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    • Jimmy Nelson MIL SP
      Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Next outing slated for Wednesday
      5m ago

      Nelson (elbow) will make his next rehab appearance Wednesday for Triple-A San Antonio, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

      Nelson started his rehab stint Sunday with Low-A Wisconsin, surrendering a run over one inning of work. The fact that he's being moved up to Triple-A likely means he's on the brink of being activated, though Milwaukee has yet to issue a timetable for the right-hander's return.

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    • Blake Swihart ARI RF
      Diamondbacks' Blake Swihart: Moving rehab to Triple-A
      13m ago

      Swihart (oblique) will advance his rehab assignment to Triple-A Reno on Monday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

      Swihart began his rehab stint with High-A Visalia, and it appears he's inching closer to a return after moving to Reno. It still remains unclear as to how many plate appearances he'll need in the minor leagues prior to being activated.

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    • Byron Buxton MIN CF
      Twins' Byron Buxton: Still out Monday
      17m ago

      Buxton (concussion) is not in Monday's lineup against the Yankees.

      He practiced Sunday, but the Twins have been pretty quiet regarding when he could come off the 7-day injured list, so he should be considered day-to-day for now. Max Kepler starts in center field while Marwin Gonzalez starts in right.

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    • Keston Hiura MIL 2B
      Brewers' Keston Hiura: Scratched with quad tightness
      24m ago

      Hiura was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Reds due to left quadriceps tightness.

      Hiura was named the National League player of the week earlier in the day, but he'll be held out Monday due to injury. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward. Tyler Saladino draws the start at the keystone and will bat eight in Hiura's stead.

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    • Josh James HOU RP
      Astros' Josh James: Temporarily unavailable
      30m ago

      James (arm) likely won't pitch for the next day or two, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

      James experienced a significant dip in his fastball velocity during his appearance Sunday, though the right-hander downplayed the issue afterwards, chalking it up to general arm soreness as a result of his increased workload coming out of the All-Star break. As such, he's expected to get at least a day or two to rest and recover.

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    • Jonathan Loaisiga NYY SP
      Yankees' Jonathan Loaisiga: Sim game on tap
      34m ago

      Loaisiga (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game Thursday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

      Loaisiga (shoulder) has been sidelined since mid-May with a shoulder injury but is closing in on a return. The right-hander will need to complete a rehab assignment before being activated, but once healthy, he's expected to be used as a starter.

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    • Ricardo Allen ATL FS
      Falcons' Ricardo Allen: Encouraging day one at camp
      11m ago

      Allen (Achilles) was not expected to fully participate on the opening day of Falcons training camp, but was able to partake in the majority of the drills Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Allen may not have taken the field with the first-team defense for 11-on-11 drills Monday, but he did make the impression that he's eager to don the pads and get after it full speed. He was far from trepid on his rehabbed Achilles, reportedly setting a tone at practice by laying a shoulder hit on Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper at one point in a scrimmage. When asked about the status of his injury Sunday, Allen was noncommittal but positive in saying, "I feel like I can compete and do some good things. That's good enough for me right now." When urged to put a percentage value on his Achilles, Allen jokingly answered, "I don't know if I'm 100 (percent healthy). I might be 1,000."

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    • Tyler Kroft BUF TE
      Bills' Tyler Kroft: Lands on PUP list
      2h ago

      The Bills placed Kroft (foot) on their Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

      Kroft is nursing a broken right foot sustained during OTAs in May. His NFI designation is no surprise, given that the 2015 third-round pick was initially given a recovery estimate of 3-4 months and is questionable for Week 1. As long as Kroft remains sidelined, more reps will be made available for rookie tight ends Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney.

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    • Frank Gore BUF RB
      Bills' Frank Gore: Headed to NFI list
      2h ago

      The Bills placed Gore (foot) on the Non-Football Injury list Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Gore missed the final two games of the 2018 season due to a foot issue. The 36-year-old veteran is expected to be ready for Week 1, but has yet to fully put the injury behind him. When healthy, Gore will compete for carries behind anticipated starter LeSean McCoy in a crowded Buffalo running back room which also houses T.J. Yeldon and rookie Devin Singletary.

