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NFL

Raiders to be among Malik Jackson suitors?
Malik Jackson | DEN
(February 12, 2016 9:20 PM EST)
The Denver Post's Troy Renck suggests the Raiders could have interest in free agent DL Malik Jackson.
Jackson is scheme-transcendent lineman, and Oakland has dabbled in both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments the past few years. The Raiders primarily fielded a 3-4 in 2015, and the Broncos also ran a 3-4. Only 26 years old, Jackson is coming off career bests in tackles (45), sacks (5), and pass breakups (7). Oakland is loaded with salary cap space and could certainly be Jackson's highest bid.
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Denver Post
Osweiler expected to command more than Foles
Brock Osweiler | DEN
(February 12, 2016 8:57 PM EST)
The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes Nick Foles' two-year, $24.5 million extension with the Rams "won't suffice" as a blueprint for free agent Brock Osweiler's pending contract with the Broncos.
Renck does see Foles' deal as a "jumping off point" in talks with Denver, but anticipates Osweiler asking for "more years," and obviously more money. Still only 25 years old even with his four-year rookie contract expiring, Osweiler could conceivably offer more upside than his 2015 game film suggests. Osweiler had sometimes-frenetic movement in the pocket and long stretches where he couldn't get the offense moving, especially in the second halves of games.
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Denver Post

MLB

Joe Panik (back) claims he's fully recovered
Joe Panik | SF
(February 13, 2016 10:24 AM EST)
Giants second baseman Joe Panik told Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area that he's feeling "100 percent" and fully recovered from his back injury.
Panik wound up on the disabled list in August due to inflammation in his lower back and he only wound up playing in three games the rest of the season before getting shut down. The All-Star second baseman indicated that he has altered his offseason workout plan with the goal of preventing the issue from returning. Panik slashed .312/.378/.455 with eight homers, 37 RBI and three stolen bases in 100 games last season.
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CSN Bay Area
Brewers acquire Jacob Nottingham from A's
Jacob Nottingham | MLW
(February 12, 2016 6:53 PM EST)
Brewers acquired C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby from the Athletics for OF Khris Davis.
Nottingham, who was a sixth-round selection of the Astros and went to the A's in last season's Scott Kazmir deal, gives the Brewers a legitimate catching prospect. The 20-year-old backstop slashed .316/.372/.505 with 17 homers and 82 RBI in 119 games across two minor league levels in 2015, finishing at High-A Stockton.

NBA

Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is targeting March
Greivis Vasquez | MLW
(February 13, 2016 11:15 AM EST)
Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) said that is targeting a return to the court in 3-4 weeks.
He had ankle surgery in December, but this report would mean he could play as early as March. However, the Bucks will ease him back into action upon his return after such an extended absence, and he's not really worth owning in most leagues while Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless are healthy.
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Marc J. Spears on Twitter
Warriors think they're getting Kevin Durant?
Kevin Durant | OKC
(February 13, 2016 10:28 AM EST)
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Warriors are a legitimate threat to land Kevin Durant this summer.
"There are people in Golden State who think they're getting him," Broussard said. "There are people in management and I think some players too. Kevin Durant likes the way they play. He likes their style, he likes the fact they play unselfishly. He sees himself fitting into that group." This report first gained steam when Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical said that the Warriors were "significant frontrunners" to sign him in free agency, so it shouldn't be completely dismissed. The Thunder's success in the postseason could be a pivotal factor in KD's decision.
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Real GM

NHL

Taylor Hall, Draisaitl split in practice
Taylor Hall | EDM
(February 13, 2016 9:29 AM EST)
Coach Todd McLellan is splitting up Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl, at least for the start of Saturday's game.
Hall was practicing alongside Mark Letestu and Zack Kassian while Draisaitl remained with Teddy Purcell and added Iiro Pakarinen. Hall and Draisaitl were the best duo in the NHL for a time after the November injury to Connor McDavid but lately the pair have really cooled off. Hall has 18 goals and 50 points in 56 games but has not had a point in four games and has been a minus-five.
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Edmonton Sun
Ekman-Larsson now up to 41 points on year
Oliver Ekman-Larsson | ARI
(February 13, 2016 12:14 AM EST)
With his trio of points during Friday's 4-1 win over Calgary, Oliver Ekman-Larsson is now up to 41 points on year.
It's his third straight season of at least 41 points, and will easily surpass his high of 44 any game now. Ekman-Larrson is also shooting at nearly 10%, putting his career high of 23 goals well within striking distance with eight goals to pass 29 games to work with.

PGA

R3 of AT&T Pro-Am underway after fog delay
Scott Langley | PGA
(February 13, 2016 11:39 AM EST)
The start of the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was delayed 30 minutes due to fog and began at 8:30 a.m. PT.
The marine layer made its first appearance on Saturday morning in what has otherwise been two glorious opening days. Scott Langley is now underway in the first pairing with Aussie Cameron Smith off No. 1 tee on the difficult Spyglass Hill GC. He's currently T59 on 1-under total after opening in 2-under 69 (MPCC), and 1-over 73 (PB), and will be battling to make the scheduled 54-hole cut of top 60 and ties. The 26-year-old has posted two straight MDFs in each of the last two editions: T65/MDF (2015) and T64/MDF (2014). On a side note, Langley finished T16 (tied low amateur) at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
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PGA TOUR Media on Twitter
Schwartzel hits the front after R3 at Tshwane
Charl Schwartzel | PGA
(February 13, 2016 9:26 AM EST)
Charl Schwartzel moved to the top of the leaderboard in the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC after compiling a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in Saturday's third round.
This was the expectation after the pre-tournament betting favorite powered into contention with a 64 in round two. And Schwartzel delivered, picking off an eagle and three birdies to reach 9-under 201 after 54 holes. His lead is the minimum one though after a walk-off bogey cut his advantage to a single shot over fellow South African Zander Lombard. It's a further two strokes back to recent Joburg Open winner Haydn Porteous and third-round leader Anthony Michael. Schwartzel registered his first birdie of the day at No. 2 before making a decisive move with an eagle-3 at the 536-yard par-5 9th. He added another pair of birdies at 12 and 17 before dropping one at the last after a loose drive. The 2011 Masters winner, who will be chasing an 11th European Tour win on Sunday, hit 15 greens in regulation on Saturday.

NASCAR

Corey LaJoie first of JGL 'Young Guns' in #24
Corey LaJoie | H15
(February 12, 2016 7:42 PM EST)
"The JGL Racing Young Guns" program designed to highlight a group of rising stars in the NASCAR ranks has been formed for the team's #24 Toyota entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Corey LaJoie will debut in the program as he will climb behind the wheel of the #24 Toyota for the season's second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 24-year old LaJoie has six prior starts in the XFINITY Series to his credit to go along with two starts in the Sprint Cup Series. The son of Randy LaJoie, two time XFINITY Series champion, is a former developmental driver for Richard Petty Motorsports. JGL Racing will field two full-time entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2016 season. The team previously announced the signing of Dakoda Armstrong to pilot the #28 WinField Toyota. The team's #24 and #28 Toyota's will be powered by Joe Gibbs Racing engines for the 2016 season.-Integrity Sports Marketing
Annett to use Premium Mtrsprt charter in 2016
Michael Annett | 46
(February 12, 2016 7:30 PM EST)
HScott Motorsports announced today that it has reached agreement with Premium Motorsports for use of its Charter in 2016 to run the No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet driven by Michael Annett.
This agreement has been accepted and approved by NASCAR. "The No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet driven by Michael Annett will be locked into the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016 thanks to an agreement HScott Motorsports reached with Premium Motorsports for a short term transfer of its Charter," said team owner Harry Scott, Jr. "I want to thank Jay Robinson, owner of Premium Motorsports, for his collaborative approach and belief in HScott Motorsports."