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  • Joe Harris BKN SF
    Nets' Joe Harris: Returns to bench
    16m ago

    Joe Harris will come off the bench in Wednesday's game against the Kings, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.

    Harris started in the Brooklyn Nets ' last game while Caris LeVert (illness) was out. On the year, Harris has averaged 22.1 minutes per game while scoring 8.4 points per outing.

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  • Quincy Acy BKN SF
    Nets' Quincy Acy: Practices Monday
    17m ago

    Quincy Acy (ankle) was able to return to practice Monday, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.

    It's unclear how much involvement Acy saw in the session, but it's an encouraging sign nonetheless after he missed seven straight games with a left ankle sprain. He should be viewed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Kings for the time being, but even if Acy is active for the contest, he's unlikely to be in store for major minutes off the bench.

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  • Caris LeVert BKN SG
    Nets' Caris LeVert: Back in starting lineup
    19m ago

    Caris LeVert will return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Kings, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.

    LeVert was held out of Saturday's game against the Warriors due to illness, but he'll return to action Wednesday, supplanting Joe Harris in the starting five at small forward. The rookie out of Michigan struggled throughout the month of February, shooting just 32.7 percent from the field, though he could see increased opportunities down the stretch after the Brooklyn Nets unloaded Bojan Bogdanovic at the deadline.

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  • Rakeem Christmas IND PF
    Pacers' Rakeem Christmas: Questionable Wednesday with sore heel
    43m ago

    Rakeem Christmas is nursing a sore left heel and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Christmas has been pressed into the rotation the last three games with Al Jefferson missing time while recovering from a dental procedure, but both backup centers will enter Wednesday with questionable tags. If neither is able to suit up, look for Kevin Seraphin to step in as the primary backup to starting center Myles Turner.

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  • Al Jefferson IND C
    Pacers' Al Jefferson: Questionable Wednesday vs. Rockets
    1h ago

    Al Jefferson (mouth) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Jefferson has been sidelined for the past three games following a dental procedure last week, which has left his mouth a little sore. It's possible that Jefferson may have made enough improvement to take the court Wednesday, but even if he suits up, he won't be in line for a major role off the Indiana Pacers bench. Jefferson hasn't played more than 20 minutes in a game since Dec. 26.

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  • Dorian Finney-Smith DAL SF
    Mavericks' Dorian Finney-Smith: Starting in place of injured Matthews
    1h ago

    Dorian Finney-Smith will get the start at small forward Wednesday against the Hawks, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.

    With Wes Matthews (hip) out of action, Finney-Smith will get the starting nod, filling in at small forward alongside Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki. Coach Rick Carlisle indicated that he initially planned to start Nerlens Noel -- would have pushed Nowitzki and Barnes down to power forward and small forward, respectively -- the newly acquired big man was late to the team plane, so he'll once again come off the bench. Expect Finney-Smith to see a boost in minutes Wednesday, but he's still unlikely to be enough of an offensive factor to warrant significant fantasy value.

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  • Pierre-Edouard Bellemare PHI RW
    Flyers' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Agrees to extension with Flyers
    22m ago

    Pierre-Edouard Bellemare signed a two-year, $2.9 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Bellemare does not provide an immediate scoring threat, as the fact that he hasn't recorded a point since Jan. 14 might indicate, but he does provide grit for Philadelphia's fourth line with his blocked shots and hits. It's a good deal for Philadelphia, but it doesn't make Bellemare any more enticing as a fantasy asset.

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  • Michal Neuvirth PHI G
    Flyers' Michal Neuvirth: Inks two-year extension
    30m ago

    Michal Neuvirth agreed to terms on a two-year, $5 million contract extension Wednesday, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports.

    This move to keep Neuvirth in the fold could mark the end of Steve Mason's time in Philly. The 28-year-old Neuvirth has started nine of the Philadelphia Flyers ' last 11 outings, and despite some struggles -- a 3.61 GAA in his last five contests -- he appears to have taken over the No. 1 role.

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  • Craig Anderson OTT G
    Senators' Craig Anderson: In goal against Avalanche
    42m ago

    Craig Anderson will tend the twine for Thursday's clash with Colorado.

    Anderson is 4-2-0 since making his return to the team, including a 1.84 GAA and .947 save percentage. The netminder will look to improve upon that record against the last-place Avs, who are averaging a disastrous 1.98 goals per game.

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  • Sean Couturier PHI C
    Flyers' Sean Couturier: Dealing with illness
    1h ago

    Sean Couturier came down with an illness that caused him to leave Wednesday's practice prematurely, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.

