, pitchers Marcos Mateo,
Jay Jackson and Jason Lane and catcher Griff Erickson.
Valverde was released by the New York Mets in May of last season after posting
a 5.66 ERA over 21 appearances. He also struggled with the Detroit Tigers the
previous year, recording a 5.59 ERA and nine saves in 20 outings prior to
being sent to the minors in June.
The 36-year-old led the majors with a career-best 49 saves with the Tigers in
2011, and also topped all of baseball with 47 while with Arizona in 2007.
Valverde's 44 saves with Houston the following year was the most in the
Pena hit .245 in 81 games with Atlanta in 2014, but was outrighted off the
Braves' 40-man roster in November.
Elbert returned from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him the entire 2013
season to pitch in seven games for the Dodgers last year. The left-hander owns
a 3.54 ERA over 127 career appearances, all with Los Angeles.
Lane hit 26 homers as an outfielder with the Astros in 2005, then returned to
the majors after a seven-year absence as a pitcher in the Padres' organization
last season. The 38-year-old spent most of 2014 at Triple-A El Paso, compiling
a 9-9 record with a 4.52 ERA over 24 starts.
Tigers avoid arbitration with Alburquerque
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Al
Alburquerque have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but CBSSports.com reported it to be worth
Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in a career-high 72 games last season. He
struck out 63 in 57 1/3 innings.
The 28-year-old right-hander owns a career record of 13-5 with a 2.82 ERA and
218 strikeouts in 174 big league games, all out of the bullpen, since making
his debut with the Tigers in 2011.
Former Red Sox pitcher Monbouquette dies
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bill Monbouquette, a 20-game winner for the
Boston Red Sox and a member of the team's Hall of Fame, died Sunday. He was
The Red Sox said Monbouquette died due to complications from leukemia.
Monbouquette, a native of nearby Medford, Massachusetts, spent the first eight
seasons of his 11-year career with the Red Sox. He was a four-time All-Star
and led the team in wins three times.
The right-hander did not miss a start from 1960-65 and threw a 1-0 no-hitter
against the White Sox on Aug. 1, 1962. He won a career-best 20 games the
Monbouquette also pitched for the Tigers, Yankees and Giants from 1966-68 and
finished his career with a 114-112 record and a 3.68 ERA.
Kentucky, Virginia remain 1-2 in men's hoops poll
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kentucky and Virginia remain the only two
undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball and both are still atop the
latest Associated Press poll.
Kentucky was a near-unanimous selection, earning 64 of the 65 first-place
votes and a total of 1,624 points from a nationwide media panel. Virginia
picked up the other No. 1 vote, losing one from last week, and 1,561 points.
Gonzaga, Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona, Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and
Louisville round out the top 10. Villanova dipped three spots from fourth
after a loss to Georgetown last week.
The second 10 consists of Utah, Wichita State, North Carolina, VCU, Iowa
State, Maryland, West Virginia, Northern Iowa, Texas and Baylor. Iowa State
had the biggest drop within poll, falling six places from ninth after losing
to Texas Tech on Saturday.
Georgetown, Indiana, Miami-Florida, Oklahoma and Butler are the last five
teams ranked this week. Georgetown, Miami and Butler are this week's
newcomers, while Oklahoma tumbled five places from 19th after road losses to
Kansas and Baylor last week.
Dayton, Seton Hall and Iowa all fell out of this week's rankings. Dayton
entered the poll last week for the first time this season at No. 22 and lost
to Davidson, while Seton Hall was 24th and has dropped three in a row after
Sunday's loss to Butler. Iowa also joined the rankings last week at No. 25 and
lost at Wisconsin and Purdue.
This week's schedule features Duke with a pair of matchups against fellow
top-10 opponents. The Blue Devils gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 1,000th
career win on Sunday with a victory over St. John's and this week will visit
Notre Dame on Wednesday and Virginia on Saturday.
Also Saturday, North Carolina visits Louisville, Baylor hosts Texas and a
ranked matchup of Missouri Valley teams pits Wichita State at Northern Iowa.
Djokovic, Wawrinka, Nishikori reach Aussie QFs
Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Four-time champion Novak Djokovic,
reigning titlist Stan Wawrinka and Japanese star Kei Nishikori highlighted
Monday's fourth-round winners at the Australian Open.
The world No. 1 Djokovic got past Luxembourg left-hander Gilles Muller
6-4, 7-5, 7-5 in Monday's nightcap at Laver Arena to reach his 23rd
consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion and reigning Wimbledon titlist is seeking
his fourth Aussie championship in five years, having captured three straight
of his four Melbourne crowns from 2011-13.
