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Report: Vick Ballard suffered torn Achilles
Vick Ballard | IND
(July 25, 2014 6:20 PM EDT)
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles during Friday's training camp practice.
It's terrible news for Ballard, who is now looking at another lost season after missing nearly all of 2013 to ACL surgery. Ballard was carted off the field Friday, and is currently undergoing an MRI. A limited athlete prior to his injuries, it's questionable whether Ballard will ever be able to make it back. The Colts will move forward with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw as their top running backs. Dan Herron and Chris Rainey will compete for the No. 3 role.
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Arians: Ellington a 'bellcow in our offense'
Andre Ellington | ARZ
(July 25, 2014 5:11 PM EDT)
Coach Bruce Arians referred to Andre Ellington as a "bellcow in our offense" as the Cardinals began training camp on Friday.
Arians also confirmed Ellington added offseason weight, believed to be as much as ten pounds. Arians seems adamant about Ellington's capability of handling a spiked workload, though we still wouldn't rule out the possibility of more work than expected for either Stepfan Taylor or Jonathan Dwyer, particularly if Ellington struggles early. We don't see Ellington as a 300-carry back.
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Puig first since 2010 with three triples
Yasiel Puig | LA
(July 26, 2014 1:59 AM EDT)
Yasiel Puig went 4-for-5 and became the first player in four years to triple three times in a game Friday as the Dodgers topped the Giants 8-0.
The Twins' Denard Span was the last player with three triples in a game, doing so against the Tigers on June 29, 2010. The next to last was Rafael Furcal in 2002. Before that, it was Lance Johnson in 1995. So, obviously, it's a very rare feat. In fact, no Dodger had done it since at least 1901. Puig now has eight triples this year, leaving him two behind teammate Dee Gordon (who also had one tonight) for the major league lead.
Rutledge drives in four in win over Pirates
Josh Rutledge | COL
(July 26, 2014 1:01 AM EDT)
Josh Rutledge went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored in an 8-1 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Rutledge got the Rockies on the board with an RBI double in the third inning and later had a bases-clearing double in a seven-run seventh. The 25-year-old has hit .308 with three home runs and 16 RBI over 53 games this season and should get regular playing time over the next two weeks with Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list. He should be a useful fantasy shortstop in the meantime.


Report: LAL in negotiations with Byron Scott
Byron Scott | LAK
(July 25, 2014 2:15 PM EDT)
The Lakers have reportedly offered Byron Scott their head coaching position, and the two sides are now in the negotiating phase.
Scott has been the frontrunner for the head coaching gig in LA for some time now. He has a history with the Lakers organization, but more importantly, he has the support of Mr. Kobe Bryant. Scott will try to turn the franchise around after a historically bad season in Los Angeles, but with minimal improvement to the Lakers’ roster this offseason that will be a tall task.
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Carlos Boozer says he's comfortable at center
Carlos Boozer | LAK
(July 25, 2014 1:51 PM EDT)
Carlos Boozer said on Friday that he's comfortable playing power forward or center.
Based on last season, he doesn't bode well as a center at all. On defense he allowed his man to shoot a combined 52.0 percent on post-ups and as the pick-and-roll roll man. On the other hand, Boozer shot just 38.3 percent in those situations on offense last year (stats per Synergy). He also had a career-low in rebounds per game while posting his second-lowest offensive rebounding rate in his career. The Lakers are going to have to come up with something at center because Jordan Hill isn't capable of playing more than 24 minutes over the course of a season. The 32-year-old Boozer is more of a late-round pick in standard leagues.
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James Reimer agrees to a two-year extension
James Reimer | TOR
(July 25, 2014 5:08 PM EDT)
James Reimer has signed a two-year, $4.6 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Reimer had an arbitration hearing scheduled with the Maple Leafs for Monday. He lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season and has reportedly requested a trade. The Maple Leafs might still be able to accommodate his request, but most teams are already locked in when it comes to their goaltending, so Toronto only has a limited number of potential trading partners.
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Ryan O'Reilly inks two-year, $12 million deal
Ryan O'Reilly | COL
(July 23, 2014 10:07 AM EDT)
Ryan O'Reilly has inked a two-year, $12 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
O'Reilly and the Avalanche narrowly avoided arbitration. His $6 million annual cap hit puts O'Reilly in a tie with Matt Duchene for the highest cap hit on the team. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this contract and it will be interesting to see if the Avalanche eventually decide to trade him rather than risk watching him allow his contract to expire to that he can play for the highest bidder.
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Dustin Johnson among notables MCs at the RBC
Dustin Johnson | PGA
(July 25, 2014 7:34 PM EDT)
Dustin Johnson tried to recover from his opening 74 at the RBC Canadian Open, but still missed the cut by two strokes following a second-round 68.
Seventy-two professionals and one amateur (Taylor Pendrith) survived the 36-hole cut at even-par 140. DJ converted five birdies today, but they weren't enough to overcome three bogeys. Given the fact that Jim Furyk and Graham DeLaet matched the course record in the morning, Johnson had a realistic shot of getting to the weekend. He had cashed in eight consecutive starts before today's disappointment. Other notables to failed to survive include: 141--2005 champ Mark Calcavecchia; Charley Hoffman ... 142--Seung-yul Noh ... 143--2002 champ John Rollins; 2010 champ Carl Pettersson; Hunter Mahan ... 144-Luke Donald; Jason Allred ... 146--1998 champ Billy Andrade ... 151--Erik Compton.
Bogey-free Piercy cashes in PGA TOUR return
Scott Piercy | PGA
(July 25, 2014 7:17 PM EDT)
Scott Piercy weaved a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his second round of the RBC Canadian Open.
After just two rehab starts on the Tour following four months of being sidelined for surgery on his right elbow, you'd have forgiven Piercy if he missed the cut at Royal Montreal today. Instead, he's 3-under 137 at the midpoint, good for a share of 28th place seven strokes off the 36-hole lead. Now, he did stumble on Thursday, hitting only seven greens in regulation and erasing one birdie with three bogeys, but he went 5-for-5 in scrambling today and picked off five birdies. The set featured a five-yarder from the rough at the par-4 second and conventional conversions from 23'2" and 14'9" at Nos. 9 and 15, respectively. He also nearly aced the par-3 fifth where ShotTracker lists his birdie putt at one inch. Piercy isn't yet exempt for 2014-15 and he's sure to receive a medical extension, but he may not need it if he can keep this rally rolling on the weekend in Canada.


Brandon Jones wins second straight ARCA race
Brandon Jones | E33
(July 25, 2014 11:12 PM EDT)
On a day of sweeping changes in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Brandon Jones (No. 4 Exide-Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet) swept the Menards Pole and victory at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Jones, 17, won his second straight ARCA Racing Series race, winning the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care by taking the lead during a late race caution then holding off a hard-charging Austin Wayne Self.-ARCA Racing News
Indy NNS practice results on Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson | 42
(July 25, 2014 9:14 PM EDT)
These are the results from today's NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 practice sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson.
First Practice: Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Nashville Outlaws Chevrolet, Position: 10th, Best Time: 50.474 sec., Laps: 24, Final Practice: Position: 11th, Best Time: 50.895 sec. and Laps: 16.-Turner Scott Motorsports