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    • Cameron Lee BAL G
      Ravens' Cameron Lee: Inks deal with Ravens
      13h ago

      Lee signed a contract with the Ravens on Saturday.

      Lee appeared in just two games with the Bears last season, but he didn't start either of them. He will attempt to earn a 53-man spot with the Ravens out of camp to provide depth along the interior line.

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    • Aaron Lynch CHI LB
      Bears' Aaron Lynch: Sidelined by hamstring injury
      15h ago

      Lynch (hamstring) was not available for Saturday's practice, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

      Lynch reportedly injured his hamstring at practice Friday, but the same issue forced him to miss time during OTAs in June as well. He should provide the Bears with some depth off the bench this season if he can remain healthy, but his offseason hasn't gotten off to a good start. Lynch should be considered day-to-day unless something suggests he will miss extended time because of the issue.

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    • Sherrick McManis CHI DB
      Bears' Sherrick McManis: Sidelined Friday
      1d ago

      McManis sat out Friday's practice session due to a hamstring injury, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      The severity of McManis' hamstring injury is unclear, but the team hasn't expressed concern about him missing an extended period of time. The veteran corner appears to be in line for a reserve role this season and his potential absence from further practices will open up a few reps for Doran Grant and Cre'von LeBlanc.

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    • Josh Bellamy CHI WR
      Bears' Josh Bellamy: Sits out Friday
      1d ago

      Bellamy sat out of practice Friday due to illness, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Bellamy reportedly has strep throat and it isn't expected that he'll miss much more time with the illness. Bellamy had a career year in 2017, totaling 376 yards and a touchdown on 24 catches. However, the additions of Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel this offseason have pushed him down the depth chart, leaving him to compete for a reserve role in 2018.

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    • Brandon Barnes DET TE
      Brandon Barnes: Waived from IR
      1d ago

      Barnes (undisclosed) was waived from the Lions' injured reserve list Friday.

      Barnes was placed on IR back in May after suffering his injury. It's unclear how severe the injury is, but if he can pass a physical, he'll be eligible to play for another team in 2018.

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    • Beau Sandland ARI TE
      Beau Sandland: Waived due to injury
      1d ago

      Sandland was waived by the Cardinals on Friday with a non-football injury designation, according to the NFL's official transaction log.

      Sandland's injury remains undisclosed, and it's unclear how serious the issue is. If he clears waivers, he'll be eligible for placement on the Cardinals' injured reserve list.

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    • Felix Hernandez SEA SP
      Mariners' Felix Hernandez: Takes loss
      1h ago

      Hernandez (8-8) allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out seven across five innings to take the loss Saturday against the White Sox.

      Hernandez's first start since July 6 got off to a good start, as he pitched three hitless innings before unraveling to allow all four of his runs in the fourth inning. The big blow came on three-run homer by Avisail Garcia, which marked the fourth consecutive start that Hernandez has allowed a home run. Despite the disappointing inning, he tied his season high with seven strikeouts and induced 13 swinging strikes on 80 pitches. His velocity was not notably different than his season-long marks, so his swing-and-miss stuff may have been the result of a matchup against the poor White Sox lineup.

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    • Avisail Garcia CHW RF
      White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Homers in return
      1h ago

      Garcia went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run Saturday against the Mariners.

      Garcia took Felix Hernandez deep in the fourth inning to record his 10th home run of the season. It was his first game since July 8 -- he was sidelined by his second hamstring injury of the season -- and he did show some signs of rust by striking out in his other three at-bats. Through 146 at-bats this season, Garcia has flashed impressive power by slugging .555.

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    • Dylan Covey CHW SP
      White Sox's Dylan Covey: Throws gem
      2h ago

      Covey (4-5) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five across 8.1 scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Mariners.

      This was Covey's longest start of his career, and the first time he's pitched more than five innings in a start since June 13. He generated 12 groundball outs, limiting the Mariners' opportunity to do any damage against him. However, he generated only seven swinging strikes, making him dependent on limiting hard contact to be successful. While he has flashed that ability for several starts at a time, he has not gotten results consistently enough to be a reliable fantasy asset.

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    • Omar Narvaez CHW C
      White Sox's Omar Narvaez: Scores twice
      2h ago

      Narvaez went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored Saturday against the Mariners.

