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Derrick Jones Jr. PHO SF
Suns' Derrick Jones: Makes final round of Slam Dunk Contest3h ago
Jones made the final round of Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, before falling to winner Glenn Robinson III.
The Phoenix Suns rookie showed some impressive hops during the contest, including an opening-round dunk in which he soared over four people before putting home a one-handed slam. Jones has seen very little action for the Suns this season, not surprising for a skinny 20-year-old who only left UNLV early after he was deemed academically ineligible by the NCAA, but he has the length and athleticism to eventually develop into a useful player.
Glenn Robinson III IND SG
Pacers' Glenn Robinson: Wins Slam Dunk Contest3h ago
Robinson defeated Derrick Jones, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan in Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.
With two-time defending champ Zach LaVine (knee) not participating, the field was wide open, and Robinson seized his opportunity with arguably the two most impressive dunks of the night, including a full two-handed pump reverse jam after leaping over three people to cap his final round victory over Jones. Robinson has been in and out of Indiana's starting lineup this season without much to show for it statistically, but Saturday's win could give him the confidence to lock down a starting role down the stretch.
Kemba Walker CHA PG
Hornets' Kemba Walker: Makes final round of Three-Point Contest4h ago
Kemba Walker made it to the final round of Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest, losing to eventual winner Eric Gordon.
He came up short, however, as his final-round 17 was topped by Gordon and Kyrie Irving's 20, before Gordon claimed the title in an overtime round. Walker's enjoying a career year for the Charlotte Hornets , averaging 22.5 points and 2.7 three-pointers per game, but he'll need to get a little more help after the All-Star break from his teammates if Charlotte is going to pull themselves up into a playoff spot.
Kyrie Irving CLE PG
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Comes up just short in Three-Point Contest4h ago
Kyrie Irving lost in the final round to Eric Gordon in Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest.
He went down swinging, forcing Gordon to an overtime round when they each scored 20 in the finals, but Irving's 18 in overtime proved to be not quite enough. The 24-year-old is on pace for a career year with the Eastern Conference-leading Cavs, averaging 24.4 points and 2.4 threes per game, and his usage could even increase after the All-Star break due to Kevin Love's knee injury.
Eric Gordon HOU SG
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Wins Three-Point Contest4h ago
Eric Gordon won Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest, needing an overtime round to defeat Kyrie Irving.
He and Irving each scored 20 in the final round, topping Kemba Walker's 17, to force the extra set of shots. Gordon finished with a flurry, draining 11 of his final 12 three-pointers, to claim the title. The Houston Rockets ' sharpshooter, who's averaging a career-high 3.5 threes per game this season, follows in the footsteps of long range specialists such as Jason Kapono, Jeff Hornacek and Steve Kerr in winning his first Three-Point Contest.
Gordon Hayward UTA SF
Jazz's Gordon Hayward: Bows out in finals of Skills Challenge4h ago
Gordon Hayward lost to Kristaps Porzingis in the final round of Saturday's Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
He took an impressive path to the finals, though, defeating John Wall and then Isaiah Thomas before falling to Porzingis. Hayward is having a career year for the Utah Jazz , and is on pace to average more than 20 points a game for the first time while leading Utah to the top of the Northwest Division.
Mike Condon OTT G
Senators' Mike Condon: In goal Sunday1h ago
Mike Condon will defend the net Sunday against the Jets, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Craig Anderson made the start in Saturday's front end of the team's back-to-back set, so the logical move is for the Ottawa Senators to turn to Condon for Sunday's contest. Unfortunately for Condon owner's his playing time has been scaled back since Anderson's return to the club and that figures to remain the case unless Anderson takes personal leave again. Condon's performed relatively well when given the opportunity (17-9-5 record this season) and should still see a decent chunk of starts the rest of the way.
