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NFL

DeMarco Murray (hand) expected to play Sun.
DeMarco Murray | DAL
(December 19, 2014 10:56 AM EST)
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys have left the decision to play Week 16 against the Colts up to DeMarco Murray (hand), "in which case he will definitely opt to play."
Murray's going to give it a go Sunday. He has an outside shot at netting 2,000 rushing yards this season -- he currently sits at 1,687 -- and is said to have a high pain tolerance. Murray's broken bone is in his left (non-dominant) hand. If he suits up, owners have to play him. Murray has gotten you to this point. We can't expect Murray to carry it 30 times, but 20-plus touches is doable.
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Adam Schefter on Twitter
Report: Texans leaning toward starting Keenum
Case Keenum | HOU
(December 19, 2014 10:10 AM EST)
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are leaning toward starting Case Keenum at quarterback for Week 16 against the Ravens.
As expected. Keenum simply knows the offense better as a whole than Thad Lewis. Keenum spent the summer with the Texans, while Lewis was signed just a few weeks ago. Neither Keenum nor Lewis would be on the fantasy radar. The Ravens may have a suspect secondary, but they have a dominant pass rush.
Source:
NFL.com

MLB

Middlebrooks headed to Padres for Hanigan
Will Middlebrooks | BOS
(December 19, 2014 10:56 AM EST)
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are closing in on a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks.
The Padres' re-tooling continues. Middlebrooks is just a career .237/.284/.411 hitter, but he's slugged 34 homers over 894 plate appearances and gives San Diego more right-handed power potential. The Padres can now put Yangervis Solarte in a utility role where he belongs. Hanigan will share catching duties with Christian Vazquez in Boston.
Source:
Jeff Passan on Twitter
Padres closing in on deal for Justin Upton
Justin Upton | ATL
(December 19, 2014 9:43 AM EST)
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will acquire Justin Upton from the Braves.
A.J. Preller has struck again. The Padres general manager planned to add offense over the winter and has now traded for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton and Derek Norris within the span of a few weeks. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Padres will also receive a low-level prospect, with the Braves getting Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith. Fried underwent Tommy John surgery in August but was one of the game's top pitching prospects before blowing out his elbow.
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Ken Rosenthal on Twitter

NBA

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday
Lance Stephenson | CHA
(December 19, 2014 11:03 AM EST)
Lance Stephenson (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, and he's being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.
This is just a reminder to get Stephenson out of your lineups. Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will all be asked to step up with Stephenson sidelined in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. MKG and Neal offer the most upside, but neither is a lock for production.
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Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter
Report: 4 teams still vying for Corey Brewer
Corey Brewer | MIN
(December 19, 2014 10:29 AM EST)
The Rockets, Clippers, Cavaliers, and Heat are all in pursuit of a trade that would net them Corey Brewer.
Flip Saunders is reportedly trying to get a first-rounder in exchange for Brewer, but for Brewer, none of these destinations can been seen as a positive from a fantasy perspective. It seems to be only a matter of time until he is dealt, so owners may want to try selling high. Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger would be the primary beneficiaries if/when Brewer is sent elsewhere.
Source:
Jerry Zgoda on Twitter

NHL

Devils will likely start Keith Kinkaid Friday
Keith Kinkaid | NJ
(December 19, 2014 11:11 AM EST)
Keith Kinkaid will probably start for the New Jersey Devils on Friday.
It's a rare night off for Cory Schneider, who has already made 30 starts this season. Kinkaid is still searching for his first NHL victory after turning aside 31 of 33 shots in regulation in a 3-2 shootout loss on Monday. Cory Schneider should be back between the pipes on Saturday.
Source:
The Bergen Record
Max Pacioretty suffers UBI in loss to Ducks
Max Pacioretty | MON
(December 19, 2014 8:46 AM EST)
Max Pacioretty suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday's loss to Anaheim and he went to the hospital as a precaution.
He had to be helped off the ice after he was pushed into the boards by Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner and he appeared to suffer a rib injury on the play. An update on Pacioretty's status is expected to come Friday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't available for Saturday night against Ottawa.
Source:
Montreal Gazette

PGA

Grace wire-to-wire at Dunhill Championship
Branden Grace | PGA
(December 15, 2014 3:14 PM EST)
Branden Grace coasted to a seven-stroke, wire-to-wire victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in his native South Africa.
The 25-year-old opened with a bogey-free, 10-under-par 62, and then added respective rounds of 66, 72 and 68 to post 20-under 268. Fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen was the lone runner-up. "It’s special to win it wire-to-wire, more so because it’s in front of a local crowd," Grace said on Sunday. For the week, he totaled 27 birdies against seven bogeys. "It was a pretty flawless round today and the perfect way to finish off an incredible tournament - a great week in the office." He's arguably best known for winning five times around the world. Four of those titles occurred on the European Tour. His win on Sunday is his first anywhere since and fifth career on the circuit.
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EuropeanTour.com
Lipsky tops Asian Tour OOM; nets 2 exemptions
David Lipsky | PGA
(December 14, 2014 11:42 PM EST)
David Lipsky clinched victory in the Order of Merit on the Asian Tour with one tournament yet to be contested.
He won't need to sweat out the results of next week's Dubai Open, which has a purse of just $500,000, $90K of which going to the winner. With $713,901 in the bank through the Thailand Golf Championship, Lipsky is $111,068 clear of Anirban Lahiri in second place. The 25-year-old American won the Omega European Masters in early September. His haul from that landmark title contributes 70.6 percent of his season's earnings. "This win means a lot to me and I’m feeling a lot of pride," he said. "This is something which I aspired to do. Winning a co-sanction event and doing all this in one year is something which was unexpected because I did it so fast but now I know that if I play well, I can compete against the best." He'll test his talent with debuts at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and The Open Championship in 2015, both perks for winning the Order of Merit.
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AsianTour.com

NASCAR

Menards the No. 33 in NXS with Brandon Jones
Brandon Jones | 733
(December 18, 2014 3:34 PM EST)
Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, positioning the third-largest home improvement store in the United States as a primary sponsor for select races on RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet entry with drivers Paul Menard and Brandon Jones in 2015.
Menards has played a pivotal role in RCR's NXS campaign since 2012. Menard will drive the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet Camaro for select events in 2015, while maintaining a full-time schedule in the No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for RCR. The Eau Claire, Wis.-native is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner with five pole awards, 31 top-five and 81 top-10 finishes. As previously announced, Jones, a 17-year-old driver hailing from Atlanta, Ga., joins the RCR stable for a number of NXS events.-Richard Childress Racing
Menards provides sponsorship for NXS No. 33
Paul Menard | 27
(December 18, 2014 3:33 PM EST)
Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, positioning the third-largest home improvement store in the United States as a primary sponsor for select races on RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet entry with drivers Paul Menard and Brandon Jones in 2015.
Menards has played a pivotal role in RCR's NXS campaign since 2012. Menard will drive the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet Camaro for select events in 2015, while maintaining a full-time schedule in the No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for RCR. The Eau Claire, Wis.-native is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner with five pole awards, 31 top-five and 81 top-10 finishes. As previously announced, Jones, a 17-year-old driver hailing from Atlanta, Ga., joins the RCR stable for a number of NXS events.-Richard Childress Racing