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    • Damarious Randall CLE DB
      Browns' Damarious Randall: Returns from leg injury
      19m ago

      Randall (leg) logged one solo tackle during Friday's preseason loss to the Bills.

      Despite injuring his left leg during Wednesday's practice, Randall was able to play in Friday's preseason tilt just two days after the minor issue arose. The Browns' starting free safety didn't see too much action with just one tackle as the team proceeded carefully with his snap count.

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    • Kerwynn Williams KC RB
      Chiefs' Kerwynn Williams: Logs 12 touches Friday
      21m ago

      Williams rushed for 23 yards on eight carries to go along with four catches on five targets for 27 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Falcons.

      In his return from a head injury that knocked him out of the Chiefs' preseason opener last Thursday, Williams led the team in rushing versus Atlanta despite averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. Williams' versatility was on display as he battles for a reserve role at running back behind Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware (knee).

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    • Calvin Munson NYG MLB
      Giants' Calvin Munson: Takes hit to head Friday
      30m ago

      Munson took a hit to the head during Friday's preseason win over the Lions and could be subjected to the league's concussion protocol as a result, The Athletic's Dan Duggan reports.

      Munson was removed from Friday's tilt after taking a blow to the head, so he may need to clear the concussion protocol before eventually returning to practice. The second-year linebacker will continue to compete for a spot behind likely starters B.J. Goodson and Alec Ogletree upon his return.

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    • Russell Shepard NYG WR
      Giants' Russell Shepard: Nursing dislocated finger
      33m ago

      Shepard is dealing with a dislocated finger, The Athletic's Dan Duggan reports.

      The finger injury that forced Shepard to leave Friday's preseason win over the Lions has officially been diagnosed as a dislocation, which shouldn't ultimately keep him sidelined for long. He'll hope to be ready in time for next Friday's preseason contest against the Jets as he battles for a depth role at wide receiver behind Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Cody Latimer.

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    • Jordan Wilkins IND RB
      Colts' Jordan Wilkins: Practices Friday as starter
      35m ago

      Wilkins received the start at running back in Friday's practice, but the Colts rotated Christine Michael and Nyheim Hines with the first-team offense as well, ESPN 1070 am Indianapolis reports.

      With Marlon Mack sidelined with a hamstring injury and Robert Turbin sidelined with an ankle injury, Wilkins has an opportunity to showcase his talents in the next two preseason games. It's possible he could figure early into the regular season mix if Mack is sidelined past the preseason and with Turbin set to miss the first four games due to a suspension. However, Michael and Hines could still figure into the mix, Hines especially on passing downs.

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    • Jonathan Williams NO RB
      Saints' Jonathan Williams: Looks good on ground again
      42m ago

      Williams gained 37 yards on eight carries and lost two yards on one reception in Friday's 20-15 preseason loss to the Cardinals.

      Following a 4-26-1 rushing line in the preseason opener, Williams operated as the clear No. 2 behind Mark Ingram in Friday's game. Boston Scott and Terrance West did eventually get some work, with the former taking six carries for 28 yards and the latter gaining 26 yards on just two carries. Alvin Kamara was held out of the game, helping the Saints get a better look at the players who might join him in the backfield while Ingram serves a four-game suspension. Williams seems to lead the group, but Scott and West won't go down without a fight.

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    • Jose Leclerc TEX RP
      Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Notches fourth save of year
      39m ago

      Leclerc struck out the side in a clean ninth inning to earn the save Friday against the Angels.

      Leclerc came into the ninth with a two-run lead and got all three batters to strike out swinging. Leclerc is now 4-for-4 in save chances since the Rangers dealt Keone Kela at the trade deadline, and he's solidifying his role as the primary closer with continued success. The young righty has surrendered only one hit and one walk while striking out 11 in his last six appearances. Leclerc has a stellar 1.97 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while holding opponents to a .144 batting average on the year.

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    • Drew Hutchison TEX SP
      Rangers' Drew Hutchison: Strikes out six in win
      41m ago

      Hutchison (2-2) allowed two runs on five hits in a win over the Angels on Friday, striking out six and walking one in five innings.

      Hutchison made his third start for the Rangers this season, picking up his first win with the new ball club. In three starts Hutchison is 1-1 with a 7.43 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. On the season the right-hander has a 5.71 ERA with a 27:21 K:BB in 34.2 innings. He's slated to take on the A's in Oakland for his next start, but that may change if Mike Minor (back) returns to the starting rotation soon.

