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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, April 23rd ===
                      === NFL announces 2014 schedule ===
 New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Football League released its 2014
 regular-season schedule on Wednesday.
 It  will open with the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks hosting the
 Green  Bay Packers  on  Thursday, Sept.  4  at  what's sure  to  be a  raucous
 CenturyLink Field celebrating the franchise's first title.
 Kickoff  weekend features 13 games on Sept. 7, with the first Sunday primetime
 matchup pitting Peyton Manning against a familiar foe as he leads the reigning
 AFC-champion   Denver  Broncos  opposite  the  Indianapolis  Colts  at  Sports
 Authority  Field  at Mile  High. Manning,  of course,  was the Colts' starting
 quarterback  for  13 years before neck  surgery and the arrival of Andrew Luck
 ended his memorable tenure in Indy in 2012.
 The  Thanksgiving  games pit three division  rivals against each other for the
 first time. The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions get things started with an NFC
 North  clash, the  reigning NFC  East champion  Philadelphia Eagles  visit the
 Dallas  Cowboys  and the  Seahawks collide  with the San  Francisco 49ers in a
 rematch of last year's NFC title game at new Levi's Stadium.
 The  participants  in last season's  AFC championship  game -- the Broncos and
 Patriots -- square off in a Week 9 showdown in Foxborough.
 London  will  get three contests  this season  with Miami-Oakland on Sept. 28,
 Detroit-Atlanta on Oct. 26 and Dallas-Jacksonville on Nov. 9.
 Byes for teams go from Week 3 through Week 12.
 The  league made a  change in its flex scheduling, where times of games can be
 changed  for Sunday  night matchups, moving it  up from Week 11 all the way to
 Week 5.
 Once  again,  every Week 17 contest  will pit divisional opponents against one
 another, with all games to be held on Sunday, Dec. 28.
 Wild  Card weekend  is set  for  January 3-4,  with the  divisional round  the
 following  weekend. The  AFC and NFC championship games will be played Sunday,
 Jan. 18.
 Super  Bowl  XLIX is  scheduled  for  Feb. 1,  2015  in  Glendale, Arizona  at
 University of Phoenix Stadium.
                === Trufant to retire as member of Seahawks ===
 Renton, WA ( - Marcus Trufant's 10-year NFL career is coming
 to an end.
 The  Seattle Seahawks, the only team Trufant played for, announced the signing
 of the cornerback Wednesday and said he intends to retire Thursday.
 Trufant,  33,  a Washington State product  and first-round draft pick in 2003,
 played  in 12 games  in his final season in 2012, starting just two. He signed
 with  Jacksonville in  May of last year,  but was released before playing in a
 regular-season game with the Jaguars.
 A  2007  Pro Bowl selection,  Trufant started 125  games with the Seahawks and
 finished his career with 644 tackles 21 interceptions.
                 === Cards LB Washington receives probation ===
 Phoenix,   AZ   (  -   Arizona  Cardinals  linebacker  Daryl
 Washington  was  sentenced to  a year of  probation Wednesday after previously
 pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated assault.
 The  charge stemmed  from an altercation Washington had with the mother of his
 daughter  last May. According to police reports, the four-year veteran grabbed
 the  woman by her throat and shoved her to ground, causing her to fracture her
 Washington had entered a guilty plea back in March.
 The  27-year-old  could still  face  discipline  from NFL  Commissioner  Roger
 Goodell  if found  to be in violation of the league's personal conduct policy.
 Washington  was suspended  for  the first  four  games of  last  season for  a
 substance abuse infraction.
 One  of the  Cardinals' top defensive players, Washington was named to the Pro
 Bowl in 2012 after amassing 134 tackles and a career-best nine sacks. The 2010
 second-round  pick recorded  75 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and 11
 passes defensed in just 12 games this past season.
              === Jets returning to Cortland for training camp ===
 Florham  Park, NJ ( - The New York Jets will again return to
 SUNY Cortland for training camp this summer.
 It  will mark the  fifth time in the last six years that the Jets will conduct
 their training camp at the school's campus in central New York state.
 "I love the fact that we are going back to Cortland," said Jets coach Rex Ryan
 in a statement Wednesday. "Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think
 it  is a big  part of building our team camaraderie. The community, the school
 and  the people of Cortland have been outstanding and we are all excited to be
 going back this summer."
