Connor Shaw has been awarded to the Chicago Bears via waivers, Cleveland.com reports.
Shaw was waived by the Browns on Thursday, but will now be reunited with former quarterbacks coach and current Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains in Chicago. After missing last season due to thumb surgery, Shaw figures to compete with former teammate Brian Hoyer for snaps behind Jay Cutler during training camp this summer.
Darren Waller has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Waller will be able to stay with the team through training camp and the preseason before serving his suspension once the season begins. In six games as a rookie last year, he recorded just two receptions for a total of 18 yards, though he did have a greater impact on special teams, where he was a gunner. He'll look to improve on his offensive numbers from last season once his suspension is complete.
Anthony Hitchens is the favorite to start at middle linebacker while Rolando McClain serves his 10-game suspension, Dallas Morning News reports.
He's started 20 games over the last two years filling in for McClain and Sean Lee, and that familiarity with the system gives Hitchens an edge over veteran Andrew Gachkar and second-year player Mark Nzeocha. Hitchens' production took a step backwards last season though, and if the ultra-athletic Nzeocha flashes in training camp and the preseason he could put a lot of pressure on Hitchens for the job.
Andrew Gachkar is in the mix to start at middle linebacker while Rolando McClain serves his 10-game suspension, Dallas Morning News reports.
Anthony Hitchens, who started nine games last season, is the favorite to win the job and ultra-athletic second-year LB Mark Nzeocha could also factor in with a big camp, but Gachkar received most of the first-team reps at middle linebacker in OTAs and minicamp. The veteran was primarily used on special teams last year, but at the very least should see an increase in defensive snaps in 2016.
Branden Oliver (toe) was looking quick and fluid during the final days of the San Diego Chargers offseason minicamp, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Oliver was placed on IR after Week 8 thanks to a turf toe injury, but the undrafted back from Buffalo looks to be healthy heading into his third training camp with the team. While Oliver isn't expected to receive a majority of the carries to start the year, he's still in line to be the primary backup for starter Melvin Gordon (knee) and versatile receiving threat Danny Woodhead (ankle). Oliver is expected to see some competition for the role in the form of Dreamius Smith and Kenneth Farrow, but it remains to be seen how many running backs the Chargers will keep on the roster heading into the new year.
Danny Woodhead (ankle) is expected to be healthy for training camp, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Woodhead sprained his ankle during the second-to-last day of minicamp, but was able to walk off under his own power. Considering Melvin Gordon may need some time to get his feet underneath him following offseason microfracture knee surgery, the 32-year-old running back is expected to be one of the main weapons for the San Diego Chargers , particularly in third down and no-huddle situations.
Buddy Baumann (back) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday and optioned to Triple-A El Paso.
A lower back strain landed Baumann on the disabled list before the season even began, and he was subsequently placed on the 60-day DL to clear space on the 40-man roster. He began his rehab assignment at the beginning of June, and after exhausting his rehab clock of 30 days, he was reinstated by the San Diego Padres . Baumann notched a strong 1.46 ERA and .99 WHIP over 12.1 innings during his rehab assignment, but the Padres will keep him down in the Triple-A bullpen for the time being.
Jung Ho Kang is not in the lineup for Friday's tilt with Oakland.
Kang's absence will mark his third game off in the Pittsburgh Pirates ' last six. David Freese is slated at third base, batting fifth, in his place. Kang has been mired in a slump since the middle of June, slashing .167/.255/.333 over his last 42 at-bats.
A.J. Ramos is expected to remain Miami's closer, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Following Miami's acquisition of Fernando Rodney on Thursday, there had been speculation about whether Ramos' role would change but it is now clear that he will remain the closer. Rodney, who's posted a 0.31 ERA over 28.2 innings this season, coupled with Ramos who's turned in a 1.74 ERA over 31 innings, gives Miami one of the most formidable setup man-closer duos in the major leagues.
Billy Burns is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.
Jake Smolinski will make his first career start in center field Friday. Burns didn't come out of the gates hot and his performance has only deteriorated as the season has wore on, with the 26-year-old managing just a .466 OPS and one steal in June. Friday's absence marks his fifth in the team's last 11 games.
Erik Johnson (elbow) was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
The move to the disabled list was made retroactive to June 29, so Johnson will be eligible to return to the club after the All-Star Break on July 15. It was reported Wednesday that Johnson would either be bumped from the rotation or that the San Diego Padres would utilize a six-man rotation since Andrew Cashner will be activated off the DL on Sunday, but now he will take Johnson's spot.
Coco Crisp is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.
This looks like a routine day off for Crisp, who extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double in Thursday's contest. Khris Davis will return to left field as Jake Smolinski steps in for his first career start in center field against lefty Jeff Locke. Look for Crisp to be back atop the order Saturday against right-hander Chad Kuhl.
