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Aaron Dobson beginning camp on PUP list
Aaron Dobson | NE
(July 21, 2014 5:15 PM EDT)
Patriots placed WR Aaron Dobson (foot) on the active/PUP list.
Joining him there will be CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Jeremy Gallon, DT Tommy Kelly and WR Matt Slater. Dobson had been optimistic he'd be good to go for the start of camp, but isn't ready after sitting out the entire offseason program. This being the Pats, there's little hard info on Dobson's recovery, but we doubt his stay on the PUP list will be a long one. Dobson can be activated at any time.
Field Yates on Twitter
Geno Atkins (ACL) beginning camp on PUP list
Geno Atkins | CIN
(July 21, 2014 4:02 PM EDT)
Bengals placed DT Geno Atkins (knee) on the active/PUP list.
Joining him there will be OG Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), CB Leon Hall (Achilles), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back) and WR Ryan Whalen (hamstring). Updates on Atkins' status have been scarce, but he's now roughly nine months removed from blowing out his knee. He could end up missing the entire preseason, but should still be considered better than 50-50 to be ready for Week 1. His status will be updated in the coming weeks.
Paul Dehner on Twitter


Roenis Elias exits with apparent arm injury
Roenis Elias | SEA
(July 21, 2014 11:58 PM EDT)
Roenis Elias left Monday's game against the Mets with an apparent arm injury.
Elias was visited by the trainer and seen stretching out his fingers/hand, so he could be dealing with some tightness in his forearm. The Mariners should provide more on his status shortly. Elias allowed one run while striking out eight over 5 1/3 innings before exiting.
Ryan Divish on Twitter
Phillies telling teams Hamels not available
Cole Hamels | PHI
(July 21, 2014 11:52 PM EDT)
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Phillies have told teams to this point that Cole Hamels is unavailable.
It doesn't jibe with previous reports that have indicated the Phillies are at least entertaining the possibility of dealing Hamels. Perhaps they just haven't liked what other teams have been willing to offer and are pulling Hamels off the block for that reason. Whatever the reason, the Phils could still conceivably change their minds before the end of the month. At the moment, though, it appears Hamels isn't going anywhere.
Buster Olney on Twitter


Report: BOS finalizing deal with Evan Turner
Evan Turner | IND
(July 21, 2014 5:02 PM EDT)
The Celtics are reportedly finalizing a deal with unrestricted free agent Evan Turner.
Turner will fight for minutes with the likes of Avery Bradley, Marcus Thornton, and Jeff Green. It will be interesting to see how Brad Steven's rotations develop over training camp, but it's well documented that Turner's fantasy value is limited to inefficient scoring and rebounding. He's not a very tantalizing pick in fantasy drafts.
Steve Bulpett on Twitter
Noah Vonleh not set to have significant role
Noah Vonleh | CHA
(July 21, 2014 4:38 PM EDT)
Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while rookies Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston have "starter's talent" they will not have a significant role with the team next season.
Clifford has really driven the point home this offseason that Vonleh will be brought along slowly, so owners should really temper their expectations as it looks like it might take an injury for Vonleh to see some serious time on the court. Hairston is going to be competing for minutes behind Lance Stephenson, Gary Neal, and Gerald Henderson, so he too will have a tough time contributing meaningful numbers on a nightly basis. It looks like both promising rookies have departed from the standard league conversation.
Rick Bonnell on Twitter


Cody Franson, Maple Leafs avoid arbitration
Cody Franson | TOR
(July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT)
Cody Franson has inked a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Franson had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, so the two sides agreed to terms just under the wire. The deal represents a substantial raise over his previous one-year, $2 million deal. He had five goals and 33 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Steve Simmons on Twitter
Lee Stempniak's new contract worth $900,000
Lee Stempniak | NYR
(July 19, 2014 7:06 PM EDT)
The New York Rangers have confirmed that they've signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a contract and reports suggest it's worth $900,000 for one year.
Stempniak, 31, played 73 games last season with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 12 goals, 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes.


Allred open qualifies for the fourth time
Jason Allred | PGA
(July 21, 2014 4:56 PM EDT)
Jason Allred did it again in today's open qualifier for the RBC Canadian Open, posting 6-under-par 34-32=66 at St. Raphael Golf Club in Île Bizard, Quebec, good for medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.
This is the fourth time this season that the non-member has four-spotted into a PGA TOUR event (Northern Trust, HP Byron Nelson, Travelers). With 236 FedExCup points and $508,227, he'd rank a respective 163rd and 134th among members, so Allred remains close to attaining fully exempt status for 2014-15. Today he buried an eagle (at the par-5 eighth hole) and six birdies to offset two bogeys. Ben Silverman spun a bogey-free, 5-under 34-33=67 with five birdies to share runner-up honors with Kevin Stinson, who also went bogey-free, 5-under 33-34=67 with five birdies. Robbie Greenwell was the third to finish T2 at 5-under 35-32=67 with seven birdies against two bogeys. All three Canadians will be making their PGA TOUR debut. The field at Royal Montreal Golf Club is now complete at 156.
Steve Wheatcroft wins Boise Open in a playoff
Steve Wheatcroft | PGA
(July 20, 2014 8:38 PM EDT)
Steve Wheatcroft crafted a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Albertsons Boise Open and survived a playoff against Steven Alker with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his second Tour win.
Wheatcroft circled six birdies and an eagle and squared two bogeys on his final navigation of Hillcrest CC. For the tournament, he bagged 27 birdies which was tops for the week and a big reason why he reached 24-under 260. He also ranked first in putting average, with a 1.566 clip. He entered the week 89th on the Tour money list, but jumps to 11th and virtually guarantees his 2014-15 PGA TOUR card with this victory.


Michael Annett’s first Indy attempt
Michael Annett | 7
(July 21, 2014 7:58 PM EDT)
Michael Annett will make his first Indy attempt this week, but fantasy owners can look to his other flat track efforts to help predict where the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet will finish.
Three of his five attempts on minimally-banked tracks this season ended in the 30s, but there is a reason to be hopeful that he will finish better in the Crown Royal 400. His Pocono 400 effort ended in a 20th-place finish and both tracks are measured and 2.5-miles. That extra room should allow Annett to steer clear of trouble.
Kasey Kahne poised for rare Indy top-five
Kasey Kahne | 5
(July 21, 2014 4:51 PM EDT)
Kasey Kahne’s overall results at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been consistently in the high single digits or teens, but he is capable of rattling off a top-five when the circumstances are perfect. He finished third in this race last year.
That was the culmination of a three-year streak in which he finished better in each successive race. His worst result in the past six years was an 18th in 2011 but that is countered by last year’s third. Since 2008 his average finish on the famed 2.5-mile oval is 10th, which will garner a lot of attention this week. Odds are good that he will stand up well to the scrutiny.