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    • Darian Thompson DAL DB
      Cowboys' Darian Thompson: Misses practice Tuesday
      2h ago

      Thompson was absent from Tuesday's practice while nursing an ankle injury, The Dallas Morning News reports.

      It's unclear how Thompson picked up the injury, but it was serious enough to force him out of practice. The 25-year-old could be in line for an increased role within the defense, considering he only appeared in 10 games with the team last season. As long as Thompson is sidelined, Donovan Wilson and Tyvis Powell could see an increase in reps.

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    • Montrel Meander NYJ DB
      Montrel Meander: Let go by Jets
      2h ago

      Meander was cut by the Jets on Tuesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

      Meander was let go in order to make room for Derrick Kindred off waivers. The 24-year-old failed to suit up for any regular season games last year, but did spend time with the Raiders' practice squad. He will now look for a new opportunity.

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    • Weston Richburg SF C
      49ers' Weston Richburg: Hopeful for preseason finale
      2h ago

      Richburg (knee) remains day-to-day, but the 49ers are hopeful he can return to practice next week and play in their preseason finale against the Chargers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      Richburg is currently on the PUP-list and buried on the 49ers' depth chart. Thus, a return to practice prior to final roster cuts will be imperative for him to have any chance at landing on the 53-man roster.

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    • Brian O'Neill MIN T
      Vikings' Brian O'Neill: Limited at practice
      3h ago

      O'neill (arm) returned to Tuesday's practice in limited fashion, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      O'Neill has been managing an arm issue for about two weeks. The 23-year-old suited up for 15 games as a rookie in Minnesota last year, including 11 starts. Assuming full health come Week 1, he once again projects to start at right tackle. His return to practice, albeit limited, is a positive step for the Pittsburgh product.

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    • Michael Hunter KC CB
      Chiefs' Michael Hunter: Nursing groin injury
      3h ago

      Hunter was sidelined from Tuesday's practice due to a groin injury, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

      The severity of Hunter's injury is not known at this time, but it was enough to make him a non-participant Tuesday. The 26-year-old has spent time with the Giants and Broncos during his first two seasons and is now looking to make an impression at the Chiefs' camp. It will be advantageous for him to return sooner than later, as he is presumably on the outside looking in at a final roster spot as of now.

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    • Justin Pugh ARI G
      Cardinals' Justin Pugh: Back at practice
      3h ago

      Pugh (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

      Pugh has been nursing a shoulder injury since early in camp. His return to practice is certainly a positive sign for the Cardinals' offensive line, as the 29-year-old is projected to start at left guard this year.

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    • Spencer Turnbull DET SP
      Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Roughed up by Astros Tuesday
      4m ago

      Turnbull (3-12) allowed five runs on six hits over three innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Astros. He walked three and struck out three.

      Pitching against a tough Houston lineup at Minute Maid Park is no easy feat, and Turnbull struggled from the start, allowing five runs in the first two innings. The righty has slowed down a bit over his last 10 appearances, posting a 5.73 ERA across 44 innings as his season ERA has climbed to 4.05. Turnbull faces another tall task in his next outing, which is scheduled for Sunday against the Twins on the road.

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    • Aaron Sanchez HOU SP
      Astros' Aaron Sanchez: Heading to injured list
      6m ago

      Sanchez will be placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a sore pectoral, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. He allowed three runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks over 2.1 innings against the Tigers on Tuesday.

      Sanchez threw only 46 pitches and had decreased velocity due to the pectoral soreness, so he'll spend some time on the IL. According the Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle, Sanchez said he's been dealing with the issue for a number of starts -- even before he was acquired by the Astros at the trade deadline -- so it's unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined.

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    • Victor Reyes DET CF
      Tigers' Victor Reyes: Hits leadoff home run
      12m ago

      Reyes went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Astros.

      Reyes started the game with his first home run of the season against Houston starter Aaron Sanchez. The 24-year-old outfielder has settled in as Detroit's regular leadoff hitter with JaCoby Jones (wrist) out for the season, and he's batting a solid .282 with a .742 OPS.

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    • Jackie Bradley BOS CF
      Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr.: Smacks 15th homer
      12m ago

      Bradley went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run Tuesday against the Phillies.

