Photos that surfaced Friday depicting injuries suffered by Greg Hardy's former girlfriend were not made available to the Cowboys before he signed with the club, sources said.
Deadspin published a detailed account of the case along with a gallery of 48 photos that show the various bruises and abrasions Nicole Holder suffered to her back, legs, foot, arms, neck and chin that evening in Charlotte, N.C., a year and a half ago.
The NFL had access to these and other photos before issuing its suspension of the defensive end in April. But Cowboys officials, sources said, were not allowed to view the photos, several of which were under a protective order.
While the club was not granted access to the visual evidence, sources stress the Cowboys were aware of the photos and had an understanding of what they showed. Owner Jerry Jones, executive vice president Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett have said repeatedly that the organization did its due diligence before signing Hardy. The club's stance: the Cowboys understand the serious nature of domestic violence but also believe in second chances.
Hardy, who was found guilty of communicating threats and assault on a female in a bench trial, had that result expunged from his record earlier this week. He has also served a four-game suspension from the NFL for his actions.
Cuddyer has surgery
Former Twin Michael Cuddyer had surgery for a core muscle injury. It's unclear how long Cuddyer has been dealing with the injury. He missed time earlier in the season because of a knee problem. Cuddyer endured a forgettable first season with the Mets after signing a two-year, $21 million deal a year ago that also cost the team a first-round draft pick.
Cuddyer, 36, hit just .259 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI. He began the season as the starting left fielder but took a back seat as part of a platoon with prospect Michael Conforto.
… The White Sox extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to righthander Jeff Samardzija. … Second baseman Daniel Murphy was given a $15.8 million qualifying offer by the Mets. … The Cardinals made $15.8 million qualifying offers to outfielder Jason Heyward and pitcher John Lackey. … The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to free agents Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Howie Kendrick.
Kisner lead Knox by two
Kevin Kisner kept up his impressive debut in China with a 6-under 66 that gave him a two-shot lead over Russell Knox going into the weekend at the HSBC Champions. The 31-year-old American was at 14-under 130. Knox made a 40-foot birdie putt on his opening hole and shot a 65 in much tougher conditions because of a strong wind. Branden Grace struggled on his back nine and settled for a 71.
Americans share LPGA lead
Americans Angela Stanford and Ryann O'Toole shared the lead at 7-under 65 in the LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic. Ai Suzuki was a stroke back along with Ha-Neul Kim, Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin and Mi-Jeong Jeon. Third-ranked Stacy Lewis and fourth-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 67.
… Michael Allen made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole to take a two-stroke lead over playing partner Bernhard Langer in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Allen finished with a 6-under 64 for an 11-under 129 total. Langer was second after a 68.
Keselowski takes pole
Brad Keselowski won the pole for the NASCAR playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski ran a fast lap of 196.929 mph.
Defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick was second to take the second front-row spot, with Chase contenders sweeping the first four positions. Kyle Bush was third, and Joey Logano fourth.
Logano will start directly ahead of Erik Jones, who qualified sixth in the No. 20 car for suspended driver Matt Kenseth. Kenseth was suspended for two races for intentionally wrecking Logano last week at Martinsville.
Jeff Gordon, the only driver locked in for a title shot in the Nov. 22 season finale, qualified 18th.
Augustana knocks off Iowa
Daniel Jansen hit a jumper as time expired to lift No. 1 Augustana to a 76-74 exhibition win over Iowa in front of 12,874 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Vikings got the ball with 28 seconds left in the game and called a timeout with 11 seconds left on the clock to set up the eventual game-winning shot.
Augustana got the ball into the hands of Jansen, a 6-9 240-pound native of Orange City, Iowa, who hit a jumper over his former AAU teammate Adam Woodbury to give the Vikings a 76-74 win over the Hawkeyes.
Augustana led by as much as 15 in the second half before the Hawkeyes put on some pressure on the defense end and got within two on a jumper by Jarrod Uthoff with 5:09 to play. The Vikings were able to keep the lead until Peter Jok nailed a three-pointer with 28 seconds left to tie the score at 74.