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  • Lamar Jackson BAL QB
    Ravens' Lamar Jackson: Drops weight over offseason
    14h ago

    Jackson said Wednesday that he dropped weight over the offseason in an effort to be more agile in 2024, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

    Jackson was listed at 215 pounds last season and 225 during the 2022 season. Earlier this month, Jackson indicated he was closer to 205 pounds, but it's unclear if that's his intended playing weight. An even more elusive Jackson would be dangerous to opposing defenses, and adding Derrick Henry and getting Mark Andrews back to full health after his season was derailed by a broken ankle could make the Baltimore offense even more lethal in 2024.

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  • Uchenna Nwosu SEA LB
    Seahawks' Uchenna Nwosu: Taking part in OTAs
    14h ago

    Nwosu (pectoral) participated in OTAs Wednesday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

    Nwosu suffered a torn pec in Week 7 and missed the remainder of the season. He's already stated he expects to be a full participant for the start of training camp, and the veteran appears to be on track in his recovery. Nwosu tallied a career-best 9.5 sacks in 2022 and inked a three-year, $45 million extension last summer. He'll be counted on to help key Seattle's pass rush in his third season with the team in 2024.

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  • Jerome Baker SEA OLB
    Seahawks' Jerome Baker: Remains sidelined by injury
    14h ago

    Baker (wrist) won't participate in OTAs this week, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

    Baker injured his right wrist in the Dolphins' Week 18 regular-season finale against the Bills and is still recovering after undergoing surgery. The 27-year-old linebacker inked a one-year deal with Seattle earlier in the offseason and will help replace the losses of Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner in the middle of the defense.

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  • Chuck Clark NYJ DB
    Jets' Chuck Clark: Participating in OTAs
    14h ago

    Clark (knee) is participating fully in OTAs this week, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

    The veteran safety tore his ACL last summer and missed the entire 2023 campaign after he was acquired from the Ravens last March. Clark re-signed with New York on a one-year deal this offseason and should have a chance to win a starting job in the Jets secondary.

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  • Alex Bachman LV WR
    Raiders' Alex Bachman: Signs with Las Vegas
    15h ago

    The Raiders signed Bachman on Wednesday.

    Bachman hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since playing in three contests for the Giants in 2021. The wideout turns 28 years old next week and has become more of a camp body in the NFL.

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  • Derrick Barnes DET LB
    Lions' Derrick Barnes: Participating in OTAs
    16h ago

    Barnes (knee) participated in the Lions' OTA session Tuesday.

    Barnes was injured on the first defensive series of the Lions' NFC Championship Game loss to the 49ers and never returned, but the knee issue clearly wasn't overly serious. He started 13 of the 16 games he appeared in last season, finishing with a career-best 81 tackles (42 solo), one sack and one forced fumble on a career-high 705 defensive snaps.

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  • John Means BAL SP
    Orioles' John Means: Heads to IL with strained forearm
    3m ago

    The Orioles placed Means on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a left forearm strain, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.

    It's the same injury that forced Means to the IL prior to Opening Day and he experienced a flare-up during Wednesday's start in St. Louis. The left-hander will be eligible to return in early June, but it's possible he'll need more time than that given that it's a recurring injury. Cole Irvin is the likeliest candidate to slide into Means' spot in Baltimore's rotation.

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  • Joe Boyle OAK SP
    Athletics' Joe Boyle: Rehab assignment imminent
    7m ago

    Boyle (back) is set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Las Vegas in coming days, the Associated Press reports.

    Boyle completed a "two-up" bullpen session Sunday that apparently went well, given the news of a rehab assignment serving as his next step. The right-hander was placed on the injured list May 6 after being lifted from a start against the Marlins a day earlier due to the injury, and he may need only one or two rehab starts before being deemed ready for activation.

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  • Luis Medina OAK SP
    Athletics' Luis Medina: Lit up in Vegas rehab start
    16m ago

    Medina (knee) started Triple-A Las Vegas' loss to Tacoma on Wednesday, allowing five earned runs on four hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batsman over 2.1 innings. He struck out one.

