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Patton ahead of Stevie Johnson for No. 3 WR?
Quinton Patton | SF
(August 28, 2014 8:03 AM EDT)
Quinton Patton ran ahead of Stevie Johnson during the 49ers' third preseason game.
The No. 3 spot behind starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin appears to be a fluid situation, with Brandon Lloyd also in the mix. There's even been speculation that Johnson and his $3.65 million salary could be a surprise cut Saturday. Patton, a 2013 fourth-round pick, has one catch for 10 yards through 78 preseason snaps. Johnson has two catches for 11 yards on 36 snaps.
CSN Bay Area
Titans ink DE Jurrell Casey to $36M extension
Jurrell Casey | TEN
(August 27, 2014 5:32 PM EDT)
Titans signed DE Jurrell Casey to a four-year, $36 million extension through 2018.
It includes $20.5 million guaranteed and makes Casey the highest-paid player on the Titans' roster. $9 million annually is a lot of dough to shell out. Casey is now the second-highest-paid 3-4 end in football in terms of annual average behind Calais Campbell's $11 million. Casey had a career year in 2013, racking up 10.5 sacks and 55 tackles. That was as a penetrating one-gap defensive tackle in a 4-3. For the sake of the Titans, we hope new DC Ray Horton will allow Casey to push the pocket instead of playing two-gap.


Posey cracks walk-off HR, has 3 HR last 2 gm.
Buster Posey | SF
(August 28, 2014 1:28 AM EDT)
Buster Posey hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.
It was his second career walk-off homer. The catcher finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Posey hit his 16th and 17th home runs on Tuesday, and his 18th tonight -- he's one of many pro batters that practices gratitude for the existence of Rockies' pitchers. During his seven-game hitting streak, Posey is 15-for-31 (.484) with five homers and 10 RBI.
Kershaw K's 10 over 8 IP in victory over ARI
Clayton Kershaw | LA
(August 28, 2014 12:56 AM EDT)
Clayton Kershaw surrendered only an unearned run across eight innings, striking out 10, in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Kershaw scattered six hits and walked two. The left-hander has now worked seven innings or more in 14 straight starts. He's given up more than three earned runs just once all season, remarkable consistency that is summed up in a gorgeous 1.73 ERA. Kershaw (16-3) welcomes the Nationals to Southern California next time around.


Heat pick up Shannon Brown for $1.3 million
Shannon Brown | MIA
(August 27, 2014 4:11 PM EDT)
The Heat signed G/F Shannon Brown on a one-year, $1.3 million deal.
It sounds like a guaranteed deal and he should make the team. Miami has some serious concerns on the wing with the oft-injured trio of Dwyane Wade, Danny Granger and Luol Deng expected to lead the way. Brown will compete with Shawne Williams, Reggie Williams and rookie James Ennis for playing time. He's not worth drafting in almost any format.
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Doc Rivers to coach Clippers through 2019
Doc Rivers | LAC
(August 27, 2014 1:04 PM EDT)
Doc Rivers and the Clippers have agreed to a contract which will keep Rivers in L.A. through the end of the 2019 season.
Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but it's a new contract rather than an extension, and it would be surprising if Rivers isn't the highest-paid coach in the NBA. "This is an important day for this organization," said new owner Steve Ballmer. "Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."
Orange County Register


Alfredsson decision may linger until camp
Daniel Alfredsson | DET
(August 27, 2014 4:45 PM EDT)
Daniel Alfredsson decision to play this coming season probably won't come until just before Sept. 18, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.
That is the date when players are set to report for training camp. "I haven't talked to him in about a month," Holland said. "He's training hard. He's training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp." Holland plans to touch base with Alfredsson next week.
Detroit Free Press
Sarich 'doing well' after cycling accident
Cory Sarich | COL
(August 27, 2014 12:43 PM EDT)
Cory Sarich has been slowly recovering from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a Ford F-350 truck while cycling.
He suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck's muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration to his head, and road rash. "My diagnosis was, pretty much, as good as it gets (for a situation like that) . . . a bit of a mess, but I'm doing well now," he said. "It's been four-and-a-half weeks and it's been a slow recovery." As you can imagine, Sarich is still feeling the effects of the accident and he's given up on cycling for good.
Calgary Herald


Wife of Kuchar's caddie dies on Wednesday
Matt Kuchar | PGA
(August 28, 2014 1:12 AM EDT)
Angela Barrett, wife of Lance Bennett, who caddies for Matt Kuchar, died on Wednesday morning in Texas.
In its report, Golfweek specified that Lance received word on Tuesday at TPC Boston that his wife had experienced a seizure. Kuchar's management firm, Excel Sports, released the following statement: "This is a very difficult time for our family, but we appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the caddies, players and entire golf community." Lance and Angela are parents to a four-year-old daughter, Emma. Matt Kuchar released his own statement: "(My wife) Sybi, the boys and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to Lance and Emma Grace during this devastating time. Angela was a cherished friend, a wonderful wife and a loving mother who made a major impact on all who were lucky enough to know her, and she will be greatly missed." The Deutsche Bank Championship is scheduled to begin at 8:20 a.m. on Friday.
Justin Rose takes a pass on the Deutsche Bank
Justin Rose | PGA
(August 25, 2014 12:57 PM EDT)
Justin Rose has been removed from the published field of this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
While unconfirmed, it's likely that Rose is taking the path of fellow likely Ryder Cupper Sergio Garcia, who's sitting this week out to recharge his batteries. Rose shared 30th place at The Barclays and fell two spots to 20th in the FedExCup standings.


Atlanta contrary to pattern for Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT)
So far in 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has alternated one top-five on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track with a result outside the top 15 and if the pattern holds, he is due to finish poorly this week.
Atlanta has been contrary to that pattern in the past two years, however. He finished seventh in 2012 and eighth last year, while he has failed to crack the top five since 2008. This week could feature a good, but not great finish for the No. 88.
Joey Logano’s top-15 streak on 1.5-milers
Joey Logano | 22
(August 27, 2014 5:18 PM EDT)
Joey Logano has scored six consecutive top-12 finishes on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, including a victory in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas.
Logano’s solid performance on this track type outweighs his apparent struggles at Atlanta. Prior to last year, he failed to crack the top 15 a single time in six attempts, but with his new Penske ride he finished second to Kyle Busch in the 2013 Atlanta AdvoCare 500.