      Bradley took Aaron Nola deep in the third inning to record his 15th homer of the season. He's recorded at least one hit in seven of his past nine starts, lacing three homers and a triple in that span. Despite the recent hot stretch, Bradley's season-long line remains unimpressive, as he's slashing just .226/.320/.410 across 457 plate appearances.

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    • Cole Hamels CHC SP
      Cubs' Cole Hamels: Looks better in win
      16m ago

      Hamels (7-4) allowed three runs over six innings to pick up the win Tuesday against the Giants. He gave up five hits and two walks, while striking out five.

      After allowing 12 earned runs across five innings in his previous two starts, this was a welcome strong outing for Hamels. All the damage came on a pair of home runs, but the lefty generally limited baserunners and navigated his six innings on 94 pitches (58 strikes). Hamels will take a 3.73 ERA and a little bit of positive momentum into his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday against the Nationals.

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    • Brian Johnson BOS RP
      Red Sox's Brian Johnson: Takes loss Tuesday
      18m ago

      Johnson (1-2) allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four across 3.2 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Phillies.

      Johnson allowed all three of his earned runs in the first inning, as the Phillies collected four hits and a walk. He settled in after, however, allowing three baserunners in his final 2.2 innings of work. Johnson's last five appearances have all come as a starter, though he's managed to work five frames just once in that span. That shaky stretch hasn't helped his bottom line, as he now owns a 6.58 ERA and 2.04 WHIP across 26 innings for the season. Johnson likely won't take his turn as a starter anytime in the near future as the Red Sox have two off days scheduled in the next week.

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    • Ja Morant MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Ja Morant: Back to 100 percent
      7h ago

      Morant (knee) said he's back to 100 percent after undergoing minor knee surgery in June, Peter Edmiston of Sports 56 WHBQ in Memphis reports.

      Morant underwent a procedure on June 3 to clean up his knee, and while it entailed only a three-to-four-week recovery period, the Grizzlies opted to hold the No. 2 overall pick out of summer league as a precaution. With just over a month until the start of the regular season, Morant is back at full strength and won't face any limitations when camp opens next month. The Murray State product projects to be among the most sought-after rookies in fantasy drafts.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Cleared to return to Team USA
      1d ago

      Smart (calf) has been fully cleared to return to on-court work with Team USA, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.

      Smart had been sidelined for the better part of the last two weeks with a calf injury, but he'ls been cleared to return to team activities as of Monday and appears to be on track to be available for the FIBA World Cup at the end of the month.

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    • Dwight Howard MEM C
      Grizzlies' Dwight Howard: Drawing interest from Lakers
      1d ago

      The Lakers are expected to request permission from the Grizzlies to meet with Howard regarding a potential union, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      After Memphis acquired his rights from Washington in July, Howard is on the Grizzlies' books for the 2019-20 campaign, but the team is expected to release him before the upcoming season. Since Memphis recognizes that Howard isn't part of their future plans, the organization may just be doing him a favor by allowing him to meet with Los Angeles, which has clear need for added depth at center after DeMarcus Cousins (knee) suffered a season-ending ACL tear in a workout last week. Howard apparently has interest in rejoining the Lakers, with whom he spent a tumultuous 2012-13 campaign. Now 33 years old and returning from back surgery, Howard likely wouldn't be asked to play major minutes behind JaVale McGee, who would presumably start at center if the Lakers commit to using Anthony Davis as a power forward.

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    • Bol Bol DEN C
      Nuggets' Bol Bol: Back to full strength
      1d ago

      Bol (foot) said he's fully recovered from the foot injury that sidelined him for much of his freshman season at Oregon, Jim Slater of the Associated Press reports. "Everything is perfect. Everything has fully healed," Bol said. "I've been working out in the morning and coming back at night."

      While concerns about the foot -- as well as Bol's work ethic -- caused the 19-year-old to tumble all the way to the middle of the second round on draft night, Bol is one of the more tantalizing rookies in the 2019 class. A rare combination of size and fluidity, Bol averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in nine collegiate contests, and he hit 52 percent of his three-point attempts. Bol may struggle to find consistent opportunity on a deep Nuggets roster, but he's nonetheless a name to keep an eye on in dynasty formats. "With his length and ability to protect the rim and stretch the floor, it's a pretty rare combination," Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said of Bol. "We think his skillset, his pedigree, who he is as a guy, will fit in well in the locker room."

