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Jimmy Graham carted off in fourth quarter
Jimmy Graham | SEA
(November 29, 2015 7:11 PM EST)
Jimmy Graham was carted off with what appeared to be a right knee injury in the Seahawks' Week 12 game against the Steelers.
Graham came down awkwardly while trying to catch a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson during the fourth quarter. Antwon Blake was covering him on the play. Graham left the field with an air cast on his leg and is headed for X-rays. He'll finish the day with four catches for 75 yards on eight targets. Luke Willson is in at tight end.
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Ellington to locker room with foot injury
Andre Ellington | ARZ
(November 29, 2015 6:18 PM EST)
Andre Ellington exited Week 12 against the 49ers with a left foot injury.
Ellington took over as the lead back with Chris Johnson dealing with a knee injury, but he ended up injuring his foot on the next drive. He was examined on the sidelined for several minutes before heading to the locker room. Ellington never returned. He finished the day with 24 yards on five carries and three catches for 22 yards. With Johnson and Ellington out, David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor are the Cardinals' only healthy backs.


Rosenthal: Zobrist is Mets' 'No. 1 target'
Ben Zobrist | KC
(November 29, 2015 12:31 PM EST)
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ben Zobrist is the Mets' "No. 1 target" this offseason.
It's not surprising, as they've been connected to him since early on in the offseason. Rosenthal notes that the Nationals, Braves and Giants, among other clubs, are also in on Zobrist. The reports adds that the market for Zobrist is "likely to become more defined in next few days" and "willingness to guarantee a fourth year likely will be a deciding factor." Zobrist turns 35 next May, so giving him a four-year deal would be awfully risky.
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Heyman: Zimmermann, Tigers agree to contract
Jordan Zimmermann | WAS
(November 29, 2015 11:45 AM EST)
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to terms on a contract.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported late Saturday that talks between the two sides were heating up and they've now apparently crossed the finish line. Morosi hears that the deal is for five years and around $110 million. The Tigers' first-round pick is protected, so they'll forfeit a second-rounder for signing Zimmermann. The 29-year-old held a 3.66 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 164 strikeouts over 201 2/3 frames for the Nationals in 2015.
Jon Heyman on Twitter


Nicolas Batum commits season-high nine TOs
Nicolas Batum | CHA
(November 29, 2015 6:31 PM EST)
Nicolas Batum committed a season-high nine turnovers on Sunday to go with 15 points (4-of-13 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), five boards, five assists, three 3-pointers, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.
Batum is turning the ball over a career-high 2.9 times per this season, but that is to be expected given Batum's career-high 22.8 usage rate. The turnovers are easy to forgive given Batum's averages of 16.9 points (career-high), 2.3 three-pointers, 6.3 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks per game, which amounts to top-35 value in standard leagues. It's not just a bounce-back season for Batum; it's a career-year.
Michael Carter-Williams plays just 16 minutes
Michael Carter-Williams | MLW
(November 29, 2015 6:09 PM EST)
Michael Carter-Williams played just 16 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting (1-of-2 from the line) with four boards, two assists and two turnovers.
MCW hasn't shown that he's capable of being the starting point guard on a winning team, and while the Bucks weren't able to snap their losing streak tonight, at least the game was close (previous two games were blowouts). Additionally, Jason Kidd said that he liked what he got from his starters today, so it's not clear if MCW off the bench will be a long-term thing. With season averages of just 10.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.6 turnovers per game, MCW hasn't even been worth owning in 9-cat leagues; and he's only a late-round guy in 8-cat formats.