Up next for the great Djokovic, who has yet to drop a set through four
matches here, will be eighth-seeded big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, who is
0-4 lifetime against the Serb.
Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded Swiss slugger Wawrinka pulled out a 7-6 (7-2),
6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8) victory over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Garcia-Lopez won the first five points of the fourth-set tiebreak and had five
chances to force a fifth set at Melbourne Park, but Wawrinka saved all five
before moving on.
Garcia-Lopez stunned Wawrinka in the first round at last year's French
Wawrinka's quarterfinal opponent on Wednesday will be the fifth-seeded U.S.
Open runner-up Nishikori, who handled ninth-seeded former French Open finalist
David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Day 8 of the fortnight.
Looking ahead to his clash with Wawrinka, Nishikori said, "It's going to be a
really tough match because I have seen him play on TV a couple of matches.
Even today he was playing really good. He can hit balls forehand, backhand --
great backhand actually. He can hit from anywhere at the back. It's going to
be a tough match. But obviously I'm in the quarterfinals, so no easy matches
coming up. Hopefully I can play another good match.
"For sure it gives me confidence that I beat him in the U.S. Open. It's not
like I can't beat him. It's going to be a fun match for sure."
Nishikori made history as he became the first Asian man to contest a Grand
Slam final last year when he defeated three Top-10 players, including Wawrinka
in five sets in the quarters, to reach the U.S. Open final.
The aforementioned Raonic had to outlast 12th-seeded Spanish lefty Feliciano
Lopez, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, to reach the round of eight. Lopez saved
seven match points before succumbing to the big Canadian.
Raonic became the first Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the Aussie
Open quarters and is also the second Canadian man in history to reach three
major quarterfinals, following in the footsteps of Robert Powell at Wimbledon
in 1908, '10 and '12.
"It's great to be doing what I'm doing and that it is making a difference,"
said Raonic. "It is, I guess, part of some history, if you look really deep.
But at the end of the day, at the same time, I'm always pushing myself for
what I want to achieve. I'm always sort of looking in the mirror and saying,
'That's who I have to compare myself to: to myself.'"
The quarterfinals will commence Tuesday, as third-seeded former world No. 1
Rafael Nadal will take on seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych and sixth-seeded Andy
Murray will battle 19-year-old heavy Aussie crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios.
Nadal beat Berdych in the 2010 Wimbledon final and is 18-3 lifetime against
the big Czech.
The reigning French Open king Nadal is a 14-time Grand Slam champ, including
an Aussie title in 2009. He's also a two-time runner-up in Melbourne,
including last year when he was stunned by Wawrinka in the final.
Murray is a two-time major titlist who's lost in three Aussie Open finals.
Serena, Venus land in Aussie quarters
Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 Serena Williams and
former top-ranked star Venus Williams secured berths in the quarterfinals at
the 2015 Australian Open.
Serena dropped the first set before rallying to top rising 24th-seeded
Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours at Melbourne Park on
Muguruza stunned Serena at the French Open last year, handing the American,
who won just four games in that match in Paris, the worst loss of her Grand
Slam career in the process.
The 33-year-old American great blitzed her 21-year-old opponent with 17 aces
and won 38 of 49 first-serve points on Monday.
"It was a great match -- congratulations to Garbine, she played so well,"
The 18-time Grand Slam champion and reigning U.S. Open titlist owns five
Aussie Open titles, but none since 2010.
Her quarterfinal opponent will be 11th-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, who
doused on-the-mend Belarusian star Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Azarenka led 2-0 in the third set, but couldn't hold on against the diminutive
"Today I wasn't thinking about the score, I was just going for it," Cibulkova
said. "And when I was up, I was going for it even more.
"I always have tough matches with Vika. The tennis she plays goes well with
mine," Cibulkova added.
Cibulkova was last year's Aussie runner-up to since-retired Chinese star Li
The former world No. 1 Azarenka is a two-time Aussie Open champ and two-time
U.S. Open runner-up. Her 2014 season was interrupted by a foot injury and
she's been trying to re-locate her game since last spring.
This marks Azarenka's earliest exit from the Aussie since 2011.
"I take it as progress. I think there are a lot of the positive things to take
from here," she said. "Overall, I can be pretty happy."
In other fourth round action on Day 8 of the fortnight, an 18th-seeded Venus
reached her first major quarterfinal since 2010 and remained undefeated in
2015 by surprising sixth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka
Radwanska 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 and rising Madison Keys vanquished fellow American
Madison Brengle 6-2, 6-4. Brengle reached her first-ever WTA final in Hobart
two weeks ago.