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    • Roc Thomas MIN RB
      Roc Thomas: Let go by Minnesota
      2h ago

      The Vikings waived Thomas (suspension) on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

      Thomas was in line to compete for a depth role with the Vikings heading into the 2019 season. It's unclear whether his three-game suspension is what made him the odd man out in Minnesota's running back room, or whether the team is simply confident in Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boon as depth options behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Thomas played in five games with the Vikings as a rookie last season, logging eight carries for 30 yards in addition to 59 snaps on special teams.

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    • Melvin Gordon LAC RB
      Chargers' Melvin Gordon: Moving closer to holdout
      3h ago

      The Chargers aren't willing to meet Gordon's current expectations for a contract extension, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Robinson suggests the team is preparing for a holdout as negotiations remain far apart on the eve of training camp. Gordon has a sliver of leverage in the form of his team's win-now mentality, perhaps hoping the Chargers will sacrifice future salary-cap flexibility to keep things harmonious in 2019. The aging curve for running backs suggests a pricey extension would lead to regret within a couple years, though Gordon at least is coming off a 2018 campaign with career-high marks for yards per carry (5.1), yards per target (7.4) and scrimmage yards per game (114.6). Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are the top candidates to rep with the starting offense if Gordon doesn't report Thursday for the start of training camp.

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    • Ryan Succop TEN K
      Titans' Ryan Succop: Hits PUP list
      3h ago

      Succop (undisclosed) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.

      Succop was held out of the Titans' mandatory minicamp last month due to an undisclosed injury, and now lands on the PUP list. He made 86 percent of his field goals and 90 percent of his extra-point attempts in 2018, and is entering the second season of a five-year, $20 million contract. Succop won't be eligible to practice until he's removed from the PUP list.

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    • J.J. Barea DAL PG
      Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Won't play in FIBA World Cup
      2h ago

      Barea (Achilles) won't participate for Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Cup that begins Aug. 31, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

      Before re-signing with Dallas earlier this month on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, Barea indicated that he was hopeful to suit up for his home country in FIBA play. Because he would have been less than eight months removed from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon, however, Barea elected to err on the side of caution and turn his efforts to getting ready for the Mavericks' training camp. Even if Barea enters the upcoming season at full health, the 35-year-old will likely notice a downsized role with Dallas adding Delon Wright and Seth Curry this offseason to complement young guards Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson.

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    • Zion Williamson NO SF
      Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Withdraws from Team USA
      4h ago

      Williamson has withdrawn from the USA Basketball Select Team in advance of FIBA World Cup training camp, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      One of a number of big names stepping away from Team USA, Williamson will shift his focus toward preparing for his first NBA season after going No. 1 overall in June's draft. Williamson would've competed for a spot on Team USA's entry for the FIBA World Cup, but the event pales in comparison to the 2020 Olympics, when the United States typically sends its top assemblage of talent. Even after backing out on FIBA training camp, it's certainly possible Williamson's name will be in the mix next summer when Team USA selects its Olympic roster.

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    • George King PHO SF
      George King: Heads to Italy
      5h ago

      King signed a contract Sunday with Italian club Aquila Basket Trento.

      King spent the entire 2018-19 campaign with the Suns on a two-way contract, appearing in just one game at the NBA level as a rookie. The Suns renounced his rights shortly after free agency opened June 30, but King failed to gain much traction on any deals with NBA teams. He'll now look to boost his stock overseas before potentially exploring opportunities in North America in 2020-21.

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    • Vanja Marinkovic SAC SG
      Vanja Marinkovic: Won't join Kings in 2019-20
      6h ago

      Marinkovic agreed in principle Monday to a contract with Italian club Valencia Basket, Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net reports.

      The Kings selected Marinkovic with the 60th overall pick in June's draft, but the second-round selection was never a strong bet to make the jump to the NBA in 2019-20. Instead, he'll make a smaller jump in competition by moving up to the EuroLeague during the upcoming campaign after spending 2018-19 with Partizan Belgrade, a EuroCup squad. Over 16 EuroCup games during the past season, the 22-year-old shooting guard averaged 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.1 minutes per contest.