 The  lone year in  the past six that the Jets did not travel for training camp
 was 2011 because of the labor issue.
                         === Bears sign RB Draughn ===
 Lake  Forest,  IL ( -  The Chicago Bears have signed running
 back Shaun Draughn to a one-year contract.
 Draughn  appeared in  three games for the Baltimore Ravens last season and ran
 for two yards on four carries. He also returned two kickoffs for 53 yards.
 The  26-year-old North Carolina product also spent two seasons with the Kansas
 City  Chiefs. He saw  his most extensive playing time in 2012, rushing for 233
 yards  and two  touchdowns with  a  3.9-yard average  in 16  games, adding  24
 catches and returning 23 kickoffs for a 23.3-yard average.
                    === Pineda ejected for pine tar use ===
 Boston,  MA (  - This time, Michael Pineda couldn't get away
 with using a foreign substance.
 The New York Yankees pitcher was ejected in the bottom of the second inning of
 Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox after being found to have pine tar
 on the side of his neck.
 With  two  out and  Grady Sizemore batting  in the bottom  of the second, home
 plate  umpire  Gerry Davis  was requested  by Red Sox  manager John Farrell to
 check the right-hander for illegal materials on his body.
 Davis  touched a brownish  substance that appeared to be pine tar on the right
 side  of  the pitcher's neck  and immediately tossed  him from the game, which
 Boston eventually won by a 5-1 score.
 Pineda  was  also was  embroiled in controversy  when he faced  the Red Sox at
 Yankee  Stadium  earlier this  month, as television  cameras showed the hurler
 with  a  brown substance on  his right palm. No  protests were made by Farrell
 during that game, in which Pineda held Boston to one run over six innings in a
 4-1 Yankees win.
 The  25-year-old  told reporters  afterward that the  material was simply dirt
 that had gotten stuck to his hand.
 Pineda  allowed  two runs  in the first  inning prior to  his ejection and was
 handed the loss.
                      === Rangers place Figueroa on DL ===
 Oakland,  CA ( - The Texas Rangers have placed pitcher Pedro
 Figueroa on the 15-day disabled list because of left elbow inflammation.
 Figueroa  threw  one pitch in Tuesday's  game against Oakland and hit a batter
 before  leaving  the contest. The  lefty is  2-1 with a  4.00 ERA in 10 relief
 appearances this season.
 The  Rangers also  acquired outfielder Dan Robertson from the San Diego Padres
 in  exchange  for cash considerations  and purchased Robertson's contract from
 Triple-A to fill Figueroa's roster spot.
 Robertson,  who  had spent his  entire pro career  in San Diego's minor league
 system  since 2008, is  a career .304 hitter in 723 games. He was batting .364
 with  two homers in five games for Triple-A El Paso after starting the year on
 the disabled list due to a shin contusion.
                 === Padres P Johnson headed for TJ surgery ===
 Milwaukee, WI ( - San Diego Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will
 undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after a recent exam revealed damage to the
 ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
 Johnson  will meet  with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. to
 have  the procedure  for the second time in his career. Andrews also performed
 the  previous operation, which took place when Johnson was with the Marlins in
 Signed  to a  one-year, $8  million contract  by the  Padres over  the winter,
 Johnson's 2014 campaign ends without having thrown a regular-season pitch with
 his  new team. He was placed on the disabled list during spring training after
 developing a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.
 Johnson  also  spent two stints  on the DL with  elbow problems while with the
 Toronto  Blue Jays last season, with the injuries contributing to the two-time
 All-Star's 2-8 record and subpar 6.20 ERA over 16 starts.
 The  30-year-old had  once been  one of  the National  League's best  pitchers
 during  his tenure with the Marlins, posting a 15-5 record with 191 strikeouts
 in 2009 and leading the NL with a 2.30 ERA the following season.
                         === Red Sox option OF Nava ===
 Boston,  MA  ( -  The  Boston  Red Sox  optioned  outfielder
 Daniel  Nava  to  Triple-A  Pawtucket  and recalled  pitcher  Alex  Wilson  on
 Nava  has struggled  this season hitting .149 with two doubles, two home runs,
 three  RBI  and seven runs  scored in 17 games.  The 31-year-old has split his
 time with the Red Sox in right field, left field, and at first base.
 Wilson,  who  was the  first pitcher  from Saudi  Arabia to  appear in a major
 league  game,  has pitched eight  scoreless innings for Pawtucket this season.
