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Report: Broncos will tag Demaryius on Monday
Demaryius Thomas | DEN
(March 1, 2015 7:32 PM EST)
The Denver Post reports the Broncos will apply the franchise tag to free agent Demaryius Thomas on Monday.
Both Dez Bryant and Demaryius can expect tags on Monday. Beat writer Mike Klis guesses Thomas won't sign the one-year franchise tender until after the Broncos' offseason program is completed, allowing him to skip the activities without penalty. The wide receiver tag is expected to be worth $12.797 million. The Broncos offered Demaryius a deal worth $13 million annually last summer, but Thomas was "seeking something north of $15 million per." He proceeded to set the Broncos' franchise record for receiving yards (1,619).
Denver Post
Cowboys admit Murray is headed to open market
DeMarco Murray | DAL
(March 1, 2015 9:38 AM EST)
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones admitted talks with free agent DeMarco Murray have been "slow," and Murray will make it to the open market.
"[Murray] is probably going to, you know, get some peace and see what's out in the market and then we'll talk and see," Jones said. "I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas." The Cowboys couldn't reach a long-term deal with fellow free agent Dez Bryant and will be forced to tag him this week. Murray's days with Dallas aren't necessarily over, but the 27-year-old should chase the money.
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Alex Guerrero refuses to return to minors
Alex Guerrero | LA
(March 1, 2015 5:05 PM EST)
Alex Guerrero indicated in an interview with Jesse Sanchez of that he has no intention of returning the minor leagues.
The 28-year-old stated, "I don't want to go down. I'm not going down. I feel like I can get better here at this level and play every day." Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2014 that included a clause that he can't be optioned to the minor leagues without his permission after his first season. That means the Dodgers will be forced to keep him on the roster in a reserve role, trade him elsewhere or release him.
Reed (shoulder) 2-2 1/2 weeks from mound work
Addison Reed | ARZ
(March 1, 2015 2:39 PM EST)
Addison Reed (shoulder) is 2-2 1/2 weeks away from throwing off a mound.
Reed has battled some shoulder soreness at the beginning of camp but says it's now completely gone. While the closer is a couple weeks behind his normal schedule, he remains on track to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. If he should experience a bump in the road and need a disabled list stint, Brad Ziegler would likely fill in at closer. Reed put up a 4.25 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season.
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Report: 76ers agree to waive JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee | PHI
(March 2, 2015 12:07 AM EST)
The 76ers have agreed to waive JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff contender, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.
Philadelphia will reportedly pay McGee the full amount he's owed, including a $12 million payout next season, and he's likely to sign a minimum deal to give a playoff-bound team more frontcourt depth. He's not a fantasy asset no matter where he lands after clearing waivers.
USA Today
Kenneth Faried struggles in start at center
Kenneth Faried | DEN
(March 1, 2015 11:05 PM EST)
Kenneth Faried started at center in the Nuggets' small lineup on Sunday, but he made only 1-of-6 shots to finish with three points, six boards, three assists, one steal and one block.
Faried logged 27 minutes and may have played more if it weren't for foul trouble. The starting job and increased playing time are both silver linings for exasperated fantasy owners, and for now it seems likely that he'll stick at center for Tuesday's game vs. Milwaukee.


Bolts get Coburn from Flyers for Gudas, picks
Braydon Coburn | TB
(March 2, 2015 7:22 AM EST)
Braydon Coburn has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The return for the former Philadelphia defenseman included Radko Gudas, along with a first- and third-round picks in 2015. In 39 games this season, Coburn has one goal, nine points, 56 hits and 56 blocks. He has been averaging 20:14 of ice time and will provide some depth to the Lightning back end.
Ryan Getzlaf scores goal and assist in win
Ryan Getzlaf | ANA
(March 1, 2015 10:59 PM EST)
Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-1 win over Dallas.
By scoring two points tonight, Getzlaf tied Paul Kariya for second all-time on the Ducks' scoring list with 669 career points. Getzlaf registered an assist on Corey Perry's first period goal and he scored a goal of his own late in the third period. The 29-year-old has collected at least one point in five of his last six games. Getzlaf has 20 goals and 61 points in 61 games this season.


Darkness halts Honda finale; 8am ET restart
Ben Martin | PGA
(March 1, 2015 6:28 PM EST)
The final round of The Honda Classic was suspended due to darkness at 6:18 p.m. ET.
This was not a surprise to anyone. There weren't any players that completed their final round, which will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Ben Martin had a hot round going at PGA National's Champion Course. He was 5-under-par through 14 holes, with five birdies and nine pars. He's in trouble on the par-3 15th, as his tee shot found the back greenside bunker. Paul Casey will sleep on the co-lead at 7-under with Ian Poulter after circling four birdies without a bogey on his front nine.
Poulter holds 54-hole lead at Honda Classic
Ian Poulter | PGA
(March 1, 2015 3:59 PM EST)
Ian Poulter blitzed PGA National's Champion Course for a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the third round of The Honda Classic to take a three-stroke lead into the final round at 9-under 201.
The Englishman was flawless, circling four birdies and gathering 14 pars. The action started with a 24'5" birdie on the par-4 first hole, with a smaller highlight including a birdie from 10'2" on the par-3 seventh hole. While he has the reputation of a great putter, it's been the tee-to-green game that has carried him this week. He ranks first in strokes gained: tee-to-green and is third in greens in regulation. While he owns two PGA TOUR wins, he has never won a stroke play event on U.S. soil. He hopes to change that when the tournament concludes on Monday morning.


Brett Moffitt earns first Cup top-10 in 8th
Brett Moffitt | 55
(March 1, 2015 10:45 PM EST)
In a substitute roll for Brian Vickers this week, Moffitt more than acquitted himself. He finished eighth in the Quik Trip 500 after starting the event 22nd.
Moffitt used a little strategy to gain track position late in the race, but he had to hold off determined charges from the likes of Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, and Carl Edwards. This was his first lead lap finish and he could be risky when he is in the No. 66 later in the season.
Atlanta late-race gamble pays off for Kenseth
Matt Kenseth | 20
(March 1, 2015 6:43 PM EST)
Matt Kenseth made the decision to stay out on old tires with 15 laps remaining and the gamble paid off with a fifth-place finish. For most of the day, even tires with only a handful of laps fell off quickly and sent drivers dropping rapidly to the back.
Kenseth is one of the best at handling a car with used tires and he proved as much this week. Fifth is a far cry from victory, but it seems unlikely that the No. 20 team will go winless two seasons in a row.