Vinnie Hinostroza CHI C
Blackhawks' Vince Hinostroza: Rejoins NHL club1h ago
Vinnie Hinostroza was summoned from the team's AHL Rockford affiliate Sunday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hinostroza was with the team prior to its break, but didn't rejoin until a day after it returned to action Saturday against the Oilers. He skated in each of the three games prior to the week-long hiatus and could be a candidate to return to action Sunday. However, his lack of ice time and production keeps the youngster off the fantasy radar in most leagues.
Jared Spurgeon MIN D
Wild's Jared Spurgeon: Posts 20th assist in Saturday's win2h ago
Jared Spurgeon had an assist and a blocked shot in 23:26 of ice time in Saturday's win over Nashville.
After posting just one assist in his seven games, Spurgeon has six points (two goals) in his last eight games. He also leads the team with 106 blocked shots.
Jack Skille VAN RW
Canucks' Jack Skille: Leaves with strained groin8h ago
Jack Skille suffered a strained groin in Saturday's game against the Flames.
Skille hasn't done much when healthy, so this won't impact fantasy owners much if the veteran is forced to miss time. Jayson Megna might see more ice time if Skille is forced to the shelf with his injury.
Pekka Rinne NSH G
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Yields four goals in road loss9h ago
Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 32 shots in Saturday's 5-2 loss against the Wild.
Rinne is going through a little bit of a rough patch right now, coughing up 11 goals over his past three appearances while going 1-2-0 with a 4.49 goals-against average and .841 save percentage. Despite the inconsistencies lately he remains a low-end No. 1 fantasy netminder. Rinne still has good overall numbers and he'll straighten things out sooner rather than later.
Ryan Suter MIN D
Wild's Ryan Suter: Helps out twice in home win9h ago
Ryan Suter picked up a pair of assists with a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 5-2 win against the Predators.
Suter slapped the brakes on an 11-game scoreless skid with a goal Thursday, and now he has a goal and three points with a plus-5 rating over his past two outings. He leads the NHL in plus-minus rating at plus-35, and Suter has 63 hits and 77 blocked shots. Even when Suter isn't scoring he is a must-start fantasy option since he contributes favorably in so many categories.
Khris Davis OAK LF
Athletics' Khris Davis: Opts out of WBC1h ago
Khris Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will not play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Davis also stated that he has felt "over-extended" recently and will forego the WBC in order to remain at Oakland Athletics ' camp and go through the standard spring training regimen. He's coming off of a 42 home run campaign and is an attractive fantasy option entering the 2017 season.
Fernando Abad BOS RP
Red Sox's Fernando Abad: Apt for lefty-specialist role1h ago
Fernando Abad , who didn't pitch well after being acquired by Boston last season and was left off the postseason roster, was retained by the Boston Red Sox because they recognize he can be an effective left-handed reliever, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Abad had a 6.39 ERA over 12.2 innings in 18 games for Boston, but left-handed hitters were just 3-for-23 (.130) against him, suggesting he can still be a useful left-handed specialist. He'll join Robbie Ross as the primary left-handers in Boston's bullpen.
Billy McKinney NYY RF
Yankees' Billy McKinney: Will attend spring training1h ago
Billy McKinney received an invite to spring training as a non-roster invitee on Sunday.
McKinney spent the second half of his 2016 season with Double-A Tennessee, slashing .234/.310/.375 over 143 plate appearances after being traded from the Cubs to the New York Yankees . Despite his spring training invite, the 22-year-old is expected to open the season in Double-A again.
Ariel Miranda SEA SP
Mariners' Ariel Miranda: Will act as starting pitcher during spring training1h ago
Ariel Miranda will operate as a starting pitcher during spring training, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
With the offseason additions of Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo, Miranda became the odd man out in the Seattle Mariners ' starting rotation. The fact that he'll operate as a starter during spring training suggests that the 27-year-old will be utilized as the team's primary replacement starter heading into the 2017 season.
Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Read and react to pitches1h ago
Xander Bogaerts ' slump during the second half of 2016 was partially due to him making a decision where he wanted to hit the ball before the pitch reached him, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Bogaerts hit just .253/.317/.412/.729 after the All-Star break, though within that stretch there were pockets of a better approach, something that assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez pointed out to the shortstop. "You just have to start up the middle," Bogaerts said. "If you start up the middle, you can hit in and away. Sometimes I think too much away, and when they throw me in, all I can do is a little jam shot. If you think middle and keep your body straight, you see it and recognize -- and boom." As much as the 24-year-old shortstop has developed since entering the majors, the last bit of potential that remains untapped is avoiding those annoying prolonged slumps. That will come when he consistently stays back and reacts accordingly to the pitch delivered to him.
David Wright NYM 3B
Mets' David Wright: Begins throwing again2h ago
David Wright (neck) participated in a throwing session on Sunday for the first time since his June neck surgery, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
The throwing session marks another significant milestone in Wright's recovery from his June 2016 neck surgery. The veteran third baseman began taking batting practice last week, as well. Though his rehab is progressing, his overall health entering the 2017 season still remains in question.
Cameron Wake MIA DE
Dolphins' Cameron Wake: Signs contract extension21h ago
Cameron Wake signed a contract extension with the Miami Dolphins that will run through the 2018 season.
The 35-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, as he recorded 29 tackles to go along with 11.5 sacks through 16 games last season. He'll remain a staple of the Miami defense for at least the next two seasons.
Will Compton WAS LB
Redskins' Will Compton: Progressing well in recovery2d ago
Will Compton (knee - PCL) is progressing well from the knee injury he suffered in Week 14 against the Eagles. "I feel good about where I'll be come April," he said.
Compton missed just one game due to the sprained PCL and played through the injury in both of the Washington Redskins ' final two games. Offseason surgery wasn't necessary, however, so the Nebraska product has subscribed to a regimen of rest and rehab as a means for recovery. He has until mid-April to return to full strength.
Jordan Cameron MIA TE
Dolphins' Jordan Cameron: Likely done in Miami2d ago
The Miami Dolphins are moving on from Jordan Cameron (concussion) this offseason, the Miami Herald reports.
Cameron, an unrestricted free agent, appeared in just three games this past season due to concussion issues and is known to be considering retirement. When healthy, he averaged just 23.5 receiving yards per game the last two years and found the end zone only four times across 19 appearances. With Dion Sims set to hit the open market as well, MarQueis Gray currently sits atop the Dolphins tight end depth chart.
Julius Thomas JAC TE
Jaguars' Julius Thomas: Remains in Jaguars' plans for 20172d ago
Julius Thomas (back) remains in the Jacksonville Jaguars ' plans for 2017, WJXT Jacksonville reports.
Thomas was due $3 million if he was still on the roster at 4 PM ET, and the deadline came and went, signaling the Jaguars' commitment to the tight end for the upcoming season. They only would've saved $2 million by cutting him, so that doesn't seem to have been a legitimate possibility anyway. However, they can save $7 million by releasing him next season. Unless Thomas can put together a healthy and productive 2017 campaign, his days in Jacksonville may be numbered. The former All-Pro tight end has only played in 21 of 32 games as a member of the organization.
Ryan Seymour DAL G
Cowboys' Ryan Seymour: Re-signs with Cowboys2d ago
Ryan Seymour signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, 247Sports.com reports.
Seymour was on the Cowboys' practice squad for most of the 2016 season before getting the call-up to the active roster for Week 17. He was later released in order for the team to add extra depth at wide receiver for the playoffs. Now back in Dallas, he'll compete for a depth role in advance of the 2017 campaign.
Josh Wells JAC T
Jaguars' Josh Wells: Re-signs with Jaguars2d ago
Josh Wells re-signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.
The terms of the contract weren't disclosed. Wells will look to secure the Jaguars' left tackle job this summer.