Venus will clash with the 19-year-old Keys in an all-American quarterfinal on
Venus is a seven-time Grand Slam champion who was the 2003 Aussie runner-up to
her younger sister. She's a perfect 9-0 this year, including a title in
Auckland three weeks back.
The 34-year-old Venus was asked what her inspiration has been to keep plugging
away all these years.
"Definitely my sister Serena," she replied. "She's just the ultimate champion.
She definitely gives me a lot of inspiration. And of course all of my fans,
who've always stayed behind me."
Keys will play in her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal when she faces
"It feels really good," she said. "My mom texted me before the tournament. She
said, 'It's your last Grand Slam as a teenager,' and sent me a bunch of
grandma faces. I'm like, 'Thanks for reminding me mom! Thank you. Love you.'
But it's huge. It's my last Slam as a teenager. I hope I can keep it up."
The quarterfinals will get underway Tuesday, as second-seeded former No. 1
Maria Sharapova will battle seventh-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie
Bouchard and third-seeded French Open finalist Simona Halep will take on
consistent 10th-seeded Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova.
Sharapova is 3-0 all-time against the Canadian Bouchard, including some French
Open match wins in 2013 and last year, while Halep is 1-0 lifetime versus
The reigning French Open champion Sharapova was the Aussie champ in 2008 and
runner-up in 2007 and 2012.
Bryans sent packing Down Under
Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Six-time Australian Open doubles
champions Bob and Mike Bryan were third-round upset victims on Monday.
A 14th-seeded tandem of Brit Dominic Inglot and Romanian Florin Mergea stunned
the world No. 1 twin Bryans in 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 fashion in just over an hour at
Melbourne Park. The reigning U.S. Open champion Bryans also fell in the third
round here a year ago.
It's also the first time the Bryan brothers have made consecutive pre-
quarterfinal exits at a Grand Slam event since Roland Garros in 2000 and 2001.
The 36-year-old Bryans own a Grand Slam-record 16 men's doubles titles.
Defending champs Errani, Vinci exit Oz
Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - The top-seeded two-time defending
champion duo of Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci came up a third-round
loser Monday at the Australian Open.
A 16th-seeded German tandem of Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld doused
Errani and Vinci 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 at Melbourne Park.
The 27-year-old Errani and 31-year-old Vinci had won their last 14 matches in
Melbourne, including back-to-back titles here in 2013 and last year. The
gritty Italians are also the reigning Wimbledon women's doubles champions and
own five major titles overall.
Haas improves to 23rd in world rankings
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bill Haas won the Humana Challenge for
a second time on Sunday and that helped him return to the top-25 in the world
Haas closed with a 67 and ended one stroke clear of five players. He improved
from 41st to 23rd in the new rankings.
Rory McIlroy maintained his big lead atop the rankings, and he is back in
action this week in Dubai. McIlroy was again followed by Henrik Stenson, Adam
Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Jason Day and
Jordan Spieth, who remained second to ninth.
Matt Kuchar shared second place behind Haas and inched up to No. 10. That
bumped Rickie Fowler down a spot to 11th.
Martin Kaymer stayed put at No. 12 and he was trailed by Jimmy Walker, Billy
Horschel and Patrick Reed. Victor Dubuisson and Phil Mickelson exchanged spots
with the Frenchman up to 16th. Hideki Matsuyama and Graeme McDowell were 18
and 19 again this week.
Chris Kirk moved up one to 20th and that pushed Zach Johnson out of the top-20
Branden Grace picked up his sixth European Tour title on Saturday in Qatar,
and he jumped 35 places to No. 44 in the new rankings.
South Carolina still No. 1 in women's hoops poll
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - South Carolina remained the top-ranked team
in the latest Associated Press women's college basketball poll.
The Gamecocks are the No. 1 team for a 10th straight week, receiving 27 first-
place votes and a total of 867 points from a nationwide media panel.
South Carolina is again followed by Connecticut and Baylor. The Huskies
picked up the remaining eight first-place votes.
Notre Dame, Maryland, Tennessee, Oregon State, Louisville, Florida State and
Kentucky completed this week's top 10. Louisville fell four spots from fourth
after a loss to Florida State.
The second 10 consists of Arizona State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas, Nebraska,
North Carolina, Duke, Mississippi State, Princeton and Iowa. Stanford and
Texas A&M are tied for 12th.
Georgia, Rutgers, Syracuse, Oklahoma and Chattanooga are the last five teams
ranked. Oklahoma and Chattanooga are this week's newcomers. It's the Lady
Mocs' first appearance in the poll since 1984.
Minnesota and Western Kentucky dropped out of this week's poll.
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