 Last season, he made his major league debut and went 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 26
 games with the Red Sox.
                 === Phils activate Hamels to face Dodgers ===
 Los  Angeles,  CA ( - Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole
 Hamels  was  activated off the  disabled list  to start Wednesday night's game
 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 Hamels,  who was 8-14  with a 3.60 earned-run average last year, will make his
 first  start of  the season after sitting out the first three-plus weeks with
 biceps tendinitis.
 He  was sent on a rehab assignment to Class-A Clearwater and made three starts
 with a 2.12 ERA and 0-1 record.
 The Phillies optioned right-hander B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
                 === Arizona OF Trumbo has stress fracture ===
 Chicago,  IL ( - Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo
 has a stress fracture in his left foot.
 Trumbo,  who returned to Phoenix for a second opinion from team doctor Michael
 Lee, homered in the seventh inning of Monday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at
 Wrigley  Field.  Trumbo then grounded  out in the  ninth inning, and he hasn't
 taken an at-bat since.
 Trumbo  had an  X-ray on Tuesday, which  didn't reveal the break, but an MRI a
 day  later showed  the stress  fracture  along with  plantar fasciitis,  which
 Trumbo  has been  dealing  with since  spring training.  He's  expected to  be
 sidelined for an extended period of time.
 In  21 games this season, Trumbo is batting .210 with seven homers and 19 RBI.
 He landed in Arizona as part of a three-team trade involving the White Sox and
 Angels  on  Dec. 10  that sent  Diamondbacks outfielder  Adam Eaton to Chicago
 and pitcher Tyler Skaggs to Los Angeles.
 The  28-year-old slugger  had spent his first four big league seasons with the
 Angels. He posted career-highs of 34 homers and 100 RBI over 159 games in 2013
 despite batting just .234 with a whopping 184 strikeouts.
              === Jackson dispels notion of Dolan interference ===
 Greenburgh,  NY  ( - New  York Knicks president Phil Jackson
 said  the report  of interference  by owner  Jim Dolan  in personnel  moves is
 A  report in the  New York Daily News on Wednesday said Dolan and Jackson have
 already  clashed  over personnel decisions.  The paper  cited a team source as
 saying  Jackson would  like  to change  certain staff  members,  but has  been
 opposed by Dolan.
 When  Jackson  was hired in  March, Dolan said  the 11-time NBA champion coach
 would make decisions on all basketball-related matters.
 Jackson  met  with media members Wednesday  at the team's practice facility to
 discuss  his first major move as team president, the firing of head coach Mike
 Woodson  and what  he is looking for in  a new coach, but was also asked about
 the Daily News story.
 "As  far  as Jim Dolan's  promise or  his premise when  I took this job's he's
 going  to leave basketball decisions up to me, really, he's been loyal to that
 promise," Jackson said. "He's been very true to his word to this point."
 The Daily News story didn't specify what staff changes Jackson wanted to make.
 Jackson  said Wednesday  he won't return to  the bench as Knicks coach and did
 confirm  that  current TNT  analyst Steve  Kerr is a  likely candidate for the
              === Phoenix's Dragic named Most Improved Player ===
 New  York, NY ( - Phoenix's Goran Dragic was named the NBA's
 Most Improved Player for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday.
 Dragic  received 65  first-place votes  and  408 points  from a  panel of  126
 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
 Indiana's Lance Stephenson finished second with 158 points, while New Orleans'
 Anthony Davis was third with 155 points.
 Dragic,  a five-year  veteran, averaged a career-best 20.3 points, 5.9 assists
 and  3.2 rebounds per game this season to help the Suns to a 48-34 record -- a
 23-win  improvement  from the season  prior. The  6-foot-4 guard came into the
 season with a scoring average of 9.5 points per game over his career.
 Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George was last year's winner.
                   === Heat commit to Miami through 2040 ===
 Miami,  FL ( - The Heat announced Wednesday they have made a
 commitment to remain in Miami through the 2039-40 NBA season.
 The announcement came through a letter from managing partner Micky Arison, who
 said  the team  came  to  an agreement  with  Miami-Dade  County Mayor  Carlos
 Gimenez.  The  deal  is  subject  to  the approval  of  the  Board  of  County
 Commissioners  and would extend the club's partnership with the county to stay
 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
 Part  of the agreement says the Heat will make an annual guaranteed payment to
 the  county,  and Arison said in  the letter that "the agreement provides cost
 certainty  for  the franchise, a necessity  in this age of punitive NBA luxury
 taxes,  and will  allow  us to  more proactively  plan  our future  basketball
 spending  and maintain  our commitment to all  of you to put the best possible
 product on the floor."
