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NFL

Bengals part ways with BenJarvus Green-Ellis
BenJarvus Green-Ellis | FA
(August 29, 2014 2:12 PM EDT)
Bengals released RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
After Jeremy Hill's beastly preseason, the Bengals were able to comfortably sever ties with 29-year-old Green-Ellis, who was injured for much of August following an ineffective 2013 season. An aging plodder, Green-Ellis will probably resurface on a team in desperate need of a short-yardage back, but he has very little left to offer. The Bengals' tailback depth chart stands at Giovani Bernard, rookie Hill, Cedric Peerman, and Rex Burkhead as Week 1 approaches.
Source:
Jason La Canfora on Twitter
Santonio Holmes to have 'real role' w/ Bears
Santonio Holmes | CHI
(August 29, 2014 1:49 PM EDT)
Profootballtalk.com reports the Bears are "very pleased" with Santonio Holmes and expect him to "have a real role" in Marc Trestman's offense.
Holmes appears ticketed for a committee at third receiver, sharing time with superior blocker Josh Morgan. Holmes finished August with a bang, reeling in a 32-yard touchdown in Thursday night's preseason finale. He's someone to monitor in deep leagues, but is merely a WR5/6 for fantasy purposes.
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Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

MLB

Pedro Alvarez (foot) out again on Friday
Pedro Alvarez | PIT
(August 29, 2014 3:29 PM EDT)
Pedro Alvarez (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.
He's now missed two straight games after suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's contest. It's not clear at this point how much longer Alvarez might be sidelined. Ike Davis is handling first base on Friday.
Source:
Travis Sawchik on Twitter
Heyman: Jorge De La Rosa blocked on waivers
Jorge De La Rosa | COL
(August 29, 2014 12:14 PM EDT)
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jorge De La Rosa has been claimed and blocked on revocable waivers.
It's not clear who made the waiver claim or when it happened, but Heyman says "it was long enough ago that he is now considered blocked." De La Rosa would have been a solid get for a contender, as he holds a solid 4.19 ERA this season despite pitching half his games at Coors Field and boasts a 3.23 mark since the beginning of July. The left-hander will be a free agent this winter and Heyman says the Rockies will make him a qualifying offer if they're not able to lock him up on a long-term deal.
Source:
CBSSports.com

NBA

Clippers officially waive Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino | LAC
(August 29, 2014 2:42 PM EDT)
The Clippers officially waived Carlos Delfino on Friday via the stretch provision.
Delfino lasted three days with the Clippers organization before being waived. The move will give the Clippers an additional $3.5 million in cap space to sign players to minimum deals. Chris Douglas-Roberts is reportedly on the Clippers' radar, and he would add emergency depth to the wings. If Douglas-Roberts lands in LA, it will take an injury for him to become fantasy relevant.
Source:
Arash Markazi on Twitter
Derrick Rose to come off bench vs. Finland
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 29, 2014 10:44 AM EDT)
Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.
Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues.
Source:
Marc Stein on Twitter

NHL

Oilers re-sign Justin Schultz to 1-year deal
Justin Schultz | EDM
(August 29, 2014 12:14 PM EDT)
Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.675 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
He recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season, but he also had a minus-22 rating. Schultz quarterbacks the Oilers' power play, where he contributed 12 points a year ago. Edmonton wants more consistency from him at both ends of the ice and if he can show progress in either discipline then it will help his case of earning a longer term deal.
Source:
Edmonton Journal
Pens coach says Derrick Pouliot is NHL-ready
Derrick Pouliot | PIT
(August 29, 2014 11:18 AM EDT)
Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston knows Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot well from their days with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.
He played four-plus years for Johnston in Portland and the new Pittsburgh bench boss believes Pouliot is ready for the NHL. "Not only his play in Portland, but the thing that convinced me the most was last year at the World Juniors," said Johnston. "I really thought Derrick was the best defenseman in the tournament. If you can play at that level on the world stage, yeah, you're ready." It's still unclear when Pouliot will be able to return from surgery on his right shoulder. He underwent the procedure on May 21 and his timetable was set at four to six months. The 20-year-old blueliner wants to be ready for training camp, but he'll probably miss the start of the season unless his recovery gets fast-tracked.
Source:
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

PGA

Bogey-free Keegan Bradley leads Deutsche Bank
Keegan Bradley | PGA
(August 29, 2014 2:10 PM EDT)
Keegan Bradley spun a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.
The native New Englander hasn't found a top 10 in three trips to TPC Boston (or four visits to TPC River Highlands in Connecticut, site of the Travelers Championship). Given that he's the prohibitive favorite for a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup because he didn't qualify automatically, you can understand if he's pegging it this week with something to prove. No issues today. He split 13 (of 14) fairways and went 5-for-5 in scrambling, including a save from 10'3" at the par-4 15th. Bradley circled six birdies, four of which from outside 10 feet, the longest disappearing from a cool 20 feet at the par-4 first where he set the tone for the day. He arrived at his pseudo-hometown event slotted 29th in the FedExCup standings.
J. Day opens bogey-free 66 despite only 9 GIR
Jason Day | PGA
(August 29, 2014 1:58 PM EDT)
Jason Day fashioned a bogey-free, 34-32=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.
When he is feeling good, he is one of the most dangerous investments on the PGA TOUR. With last week's T2 at The Barclays, he's assured a place at the TOUR Championship, but at seventh in the FedExCup standings, he's still outside the preferred bubble of the top five. Today at TPC Boston, Day split nine (of 14) fairways, but hit only nine greens in regulation. As his scorecard illustrates, he got up and down every time and was perfect on 17 tries inside 18 feet, including a par save from 12'9" at the par-3 11th. His longest conversion of the round dropped for birdie at the par-3 eighth hole.

NASCAR

Tony Stewart receives waiver for Chase
Tony Stewart | 14
(August 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT)
In a press conference prior to the first practice session for the Oral-B USA 500, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced that Tony Stewart will receive a waiver and would be eligible for a Chase berth if he wins one of the final two regular season races.
The waiver is a secondary concern for Stewart this week as he simply looks to return to a sense of normalcy by racing. In his press conference earlier in the day, Stewart was still visibly shaken by the fatal event that led to his three-week hiatus and until he gets inside the car, it is simply too soon for fantasy players to assess his ability to challenge for a top-10 position.
Tony Stewart to return at Atlanta
Tony Stewart | 14
(August 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT)
Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The Aug. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.54-mile oval will mark Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
Stewart sat out the past three races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway following the tragic accident on Aug. 9 involving Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car feature at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. At 1 p.m. EDT on Friday in the infield media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart will be available to the press, where he will be joined by Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Brett Frood.-True Speed Communication