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    • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
      Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Ejected from series opener
      42m ago

      Ahmed was ejected from Friday's game against the Padres after arguing balls and strikes, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

      Ahmed wasn't pleased with the strike zone, and he was tossed in the third inning after giving the home plate umpire an earful. He went 1-for-2 prior to being tossed from the ballgame. Ahmed was replaced at shortstop by Daniel Descalso.

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    • Odrisamer Despaigne LAA RP
      Angels' Odrisamer Despaigne: Allows five runs in loss
      43m ago

      Despaigne (2-1) allowed five runs on seven hits in a loss to the Rangers on Friday, striking out three and walking one in four innings.

      Making his second start of the season (the other coming on March 31 as a member of the Marlins) Despaigne allowed all five runs in the second inning and ended up throwing 78 pitches (47 for strikes) in the outing. The 31-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to make the start Friday, and it's yet to be seen if he remains in the rotation, especially considering that the Angels have days off Monday and Thursday of next week.

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    • Aledmys Diaz TOR SS
      Blue Jays' Aledmys Diaz: Knocks in two vs. Yankees
      1h ago

      Diaz went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Friday's 7-5 loss to New York.

      Diaz delivered a two-run single to center field in the first to cap off a four-run first inning, but the Yankees would rally to nab the victory. With Yangervis Solarte (oblique), Brandon Drury (hand) and Lourdes Gurriel (ankle) all on the 10-day disabled list, Diaz should see plenty of starts throughout the infield until his teammates return to health. The 28-year-old shortstop is slashing .256/.291/.453 with a .744 OPS through 93 games this season

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    • Trevor Williams PIT SP
      Pirates' Trevor Williams: Tough-luck loser against Cubs
      1h ago

      Williams (10-9) took the loss Friday as the Pirates fell 1-0 to the Cubs, giving up one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out four.

      The right-hander continued his excellent run, even if he wasn't rewarded for his efforts in this one -- Williams now has a 0.75 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over his last six starts, although his 18:11 K:BB during that stretch indicates how narrow his margin for error has been. He'll try to stay locked in when he next takes the mound Wednesday at home against the Braves.

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    • R.J. Hunter HOU SG
      R.J. Hunter: Let go by Houston
      8h ago

      Hunter was waived by the Rockets on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Hunter has struggled to find NBA run since being drafted 28th overall by the Celtics in 2015. Over the past two years, he's appeared in eight NBA games, spending most of his time in the G-League. However, despite averaging just over 20 points per game for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' G-League affiliate, the organization apparently didn't feel he was worth the investment.

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    • Tarik Black HOU PF
      Tarik Black: Heads overseas
      9h ago

      Black has agreed to a one-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.

      Black appeared in 51 games with the Rockets last season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.2 rebounds across 10.5 minutes. The 26-year-old big man will head overseas for the upcoming season, as it's unlikely he garnered a significant offer from an NBA team.

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    • Udonis Haslem MIA PF
      Udonis Haslem: Working toward return to Heat
      3d ago

      Haslem is likely to return to the Heat for a 16th NBA season, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

      While nothing is finalized at this point, Haslem's camp and the Heat have engaged in conversations in recent weeks, and the Heat are apparently now "even more convinced," in Reynolds' words, that the veteran will be back in Miami in 2018-19. The 38-year-old hasn't been a regular rotation player since 2014-15, but he remains a valuable veteran presence and is one of the more recognizable faces in franchise history, having been with the Heat organization since 2003. If Haslem does return, as anticipated, it seems rather likely that it would be his final NBA season.

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    • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
      Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: Has contract guaranteed
      3d ago

      Dinwiddie recently had his $1.65 million contract for the 2018-19 season guaranteed by the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      With starting point guard D'Angelo Russell going down for nearly half of last season, Dinwiddie was able earn a significant role in the backcourt and finished the year averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointers across 28.8 minutes. He wasn't the most efficient player when looking at his percentages, but he still was a reliable ball-handler and could lead the offense when needed. As a result, it was a no-brainer for the Nets to guarantee his contract for a meager $1.65 million. With Russell entering the season healthy, Dinwiddie will likely be stuck in a reserve backcourt role, so he should struggle to match his numbers from the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Jevon Carter MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Jevon Carter: Undergoes surgery Tuesday
      3d ago

      Carter underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

      News broke last week that Carter suffered the "freak" injury when his thumb got caught in an opposing player's jersey. Following surgery, the medical staff re-iterated that a full recovery is expected. A timetable for his return has not been announced, but updates will be provided as he continues to reach milestones in his recovery.