Solomon Hill has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans , The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Hill's $2.3 million team option was declined by the Pacers earlier this offseason, but now he'll earn an average of $13 million per season in New Orleans. Only 25 years old, the former first-rounder showed the ability to play both small forward and power forward last season, which should allow him to help the Pelicans replace free agent Ryan Anderson. After losing minutes during the regular season, Hill garnered added run during Indiana's seven-game postseason series against Toronto, averaging 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 three-pointers in 28.3 minutes per game, and will look to make a similar impact with a more significant role in his new setting.
Evan Fournier agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal to re-sign with the Orlando Magic , Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.
Fournier is coming off a very productive season in Orlando where he scored 15.4 points per game while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. At 6-foot-7 and just 23 years old, the sharp-shooting wing boasts plenty of potential as a legitimate threat from beyond the arc, and with Oladipo traded away to Oklahoma City, Fournier will have that spot in the backcourt all to himself, making way for another potentially productive season.
Evan Turner agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal with Portland Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
After striking out on Chandler Parsons, the Portland Trail Blazers decided to go in the direction of Turner. The 27-year-old brings a diverse skill set to the court with the ability to score, rebound and distribute at a high level, and he is coming off a 2015-16 season where he averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists in a reserve role with Boston. Most importantly, however, may be Turner's ability as a perimeter defender, something Portland is in desperate need of, and the wing should fit in nicely as either a starter or off the bench for the Blazers.
Chandler Parsons agreed to a four-year max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies Friday, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
The deal is expected to be worth $94 million over those four years, as Parsons will provide Memphis with scoring on the wing that has been absent over the past few years. The 27-year-old out of Florida is coming off a season that saw a slight dip in production, as he averaged just 13.7 points after three-straight seasons averaging over 15 points per game. That, on top of knee injury concerns, leaves some with their reservations surrounding the value of Parsons, but it was clear from the start that the only way to obtain him would be with a maximum offer. Parsons should serve as a focal point of the Grizzlies' offense alongside Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, should he re-sign with the team.
Mirza Teletovic agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
Teletovic is coming off the most productive season of his NBA career with the Suns where he averaged 12.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 39 percent from behind the arc. The 30-year-old forward will provide Milwaukee with some much-needed floor spacing off the bench and provide an outside stroke that is difficult to find on the team's current roster. He will also be reunited with head coach Jason Kidd, who he played under in Brooklyn.
Jerryd Bayless agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers Friday, Jon Krawczynski of the AP reports.
Bayless is coming off a productive 2015-16 campaign with the Bucks where he averaged 10.4 points and 3.1 assists over 52 games. The 27-year-old will serve as the experienced point guard the 76ers have been looking for, and with the departure of Ish Smith this offseason, Bayless is in line to start at the position and have a very productive individual season as long as he stays healthy.
Harry Zolnierczyk signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators on Friday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Zolnierczyk appeared in 24 games with AHL San Diego last season, tallying nine points (six goals, three assists) over that span. The 28-year-old winger will provide Nashville with organizational depth at forward in 2016-17, and will once again spend the majority of the season in the minors.
Matt Irwin signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators on Friday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Irwin spent the majority of the 2015-16 campaign with AHL Providence, notching 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) over 64 games. The 28-year-old will provide the Predators with organizational depth at defense in 2016-17, and will once again spend most of the season in the minors.
Klas Dahlbeck signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday worth $750,000, Bob McKenzie of The Hockey Insider reports.
Dahlbeck will serve as added depth on the blue line for another season in Arizona after averaging 15:44 of ice time over 71 appearances during the 2015-16 campaign.
Jake Allen signed a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues on Friday.
Allen is now under contract with the Blues through the 2020-21 season. The 25-year-old seems to be in line for his most appearances to date during the 2016-17 campaign, after the Blues traded away Brian Elliot to Calgary just a week before inking Allen to an extension.
Brett Connolly has signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Washington Capitals , reports Gord Miller of TSN.
Connolly had so much promise and there have been so few results. He has never been able to put together a healthy season since before his draft -- it's really too bad because his hands are elite. Connolly will be cheap investment for the Caps and could be a solid waiver grab for savvy owners if he can tap into his potential
Andrei Vasilevskiy has agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning , reports Dan Rosen of the NHL Network.
Ben Bishop is inked for one more year at $5.95 million, but the Bolts are locking up a lot of cap space with this extension, as well as Victor Hedman's and the re-signing of Steven Stamkos. This may signal a trade of Bishop. It's a great move for the Bolts.