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NFL

Report: DAL, ARZ not in running for Peterson
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(April 26, 2015 7:07 PM EDT)
Citing six "high-level NFL sources," Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Cowboys and Cardinals are not willing to pay the price the Vikings have demanded to trade Adrian Peterson.
"Dallas has not even spoken to Minnesota regarding Peterson," Robinson writes, while Arizona is unwilling to surrender its first-round pick. Peterson-to-the-Cardinals reportedly could be a done deal were Vikings GM Rick Spielman willing to trade A.P. for a mid-to-late second-round pick, but that is currently not happening. Robinson speculates that the Buccaneers and Jaguars are sleepers to acquire Peterson, perhaps in exchange for a top-40 pick. According to Robinson, Spielman's "feet are in cement," he "wants Peterson in a Vikings uniform," and "it's going to take a sledgehammer to remove him from that spot."
Source:
Yahoo Sports
Report: Dolphins 'covet' Georgia RB Gurley
Todd Gurley | CLG
(April 26, 2015 12:41 PM EDT)
"Multiple sources" tell the Miami Herald that the Dolphins "covet" Georgia RB Todd Gurley, and "would love" for Gurley to fall to them at No. 14.
No. 14 would be considered a "fall" for Gurley, who is now seen as a probable top-ten pick. Many NFL evaluators view Gurley as one of the best all-around players in an otherwise weak 2015 draft class. The Herald spoke to Miami Heat team physician Harlan Selesnick, who said the risk of an ACL re-tear is just two percent for pro athletes. "The success rate in terms of stability is really quite good," Selesnick stated. "You don’t see a lot of guys having a repeat ACL surgery. You can usually feel comfortable taking one of those players."
Source:
Miami Herald

MLB

Nick Franklin (oblique) near rehab assignment
Nick Franklin | TB
(April 27, 2015 10:39 AM EDT)
Nick Franklin (oblique) expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week.
Franklin seemed to be trending toward minor league games early last week, but the Rays slowed his rehab as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old was poised to open the 2015 season as Tampa Bay's starting second baseman before suffering an oblique strain at the end of spring training. He should be ready to rock in early May and may carry some value in deep fantasy leagues.
Source:
Tampa Bay Times
Loria on Redmond: 'He's the manager. Period.'
Mike Redmond | MIA
(April 27, 2015 10:03 AM EDT)
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria gave his first public endorsement of manager Mike Redmond on Sunday.
Rumors swirled early last week that Redmond was already on the hot seat, but the Marlins swept the Nationals over the weekend and have rattled off five straight victories. Funny how things change. "He's the manager. Period," Loria told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. "All teams go through bad moments. Ours came early."
Source:
CBS Sports

NBA

Hollins: Deron Williams isn't the same player
Deron Williams | BKN
(April 27, 2015 10:30 AM EDT)
In his defense of Deron Williams, Lionel Hollins said that his starting point guard is no longer the player he once was.
No player is the way he was four years ago." Williams has become a punching bag for the Nets since his tenure in Brooklyn began, and Hollins said it's become "totally unfair." Williams has made 2-of-15 shots over his last two games for a combined five points, but he has averaged 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals during that same stretch. He's expected to be able to play in Game 4 and going forward, but D-Will's effectiveness remains in question.
Source:
New York Daily News
David Lee expected to return for second round
David Lee | GS
(April 27, 2015 10:22 AM EDT)
David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.
"It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him.
Source:
San Jose Mercury News

NHL

Carey Price outstanding; Habs eliminate Sens
Carey Price | MON
(April 26, 2015 9:08 PM EDT)
Carey Price stopped all 43 shots he faced in Sunday's 2-0 series clinching win over Ottawa.
Price was outstanding from the beginning of this game until the very last second. The Canadiens came out of the gate strong, but Ottawa took over from the middle of the first period until the end of the game. After one period the shots were 13-13, but Ottawa was able to fire 30 shots in the final 40 minutes while the Canadiens had just seven. After a difficult performance in game five, Price rebounded nicely in this contest. Montreal may not be able to score much but having a goaltender like Price will make them a tough out in any playoff series.
Zach Parise scores two; Wild eliminate STL
Zach Parise | MIN
(April 26, 2015 6:00 PM EDT)
Zach Parise scored two goals in Sunday’s 4-1, elimination win over St. Louis.
Parise opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal that goalie Jake Allen will be embarrassed to have let in. Parise also added the insurance marker at the 1:01 mark of the third period. The Wild will now advance to the second round of playoffs where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks. Many people underestimated the Wild coming into the playoffs but they have great goaltending and timely scoring. This will be a rematch of last year’s second round matchup, as the Blackhawks eliminated the Wild in six games.

PGA

Ilonen gets the call; added to the Match Play
Mikko Ilonen | PGA
(April 26, 2015 10:40 PM EDT)
Mikko Ilonen has replaced Phil Mickelson at this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
We waited until the Finn's addition was official. He was first alternate when Mickelson withdrew today, and what an addition he is. Ilonen won the Volvo Match Play Championship on the European Tour in October, taking down Henrik Stenson in the finale. More recently, he's played only once in 2015 on his home circuit (T55, Dubai Desert Classic) and missed the cut in his last two starts (Houston, Masters).
Source:
WorldGolfChampionships.com
Report: Mickelson withdraws from Match Play
Phil Mickelson | PGA
(April 26, 2015 9:20 PM EDT)
Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, according to GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard.
The Hall of Famer cited personal reasons for his decision. He hasn't competed in the tournament since 2011, but that was often due to the scheduling conflict in February when at least one of his kids was off school. Mickelson is the third to withdraw from the tournament (Luke Donald, Tim Clark). He entered as the 18-seed. Mikko Ilonen is first alternate. Look for Lefty again at next week's PLAYERS.
Source:
GolfChannel.com

NASCAR

Truex back on track with top-10 at Richmond
Martin Truex Jr. | 78
(April 26, 2015 9:02 PM EDT)
Martin Truex Jr. is back on track with another top-10 at Richmond International Raceway in the Toyota Owners 400. He ran in the top five for much of the day, slipped outside that mark, and then hovered around 10th. He edged Newman at the end of the race to earn his eighth top-10 in nine races of 2015.
It is notable that all three drivers who had perfect top-10 records end at Bristol Motor Speedway each bounced back at Richmond. At the very front of the field, this has been a fairly predictable season.
Bowyer gets 2nd top-10 of season at Richmond
Clint Bowyer | 15
(April 26, 2015 8:46 PM EDT)
Clint Bowyer earned a top-10 in the first race of the season at Daytona International Speedway. It took nine weeks, but he finally scored a second with a ninth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway
That comes just before Bowyer and the field heads to Talladega SuperSpeedway, which is a track where he has excelled in the past. He would be a favorite there without the added momentum, but this certainly helps make him a popular pick for Sunday.