 According  to  Arison, the  agreement provides an inflation-adjusted operating
 subsidy  from the  county's CDT (convention development tax) fund to the arena
 during a 10-year extension term totaling $147 million.
 "That  will allow us to continue doing what we've always done: reinvest in the
 county-owned  AmericanAirlines  Arena  in  order  to  maintain  the  level  of
 excellence you've come to expect," Arison wrote.
 The Board of County Commissioners is expected to vote on the pact May 6.
 The two-time defending NBA-champion Heat have a 2-0 lead on Charlotte in their
 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
                === Wild n' out: Cooke suspended seven games ===
 New  York, NY ( - The National Hockey League issued a seven-
 game suspension to Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke on Wednesday.
 Cooke  was only  assessed a minor for kneeing Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie
 just  over two  minutes  into  the second  period  of  Monday's 1-0  Minnesota
 victory  in  Game 3  of the  Western Conference  quarterfinals, but Barrie was
 later diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and is scheduled to
 miss 4-to-6 weeks.
 The  league announced  shortly  after  the contest  was  over  that Cooke  was
 scheduled  to have  an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety,
 an  indicator  that the punishment  would last for  five games at the minimum.
 That hearing occurred at league offices earlier in the day.
 A key stipulation of the punishment is if Cooke's full suspension is not fully
 served  during  the current playoffs, the  remaining games will be tacked onto
 the beginning of the 2014-15 regular season.
 Game  4  in the best-of-seven set  between the Wild and Avalanche is scheduled
 for Thursday in St. Paul.
 "Cooke  is  leading with his left  knee. After Barrie releases the puck, Cooke
 continues  in  this posture, further extends  his knee, and makes contact with
 Barrie's left knee. The play is in front of Cooke, from the moment he steps on
 the  ice and  begins striding  towards Barrie,  well before  impact is  made,"
 the league stated in a video explanation of the suspension.
 "The  onus is  on Cooke  to  ensure that  any  check he  attempts is  executed
 legally,  and  through the core of  Barrie's body. Barrie takes evasive action
 and moves to his right in an attempt to avoid contact."
 The  35-year-old winger  has been  suspended  six previous  times for  various
 offenses  during his 15-year NHL career, with the last coming in the spring of
 2011.  That was a 17-game ban (10 regular-season games and the entirety of the
 Penguins'  first-round  series against Tampa  Bay) for  a blatant elbow to the
 head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
 Despite  his history  of supplemental  discipline, Cooke  is not  considered a
 "repeat  offender"  from a  financial  standpoint  since his  last  suspension
 occurred more than 18 months ago.
                       === Selanne to sit for Game 4 ===
 Dallas,  TX (  - Anaheim  Ducks forward  Teemu Selanne  will
 not  be  in the  lineup as  his club  takes on the  Stars for  Game 4 of their
 Western Conference quarterfinal on Wednesday night.
 "Bruce  told me before  practice yesterday. We lost last game, so a lot of the
 times  the lineup  is going  to be  different," Selanne  said. "I'm  obviously
 disappointed right now, but it's Bruce's decision and we'll go from there."
 Selanne  has  contributed one  assist in  the first three  games, and was held
 scoreless  during a  3-0 loss  in Monday's  contentious Game  3 that  provided
 Dallas with its first win in the best-of-seven set.
 Emerson Etem will take the 43-year-old's spot in the lineup, which will be his
 first  appearance in these playoffs. The 21-year-old posted seven goals and 11
 points in 29 games for the Ducks during the regular season.
 In  addition, Mark Fistric will start in place of defenseman Stephane Robidas,
 who sustained a fractured right leg in the previous contest.
            === MacKinnon, Johnson, Palat named Calder finalists ===
 New  York, NY  ( - Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Tampa Bay
 teammates Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat have been named the finalists for the
 Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
 MacKinnon  led  all first-year  players with  63 points  and 39 assists, while
 tying for the top spot with 24 goals. The first overall pick of the 2013 draft
 also  had a 13-game point streak to top Wayne Gretzky's mark of 12 consecutive
 games  with a point  by a player aged 18 or younger. He will try to become the
 second  Avalanche  player to claim the  award in three seasons, following 2012
 winner Gabriel Landeskog.
