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Redskins lose CB Culliver to ACL/MCL tear
Chris Culliver | WAS
(November 26, 2015 3:05 PM EST)
Redskins RCB Chris Culliver is out for the season with a torn right ACL and MCL.
Culliver suffered the injury in Thursday morning's practice. Even before the multi-knee-ligament tear, Culliver was playing poor football for a Redskins team that invested a four-year, $32 million contract in him during the offseason. He was the highest-paid free agent Washington bought last spring. Culliver will be questionable to be ready for Week 1 of the 2016 season.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Nolan Carroll diagnosed with broken ankle
Nolan Carroll | PHI
(November 26, 2015 2:28 PM EST)
Eagles LCB Nolan Carroll has been diagnosed with a broken right ankle.
It will be a season-ending injury. It's a crushing blow for the Eagles. Carroll has hardly been dominating, but has been the Eagles' best corner this season. Shaky second-round rookie Eric Rowe will now be forced into a starting role opposite Byron Maxwell. Things are going to get very ugly for Chip Kelly's defense down the stretch. Two months shy of his 29th birthday, Carroll is headed for free agency.


Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
Edwin Encarnacion | TOR
(November 26, 2015 2:32 PM EST)
Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.
Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays.
Edwin Encarnacion on Twitter
Angels hire Black as special assistant to GM
Bud Black | SD
(November 25, 2015 6:02 PM EST)
The Angels have hired Bud Black as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times first broke the news of Black's hiring last week. It's official now. Black, who was fired by the Padres midway through the 2015 season, served as pitching coach for the Angels from 2000-2006. Following his exit from the Padres, his name was linked to several high-profile managerial openings, including those of the Dodgers and Nationals. He'll be stepping out of the dugout with the Angels in his new capacity.


Jahlil Okafor knocks out heckler outside club
Jahlil Okafor | PHI
(November 26, 2015 3:26 PM EST)
Jahlil Okafor got into an altercation with a heckler outside of a Boston bar on Wednesday night.
The incident is on video (link below), and ends with Okafor punching the heckler in the face, knocking him out cold. Representatives of Okafor said that he and an unnamed teammate were being heckled from the moment they left the club, and someone reportedly got physical with the unnamed Sixer so Jahlil did what he "felt he needed to do to protect himself and his friends." No arrests were made, although Okafor has likely earned himself a suspension from the league. The 76ers say that they are aware of the reported incident, and are currently working on gathering additional information. Happy Thanksgiving.
Joffrey Lauvergne (back) practices Thursday
Joffrey Lauvergne | DEN
(November 26, 2015 2:19 PM EST)
Joffrey Lauvergne (back) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he reported no setbacks.
Lauvergne said if he feels good Friday morning, he will press the Denver coaching staff to let him play, so owners can expect another update on his status following Friday morning's shootaround. If he's withheld from Friday's game, it sounds like there's a chance he plays Saturday vs. the Mavericks. Nikola Jokic's fantasy value will take a hit upon the return of Lauvergne, while Arthur could fall out of the rotation entirely.
Chris Dempsey on Twitter


Nail Yakupov is out for up to four weeks
Nail Yakupov | EDM
(November 26, 2015 3:12 PM EST)
Nail Yakupov is expected to miss the next two-to-four weeks due to an ankle sprain.
The Oilers have also placed Yakupov on the injured reserve list. He has two goals and 12 points in 22 contests this season, but unfortunately the majority of his offensive output came back when he was paired up with Connor McDavid.
Source: on Twitter
Kari Lehtonen projected to miss 5-to-7 days
Kari Lehtonen | DAL
(November 26, 2015 1:12 PM EST)
Kari Lehtonen is expected to miss the next five-to-seven days with his upper-body injury.
Lehtonen was placed on the injured reserve list earlier in the day, so we already knew that he won't be available on Friday or Saturday. With that in mind, we can take this as good news as it looks like he miss too much time due to this injury.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter


Schwartzel charge halted by threat of storms
Charl Schwartzel | PGA
(November 26, 2015 11:24 AM EST)
Charl Schwartzel climbed up to T2 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa before the first round was halted due to dangerous weather
Schwartzel had made his move at the European Tour's 2016 opener with a trio of birdies at 14, 15 and 16 but, after a par at the next, he was forced off the course. Along with 38 others, the 2011 Masters champion will return to Leopard Creek at 0630 local time on Friday to finish up. Schwartzel has won his home event three times and has been runner-up on four other occasions so he's meeting expectations so far, especially after posting T4 in last week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. He shares second spot with England's Matt Ford and Zimbabwean Matt Williams and has the chance to close the gap on three-shot clubhouse leader Christiaan Basson as the hole he has left to complete is a 541-yard par 5.
C. Basson cards 64; posts Leopard Creek lead
Christiaan Basson | PGA
(November 26, 2015 6:18 AM EST)
Christiaan Basson hung up a bogey-free 8-under-par 31-33=64 in his opening round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa, good enough for a three-shot lead.
At 561 in the world rankings, Basson appears an unlikely candidate to be topping the leaderboard in the European Tour's opening event of 2016. But his latest form on the local Sunshine Tour makes this far from a surprise. The South African has posted a win and four other top 10s in his last eight starts and also opened with a 64 when T8 in last week's Cape Town Open. He's also played in this event on six previous occasions, cashing four times and taking a share of 15th in 2011. Today, Basson picked off birdies at 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14 and 16. He currently leads by three from Mark Williams, Matt Ford and Charl Schwartzel although the latter still has a hole to finish off on Friday morning after a storm threat halted play early on Thursday. "I was coming into this week with good form but you can't expect that good a round first off," said Basson.


Hutchens: Most Popular in Southern Modifieds
Trey Hutchens | J14
(November 25, 2015 11:33 PM EST)
After nearly 34,000 votes were cast around the world for NASCAR regional touring series’ 2015 Most Popular Driver Awards, seven drivers (Rico Abreu, Nicole Behar, Jason Hathaway, Rodrigo Marban, Alon Day, Melissa Fifield and Trey Hutchens earned the ultimate honor from fans.
Trey Hutchens (Lexington, N.C.) was chosen for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT). Hutchens, in his first full season of NASCAR touring series competition, also earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the NWSMT. He collected more than 40 percent of the NWSMT vote to top tour champion Andy Seuss, a three-time winner of the award.-NASCAR Home Tracks
Rodrigo Marban: Mexico Series Most Popular
Rodrigo Marban | MM0
(November 25, 2015 11:14 PM EST)
After nearly 34,000 votes were cast around the world for NASCAR regional touring series’ 2015 Most Popular Driver Awards, seven drivers (Rico Abreu, Nicole Behar, Jason Hathaway, Rodrigo Marban, Alon Day, Melissa Fifield and Trey Hutchens earned the ultimate honor from fans.
Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City) was chosen again for the NASCAR Mexico Series. He also won this award for his series in the 2014 voting. Marban garnered more votes than any other driver in 2015, just ahead of NASCAR Next drivers Behar and Abreu.-NASCAR Home Tracks