Buccaneers kicker Connor Connor Barth made a triumphant return to the Bucs, successfully converting all three field goal attempts and a trio of point-after tries in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Jaguars.
Barth helped to quickly put the departed Kyle Brindza's inconsistencies in the rearview mirror, turning in a perfect performance in Week 5. The veteran kicker hit field goals of 35, 45 and 47 yards and was impeccable on his first three career extra-point tries from the newly-instituted distance.
Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Kwon Alexander tallied five tackles (three solo), a sack, and two passes defensed in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.
Alexander continues to do a solid job manning the middle in Lovie Smith's defense. The rookie linebacker collected his first career sack and also got his hands on two Blake Bortles' passes Sunday. Alexander will continue his impressive first-year campaign in Week 7 when the Bucs travel to Washington to face the Redskins following their Week 6 bye.
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald Gerald McCoy amassed three tackles (one solo), 1 1/2 sacks, and a tackle for loss in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.
The Bucs' star defensive tackle continues to play through a shoulder ailment and nevertheless put heat on opposing quarterback. McCoy has now collected at least one sack in all but one game in 2015, and tallied his 1.5 takedowns Sunday in the closing minutes, helping to snuff out the Jaguars' last-ditch attempt at potential game-tying touchdown. McCoy will face off against the Redskins and Kirk Cousins in Week 7 after the Bucs' bye.
Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafar emerged from Sunday's win with a calf strain, which will keep him out for a month, Kent Somers of the Arizona Wildcats Republic reports.
The recovery timetable signifies the Arizona Cardinals ' hope, but they will exercise caution with one of the primary pass rushers. With a number of injuries befalling the linebacker ranks in Arizona -- reserve Kenny Demens suffered a torn ACL on Sunday -- the team inked Dwight Freeney to a veteran minimum deal, though LaMarr Woodley and Markus Golden could be the immediate beneficiaries of available snaps.
Buccaneers safety Bradley Bradley McDougald totaled three tackles (two solo), an interception and a pass defensed in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.
McDougald's second career pick came on a second- quarter Blake Bortles pass intended for Marcedes Lewis, and set up Jameis Winston and company in prime field position on the Jaguars' 20-yard line, a drive that culminated in a Doug Martin rushing touchdown. Nevertheless, McDougald was part of a secondary that surrendered over 300 passing yards and four touchdowns, underscoring the need for continued improvement.
Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte Lavonte David collected nine tackles (eight solo), a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.
David tallied his highest number of solo tackles in a game this season, along with registering his first quarterback takedown. The fourth-year standout has had a couple of relatively quite performances in 2015, but has been a force two out of the last three contests. David will look to continue his strong play in a Week 7 matchup against the Redskins following the Bucs' Week 6 bye.
Marlins pitcher Chris Chris Narveson was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The move was procedural in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Narveson's debut with the Miami Marlins was pushed back to August after suffering a left elbow sprain in spring training, but in 15 appearances, he managed a 4.45 ERA, 1.088 WHIP, and 32:9 K:BB in 30.1 innings.
Marlins infielder Donovan Donovan Solano was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The move was procedural in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. No matter, Solano spent time between New Orleans and the Miami Marlins in 2015, garnering just 90 at-bats in 55 games with the big club.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Marcus Stroman was named the starter for Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday against the Rangers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Stroman got the nod in Game 2 and offered a modest outing, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings. With the series knotted up, the Toronto Blue Jays will require a better performance in the do-or-setting, though his two home starts in the regular season (one run allowed in 14 innings) indicate that he's up to the task.
Cubs shortstop Addison Addison Russell was removed from Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals due to a tight left hamstring, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Russell suffered the injury during a slide into third base to complete a triple in the bottom of the fourth inning. While the severity of the injury isn't known, Javier Baez entered the contest to cover for the Chicago Cubs ' regular shortstop.
Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kershaw being named the starter shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Dodgers will give the ball to their ace in what will be an elimination game one way or another. He'll oppose a youngster in the Mets' 24-year-old Steven Matz.
Dodgers infielder Chase Chase Utley will appeal his suspension and be eligible to play in Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Mets.
Utley was initially suspended two games as a result of an illegal slide in Saturday's contest, but the appeal likely will not be heard either Monday or Tuesday, making him active for both Game 3 and 4. He is not in the starting lineup Monday, as Howie Kendrick will get the nod at the keystone and lead off.
76ers guard Jakarr JaKarr Sampson collected 10 points (3-7 FG, 4-8 FT), an assist, and four rebounds over 24 minutes in Monday's 94-88 loss to the Knicks.
Sampson hit double figures in scoring for the first time in four exhibition contests, and also tallied a preseason-high 24 minutes on the court. The second-year shooting guard averaged 5.2 points over 74 games (32 starts) for the Sixers in 2014-15, and has boosted that figure to 7.5 to date in the preseason. While he added muscle in the offseason and was a college power forward, Sampson could potentially primarily back up both guard spots for the Sixers in 2015-16 if he makes the final roster.
