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NFL

Report: Texans favorites for 'Hard Knocks'
Bill O'Brien | HOU
(May 22, 2015 12:40 PM EDT)
ESPN's Tania Ganguli and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain report the Texans are the favorites to appear on this year's HBO Hard Knocks.
A report surfaced early Friday that the Texans, Redskins, and Bills were in the mix. Buffalo's new coaching staff reduces its chances of appearing on Hard Knocks, while ESPN's John Keim reported Friday afternoon that the Redskins are not in consideration. That leaves the Texans, who will hold a camp battle at quarterback between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. Other potential storylines include Jadeveon Clowney's health, J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, polarizing rookie WR Jaelen Strong, and DeAndre Hopkins' post-Andre Johnson ascension.
Source:
Tania Ganguli on Twitter
Michael Sam latches on with CFL's Alouettes
Michael Sam | FA
(May 22, 2015 10:52 AM EDT)
Former Rams and Cowboys DE Michael Sam has signed with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
Kudos to Sam for heading north of the border. His NFL market had dried up after stints with the Rams and Cowboys last season. The CFL is an even pass-happier league, which will allow Sam to hone his craft as a pass rusher. He simply doesn't possess the speed or bend-ability to consistently get after the quarterback in the big leagues. Maybe Sam will get another shot at the NFL in a couple years.

MLB

Morales homers twice, has five RBI vs. Cards
Kendrys Morales | KC
(May 23, 2015 1:01 AM EDT)
Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in a win over the Cardinals on Friday.
Providing the only offense of the game for either team, Morales connected for a three-run homer in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third. It was the 13th multi-homer game of his career. After a miserable 2014 season, the 31-year-old is batting .305 with six home runs and an .864 OPS through 41 games. He leads the AL with 37 RBI.
Dee Gordon steals four bases vs. O's
Dee Gordon | MIA
(May 23, 2015 12:33 AM EDT)
Dee Gordon stole four bases Friday against the Orioles.
It tied his career-high and tied the Marlins record, which was set by Luis Castillo back in 2000. Gordon finished the night 2-for-5 with a run scored and is batting .386 with 16 steals through 40 games.

NBA

Report: Jeff Van Gundy a candidate for NO?
Jeff Van Gundy | HOU
(May 22, 2015 11:43 PM EDT)
Jeff Van Gundy has emerged as a candidate for the Pelicans' open head coaching position according to ESPN.com.
Van Gundy joins Tom Thibodeau and Alvin Gentry as confirmed candidates for the job according to the report, with Gentry the only candidate known to be formally interviewed. Considering many thought Monty Williams was safe after making the playoffs, it makes sense that the franchise had some big names lined up after his somewhat surprising release. After all, coaching the Brow has its benefits.
Source:
ESPN.com
Bad Teague shows up for Game 2 blowout loss
Jeff Teague | ATL
(May 22, 2015 11:39 PM EDT)
Jeff Teague hit just 5-of-16 shots in the Hawks' 94-82 loss to the Cavs on Friday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.
The stat line doesn't reflect his underwhelming play and the score doesn't reflect how far apart the two teams were tonight. Teague was everything he has always been when he struggles -- indecisive, passive and frustrating -- and though some credit should be given to Matthew Dellavedova he just simply has to play better for the Hawks to have a chance. They head to Cleveland down 2-0 for Sunday's matchup.

NHL

Henrik Lundqvist bounces back in Game 4 win
Henrik Lundqvist | NYR
(May 22, 2015 11:17 PM EDT)
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 of 39 shots during Friday's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Final.
Lundqvist had given up 12 goals in Games 2 and 3 combined but he (and his teammates) were much better tonight. The Rangers goaltender made several key saves throughout the game, but the entire team was much better in front of him. The 33-year-old faced 19 shots and several quality scoring chances in the second period, but he was more than up to the task. Lundqvist is now 10-6 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has a 2.05 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason. Lundqvist was named the game's first star.
Rick Nash comes to life in Game 4 win over TB
Rick Nash | NYR
(May 22, 2015 10:52 PM EDT)
Rick Nash scored two goals and an assist in New York's 5-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final over Tampa Bay.
Nash came into tonight's game with just seven points in two and a half rounds of playoff action, but he really came through tonight. Nash scored the game's opening goal at the 17:18 mark of the first period. He also picked up an assist on Keith Yandle's second period goal, while adding his second of the game midway through the final frame. The three points are a new career-high in the playoffs for Nash. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal, three hits, one blocked shot and one takeaway. The Eastern Conference final is now tied at 2-2, with New York hosting Game 5 and a potential Game 7.

PGA

Hearn ends w/ snowman but survives; MDF looms
David Hearn | PGA
(May 22, 2015 7:49 PM EDT)
Try as he might but David Hearn survived the cut on the number at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Hearn impressed with a 66 in the opener but blew up for a birdie-free, 5-over-par 35-40=75 in today's second round. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and went an astonishing 0-for-14 in scoring chances on Friday. Still sitting pretty despite one bogey on his first 17 holes, the Canadian rinsed his approach at the par-4 18th. He'd roll another back into the water when a chip failed to clear the bank facing the green. Eventually, Hearn coaxed in a 50-inch putt for quadruple bogey to post 1-over 141. As one of 15 tied for 66th place, a second cut of low 70 and ties will occur at the conclusion of 54 holes. With the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, players will go off split tees beginning at 7:00 a.m. CT. The final group is scheduled to begin on No. 1 at 9:10 a.m.
Source:
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Twitter
Blixt extends skid; among notable MCs at CPI
Jonas Blixt | PGA
(May 22, 2015 7:33 PM EDT)
Jonas Blixt turned in a pair of 4-over-par 74s at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, missing the cut by seven strokes.
Blixt found only 10 (of 28) fairways and 16 greens in regulation en route to his fifth consecutive MC. He erased four birdies with 10 bogeys and a double. At 138th in the FedExCup standings and fully exempt only through this season, the 31-year-old has some work to do to enjoy the same perks in 2015-16 that he has since breaking onto the PGA TOUR in 2012. He'll try again at next week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. Other notables that missed the cut at Colonial today include: 142--2006 champ Tim Herron; Sangmoon Bae; Daniel Berger; James Hahn; Sean O'Hair; Ryan Palmer ... 143--two-time champ Kenny Perry; John Senden ... 146--2011 champ David Toms ... 147--Jason Kokrak ... 148--two-time champ Corey Pavin ... 153--1987 champ Keith Clearwater.
Source:
PGATOUR.com

NASCAR

Watch Jamie McMurray for top-5 potential
Jamie McMurray | 1
(May 22, 2015 10:57 AM EDT)
Jamie McMurray should be watched closely on Saturday to evaluate whether he has top-five potential. Last year he swept that spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting 26th in May and 18th in October.
McMurray qualified 22nd for this week’s Coca-Cola 600, which places him in between last year’s pair of qualifications. In fall 2013 he started 25th, however, and could only rise to 19th.
Elliott to make 3rd Cup start at Charlotte
Chase Elliott | 709
(May 22, 2015 10:18 AM EDT)
Chase Elliott will make his third NASCAR Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600. He qualified easily on time in 28th.
This is Elliott’s first attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in a points’ race, but he has looked comfortable so far in practice and during the Sprint Showdown last weekend. He should be considered a favorite to finish in the top 20 at least.