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Kelvin Benjamin day to day with bone bruise
Kelvin Benjamin | CAR
(July 28, 2014 3:37 PM EDT)
Panthers first-round WR Kelvin Benjamin has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee, and is day to day.
According to coach Ron Rivera, there's no structural damage, but Benjamin's knee is "inflamed." The Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief, but Benjamin is still going to miss some all-important practice time as he attempts to get up to speed as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver. He'll be a boom-or-bust option as a rookie. The Panthers' offense will be in dire straits if Benjamin doesn't "boom."
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Report: Bills LT Glenn on track for Week 1
Cordy Glenn | BUF
(July 28, 2014 3:31 PM EDT)
The Buffalo News reports Bills LT Cordy Glenn (illness, NFI) is expected to be ready for Week 1.
However, Glenn "isn't expected back soon." The Bills have released vanishingly-few details about Glenn's condition, but the Buffalo News' team source would be "shocked" if he wasn't ready for Week 1. Seventh-rounder Seantrel Henderson has been running with the first team in Glenn's absence.
Buffalo News


Blue Jays pick up Valencia from Royals
Danny Valencia | TOR
(July 28, 2014 7:16 PM EDT)
Blue Jays acquired 3B Danny Valencia from the Royals in exchange for RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz.
Valencia can play third base against left-handed pitching until Brett Lawrie (finger) is ready to return, and even then he might still get starts if Lawrie is used at second base. The 29-year-old has batted .282/.328/.382 with two homers over 36 games for the Royals this season and is a career .333/.369/.510 batter versus southpaws.
Marlins interested in lefty Tommy Milone
Tommy Milone | OAK
(July 28, 2014 7:11 PM EDT)
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are "thought to be considering" a trade for Tommy Milone.
Milone requested a trade from the A's last week, as he became buried on their depth chart following the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. As Spencer notes, the lefty is appealing to the Marlins because he won't reach free agency until 2018. Spencer also lists Wade Miley and Ian Kennedy as possible targets for the Marlins, with Kennedy being the unlikelier of the two. Miley might also be a long shot, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the D'Backs have told teams the southpaw is unavailable.
Miami Herald


Manu Ginobili (leg) will not play in FIBA WC
Manu Ginobili | SA
(July 28, 2014 7:06 PM EDT)
The Spurs sent Manu Ginobili a letter informing him that he will not be granted permission to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
The Spurs cited his recent stress fracture, and the necessary recovery time as their reasons for denying him permission to play. It's not exactly shocking that the Spurs organization is not too keen on letting their 37-year-old star risk further injury from unnecessary international play, as they're set to again chase a title for the 2014-15 season. Argentina will now be without Manu, and Carlos Delfino, and with this news Argentina’s gold medal aspirations are looking pretty grim.
Marc Stein on Twitter
Judge rules in favor of Shelly Sterling
Donald Sterling | LAC
(July 28, 2014 6:08 PM EDT)
Donald Sterling lost his court case on Monday, as the judge ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling, rejecting all of Donald's arguments.
Steve Ballmer is now set to be the Clippers next owner, and the sale is expected to be finalized by August 15. The judge's ruling on Monday is only a tentative oral decision, and not legally binding, but it would be shocking to see a sudden reversal of the decision. The ruling is essentially appeal-proof, and hopefully this is the last we will hear of Donald Sterling. This is a huge victory for the NBA and it looks like the league is in good hands with commissioner Adam Silver at the helm.


Detroit inks Tomas Tatar to 3-year extension
Tomas Tatar | DET
(July 28, 2014 2:12 PM EDT)
Tomas Tatar has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.
The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed by the Red Wings. After a few strong campaigns in the minors, Tatar firmly established himself with Detroit last season with 19 goals and 39 points in 73 contests. We don't see the 23-year-old as a future star, but he does have some untapped offensive upside and we anticipate him setting new career-highs in 2014-15.
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Derick Brassard agrees to deal with Rangers
Derick Brassard | NYR
(July 27, 2014 7:13 PM EDT)
Derick Brassard and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a new contract, thus avoiding a salary-arbitration hearing.
There are reports that the contract is worth $25 million for five years. Brassard, 27 in September, had been a restricted free agent. His arbitration session with the Rangers was scheduled for Monday. Brassard had a career-high 18 goals in 81 games last season for the Rangers. He also scored 45 points, which ranked fourth on the team. He also tied for fourth on the team with 12 points in the post-season. In 403 games with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has 81 goals and 225 points. He is likely to serve as the Rangers' second-line center next season, behind Derek Stepan.


Manassero grabs Special Temporary Membership
Matteo Manassero | PGA
(July 28, 2014 7:52 PM EDT)
Matteo Manassero has accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR.
The 21-year-old qualified when he shared 19th place at The Open Championship. The 50.75 non-member FedExCup points he collected bumped him to 279.98 on the season. The target to qualify for STM is 278. He's made only eight starts, so he doesn't need the benefits of unlimited sponsor exemptions or starts. And he doesn't need STM to chase the top 125 in non-member FedExCup points or earnings for fully exempt status in 2014-15. The Wyndham Championship is the only remaining open before the FedExCup Playoffs for which he isn't eligible. So, the logical conclusion is that he accepted STM for the spot it affords in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle. STM provides some insurance of another potential start if he can't earn the full nut at the PGA Championship. If Manassero doesn't receive a sponsor or foreign exemption into the Wyndham, his number may be called on merit. The cutoff for the field of 156 at Sedgefield often lands near the end of the conditional status category and top of the Beyond 150.
OQ medalist nets hole-in-one in bogey-free 64
Sebastian L. Saavedra | PGA
(July 28, 2014 5:50 PM EDT)
Sebastian L. Saavedra turned in a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-34=64 in today's open qualifier for the Barracuda Championiship at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada, to earn medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.
The 28-year-old Argentine missed the cut in his PGA TOUR debut six weeks ago at the Travelers Championship where he also four-spotted. Today's experience was arguably more memorable. After opening with a par at the par-4 10th, he birdied the par-4 11th, and then jarred his tee ball at the par-3 12th for an ace. He chased it with yet another birdie at the par-4 13th, and would go on to circle four more. Kevin Lucas also went bogey-free, but managed only six birdies for a share of runner-up honors at 6-under 32-34=66. He'll be making his first PGA TOUR start this week, as will Jesse Schutte, who carded 6-under 34-32=66 with an eagle (at the par-5 18th) and six birdies against two bogeys. Stuart L. Smith signed for a 6-under 32-34=66 (7 birdies, 1 bogey) today to secure his fourth TOUR appearance. He's yet to make a cut. The field at Montrêux Golf and Country Club is now complete at 132.
PGA -- Northern California Section


Scott earns 10th 2014 NNS Top-10 finish
Brian Scott | 702
(July 28, 2014 8:02 PM EDT)
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro qualified for the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 10th position.
Scott battled inside the top-10 for the majority of the 100-lap event at the historic track. On the final restart of the event, Scott was scored in the 11th position and gained four positions when he took the checkered flag finishing seventh. His finish secured his position in the final Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash program at Iowa Speedway next week.-Richard Childress Racing
Dylan Lupton finishes 2nd in Dacono, CO
Dylan Lupton | W09
(July 28, 2014 7:58 PM EDT)
Dylan Lupton finishes 2nd in Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, CO.
He started the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford 5th on the grid for the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150. Lupton led one lap in the race. He is currently 2nd in the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West point standings after this event.