      Narvaez has emerged as the primary catcher for the White Sox and extended his hitting streak to a modest seven games. That has pushed his average up to .294, though his counting stats are unlikely to be noteworthy due to his position in the bottom third of the batting order and the poor White Sox offense.

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    • Matt Chapman OAK 3B
      Athletics' Matt Chapman: Scores twice
      2h ago

      Chapman went 3-for-5 with two runs scored Saturday against the Giants.

      All three of Chapman's hits were singles, though he came around to score the game-winning run in the 11th inning. After a power surge to begin the season -- he had six home runs by the end of April -- Chapman has managed just four homers in his last 192 at-bats. He was sidelined for just over two weeks with a hand injury throughout the second half of June, and has 13 hits -- including five doubles -- in 52 July at-bats since returning to action.

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    • Trevor Cahill OAK SP
      Athletics' Trevor Cahill: Posts 5.2 strong innings
      2h ago

      Cahill allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out five across 5.2 innings Saturday against the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.

      Cahill turned in just his second start since June 2, but improved his results from his last start July 12. He generated an impressive 13 swinging strikes on only 79 pitches and got 12 of his 17 outs via either strikeout or groundball. If he can remain healthy, Cahill has flashed the potential to be useful in many formats thanks to his 2.95 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 58 innings.

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    • Alex Len PHO C
      Hawks' Alex Len: Headed to Atlanta
      11h ago

      Len agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Hawks on Saturday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      After being selected with the fourth overall pick in 2013, Len spent five years with the Suns. He had a fluctuating role, starting in 140 of his 335 appearances, and never starting more than 46 games in a single campaign. Ultimately, the Suns had other plans at center after landing the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's draft, selecting Deandre Ayton. The Hawks -- in a deeper rebuild than Phoenix -- seemingly feel signing Len to a short-term deal is worth the gamble. In 69 games last season, Len posted 12 double-doubles and blocked at least five shots in three contests. With Atlanta, he may continue to have an opportunity to hover around 20 minutes per game, as the team is short on frontcourt depth. However, health remains a concern, as Len is averaging just 67 games per season.

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    • Davon Reed PHO SG
      Suns' Davon Reed: Contract guaranteed for 2018-19
      12h ago

      The Suns officially guaranteed Reed's contract for 2018-19 after keeping him on the roster past Friday's deadline, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports.

      Reed's performance in the Las Vegas Summer League was likely the determining factor in the Suns' decision to retain him, as the second-year forward averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 boards and 3.0 assists while shooting 48.9 percent from the field. The 23-year-old's contributions were more modest during his rookie campaign, and he won't necessarily have an easier path to playing time in Year 2 with the Suns adding Trevor Ariza in free agency and spending a first-round pick on a wing player in Mikal Bridges.

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    • Montrezl Harrell LAC PF
      Clippers' Montrezl Harrell: Re-ups with Clippers
      14h ago

      Harrell re-signed with the Clippers on Saturday for two-years, $12 million, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Though the 24-year-old mostly played reserve center behind DeAndre Jordan, a high number of injuries for the Clippers afforded Harrell some extra time. He ultimately garnered 1.3 fewer minutes per game than in 2016-17 with the Rockets, but the Louisville product was able to put together a career year, averaging 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds across 17.0 minutes while shooting 63.5 percent from the field. With Jordan moving on to Dallas and being replaced by Marcin Gortat, who saw just 25.3 minutes per contest last season, Harrell looks to be in store for a bigger role in 2018-19.

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    • Abdel Nader BOS SF
      Abdel Nader: Waived by Celtics
      16h ago

      The Celtics waived Nader (wrist) on Saturday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Nader was in the midst of a 2-to-3 month recovery from surgery to address a wrist issue dating back to his days in high school. Boston will turn elsewhere in their search for additional shooting depth off the bench. Nader appeared in 48 games -- including one start -- and averaged just under 11 minutes per game for the club last season and will now be free to look for work with a different team.

