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Report: Chandler Jones' season in jeopardy
Chandler Jones | NE
(October 25, 2014 1:48 PM EDT)
The hip injury Patriots DE Chandler Jones suffered Week 7 will sideline him at least six weeks, and could cost him the entire season.
That escalated quickly. Orignially expected to be a month long absence, it now appears Jones will at best be avaible for the Patriots' Week 13 contest against the Packers, though New England is "not optimistic" Jones will be able to meet that timetable. Jones' injury is a huge blow for the Patriots' defense. Jones has 4.5 of New England's 18 sacks this season, and his pass-rushing presence makes everyone else along the defensive front better.
Boston Herald
Bucs lock up McCoy for 7 years, $98 million
Gerald McCoy | TB
(October 25, 2014 1:07 PM EDT)
Buccaneers signed DT Gerald McCoy to a seven-year, $98 million extension through 2021.
The deal includes $51.5 million guaranteed, and makes McCoy the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history. McCoy struggled with injuries his first two seasons, but bounced back to become one of the most dominant defensive forces in the league over the last two years. Only 26, McCoy was a first-team All-Pro last season, and already has two Pro Bowl selections under his belt. Amid constant double teams, McCoy has two sacks and nine hurries on 274 snaps this season. 2013 was McCoy's real breakout campaign, registering 9.5 sacks, 50 tackles, and four pass breakups.
Jay Glazer on Twitter


Maddon prepared to sit out the 2015 season
Joe Maddon | TB
(October 25, 2014 4:38 PM EDT)
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that Joe Maddon is prepared to sit out the 2015 season to wait for the right managing opportunity, according to his agent Alan Nero.
A recent report indicated that Maddon is seeking a contract around five years and $25 million in total, which would make him one of the highest-paid managers in baseball, not far behind Mike Scioscia. Nero added, "Joe’s looking for a big challenge. He’s looking for an organization that’s committed to win." The Cubs have emerged as an early favorite for Maddon's eventual landing spot.
Pioneer Press
Alcides Escobar sparks Royals to Game 3 win
Alcides Escobar | KC
(October 24, 2014 11:37 PM EDT)
Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
Escobar jumped on the very first pitch of the night from Tim Hudson, lining a leadoff double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on a ground ball and came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals an early advantage. The speedy shortstop then delivered a one-out single in the sixth inning which started a two-run uprising that proved to be the difference in the contest.


Victor Oladipo (face) may miss a month
Victor Oladipo | ORL
(October 25, 2014 4:22 PM EDT)
Victor Oladipo is expected to miss one month of the season due to his facial fracture.
Most facial fractures tend to cost players 5-7 games, so this is a significant blow to Oladipo's prospects this season. The Magic have yet to announce what bone in Oladipo's face is broken, so we'll be on the lookout for that news. He's having a rough start to his season and is worth a look in the 60-100 range depending on your fantasy format. Evan Fournier is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Rudy Gay did not suffer facial fracture
Rudy Gay | SAC
(October 25, 2014 3:50 PM EDT)
X-rays confirmed Rudy Gay did not suffer a facial fracture from Friday's game.
He had X-rays at a Sacramento hospital and everything seems fine for the small forward. Gay had a jaw injury at the FIBA World Cup, but it hasn't been an issue until now. It remains to be seen how losing Isaiah Thomas will affect him, but shooting below 34 percent in four of six preseason games is not a great start. He's a target closer to 50 in fantasy drafts.
Marc Spears on Twitter


Blues shuffle lines against v Hawks
Jaden Schwartz | STL
(October 25, 2014 2:32 PM EDT)
The Blues have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's grudge match against the Blackhawks.
Jaden Schwartz will start on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie, while Alexander Steen will skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. Essentially, Schwartz and Steen will be flip flopped. The Blues other two lines will be as follows: Dmitrij Jaskin-Patrik Berglund-Joakim Lindstrom and Steve Ott-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reaves. Schwartz is St.Louis' leading scorer with four goals and should continue to thrive in a top-six position all season long. The loser in this alignment, however, is Steve Ott, who got a chance to play in the top six earlier this week.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Spezza continues to center Stars top line
Jason Spezza | DAL
(October 25, 2014 1:59 PM EDT)
Jason Spezza will once again center Dallas' top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who has shifted to right wing.
This has the makings of one of the NHL's best lines. Benn has scored in five straight games and Spezza has points in four consecutive contests. The balance of the Stars' lines will look like this against the Islanders Saturday: Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt; Patrick Eaves-Vernon Fiddler-Ales Hemsky and Erik Cole-Shawn Horcoff-Colton Sceviour. Hemsky is the big loser out of this alignment, although he did look great taking a game-high eight shots Friday night against New Jersey.
Dallas Morning News


Defending champ holes eagle-2 from 115 yards
Chris Kirk | PGA
(October 25, 2014 4:28 PM EDT)
Chris Kirk enjoyed a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his third round of The McGladrey Classic to post 8-under 202, one stroke off the pace of the 54-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
It was a bit of a mixed bag for the defending champ at Seaside today. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, but squared three bogeys, including a three-putt from inside 25 feet at the par-4 second hole. Overall, he fanned on three tries inside eight feet. However, Kirk more than made up for the close calls with an eagle from 115 yards in the fairway at the par-4 eighth hole. He also converted five birdies, including rolls from 24'6", 13'1" and 14'11" at Nos. 1, 4 and 18, respectively.
Andrew Putnam continues to glide at Seaside
Andrew Putnam | PGA
(October 25, 2014 4:07 PM EDT)
Andrew Putnam fashioned a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his third round of The McGladrey Classic to post 9-under 201, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.
After opening the tournament with a 68, the rookie has chipped off one stroke in each subsequent round, so the pattern is in his favor. He hit 14 greens in regulation today and circled five par breakers. The highlight came courtesy of a 19-yard hole-out for eagle at the par-5 seventh hole. Three of his four birdies stretched outside 12 feet, the longest measuring 22'8" at the par-4 10th. Putnam's only miscue occurred at the par-4 fifth where he found the hazard with his drive and had to re-tee.


Darrell Wallace Jr. wins Kroger 200
Darrell Wallace Jr. | 854
(October 25, 2014 4:18 PM EDT)
Darrell Wallace Jr., who was running a special paint scheme honoring NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott, wins the Kroger 200, his fourth victory in 41 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2014. It is his second victory and fourth top-five finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway. This is Toyota's record-breaking 12th victory at Martinsville Speedway. It is also Toyota's 15th win this season, matching its single-season high (2010). Wallace Jr., who started on the pole (96.224 mph), is currently third in the 2014 NCWTS championship standings after this event.
Darrell Wallace Jr. on pole for Kroger 200
Darrell Wallace Jr. | 854
(October 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT)
Darrell Wallace Jr. wins the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Kroger 200 with a lap of 19.679 seconds, 96.224 mph.
This is the No. 34 NASCAR HOF Inductee Wendell Scott Toyota Tundra driver's third pole in 41 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. It is his second pole and 13th top-10 start in 2014. This is his first pole in four races at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace Jr. switched numbers on the Toyota Tundra from #54 to #34 (Wendell Scott drove the No. 34 during his career) just for this race.