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Rashad Jennings 'hopeful" to return after bye
Rashad Jennings | NYG
(October 20, 2014 3:52 PM EDT)
Rashad Jennings (knee) said Monday he's "hopeful" he can return after the Giants' Week 8 bye, and will begin running this week.
Jennings claims he's "right on track" and considers himself "day to day." As Andre Williams had something of a limiting effect on New York's offense while serving as feature back, and is only averaging 3.15 YPC on the season, Jennings should return as the Giants' clear-lead runner. It's worth noting Jennings wasn't 100 percent committal when discussing a Week 9 return. In 12- and 14-team leagues, Williams is worth holding through New York's bye in case Jennings suffers a setback. He's a 29 1/2-year-old running back dealing with a multi-week MCL sprain.
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Martavis Bryant will make NFL debut on MNF
Martavis Bryant | PIT
(October 20, 2014 3:47 PM EDT)
ESPN's Lisa Salters reports Steelers fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football.
ESPN appears to be struggling for storylines heading into Monday's game, so it highlighted Bryant debuting. The Steelers have understandably soured on Justin Brown, and will move forward with Lance Moore in three-receiver sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Wheaton has been another disappointment. It's possible 6-foot-4 Bryant could steal some of his snaps.


Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
Yoenis Cespedes | BOS
(October 20, 2014 4:11 PM EDT)
Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.
Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday.
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Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
Michael Morse | SF
(October 20, 2014 3:50 PM EDT)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.
Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals.
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JaVale McGee (leg) questionable for Tuesday
JaVale McGee | DEN
(October 20, 2014 3:53 PM EDT)
JaVale McGee (leg) could make his preseason debut on Tuesday vs. Portland, or on Friday vs. Golden State.
McGee has been going through full practices, and the team wants him to get some action before the regular season begins. However, McGee appears to have lost his starting job to Timofey Mozgov, and although he has plenty of upside, his bonehead decision-making often leads to him spending extended minutes on the bench. The Nuggets signed McGee to a huge four-year deal worth $44 million back in 2012, which could pressure head coach Brian Shaw to give the big man minutes. However, due to McGee's tendency to find himself sitting on the bench, partnered with the fact he'll likely be entering the 2014-15 season in a reserve role, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
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Rajon Rondo could return opening night?
Rajon Rondo | BOS
(October 20, 2014 2:15 PM EDT)
According to head coach Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo is "progressing great" from his broken hand, and there's a possibility he's able to suit up on opening night.
Rondo didn't want to put an official date on his return, but he did say that his hand hasn't been bothering him. "When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me," said Rondo. "But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand." Rondo has yet to do any contact work, but there's a possibility he's cleared for that by the end of the week. Boston is going to be very careful with Rondo's recovery, but it's looking like he's making great progress, and even if he's not able to go for opening night, he could return within the first week of the regular season. Stay tuned.


John Gibson rejoins Ducks after AHL stint
John Gibson | ANA
(October 20, 2014 3:09 PM EDT)
John Gibson is back with the Ducks after playing in two games with AHL Norfolk.
Anaheim plays Wednesday, Friday and Sunday this week, so there's a chance that Gibson could see his second NHL start of the season.
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Roy expects Semyon Varlamov to play Friday
Semyon Varlamov | COL
(October 20, 2014 2:50 PM EDT)
Semyon Varlamov (groin) will be back in Colorado's crease on Friday against Vancouver.
The Avalanche will go with Reto Berra, if he's ready, on Tuesday versus Florida, but he can't play then Calvin Pickard will probably get the nod. Varlamov has missed the past two games with a groin injury.
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WGC-HSBC Champions gains 16 players via OWGR
Gary Woodland | PGA
(October 20, 2014 5:39 AM EDT)
Sixteen golfers qualified for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions from the latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking.
An array of qualifying criteria into the 78-man field at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 6-9 centered on this weekend. Whether all of the qualifiers will compete is another story, but here's the list of those previously ineligible until the OWGR was released (current world ranking): Phil Mickelson (11th); Jordan Spieth (14th); Tiger Woods (17th); Keegan Bradley (27th); Steve Stricker (28th); Bill Haas (29th); Webb Simpson (31st); Jason Dufner (32nd); Kevin Na (34th); Graham DeLaet (41st); Ian Poulter (43rd); Brendon Todd (44th); Brandt Snedeker (45th); Marc Leishman (47th); Ryan Moore (48th); Gary Woodland (49th).
Ben Martin prevails in Vegas; first TOUR win
Ben Martin | PGA
(October 19, 2014 8:04 PM EDT)
With Kevin Streelman charging, Ben Martin claimed his first PGA TOUR victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Martin closed with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 to post 20-under 264, two strokes clear of Streelman. The Clemson product enjoyed a four-stroke lead when he made the turn, but a bogey at the par-4 11th while Streelman was securing five birdies on his last seven holes briefly slid Martin into the role of a chaser. The would-be champ answered when it mattered, finding the green with a driver the par-4 15th and securing a two-putt birdie, and then holing an eagle from 46'5" at the par-5 16th to overtake Streelman for good. Martin ended the round in style, converting a 19-foot birdie on the par-4 18th. He finished the week second in strokes gained: putting, tied for third in greens hit and seventh in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Not bad for a guy that missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 79 at last week's Open. With this victory, he is exempt into the Masters, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.


Kasey Kahne misses Chase by 3 points
Kasey Kahne | 5
(October 20, 2014 10:30 AM EDT)
Kasey Kahne raced to a 12th-place finish in the Geico 500, but missed the Chase by three points. He was one of three Hendrick Motorsports drivers who were eliminated in the Contender round along with Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kahne would actually have needed to finish four positions better than he did in order to displace his teammate Jeff Gordon because the tie-breaker would have been in the No. 24’s favor, but this was one more example of just how close the contests are going to be in the new knockout-style Chase.
Busch crashes, fails to advance in Chase
Kyle Busch | 18
(October 19, 2014 10:36 PM EDT)
Kyle Busch entered the Geico 500 with a 26-point cushion over the elimination bubble and as such was the most likely driver to advance to the Eliminator round on points. He raced conservatively in the back of the pack for most of the race, but was run over from behind on lap 104 when Aric Almirola and JJ Yeley triggered a 10-car accident.
Busch sustained heavy damage, but the team completely remade the car in a mere 45 minutes. Still that was not enough to keep him from falling to ninth in the standings, seven markers behind Jeff Gordon—the last driver to advance based on points.