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    • Seth DeValve CLE TE
      Browns' Seth DeValve: Unable to play Saturday
      2m ago

      DeValve was sidelined for Saturday's preseason game against the Colts due to a concussion.

      DeValve had been in the concussion protocol since July 31, so his absence confirms he has yet to receive medical clearance to return. The Princeton product will hope to get healthy for the final two preseason games, considering he's battling with Demetrius Harris for snaps behind starter David Njoku (knee).

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    • Justin Davis LAR RB
      Rams' Justin Davis: Returns from concussion
      3m ago

      Davis (concussion) carried five times for 22 yards and caught both his targets for an additional six yards during Saturday's 14-10 win over the Rams.

      Davis missed last week's game after suffering a head injury, but he returned after healing up and led the team in rushing yards while averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He appears to be fully healthy moving forward and will now look to lock up a roster spot in what could be a crowded backfield group. Davis' next opportunity to stake his claim Saturday against the Broncos.

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    • Devin Smith DAL WR
      Cowboys' Devin Smith: Makes three catches versus Rams
      9m ago

      Smith caught three of five targets for 24 yards during Saturday's 14-10 preseason win over the Rams.

      Smith tied for the team lead in targets while finishing second in catches and receiving yards. His long gain went for just 12 yards, but his involvement, beginning on the team's second series, was notable after an explosive preseason debut last week. Smith has impressed as camp has progressed and will look to continue making his case for a roster spot Saturday against the Texans.

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    • Damion Ratley CLE WR
      Browns' Damion Ratley: Sits out Saturday
      9m ago

      Ratley was unable to suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Colts due to a hamstring injury.

      Ratley had missed most of camp with the hamstring injury, and his absence is concerning, considering he returned to practice Thursday ahead of the game. With the 2018 sixth-round pick on the roster bubble, it's likely the injury is serious enough to hold him out. Ratley will have two more games to hopefully get healthy, and make his case for a spot on the 53-man roster.

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    • Jason Witten DAL TE
      Cowboys' Jason Witten: Makes 10-yard catch versus Rams
      19m ago

      Witten caught his only target for a 10-yard gain during Saturday's 14-10 preseason win over the Rams.

      Getting his first taste of preseason action, Witten contributed to his team's impressive opening drive with a reception to set up Tony Pollard's touchdown. He took a seat with the rest of the starters after that point, but it was a nice return to game action for the veteran, who sat out all of last year. Witten should play deeper into the game Saturday against the Texans in an effort that should more closely resemble a regular-season affair.

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    • Randall Cobb DAL WR
      Cowboys' Randall Cobb: Catches only target versus Rams
      39m ago

      Cobb caught his only target for a seven-yard gain during Saturday's 14-10 win over the Rams.

      Cobb wasn't heavily involved in this one, but he did contribute on the team's opening touchdown drive with a short catch as they worked their way into the red zone. Although reports suggest that he's building a nice rapport with Dak Prescott, the veteran has still yet to make a significant impact through two preseason games. It should be noted, however, that the starters have played just two drives to this point, so Cobb should have a better opportunity to contribute Saturday against the Texans.

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    • Josh Naylor SD LF
      Padres' Josh Naylor: Getting first start versus southpaw
      5m ago

      Naylor will make his first career start against a left-handed pitcher Sunday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

      Naylor will hit second and play left field. The 22-year-old has collected four hits in his last seven at-bats and is slashing .308/.400/.641 with a 1.041 OPS through 15 games -- including 10 starts -- in August. He has a .241 batting average in 29 at-bats against southpaws this season.

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    • Ryan Braun MIL LF
      Brewers' Ryan Braun: Sitting after Saturday's heroics
      8m ago

      Braun is not in Sunday's lineup against the Nationals.

      The Brewers will give a few veterans (Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Yasmani Grandal) a breather after Saturday's 14-inning game. Braun hit a pair of homers in the thrilling victory and is hitting .372 with three home runs in 43 at-bats this month.

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    • Trevor Richards TB SP
      Rays' Trevor Richards: Called up ahead of start
      8m ago

      Richards was recalled from Triple-A Durham and will start Sunday's game against the Tigers.

      Though Richards' promotion doesn't come as a surprise, the Rays were expected to deploy him as a bulk reliever behind an opener rather than as a traditional starter in his team debut. In the aftermath of Saturday's 1-0, 13-inning win, manager Kevin Cash may have decided it was better to have Richards eat innings right away rather than calling on a member of his overtaxed bullpen to serve as an opener. In any case, Richards will likely have a restricted workload Sunday after maxing out at only 49 pitches during his three appearances with Durham following his July 31 acquisition from the Marlins.

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    • Ian Gibaut TEX RP
      Rangers' Ian Gibaut: Makes Rangers debut
      10m ago

      Gibaut fired two scoreless innings in Saturday's 12-7 loss to the Twins. He allowed two hits and struck out three.

      Gibaut was acquired by the Rangers from the Rays at the trade deadline and made his debut for Texas. He was the lone Ranger pitcher among the five the pitched in the game to come away unscathed. With Texas' struggling rotation, Gibaut could see plenty of multi-inning work out of the bullpen.

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    • Yasmani Grandal MIL C
      Brewers' Yasmani Grandal: Rides pine Sunday
      12m ago

      Grandal is not in Sunday's lineup against the Nationals.

      He is hitting .226 with one home run in 53 August at-bats, but is in the midst of a modest four-game hitting streak. Manny Pina starts behind the dish and will hit sixth.

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    • Lorenzo Cain MIL CF
      Brewers' Lorenzo Cain: Out of Sunday's lineup
      13m ago

      Cain is not in Sunday's lineup against the Nationals.

