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    • Thomas Rawls NYJ RB
      Jets' Thomas Rawls: Gets eight carries Thursday
      5m ago

      Rawls rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for 10 more in Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to Washington.

      Rawls had been battling an undisclosed injury, so it was nice to finally see him on the field. The 25-year-old running back averaged just 2.7 yards per carry with Seattle last season, so he's going to have to show a bit more explosiveness if he wants to make the cut in New York. That explosiveness was absent here.

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    • George Atkinson NYJ RB
      Jets' George Atkinson: Rushing and receiving leader Thursday
      9m ago

      Atkinson led New York in both rushing and receiving yardage during Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to the Redskins. He gained seven yards on 31 carries and caught his lone target for 30 yards.

      Atkinson got extended run with New York battling a rash of backfield injuries, and the 25-year-old Notre Dame made the most of his opportunities. His night would have been even more impressive if Atkinson had been able to convert either of his two attempts from inside Washington's two-yard line on the Jets' final drive.

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    • Jerick McKinnon SF RB
      49ers' Jerick McKinnon: Won't play again this preseason
      10m ago

      McKinnon (calf) will be held out for the rest of the preseason, Brian Murphy of KNBR 680 reports.

      McKinnon strained his right calf during Sunday's practice, just three days after Matt Breida suffered a separated shoulder in San Francisco's preseason opener. With both running backs now ruled out for the rest of the exhibition slate, the Niners will divide carries between Jeremy McNichols, Joe Williams, Alfred Morris, Raheem Mostert and Jeffery Wilson -- a group that's likely competing for two roster spots. Comments from 49ers brass suggest the team expects both McKinnon and Breida to be ready for Week 1 against Minnesota.

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    • Bilal Powell NYJ RB
      Jets' Bilal Powell: Gets start Thursday
      14m ago

      Powell rushed six times for 17 yards and caught both of his targets for 20 more in Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to Washington.

      Powell operated as New York's clear-cut top running back with Isaiah Crowell (concussion) sidelined. He couldn't get much going on the ground with the offensive line struggling, but Powell flashed his receiving chops with catches of nine and 11 yards. It wouldn't be surprising to see Powell exceed last season's total of 23 catches considering he finished with 58 receptions in 2016.

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    • Brian Quick WAS WR
      Redskins' Brian Quick: Returns from thigh injury
      21m ago

      Quick (thigh) caught his lone target for 14 yards in Thursday's 15-13 preseason win over the Jets.

      Quick dealt with a thigh injury earlier in training camp and at least proved his health Thursday night. His experience as an NFL starter might seem like an attractive quality, but the Redskins would be wise to prioritize youthful upside and/or special teams contributions when it comes time to chop the roster to 53 players. With the top four spots at wide receiver already accounted for, Quick is competing against a slew of rookies for one or two jobs. Cam Sims and Trey Quinn have made the strongest cases to stick around.

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    • Cam Sims WAS WR
      Redskins' Cam Sims: Makes strong case for spot
      31m ago

      Sims caught three of six targets for 57 yards in Thursday's 15-13 preseason win over the Jets.

      The undrafted rookie had a spectacular eight-yard touchdown wiped out by an illegal-formation penalty, then later provided another highlight with a 20-yard gain on a contested catch to set up the winning field goal in the final seconds of the game. Sims also made a strong impression in Washington's first preseason game, catching both of his targets for 74 yards. The Alabama product was overshadowed by other players throughout his college career, but he offers 4.52 speed in a 6-foot-5, 214-pound frame, and his path to a roster spot cleared up when Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury. Sims is mainly competing with Trey Quinn, Brian Quick and Simmie Cobbs for the Nos. 5 and 6 spots at wide receiver.

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    • Kole Calhoun LAA RF
      Angels' Kole Calhoun: Bops 17th homer
      26m ago

      Calhoun went 3-for-4 with a home run and a pair of runs scored in Thursday's 8-6 loss to Texas.

      Calhoun recorded his second three-hit contest over the last four games, contributing his 17th long ball in the process. The 30-year-old continues his second-half surge, slashing .321/.409/.607 with four homers in 56 August at-bats.

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    • Taylor Cole LAA RP
      Angels' Taylor Cole: Roughed up in short outing
      30m ago

      Cole gave up three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one over an inning in Thursday's start against the Rangers.