    The Philadelphia Flyers will go to work against the Panthers on Thursday, and there's bound to be clarification on the two-way pivot's status ahead of that contest. However, Michael Raffl (lower body) and Travis Konecny (lower body) are also ailing, so a call-up from AHL Lehigh Valley could be forthcoming if Couturier sits out for the first time in 2017.

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  • Johnny Oduya CHI D
    Blackhawks' Johnny Oduya: Won't play Wednesday
    1h ago

    Johnny Oduya will arrive in Chicago on Wednesday, but will not suit up for Wednesday night's showdown with the Penguins.

    Considering Oduya has not had a chance to practice with his old/new team yet, there's simply not enough time to figure out a place for him in the current lineup, and so he'll likely watch Wednesday's game from a luxury box. Coach Joel Quenneville said he projects pairing Oduya with Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) once the latter is ready to return from injury.

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  • Chris Neil OTT RW
    Senators' Chris Neil: Week-to-week with broken finger
    1h ago

    Chris Neil (finger) is expected to miss "weeks" due to his broken finger, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.

    In terms of fantasy value, Neil doesn't offer much outside of PIM, considering he averages a meager 7:26 of ice time and has snagged a paltry three points in 52 outings this season. One of the last remaining enforcers in the league, Neil is significantly more likely to get into a scrap than score a goal.

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  • Hunter Harvey BAL SP
    Orioles' Hunter Harvey: Could pitch in game by July
    1h ago

    Manager Buck Showalter thinks Harvey, Hunter will pitch in a game by July, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

    The projection would have Harvey pitching about one year after Tommy John surgery. The highly-touted prospect resumed light throwing this December and has been slowly working his way back to normal pitching activities. Harvey started just five games last season after missing all of 2015 with injuries, so expectations should be tempered regarding any comeback attempt.

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  • Zack Wheeler NYM SP
    Mets' Zack Wheeler: To debut next weekend
    1h ago

    Zack Wheeler (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut March 10 against the Braves, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

    He threw his first live batting practice of the spring on Wednesday, and now we have a firm date for his return to game action. Wheeler's return from Tommy John surgery has been a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks it is an easy road back, as he was supposed to be ready for game action last June. Health is a big concern, but the emergence of Robert Gsellman as a strong option for the fifth spot in the rotation is another obstacle for Wheeler.

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  • Lucas Duda NYM 1B
    Mets' Lucas Duda: Return to hitting goes well
    1h ago

    Lucas Duda (back) resumed swinging Wednesday and his first session went without a hitch, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

    The slugger received cortisone shots in his hip Friday, but it seems like his return to his normal routine was good enough to quell any doubts that he'll be fine moving forward. Look for Duda to make his spring debut in the coming days unless another setback in his recovery process comes forth.

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  • Alex Cobb TB SP
    Rays' Alex Cobb: Two scorless frames in spring debut
    1h ago

    Alex Cobb fired two perfect innings in Tuesday's 19-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins. He struck out two.

    The right-hander, who has a reputation for being tough on himself, nevertheless came away very pleased with his initial spring appearance, especially considering his rocky 22-inning stint at the tail end of 2016. Cobb had missed all the 2015 campaign following Tommy John surgery, so his fresh start this spring and Tuesday's outing are considerably encouraging. "I'm happy with the results,'' Cobb said after retiring all six Twins he faced. "And I'm happy with two of the three pitches. I was extremely excited to see the movement on the fastball (clocked mostly 89-91 mph), and the ability to throw the curveball in and out of the zone when I wanted to. The changeup wasn't there every time I went to it, but there were glimpses of it.''

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  • Nick Travieso CIN RP
    Reds' Nick Travieso: Backed off throwing for a bit
    1h ago

    Nick Travieso (shoulder) received a cortisone shot in his bicep Tuesday and will not throw for the next three-to-five days, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    The Cincinnati Reds prospect was already behind the rest of the pitchers in camp due to offseason shoulder surgery, and this only delays him further. Travieso had been ramping up the distance of his throws over the past couple weeks, but it seems like this development could keep him out of spring action for another couple weeks at least.

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  • Ryan Tepera TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Ryan Tepera: Tosses scoreless inning in spring debut
    1h ago

    Ryan Tepera pitched a scoreless inning, allowing three hits and picking up a strikeout in Monday's exhibition game against the Pirates.

    Tepera allowed three singles, but mixed in a double-play before striking out Pirates star Gregory Polanco on three pitches. The right-hander has appeared in 52 games for the Jays over the past two seasons while holding opponents to a .208 BAA en route to a 3.16 ERA over 51.1 innings. A starter at the beginning of his professional career, Tepera has been a full-time reliever in the majors and minors since 2014. He's competing for an Opening Day bullpen job.

