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Report: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy
Colt McCoy | WAS
(November 25, 2014 11:14 PM EST)
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy in Week 13 at Indianapolis.
Schefter reports Robert Griffin III remains "a significant part" of the Redskins' long-term plan, but it appears the coaching staff has decided McCoy offers a better chance to be competitive at this moment. Coach Jay Gruden has not been able to run his offense with RG3 under center. McCoy has appeared in two games this year, completing 85.7 percent of his throws for 427 yards with a touchdown and an interception, engineering an upset of Dallas and leading the game-winning drive versus Tennessee. We suspect McCoy will close out the season as the Redskins' starter.
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'Without question' Lynch ready for Thursday
Marshawn Lynch | SEA
(November 25, 2014 6:26 PM EST)
Profootballtalk reports Marshawn Lynch (back, illness) will "without question" play against the 49ers on Thanksgiving.
It's not a surprise, as coach Pete Carroll essentially guaranteed on Monday that Beast Mode would suit up for Seattle's grudge match with the 49ers. Lynch has been playing mostly dominant football, but on a short week against a tough run defense, he'll be a lower-end RB1 for Week 13.
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Padres believed to have called on Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes | BOS
(November 25, 2014 11:45 PM EST)
Corey Brock of said it's believed the Padres have talked with the Red Sox about a potential trade for Yoenis Cespedes.
After falling short in the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes, Brock cites a source that said the club has turned its attention to trades. Among the possible targets is Cespedes, who could be on his way out of a crowded Red Sox outfield. Brock mentions Ian Kennedy as a potential match in a trade, a name that has been brought up often when gossiping about a hypothetical deal between the clubs. Where there's smoke there's usually fire, but for now we'll have to settle for smoke.
Report: Giants have reached out to 3B Headley
Chase Headley | NYY
(November 25, 2014 9:11 PM EST)
The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley.


Derrick Rose (hamstring) rested as precaution
Derrick Rose | CHI
(November 26, 2014 12:16 AM EST)
Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) sat out the second half of Tuesday's game as a precaution, and he "didn't feel anything pop or pull" prior to his exit.
Tom Thibodeau asked Rose to sit out the second half and Rose agreed. The Bulls' former MVP was very tentative during the first half, as he was during Monday's game, but Thibodeau is hopeful that a few days of rest will have Rose ready to go for Friday's game in Boston. When asked if Rose would require an MRI, Thibs replied, "I don’t believe so. I think he's fine." Fantasy owners have played this game long enough to distrust the Bulls' injury updates, however, and we're unlikely to learn Rose's status until close to tip-off on Friday.
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Jimmy Butler's 32 points not enough vs Denver
Jimmy Butler | CHI
(November 26, 2014 12:09 AM EST)
Jimmy Butler set a new career high with 20 free throw attempts on Tuesday, making 18 of them to finish with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets.
Butler has been unbelievable to begin the season, embracing an expanded offensive role without letting up defensively in nearly 40 minutes per game. He's taken a massive leap into top-10 fantasy value and shows no signs of letting up, though his huge workload may take a toll physically as the season progresses. Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Butler in the middle rounds on draft day.


Ryan Miller picks up career SO number 31
Ryan Miller | VAN
(November 26, 2014 1:05 AM EST)
Ryan Miller stopped all 20 shots he faced in the Canucks' 2-0 win over New Jersey on Tuesday to pick up his second shutout of the season.
It wasn’t an extremely busy night for Miller but the veteran made some quality saves in the third period to hold off any rally from the Devils. Miller is now tied for the NHL lead in wins (14) with Nashville’s Pekka Rinne. Miller is shaping up to be one of the best value bargains in any fantasy draft this season with the way the Canucks are pulling out wins. He brings a 2.47 GAA and .908 save percentage into his next start.
Gabriel Landeskog nets two goals in Avs rally
Gabriel Landeskog | COL
(November 26, 2014 12:18 AM EST)
Gabriel Landeskog scored twice to start the rally for Colorado in a 4-3 overtime win over Arizona on Tuesday.
The Avs' Captain has been on a hot streak with points in four straight games (2G, 4A) and now has 12 points in 22 games played. Daniel Briere and Matt Duchene scored the other two goals for Colorado who scored four unanswered after falling behind 3-0 in the first period. Jarome Iginla contributed two assists as well as all the top players for the Avs got in on the action.


Appleby (back) withdraws from Australian Open
Stuart Appleby | PGA
(November 26, 2014 1:00 AM EST)
Stuart Appleby withdrew from the Emirates Australian Open due to a back injury.
The 43-year-old had already shifted out of a marquee threesome that included Rory McIlroy and Geoff Ogilvy before this latest decision. Appleby missed the cut at last week's BetEasy Masters. He had taken three weeks off following a T22 at The McGladrey Classic. If he's able, he'll give the Australian PGA Championship a go on Dec. 11-14.
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McIlroy seizes his second Race to Dubai title
Rory McIlroy | PGA
(November 23, 2014 5:04 PM EST)
With the DP World Tour Championship complete, Rory McIlroy officially won the 2014 Race to Dubai.
McIlroy clinched the season-long award following last week's Turkish Airlines Open, but needed to wait out the finale before putting his mitts on the hardware. Instead of coasting to the finish line, the 25-year-old shared second place at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai today, just two strokes off the pace of two-time defending champion Henrik Stenson. This is McIlroy's second R2D title in three seasons. "Winning it for the first time two years ago was a fantastic feeling," he said a week ago, "but I feel like I’m now a more complete player and my all-round game has moved to another level. I've put in a lot of hard work this season, with my game and my fitness, so it’s nice to get the rewards at the end of it." All told, the Ulsterman went 13-for-14 on the European Tour this season with four wins and a trio of runner-up finishes.


New crew chief for Scott in XFINITY Series
Brian Scott | 702
(November 25, 2014 7:29 PM EST)
Richard Childress Racing has hired Mike Hillman, Jr. to crew chief their No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team with driver Brian Scott in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Hillman, Jr, 36, comes to RCR with 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories and two series championships. Through 235 NCWTS starts he has also earned 93 top-five and 132 top-10 finishes, including 17 pole awards. This will be Scott's third year with RCR in the XFINITY Series. During that time, the 26-year-old driver has earned four pole awards, nine top-five and 36 top-10 finishes. He's coming off his best season with a final driver points standing of fourth place.-Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon to run most XFINITY races
Austin Dillon | 3
(November 25, 2014 12:45 PM EST)
Two-time NASCAR Champion Austin Dillon will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Rheem Manufacturing Company as primary sponsor on Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet for a majority of the 2015 season.
Dillon, the 2013 XFINITY (Nationwide) Series Champion, will drive the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet under the RCR banner during the 2015 season while maintaining a full schedule in RCR's No. 3 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner, 10-time pole winner and holds the record for most consecutive poles in series history.-Richard Childress Racing