      Cole started an expected bullpen game for the Halos, but he was chased from the contest early after serving up a pair of homers in the first frame. It is unclear if either Nick Tropeano (shoulder) or Tyler Skaggs (groin) will be able to return to rotation next week, so Cole could be asked to toe the rubber against the Diamondbacks next Wednesday. Even if the 28-year-old gets another turn in the rotation, his recent struggles and limited role should keep fantasy owners away.

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    • Hector Neris PHI RP
      Phillies' Hector Neris: Strikes out side
      31m ago

      Neris struck out the side in the Phillies' only good pitching appearance of their 24-4 loss to the Mets in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

      Neris was brought back to Philadelphia on Tuesday and has had a pair of strong outings, facing a combined five batters and retiring them all, with four strikeouts and a flyout. He had posted an ugly 6.90 ERA in 30 innings earlier in the season with the Phillies but recorded a strong 1.62 ERA in 16.2 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, so he may well have remembered how to pitch. He has the pedigree of a former closer, with 38 career saves, and it's not impossible that he could work his way back into a high-leverage role should he continue to impress.

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    • Jacob Nix SD SP
      Padres' Jacob Nix: Rocked by D-Backs
      41m ago

      Nix (1-1) failed to escape the first inning Thursday, serving up five runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout while taking the loss against the Diamondbacks.

      Nix was hit hard right from the get-go, allowing the Diamondbacks to bat around in the first inning before exiting with the bases loaded. This outing was a stark contrast from the rookie's first start, when he fired six scoreless frames against the Phillies. The 22-year-old earned his recent promotion after posting a 1.86 ERA and 4.9 K/BB ratio over 58.2 innings across two levels in the minors. Manager Andy Green commented on the rough outing, stating that he can "get an indication of how these guys are wired and how they respond to adversity," which is good sign that the rookie will get a shot to redeem himself. Nix will get a chance to do just that in a tough matchup at Coors Field against the Rockies next Wednesday.

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    • Willie Calhoun TEX LF
      Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Will return to Texas in September
      1h ago

      Calhoun will return to the Rangers when rosters expand on Sept. 1, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.

      This confirms what was presumed Thursday when the Rangers sent Calhoun down to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for the returning Nomar Mazara. Manager Jeff Banister said there is a glut of left-hander hitters and left-fielder/designated hitters, so it was best to let Calhoun play every day for Round Rock. If an injury hits before roster expansion, Calhoun could return sooner. The 23-year-old outfielder held his own in the majors, hitting .275/.325/.391 over 77 plate appearances.

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    • Nomar Mazara TEX RF
      Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Homers in return
      2h ago

      Mazara went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 8-6 win over the Angels.

      Mazara, who was placed on the disabled list July 20, was activated Thursday after missing 26 games. He started in right field and hit fourth, smacking a two-run homer in his first at-bat, Mazara's first blast since June 29.

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    • Udonis Haslem MIA PF
      Udonis Haslem: Working toward return to Heat
      2d ago

      Haslem is likely to return to the Heat for a 16th NBA season, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

      While nothing is finalized at this point, Haslem's camp and the Heat have engaged in conversations in recent weeks, and the Heat are apparently now "even more convinced," in Reynolds' words, that the veteran will be back in Miami in 2018-19. The 38-year-old hasn't been a regular rotation player since 2014-15, but he remains a valuable veteran presence and is one of the more recognizable faces in franchise history, having been with the Heat organization since 2003. If Haslem does return, as anticipated, it seems rather likely that it would be his final NBA season.

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    • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
      Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: Has contract guaranteed
      3d ago

      Dinwiddie recently had his $1.65 million contract for the 2018-19 season guaranteed by the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      With starting point guard D'Angelo Russell going down for nearly half of last season, Dinwiddie was able earn a significant role in the backcourt and finished the year averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointers across 28.8 minutes. He wasn't the most efficient player when looking at his percentages, but he still was a reliable ball-handler and could lead the offense when needed. As a result, it was a no-brainer for the Nets to guarantee his contract for a meager $1.65 million. With Russell entering the season healthy, Dinwiddie will likely be stuck in a reserve backcourt role, so he should struggle to match his numbers from the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Jevon Carter MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Jevon Carter: Undergoes surgery Tuesday
      3d ago

      Carter underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

      News broke last week that Carter suffered the "freak" injury when his thumb got caught in an opposing player's jersey. Following surgery, the medical staff re-iterated that a full recovery is expected. A timetable for his return has not been announced, but updates will be provided as he continues to reach milestones in his recovery.

