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NFL

Decker (hamstring) 'on pace' for Monday night
Eric Decker | NYJ
(September 17, 2014 8:41 PM EDT)
According to ESPN New York, Eric Decker (hamstring) remains "on pace" to play in Monday night's game against the Bears despite missing Wednesday's practice.
Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday he's "confident" Decker "will be ready ... but I should say I guess I’m hopeful that (Decker) will play." Decker may get in very little practice time ahead of Monday night's game, but the extra day to prepare should help. Although Decker has been a WR2 to this point, he should be treated more along the lines of a WR3 option this week due to the injury.
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ESPN New York
Jordan Cameron appears likely to play Week 3
Jordan Cameron | CLE
(September 17, 2014 8:26 PM EDT)
The Akron Beacon Journal suggests Jordan Cameron (shoulder) "probably has a good shot at playing" in Week 3 against Baltimore.
Cameron returned to a limited practice Wednesday after sitting out all of last week. "[My shoulder] feels good," Cameron said after the practice. "It feels better. ... I’m going to wake up in the morning, and we’ll take it from there." Cameron aggravated an August shoulder injury on a 47-yard reception in the Browns' opener. Cameron finished 2013 with 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, going to the Pro Bowl as a 25-year-old first-year starter. When healthy, he is an elite fantasy tight end.
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Akron Beacon-Journal

MLB

Simmons exits with apparent ankle injury
Andrelton Simmons | ATL
(September 17, 2014 8:04 PM EDT)
Andrelton Simmons left Wednesday's game against the Nationals with an apparent ankle injury.
The Braves haven't said a reason for his departure, but Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer David O'Brien said it appeared Simmons aggravated a previous ankle injury running from first to second base in the first inning. Phil Gosselin replaced Simmons at shortstop, and the Braves should update his situation shortly.
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David O'Brien on Twitter
Angel Pagan (back) expected to play on Friday
Angel Pagan | SF
(September 17, 2014 7:43 PM EDT)
The results of Angel Pagan's (back) MRI came back clean on Wednesday and the veteran outfielder expects to return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday.
Pagan has reported significant improvement after sitting out the entire three-game set against the Diamondbacks. In what has been a season ravaged by injuries, he has managed to excel when on the field, hitting .302/.342/.391 with three homers, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 95 games.
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Andrew Baggarly on Twitter

NBA

J.J. Hickson receives five game suspension
J.J. Hickson | DEN
(September 17, 2014 4:06 PM EDT)
J.J. Hickson received a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.
It's for marijuana and he will not be paid for those games. Hickson is recovering from ACL surgery and is hoping to be ready for training camp. With Hickson out, Kenneth Faired will get all the minutes he can handle while JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov will hold down the center spot. Hickson is not worth drafting in most leagues.
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Marc Spears on Twitter
Brandon Jennings admits 2013-14 was his worst
Brandon Jennings | DET
(September 17, 2014 2:08 PM EDT)
Brandon Jennings said that the 2013-14 season was his "worst year" in the NBA, but he's been in the gym for the past few weeks and is eager for a fresh start under coach Stan Van Gundy.
"The fractured jaw, losing weight, not being able to play preseason, missing games," Jennings said, listing reasons for his down year. "Then getting into a rhythm, then Mo [Cheeks] was fired and I’m back down again. It was just the worst season ever, a roller coaster." Jennings gave the requisite offseason report that he's bulked up (reportedly adding 25 pounds), and he's prepared to earn his starter's minutes ahead of D.J. Augustin and Will Bynum.
Source:
Detroit News