      The Brewers will give a few veterans (Cain, Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal) a breather after Saturday's 14-inning win. Trent Grisham will start in center field and lead off.

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    • De'Aaron Fox SAC PG
      Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Withdraws from Team USA
      23h 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
      2d 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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    • Jaylen Adams NBADRAFT PG
      Bucks' Jaylen Adams: Joins Bucks for training camp
      2d ago

      Adams signed a training camp deal with the Bucks on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Adams is coming off a rookie season with Atlanta where he appeared in 34 games and averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 12.6 minutes per game. He'll compete for a depth role in Milwaukee's backcourt during training camp and preseason.

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    • P.J. Tucker HOU SF
      Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Pulls out of USA Basketball
      2d ago

      Tucker suffered an ankle injury and withdrew from USA Basketball on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      It's unclear whether or not Tucker's injury is a serious one or not, but the veteran sees no reason to continue on with USA Basketball and risk further damage. Tucker will now have his sights set on being healthy for the start of Rockets training camp.

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    • Patrick Patterson LAC PF
      Clippers' Patrick Patterson: Reaches deal with Clippers
      2d ago

      Patterson agreed Thursday with the Clippers on a one-year, $2.3 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Shortly after word surfaced that Patterson and the Thunder were working toward a buyout earlier this month, the Clippers emerged as the overwhelming favorite to land the 30-year-old power forward. Unsurprisingly, he'll fill one of the two remaining spots open on the Clippers' roster, signing with the team for the veteran minimum. After averaging just 13.7 minutes per game in 63 appearances with Oklahoma City in 2018-19, Patterson isn't expected to see his role grow while moving to a club with legitimate title aspirations.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins LAL C
      Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins: ACL tear confirmed
      3d ago

      Cousins' agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed Thursday that his client suffered a torn ACL to his left knee and could miss the entire 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Shams Charania of The Athletic was first to relay the news of Cousins' latest health setback, citing league sources. Cousins suffered the injury during a workout Monday in Las Vegas, where he "bumped knees" with another player and was forced to leave the court. There is no timeline for Cousins to undergo surgery, but once the procedure is completed, he'll face another extended rehab from his third serious leg injury in the last year and a half. Cousins missed nearly a full calendar year due to a left Achilles tear suffered in January 2018, then tore his quadriceps tendon in the same leg this past April during the playoffs. With Cousins out of the mix for most or all of the upcoming campaign, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee will likely cover nearly all the minutes at center for the Lakers.

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    • Evgeny Svechnikov DET RW
      Red Wings' Evgeny Svechnikov: Looking forward to Opening Night
      3d 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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    • Ivan Barbashev STL LW
      Blues' Ivan Barbashev: Threatening overseas move
      3d ago

      According to agent Dan Milstein, Barbashev could move "across the ocean" if a deal can't be worked out on a new contract, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

      While this is likely nothing more than a contract maneuver, the fact that Barbashev isn't willing to rule out a return to Europe is intriguing. After lifting Lord Stanley's cup at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, in which he notched 14 goals and 12 helpers, it would be a shock to see the 23-year-old Russian depart from the NHL.

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    • Victor Hedman TB D
      Lightning's Victor Hedman: Cleared for training camp
      3d ago

      Hedman (undisclosed) told NHL.com's David Satriano that he's 100 percent healthy ahead of Tampa Bay's training camp Thursday.

      Hedman missed the Lightning's last four regular-season contests and the final two games of his team's first-round loss to the Blue Jackets due to an undisclosed injury last year, but he's apparently been partaking in his normal training regimen this summer and feels fully recovered ahead of September's training camp. The 28-year-old Swede, who was a finalist for the Norris Trophy for a third consecutive campaign in 2018-19, will remain an elite fantasy option in 2019-20, and shouldn't have any trouble posting double-digit goals and 40-plus assists for a fourth straight season if he's able to avoid the injury bug.

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    • Eddie Lack NJ G
      Eddie Lack: Hanging up skates
      4d ago

      Lack announced via his personal twitter account Wednesday that he is retiring from professional hockey and will become the goaltending coach at Arizona State University.

      Before hip surgery forced Lack to be sidelined for the remainder of 2018-19, he posted a 2-3-0 record along with a 4.10 GAA and .863 save percentage over six appearances with AHL Binghamton. The 31-year-old Swede enjoyed a five-year career in the NHL, highlighted by stops in Carolina, Vancouver, Calgary and New Jersey. He will now step into the coaching ranks for a Sun Devils team that made its first program appearance in the NCAA tournament last season.

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    • Adam Erne DET LW
      Red Wings' Adam Erne: Headed for Motor City
      4d ago

      Erne was acquired by the Red Wings from the Lightning on Wednesday in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick.

      Erne set career highs last season in games played (65), goals (seven) and assists (13). While given a qualifying offer from Tampa Bay, the two sides inability to find middle ground may have let to the decision to part ways. With Detroit, the 23-year-old could challenge for a top-six role, in addition to being a factor on the power play, which could see him push for the 30-point mark.

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    • Patrick Marleau CAR LW
      Patrick Marleau: Skating in San Jose
      4d ago

      Marleau joined Joe Thornton at the Sharks' practice facility Monday, NHL.com reports.

      After being traded to Carolina from Toronto and having his contract bought out by the Hurricanes, it has long been assumed that Marleau would make his way back to the Sharks' organization. While not exactly a contractual agreement, the fact that the veteran is taking part in offseason workouts in San Jose is a good indication a deal is in the works.

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