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    • Ryan Switzer OAK WR
      Raiders' Ryan Switzer: Snags touchdown in preseason victory
      4h ago

      Switzer caught a seven-yard touchdown pass on his lone target during Friday's preseason win over the Lions.

      Switzer, who is looking to carve out a role in the Raiders' offense as a potentially gadget-type slot receiver, was on the receiving end of a touchdown throw from backup quarterback Connor Cook on Friday. The former Cowboy has caught the eye of head coach Jon Gruden throughout training camp, so at this point Switzer's roster spot doesn't appear to be in much danger as he also competes for a gig in the return game.

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    • Jordy Nelson OAK WR
      Raiders' Jordy Nelson: Plays five snaps in preseason debut with Raiders
      4h ago

      Nelson caught one of two targets for four yards in Friday's preseason-opening win over the Lions.

      Nelson was on the field with the first-team offense for just one drive with starting quarterback Derek Carr at the helm, but the 33-year-old receiver still managed to see a pair of targets in only five snaps. Nelson doesn't have much to prove in preseason contests at this point in his career, but any live game action with Carr at quarterback should help as the duo builds a rapport during their first season together. The former Packer brings a mature presence to the Raiders' wide receiver corps, which figures to be led in production by fourth-year veteran Amari Cooper.

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    • Jalen Richard OAK RB
      Raiders' Jalen Richard: Logs nine touches in preseason debut
      4h ago

      Richard rushed for 13 yards on five carries to go along with four receptions on as many targets for 35 yards.

      Richard was unproductive as a ball carrier as he averaged just 2.6 yards per rush with a long run of five yards, but he made up for it in the passing game as a viable receiver out of the backfield. Fellow backup running backs Chris Warren and DeAndre Washington combined for 124 rushing yards on just 19 carries, which somewhat hurts Richard's positioning in the battle for a roster spot behind starter Marshawn Lynch, though a trio of preseason games remain for the silver and black.

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    • DeAndre Washington OAK RB
      Raiders' DeAndre Washington: Impressive in preseason opener
      5h ago

      Washington ran for 38 yards on six carries during Friday's preseason win over the Lions.

      Washington, who averaged 6.3 yards per carry Friday, also forced two missed tackles in just six rushes and had 5.3 yards after contact per attempt according to Pro Football Focus. Washington is entrenched in a four-man battle for three roster spots at running back behind starter Marshawn Lynch, while Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and Chris Warren are on display as Washington's competition.

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    • Chris Warren OAK RB
      Raiders' Chris Warren: Rushes for 86 yards in preseason opener
      5h ago

      Warren rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries in Friday's preseason win over the Lions.

      Warren was the game's rushing leader by a wide margin, as DeAndre Washington finished a distant second with 38 yards of his own. Warren, who went undrafted out of the University of Texas, averaged 6.6 yards per carry in his NFL preseason debut as he continues to battle for a roster spot behind Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. According to Pro Football Focus, Warren also averaged an impressive 3.6 yards after contact per attempt during Friday's tilt, Marcus Mosher of USA Today reports.

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    • EJ Manuel OAK QB
      Raiders' EJ Manuel: Overshadowed in preseason opener
      5h ago

      Manuel completed four of six pass attempts for 46 yards and rushed for five yards on three carries during Friday's preseason win over the Lions.

      Manuel was overshadowed by fellow backup Connor Cook, who completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 141 yards and a score as three of his five drives at the helm led to points. Cook subsequently earned second-team reps in Monday's practice, but Manuel eventually took Cook's place as the latter struggled with errant throws and a muffed snap in the red zone following his impressive performance Friday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Manuel and Cook will continue to battle for the primary backup spot behind starter Derek Carr heading into Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, but Manuel has experience on his side.

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    • Nomar Mazara TEX RF
      Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Moves rehab to Frisco
      7m ago

      Mazara (thumb) will play nine innings in the outfield for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday, Wesley Dotson of MLB.com reports.

      Mazara is moving his rehab from Triple-A Round Rock, for whom he went 5-for-12 in four games, to Frisco where he's scheduled to play two consecutive games in the field. He played a full game in right field Sunday, but was then given Monday off. Rangers manager Jeff Banister wants to see Mazara play back-to-back games in the field before making a decision on when he could be activated, something that could happen as soon as Thursday.

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    • Michael Lorenzen CIN RP
      Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Plays right field Monday night
      5h ago

      Lorenzen played an inning in right field in Monday's blowout loss to the Indians.

      Making matters even more surreal, the Reds used a position player, Brandon Dixon, to pitch that same inning. Interim manager Jim Riggleman wanted to save Lorenzen for the next game because it was a blowout, but would have used him had the Reds scored more in the bottom of the eighth.