NHL

Wild invite Ilya Bryzgalov to camp on a PTO
Ilya Bryzgalov | MIN
(September 17, 2014 6:32 PM EDT)
Ilya Bryzgalov has accepted a professional tryout with the Minnesota Wild and he will be at camp.
He expressed his wish to return to the Wild during the summer and it looks like he will get his chance following the news that Josh Harding is out indefinitely due to a fractured foot. Bryzgalov played well for the Wild down the stretch last year, while posting a 7-1-3 record to go with a .911 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA.
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Minnesota Wild on Twitter
Wild announce Josh Harding out indefinitely
Josh Harding | MIN
(September 17, 2014 5:27 PM EDT)
Minnesota has announced that Josh Harding has a fractured right foot.
He will be sidelined indefinitely due to the ailment. After receiving some encouraging news last month that Harding would be ready for training camp, he was injured in an off-ice activity. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported earlier that Harding could be out for months.
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Stephen Whyno on Twitter

PGA

Points WDs from finale; cites peer pressure
D.A. Points | PGA
(September 17, 2014 9:15 PM EDT)
D.A. Points elected not to compete in this week's Web.com Tour Championship due to the concern among his brethren that he'd directly impact the final standings among the 25 chasing PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15.
Points is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR next season for winning the Shell Houston Open in 2013, but he wanted to sneak in some live action during his two-month break since he didn't qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. However, because the Web.com Tour Finals is a four-event series and not a single tournament, the possibility exists that he could effectively reduce the earnings of a guy on the bubble for the top 25. Of course, his impact wouldn't be any different than any other golfer in the field, but the message is that Points doesn't need the money for a card. "I thought unless I finish in the top 4 or 5 it wouldn’t make a difference, but then guys were on me about it," he said. "I understand that and that’s not why I’m here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are playing in this. I’m not here to keep anybody from getting a job."
Source:
GolfChannel.com
AK story asks more questions than it answers
Anthony Kim | PGA
(September 17, 2014 3:07 PM EDT)
Anthony Kim remains sidelined indefinitely and may be wrestling with a financial dilemma, according to Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck, who wrote an article on the golfer for the Sept. 22 edition of the magazine.
Shipnuck wove new reporting with quotes from old interviews in an attempt to piece AK's mystery together. Injuries, a philosophical disconnect with the PGA TOUR and the absence of a fit socially among members all contribute to Kim's disappearance, but perhaps the most relevant issue concerns an insurance policy that would reportedly pay him nearly $20 million for never hitting another golf ball in sanctioned competition. None of Kim's quotes are recent, so all of these angles as it relates to Kim's mindset today amounts to aggregate conjecture. If he returns, he'll be armed with a Major Medical Extension with 16 starts to earn $613,550 and retain status, but those numbers are mere formalities when compared to the saga that has so many golf fans and gamers scratching their heads.
Source:
Golf.com

NASCAR

Brad Keselowski ranks 1st at New Hampshire
Brad Keselowski | 2
(September 17, 2014 2:32 PM EDT)
Brad Keselowski is the top-ranked driver for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His victory this summer in the Camping World RV Sales 301 and back-to-back wins at Richmond and Chicagoland will make him difficult to beat.
Keselowski’s performance on the short, flat tracks of Richmond and New Hampshire could easily be classified as dominant—and even if he fails to win, it is highly unlikely that he will not challenge for at least a top-five.
Ambrose to drive for Team Penske in Australia
Marcos Ambrose | 9
(September 15, 2014 8:38 PM EDT)
Team Penske announced today that it will form a partnership with one of the most successful motorsport teams in Australia to compete in the popular V8 Supercars Championship, beginning in 2015.
DJR Team Penske will compete with Ford Falcons in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship with a true hero of Australian motorsports behind the wheel. Marcos Ambrose will return to the Series where he drew international acclaim to race the iconic No. 17 Ford for DJR Team Penske. Ambrose is a two-time V8 Supercars champion; winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. He transitioned to a winning career in NASCAR where he has earned seven wins and eight pole positions while competing in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series over the past nine seasons. Ambrose, a native of Launceston, Tasmania, is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the V8 Supercars Championship. In the 65 rounds in which he competed from 2001 to 2005, he won 28 individual races.-Team Penske