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NFL

Report: Miami has 'discussed' Cecil Shorts
Cecil Shorts | JAC
(March 5, 2015 10:35 PM EST)
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have "(internally discussed)" free agent Cecil Shorts.
Cleaning house at receiver, the Dolphins would be buying low on a player who appeared on the verge of exploding in 2012. Per reporter Barry Jackson, the Dolphins like what Shorts brings after the catch. According to Pro Football Focus, Shorts averaged 5.1 yards after the catch in 2014, a nice number. Recently released Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson offered nothing after the catch.
Source:
Miami Herald
Dolphins 'genuinely uncertain' about Wallace
Mike Wallace | MIA
(March 5, 2015 10:30 PM EST)
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are still "genuinely uncertain" about Mike Wallace's future with the team.
Per reporter Barry Jackson, there is front-office support for keeping Wallace, but "the cap hit is an issue." Owed $32.9 million over the next three seasons, Wallace comes with a $12.1 million cap number for 2015. That's steep for a team that's apparently all in on free agent Ndamukong Suh. On the other hand, Miami has already cut Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, and isn't entirely assured of keeping transition player Charles Clay. Cutting Wallace is far from a no-brainer.
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Miami Herald

MLB

Royals haven't determined Finnegan's role
Brandon Finnegan | KC
(March 5, 2015 9:11 PM EST)
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the club has yet to make a decision on Brandon Finnegan's role for the 2015 season.
Just a couple weeks ago, Moore indicated that Finnegan would develop in the minors as a starter. That could still be what the Royals end up doing, but the lefty being used in relief in the majors as he was down the stretch last season is apparently an option still being considered. "It's not a decision we have to make right now," Moore said. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."
Source:
Royals.mlb.com
Olivera's camp denies report of elbow injury
Hector Olivera | INT
(March 5, 2015 8:32 PM EST)
Baseball America's Ben Badler was told by Hector Olivera's camp that a report saying their client has damage to his ulnar collateral ligament is "absolutely not true."
Both MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez and now Badler have both been told the report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is not true. Badler adds that Olivera's camp says their client has taken four physicals and passed them all. Sanchez was also told by a team linked to the infielder that they were unaware of any structural damage to Olivera's elbow. We should know soon who has the correct information. Olivera has not yet been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.
Source:
Ben Badler on Twitter

NBA

Devin Harris hurts right hand, getting X-rays
Devin Harris | DAL
(March 6, 2015 1:31 AM EST)
Devin Harris hurt his right hand on Thursday and is getting X-rays.
The injury occurred late in the game and hopefully Harris is going to be OK. If he does need to miss time, J.J. Barea and maybe Raymond Felton would get more playing time. There's no need to make a speculative add, though. Harris finished with seven points, three rebounds and two steals on Thursday.
Source:
Chuck Cooperstein on Twitter
Wesley Matthews suffers torn left Achilles
Wesley Matthews | POR
(March 6, 2015 1:13 AM EST)
Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.
Ugh. Matthews was leading the NBA in 3-pointers just last month and has been a big reason why the Blazers are looking for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. He has the nickname Ironman because he had a consecutive games played streak of 250 earlier in his career and now his 142 consecutive games played streak will come to an end. This is a crippling blow for Matthews who will enter free agency coming off a bad injury. We're rooting for him to be out on the court in October. Arron Afflalo should be owned in all standard leagues.
Source:
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

NHL

Jaroslav Halak out-duels Pekka Rinne for win
Jaroslav Halak | NYI
(March 6, 2015 1:47 AM EST)
Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 31 shots as the Islanders topped the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Thursday night.
Halak improves to 34-13-1, just two wins shy of league-leader Carey Price and one short of Pekka Rinne, who he beat on Thursday. His .911 save percentage and 2.48 goals against average aren't quite in the league of the two goalies mentioned, but as long as he keeps scooping up the victories, Halak is one of the best fantasy goaltenders in the game right now.
Pekka Rinne continues mini-slump vs. NYI
Pekka Rinne | NAS
(March 6, 2015 1:44 AM EST)
Pekka Rinne couldn't handle the potent Islanders offense on Thursday night as he surrendered four goals on 26 shots for his fourth straight loss.
Rinne has allowed 14 goals in his past four games in what has been one of his worst stretches of the season so far. Nashville has faced tough competition though with Detroit, Minnesota and both New York teams providing the losses. He still has a marvelous 35-12-3 record with a .926 save percentage and 2.14 goals against average.

PGA

Ford motors on; takes route 66 to Africa lead
Matt Ford | PGA
(March 6, 2015 5:37 AM EST)
Matt Ford posted the clubhouse lead of 11-under 133 at the Africa Open after touring East London GC in 6-under-par 34-32=66 on day two.
Ford, the joint first-round pacesetter with Kevin Phelan, took advantage of the calm morning conditions to paint his card with an eagle, six birdies, two bogeys and nine pars. The Englishman, who came through November's Q School at the 10th attempt, circled par breakers at 2, 3, 6 and 7 before swallowing a bogey at 9. Coming home, he birdied 10 and then holed out at the 12th for an eagle-2. Three clear at the stage, Ford traded a birdie and a bogey over the final six holes to complete an excellent opening 36 holes. Ahead of the afternoon wave starting their rounds, he's a shot clear of Spain's Eduardo De La Riva.
J.B. Holmes goes stupid low to lead at Doral
J.B. Holmes | PGA
(March 5, 2015 5:36 PM EST)
J.B. Holmes thrashed Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course for a bogey-free, 10-under-par 32-30=62 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
Needless to say, he'll go to bed tonight with the outright lead and by four strokes to boot. Holmes split only seven (of 14) fairways, but he landed 15 greens in regulation to set up the brilliant round. While an eagle-3 at the 12th hole stands out -- he secured it with a tap-in after motoring his drive 376 yards off the tee and approach from 226 yards -- Holmes go to work elsewhere. He circled eight birdies, five of which from outside 11 feet including a pair from just outside 33 feet at Nos. 11 and 17. He also walked off in style, getting up and down from a greenside bunker at the par-3 ninth, pouring in the par save from 20-and-a-half feet. At last check, Holmes' strokes gained: tee-to-green clip measured 7.350. Remarkably, his score is just one off the course record set by Stephen Ames on the old, easier design in 2000.

NASCAR

Jeb Burton gaining valuable seat time
Jeb Burton | 26
(March 5, 2015 11:20 AM EST)
Last week Jeb Burton ran 316 of the 325 laps that make up the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500. He finished only 35th in his debut, but he gained valuable track time.
Burton has run strong enough in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series to make him of interest to fantasy players, but it is going to take some time before he is a starter in the Cup series.
Alex Bowman scores best finish on track type
Alex Bowman | 7
(March 5, 2015 10:30 AM EST)
In his first start with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Alex Bowman scored his best finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track; he finished 23rd. Last year, with BK Racing, his best was a 30th at Charlotte in the fall.
Change is often good for everyone involved so Bowman needs to be watched closely. If he continues to score in the mid-20s, he will be an exceptional value at his salary cap level.