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    • Shabazz Muhammad MIL SG
      Bucks' Shabazz Muhammad: Agrees to deal with Milwaukee
      4d ago

      Muhammed agreed to a training-camp 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 if he's able to break camp with a roster spot in hand.

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    • Briante Weber MEM PG
      Heat's Briante Weber: Inks contract with Miami
      4d 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
      4d 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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    • Sean Monahan CGY C
      Flames' Sean Monahan: Fully recovered from offseason surgeries
      15h ago

      Monahan (wrist) believes he's 100 percent healthy and recovered from offseason surgeries, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

      Monahan underwent wrist, groin and two hernia surgeries in April, but his recovery from those numerous procedures has evidently gone swimmingly, as he's already declaring himself fully healthy one month ahead of training camp. The 23-year-old pivot, who racked up 31 goals and 64 points in 74 games last season, could offer fantasy owners fantastic value in the middle rounds of drafts this year.

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    • Marian Gaborik OTT RW
      Senators' Marian Gaborik: Status gloomy as season approaches
      17h ago

      Gaborik (back) could be placed on long-term injured reserve to open the 2018-19 season, Sporting News reports.

      The veteran winger went under the knife in April to repair a herniated disc in his back. There hasn't been any new information on Gaborik since the operation, but that's actually an ominous sign as it implies that he's still rehabbing the injury and not making any obvious strides in his recovery. Placing the 37-year-old on LTIR would be a prudent move for the Senators considering it would free up salary-cap space against the upper limit, though it would further decimate what little fantasy value Gaborik even has left.

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    • Anders Bjork BOS LW
      Bruins' Anders Bjork: Will make appearance in charity game
      18h ago

      Bjork (shoulder) will participate in the Stars and Stripes Showdown on Aug. 26 to honor the late Jim Johannson, who had been an executive for Team USA Hockey, The Hockey Writers reports.

      A report from May suggested that Bjork would be ready for training camp, and his expected inclusion in a charity game more than two months later provides even more evidence that he's now healthy. The Wisconsin native registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) over 30 games at the top level last season, but his fantasy prospects figure to remain minimal so long as he continues to ride the shuttle between Boston and AHL Providence. Bjork is on a two-way deal through the 2019-20 season, so he'll presumably need an incredible showing in training camp to avoid such a fate.

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    • Henrik Zetterberg DET C
      Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Concerns about captain's health persist
      22h ago

      Zetterberg's (back) health remains a serious concern for the Red Wings ahead of training camp, The Detroit News reports.

      Numerous reports have trickled in over the summer speculating that Zetterberg could possibly be lost for the season, and the latest news is anything but positive. "He's had a hard summer and I don't think his back is reacting great," head coach Jeff Blashill said Wednesday. "Certainly we'll know more in a month (at training camp), but as of today, there's a lot of doubt as to whether his back will be healthy enough to play." If Zetterberg doesn't play, then 22-year Dylan Larkin -- who signed a five-year, $30 million extension earlier this month -- would open the season as the top-line center.

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    • Ondrej Kase ANA RW
      Ducks' Ondrej Kase: Inks three-year deal with Anaheim
      2d ago

      Kase signed a three-year, $7.8 million contract with the Ducks on Wednesday.

      Kase enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017-18, setting career highs in goals (20), assists (18) and shots on goal (146) in 66 appearances. The 22-year-old winger should only continue to improve during his junior campaign in 2018-19, and could threaten the 50-point mark if he's able to stay healthy, making him a solid bench option in most fantasy formats.

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    • Ryan Callahan TB RW
      Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Surprisingly able to skate
      2d ago

      Callahan (shoulder) participated in an informal workout on the ice Wednesday.

      This was a voluntary workout for the Lightning regulars, but Callahan reportedly returned to the ice one day after showing up for an off-ice session. Considering the bottom-six winger underwent surgery as recently as May 31, this latest development should be viewed as a remarkable milestone in his recovery. While he still could be held out until the beginning of November, Callahan sounds pleased with his progress. "It's good to get back on the ice," he said. "Shoulder felt good. Everything that I did out there - obviously no shooting yet - doing some stickhandling, working on the skating, everything went well."

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