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NFL

Marshawn Lynch admits defeat, ending holdout
Marshawn Lynch | SEA
(July 31, 2014 3:04 PM EDT)
ESPN reports Marshawn Lynch is ending his holdout, and will report to Seahawks camp in the next 24 hours.
Lynch's ill-fated holdout is over after less than a week. The only "concession" he'll receive from the Seahawks is likely the forgiveness of his nearly $500,000 in fines. Going by how half-hearted and ill-conceived Lynch's holdout was, it's quite possible he simply wanted an extra week's vacation. Although Lynch is expected to lose work to talented backup Christine Michael this season, he remains in the RB1 conversation. He shouldn't slip past the teens in drafts.
Source:
Adam Schefter on Twitter
Manziel will get a shot with first-team soon
Johnny Manziel | CLE
(July 31, 2014 12:09 PM EDT)
Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel will start to get some reps with the first-string offense soon.
So far, Brian Hoyer has gotten all the first-team reps while Manziel has struggled to complete passes with the backups. That doesn't mean this competition is over, as we still have more more than five weeks until Week 1. Hoyer is a journeyman lacking difference-making talent and is coming off an ACL tear. "I don't think one is ahead of the other," OC Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. "I hope one will make the decision easy on us."
Source:
Nate Ulrich on Twitter

MLB

Marlon Byrd in Phillies' lineup on Thursday
Marlon Byrd | PHI
(July 31, 2014 3:20 PM EDT)
Marlon Byrd is in the Phillies' lineup on Thursday.
Which is a strong indication that he will not be traded by Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Byrd is under contract through 2015 (with a vesting option for 2016) so the Phillies weren't going to deal him without getting something fairly significant in return.
Source:
Ryan Lawrence on Twitter
O's nab lefty reliever Andrew Miller from BOS
Andrew Miller | BAL
(July 31, 2014 3:13 PM EDT)
Orioles acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.
It's likely that Boston didn't want to ship Miller to a division rival, but there wasn't a lot they could do when Dan Duquette put Rodriguez on the table. This is a steep price, but Baltimore absolutely had to bulk up its bullpen for the stretch run, and they weren't going to do better than Miller. The left-hander boasts a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year and now teams with Zach Britton and Brian Matusz to give Baltimore an elite trio of southpaw relievers.

NBA

Milwaukee Bucks sign G Jerryd Bayless
Jerryd Bayless | MLW
(July 31, 2014 11:59 AM EDT)
Milwaukee Bucks sign G Jerryd Bayless.
The terms of the deal are not currently available, but Bayless' deal was officially announced by the Bucks on Thursday. "This is a new opportunity and a new situation. I'm excited to be a part of this community," Bayless said during a media session. He averaged 9.1 points over 72 games with the Grizzlies and Celtics last season, but will be hard-pressed to find enough minutes to contribute in standard fantasy leagues.
Source:
K L Chouinard on Twitter
Report: Kevin Love to Cavs 'when', not 'if'
Kevin Love | MIN
(July 30, 2014 11:06 PM EDT)
Kevin Love joining the Cavaliers appears to be imminent, according to ESPN.
We still don't know exactly what the Cavs will give to acquire Love, but the fact that sources are calling a trade a "when, not if" situation points to Love joining the Cavs at some point. Cleveland appears to be the only team the Wolves are talking to about a Love trade, and chances are that Andrew Wiggins is involved, along with Anthony Bennett. But regardless of what names are involved in a potential trade, it does sound like the Cavs will have Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love on the court together at some point this season. If a deal does go down, it's not likely to happen officially until 30 days have passed from the day Wiggins was signed by the Cavs (July 24).
Source:
ESPN.com

NHL

Ottawa inks Robin Lehner to three-year deal
Robin Lehner | OTT
(July 31, 2014 9:37 AM EDT)
Robin Lehner has agreed to a three-year, $6.675 million contract with the Ottawa Senators.
Lehner is coming off a bit of a rough season as he posted a 3.06 GAA and .913 save percentage. Nevertheless, the Senators have been betting on him to become the team's starting goaltender and that should happen sooner rather than later. He's got enough potential to make this contract look like a steal, but the Senators are taking a bit of a risk given his relative lack of NHL experience.
Source:
Senators.nhl.com on Twitter
Teemu Selanne might play in KHL in 2014-15
Teemu Selanne | ANA
(July 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT)
Teemu Selanne's hockey career might not be over after all.
While Selanne won't be returning to the Anaheim Ducks for another season, he is reportedly entertaining the possibility of playing for Jokerit, a Finnish squad that will make its KHL debut in 2014-15. That would complete the circle of Selanne's hockey career as he got his start with Jokerit Helsinki back when they played in the Finnish league before breaking into the NHL.
Source:
Pro Hockey Talk

PGA

Bogey-free Chappell assumes Barracuda lead
Kevin Chappell | PGA
(July 31, 2014 3:13 PM EDT)
Kevin Chappell ripped off a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 and scored 12 points in his opening round of the Barracuda Championship, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.
Chappell tied for 14th in his only previous appearance in Reno, Nevada. That was in 2012, the first year that the Modified Stableford scoring system was employed. He circled six birdies today, three of which on the quartet of par 5s. Slotted 71st in the FedExCup standings on the shoulders of seven top 25s, he entered the tournament as a favorite even though he's never won a PGA TOUR event.
Late charge fuels Schwartzel; co-leads WGC
Charl Schwartzel | PGA
(July 31, 2014 2:23 PM EDT)
Charl Schwartzel turned in a 5-under-par 34-31=65 for his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.
The South African is chasing his first top 20 in what is his sixth start at Firestone. He split six (of 14) fairways and only 11 greens in regulation today, but limited the damage to a lone bogey-5 at the first hole. Elsewhere, he circled six birdies, five of which following the bogey on his inward nine. Three measured 10-17 feet. Schwartzel has been alternating solid play with forgettable results for nearly three months. Today's success extends the pattern as he's coming off a T43 in Canada.

NASCAR

Martin returns ‘Home’ to Roush Fenway Racing
Mark Martin | 6
(July 31, 2014 3:19 PM EDT)
Roush Fenway Racing announces that legendary NASCAR driver Mark Martin is returning to the race team where he excelled behind the wheel for almost 20 years - this time as the team’s driver development coach.
Martin was the first driver hired by team owner Jack Roush when he founded his NASCAR operation in 1988. The two went on to become one of the most successful duos in sports history, accumulating 83 NASCAR wins, four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship runner-up finishes, and building Roush Fenway into the winningest team in NASCAR history. Martin piloted Roush Fenway’s flagship No. 6 Ford from 1988 until 2006. During that time he accumulated 35 NSCS victories. At the end of his tenure at Roush Fenway he held a record five prestigious IROC (International Race of Champions) Championships and a then record 47 NASCAR Nationwide Series wins. For his career Martin posted 96 career NASCAR victories.-Roush Fenway Racing
Stenhouse has 1 top-10 in 6 flat track races
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | 17
(July 31, 2014 2:43 PM EDT)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored only one top-10 in six flat track races this year. He finished ninth in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire.
Stenhouse may still be of value to fantasy players, however, because he finished 15th at Pocono this June. If he can back that up, he will be worth the modest amount he commands in most salary cap games.