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NFL

Solar eclipse: Keenan Allen scores touchdown
Keenan Allen | SD
(October 24, 2014 12:04 AM EDT)
Keenan Allen caught 9-of-13 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 8 loss to the Broncos.
The touchdown — as you may have heard — was Allen's first of the season. Allen could have had his second 10-catch effort of the year, but committed a drop. He was also the target on one of Philip Rivers' two interceptions. Allen showed why he was so highly valued in summer drafts, putting on a clinic as a route runner against the Broncos' elite secondary. He'll enter San Diego's Week 9 trip to Miami the owner of a 43/427/1 line on 65 targets. There is WR2 hope still.
Hillman has bad TD luck, but totals 138 yards
Ronnie Hillman | DEN
(October 23, 2014 11:56 PM EDT)
Ronnie Hillman rushed 20 times for 109 yards in the Broncos' Week 8 win over the Chargers, catching 3-of-4 targets for an additional 29 yards.
The 138 yards from scrimmage were Hillman's most in his three games as starter, but it's his amazingly-bad touchdown luck that will have owners talking on Friday. Hillman had five potential scores wiped away by happenstance and shenanigans. In no particular order, Hillman: Lost a touchdown by stepping out of bounds, had a score wiped out by holding, lost a shot at a goal-line carry thanks to a botched snap and watched Juwan Thompson vulture not one, but two TDs. The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that Hillman was in position for so many touchdowns, and continues to run circles around the work Montee Ball did before going down with a groin injury. Ball will have a role when he returns, but it's getting harder to believe it won't be as Hillman's caddie.

MLB

Brandon Moss undergoes surgery on hip labrum
Brandon Moss | OAK
(October 23, 2014 7:38 PM EDT)
Brandon Moss underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and also fix an impingement in his right hip.
Moss was bothered by the hip ailment for much of the second half and it showed at the plate, as he hit just .162 with a .575 OPS in 162 plate appearances after August 1. He'll be on crutches for four weeks and is expected to be able to run in 12 weeks. Moss might be eased into things at the beginning of spring training but should be fine by Opening Day.
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Phillies keep Sizemore with one-year deal
Grady Sizemore | PHI
(October 23, 2014 5:20 PM EDT)
Phillies re-signed OF Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million contract.
The deal includes performance bonuses. Sizemore, 32, batted .253/.313/.389 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 176 plate appearances after joining the Phillies around midseason and figures to serve as a part-time player in 2015.

NBA

Anthony Davis returns from wrist injury
Anthony Davis | NO
(October 24, 2014 12:16 AM EDT)
Anthony Davis returned from his wrist injury and played 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
He dodged a bullet from his sprained wrist on Monday, but he's good to go. In his last four, Davis averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 24.8 minutes per game. Yes, he can fill a stat sheet and is worth taking at the top spot of your fantasy draft, assuming you're OK with taking a risk.
Spencer Dinwiddie makes pro debut vs. Philly
Spencer Dinwiddie | DET
(October 24, 2014 12:02 AM EDT)
Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.
Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy.

NHL

Antti Niemi allows five goals in loss
Antti Niemi | SJ
(October 24, 2014 2:03 AM EDT)
Antti Niemi allowed five goals on 28 shots in San Jose's 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Sharks gave Niemi plenty of run-support tonight, but it just wasn't meant to be. With the game tied late in the third period, Mark Letestu beat Niemi in the final minute of play to give Columbus the win in regulation. Niemi falls to 3-2-0 on the season. He now has an unimpressive 3.16 goals-against-average and a .903 save percentage this season.
Mark Letestu scores GWG in dying seconds
Mark Letestu | CLM
(October 24, 2014 1:46 AM EDT)
Mark Letestu scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Columbus defeated San Jose 5-4 on Thursday night.
Letestu scored the winning goal with just 21 seconds remaining in the contest to give the Jackets the win. This was a crazy game that saw four lead-changes. Ryan Johansen also scored two goals in the contest, while winger Scott Hartnell registered four assists. The goals were Letestu’s first two of the season.

PGA

Anderson aces third hole in return to action
Mark Anderson | PGA
(October 23, 2014 6:56 PM EDT)
In his first round in over five months, Mark Anderson shot an even-par 35-35=70 on Thursday at The McGladrey Classic.
Back from an injury to his right ankle due to a fall off a ladder, Anderson couldn't have asked for a more exciting day. After opening par-par, he holed his tee ball from 212 yards at the par-3 third. He'd go on to incur four bogeys in a six-hole stretch beginning at the par-4 eighth -- two were as a result of three-putts -- but birdies at 15 and 16 helped ease the sting and avert an over-par score. Overall, Anderson split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, fair numbers given his competitive layoff.
Will MacKenzie joins the leaders at Seaside
Will MacKenzie | PGA
(October 23, 2014 4:51 PM EDT)
Will MacKenzie totaled a field-high seven birdies en route to a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round of The McGladrey Classic, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead.
MacKenzie was the fourth to 65 today, but he was the first from the afternoon wave. He birdied both par 5s and five par 4s. His longest conversion measured 20'11" for birdie at No. 18, his ninth hole of the round. The fireworks were set up by 13 (of 14) fairways hit and 15 greens in regulation. His only blemish occurred at the par-4 16th where he found trouble off the tee and took a penalty before penciling in a 6. MacKenzie is making his season debut this week. After a sparkling first half of 2013-14, he concluded the campaign 3-for-14 with no top 25s.

NASCAR

Hamlin hopes to reclaim Martinsville magic
Denny Hamlin | 11
(October 23, 2014 10:34 PM EDT)
Denny Hamlin finished sixth or better in nine consecutive races from 2006 through 2010, but his efforts have fallen off in recent attempts. Only three of his last six attempts have resulted in top-10s.
During his incredible streak, he won four races and finished second on two other occasions. This spring he finished 19th, but never contended for a top-five. That makes him a risky proposition.
Bowyer has longest active Martinsville streak
Clint Bowyer | 15
(October 22, 2014 6:36 PM EDT)
Clint Bowyer has the longest active streak of top-10s at Martinsville. He has finished that well in his last five races, including a ninth this spring.
Bowyer swept the top five in 2013 and had another fifth-place finish at the end of 2012. If his STP 500 attempt last year is an indication, he is capable of challenging for a victory because he finished second to Johnson in that event. Altogether, that makes him a great pick in most games.