 Johnson  set a  Lightning rookie record with 24 goals, tying MacKinnon for the
 most  in the NHL  by a rookie this season. He also tied for the overall league
 lead  with  five short-handed  goals and  also scored five  on the power play,
 joining  Dennis  Maruk in  1975-76 as the  only rookies to  reach five in each
 category.  Signed as free agent in 2011, Johnson is the first undrafted Calder
 finalist since Ed Belfour took top honors for Chicago in 1991.
 Palat was second among rookie scorers with 23 goals, 36 assists and 59 points,
 finishing  three  shy of  Tampa Bay's rookie  record of 62  points set by Brad
 Richards  in 2000-01.  He led all first-year players with a plus-32 rating and
 his eight-game point streak was the longest for a Lightning rookie.
 Members  of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for
 the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season.
 The  winner will  be announced Tuesday, June 24 during the NHL Awards ceremony
 in Las Vegas.
                     === Poythress staying at Kentucky ===
 Lexington,  KY  (  -  Kentucky forward  Alex  Poythress  has
 decided to return for his junior season with the Wildcats.
 Poythress  averaged 5.9  points and 4.5 rebounds in 40 games this past season,
 helping the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament championship game.
 "Playing  in the NBA  has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure
 that  I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump," said Poythress on Wednesday. "By
 coming  back, I'll  be so much closer  to earning my degree in business and it
 will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level."
 Poythress  shot  better  than  68  percent from  the  field  during  the  NCAA
 Tournament.  He scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in the national
 semifinal  win  against Wisconsin and was  a key figure in Kentucky's Sweet 16
 win over Louisville with six points in the final five minutes.
 The  6-foot-8  native of  Tennessee started 31  of 33 games  as a freshman and
 averaged 11.2 points with 6.0 rebounds.
 "I'm  excited for  Alex and the decision he's arrived at," said Kentucky coach
 John Calipari. "I'm proud of the work he committed to this past season, on and
 off  the floor, and think he's ready to take that next step and lead this team
 next season."
 Willie  Cauley-Stein  and Marcus  Lee have also  announced their intentions to
 return  next  season, while the  Wildcats have  already lost Julius Randle and
 James Young to the NBA Draft.
              === Nadal moves on; Ferrer stunned on home soil ===
 Barcelona,  Spain  (  -  Eight-time  champion  Rafael  Nadal
 advanced,  while  four-time  runner-up  David  Ferrer  was  a  shocking  loser
 Wednesday at the $2.55 million Barcelona Open tennis event.
 The world No. 1 and reigning three-time titlist Nadal got past fellow Spaniard
 Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 on  the red clay at Royal Barcelona Tennis Club.
 "It  was a  positive victory for me,"  said Nadal. "Obviously I didn't play my
 best  match, but after  the defeat in Monte Carlo, the next match on court was
 never going to be easy."
 Nadal,  who was  stunned by  Ferrer  in Monte  Carlo last  week, beat  Nicolas
 Almagro in last year's third straight all-Spanish Barcelona finale. His third-
 round opponent on Thursday will be capable Croat Ivan Dodig.
 Meanwhile,  55th-ranked Russian  journeyman  Teymuraz  Gabashvili stunned  the
 second-seeded Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 on Day 3.
 "Three  weeks  ago I lost to  Ferrer in Miami  but I dominated that first set.
 Today,  I wanted to maintain my energy and keep it going, which I did for (90)
 minutes,  but any more and it might have been tougher to win," Gabashvili said
 after winning for the first time on his third try against Ferrer.
 Ferrer lost to Nadal in Barcelona finals in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
 More  second-round upsets  came  when Santiago  Giraldo defeated  third-seeded
 Italian  Fabio  Fognini 6-0, 4-0,  retired; Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer
 took  out  seventh-seeded Pole Jerzy  Janowicz 6-4, 7-6 (7-1); Spaniard Albert
 Montanes  doused  eighth-seeded Ukrainian  Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 (7-5), 6-3;
 and  Dodig  drove out  13th-seeded Spaniard Feliciano  Lopez 6-1, 6-4. Fognini
 gave way to a right leg injury.