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    • De'Aaron Fox SAC PG
      Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Withdraws from Team USA
      4d ago

      Fox withdrew from Team USA on Saturday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Fox was promoted to the select team almost two weeks ago after several players dropped out of consideration and had a strong chance of making the final roster as a result. However, Fox has decided he rather focus on his upcoming season in Sacramento after a breakout campaign in 2018-19.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Confident in return for World Cup
      4d ago

      Smart (calf) stated on Friday night's NBA TV broadcast that he's "100 percent confident" that he'll be ready to play by the start of the World Cup, Jay King of The Athletic reports.

      Smart has been slowed during camp due to a tight calf, though the guard doesn't anticipate missing any World Cup action. Even so, the team will likely exercise caution with Smart to ensure he doesn't make the injury any worse by returning before he's ready.

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    • Mitchell Marner TOR RW
      Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner: Could begin training in Switzerland
      7h ago

      Marner's camp has had discussions with the ZSC Lions of the NLA about a potential contract for the 2019-20 campaign, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

      This is almost certainly just a negotiating tactic, as there's next to no chance that Marner actually ends up signing a contract with the Lions, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him head to Switzerland to train with the team in early September if he still hasn't reached a deal with the Maple Leafs prior to training camp. Either way, it's certainly worth noting that at this point it appears that Marner's holdout could end up extending into the regular season.

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    • T.J. Oshie WAS RW
      Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Ready for 2019-20 campaign
      14h ago

      Oshie (collarbone) is healthy ahead of the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

      Oshie missed the end of last season after suffering a broken clavicle during the playoffs. Injuries limited the winger to just 69 regular-season contests, but he still managed to rack up 25 goals and 29 helpers for a sixth 50-plus point year. The 31-year-old figures to take on a top-six role once again and should continue to feature on the top power-play unit, giving him top-end fantasy value.

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    • Michael Dal Colle NYI LW
      Islanders' Michael Dal Colle: Inks two-year deal
      1d ago

      Dal Colle signed a two-year contract with the Islanders on Monday.

      Dal Colle notched three goals and seven points in 28 games last season as a rookie. The 23-year-old was drafted fifth overall in 2014 and certainly hasn't lived up to that status yet with just 32 career NHL games played. Expect Dal Colle to skate in a bottom-six role this season when he's not a healthy scratch.

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    • Valeri Nichushkin COL LW
      Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Headed for Mile High City
      1d ago

      Nichushkin agreed to terms on a one-year, $850,000 contract with Colorado on Monday.

      Nichushkin's return to the NHL was a bust last season, as he appeared in just 57 games and failed to find the back of the net. The winger will be hoping to secure more play time with the Avs, though he figures to find himself in a bottom-six role. A change of scenery could benefit the Russian and allow him to get back to being a 30-plus-point producer.

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    • Alexander Petrovic BOS D
      Bruins' Alex Petrovic: Lands tryout agreement
      2d ago

      Petrovic secured a professional tryout agreement with the Bruins on Sunday, TSN reports.

      Petrovic saw action in 35 games last season for the Panthers and Oilers, in which he tallied two assists, 26 PIM and 47 shots while averaging 16:32 of ice time. The Boston blue line is already stacked, but the team still hasn't agreed to terms on new deals for restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, so bringing Petrovic in on a PTO gives Boston an extra body for camp and potential cover in the event of a protracted holdout.

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    • Evgeny Svechnikov DET RW
      Red Wings' Evgeny Svechnikov: Looking forward to Opening Night
      5d ago

      Svechnikov (knee) continues to work on his recovery but answered "Oh yeah, for sure. Absolutely. I'm ready," when asked if he would be healthy for Opening Night against Nashville on Oct. 5, Max Bultman of The Athletic reports.

      Svechnikov lost the entire 2018-19 campaign due to his knee injury. Any lingering issues during training camp could hurt the winger's chances of avoiding a stint in the minors, especially following the acquisition of Adam Erne. If he can earn his spot, Svechnikov figures to start in a bottom-six role, but could even challenge for a larger role throughout the year.

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