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    • Nemanja Bjelica SAC PF
      Kings' Nemanja Bjelica: Heading to Sacramento
      1d ago

      After reneging on a deal with Philadelphia, Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million deal with the Kings, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Bjelica agreed to terms on a contract with the 76ers earlier in the week, but ultimately backed out. It was reported his decision was based on his wishes to stay close to his family in Europe. Thus, his decision to join the Kings is relatively surprising. The deal may have been too much to turn down, as it matched the length he was reportedly looking for. He averaged 6.8 points 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 triples across 20.5 minutes for the Timberwolves last season, and figures to see a similar role off the bench as a stretch-four next season.

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    • Michael Beasley NY PF
      Lakers' Michael Beasley: Joins Lakers
      1d ago

      Beasley agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers on Friday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

      Beasley had a career resurgence last season with the Knicks, with his 22.3 minutes per game being his biggest role since 2011-12. He averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from deep. However, in joining LA, it's unclear if he'll be able to maintain the same usage, as he plays the same position(s) as LeBron James, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

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    • Matt Dumba MIN D
      Wild's Mathew Dumba: Earns five-year extension
      18h ago

      Dumba agreed to terms with the Wild on a five-year, $30 million contract extension Saturday.

      The burgeoning defenseman had an arbitration date set for Monday, but it's a moot point now that Dumba has this new deal in place. Minnesota's seventh overall pick from the 2012 draft has increased his point total each year since his 13-game run with Minnesota as a rookie in 2013-14. This past season, Dumba amassed 14 goals and 36 assists to complement 12 power-play points over 82 contests.

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    • Daniel Catenacci NYR C
      Daniel Catenacci: Will play in Austria
      1d ago

      Catenacci signed a contract with HCB Bolzano of the Austrian Hockey League.

      A versatile skater who can play on the wing or down the middle, Catenacci will refine his game overseas. Now 25 years old, he failed to record a point over 12 games between the Sabres and Rangers, but the feisty one has accumulated 52 goals, 61 assists and 232 PIM over 307 AHL appearances.

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    • Henrik Zetterberg DET C
      Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Should be ready for training camp
      1d ago

      Zetterberg (back) is expected to be in training camp ahead of the 2018-19 season, MLive.com reports.

      Previous reports indicated that persistent back trouble could wipe out all of Zetterberg's campaign and possibly cause him to retire, but then again, there's been such little evidence to corroborate those rumors. For what it's worth, a July 10 report from the Detroit Free Press included a photograph of Zetterberg golfing in Scotland, suggesting that his hitting the links be viewed as "encouraging news."

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    • Dylan Larkin DET C
      Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Hints extension could come soon
      1d ago

      Larkin remains unsigned as a restricted free agent, but the Red Wings are not worried about their ability to re-sign the speedy forward, MLive.com reports.

      Larkin is said to be seeking a six-year contract extension worth approximately $36 million, and while he's the last one that GM Ken Holland needs to get back on the books ahead of the 2018-19 season, neither side seems concerned that a new deal isn't yet in place. "It's heading in the right direction for sure," Larkin said. "I think it'll be soon." While the pivot experienced the dreaded sophomore slump in 2016-17, the Michigan native more than made up for it last season, pouring on 16 goals and a career-high 47 assists over 82 games. It's rare that a player with only three years of NHL experience would earn a long-term deal, but Larkin is a natural leader who wants to be with the Wings for the long haul.

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    • Jacob Trouba WPG D
      Jets' Jacob Trouba: Hearing completed
      2d ago

      Trouba and the Jets had their arbitration hearing Friday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

      The two sides still have time to negotiate a long-term deal (or perhaps a bridge contract) before the arbitrator makes a ruling. While injuries limited the defenseman's productivity during the prior two seasons, when he is on the ice he plays a critical role for the team. In 55 games last year, Trouba logged 21:54 of ice time, including 1:28 with the man advantage, on his way to a 24-point campaign.

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    • Troy Stecher VAN D
      Canucks' Troy Stecher: Pens two-year deal
      2d ago

      Stecher agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.65 million contract with Vancouver on Friday.

      Stecher was definitely hit with the sophomore slump last season, as he managed a mere 11 points in 68 games, well off his 2016-17 numbers (24 points in 71 contests). Part of the defenseman's drop in productivity is likely due to his decreased role on the power play. The British Columbia native averaged a paltry 0:14 of ice time with the man advantage and subsequently only tallied one assist. If Stecher isn't going to be on the ice with the extra attacker, his ceiling is likely in the 20-25 point range, which gives him mid-range fantasy value at best.

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