 A  sixth-seeded Almagro avoided the upset bug by handling Slovak Martin Klizan
 7-5,  7-6 (7-4),  while 11th-seeded  Spaniard Fernando  Verdasco cruised  past
 Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-3. The 2010 Barcelona champion Verdasco was
 a  clay  court titlist in Houston  two weeks ago,  when he beat Almagro in the
 Almagro and Verdasco will clash once again on Thursday.
 Another  result saw  12th-seeded  Croat Marin  Cilic  erase Russian  qualifier
 Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).
 This week's winner will earn $580,000.
                  === Dimitrov reaches Bucharest quarters ===
 Bucharest,  Romania  ( -  Top seed  Grigor Dimitrov posted a
 second-round  victory Wednesday  at  the $590,000  BRD  Nastase Tiriac  Trophy
 tennis event.
 The  22-year-old  Bulgarian handled  Czech fellow rising  star Jiri Vesely 7-6
 (7-5), 6-2 on the red clay at BNR Arenas.
 The  world  No. 16 Dimitrov will  face Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in Friday's
 quarterfinals.  Stakhovsky  came from behind  to beat Argentine Carlos Berlocq
 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on Day 3.
 In  other  second-round play, fourth-seeded Frenchman and three-time Bucharest
 champion  Gilles Simon  grounded Bucharest  native and  2007 runner-up  Victor
 Hanescu  2-6, 6-3, 6-3 and reigning champion Lukas Rosol upended eighth-seeded
 Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-4 in 68 minutes.
 Rosol  beat  Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez  in last year's Bucharest finale.
 His  quarterfinal  opponent will be  the Bucharest  stalwart Simon, as the two
 players account for four of the last seven titles here.
 Simon is 18-2 lifetime at this event.
 The 2014 Bucharest winner will collect $106,725.
                     === Hantuchova into Marrakech QFs ===
 Marrakech,  Morocco  ( - Top seed Daniela Hantuchova secured
 a  berth in  the quarterfinals  at the  $250,000 Marrakech  Grand Prix  tennis
 The  Slovakian  veteran  dismissed  last year's  Marrakech  runner-up  Lourdes
 Dominguez Lino 7-5, 6-2 on  the red clay at the Royal Tennis Club.
 The  Spanish  Dominguez  Lino  lost  to former  French  Open  champ  Francesca
 Schiavone in last year's Marrakech finale.
 Hantuchova's quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be sixth-seeded Chinese Peng
 Also  in the second round on Wednesday, fifth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza
 drilled  Swiss Stefanie  Voegele  6-3, 6-2,  Peng  topped Ukrainian  qualifier
 Maryna  Zanevska 6-4,  7-6 (7-5)  and Israeli  Shahar Peer  outlasted Austrian
 Patricia  Mayr-Achleitner  7-6 (7-4),  4-6, 7-6 (7-3).  Muguruza and Peer will
 battle in the round of eight.
 The  first round  wrapped up when Slovenian Polona Hercog upset seventh-seeded
 Chinese Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-2.
 The 2014 Marrakech titlist will claim $43,000.
              === Greenberg resigns as BU women's hoops coach ===
 Boston,  MA  ( -  Boston University women's basketball coach
 Kelly  Greenberg  resigned Wednesday  in  the  wake  of allegations  that  she
 mistreated players.
 Greenberg  just completed her 10th season with the Terriers, a trying campaign
 that included the departure of at least four players during the past year.
 The university convened a panel to address complaints of the four players. The
 result,  based  on interviews  with team  members, determined that Greenberg's
 interaction  with many  players was  "incompatible with  the expectations  and
 standards for university employees, including our coaches," the school said in
 a statement.
 When Greenberg was made aware of the results of the investigation, she decided
 to resign.
 "I  have  determined that  it is in  the best interest  of the university, the
 women's  basketball  program, and myself for  me to resign my position as head
 women's  basketball coach,"  said Greenberg  in  a statement  released by  the
 school.  "I do  not  agree with  some  of  the findings  of  the review  panel
 regarding  my  coaching style,  which  was  intended to  produce  well-rounded
 athletes  and a winning team. However, given all that has transpired, I do not
 believe  that it will  be possible for me to continue as an effective coach at
 Boston University."
 Greenberg  compiled a record of 186-127 during her 10-year run at BU. She also
 coached  five seasons at Penn, guiding the Quakers to a record of 84-54 with a
 pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
 04/23 22:28:47 ET

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