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Daniel Thomas works out for Dallas Cowboys
Daniel Thomas | FA
(May 21, 2015 7:18 PM EDT)
Free agent RB Daniel Thomas worked out for the Cowboys on Thursday.
Thomas was part of a group of backs that also included Felix Jones (!) and Ben Tate. The owner of a career 3.6 YPC, Thomas rushed the rock only 44 times for the Dolphins last season, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. Thursday is the first time we've heard his name since the start of free agency.
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Coach has 'indication' of when AP will return
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(May 21, 2015 7:15 PM EDT)
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he has an "indication" of when disgruntled RB Adrian Peterson will report back to the team.
Zimmer didn't offer much in the way of elaboration. "It's up to Adrian, really," Zimmer said in a radio interview. "It's the voluntary time of year right now, and it's his decision in what he wants to do." Peterson has slowly accepted the reality that he's not going to be traded. Perhaps he'll skip next month's minicamp, but there's zero reason to believe he'll be absent for the start of training camp.
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Blue Jays place Devon Travis (shoulder) on DL
Devon Travis | TOR
(May 21, 2015 11:39 PM EDT)
Blue Jays placed INF Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17, with left shoulder inflammation.
The Blue Jays had been playing it day-by-day with Travis who is dealing with a sore shoulder where he was hit by a line drive and then agitated with a swing during Saturday's game. His stay on the disabled list should be minimal, so expect him to rejoin the Jays lineup in early June.
Hendricks baffles Padres in CG shutout gem
Kyle Hendricks | CHC
(May 21, 2015 11:32 PM EDT)
Kyle Hendricks fired a complete game shutout on Thursday against the Padres, striking out seven in a 3-0 win.
It was the Cubs' first complete game shutout of the season. Hendricks (4.14 ERA) scattered five hits and didn't walk a batter. The right-hander was so efficient and in control that Joe Maddon allowed him to bat in the top of the ninth inning in order to polish off the shutout in the bottom half. The outing itself came out of nowhere, as Hendricks hadn't topped six innings in an appearance all season. Doing so allowed him to notch his first win of the season while recording his first career complete game. The 25-year-old will try for an encore next week against the Nationals.


Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
Dwight Howard | HOU
(May 22, 2015 12:14 AM EDT)
Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.
Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday.
James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
James Harden | HOU
(May 22, 2015 12:09 AM EDT)
James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.
Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4.


Frederik Andersen leads Ducks to Game 3 win
Frederik Andersen | ANA
(May 21, 2015 11:26 PM EDT)
Frederik Andersen denied 27 of the 28 shots he faced in a tense Game 3 in Chicago on Thursday night, which the Ducks won 2-1.
Andersen has been sensational so far in these playoffs, and Game 3 was no different as a Patrick Kane goal late in the first period was all the Hawks could get on him. Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and Simon Despres scored the winner as Anaheim took a 2-1 lead in the series. Andersen improved to 10-2-2 in the playoffs with a .935 save percentage and 1.75 goals against average.
NHL salary cap number will be closer to 71.5M
Gary Bettman | CLG
(May 21, 2015 9:39 PM EDT)
Updating a previous item, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that the 2015-16 salary cap number will be closer to $71.5 million.
There was an earlier report saying that Bettman projected the cap to be in the mid-70 million range, but the tweet has since been clarified. This is what most people were expecting, as Bettman previously mentioned that $71.5 million was the likely number.
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Jordan Spieth makes it a foursome atop CPI
Jordan Spieth | PGA
(May 21, 2015 9:20 PM EDT)
With a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Jordan Spieth shares the overnight lead with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.
Spieth walked off with a zero-putt six-yarder for birdie at the par-4 18th hole. Prior to it, he buried five birdies, four of which from outside 11 feet. That set included conversions from 24'10" at the par-5 first hole and 22'2" at the par-4 10th. Overall, the 21-year-old found seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. Both of his strokes-gained split resided north of 2.615 at last check. This is a personal low in nine rounds of competition at Colonial.
Co-leader Ishikawa goes 7-for-7 in scrambling
Ryo Ishikawa | PGA
(May 21, 2015 8:28 PM EDT)
Ryo Ishikawa spun a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead.
The Bashful Prince joins Kevin Na and Boo Weekley atop the leaderboard, but Ishikawa was the first to emerge out of the afternoon wave at Colonial Country Club. He found only six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, but navigated the course without a blemish while connecting for six birdies. The set featured three from outside 10 feet, including a walk-off 3 from 29'1" at the par-4 ninth hole. Ishikawa also holed out for birdie from off the green seven yards away at the par-4 17th. This is his lowest aggregate since a second-round 62 at the Wyndham Championship nine months ago.


Jeff Gordon joins FOX broadcast team in 2016
Jeff Gordon | 24
(May 21, 2015 11:21 PM EDT)
Jeff Gordon knows it will be difficult to match the feeling he gets racing after this season, but broadcasting could provide something close to it.
That was among the reasons Gordon decided to pursue broadcasting, leading to Thursday’s announcement that he’ll join Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the booth for Fox’s broadcast of NASCAR Sprint Cup events. Gordon has signed a multi-year contract. He replaces Larry McReynolds, who had been in the booth since Fox began broadcasting Cup races in 2001. McReynolds will remain an analyst for the network.
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Dillon top 10 laps in NXS Final practice
Austin Dillon | 3
(May 21, 2015 10:59 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The average speed of 177.477 mph in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 13 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. No. 5 Kasey Kahne, No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr., No. Ryan Reed and No. 62 Brendan Gaughan are the rest of the top five on this list.