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    • Amir Garrett CIN RP
      Reds' Amir Garrett: Has worst outing of season on Monday
      5h ago

      Garrett gave up four runs on four hits and a walk while retiring just two batters in Monday's loss to the Indians.

      Garrett's outing was actually worse than his boxscore, because allowed the two runners that he inherited from Homer Bailey to score as well. With the outing Garrett saw his ERA jump from 3.52 to 4.14, and his WHIP go from 1.14 to 1.21.

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    • Brian Dozier LAD 2B
      Dodgers' Brian Dozier: Leaves game with dizziness
      6h ago

      Dozier was lifted from Monday's game against the Giants due to dizziness, Alanna Rizzo of SportsNetLA reports.

      It's unclear as to what caused his dizzy spell, but Dozier will be evaluated further to determine the extent of the issue. He'll be considered day-to-day until more information is released. Chris Taylor took over at second base following Dozier's departure.

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    • Tucker Barnhart CIN C
      Reds' Tucker Barnhart: Reaches base three times vs. Indians
      6h ago

      Barnhart went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks in Monday's 10-3 loss to Cleveland.

      Barnhart gave his team an early one-run lead following his eighth home run of the season. After hitting .282 in June, the 27-year-old has struggled at the dish over the past two months, batting .179 in July and .178 thus far in August (10 games). Regardless, Barnhart has managed to surpass his previous season-high in homers (7), and he figures to exceed last year's RBI total (44).

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    • Jason Kipnis CLE 2B
      Indians' Jason Kipnis: Plates two vs. Cincinnati
      6h ago

      Kipnis went 2-for-5 with two RBI, a double and a run scored Monday against the Reds.

      Kipnis drove in two on a double to center field in the sixth, helping the Indians to an impressive seven-run inning. He's recorded three straight multi-hit games following Monday's performance, going 7-for-13 with two doubles and four RBI over that short stretch. Although Kipnis is experiencing a recent surge in run production, he's put together an uninspiring .228/.314/.366 slash line through 109 games this season.

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    • Shabazz Muhammad MIL SG
      Bucks' Shabazz Muhammad: Agrees to deal with Milwaukee
      8h ago

      Muhammed agreed to a deal with the Bucks on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Muhammad ended last season with :Milwaukee after beginning it with Minnesota, averaging 5.0 points in 9.7 minutes over 43 games. He will add some more wing depth for Milwaukee, but will likely continue to play a small role with the team. The terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

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    • Briante Weber MEM PG
      Heat's Briante Weber: Inks contract with Heat
      13h ago

      Weber signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Heat on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

      Weber has bounced around the league over the last three years, spending time on five different rosters. In his most recent 2017-18 campaign, Weber played in a combined 18 games between the Grizzlies and Rockets and averaged 2.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal across 13.2 minutes. The fact that his new contract is only partially guaranteed means it's essentially a training camp deal, so Weber will have to have a strong showing during camp and the preseason to have a shot at a final roster spot with the Heat. As of now, the guard is likely on the outside looking in.

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    • Dwyane Wade MIA SG
      Dwyane Wade: Won't play in China
      15h ago

      Wade has ruled out playing in China this season, Real GM reports. "If I play the game of basketball this year it will be in a Miami uniform," Wade said. "If I don't, I'll be living in Miami or somewhere else probably."

      Wade is apparently content to take his time in figuring out his next step, but he indicated that his agent is in talks with the Heat regarding a potential return next season. If that were to happen, the veteran would likely sign a one-year contract at a discounted rate. Wade, who turns 37 in January, is just two years removed from averaging 18.3 points per game for the Bulls, but his production tailed off considerably last season, which he split between Cleveland and Miami. Wade still managed 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 21 games for Miami, though he shot just 40.9 percent from the field and a ghastly 22.0 percent from three on 2.0 attempts per game.

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    • Derrick Walton MIA PG
      Bulls' Derrick Walton: To sign training camp deal with Bulls
      16h ago

      Walton is expected to join the Bulls on a training camp deal, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.

      Walton was on a two-way contract with the Heat last season, but was ultimately let go this summer after having his qualifying offer pulled. He'll now join the Bulls for training camp, though Walton will still likely be a long shot to make the final roster barring any surprises. In 27 G-League games with Miami's affiliate, the 23-year-old averaged 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.5 steals across 32.4 minutes.

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    • Landry Shamet PHI PG
      76ers' Landry Shamet: Resumes light basketball activities
      17h ago

      Shamet (ankle) has resumed light basketball activities and another update on his status will be provided when appropriate.