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    • Bradley Beal WAS SG
      Wizards' Bradley Beal: Will be offered max extension
      6h ago

      The Wizards plan to offer Beal a three-year, $111 million max extension on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      The Wizards can't officially extend the offer until Friday, when Beal becomes eligible, but GM Tommy Sheppard did not mince words when asked about the team's plans. "At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Bradley the full max extension," Sheppard said. The 26-year-old Beal is coming off of the best statistical season of his career, but with the Wizards stuck in a holding pattern as John Wall recovers from a serious Achilles injury, it's unclear whether Beal will be willing to commit to the franchise long-term. The St. Louis native still has two years remaining on his current deal, which pays him just under $56 million through 2020-21. Beal could also become eligible for a super-max extension next summer in the event that he makes an All-NBA team in 2019-20. Given all the factors at play, it's likely Beal will take his time in evaluating the decision, which he has until October 21 to make.

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    • Denzel Valentine CHI SG
      Bulls' Denzel Valentine: Still not cleared for 5-on-5
      6h ago

      Valentine (ankle) remains limited as he recovers from a November procedure on his left ankle, The Athletic reports.

      The Michigan State product missed all of last season due to the surgery, which aimed to correct an "ongoing ankle instability" issue. He was originally expected to be back to full health within 4-to-6 months, but Valentine remains at least a week away from resuming full, five-on-five work. In the meantime, the combo guard has been able to go through conditioning, weight lifting and light on-court drills. Assuming he's cleared for full contact within the next week or two, Valentine should be ready when training camp opens in the fall. He'll return to action with much to prove as the No. 14 overall pick in 2016. Through parts of two NBA seasons (134 games), Valentine has shot just 39.9 percent from the field, though he drilled 38.6 percent of his three-point attempts in 2017-18.

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    • Mirco Mueller NJ D
      Devils' Mirco Mueller: Pens one-year deal
      3h ago

      Mueller signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with New Jersey on Monday.

      Mueller set career highs last season in games played (53), assists (10) and points (11). The blueliner also topped 18 minutes of ice time per game for the first time in his five-year NHL career. Looking ahead to the 2019-20 campaign, the Switzerland native should be a near lock for the lineup on a game-to-game basis, which could see him challenge for the 20-point mark.

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    • Colin Greening TOR C
      Colin Greening: Ends professional career
      4h ago

      Greening announced his retirement from professional hockey, CBC reports.

      Greening saw action in 286 NHL games in his career, in which he notched 45 goals and 57 helpers. The center hasn't been in the league since 2015-16, spending the previous three years in the minors with AHL Toronto. With his playing days behind him, the 33-year-old plans to go back to school to further his education.

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    • MacKenzie Weegar FLA D
      Panthers' MacKenzie Weegar: Settles prior to arbitration
      5h ago

      Weegar signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with Florida on Monday, CapFriendly reports.

      Weegar set career highs last season in nearly all categories, including games played (64), goals (four), assists (11) and shots (79). The addition of Anton Stralman (lower body) will likely prevent the 25-year-old Weegar from taking on a top-4 role, but he should be in contention to play a full 82-game schedule, which would likely allow him to push for the 20-point mark.

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    • Chase Balisy OTT C
      Chase Balisy: Signs with DEL club
      7h ago

      Balisy put pen to paper on a one-year contract with Straubing (DEL) on Sunday.

      Balisy couldn't break into the Senators' lineup last season, instead playing in 76 games for AHL Belleville, in which he tallied seven goals and 15 helpers. The Western Michigan University product was taken in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft following a four-year collegiate career. At this point, the 27-year-old will likely see his NHL career come to an end having logged eight games for the Panthers in which he failed to register a point.

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    • Zach Aston-Reese PIT LW
      Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese: Inks two-year deal
      7h ago

      Aston-Reese agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.

      Aston-Reese did have his arbitration hearing with the league Monday, but it appears that after that meeting, the two-sides were able to reach an agreement. The natural center's deal is one-way in nature, which all but ensures he won't have to spend any time in the minors. Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, the Staten Island native will need to beat out Dominik Simon for a spot in the lineup Opening Night versus Buffalo on Oct. 3.

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    • Eric Fehr MIN C
      Eric Fehr: Continuing career in Europe
      7h ago

      Fehr penned a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette (Switzerland) on Saturday.

      Fehr's only other appearance overseas came during the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign, in which he played for HPK in Finland. Over the course of his 14-year NHL career, the veteran notched 113 goals, 108 assists and 1,109 shots in 652 games for Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Winnipeg, San Jose and Minnesota. With the move, the 33-year-old has likely played in his last NHL contest.

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