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Broncos interviewing Wade Phillips for DC gig
Wade Phillips | FA
(January 27, 2015 8:31 AM EST)
The Broncos are interviewing Wade Phillips for their defensive coordinator vacancy.
The 67-year-old Phillips is the best candidate remaining on the market. His most recent defensive coordinator work came in Houston under new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, where he inherited the league's No. 30 unit in 2011 and turned them into an annual top-7 unit. Phillips also has ties to Denver, as he was John Elway's head coach from 1993-94. He should jump at the chance to work with a talented group headlined by Von Miller, Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware.
Ed Werder on Twitter
Raiders re-sign 38-year-old S Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson | OAK
(January 26, 2015 3:53 PM EST)
Raiders re-signed SS Charles Woodson to a one-year contract.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has a curious affinity for declining veterans. Woodson remains a team leader at age 38, but his on-field play slipped precipitously as the 2014 season progressed. He wound up grading out 68th among 87 qualifiers in PFF's safety grades, but did rack up 113 tackles and four interceptions. Woodson is very likely to return as a 2015 starter.


Yoan Moncada has worked out for seven teams
Yoan Moncada | INT
(January 26, 2015 10:39 PM EST)'s Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has had private workouts for the Brewers, Rangers, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox, Padres and Dodgers this month.
Sanchez adds that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and president Andrew Friedman were both present at Moncada's workout in front of the club on Monday. Moncada still hasn't been cleared by Office of Foreign Asset and Control (OFAC) to sign with a major league team, but when that happens he's expected to command a deal in the $30-40 million range. The club that signs him will also have to pay a lot in penalties for going over the international spending limit.
Jesse Sanchez on Twitter
Mariners bring back OF Franklin Gutierrez
Franklin Gutierrez | SEA
(January 26, 2015 7:29 PM EST)
Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Gutierrez missed the entire 2014 campaign after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and hasn't played 100 games in a season since 2010 due to a variety of injuries. He's healthy now, though, and the M's are willing to give him a shot in big league camp this spring. Gutierrez used to be an elite defender and wasn't a slouch with the bat, but he's nearly 32 now and obviously can't be counted on to stay healthy.


Griffin just misses 3x2; Jordan huge on D
Blake Griffin | LAC
(January 27, 2015 1:21 AM EST)
Blake Griffin scored 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in Monday's win over the Nuggets.
Griffin hasn't fixed his rebounding issue but he has hit 54.7 percent from the field over the past month, lifting his value over that span into the top-20 range. It's unlikely that he shoots at that rate over the long run, and with no improvement to show rebounding the ball this would qualify as a mini sell-high moment. DeAndre Jordan went for seven points, 12 boards, three steals and four blocks in the win.
Jamal Crawford's 23 points lead LAC to win
Jamal Crawford | LAC
(January 27, 2015 1:11 AM EST)
Jamal Crawford scored 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting (3-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs) with four rebounds, three assists and two steals on Monday against the Nuggets.
Crawford had his fingerprints all over this game and he has quietly returned top-80 value this season, highlighted by a 91 percent mark from the foul line on a solid 4.1 attempts per game.


Wild loan Kuemper to AHL for conditioning
Darcy Kuemper | MIN
(January 26, 2015 4:53 PM EST)
Darcy Kuemper has been sent to AHL Iowa on a conditioning assignment.
He can be there for up to two weeks. That leaves Devan Dubnyk as Minnesota's likely starter and Niklas Backstrom as the backup. Kuemper made his return to the lineup last Tuesday in a relief appearance against Detroit and he stopped all 14 shots he faced. He missed six games with a lower-body injury before that.
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Penguins place Evgeni Malkin on IR
Evgeni Malkin | PIT
(January 26, 2015 4:19 PM EST)
Evgeni Malkin (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.
He hasn't played since Jan. 20. Malkin wasn't expected to return immediately after the All-Star break. He's tied for third in the league scoring race with 51 points in 45 games this season.
Dave Molinari on Twitter


Finau saved by sponsor; top 10s explained
Tony Finau | PGA
(January 26, 2015 11:18 AM EST)
Tony Finau received one of the last two sponsor exemptions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The rookie was last man in the field on merit when it was released on Friday afternoon. He was bumped out due to four top 10s at the Humana Challenge that allowed Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, Justin Thomas and Colt Knost to climb over in that order. Park effectively took Finau's place in the field on merit, leaving Finau at fourth alternate. The tournament then distributed the last two sponsor exemptions to Thomas and Finau. So, Wheatcroft and Knost and first and second alternate, respectively. If either or both don't get into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale, their top-10 exemptions will carry over to next week's Farmers Insurance Open, but they'd get into that field of 156 on merit anyway. This sort of thing happens at least once every two years, if not every two of three. As you'd expect, Finau is making his debut at the WMPO.
Bae plays on as his legal team fights at home
Sang-moon Bae | PGA
(January 25, 2015 8:53 PM EST)
Sang-moon Bae is scheduled to compete in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Given that the tournament begins on Jan. 29 and extends past the 30-day grace period inside which the Military Manpower Administration [MMA] demanded that he return home to begin fulfilling his military obligation, Bae might seem to be a surprise entry into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale's newly renovated Stadium Course. However, as reported earlier in the month, Bae is allowed to remain abroad during the duration of his lawsuit that counters the MMA's claim that he isn't in need of an exemption to extend his travel visa. It's unknown as to how long the legal battle will last. Meanwhile, he's 2-for-2 at the WMPO, but hasn't cracked a top 45. A T51 at the Sony Open in Hawaii was his first payday outside the top 25 since THE PLAYERS last May.


Ross Chastain signs with JD Motorsports
Ross Chastain | 704
(January 26, 2015 8:55 PM EST)
Ross Chastain will be announced as the new driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro for the South Carolina-based JD Motorsports with Gary Keller – in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) – as early as Monday afternoon, adding himself as a teammate to already announced drivers Landon Cassill and Harrison Rhodes.
The 21-year old competed in seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races last year, earning a top-10 finish for car owner Shigeaki Hattori in the fall Kentucky Speedway event. The Floridian also participated in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, finishing a best 11th for Win-Tron Racing in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeffrey Earnhardt who piloted the No. 4 during the 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series season has departed the team for another Chevrolet-based ride.
Erik Jones in JGR's #20 for 10 XFINITY races
Erik Jones | 804
(January 26, 2015 2:17 PM EST)
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced that longtime partner GameStop will sponsor Erik Jones for 10 races in the No. 20 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
This season will mark GameStop’s eighth season partnering with the Joe Gibbs Racing organization. Matt Kenseth piloted the No. 20 GameStop Toyota in 2013 and 2014, finishing his two-year stint with a win at the season finale XFINITY Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth now hands the reins over to 18-year-old Jones who will drive the No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry for 10 races this season, starting with the XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.