      Shamet sprained his ankle during summer league play and has since been going through a heavy dose of rest and recovery. The fact that he's already back on the court, even in just a light capacity, indicates he should be able to return to full strength ahead of training camp. That said, the Sixers could bring him along slowly in order to avoid any unnecessary setbacks. Once cleared, Shamet is likely set for deep reserve duties in the backcourt and could struggle to find significant minutes as a rookie.

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    • Shake Milton PHI SG
      76ers' Shake Milton: Cleared for limited basketball activities
      17h ago

      Milton (back) has been cleared to resume limited basketball activities and another update on his status is expected to be provided in around four weeks.

      Milton was selected in the second round of this year's draft, but wound up missing summer league after suffering a stress fracture in his back during the predraft process. He's apparently progressing well in his recovery and while Milton hasn't been fully cleared quite yet, it's encouraging that he's at least able to log limited on-court work. If everything checks out fine when Milton is reevaluated in four weeks, there's a chance he'd be fully cleared ahead of training camp. That said, even if Milton is good to go for the start of the year, he's currently on a two-way contract and will spend the bulk of the year in the G-League.

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    • Kevin Rooney NJ C
      Devils' Kevin Rooney: Lands two-year deal
      20h ago

      Rooney inked a two-year contract with New Jersey on Monday.

      While Rooney's deal starts as a two-way this season, it transitions to a one-way for the 2019-20 campaign. If he were spend the entire length of the pact in the NHL, it would pay the center $1.4 million, although fantasy owners should probably expect him to spend some time in the minors this year.

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    • Zach Aston-Reese PIT RW
      Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese: Fully healthy and ready for camp
      2d ago

      Aston-Reese (jaw) has made a full recovery and is good to go for training camp, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.

      Aston-Reese suffered both a concussion and a broken jaw during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference second-round series against the Capitals. He's since had multiple months off to rest and make a full recovery, and is now back on the ice participating in full drills. The 24-year-old participated in just 16 games during the 2017-18 campaign, but is hoping to have a strong training camp in order to earn a full-time role with the Penguins for the upcoming season.

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    • Phillip Danault MON C
      Canadiens' Phillip Danault: Adds Pilates to offseason training plan
      3d ago

      Danault has introduced a Pilates training regimen in an ongoing effort to strengthen his core and preserve a healthy mind.

      It appears that the Quebec native is doing what he can to be the best version of himself in 2018-19. Danault broke out offensively in 2016-17 when he uncorked 13 goals, 27 assists and a plus-5 rating over a full season, but he dealt with a nasty concussion and related neck trouble in the most recent campaign, finishing with 15 fewer points over 52 contests. The Habs believe in him based on his three-year, $9.25 million contract renewal; he should glean plenty of confidence from that deal and all of the positives that come from taking better care of his body. A huge season could be on the horizon for Danault.

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    • Henrik Zetterberg DET C
      Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Status quo regarding back issue
      3d ago

      Red Wings GM Ken Holland is unsure of Zetterberg's (back) health status, adding that more will be known in September, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

      The Original Six club is reportedly $1 million over the salary cap with Dylan Larkin re-signed for five years at $6.1 million annually. Placing Zetterberg on long-term injured reserve to start the season would be an obvious way to save cap space against the upper limit, but training camp won't start for another month and everyone vested in Detroit's plans for the upcoming season will want to hear more from Big Z himself before hitting the panic button. There very well could be validity in these rumors or it could end up being an overblown concern; time will tell.

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    • Dylan Larkin DET C
      Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Garners five-year contract renewal
      4d ago

      Larkin signed a five-year contract extension with the Red Wings on Friday. Craig Custance of The Athletic Detroit reports the deal is valued at $6.1 million annually.

      There was never any doubt that Larkin would re-up with his hometown team, as the speedster is expected to inherit the captaincy from Henrik Zetterberg (back) once the Wings legend hangs up his skates for good. Larkin has posted 140 points (56 goals, 84 assists) over 242 career contests at the highest level. He should have no problem once again unleashing 200-plus shots over a full season, lining up down the middle with a newfound sense of how to best harness his speed to the benefit of his linemates.

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    • Ryan Ellis NSH D
      Predators' Ryan Ellis: Contract extension should come soon
      5d ago

      Ellis' camp is actively involved in contract negotiations with the Predators regarding an extension, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

      Predators GM David Poile added, "Ryan just got married, so we'd like to give him a gift." Ellis' presence in Nashville over the past seven years has been a present for the Western Conference club. The industrious two-way rearguard has accumulated 55 goals, 118 assists and a plus-76 rating to complement heavy defensive totals -- including a plus-76 rating, 302 hits and 558 blocked shots -- over 396 career NHL contests. An alternate captain, Ellis will certainly command a big payday after securing $2.5 million AAV over a five-year deal that he procured in October of 2014.

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