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NFL

49ers RB Hyde drops weight into 'mid-220s'
Carlos Hyde | SF
(April 17, 2015 3:19 PM EDT)
49ers GM Trent Baalke revealed that Carlos Hyde has dropped his weight into the "mid-220s."
Baalke added that Hyde looks "extremely good." Hyde measured 6-foot, 230 at the 2014 Combine. Weight loss has had positive recent effects on Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy (pre-2014), and Marshawn Lynch early in his Seattle career. If the 49ers decline to draft a running back who poses significant competition to Hyde, he'll only have Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter to beat out for touches. Hyde has high-end RB2 upside for 2015.
Source:
Matt Barrows on Twitter
Dallas PD suspends case against Aqib Talib
Aqib Talib | DEN
(April 17, 2015 11:50 AM EDT)
The Dallas PD has suspended its aggravated assault case against Broncos CB Aqib Talib.
Talib was being investigated for assault after an incident on April 8. After talking to witnesses, the Dallas PD said it doesn't have enough evidence to proceed at this time. This story should fade away. Talib can move on with his life.
Source:
Rebecca Lopez on Twitter

MLB

Plouffe launches walk-off HR vs. Indians
Trevor Plouffe | MIN
(April 18, 2015 12:58 AM EDT)
Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the Indians in 11 innings on Friday night.
How's that for a slump-buster? Plouffe came into Friday's action hitting .133 and went hitless over his first four at-bats before taking Bryan Shaw deep to leadoff the bottom of the 11th and send the Target Field fans home happy. The 28-year-old hasn't been able to replicate the power production he had in 2012, but he's capable of being a useful corner infielder in deeper mixed leagues.
Brantley (back) notches two hits in return
Michael Brantley | CLE
(April 18, 2015 12:56 AM EDT)
Michael Brantley (back) went 2-for-5 in his return to the lineup Friday.
Both hits were singles. Brantley, who served as the DH on Friday, missed the previous four games due to a back injury. The issue has already flared up a couple of times since spring training, so he might not be out of the woods yet.

NBA

Jeff Green (back) questionable for Game 1
Jeff Green | MEM
(April 17, 2015 10:27 PM EDT)
Jeff Green (back) is questionable for Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.
Sources have intimated that Tony Allen (hamstring) is the only Grizzlies player to be in jeopardy and he'll probably do anything he can to get on the court. Among the group of banged up players in Memphis, Green's injury status has been a back-burner issue so owners may want to use him as they normally would.
Source:
Rob Fischer on Twitter
David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
David Lee | GS
(April 17, 2015 5:40 PM EDT)
David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.
That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly.
Source:
Diamond Leung on Twitter

NHL

Jakub Voracek to play for Czech Republic
Jakub Voracek | PHI
(April 18, 2015 8:38 AM EDT)
Jakub Varoacek will play for the Czech Republic at the upcoming World Championships.
He will get to play with his idol and fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr in front of a home crowd as the Worlds will take place in the Czech Republic. Voracek finished the season tied for fourth in NHL scoring with 81 points and while he was satisfied with his season personally, he stated that he has only done it once. "It’s been a long season," Voracek said. "If I do it next year, maybe I can admit that I belong there [in that club]. Right now, I had one good season. It doesn’t end for me. Nothing changes. I will work hard this summer."
Source:
CSN Philadelphia
Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession
Jarret Stoll | LA
(April 18, 2015 1:11 AM EDT)
Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Las Vegas police department confirmed the arrest to the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. Stoll is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and this will certainly put a damper on his attempt to sign back with the Kings or with a new NHL team. Stay tuned.
Source:
TSN.ca

PGA

Leishman books Zurich Classic for his return
Marc Leishman | PGA
(April 17, 2015 6:47 PM EDT)
Marc Leishman is included in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
This is great news. It implies that his wife is stable and recovering from her recent health scare. He hasn't played since missing the cut at Bay Hill and he hasn't cashed since a T51 at The Honda Classic. In his only previous appearance at TPC Louisiana, he missed the cut in 2009.
Source:
PGATOUR.com
Z. Johnson among notable MCs at RBC Heritage
Zach Johnson | PGA
(April 17, 2015 6:37 PM EDT)
Zach Johnson shot 6-over-par 73-75=148 at the RBC Heritage, missing the cut by six strokes.
Well, so much for that. He arrived with sparkling form punctuated by 68s on the weekend at Augusta National to share ninth place. This week in Hilton Head, Johnson split 21 (of 28) fairways but missed 19 greens in regulation. He circled only three birdies but gave back shots with seven bogeys and a double. Other notables that also have the weekend off include: 143--1999 champ Glen Day; Russell Henley; Rory Sabbatini ... 144--Tony Finau; Carlos Ortiz; Ernie Els; Marcel Siem ... 145--Cameron Tringale ... 146--Thongchai Jaidee ... 147--Chesson Hadley ... 148--Charles Howell III; John Huh.

NASCAR

Ragan qualifies top-12 first time in 3 races
David Ragan | 18
(April 17, 2015 9:46 PM EDT)
David Ragan advanced to the top 12 in time trials for the first time in three weeks. He qualified 11th for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The significance of this is that his last two finishing results ended in the top 15 even with modest qualification efforts. Those have been his best races of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing. His turnaround may actually have come at Auto Club Speedway, however, where he qualified third and was racing with the leaders before getting spun early.
Greg Biffle spins in Bristol quals
Greg Biffle | 16
(April 17, 2015 9:37 PM EDT)
Greg Biffle spun after his first lap of qualification for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR allowed him to put on a fresh pair of scuffed tires, but he could not overcome the mistake and will start Sunday’s race 33rd.
Bad luck and trouble continues for Roush-Fenway Racing. Until they reverse their fortune, fantasy players should avoid Biffle until his salary cap drops to a bargain level.