    Medina moved up from the Athletics' rookie-level AZL club after opening his rehab assignment there May 15, and as his line indicates, the results were far from encouraging. Medina had a similarly difficult time in his first rehab start against a much lower caliber of competition, so it's clear he has plenty of kinks to work out before a move to the big-league club can be considered. Given Wednesday's results, it remains to be seen if Medina will be shifted to a lower-level affiliate for his next rehab appearance in an effort to allow him to build some confidence and momentum.

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  • Kendry Rojas TOR SP
    Blue Jays' Kendry Rojas: Shelved at High-A
    21m ago

    High-A Vancouver placed Rojas on the 7-day injured list April 23 with an undisclosed injury.

    The 21-year-old Cuban southpaw gave up three earned runs while recording just two outs in his first start of the year and followed that up with five scoreless innings in his second start before landing on the shelf. Rojas had a 3.75 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 84 innings at Single-A Dunedin in 2023.

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  • Travis d'Arnaud ATL C
    Braves' Travis d'Arnaud: Not in Thursday's lineup
    24m ago

    D'Arnaud is absent from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs.

    He started the first two contest of the series, but with Thursday's finale being a day game, d'Arnaud will get a breather. Atlanta will go with Chadwick Tromp as its catcher for starting pitcher AJ Smith-Shawver.

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  • Zack Short ATL 3B
    Braves' Zack Short: Retreats to bench Thursday
    24m ago

    Short is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs.

    Austin Riley (side) remains out of the lineup for a 10th consecutive game, but after starting each of the previous nine games in Riley's stead, Short will give way to Luke Williams at third base Thursday. Atlanta is still seemingly viewing Riley as day-to-day, so Short's run of regular playing time at the hot corner could come to an end as soon as this weekend in Pittsburgh.

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  • Karl-Anthony Towns MIN PF
    Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Poor shooting in Game 1
    37m ago

    Towns racked up 16 points (6-20 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 34 minutes during Wednesday's 108-105 loss to Dallas in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

    The Timberwolves need Towns to be consistent as an offensive threat, and while the numbers have been there most of the time, the efficiency has been lacking. Towns has scored at least 20 points in four of his last eight appearances since the start of the series against the Nuggets while shooting 47.4 percent from the field in that span, so he seems to be getting the job done even when he has an off night from time to time. Given he only made 30 percent of his shots in Game 1 on Wednesday, Towns will aim to bounce back in Game 2 on Friday.

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  • Jaden McDaniels MIN SF
    Timberwolves' Jaden McDaniels: Leads Minnesota in Game 1 loss
    40m ago

    McDaniels finished Wednesday's 108-105 loss to the Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals with 24 points (9-15 FG, 6-9 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 39 minutes.

    McDaniels carried the Timberwolves in scoring and delivered another impressive outing, as he seems to have carried the momentum of the series against the Nuggets into this matchup. McDaniels has now scored at least 20 points in three straight games -- a personal-best mark -- while shooting 68.6 percent from the field, so it wouldn't be shocking if he has a more prominent role as a scoring weapon in Game 2 on Friday.

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  • Anthony Edwards MIN SG
    Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards: Shooting woes continue Wednesday
    42m ago

    Edwards ended Wednesday's 108-105 loss to the Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals with 19 points (6-16 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists and two steals across 41 minutes.

    Edwards might have ended just two assists away from recording a triple-double, but the Timberwolves need him to be an efficient scorer, and he hasn't been able to do that of late. The Timberwolves have gone 2-2 across their last four playoff contests, and Edwards is averaging just 20.0 points per game while shooting a mere 34.7 percent from the field. That's a clear downgrade from a regular season in which he scored 25.9 points per contest while shooting a career-high 46.1 percent from the floor.

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  • Daniel Gafford DAL C
    Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Close to double-double in win
    44m ago

    Gafford accumulated 10 points (5-9 FG), nine rebounds and one block across 21 minutes during Wednesday's 108-105 win over Minnesota in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Gafford has been rotating at center with Dereck Lively, but the former Wizards big man continues to deliver every time he's called upon duty. He's scored in double digits in six of his last eight playoff contests, a span in which he's averaging 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. It's only one game, but he looked quite good despite dealing with the presence and threat of Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns throughout the contest.