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    • Shabazz Muhammad MIL SG
      Bucks' Shabazz Muhammad: Agrees to deal with Milwaukee
      4d ago

      Muhammed agreed to a training-camp deal with the Bucks on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Muhammad ended last season with Milwaukee after beginning it with Minnesota, averaging 5.0 points in 9.7 minutes over 43 games. He will add some more wing depth for Milwaukee, but will likely continue to play a small role with the team if he's able to break camp with a roster spot in hand.

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    • Jeff Skinner BUF LW
      Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Slated for top-line duty
      3h ago

      Skinner is projected for a top-line assignment flanking Jack Eichel to open the season, according to John Vogl of The Athletic Buffalo.

      Acquired from the Hurricanes on Aug. 2, Skinner is also expected to join forces with Sam Reinhart to serve as the elder statesman of a young but potentially lethal first line in Buffalo. While Skinner is only 26 years old, he already has eight years of NHL experience. The skilled sniper has recorded 204 goals and 175 assists over 579 career contests but hasn't been involved in playoff hockey since averaging a goal per game with OHL Kitchener as part of the 2009-10 campaign. While Skinner only averaged 16:42 of ice time last season, he could approach the 19-minute mark if he manages to stay healthy and exhibits solid chemistry with Eichel and Reinhart.

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    • Nick Jensen DET D
      Red Wings' Nick Jensen: Tenuous grip on starting role
      12h ago

      Jensen is no lock to be a regular with the Red Wings this season, MLive.com reports.

      There are a handful of blue-line prospects that could render Jensen the odd man out as soon as training camp rolls around. He's a low-end contributor, having collected four goals and 24 assists over his first 130 games at the top level, and fantasy owners similarly have found no use for his cumulative minus-15 rating over that span. Prospect Joe Hicketts sampled life in the NHL last season and is considered a leading candidate to break camp with the Red Wings. Jensen would then be placed on the trade block and/or relegated to the minors with AHL Grand Rapids.

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    • Jimmy Howard DET G
      Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Projected for 50-plus games
      13h ago

      Despite the Red Wings having acquired Jonathan Bernier in free agency, Howard could still play in 50-plus games this season, MLive.com reports.

      Staying healthy will be key for Howard, as he will be playing for a new contract. The American backstop went 22-27-9 with a 2.85 GAA and .910 save percentage over 60 games last season. While that was his heaviest workload since the 2010-11 campaign, Howard's save percentage dipped from the career-high .927 mark he achieved in 2016-17. Bernier, on the other hand, has shown over the years that he's not quite starter material, but unquestionably a solid backup option, in case Howard sustains an injury or falters.

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    • Sean Monahan CGY C
      Flames' Sean Monahan: Fully recovered from offseason surgeries
      1d ago

      Monahan (wrist) believes he's 100 percent healthy and recovered from offseason surgeries, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

      Monahan underwent wrist, groin and two hernia surgeries in April, but his recovery from those numerous procedures has evidently gone swimmingly, as he's already declaring himself fully healthy one month ahead of training camp. The 23-year-old pivot, who racked up 31 goals and 64 points in 74 games last season, could offer fantasy owners fantastic value in the middle rounds of drafts this year.

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    • Marian Gaborik OTT RW
      Senators' Marian Gaborik: Status gloomy as season approaches
      1d ago

      Gaborik (back) could be placed on long-term injured reserve to open the 2018-19 season, Sporting News reports.

      The veteran winger went under the knife in April to repair a herniated disc in his back. There hasn't been any new information on Gaborik since the operation, but that's actually an ominous sign as it implies that he's still rehabbing the injury and not making any obvious strides in his recovery. Placing the 37-year-old on LTIR would be a prudent move for the Senators considering it would free up salary-cap space against the upper limit, though it would further decimate what little fantasy value Gaborik even has left.

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    • Anders Bjork BOS LW
      Bruins' Anders Bjork: Will make appearance in charity game
      1d ago

      Bjork (shoulder) will participate in the Stars and Stripes Showdown on Aug. 26 to honor the late Jim Johannson, who had been an executive for Team USA Hockey, The Hockey Writers reports.

      A report from May suggested that Bjork would be ready for training camp, and his expected inclusion in a charity game more than two months later provides even more evidence that he's now healthy. The Wisconsin native registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) over 30 games at the top level last season, but his fantasy prospects figure to remain minimal so long as he continues to ride the shuttle between Boston and AHL Providence. Bjork is on a two-way deal through the 2019-20 season, so he'll presumably need an incredible showing in training camp to avoid such a fate.

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