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Giants to use '3-back rotation' this season?
Rashad Jennings | NYG
(July 22, 2014 7:51 PM EDT)
The Bergen Record's Art Stapleton suggests the Giants may use a "three-back rotation" involving Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, and rookie Andre Williams this season.
They also have Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox on the roster. Stapleton believes the theoretical three-headed monster could help "keep Jennings fresh," as the career backup will be 29 1/2 years old in Week 1, and has never handled more than 163 carries in a season. (He's also never played 16 games.) In this scenario -- based on the first practice of Giants camp -- Jennings would be the starter and lead back, Wilson would come off the bench to change the pace, and hammerhead power back Williams would vulture short-yardage work.
Art Stapleton on Twitter
Justin Houston expected to report for camp
Justin Houston | KC
(July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT)'s Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will report for training camp.
Houston skipped the Chiefs' entire offseason program, but isn't prepared to go to contract war. Reporting is a good-faith gesture that could get talks rolling in the right direction. Still only 25 and headed into the final year of his rookie deal, Houston has 21 sacks over past 27 games. The Kansas City Star believes Tamba Hali's five-year, $57 million deal is a potential "starting point" in talks.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter


Ramirez fans 10 in seven innings vs. Mets
Erasmo Ramirez | SEA
(July 23, 2014 1:10 AM EDT)
Erasmo Ramirez allowed two runs and gave up five hits in his seven innings of work against the Mets on Tuesday.
Ramirez made the most of his recent call-up, striking out a season-high ten and walking just two as he lowered his ERA to 4.35. He had the misfortune of facing off against Jacob deGrom, who matched him pitch-for-pitch and ended up with the win, dropping Ramirez to 1-5 on the season. We'll see if the quality effort leads to a few more starts. Prior to this start, his last work had come against the Red Sox in late June.
Porcello goes seven in ND loss to ARI
Rick Porcello | DET
(July 23, 2014 1:05 AM EDT)
Rick Porcello pitched seven innings of three-run ball in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.
The start was almost identical to his last start (against the Royals), as Porcello scattered five hits and struck out five without walking a batter in Arizona. Had Detroit's bullpen held onto a 5-3 eighth inning lead, Porcello would have picked up his thirteenth win. Alas, it was not to be. While he's only striking out 5.05 per nine innings, he's also posting the lowest WHIP of his career (1.18) to go with his 3.42 ERA. Porcello takes on the Angels in his next start.


Mavs to host a meeting with Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson | ORL
(July 22, 2014 9:29 PM EDT)
The Mavericks will host a meeting for unrestricted free agent Jameer Nelson on Thursday
They're looking for a point guard and are currently expected to start Raymond Felton. If the Mavericks can land Nelson, he'd have a great chance to start and would be a nice guy to have off the ball with his career 37.4 percent from 3-point range. The Mavs have $2.7 million left in their exception and are hoping that'll be enough.
Marc Stein on Twitter
Chicago Bulls making a play for Kevin Love
Kevin Love | MIN
(July 22, 2014 1:54 PM EDT)
The Chicago Bulls are making a play for Kevin Love, according to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
While the Cavaliers are still thought to be the leader in the clubhouse to land Love, the Bulls have reportedly decided to throw their hat in the ring. While it's unclear at the moment who the Bulls would be offering, sources believe the Wolves would want a package built around Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The Cavaliers and Warriors are still in play here, but the Summer of Love just got a lot more interesting.


Rangers sign Mats Zuccarello to 1-year deal
Mats Zuccarello | NYR
(July 22, 2014 6:07 PM EDT)
Mats Zuccarello has agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.
Zuccarello reportedly wanted $4.5 million annual salary as part of a long-term deal, but the Rangers probably favored giving him a "show me" contract instead. He had 19 goals and 59 points in 77 games last season, but his previous campaigns in the NHL had been something of a mixed bag.
Craig Morgan on Twitter
Toronto inks David Booth to one-year contract
David Booth | TOR
(July 22, 2014 4:02 PM EDT)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
There was a time when Booth was a safe bet to score over 20 goals and 40 points per season. However, that's when he was logging 18-plus minutes per game in Florida, which ended with his acquisition by the Vancouver Canucks. Booth never fit in with Vancouver and his problems were amplified by a series of injuries. A fresh start is exactly what Booth needs, but he's far from a safe bet to capitalize on this opportunity.
James Mirtle on Twitter


Blake Adams to have hip replacement surgery
Blake Adams | PGA
(July 22, 2014 1:17 PM EDT)
Blake Adams alerted his followers on Twitter today that he will have surgery to replace his hip this week.
Adams wrote, "Scheduled for total hip replacement surgery in the AM. Dr Matta (replaced Tom Watson's) is my surgeon. I will be back on Tour soon #painfree" Given the timing of the tweet, it's probable that surgery is on Wednesday, but that's just a detail. We'll also have to assume that it's his left hip that will be replaced. While he's only 38 years of age, it's been no secret for a while that this was going to occur at some point. He underwent major surgery on the same joint in early 2013. Adams returned to competition at the season-opening Open and made eight starts. He cashed in five. He still has 16 starts remaining on a Major Medical Extension to earn $497,044 or 277.9 FedExCup points and retain status.
Blake Adams on Twitter
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.


McReynolds at Colorado National Speedway
Brandon McReynolds | W16
(July 22, 2014 9:17 PM EDT)
Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) has six top fives and eight top 10s in nine career K&N West starts.
Occupies the third position in the season standings. Competing fulltime in K&N West this season with Bill McAnally Racing. Three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N East starts. Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.-KNPSW
Steve Mathews Autodrome St-Eustache advance
Steve Mathews | C48
(July 22, 2014 9:13 PM EDT)
Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford) has three poles and nine top 10s in 28 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.
All nine of his top 10s have come at oval tracks. Has started four of five races this year. Tied his career-best finish with a third-place effort at Chaudiere after he captured the pole and led a career-high 64 laps. Only previous start at Autodrome St-Eustache was a 12th place finish in 2010.-NCATS