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  • Kyrie Irving DAL PG
    Mavericks' Kyrie Irving: Reaches 30-point mark Wednesday
    1h ago

    Irving ended with 30 points (12-23 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one block over 40 minutes during Wednesday's 108-105 win over the Timberwolves in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Even though Luka Doncic grabbed most of the headlines following an impressive performance in the series opener, there's no question Irving also played a pivotal role in the Mavericks' win. Irving has had a few subpar showings in the current postseason run, but he's scored 22 or more points in three of his last five appearances, so he seems to be peaking at the right time for a Dallas team that's only three wins away from a berth in the 2024 NBA Finals.

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  • Luka Doncic DAL PG
    Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Scores 33 points in Game 1
    1h ago

    Doncic racked up 33 points (12-26 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six rebounds, eight assists, one block and three steals in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 108-105 victory over Minnesota in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

    The Mavericks pulled the upset and stole the home-court advantage with a huge win in the series opener. Doncic played a pivotal role in that outcome, leading the team in scoring and assists while also delivering 15 points, three rebounds and two steals in the fourth quarter alone. Doncic has now scored at least 30 points in two of his last three playoff appearances, and he should be Dallas' go-to player for Game 2 of the series Friday.

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  • Artturi Lehkonen COL LW
    Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Set for shoulder surgery
    4m ago

    Lehkonen is expected to undergo a shoulder procedure according to general manager Chris MacFarland, Brennan Vogt of The-Rink.com reports Thursday.

    Lehkonen was red hot during the opening round series against the Jets, scoring a goal in each of the five games, but was relatively quiet against Dallas. In the six games versus the Stars, the 28-year-old winger tallied just one goal to go with two assists and 14 shots. At this point, the expectation is that Lehkonen will be ready for the start of training camp in the fall.

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  • Jani Hakanpaa DAL D
    Stars' Jani Hakanpaa: Out of action Thursday
    5m ago

    Hakanpaa (lower body) will not be in the lineup for Game 1 against Edmonton on Thursday, Stars' radio host Owen Newkirk reports.

    Hakanpaa will miss his 27th straight game, including the last 13 games of the regular season. The defenseman was a force on the blue line when he was in the lineup, blocking 123 shots and picking up 196 hits in 64 games. He has not been practicing and there remains no timetable for his return.

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  • Jake Oettinger DAL G
    Stars' Jake Oettinger: Tending twine Thursday
    27m ago

    Oettinger will guard the home crease Thursday in Game 1 against the Oilers, according to Nick Cotsonika of NHL.com.

    Oettinger was outstanding Friday in clinching the Stars' second round series, as he turned aside 29 shots in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Colorado. Oettinger is 8-5 with a 2.09 GAA and a .918 save percentage, over the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was 1-0-1 in the regular season versus Edmonton, giving up four goals on 55 shots.

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  • Gabriel Landeskog COL LW
    Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Not ready to retire
    27m ago

    Landeskog (knee) will not be retiring and is focusing on returning for the 2024-25 campaign, Meghan Angley of DNVR Avalanche reports Thursday.

    Landeskog's future was understandably in doubt considering he hasn't played in an NHL game since June of 2022. If given the all-clear ahead of next season, the 31-year-old winger should be in contention for a top-six role and should still be capable of putting up 25-30 goals.

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  • Roope Hintz DAL LW
    Stars' Roope Hintz: Not playing Thursday
    37m ago

    Hintz (upper body) will not be in the lineup for Game 1 versus Edmonton on Thursday, Stars radio analyst Bruce LeVine reports.

    Coach Peter DeBoer is hopeful that Hintz will be healthy enough to return for Game 2 on Saturday. The top-line center will miss his third straight game, after he was injured during Game 4 in the second round, versus Colorado. Hintz has two goals and six points in 11 playoff games this season and will be replaced on the top line by Wyatt Johnston.

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  • Stuart Skinner EDM G
    Oilers' Stuart Skinner: Between pipes for Game 1
    1d ago

    Skinner will tend the twine on the road in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Stars on Thursday, Jason Gregor of Sports 1440 Edmonton reports.

    Skinner has faced less than 20 shots in each of his last four appearances, posting a 3-1 record to go with a 2.66 GAA and .848 save percentage over that stretch. Despite being benched for Games 4 and 5 of the Oilers' second-round series versus Vancouver, the 25-year-old backstop was able to reclaim the starting role from Calvin Pickard for the final two games of the best-of-seven series. Skinner will likely remain the preferred choice in net for Edmonton during the Western Conference Finals.

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