Garret Sparks to make NHL debut Mon vs Oilers
Garret Sparks | TOR
(November 29, 2015 1:04 PM EST)
Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut Monday against the Oilers.
It would appear that James Reimer is still unable to return to action, and that Jonathan Bernier will not be offered an immediate opportunity for redemption. Sparks meanwhile has been excellent for the AHL Toronto Marlies thus far, posting an 8-2-1 record with a 1.90 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
Jaromir Jagr will play Sunday vs. Red Wings
Jaromir Jagr | FLA
(November 29, 2015 12:13 PM EST)
It's a fact, Jaromir Jagr will play in Sunday's match with the Red Wings riding a five game point streak.
The ageless wonder Jagr comes in leading the Panthers with eight goals and 18 points, and sits just one goal behind Marcel Dionne for fourth all time in NHL scoring (731). Then Jagr will need just 10 goals after that to tie Brett Hull at 741 for third all time. Simply remarkable to think that if he hadn't given three years to the KHL we could be looking at the League's first 900-goal scorer.
Michael LoRe


Schwartzel banks fourth win at Alfred Dunhill
Charl Schwartzel | PGA
(November 29, 2015 9:42 AM EST)
Charl Schwartzel secured his 10th European Tour title as a closing 2-under-par 36-34=70 took him to a four-shot win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in his native South Africa.
Schwartzel had been in control of the tournament since kicking five clear at halfway with a second-round 66. Despite the odd wobble along the way, a pair of 70s on the weekend were enough to keep the field at bay. The 31-year-old's winning total of 15-under 273 put him four in front of Gregory Bourdy (68), while two other Frenchmen occupied third and fourth, Benjamin Hebert (72) at -10 and Sebastien Gros (73) at -9. After this latest Alfred Dunhill win, it means that 40% of Schwartzel's European Tour victories have come at Leopard Creek. He also has four second places there. Three clear overnight, he played his opening nine in 1-over but birdies at 11, 13 and 14 allowed the 2011 Masters champion to coast to the finishing line. He split just 5 (of 14) fairways but hit 13 greens in regulation and was 3-for-3 in sand saves.
Pampling among three qualifiers for The Open
Rod Pampling | PGA
(November 29, 2015 1:11 AM EST)
Rod Pampling polished off the Emirates Australian Open with a course-record, 10-under-par 30-31=61 and posted 6-under 278, good for a fourth-place finish and a berth into the 2016 Open Championship.
The top three, not otherwise exempt into the season's third major, inside the top 10 at The Australian Golf Club in Rosebery gained exemptions into the field of 156 at Royal Troon next July. Pampling opened with bogey at the par-4 first hole, and then gunned it for nine birdies before walking off with eagle-3 at the last. Champion Matt Jones grabbed the first exemption into The Open, but co-runners-up Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth were already exempt, thus making available a spot for Pampling, who will be making his ninth start in the major. A tiebreaker was needed to determined the final berth. Fellow Aussies Nick Cullen (No. 379 in the Official World Golf Ranking) and Lincoln Tighe (No. 1,022) shared fifth at 3-under 281. Neither of whom was already exempt for The Open, so Cullen got the nod for having the better world ranking. He missed the cut in 2012 in his only previous appearance.


Kyle Busch: Sprint Cup Series YE wrap-up
Kyle Busch | 18
(November 29, 2015 1:25 PM EST)
Kyle Busch (#18 M&M's Crispy Toyota Camry) won the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
He started third in the lineup and completed all laps of the 267-lap event (led 14 laps). Busch missed the first 11 Sprint Cup races of the season due to injuries suffered from a wreck at Daytona in the XFINITY Series season-opener. In the 25 races he entered in 2015, he scored five wins (June 28th at Sonoma, July 11th at Kentucky, July 19th at Loudon, July 26th at Indianapolis and this race at Homestead), one pole, 12 top-fives, 16 top-10s and closed out the season as the 2015 Sprint Cup Series Champion. He finished one point ahead of runner-up Kevin Harvick (finished second in the race).
Kevin Harvick: Sprint Cup Series YE wrap-up
Kevin Harvick | 4
(November 29, 2015 1:13 PM EST)
Kevin Harvick (#4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS) finished second in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Stewart Haas Racing driver started 13th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 267-lap event (led 46 laps). Harvick, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored three wins (March 8th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 15th at Phoenix and October 4th at Dover), one pole, 23 top-fives, 28 top-10s and closed out the season second in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.