Cavaliers guard Jared Jared Cunningham tallied 13 points (3-8 FG, 7-10 FT), two assists and a steal in Monday's 91-81 loss to the Grizzlies.
Cunningham turned in yet another solid performance in his continued bid to make an impression on a team with an already crowded guard position. The third-year pro has now posted doulbe-digit points in all three of his preseason contests to date, and will attempt to keep up his strong push for a roster spot over the balance of the exhibition slate.
Cavaliers forward James James Jones collected 10 points and three rebounds over 13 minutes in Monday's 91-81 loss to the Grizzlies.
The veteran posted his highest point total of the preseason to date, and has sunk at least one basket from beyond the arc in the trio of exhibition contests. Jones appears to have been surpassed for the moment by fellow vet Richard Jefferson as LeBron James' primary backup, but his position on the depth chart could certainly change as the exhibition season unfolds. Jones' superior three-point shooting is a valued asset, and could be the deciding factor in earning him a place on the Cavs' final roster.
Grizzlies foward Matt Matt Barnes collected two points (1-2 FG) and a rebound over seven minutes in Monday's 91-81 victory over the Cavaliers.
The seven minutes of court time represented the least amount of preseason playing time for Barnes over the first three contests of the 2015 exhibition slate. Barnes turned in a fairly productive 2014-15 campaign for the Clippers, starting 74 games at age 34 while tallying his second-highest three-point shooting percentage (36.2). The veteran small forward presently slots behind starter Jeff Green and defensive stalwart Tony Allen on the Memphis Grizzlies ' depth chart, and the remainder of the preseason will help clarify his exact role in the coming season.
Bulls forward Tony Tony Snell suffered an ankle injury in Monday's preseason game, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Snell said he will be back "in not time," but he needed assistance standing after the game, so it remains to be seen if he will be able to take the court for the Chicago Bulls ' next preseason contest Wednesday.
Heat point guard Mario Mario Chalmers "plans to sit out for a bit" to give his sore knee some rest, Ethan Skolnick of the Miami Herald reports.
Chalmers has played in several preseason games thus far, but with his knee still an issue, he will take some time off in an effort to get back to 100 percent for the regular season. He will work as the Miami Heat 's backup point guard if healthy.
Carey Price will start Tuesday night's game against the Penguins, the Montreal Gazette reports. In 24 career starts against Pittsburgh, Price is 10-10-3 with a 2.93 goals-against average.
Price was given a day off Sunday when Michael Condon backstopped a 3-1 win over Ottawa. Price has won both his starts, road victories over rivals Toronto and Boston.
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 33 shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Sabres.
The young Sabres team Bobrovsky faced Monday does pack some firepower, but Bobrovsky will need to be better than he's been so far this season if he wants to remain the starter. Through three games, the netminder has allowed 12 goals, and sports a save percentage of just .850.
Rangers blueliner Kevin Kevin Klein may play on the team's first power play unit on Tuesday against the Jets, reports Andrew Gross of The Record.
With Dan Boyle struggling to start the season, head coach Alain Vigneault wants to give rookie bruiser Dylan McIlrath a chance to crack the line-up, leaving an opening on the team's power play. If and when Boyle dresses again, as long as Klein has a positive impact to the 12th ranked power play in the NHL, he could retain the extra minutes. Considering Klein's goal production has pleasantly increased since arriving on Broadway, it seems like a sensible move and has a moderate impact to Klein's fantasy value. If you have a hole on the blue line, he could be worth a gamble.
Patrice Patrice Bergeron contributed an assist Monday, but it wasn't enough as the Boston Bruins fell to the Lightning, 6-3.
Typically a defensively responsible forward, Bergeron has been lacking in that area to start the season. He's minus-3 through three games, despite having two points so far. He'll have to be extra creative in order to keep producing as long as left wing linemate Brad Marchand is out of action with a concussion injury.
Dylan McIlrath will make his season debut against Winnipeg on Tuesday, reports Andrew Gross of The Record.
A former first round draft pick (2010), McIlrath will dress for the first time this season against his hometown Jets. The 23-year-old will be replacing a struggling Dan Boyle, but play on the team's third defensive pairing with Keith Yandle. Even if he manages to stay in the line-up beyond tomorrow, outside of some penalty minutes, he's not likely to provide any production for fantasy owners.
Rangers defenseman Dan Dan Boyle will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's tilt against Winnipeg, reports Andrew Gross of The Record.
The writing was on the wall last season as Boyle began to show signs of a final decline. With former first round pick Dylan McIlrath expected to bring a more physical presence, but a lack of power play expertise like the former, it will be interesting to see how the team performs. If you do own Boyle in some format, it's not quite time to abandon ship as the veteran comes with $4.5 million cap-hit and will likely play again. How he responds in his next appearance should determine your next step.