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  • Geno Smith NYJ QB
    Jets' Geno Smith: May not be game-ready until September
    40m ago

    The New York Jets believe that Geno Smith (knee) may not be healthy until September, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

    Smith received an opportunity to start for the underwhelming Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 7, only to sustain a torn ACL in the first half of that contest. Such injuries are accompanied by lengthy recoveries, so a September return is on the optimistic side, in most scenarios. Having said that, Smith thinks he'll be healthy by training camp and even stated a willingness to serve as a backup, which would open more doors as he embarks on unrestricted free agency this offseason. Whichever team provides Smith with his next opportunity, there's little doubt that his recovery will impact his potential to play in 2017.

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  • Mike Wallace BAL WR
    Ravens' Mike Wallace: Expected to remain in Baltimore
    1h ago

    Head coach John Harbaugh expects Mike Wallace to remain with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports. "But my anticipation is that Mike Wallace will be a part of our team, and I know he's working to be a part of our team, and I'm planning on having him back next year," Harbaugh said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    Last offseason, Wallace landed in Baltimore on a two-year contract, which included a lofty $8 million team option for the 2017 campaign. Considering he topped all Ravens receivers with 1,017 yards, including 415 yards after catch, last season, the organization clearly deems the 30-year-old worthy of a roster spot. There's no indication whether the front office is seeking a restructured deal with a more team-friendly salary cap hit. However, after Steve Smith's retirement, quarterback Joe Flacco likely prefers to have a modicum of continuity within the passing attack, which may include Wallace in addition to wideout Breshad Perriman and tight ends Dennis Pitta and Benjamin Watson (Achilles), among other holdovers, in the fall.

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  • Eddie Lacy GB RB
    Packers' Eddie Lacy: Readying for free agency
    1h ago

    Eddie Lacy needed "two screws, two wires, and a plate" to repair the deltoid ligament in his left ankle last October, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "I'm just trying to make sure whether I end up in Green Bay or somewhere, I'm in the best shape or I'm in the best position I can be in personally, so when it's time for me to contribute to whatever team that it is that they're getting 100 percent of me," Lacy added Tuesday on Adam Schefter's "Know Them From Adam" podcast.

    Lacy termed his recovery effort a "4-to-6 month" process, the former of which he reached Sunday. Only a few days prior, he released a video of himself running on a pool treadmill. In addition to revealing the extent of the injury and its accompanying timetable, Lacy believes that he'll be healthy enough to run on a normal surface in the near future, coinciding nicely with the start of free agency on March 9. No matter whether he progresses to that point, the Green Bay Packers control his destiny to an extent, as they're the sole party who can have contact with Lacy before March 7. If he returns to Green Bay, he'll join forces with Ty Montgomery to form a potentially dynamic backfield.

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  • Trumaine Johnson LAR CB
    Rams' Trumaine Johnson: Franchised by Rams
    1h ago

    The Rams have placed their franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson , the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Per NFL.com, the tag will make Johnson -- who was also franchised by the Rams last season -- the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, with his contract tender in line to be in the neighborhood of $16.74 million. The 27-year-old is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he recorded 57 tackles and a pick in 14 games. Over the course of 14 contests in 2015, Johnson logged seven interceptions.

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  • Marcus Mariota TEN QB
    Titans' Marcus Mariota: Progresses to walking boot
    2h ago

    Marcus Mariota has exchanged a scooter for a walking boot as he recovers from a broken right fibula, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports.

    Mariota's second season came to a close in Week 16, requiring surgery on Dec. 28 to repair the afflicted fibula. In the aftermath, he was expected to avoid putting any weight on his right leg for a period of eight weeks, hence the use of a scooter in the early stages of his rehab. Now in a walking boot, as of last week, he has hit that benchmark precisely on the head. On February 15, head coach Mike Mularkey mentioned that Mariota will be treated cautiously this offseason, stating that the quarterback is unlikely to participate in drills until training camp. If the preceding comes to pass, whoever the Tennessee Titans ink as Mariota's backup in free agency will direct the offense in the coming months.

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  • Cameron Brate TB TE
    Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Set to participate in offseason program
    2h ago

    Cameron Brate (back) is expected to be available for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ' offseason program, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports.

    Brate ended up missing the Bucs' Week 17 game against the Panthers while dealing with a small fracture in the transverse process of his spine, but the tight end's agent confirmed Wednesday that his client is "good to go" for OTAs in April. The 25-year-old submitted in breakout season in 2016, supplanting Ausitn Seferian-Jenkins as the team's starting tight end and hauling in 57 catches for 660 yards, trailing only Pro Bowl wideout Mike Evans in both categories for the team. The Buccaneers have already re-signed Brate to an exclusive rights free-agent deal that will keep him in the fold for 2017, so look for him to remain highly involved in the Tampa Bay passing attack for at least another year.

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