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Report: Chandler Jones (hip) out one month
Chandler Jones | NE
(October 21, 2014 7:14 PM EDT)
The Boston Globe reports Patriots RE Chandler Jones has a hip injury that will sideline him "about" one month.
The out-of-nowhere news is crushing for a Patriots pass rush that's been anchored by Jones this season. Jones has notched 4.5 of the Pats' 18 sacks, and been their only consistent generator of heat. This being the Pats, we may not receive an official timetable, but reporter Shalise Manza Young is very reliable. Jones' status should be updated when the Pats return to official practice on Wednesday. Jones sat out Tuesday's informal session.
Shalise Manza Young on Twitter
Anthony Dixon to feature over Bryce Brown?
Anthony Dixon | BUF
(October 21, 2014 5:49 PM EDT)
WGR 550 Buffalo cautions "(not to) be surprised" if Anthony Dixon leads the Bills' running back committee this weekend.
Ace reporter Joe Buscaglia knows "everyone is waiting for Bryce Brown to be unleashed," but says the Bills "love" Dixon. Dixon himself is under the impression that he'll be the lead man, but hard answers could be hard to come by before Buffalo takes on the Jets. Brown is the more talented player. Both backs need to be 100 percent owned in 12-14 team leagues.
Joe Buscaglia on Twitter


Bumgarner superb again, Giants take Game 1
Madison Bumgarner | SF
(October 21, 2014 11:55 PM EDT)
Madison Bumgarner was a beast again Tuesday, holding the Royals to one run over seven excellent frames in a 7-1 World Series Game 1 victory.
He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits, with Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the seventh inning representing the only blemish on his record. The Royals were only able to muster one rally versus Bumgarner, and that was in the third inning after Brandon Crawford booted a ball to start the frame. MadBum wound up pitching out of that inning with a couple strikeouts and a groundout. Perez’s homer is the only run Bumgarner has allowed in the World Series in 22 career innings. He’ll get the ball again in Game 5, assuming the series lasts that long.
Three Frames James: Shields chased early
James Shields | KC
(October 21, 2014 11:55 PM EDT)
James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.
The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5.


Anthony Morrow looks like starting SF
Anthony Morrow | OKC
(October 21, 2014 11:05 PM EDT)
Anthony Morrow started at small forward again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, five rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.
Morrow isn't guaranteed a starting gig just yet, but he could be heading in that direction if Scott Brooks gives up on the Andre Roberson experiment, or if Morrow has beaten out Perry Jones to start at SF. Morrow has had a fun preseason, scoring in double figures in all six games and hitting 13 3-pointers. If you need threes late in your draft, he's worth a grab. And if he's won the starting SF job for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he could be a real value pick late in your draft.
Trey Burke scores 23 with three more 3's
Trey Burke | UTA
(October 21, 2014 11:00 PM EDT)
Trey Burke hit 9-of-16 shots and three more 3-pointers for 23 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal on Tuesday.
He's now hit 16-of-30 3-pointers in the preseason, and has made Dante Exum an afterthought. Once the big-named point guards are off the board, Burke looks like he's primed and ready to go this season.


Jonathan Drouin picks up his first NHL assist
Jonathan Drouin | TB
(October 22, 2014 12:04 AM EDT)
Jonathan Drouin picked up his first NHL point on an assist in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 OT win over Calgary on Tuesday.
Playing in his second NHL game the rookie was at times dazzling with his puck control while playing on a line with Steven Stamkos. Drouin really should have had the OT winner but was stymied by Karri Ramo on a two-on-nothing chance with Steven Stamkos. As long as the kid is playing with Stamkos he is a great fantasy option this season.
Pekka Rinne's höt start continues vs. 'Yotes
Pekka Rinne | NAS
(October 21, 2014 11:59 PM EDT)
Pekka Rinne was steady again Tuesday night as he steered aside 33 of 36 shots en route to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Coyotes.
After an injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign it was fair to question Rinne's form entering this season, but he has answered all critics in the early going with a 4-0-1 record in his first five starts. He has been spectacular so far, having allowed just eight goals all year and posting a 1.55 GAA to go along with a .940 save percentage. It's safe to say he has regained his position in the top tier of fantasy goaltenders.


McGladrey four-spotter needs 5-for-2 playoff
Justin Lower | PGA
(October 21, 2014 1:27 PM EDT)
Justin Lower holed nine birdies at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club en route to a 6-under-par 34-30=64 and co-medalist honors at the open qualifier for The McGladrey Classic.
You may recall that Lower is the golfer whose father and brother were killed in a single-car crash when he was a teenager. They were en route to picking him up at a golf course. The Memorial granted him a sponsor exemption this past summer, but he missed the cut. On Monday at Brunswick, Lower was birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys after five holes. He converted all of his birdies in an 11-hole stretch beginning at No. 6. "The Big Break Greenbrier" champ Mark Silvers shared medalist honors at 6-under 32-32=64. He traded seven birdies with one bogey. The McGladrey will be his fifth PGA TOUR start; he's still chasing his first payday. The final two berths were snagged by Patrick Newcomb (4-under 36-30=66; 8 birdies, 2 bogeys, 1 double) and Andy Pope (4-under 34-32=66; 7 birdies, 1 bogey, 1 double). Both survived a 5-for-2 playoff that included PGA TOUR winner Marc Turnesa and former TOUR member Casey Wittenberg. The field at Seaside is now complete at 132.
PGA -- Georgia Section
McIlroy may sit out the WGC-HSBC Champions
Rory McIlroy | PGA
(October 20, 2014 5:29 PM EDT)
Rory McIlroy announced that his ongoing legal dispute will force him to miss playing time in the coming weeks.
The Irish Independent reported that the world's top-ranked golfer will take a pass on either the BMW Masters (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) or the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (Nov. 6-9). If he sits out both, he's unlikely to skip the DP World Tour Championship on Nov. 20-23. The annual stop in Dubai concludes the European Tour season.
Irish Independent


Ryan Preece changing tour rides for 2015
Ryan Preece | H06
(October 20, 2014 8:50 PM EDT)
Ryan Preece announced today that he is leaving Flamingo Motorsports to join TS Haulers Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.
The move for Preece ends a three-year stint with the Massachusetts-based Flamingo Motorsports No. 16 team that saw the pairing capture the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour title and finish as the championship runner-up in 2012 and 2014. The move comes fresh off of winning the final two races of 2014, including Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The NASCAR Next driver from Berlin, Connecticut, now moves on to the Connecticut-based No. 6 TS Haulers Racing team that recently parted ways with Ron Silk.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Spencer Davis wins Southern Mod rookie honors
Spencer Davis | J79
(October 20, 2014 8:43 PM EDT)
When a driver makes a switch from a full-bodied stock car to a modified car, one of the best things he can do is partner up with an established team to help him with his learning curve of competing in a drastically different car.
Spencer Davis made the wise decision to team up with Hillbilly Racing and veteran car owner/crew chief David Hill and it paid immediate dividends in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour as Davis won the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. Davis finished the season with seven top-10 finishes in 14 races on the southern tour and ended up ninth in the final standings which made the 15-year old driver happy. Davis also made four starts in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and finished with back-to-back top-10s, highlighted by a season-best seventh-place showing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this past Sunday in the season finale.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour